The Dorset Neon Run is a 5k neon night run open to anyone over the age of 12 in the iconic Poole Park with the aim of having fun! Join up to 1,000 other neon runners and run, walk or skip the 5k route whilst lit up in neon face paint, glow sticks, glow bracelets and fluorescent tutus – whatever takes your fancy – before returning to show off your bling under UV lights and shake your thing to music at the end.


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What to Expect

Before your 5K run: On arrival you will register in our event tent and then your evening will start with sizzling sounds from local radio station Hot 102.8 followed by a stage warm up from our clubbercise instructor just before you set off on your 5K route! There will also be an opportunity to buy refreshments, extra neon goodies or get your face-painted to bling up your neon look!


Due to safety reasons, all participants must bring a headtorch, otherwise you will not be able to take part.


After the 5k run: You will receive your goody bag and medal and, if you’re up for it, continue to glow and shake your thing under UV lights in our music arena. For you and your supporters there will be food stands and refreshments and the lake will also be aglow with on-the-water activity!


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6.30pm – Registration
8.40pm – Outdoor warm up
9.00pm – Race starts
11.00pm – Close

Key Details

What: The Diverse Abilities Dorset Neon Run is the first run of its kind in Poole. A 5K night run which essentially follows the Poole Park Run 5K route. Marshals will be there guiding you and cheering you along the way!

Who: The run is open to anyone over the age of 12 who is fit and able to walk, run or jog the 5K route. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Please see Ts&Cs for any restrictions.

When: Saturday 8 April 2017.

Where: Poole Park, Poole, Dorset BH14 2SF. The run will follow the Park Run route.

Why: We reckon we all deserve to have fun and light in our lives. Diverse Abilities supports over 700 children and adults who face the challenge of physical disability and learning difficulties every day. By lighting up the night with us on our 5K Dorset Neon Run, you will be helping to light up the lives of the children and adults we support.

Signing Up

On-line sign up

All entrants must sign up and pay a registration fee via the online form before the event. A confirmation will be emailed immediately. You will also be sent a link to JustGiving to help you start your fundraising and you will be allocated an event pack which will include your event t-shirt and some neon bling to get you started.


On the night check in

You will need to arrive in good time to check in the event marquee on the night. At this point, you will be given your running number and you will be able to pick up your T-shirt and event pack if you haven’t already done so in advance.

Glow Shop

Your registration pack includes a branded cotton T shirt, a glow stick, 2 glow bracelets and a 10ml tube of neon facepaint. To really light up the night, you can order additional glow packs when you sign up:
Supaglow pack – to include an additional glow stick, 4 x glow bracelets, 2 x 10ml tubes of neon facepaint and neon run tattoo. £5 will be added to your registration fee.
Megaglow pack – to include everything in the Supaglow pack but with a rainbow neon tutu and a 125ml can of hairspray paint. £10 will be added to your registration fee.


You will be prompted to make a choice from the following three options to get your event pack:

  • On the night when you register
  • In advance at one of the allocated pick up local points:
    • Tesco Tower Park on 17 March from 3pm – 7pm
    • Tesco Fleetsbridge on 24 March from 3pm – 7pm
  • Through the post. This will incur an additional charge of £1 for the registration pack and £1 for any additional glow packs. You will receive it a couple of weeks before the event.

Event Facilities

– Registration marquee (please note there will be no bag drop)
– Stage with music and UV lights
– On site catering vendors selling hot drinks and food
– Toilets at the start / finish area
– Marshals along the route
– First aid team
– Event merchandise for sale
– Face-painters
– Goody bag and medals for all finishers
– On the water lake activities (additional cost)

The Course

The course is 5K and will approximately follow the Poole Park Run route. It is a night fun run and most of the course will be dark, there may be some uneven surfaces and you will be running next to water in places. It is therefore a condition of entry that you wear a fully working head torch when taking part in the event. There will be event marshals all along the route.


Poole Park will be closed to traffic but it’s served by plenty of bus stops and there are several car parks in the vicinity, the nearest being the Dolphin Swimming Pool. The Borough of Poole has also kindly agreed to raise its barriers at the Civic Centre opposite Poole Park to offer (limited) free parking to Neon runners and volunteers.

Entry Cost

£20 registration fee (£15 early bird until 26 February 2017) Your entry fee covers the cost of putting on the event and includes your branded Neon Run event T-shirt and some neon bling to get you glowing. We are also asking you to raise sponsorship or make a personal donation to help us continue to light up the lives of the people we support. Minimum sponsorship per person is £60


Donate £30 when you register and we won’t ask you to raise any sponsorship.

Click here to view our fundraising top tips.

Terms and Conditions

Please click here for the terms and conditions for the Dorset Neon Night Run 2017. Please read these carefully. When you fill in the entry form you will be asked to agree that you have read and understood these conditions.