World’s first night-time obstacle race through fire, wind and ice launches in Northamptonshire next year

Night Games Races is bringing their event to Northamptonshire next year. Picture: ShadowPlay Media
Night Games Races is bringing their event to Northamptonshire next year. Picture: ShadowPlay Media

The world’s first obstacle race to be run exclusively at night kicks off in Northamptonshire next year and tickets to take part are now on sale.

Imagined by course designers intent on developing the most intense and memorable mud-run ever, Night Games Races has created the world’s first obstacle race series to be run exclusively at night, and is holding its first run at Deene Park in Northamptonshire.

The global obstacle racing industry is worth an estimated $200m, attracting millions of runners and raising millions of pounds for charities around the world. Hoping to add to the industry is 25-year-old entrepreneur Robert Mason from Cheltenham, who has created the world’s first obstacle race to be run exclusively at night – Night Games Races, nightgamesraces.com

Armed with only a head torch to light the way, obstacle racers will have to tackle fire jumps, jet-powered wind turbines, barbed wire, ice skips, hidden paintball snipers and more in a 10 mile challenge on a 4,000 acre plot of land unlike any other midnight stroll. It is expected more than 1,000 people will take part, with tickets already on sale since early September.

The first event will be held at Deene Park in Corby on April 16, 2016, with onsite camping available. Runners must be 18 or over, individual early bird tickets cost £45, however, this offer expires at midnight on the October 31.

Teams of five or more get a discount of £5 per person and volunteers can race for free, with all information on the website.

In mid-2015 Robert secured the funding necessary to establish Night Games Races.

Having never been particularly athletic himself, he realised obstacle races are a great way to stay in shape and have fun. He decided that Night Games Races would have an added edge - opting to have the run ran at night, amplifying the fear and fun.

Rob Mason, the founder of Night Games Races said: “We told our course designers to make your life hard work, scare you half to death and add some unique Night Games twists – and trust me when I say they nailed it. Night Games Races might just be the most fun consenting adults can have in the dark.

“With the growing popularity of obstacle races, ensuring Night Games Races had a unique element was incredibly important. We want racers to have butterflies in their stomachs as they set off to conquer the darkness and with tickets flying off the shelf already, I hear every day from a runner counting down the days!”