Dark Halloween

Sunday 31st October 2021

Cockington Court

Tracey has gathered her coven and dusted off her broomstick as Jolly Running are once again venturing into the dark woods of Cockington on Halloween night for our Dark Halloween 5k and 10k trail races. 

This year we’ve added something for you and your children to do on Halloween. 

Our 1 mile Dark Halloween fun run is a great alternative to Trick or Treating.

We have also teamed up with the Cockington Court Craft Centre and are working alongside them with their Day of The Dead Halloween festival to bring you something different on Halloween and The Seven Dials cafe is extending it’s opening hours for us until 9pm so you won’t go hungry! 


About the Races

Dark Halloween Fun Run

Our Dark Halloween Fun Run is a brand new addition to our Jolly Running Halloween event and is a fun and healthy alternative to taking your children Trick or Treating.

The 1 mile fun run is taking place in the beautiful grounds of Cockington Court. The location is stunning, At the heart of Cockington Village lies Cockington Court, an historic manor house with roots in medieval times, surrounded by 460 acres of pretty country park. Perfect for a run on Halloween evening!!

Cockington Court also has over twenty craft studios, The Seven Dials cafe, walled art garden, tudor rose garden, contemporary art gallery and a popular children’s play area. The grounds are beautifully maintained by the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust charity and the court is run under the Torbay Development Agency.

We have been working with the TDA to compliment their Day of the Dead Halloween festival activities starting from 21st October to 3rd November.

The fun run route will be on some of the same course that the adults do on the 10k event. It will take you on the paths and grass trails of the arboretum.

The fun run takes place at dusk and due to the fading light torches are mandatory, it also adds to the Halloween fun. Children and adults fancy dress is very welcome and fully encouraged, you know us, any excuse to dress up, don a costume or look silly. And who doesn’t dress up on Halloween??

Fun Run Medal. It glows in the dark, SPOOKY

Age is from 3+ years ( accompanied )

This is a fun run rather than a race therefore there will not be any timings or published results. It’s just for fun! All paid entrants will wear a race number for safety. Accompanying adults who have not entered will not need a race number.

All entries will get a bespoke Glow in the Dark Halloween Fun Run medal and a flashing foam glow baton thingy.

Parents and guardians can run free of charge with their children without needing to enter obviously you won’t get a medal and flashing baton though.

Adults can enter too if you’d like the medal!

Please enter your Child’s details on the system and remember to add your contact details as their Emergency contact.

We have collaborated with the Torbay Development agency and the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust in making this event family friendly, we have 3 designated pay and display car parks in very close proximity to the Race HQ which will have extended opening hours for the event and there are toilets and a cafe at race Hq too. The Drum Inn pub is also a short walk across the green.

The Seven Dials Cafe at Cockington Court cafe is very kindly staying open to serve you food and drink so you can make an evening of it and feed your hungry little runners afterwards.

All paid entrants will wear a race number for safety. Accompanying adults who have not entered will not need a race number.

Please Note: Race information will be sent to you two weeks prior to the event and race numbers are collected from registration on the day of the event.

Fun Run Entry

Race registration: 4pm for race number collection.

Event safety briefing: 4:50pm

Fun Run starts: 5pm

 Maximum Capacity: 125 participants ( subject to change if restrictions apply )

Entry: £7

All entries get: Spooky glow medal and flashing foam baton

Dark Halloween 5k & 10k

The Dark Halloween 5k and 10k are night races. Both take you on a challenging spooktacular route through Cockington with the 10k then venturing into Scadson woods.

myCockington and it’s stunning land is managed by the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust it’s one of my go to places to enjoy the trails. Both the 5k and 10k incorporate the hills of Cockington, the routes are challenging but suitable for all abilities. Events to me are about the enjoyment and the experience of your running accomplishments. So grab your running buddies and your best halloween fancy dress and come join us!!

Trail Running at night is enchanting with the darkness heightening your senses, it’s a different experience to running in the daylight. Our 5k route is a great opportunity to try night-time trail running. Suitable for all abilities, it’s hilly, and the terrain ranges from gravel paths, grass tracks, woodland trails and a small tarmac path section around the lakes.

Our course will be well sign posted with reflective arrows, marking tape, flashing light sticks and marshals along the route so you know you’re on the right track.

Your welfare is the most important factor to us therefore head/chest torches are mandatory kit on both distances, for your safety we operate a strict No head/chest torch No run policy. We will check you have your torch before giving you your race number, we cannot provide head torches if you forget yours. Please also wear reflective or bright gear if possible so you are seen from behind by other runners.

Race HQ is at the picturesque Cockington Court Manor House which has a medieval history, perfect for a Halloween night trail run!!

Fancy dress is not mandatory but is wholeheartedly encouraged.

It’s Halloween another excuse to dress up, and there is a prize for the one which catches our eye, if wearing fancy dress please bear in mind that you’ll be running through woodland and trails with branches etc, we don’t want anyone tripping themselves up on their mummy bandages or broomsticks.

There will be a Jolly treats station halfway on the 10k option and refreshment at the finish for the 5k.

A Glow in the Dark Medal and a Jolly Running Dark Halloween bandana/buff thing for every finisher.

We give bespoke prizes commissioned by our very talented friends at Teign Valley Glass for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Man and Lady and our ‘Jolly Runner’. Teign Valley Glass are the glassmakers located at the House Of Marbles in Bovey Tracey. You can see some of their work on their website Teign Valley Glass 

Dark Halloween 5k & 10k times.

Race registration: opens at 6pm for race number collection.

Race briefing: at 6:45pm

5k Race starts: at 7pm

10k Race starts at: 7pm


The 10K Race start time is now 7PM with the 5K start. 


Please Note: Race information will be sent to you two weeks prior to the event and can also be found on our Facebook Group Page and race numbers are collected from registration on the day of the event.

Any race transfers must be completed by Thursday 17th October 2019

 Race entry closes on Monday 28th October at 7pm 


There may be the possibility of offering on the night entries. These entries will incur a £2 administration fee. 

Enter Dark 5k

All entries get:

A glow in the dark 5k medal
A special Dark Halloween bandana

Affiliated £12

Unaffiliated £14

Minimum Entry Age 18 years.

Maximum Capacity 175 participants

Enter Dark 10k

All entries get:

A glow in the dark 10k medal
A special Dark Halloween bandana

Affiliated £20

Unaffiliated £22

Minimum Entry Age 18 years.

Maximum Capacity 225 participants

Come and spend Halloween with us.

In Association with the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust & Torbay Development Agency.

Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust website.

Torbay Development Agency website.

Race Permit granted by Trail Running Association and will be held in accordance with UKA rules.

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