It was lights, cameras and action as participants turned out at Chirk (19 October) and Telford (26 October) for the Dark Run. They experienced a warm glow of satisfaction from helping Hope House Hospice.
The Dark Run 5K Telford returned for the 6th year in a row but this time was joined by the new Dark Run 4K Chirk, held the week before on Saturday 19 October. Also new was the opportunity to complete both events – the ‘Dark Run Double’ and have twice the fun whilst supporting Hope House.
Chirk Castle near Wrexham was the venue for the new Dark Run 4K and was a visually appealing sight in red, green, yellow and purple. Children and adults were equally distinctive with their head torches and glow sticks as they ran or walked around the castle grounds to be rewarded with a glow in the dark medal and goody bag at the finish.
Heavy rain threatened a washout but thankfully, skies cleared in the afternoon leaving it dry and cold for the Dark Run 5K Telford. Runners, many of whom wore Halloween fancy dress took part in an energetic warm up whilst waving their glow sticks before heading off along a well lit route through Telford Town Park. They too received a glow in the dark medal and goody bag for their efforts.
These award-winning events fundraise for Hope House Children’s Hospices which provide specialist care to children, teenagers and young adults with life limiting illnesses. They also offer counselling and support to families who have suffered the loss of a child. These services are available to children and families living in Cheshire, Mid and North Wales and Shropshire.
Both events have been nominated for next year’s National Running Awards.
Image courtesy of Julie Murney.