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The Halloween Fun Run @ Castle Eden gives you a unique opportunity to have a frightful experience enjoying the trails around the Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve. We will have some goulish marshals on the route to help ensure you have a hellish time getting round the route.

The marked route is fully contained within the Nature Reserve trails so you get a great chance to look at the beauty of the dene whilst avoiding the attention of the undead. If you manage to avoid being dragged into ravines by ghouls, then you will be rewarded with a very special race medal.

This truly is a hellish but fun trail event.


The race opens for entries on 01st December 2019. There will be 300 places available for the race. The entry fee is £22/£24.

Cut Offs

The race must be completed within 2 hours.

Route and Course Markings

The course will be marked and taped and marshals will be on hand at key points in the race. Please remember that navigating the course is your responsibility.

Fright Stations/Check Points

There will be one check point at 3 miles. There are fright stations at undisclosed locations. Sweets and water will be available at the check point. Sweets, water and fizzy drinks will be available at the end of the race.

First Aid

The race checkpoint has first aid equipment for minor injuries. The start/finish area will also have first aid provision inculding a paramedic and an ambulance. Nearest local hospital:- University Hospital Of North Durham, North Road , Durham, County Durham, DH1 5TW. 0191 333 2333

Mandatory Kit

Shoes suitable for the ground conditions.


All finishers get a newly designed bespoke medal for 2019. On race day choose a buff as your extra race momento.

There are also male and female prizes for the categories shown below.

Senior 40-49 50-59 60-69 70 plus
First Three First finisher First finisher First finisher First finisher

Race Registration and Parking


Dene Lodge,

2 Stanhope Chase,



Map for race registration.

Halloween Fun Run @ Castle Eden - 31/10/2021

  • 12:00 - 14:15Visitors Centre

    Opens for race registration, pick up race numbers and race merchandise.
  • 14:25Start/Finish Area

    Race safety briefing
  • 14:30Start/Finish Area

    Race start!
  • 16:00Start/Finish Area

    Awards Presentation
  • 16:30Start/Finish Area

    Race cut off

Halloween Fun Run @ Castle Eden - Rules

  1. All competitors must be running under their own names and numbers. No swapping of numbers or running in another’s place will be accepted. If you are found to be running in another’s place you will be disqualified.
  2. You must log your number with race marshals at each check point. It is your responsibility to make sure the marshal takes your number.
  3. Any competitor who is deemed unfit to continue by the race directors, marshals or medics will be withdrawn from race. The decision will be FINAL.
  4. Runners must carry all mandatory equipment at all times during the race unless stated otherwise at Race Briefing by the Race Director. If found to be not carrying the required kit at any time, you will be disqualified.
  5. If you decide to retire from the race you must notify a marshal. You must surrender your race number and you will not be allowed to continue.
  6. Unsporting behaviour (cheating) will not be tolerated and result in immediate disqualification. This includes but not limited to, not carrying mandatory kit at all times, taking short cuts, use of PEDs.
  7. We strongly advise against the using of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs i.e Ibuprofen) during the events, as they are proven to cause harm during endurance events. Doing so against this advice is strictly at the competitor’s risk.
  8. All runners take full responsibility for their own navigation during the event.
  9. You must have your bib number visible at all times or easily accessible to show the Check Point team.
  10. If you do not leave an aid station before the cut off time you will not be allowed to continue for safety, cut-off times will be strictly enforced. If you get to the finish line after the final cut off you will unfortunately not be listed as an official finisher and will not be eligible for awards.
  11. Littering will result in immediate disqualification. We must respect the trails at all times. Some of our events take place in SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest), and securing permission to host events in these areas is very difficult. If you litter you not only jeopardise the events future, but more importantly you jeopardise the area.
  12. Dogs are NOT allowed to take part in the event. They present a trip hazard to other runners and a risk of upsetting livestock of local land owners.
  13. Headphones are not permitted at the race. However, bone conducting ear phones are permitted.
  14. You do not have a right of way priority over any other users of the course, you must respect other users of the course throughout the duration of the event.
  15. The race has an ARC permit number and will be held under ARC rules. We recommend that you make yourself familiar with ARC rules specific to Trail running: http://www.runningclubs.org.uk/rules

Course Records

Male Steve Rankin 2015 00:38:32 Female Vikki Cotton 2018 00:46:54
MV40 Neil Byrne 2015 00:40:31 FV40 Ruth Dadswell 2016 00:48:45
MV50 Michael Pearson 2018 00:43:24 FV50 Jackie Murdy 2017 00:50:25
MV60 Ronnie Kidger 2018 00:47:25 FV60 Lyne Valentine 2017 00:52:21
MV70 Mike Gill 2017 01:06:21 FV70 TBA TBA TBA
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