Race report: Energizer Night Run

What do you get if you cross a club night with a 5K? The Energizer Night Run, aka one of the best excuses I’ve had to deck myself out in glowsticks this side of my mid-twenties.

Kicking off at 8:30, this race made me look at London’s Battersea Park in a whole new light as I switched on my obligatory headtorch along with 2,000 other amped up, neon-clad runners. Although it was drizzly – and obviously, dark – the scenery shone through: Battersea Power Station loomed imposingly and the Bandstand provided a handy meeting point for spectators to gather together at about two and a half kilometres in.

The real highlight of my race, though: turning right somewhere in between the three- and four-kilometre markers to find myself running alongside the River Thames, a sudden breeze in my hair and all the reflected lights of London glittering up at me from the water.

Thanks to the super-flat course, it was all over a little too soon; despite the dodgy weather, I managed to nab a new PB. But the night wasn’t over yet: after organisers handed me my post-run coconut water and carrot - a cheeky nod to the after-dark theme - it was all back to Race HQ for some partying proper.

And that’s where this race comes into its own. Although entry is steep at £30, this includes a drink and free entry for your supporters at the massive after-party, where music came courtesy of RW favourites Run Dem Crew.

You also get the headtorch, a (non-wicking) T-shirt, finisher’s medal and a respectably-weighty goody bag…and of course, those all-important glowsticks. I’ll definitely be back to join the club next year.

 Register for the 2014 Energizer Night Run 5K or 10K here.