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First Yorkshire Terrier race


12:00am 10th March 2012

Yorkshire runners are limbering up to take part in the region's first Notorious Night Run - a 10k dash in the dark - and raise money for a range of charities.
Tonight , as many people sit down to an evening meal or get ready to hit the town, 1000 people will be gathering at Newburgh Priory in the hope of becoming 'notorious' and raise money for local causes.  
Yorkshire's first ever Notorious Night Run - the Yorkshire Terrier - will see runners from across the region take part in a 10k off-road adventure, in the dark, that will also see them pit their wits against a series of obstacles designed to challenge them both physically and mentally.
The Notorious Night Run events are the brainchild of Clifton Moor-based Rat Race Adventure Sports. The events have been held in Scotland, the Midlands and the south for three years but, this weekend, the event is coming to Yorkshire for the first time.
Rat Race director, Jim Mee, says:

"We've been based in York for four years now and have been running these events all over the UK.  There was certainly demand for a Notorious Night Run in our home county, and this year the time was right to launch."  
Runners can choose between a modest 5k 'daytime dash' and a 10k ('and then some') off-road running night event in the heart of the North Yorkshire moors, which selects the most challenging terrain and creates man-made obstacles designed to challenge participants to the limit.
And if running in the dark in challenging terrain over a series of obstacles wasn't enough, everyone runs in fancy dress.  In Yorkshire, Jim is expecting to see a fine selection of flat caps, mucky miners, flamboyant farmers and ruddy brewers, all running for the hills:
"This event is very much designed for runners who take fun seriously and there are generally plenty of mud-spattered grins at the finish line," he says.  
"These events aren't about getting round in the fastest time, they're about having the best time - from splashing through horse-jumps in a tweed jacket and head torch to cutting loose in our party tent after the race."
If anyone has energy to spare at the end of the run they can pitch a tent, refuel, rehydrate, and relax at the Notorious 'after party', offering food from local producers, real ale and bands to end the night in style.

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