Point taken I always run in well lit street/areas NEVER anywhere I think is dodgy. I do a run along a cycle trail but only when it is light ie in the morning/afternoon on weekend.
I thought the dark nights were going to be a problem safety wise but so far I have been fine running around areas I know well. I won't go out after 8pm either, I try and go out after i get in from work.
Re another safety issue running in the dark means you need to be seen and i have nearly bumped into people cos they can't see me hence running gear with reflective materials wisely needed!!!!
I also agree about running in the dark, I find it a lot more comfortable than when it is lights (ie you can make silly faces when your trying hard and no-one can see!)Also for the last few years when the clocks have changed I find I get really down and abit depressed. Its dark when I get up dark when I get home due to travelling to and from work but this year I have been running and I feel great apparently my doc mentioned SAD which I was really skeptical at but it DOES affect a lot of people. In Sweden it is a recognised illness as they have so much hours of darkness in winter.
The darker and cooler nights are a favourite with me for running.