Inaugural charity Trick or Treat 5K Walk proves huge success
Over 100 people attended Caudwell Children’s inaugural Trick or Treat Family 5k Walk at the Loomer Road Stadium, in Newcastle Under Lyme, on Tuesday 31st October, 2017.
The event saw participants completing four laps of a course outside the stadium.
The Trick or Treat 5K was hailed a success despite a last minute change of venue, as Liz Wade, Events and Challenges Coordinator at the charity explained: “The event was originally planned to take place at Trentham Gardens. However, last week, their Health and Safety team enforced some additional requirements regarding lighting and marshalling.
“Unfortunately, the cost associated with this made it impossible for us to run the event there so we were desperate to find an alternative venue.
“Luckily, the management team at the Loomer Road Stadium, home of the Stoke Potters Speedway team, came to the rescue.”
And with just days to go before the event a safe route was agreed at the stadium allowing the charity to proceed with the Trick or Treat Family 5K.
“It was fantastic that we didn’t have to disappoint all those who had registered for the event although, unfortunately, the change of venue wasn’t suitable for all those who had booked and we’re sorry to have disappointed those who had wanted to run.
“However, we’re incredibly proud to have delivered such a family friendly event at a new venue at such short notice. So to see so many children enjoying themselves, complete in fancy dress, was extremely rewarding.”
Before the walk children were treated to apple bobbing, an Egyptian mummy wrapping session and a spine chilling story about Loomer Road Len, the ghostly apparition that appears around the stadium every Halloween.
Andrew Slack, from Silverdale, attended the event with his daughter Laura. He took to Facebook to thank the charity for putting on the event. He said: “Many thanks for this evening, and thank you Marshall’s for keeping us safe. Len looked good on the motorbike!”
Participants were treated to a selection of sweets and goodies as they made their way around the course and on completing the 5K walk they were presented with a commemorative medal to mark their achievements.
“The medals were well deserved and were given in recognition of their bravery,” concluded Liz. “Those who took part had to overcome their worst nightmares.
“But the quivering and quaking was all worth it as money raised through the event will help Caudwell Children to support even more disabled children throughout Staffordshire.”
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