WHEN going for a jog just isn't exciting enough, how about a nighttime trail run or bike ride over hilly chalk paths, farm tracks and bridleways?

More than 200 thrillseekers flocked to Cheverton Down, Shorwell, last Saturday night for the Isle of Wight's fun, family friendly Trail Festival — covering distances of between 5km and 50km in the night rider mountain bike and night runner events.

Equipped with only a map, their wits and a healthy dose of stamina, they had to navigate the terrain and pass through checkpoints to complete the courses.

After the hard work was over though, there was an after party with music, food and wild camping at Cheverton — home of the Isle of Wight Mountain Bike Centre.

Now in its third year, the event was backed by GP Sport and Red Funnel and raised more than £2,500 for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

One of those to take part was Nicholas Earley, who said: "I went on a first time sailing trip with the trust and it really helped rebuild my confidence after cancer, so I wanted to give something back by taking part."