Night running, music and moonlight, Moon Rise Run is arriving at Manchester’s Heaton Park later this month, writes Karen Connolly.

Come nightfall on April 18, a 5K course for runners, joggers (and walkers) will be transformed into a magical passage across Heaton Park.

Fairy lights will festoon the pathways and runners will add to the magic with their Moonbeam LED wristbands given to each participant.

Joeseph Lofthouse

But the party really begins after the neon procession crosses the finish line with live music and some high quality (and much needed I’ll wager) refuelling opportunities.

It all promises to be a bit fairy-land-esque with glowing lantern-lit trees casting a romantic glow over the live music, artisan street food and bar.

The music line-up includes Firewoodisland, a folk-influenced group of musicians; Lily Jo (top photo), a pop and soul artist from Manchester who has provided backing vocals for Damon Albarn, Neneh Cherry and Shaun Ryder. Then there’s Joseph Lofthouse, a singer/songwriter from Edenfield who’s toured with and supported Elbow.

Ramping things up and bringing the festival to a close will be Happy Mondays leading lady, Rowetta, and VIVA magazine’s editor and DJ, VIVA Ems – a set guaranteed to rock the park after dark.

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Moon Rise Run is an inclusive event and the course is a gentle exploration of the park – suitable for all levels of experience. The idea is to combine well-being with socialising, all in a stunning environment.

Participants don’t necessarily have to fundraise but Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is an official local charity to the event.

Ticket price gains each runner entry to the race, limited edition Moon Rise Run T-shirt, LED Moonbeam wristband, race number and entry into the post-race festival.

Festival-only tickets are also available for those who want to go along to support friends and family and enjoy the entertainment.

By Karen Connolly


What: Moon Rise Run

Where: Heaton Park, Manchester

When: April 18, 2015. Race starts 7.45pm with entry from 5.30pm and warm up 7.15pm. Post-race festival will end at 11pm.