Runners to enjoy a lark at the park in the dark!

Visitors to Braunstone on Thursday evening (22 December) might be surprised to see a line of torchlights bobbing around the park in the dark.
 
Regulars of the Braunstone parkrun - the weekly, timed, 5k race at the city park - will be celebrating the winter solstice with the second of their torchlit, night-time "darkruns".
 
The inaugural darkrun took place in October to mark Halloween and was a resounding success. Around 60 runners of all ages and abilities completed the themed run around the regular parkrun course in fancy dress and organisers are expecting a similar number for this week's festive event.
 
A spokesperson for the Winter Solstice darkrun said:
 
"Many Braunstone parkrun participants have wholeheartedly entered into the spirit of the themed fancy dress runs we've staged in the past, not only those that coincide with the regular parkruns taking place on Saturday mornings but the midweek one we hosted recently for Halloween.
 
"We are expecting a large turn-out again for Thursday's run and most have vowed to come dressed as Santa or wear other festive outfits.
 
"It should be a lot of fun and a great way of getting the party season started!"
 
The winter solstice is the day in which the angle of the sun in the northern hemisphere is at its southern-most position and marks the shortest day of the year. Although the actual moment of the solstice this year takes place at 5.30 on Thursday morning, organisers have arranged for the race to take place in the evening to make it accessible to more.
 
Runners, walkers and volunteers of Leicester's weekly race - one of more than 100 that takes place every Saturday around the UK and further afield - will also have a chance to celebrate Christmas at the weekend (24 December) when the second Santa Canter parkun takes place in Braunstone. This will be a normal parkrun but participants are urged to enter into the festive spirit by dressing up accordingly. The first Santa Canter took place last Saturday with many of the 117-strong field, plus the event's volunteers, sporting fancy dress.
 
All parkruns and "darkruns" are free to enter but, in the case of the former, runners must register in advance of their first race online at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone. Thursday's "darkrun" starts at 7pm from the old stable block, while the Santa Canter, as indeed do all parkruns, starts at 9am at the same place.
 
Anne Newbery, Braunstone parkrun volunteer