Dorset Neon Run goes digital to bring event forward

Dorset Neon Run goes digital to bring event forward

Published by George Sharpe at 11:14am 18th May 2020. (Updated at 11:17am 18th May 2020)

Dorset's Neon Run is one of very few events being brought forward because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was postponed until September due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it's now been moved to this bank holiday weekend by going online.

The 5km event is now taking place over the internet this coming weekend in a bid to raise money for disability charity, Diverse Abilities.

Traditionally, it takes place at night to give the full neon effect the run is known for. 

This year they're allowing runners to take part during the day, although anyone still opting to run by moonlight is recommended to use a headtorch for safety.

Emma Bovey, fundraising manager, commented:

"The Dorset Neon Run is a big fundraiser for us, and while we would have loved to host the event in real life in September, we feel we have a duty of care to our community to hold off running mass participation events until guidelines are clearer.

"The income is so vital to our services that we need this event to take place in whichever way it is safe to do so. If you take part in the run, feel free to nominate a friend on social media to run it as well - it's a great way to have a bit of fun while doing your daily exercise with the family."

There's no time-chipping involved so you can run or walk at your own pace to cover the distance.

Anyone who's already registered will receive their running packs in the post and new participants are invited to sign up on their website.