Around 50 runners in spooky attire will be descending on Braunstone Park later today (31 October) to take part in the first ever Braunstone "darkrun".
The group is made up of regulars of the Braunstone parkrun, the weekly, timed 5k race that takes place at the city park every Saturday morning, and tonight for the first time will be meeting up in Halloween costume to complete the course in pitch black.
The event, the first of its kind over the Braunstone parkrun course, was the brainchild of event regular and volunteer, Anne Newbery, who said:
"What started out as a run with just a small group of friends that I've met through parkrun has really taken off. Lots of runners have vowed to run in costume and it should be a lot of fun."
"Braunstone parkrun is now more than just a weekly race. It's become a great little community with many very close friendships formed. The Halloween event will hopefully be the first of many social activities for the group".
Braunstone parkrun is one of more than 100 parkruns that takes place around the UK and other locations every Saturday morning. The Leicester event celebrated its first birthday five weeks ago and, since its inception last September, has welcomed in excess of 1300 runners, aged between around 4 and 79, to more than 50 weekly races.
Monday's "darkrun" starts at 6.30pm near the old stable block at Braunstone Park and is free to enter. Although the run will not be officially timed in the usual way, nor results published online afterwards, runners are invited to record their own times on the parkrun Freedom Run website at http://www.parkrun.com/results/freedom.
Meanwhile, the 55th parkrun of the series takes place next Saturday (5 November), starting at 9am at the same place. Although there is no cost to take part, first-time runners must register beforehand online at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone.