Run in the Dark

The Run in the Dark is an initiative of the Mark Pollock Trust and plays a vital role in funding The Mark Pollock Trust’s mission to find a cure for paralysis. On Wednesday 16th November thousands of runners pulled on their running shoes and flashing armbands to take part in six official locations, Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London, Manchester and Taipei (12/11), and numerous pop-up events in cities worldwide.

More than two thousand runners turned out on a blustery evening at Stormont Estate in Belfast for what turned out to be quite a spectacle. There were two distances: 5K and 10K in either one or two laps of the same course which , with an early climb up the avenue towards Parliament Buildings got most of the climb out of the way by the 2K mark (or 7K with a second lap).

Andrew McIntyre ran an excellent race to finish third in the 10K race.

Zak Hanna (Newcastle AC) was first man across the line in a time of 34:51. Deborah Gilliland was first woman in 43:43.

Results were difficult to find as runners ran individually or as teams rather than clubs, but the results I could find were:


Andy McIntyre 37:18 Third place
Johnathon Weston 43:15
Brian Todd 44:14
Carolyn Beattie 47:48
Andrew Bennett 52:52
David Doey 55:18
Sarah Malcolmson 56:06
Jenny Powell 56:07
Anna Rankin 56:11
Alison Hall-Thompson 56:13
Hilary Bradshaw 57:37
Sharon Corken 1:01:58
Kirsty Buchanan 1:03:17


Sharon McFarland 30:01
Judith McCann  42:37

The official photographer, Bradley Quinn, got some fantastic shots of the event – they are worth a look.