Glow in the Park - London

Electrifying light shows and energising beats will carry you around the course as you get your glow on in the Foam Zone, powder up in the UV Paint Blast Zone and get grooving in the Time Tunnel. Open to all abilities, young or old - whether you dance / walk / jog or run - Glow in the Park is your time to shine.

People running the Glow in the Park - London
Event Time:09:00 pm
Event Date:30 September 2017
Event Distance:5 KM

Running Events

History | Getting Started | Top Events

Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!

Runners taking part in a running event

Brief History of Running

Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.

Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.

How to get started in running events

Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.

Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.

Running Races Near Me

There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;


Fun Runs  | 5K Runs  | 10K Runs  | Half Marathons  | Marathons


Top Running Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Bournemouth Marathon

Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon


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The Glow in the Park - London Course


All participants of the Glow in the Park, London must pre-register via the online entry system before the event, this is done when you purchase your entry online. (There is no, on the day registration required) A confirmation of entry will be emailed immediately followed by your event pack which will be posted to you. For group entries, all the packs will be posted to the group leader (the person who made the booking). The group leader then distributes the packs. You can select a different shipping address from your registered card address. 

There is an additional charge for the packing, contents and postage of the event pack of £2.99 per pack. The posted packs include your bib number, Glow in the Park headband and UV face paint. Please remember to bring your bib number to the event and fill out the medical details on the back. 

There is a help desk at the event if you have any questions or require help.

We appreciate that you might have some 'last minute' friends that might have suddenly decided they want to join you on the day. Don’t panic, they can get their glow on too as we do have limited on the day entries for friends and family. Please see the help desk at the event. Cash accepted. 


The Course

The course is comprised of two 2.5km laps around one of the venues paths. Once you have completed your lap please make your way down the finish straight and to the glow party. The surface is predominately on tarmac roads with some small excursions onto soft standing for some of the Glow Zones. The course is marked using flashing arrows and strobe lights. Please note. You must wear a head torch when taking part in the event as the course is not specifically lit for the event. It is a night fun run and therefore some areas of the course will be dark in between the Glow Zones. Please use your headtorch and proceed with caution.


The Glow Zones

The zones comprise of music and special effects, take your time, dance and party as you move around the zones.

Event Location : Sunbury on Thames, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, TW16 5AQ

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