If you’re not a natural born runner, why not try convincing yourself that you are this Halloween? Add a bit of fancy dress, face paint and some fangs to your regular jogging attire and you’ll soon forget about the actual exercise. There are hundreds of great spooky fun runs around the UK, many taking place in the daytime, as well as a few more terrifying night runs for the thrill-seekers and scream queens. Most are in aid of charity – here are a seven we’d like to, ahem, sink our teeth into…
If you really want to freak yourself out this Halloween, then the 5-kilometre Zombie Survival Run is an absolute must. Thirsty zombies, fake blood and an impending apocalypse of the undead, should you fail, all await you. Have you got what it takes to survive? There is a fiendish inflatable obstacle course to overcome (which we’re assured is bigger than ever this year) and each participant is given a tag belt with three lives before they set off. The goal is to keep the belt intact as blood-soaked zombies try to grab them. You can enter as a runner or a zombie. There’s an entrance fee, with group discounts available if you fancy getting some mates in on the fun.
When: 9:45 - 12:00, Saturday 27 October
Where: Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, RG18 9QZ
Photos courtesy of UK Running Events
Photo courtesy of Run Through Events
If you haven’t been to London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park yet, its London Halloween fun run is a great excuse to get yourself down to the place that basked in so much national pride during the 2012 Games. Still in its pristine Olympic state, the park will come alive on the evening of Saturday 27 October to accommodate ghouls and goblins with a penchant for 5K and 10K timed races. Expect tricks throughout the course and treats at the finish.
When: 19:00, Saturday 27 October
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 3 Thornton Street, London E20 2ST
Ghouls, goblins, ghosts: make sure you check out the free-to-enter Trick or Treat 5K and family trail. Forget the house of horrors, at dusk this marshalled event at Leyton Jubilee Park becomes a spooky fun run of horrors. There’s a 2.5 or a 5-kilometre trail to choose from, with a series of devilish dance performances throughout the course and a goody bag of treats at the end for those who manage to survive the trail. All ages welcome, including families with babies and buggies.
When: 17:00, Wednesday 31 October
Where: Leyton Jubilee Park, Seymour Road, London E10 7BL
SPOOKY SPRINTS - THROUGHOUT UK
Photo courtesy of Parkinson's UK
Parkinson’s UK’s Spooky Sprint has been going for several years, but is taking on a different format for 2018. This year everyone can enter, run anywhere at any time, as many times as they like from Halloween to 30 November in a bid to raise as much money as possible.
Runners can choose between a 2K family fun run, a 10K challenge or – if you feel so compelled – a multi-day ultramarathon. There are prizes awarded for different amounts raised and a trophy for those who raise more than £250. You need to raise a bit of sponsorship beforehand - £100 minimum, but there’s no signup fee.
When: 31 October – 30 November
Price: FREE (sponsorship required)
On Thursday 25 October, Run Walk Crawl – known for their challenging ultramarathon running events in picturesque settings – will be taking to the woods and muddy tracks for their five-mile Ghost Run. Luminous yellow signs will mark out the track near Sanatorium Park along the Ely River, but head torches are advisable. Fancy dress is, of course, encouraged – so don’t forget your vampire fangs.
When: 19:00, Thursday 25 October
Where: Aspire Fitness, Sanatorium Rd, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 8DG
Taking place along Hove promenade, this Brighton Halloween Fun Run is an event for the entire family – with a 5K Fun Run and a kids Mini-Mile to walk or run. Expect to pick up a monster medal and goody bag if you complete the event, with spooky prizes for the scariest adult, kid’s and student costume. If you turn up before the event starts on Saturday 27 October at 11am, you can pay £5.00 for make-up artists to give your outfit the (pardon the pun) re-vamp required to be in with the best chance of winning.
When: 11:00, Saturday 27 October
Where: Hove Promenade, Kingsway, Brighton & Hove, BN3 2FR
Price: £15.00 for adults, £8.00 for kids
Photo courtesy of 2:09 Events
For the second year in a row, 2:09 events will be celebrating Halloween on Sunday 28 October at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey, by hosting an off-road trail run with hidden tricks, treats and prizes for costumes – including bottles of Denbies Wine for the winners. For the daredevils among you there’s a 10-kilometre race and for the more fearful family units there’s a shorter 2-kilometre course. It starts at 10am and there is an entrance fee of £10 for the 2-kilometre run and £20 for the 10-kilometre. Everyone who finishes will receive a special luminous medal and a goody bag. Do you need any more reasons to join?
When: 10:00, Sunday 28 October
Where: Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking RH5 6AA
Price: 10km £20, 2km £10
And, if you’re embarking on a fun run at night which continues into the witching hour, make sure you equip yourself or your kids with some lights; an armband, an LED flasher or even an LED vest should ward the phantoms off nicely.
There are bound to be many more spooky runs local to you – let us know how spooked you get and send us your devilish pictures!
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