Through the Darkness

This event is quite different to the events we've supported before. Through the Darkness is in support of all mountain resuce teams around the UK, raising money and awareness of the tireless work they complete. 

Participants have 12 hrs to run as many 12 km loops through the northern Dartmoor National Park between the hours of 18:00 and 06:00 the next day. They can rest as needed between loops. Our job is to keep them going where best possible.

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Credit: Holme Valley MRT C HVMT

Event information

We are hand to offer support to all the runners as they finish each loop at race HQ. We deal with most MSK issues by assessing/diagnosing and treating with massages manual therapy, taping, cupping… etc. Feel free to being any tool ro equipment you would normal use. 

What we cover

Fully stocked treatment bag

Portable massage table

Breakfast Sunday AM

What you cover

Travel to & from the event

Food for the event

Personal kit/clothes, extra food & snacks

Event: 12 hrs run

Multiples of 12 km loop


Arrive: Saturday 1st July

Depart: Sunday 2nd July

Crew briefing Satuday PM - Must attend


Okehampton Army Camp

Okehampton, EX20 1QP


Car, Train & Ext Airport


6-8 therapists

Spilt into 2x 3 hr shifts




Local restaurants - Sat pm

Own food throughout the evening

Sunday breakfast provided

Kit List

Here's a list of what you would 

need for the event

Example list

Therapist Deposit


Refundable upon completing event

Event profile

Runner Itinerary

A summary of the event for the runners to give you an outline of the weekend.

Campsite open: 14:00

Event registration: 16:00 - 17:30

Briefing: 17:45

Race start: 18:00 1st July

Race finish: 06:00 2nd July

Campsite closed: 14:00


Why do I need to pay a deposit?

This secures your place and helps us ensure our team is full for each event

When do I get my deposit back?

Typically after the event has finished. See our deposit policy for more information

When do I arrive and leave events?

Typically our team arrive 1 day before the runners and leaves 1 day after the event.

Can I arrive earlier and/or stay longer than the event?

But of course! Any expenses outside the event offering will be covered by you.

What does a typical event day look like?

Each event is different  pending the race organisers needs. Here's some examples:

- Start of the event, at checkpoints along the course and at the end.

- Only on the Race HQ for looped courses


How many checkpoints are there per event

Each event will have between 3 and 7 pending the distance covered each day. You will be stationed at 1 or 2 checkpoints pending the course demands.

What does a checkpoint consist of?

Each checkpoint is roughly 10 km apart and consists of:

- 1-2 medics

- 2-3 general crew

- 1-2 therapists

Gazebo, Freeze dried food and hot water, Satellite phone (where appropriate), Treatment couch & therapist bag, Table and 30-50 litres of water & dispensers

How do we move around the event to checkpoints and the finish?

Ultra X provide hire cars and local crew cars for all events abroad. UK are the same but you can bring your own car if you please. Fuel used during the event will be reimbursed by Ultra X. To and from the event is not.

Is food provided during the event?

Depending the event some events do offer food. Check the event details for more info.  

Are tents provided or do I bring my own?

You can bing your own tent where needed, check the event details for more information. Some events there is no need to camp,


What other duties may I be asked to do?

When supporting Ultra X at their events we will be working alongside medics and general crew We are on hand to help the runner get those most out of the whole experience. Our priority is supporting the runners during the event; however helping pack your truck, organising runners as they arrive and check their kits are compliant is part of what we do.


What do I need to bring to treat?

Nothing, unless you have particular tools or equipment you want to use. We provide a treatment couch, PPE and a treatment bag containing:

- A variety of tape - Zinc Oxide, K-Tape and Elastic Adhesive Bandages (EAB)

- Instant Ice packs

- Scissors, Adhesive spray

- Massage oil

- Treatment gloves

- Couch cleaning products

How long can the days be on during the event?

The days can demanding for the longer event particularly. Some days you start at 4:00 and finish at 21:00. However, there are plenty of opportunities to nap during the event if you need to catch up on sleep. See event details for more info.