Halloween & Bonfire


halloween bonfire 2014


halloween hurtle 2014

After the serious floods of October 2008, the following year we decided to repel the water with flames and the Halloween bonfires began.

They’ve run every year from 2009 to 2014 and been popular with children and families, with the addition in recent years of some fun running events.

In 2015 we had a break, but 2016 is the beginning of our 50th anniversary year, so we may be back bolder and brighter!

Report of the 2014 Halloween Hurtle

The numbers may not have been high for the 2014 Halloween Hurtle, but spirits certainly were as 14 runners and two walkers set out on the five mile off road route.

Beams of lights from head torches could be seen bobbing along nearby fields and footpaths as the runners made their way via Fluxton and Metcombe to Venn Ottery and back again.

First home in a great time of 34:29 was Rob Giffard, closely followed by Steve Adams in 35:22.

Sidmouth Running Club’s Jayne Drew was third overall and first lady in a very good time of 44:39. Hot on her heels was the third man to cross the line, Tipton resident Grahame Shaddick in 45:03.

The second lady home was Vicky Morris in 49:34, and third was another Tipton resident Anne Carter in 50:02.

For a full list of finishers and prizes click here Halloween Hurtle results and prizes 2014

You wouldn’t want to have met some of these runners on a dark night – many donned spooky fancy dress for the occasion, Jane Hemsworth, as the Grim Reaper, and Grahame Shaddick, as Count Dracula, taking the prizes for best costume.

halloween hurtle kids 2014There were lots of fabulous fancy dress outfits on the field too, mostly from the youngsters who always enjoy dressing up for the occasion and bringing along an array of cleverly-crafted carved pumpkins.

Games included pumpkin skittles and yucky dip – thanks to Tipton pre-school group for organising these.

Thanks also to Patrick Walker for making soup, and to Janet Croud and her team in the kitchen for keeping everyone fed with home made cakes and hot drinks.halloween pumpkins 2014

The big draw is always the bonfire – thanks to Jake and Alan Freeman for building and being responsible for this. It rounded off another enjoyable community event.

Thanks to all the marshals and helpers in the run, everyone who helped in other ways, and all who came along to support.

The jury’s still out on whether we’ll do it next year……..watch this space!


2 thoughts on “Halloween & Bonfire

  1. This years Otter Rail and River 10km race was hot very enjoyable and really well organised thank you to all of the marshall’s for helping us stay on the correct path Paul SRC

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