Night running has been steadily growing in the UK in the last few years, and now it's providing an alternative to clubbing, at least for some keen runners.Night running is an alternative to clubbing in the UK — Photo courtesy of Bratislavsky kraj
The Guardian newspaper, ever on trend, has created its very own popular running blog. And running clubs that meet after work or wait for dusk to fall before they hit the streets and pound the pavements are becoming more and more popular. All over East London on a Friday night, groups of young people gather to run together, often wearing matching t-shirts bearing their club name or sports company logos, strap on their lights, their shoes and head out into the gloom.
One club in Edinburgh, Scotland looks like a scene from Blade Runner as its members cut through the streets, slim figures flashing with little neon bike lights attached to their legs, arms and heads. In London in May, Nike has organized a "reclaim the night" run for women only to allow women to feel safe while pounding through parks and get fit at the same time. The 10k run will end in Victoria Park in a big tent complete with clubbing music and a party atmosphere.
Some night runs are specifically for women — Photo courtesy of lululemon athleticaThis has become a social event that you can do alone, to meet new people, or with a group of friends. And the buzz and euphoria after a great run will last far longer, and be far better for you, than a night spent clubbing and partying 'till dawn.