Moustache must dash on Market Harborough night time run!

Race organisers Brian Corcoran and Amy Kingston get ready for the night run.
Race organisers Brian Corcoran and Amy Kingston get ready for the night run.

A new five-mile night run is taking place in Harborough next month, to raise money for the Movember prostate and testicular cancer appeal.

The Tunnel Vision Night Run will be completed by runners with head torches, and will include a 420 metre tunnel.

One of the race organisers, Brian Corcoran, said the run will be “ a unique experience”.

The run will follow the tracks of the Brampton Valley Way and incorporate the 420m tunnel at Great Oxenden. Runners will navigate their way through the dark night with head torches, running along the traffic free countryside track. But when they reach the 420 metre tunnel, they will find it fully lit.

The race takes place on Thursday, November 26 at 7.30pm. It is open to everyone over 15. All abilities welcome. Movember moustaches (real or fake) are encouraged.

The event is the latest is a series of sporting events created by Race Harborough.

Over the past two years they have launched the Harborough Triathlon, Santa Run, Cycling Sportif, and Harborough Half Marathon and 10k. Mr Corcoran said: “The route is a popular one for runners, but they will never have experienced it like this.

“With hundreds of runners taking part and the tunnel under Great Oxenden lit up it will be a unique experience.”

The event organisers were inspired by the ‘Moket Harborough’ campaign for prostate and testicular cancer appeal which has had such a high profile presence in the town over the last three years.

Money from each entrant will be automatically donated to the charity and runners are also encouraged to seek sponsorship for taking part in the event.

“We are particularly appealing to anybody who grows a moustache for Movember to take part,” said Amy Kingston, also from Race Harborough.

“As it’s towards the end of the month, it’s a great chance to show off your impressive upper lip – and there will be a prize on the night for the best moustache.”

For the many non-mustachioed runners who enter, stick-on moustaches are encouraged. The event hopes to raise at least £600 for the Movember Foundation.

Entries must be made in advance via www.raceharborough.co.uk

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

n The Mercado Lounge’s ‘Wall of Tash’ and fundraising evening will also be held next month to mark Movember in Harborough - and Two Birds Movember Gin will also be available from Duncan Murray Wines from Saturday November 1.

Last year, the event captured the whole town’s imagination and ‘Mo’ket Harborough’ raised over £18,000. Visit Mo’ket Harborough’s Facebook page for to find out more.