Jo’burg – if you haven’t yet, get your night trail run on!
06 January 2016
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Brad Brown: Welcome onto this edition of Old Mutual Live, great things start here, great things start now, time to chat some running and joining us on this episode is Richard Beswick of Illumin8 Events. Richard, nice to catch up, thanks for taking the time to chat to us today.
Richard Beswick: Hey Brad, thanks for having me on the show again.
BB: Richard, we’ve spoken to you on our mountain biking podcast, but I wanted to get you on to talk a little bit about running because you guys put on some great mountain biking events. You also got connections with the Avianto trails for mountain biking and trail running, but you’ve put on some fantastic trail running events as well. Tell us a little bit about the races you’ve got in your stable.
The appeal of our night trail races
RB: Ja Brad, we’ve basically got two types of trail running events. We’ve got our night series and then we do a few, sort of more traditional day trail runs. The night runs are unbelievably popular, it’s actually so surprising to me. We get so many newbies to the sport of trail running that the first run that they’ve ever done is actually one at night.
It really boggles my mind, that people make that decision that hey, let’s go for a trail run. But hey, let’s make it even more difficult and let’s do it at night where we really can’t even see the trail. I think the nice thing about it, it’s during the week, we always host on a Thursday night. We hosted at the PWC Cycle Park in Bryanston, so it’s really nice and close and all our events, part of the Biogen Night Trail Run Series presented by Runtastic are all themed events.
Fun themes around the runs
We generally look at the themes that we can really sort of get the people going, they can dress up in various outfits, which we always reward them for. We always have a best dressed competition. We’ve got a Valentine’s run, we’ve got a Halloween run, we’ve got a Retro run, we’ve got a Lumo run and then right in the dead of winter we’ve got the Brrr run.
It always keeps it nice and interesting for the guys. We always do an 8.5km route and then a 5km route. So the 5km is generally a trail run/walk, we get a lot of people, even bringing the dogs out for a walk on a Thursday night and there’s always a cool vibe.
We’ve got a DJ there, Biogen go all out with their Cytogen slushes and all sorts of products on offer and tons and tons of prizes from the various sponsors that we have involved with the event. It really is just a great way to get out, get healthy, get active and do it with a few mates.
BB: I had a quiet chuckle to myself when you were talking about the newbies coming out and doing their first trail run at night. I am one of those newbies, my first trail running experience was in the dead of the night. I thought I was going to die, but I’ve fallen in love with it, I think it’s absolutely amazing.
Richard, if people want to find out more about the events and the entire series, I know early 2016; I know you’ve got one coming up in Feb that if people want to check out more, where can they go online to get more details?
Where to find out about the races
RB: They can go to our website, ilumin8events.com, we’ve got links to the Biogen Night Trail Run Series presented by Runtastic. We always put, the first one is always great because you get the option to actually enter the series upfront, we’ll get one of the five races free.
So it’s definitely worthwhile, if the guys are keen in getting involved in the sport, or just carrying on with the series. We get a lot of people back every year, it’s great to see the same faces at the events. Like I said, being a Thursday night, we generally don’t clash with anything, other than those work dinners and get togethers.
It’s not like on a Friday where you’re clashing with everybody’s plans to go out and have something to drink and get drunk on the Friday night. So Thursday has been a great option for us and obviously the guys are always welcome to bring any beverages of choice that they would like along to the runs.
We have lots of people that end up bringing a picnic with and spending until about 10:00pm with us at the PWC Bike Park. It’s a great time to get out there and get over to the website if you are keen. Like I said, that early bird, enter the series and you get that one race free, so definitely worthwhile to do that.
BB: Cool stuff. You can check out the rest of the offerings as well with the other trail runs. Richard, thank you so much for your time here on Old Mutual Live, much appreciated. We look forward to catching up again soon.
RB: Cool Brad, thanks again for having me on the show.