27 Oct

Hauntingly Good Running

The Pumpkin Marathon

Halloween is nearly upon us with witches, ghosts and pumpkins galore and the theme of several races this spine-tingling weekend (28-29 October).  It’s also a time when things go and run in the night. 

The unearthly fun starts on Saturday with the Parkinson’s UK Spooky Sprint - Nottingham. This is one of two events with the other in Aylesbury and runners can choose from a 5K, 10K or Family Fun Run. Fancy dress is actively encouraged and there is a prize for the best costume amongst others. 
 
We fly over to Lightmoor in Telford for two races in a day. The Pumpkin Marathon (and half marathon) starts at 9am followed by The Spooky Halloween Challenge at 4pm. These are multiple lap races organised by How Hard Can It Be Events & CODRC who are known for their friendly, low-key events and eye-catching ‘bling’.
 
Dare to be scared at the Nightmare 10, a trail run with a difference in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. This is held over both days with the Dusk version on Saturday featuring a 5 and 10K plus Kids 5K and zombies to deal with. There is a 10K/10-mile race on Sunday morning where the aim is to run faster than a wolf (not a real one we hope!) that will be chasing the runners.
 
Our last stop is Worksop Halloween Half Marathon, a long-standing race in scenic Clumber Park that always has a good turnout. There is a generous prize list for all age categories including the Nottinghamshire County Team and all finishers will receive a tech T-shirt, medal and goody bag. 
 
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section.