As the name suggests a celebration of all things Halloween was the theme of this event for 200 runners.  The race HQ had been suitably decorated with a spooky atmosphere and all entrants were in fancy dress and for once us Harriers were very tame compared to others’ amazing costumes.  Photos and a video were playing of their previous event in 2014 and we soon established that this course was not for the making of an off road 10K PB but purely for the enjoyment of a muddy challenge and a good run.

Having been given a suitably spooky briefing by the Race Director we were taken on a short 10 minute walk to the start area, passing a ‘murder’ scene of Humpty Dumpty, Mr Men and Homer Simpson … no chalked motivational messages here(!) but lots of warnings to “Keep a Look Out” and “Beware”.

The warm up was a quick lesson in the dance moves of Michael Jackson’s Thriller and then we were lined up ready for the start.  The first part of the run was into Nightingale Valley, a steep, slippery incline, reported as possibly one of the steepest hills in the city, that runs up the Avon Gorge after which we were directed round into Leigh Woods, dodging the various ghosts and ghouls (marshalls) who were dotted (and hidden) around the route.  Despite it being a beautiful, warm, sunny day almost perfect running weather, the woods were very wet and muddy which caused some girlie shrieks but also lots of laughter .  A few more inclines and a very rocky decline down (which was acknowledged by the ringing of a death rattle!) onto the tow path for a flat but scenic finish.

After medals were awarded and photos taken we walked back to the HQ for the prize giving, coffee and lots of free cake!!

Results were as follows :

Noah Walsh        00.52.18

Peter Walsh       00.57.36

Lee Masters       01.04.15

Julie Bryant         01.12.30

Cathie Walsh      01.12.30

This is the third year that Southville Running Club have organised this event and they hope to increase its capacity in the future as there were over a 100 people on their waiting list. I definitely plan to be there for their fourth.

Report by Cathie Walsh


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