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All bases covered for All Hallows' Eve

How many laps will they run in seven hours?

Decisions, decisions. Fancy dress or regular running gear? Just over 5K, or an ultra-marathon? Race on Saturday (30 October) or Sunday (31 October)? Ghost Train medal (above) or Skull Runner medal – or even both?

It's All Hallows' Eve, better known as Halloween, this weekend, and Phoenix Running has all the bases covered with their Ghost Train and Skull Runner double-header at the superb Elmbridge Excel Sports Hub, Waterside Drive, Walton-on-Thames, home of Walton AC.

The beauty of these endurance challenges, apart from the completely flat laps of 5.3K/3.28-miles on the smooth River Thames towpath, is that you don't have to commit yourself to any particular distance in advance. Simply pay the entry fee, turn up and run as many out and back laps as you wish on the day within the seven hours allocated.

The course is marked and marshalled, so all you have to do is the running! Saturday's Ghost Train event will gain you a spooky medal with cheeky ghosts catching a ride on the Freddo Phoenix Ghost Train. On Sunday (remember clocks go back an hour, so an extra hour in bed) the reward for your efforts will be a fabulous black nickel chrome Skull medal, complete with trendy sunglasses!

If you cannot make it to Walton-on-Thames but the spooktastic bling is what you need to complete your Halloween weekend, have no fear! There is a virtual option that will gain you that reward, too. 

Meanwhile, if you are dressing up for the occasion at any Halloween-themed race in runABC South's stamping ground this weekend, we hope you have a ghost of a chance of a PB!

Visit Phoenix Running's website here for details of their Halloween races this weekend.

Visit runABC South's comprehensive race listing here for other Halloween options.

Image courtesy Phoenix Running on Facebook

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