Portsmouth’s tricky Halloween race is a treat for runners

Last night's Ghost Race Picture: Habibur Rahman (161465-50)

Last night's Ghost Race Picture: Habibur Rahman (161465-50)

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  • Fun run takes place at Mountbatten Centre
  • Competitors dress in a variety of costumes
  • Proceeds go towards Royal National Lifeboat Institution
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THERE were goblins, Ghostbusters and monsters that were 350 strong at a running track to raise money for charity.

The fifth annual Ghost Race took place at the Mountbatten Centre, in Portsmouth, where people young and old got the chance to get into the halloween spirit.

Flaming entertainment by Elise Bulley and Lucy Penketh of Manic Stage Productions Picture: Habibur Rahman (161465-41)

Flaming entertainment by Elise Bulley and Lucy Penketh of Manic Stage Productions Picture: Habibur Rahman (161465-41)

The five-mile run, which took people out of the Mountbatten Centre and through Foxes Forest, enjoyed its best-ever turn out, with all proceeds going towards the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Rob Piggott, 52, who organises events such as the Santa Dash throughout the year, was delighted with the turn out for the Ghost Race.

Rob said: ‘It is a brilliant event and we are really pleased with the support.

‘This is our fifth year and it has grown every year.

‘It is a brilliant event and we are really pleased with the support.

Rob Piggott

‘We spend about a year planning the event and it is satisfying when everything comes together.

‘Over the year, we’ve put on a number of events in aid of the RNLI and we think so far we have raised somewhere between £3,000 and £4,000.’

Runners had the challenge of dashing through Foxes Forest with limited vision in exuberant costumes.

The race was won by Dan Winkworth in a time of 38:02.

Gary Skerratt, 52, is an avid runner who looks to raise awareness of motor neurone disease every time he goes out for a jog.

Gary said: ‘This was the first time that I have taken part in the Ghost Race and I really enjoyed myself.

‘It is different to running in a normal race as all you had for guidance was the people in front of you!

‘There was a different range of ages taking part – one boy who was 10 was running his first five miles and I couldn’t believe it.

‘I will definitely be in it again next year.’

The fundraising doesn’t stop as Rob has organised an Oktoberfest-style run today over six miles at the same venue. Every contestant gets a free beer and hotdog for competing.

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