There were no tricks but plenty of treats at the 36th Worksop Halloween Half Marathon (29 October) and the scenic, hilly course didn’t prevent the winner from living up to his surname.
Harvey Speed of Coventry Godiva Harriers showed a fleetness of foot to be first across the line in 1:13:00. Ian Phillips was second in 1:14:21 with the spookily named Phil Skelton of Steel City Striders RC taking third place in 1:15:07.
Stephanie Burns of Rotherham Harriers & AC won the women’s race in 1:21:46 followed by Charlie Nurse of Wigston Phoenix in 1:24:47. Rebecca Winter of Ackworth Road Runners came third in 1:26:23.
Emma Moorhouse of Barnsley Harriers was the midpoint runner in 1:57:46. The last runner finished in 3:55:27.
The autumnal surroundings of Clumber Park were a fitting backdrop to this perennial favourite in the running calendar. Launched in 1982, the race is famous for its location, atmosphere and marshals not to mention the humourous signage. The witty signs added to the enjoyment of the event as well as providing some light relief from the undulations!
A musical blessing courtesy of the Worksop Salvation Army Band sent runners, many of whom wore fancy dress, on their way from Outwood Academy Portland. They headed towards Clumber Park, continuing through the National Trust property and passing Worksop Golf Club before turning back towards the finish at the secondary school.
Every finisher took home a well-received long-sleeved T-shirt and a scarily amusing medal. Three charities benefitted from the support shown by the event and those taking part.
Photo courtesy of Will Nickell.