Flying Fox Running
Ninesprings by Night happens in the surroundings of Ninesprings which is a part of Yeovil Country Park on the edge of Yeovil in South Somerset. The country park forms an excellent backdrop for running in with its woods, lakes, streams, springs and Victorian gardens and café, which serves as our race HQ.
The area is named for the nine natural springs which flow from the valley. This was made into an ornamental garden for the Aldon estate in the 19th century. There are numerous paths to explore in the area that are great for running. A few that aren't on the course still make great running solo even if a little risky for a race. There are some hills to climb but they make for an exhilarating downhill section into the finish!
The race is on a 5k course with two laps for the 10k. We’ve gone for this option so we can mark the course with plenty of signage and course markings. There will also be an aid station at the end of the 5k, halfway and at the end of the 10k. The course will be well marked with plenty of signs with reflective elements, reflective course markings and lights to guide you around.
The course takes you past the start/finish twice per lap and is excellent for spectators wanting to cheer the runners on. DO think about wearing something distinctive so your friends and families can pick you out. There will be a prize for the best dressed runner.
Terrain varies from the tarmac along the cycle path - also known as the Yellow brick road - to gravel paths, mud paths and in a few places stone steps.
You will need to wear a head torch to race and carry spare batteries or a backup torch, a limited number of which will be available to hire or buy on the night. We recommend emailing to book.
All finishers will receive a finishers medal for the 5 or 10k.
Water and sweets at aid station during 10k race (approx halfway). Water, sweets, and fruit available at the end.
Start Times, 5k = 17:45 and 10k = 19:20 approximately (timings may change slightly - trying to get the right stagger between the 5 and 10k so marshals can comfortably swap over while not making it too long)
Time Limit 1h 45 for the 10k. If taking longer than 1h 15 for the 5k.
Race Limit 400 (175 5k and 225 10k)
Age Limits, 12 and over for the 5k, 15 and over for the 10k
5k is £17 affiliated or £19 unaffiliated
10k £19 affiliated or £21 unaffiliated
Showers and changing are kindly available from Goldenstones Gym. Just on the otherside of the car park from Ninesprings Cafe.
See the proposed course here on strava
Insurance and Race License from ARC, race permit number tbc
Please read the race terms and conditions before entering
Canicross not permitted at this race but is at some other races