Last Saturday (27 October) Telford Town Park played host once again to the Dark Run 5K on behalf of Hope House. Around 350 people ran, jogged or walked at this sold out, multi-award winning event.
The extreme cold didn’t put off the participants with young and old enjoying the glow in the dark, not-for-profit run for a worthwhile cause – Hope House Children’s Hospices in Oswestry and Conwy. Both hospices provide care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families in Cheshire, Shropshire, North and Mid Wales.
At 6.30pm, adults and children some of whom were in Halloween fancy dress waited to start the 5K Fun Run around Telford Town Park. They took part in an energetic, UV lit warm up from Clubbercise instructor Jac Cassidy, before they headed off, glow sticks in hands from the Visitor Centre. Enthusiastic volunteers from the Telford and Wrekin community encouraged them every step of the way and in one case, helped a couple of ladies who had fallen to their feet and checked they were ok.
There was a treat in store for the finishers and volunteers in the form of a ghostly, glow in the dark medal and goody bag.
Dark Run 5K was created in 2014 by Chris Richards and since then has become an extremely popular event, organised by volunteers and sponsored by local businesses. All proceeds are donated to Hope House and to date £50,000 has been raised for this charity.
Event founder Chris Richards praised the hard work and efforts by everyone involved saying: “Lynsey and Rachel from Hope House have been superb, supported by a team of wonderful volunteers that made this year’s event a success.”