Happy Halloween at Hubble Bubble
Two runners joined the 100 marathon club at this Halloween-themed event
Runners were determined to enjoy themselves at what might be the last race for the time being as the country goes into a second lockdown from this Thursday (5 November). They were treated to spectacular views along the Leeds & Liverpool canal as they completed their chosen distance at the Halloween-themed Hubble Bubble (31 October-1 November) from It’s Grim Up North Running (IGUN).
This two day event saw two types of weather with wind and rain on Saturday followed by dryer, brighter conditions on Sunday. None of which put a dampener on the races or anyone’s spirits; instead there was humour, friendliness and support that is the norm at IGUN’s events and everyone was reassured by the Covid-secure measures.
The races were Ultra, Marathon, 20 Miles, Half Marathon, 10 Miles, 10K and 5K, all of which were held on an out and back flat course starting at Kirkstall. There were staggered starts and runners set off in socially distanced groups of 6, remembering to maintain this during their race and taking extra care when passing other canal users.
Colin Johnstone and Andy Wood ran their 100th marathon and were presented with the coveted blue and yellow T-shirt/vest, medal and a celebratory cake. Jo Mohan also had a reason to celebrate as she completed her first marathon and her first IGUN event and will be back for more when things return to normal as will many others.
The spellbinding medal, bottle of beer, chocolate and Cath’s Cake went down a treat at this well-organised event. Unfortunately, the worsening situation with Covid-19 means future events are postponed or have been switched to a virtual format but this is a temporary state of affairs and IGUN look forward to welcoming everyone back when lockdown is lifted.
Results can be found on runABC's listing page here.
Image courtesy of Hilary Wharam