Runners didn’t expect a swim early on at Worksop Halloween Half Marathon (Sunday 27 October). Motivational signs kept them going through the lake and on to the end.
There was spookily good fun at Worksop Halloween Half Marathon, a popular and well established race that made its debut in 1982. Organised by Worksop Harriers & AC it is a picturesque half marathon mainly held in Clumber Park.
Many of the participants got into the spirit of the occasion, wearing Halloween fancy dress. Skeletons, zombie cheerleaders, devils and pumpkins were on display at the start of the half marathon at 10am. The colourful field followed a scenic route that included hills and the unexpected water feature at 4 miles.
Flippers and snorkels weren’t needed – thankfully, as they ran through Clumber Park where a series of amusing signs caused more than a few smiles. These along with supportive marshals and spectators and the Grim Reaper tail runner provided the impetus as runners continued on their way before a fast downhill in the last half mile to the finish.
Stuart Spencer of Notts AC won the men's race in 1:08:28. William Strangeway of Lincoln Wellington AC was second in 1:09:48 with Daniel Bagley of Holme Pierrepont RC third in 1:11:22.
Phillipa Williams of Sheffield RC was the winning female in 1:17:09 – with a gap of more than six minutes between her and Kelly Butler of Birchfield Harriers who was second in 1:23:37. Natalie Hoffman of Holme Pierrepont RC was third in 1:25:53.
No tricks but treats galore in the form of a long sleeved technical T-shirt, medal and freshly-made crepes.
Image courtesy of Chris WD Hanman.