Halloween Howler 2016 (10km)

halloween-howler Event: Night Series – Race 1 – Halloween Howler
Date: Saturday the 29th October 2016
Location: You Yangs Regional Park
Distances: 42K, 21K, 10K, 5K, 6 hour, 3 hour – Off Road, Night Run
Organised by: Trails+
The Halloween Howler at You Yangs Regional Park in Victoria is a night trail race, with a 42km marathon, 21km half marathon, 10km & 5km fun runs and 3 hour and 6 hour enduro events. There are two 42km events: one starting at 6pm and the second one at midnight. You can run either marathon, or both. Presentations are held shortly after completion of various events. Please note this is a low key grass roots event, with not to many bells and whistles, just a celebratory fun night on the trails.

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Halloween Howler 10km.
This run popped up in my Strava feed and looked like a great concept, a night trail run for Halloween. Having wanted to do a run in the You Yangs it was quickly penciled into the calendar. The 10km was scheduled to start at 7pm, so I did run parkrun at Westerfolds on the Saturday morning and headed out to the run in the evening.

Halloween HowlerA Ghost Buster being pursued by a skeleton.
 
The 10km had a smallish field of 13 (14?) people, but as we were running in with some of the longer distances who had already started, the course didn’t feel empty. There was a good scattering of runners who had come dressed in Halloween costumes, and the event official had certainly dressed for the occasion and decorated the event area.
The run was two laps around a 5km circuit which weaved through the Western Plantation area, following a good mix of access trails and single trail. Not a lot of elevation over the course, but it did remind me of running through Candlebark Park at home. Having dressed as a skeleton with a running vest, it was soon apparent that it might be a little bit too warm for three layers of clothing … I ditched the bandana in to a pocked at about the 2.5km mark, but continued to run with the rest of the skeleton costume 😉 I way surprised to see that I managed to complete the first lap in around the 22 minute mark but in the end my legs told me that I may have put in a little bit too much effort at parkrun and I faded on the second lap.
hh-mapTwo laps of the 5km circuit.
 
A great course, and I ended up with an unexpected 3rd place in the 10km 💀
(I still think that I may have been fourth, and we have a missing runner in the results).
A great event, highly recommended.
 

★ Flickr 2016-10-29 Halloween Howler 10km
📈 STRAVA or it didn’t happen: Halloween Howler 10km

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