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How to run at night – 5 essentials to boost your night run

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Thinking about going for a run at night? Night running brings a mystical allure that’s captivating. As the stars sprinkle a little stardust on your running path, night running also offers the advantage of cooler temperatures, less crowded roads, and an unmatched tranquility.

To elevate your nocturnal jogs to new heights, our experts have built an unbeatable list of five night running gadget must-haves. We’ve hand-picked one brilliant head torch, a scrumptious gel fuel pack, a top-notch pair of trainers, a head-turning high visibility top, and an exceptional run tracking device.

Let’s shine a light on these five running companions and take your night escapades to the next level.

Your Beacon in the Night: A Stellar Head TorchPetzl Swift RL Multi-Beam Unisex Head Torch £99.95

Introducing the Petzl Swift RL Multi-Beam Unisex Head Torch, a knight in shining armor for all those who run at night. This rechargeable head torch is a game-changer with its reactive lighting technology, which auto-adjusts brightness to your needs. With 900 lumens at maximum power, this head torch isn’t just lighting up your path—it’s practically making daylight jealous! It also sports a comfortable, adjustable strap for a perfect fit, ensuring that your focus stays on the road, not on readjusting your gear.

The Petzl head torch is currently on sale over at Amazon for £99.99.

If you are after a head torch that won’t keep slipping when running and that you won’t need to keep fiddling with on your night run, the Petzl brand is perfect.

George Charles, resident expert
Petzl night time running torch is the best on the market

Fuel to Keep You Going: The Gel Fuel PackScience in Sport, GO Isotonic Energy Gel Variety Pack – £6.44 for 7

When the road seems to stretch forever into the night, Science In Sport GO Isotonic Energy Gels variety pack is the perfect pick-me-up. It’s like a motivational speaker that you can eat! Packed with energy-boosting ingredients including complex and simple carbs, electrolytes, and branched-chain amino acids, these gel packs help sustain energy demands of any duration or activity. With a wide variety of flavours, it’s your personal midnight feast in a handy, easy-to-consume package.

I used these throughout my recent Three Peaks challenge and they were amazing and truly did the job. They were also super handy when a fellow team member was having a low, and were literal life savers

Andy Barr –
Science in sport isotonic energy gel sachets. 7 for £6.44

A Pair of Trainers for Moonlit Miles: ASICS GEL-Nimbus 25 £139.99

Every night runner needs a dependable pair of trainers. Enter ASICS GEL-Nimbus 25. Designed with comfort in mind, these shoes feature GEL technology cushioning for excellent shock absorption, a lightweight, breathable mesh upper, and a durable outsole that offers the grip you need on those late-night runs. Whether you’re a seasoned night owl or just getting into twilight trots, these shoes promise a soft landing and a responsive stride, taking you the extra mile under the stars.

There is a reason that these trainers also featured in our story about the 9 best trainers for running on hard ground, they are the serious athlete’s first choice.

asics gel nimbus 28 running trainer

Shine Bright, Run Right: The Hi-Vis Top£89.99 ProViz

Stand out from the shadows and be the brightest star on the road with Proviz REFLECT360 Running jacket. Not only does this high visibility top keep you safe, but it also offers unparalleled comfort and functionality. Engineered from highly breathable material, it also has cleverly positioned perforations for enhanced airflow. But the standout feature is its 360-degree reflective detailing. With this top, you’re not just running, you’re practically lighting up the night!

Obviously, its hard to demonstrate on a website how good this jacket is, but trust us, it lights up real good!

Proviz reflective running jacket

Keep Track of Your Night Adventures: The iWatch is all you need!

We could try and dress this up, or pretend it was a closely fought race, but it isn’t. The best bit of kit on the market for tracking your runs is the iWatch by Apple. Every review we have ever done of the various iWatches that are on the market has always put it light years ahead of its competitors.

The functionality, the technical ability and the amount of apps that are on the marketplace that can fit inside of this watch is staggering. The torch functionality alone makes the iWatch perfect for night time running. You can’t go wrong really! Pricing starts at £750.00 and Amazon tends to have more Apple iWatch deals than Apple does itself!

applie i watch from amazon

There you have it, if you want to run at night, here is our selection of five wonderful products

Andy Barr
the authorAndy Barr
Editorial Lead
Andy was late arriving into the world of fitness, running and training. He did not really take up regular gym going until he was in his late 30's. He lost over 7 stone in weight since starting and completed an olympic length triathlon in June 2018. He enjoys playing football, boxing and outdoor running.

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