A Halloween Fun Run

A while back, I set myself the challenge of running 100k by the end of October (not all in one go). The project is called Running Down Dementia. The idea is to raise £100 for Alzheimer’s research and run 100k.

Anyway, I got complacent and just a little bit lazy about tracking all my mileage, especially since the website widget didn’t seem to work. (I think they have fixed that now.) So I’ve had to run my arse off over the last week or so.

I ended up on 95k by the weekend and thought a Halloween 5k fun run would be a good way to finish up the challenge.

This race was held in Thames Valley Park, Reading, and I think the organisers put a lot of effort into making it a great event. See just one small part of the display below (a carved pumpkin in a rowing boat):


And the sea of Halloween pirates below (pun intended):


It all kicked off at 8pm, to the sounds of sea shanties and Irish jigs being blasted through the speakers, and followed a course through the woods.

Night running can be a really unique experience, especially on a clear night, with the moon visible through the silhouetted trees.

There was another nice touch to be had around the 4k mark- a band of drummers in a clearing. Think intro to Michael Jackson’s “They don’t really care about us”.

I have a new running buddy who ran the race with me but he has issues with his knees so has to take it easy. Nevertheless, we came in at 33:14, and that was only his third run since we’ve been training together.

Upon crossing the finish line, we received one of the funnest running packs ever: chocolate coins, jellies, and a fiddle toy. (I would definitely recommend bringing kids to this and letting them do the 2k fun run.)

I finished the event with a tasty post-race cup of pumpkin soup.

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I love running, but don't always train in the way that I should. I started my blog in between my first successful completion of a marathon (although I wrote the first post a few days prior to that) and my first ultra marathon, which was the first half of the 100k "Race to the Stones". Maybe part of my reason was to publicly call myself out on my own stated goals. I chose the name "half arsed runner" because I wanted to show that my motivation levels are far from perfect, and that it's OK to be human.

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