More than 200 runners took part in a frightfully fun free 5k run at Lake Meadows in Billericay on Saturday (28th October) morning, with witches, werewolves and vampires of all ages tackling the course in the local park.
The weekly event is popular with families and Saturday was no different, with children and adults alike dressing in a variety of otherworldly outfits. Local park users and dog walkers took double takes when they spotted a giant human pumpkin climbing the hill and a witch jogging past the park's café in a hat, floor length black dress and cape.
The runners were cheered around the course by a team of costumed volunteer marshals, which included a warlock with a magical staff, a zombie girl, and a family of skeletons.
As they approached the finish line, the runners ran down a finishing straight lined with carved pumpkins instead of cones.
- 211 runners and 27 volunteers participated in a free, timed 5k run at Lake Meadows in Billericay
- Witches, vampires, werewolves and a giant pumpkin could be seen running through the Saturday morning mist
- The event was a special themed run. Billericay parkrun is a regular weekly event, taking place at 09:00 on Saturday mornings
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Event Director David Hayday, dressed as a skeleton, said:
“We were so pleased to see so many runners getting into the spirit of the event. We are more than just a run, we are a community, and coming together like this to be a bit silly is an important part of that.”
The event is entirely organised by volunteers and is free and open to all, whether you choose to run, jog or walk the course. It is a run, not a race, and despite many of them being in full costume, 64 runners achieved a new personal best at Saturday’s event.
The event is cancelled on Saturday 4 November due to preparations for a local Billericay fireworks but will return on 11 November - with participants wearing ordinary running clothes this time!
Following the success of Saturday morning’s run, the core volunteer team is already busy planning more special events for Christmas time and beyond, including a festive run at 09:00 on Christmas Day.