Phoenix Running at Halloween

Milestones clocked up as the clocks changed

John and Nick were on target at Phoenix Running's events

runABC South previewed Phoenix Running's Halloween double-header of the Ghost Train on Saturday (30 October) and Skull Runner on Sunday (31 October) – both hosted at Elmbridge Excel Sports Hub, Walton-on-Thames – so it only seems right to find out how it all went.

Both events had the same format – run as many 3.28 mile laps as you want within the seven-hour limit – and results for half marathon or full marathon were kept separate for ease of reference and to assist those who were on a mission to add another milestone.

Phoenix Running make a big deal of their milestone runners who can pose for photos with the special race number that indicates their personal achievements. And why not, when the milestone in question is the 1,600th marathon that was completed by Skull Runner John Kew on Sunday!

John managed his 26.2 miles in 5:20:58 for 15th overall (8 laps completed) while Nick Nicholson spent 6:40:00 completing his 1,110th full marathon. The fastest marathon was run by Richard March (3:40:42) but the greatest distance winners were Helen Bonaer (5:28:19) and Dean Jones (5:28:23) who battled together to complete 10 laps.

At the previous day's Ghost Train run, John Kew (5:51:41) and Nick Nicholson (6:56:29) had put themselves in pole position for their barrier-breaking efforts on Sunday. At the front, there were two sub-four-hour marathons by Virk Harpreet (3:51:40) and Davie Stafford (3:55:50). Sophie Lenton (5:24:31) completed her 12th marathon in 12 months.

Eight laps were enough for everyone on Saturday but there were a couple of milestones passed in the half marathon after four laps. Rahul Vashist (2:45:13) notched up his 100th run at 13.1 miles and Joanna Barnes (2:49:37) was on her 150th half marathon.

Naturally, the feed station and venue were suitably decorated for the occasion (see picture above) by Phoenix Running staff, who had the greatest stamina of all due to the long days of setting up and timing these unusual events.

Results are available at via runABC South's race listing here.

Image courtesy Phoenix Running on Facebook

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