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Head torch wearing runners at The Skeleton Run

Make no bones about it, the Skeleton Run is back!

Off-road thrills and costumes galore at this popular event.

If you go down to the woods today....you will be sure of trails, Beacon Hill and a race to the finish at the Skeleton Run. OK, so not today but the race takes place on Friday 29 October just in time for Halloween and things that go run in the night...

Organised by Pure Outdoors Events, the Skeleton Run has been in existence since 2009 and has a loyal fan base that enter into the spirit of things by participating in Halloween fancy dress. Their creativity knows no bounds as the outfits have in the words of Gaynor Prior, Event Director: “become more elaborate over the years.” This is an event where your imagination can run riot.   

It starts at 7.30pm and is held on a 5 mile course which uses trails designated for mountain bikers, horse riders and walkers within Beacon Hill Country Park. Walkers are welcome to enter along with runners with both groups following these trails along a route lit with glowsticks and marked with fluorescent signs that add to the sense of the occasion. Marshals are situated along the way to keep everyone safe and there are drinks stations at two miles and the finish.

There are prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female and various spot prizes. Every finisher will receive a bespoke medal, toffee apple and free race photographs courtesy of James Kirby.  

Sign up and have the time (and fright!) of your life. More information and how to enter can be found at The Skeleton Run website.

Image courtesy of James Kirby.

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