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Video and pictures: Hundreds turn out for Telford Dark Run

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The first running of the  Telford Dark Run last year drew 250 people, but this year that number is up to over 450.

And this year's event saw runners and walkers enjoy a 'clubbercise warm-up, with UV lighting literally making the entrants glow in the dark.

Lynne Richards, 37, is one of the team who organise the event and she said it had gone very well.

Lynne, from Ketley, said that the idea for creating the event came following a conversation with staff at Hope House Hospice.

She said: "We wanted to organise a charity event and as we had organisational experience from running the Telford Park Run we decided to organise the dark run.

"We have nearly doubled the number of people we had in the race last year, around 450 is the limit with the insurance we have.

"Preparing for the event took a lot of work, things like organising the marshalling rosta, as we need double the number we would have for a day event - even packing those goodie bags takes time."

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Every entrant received a goodie bag whose contents included a glow in the dark medal, glow in the dark water bottle and money off vouchers for a sports massage.

Lynne said that event owed a huge amount to the volunteers who ensured everything went smoothly on the day.

She said: "We owe a big thank you to Anytime Fitness, who helped us organise the event, Timmy T Events and Jac from Clubbercise.

"The sponsors who supported us are also essential to the event's success, as we are a non-profit event where all money raised goes to charity."

Sponsors of this year's Dark Run included Pertemps, CFG Furniture, JK Runchat, The Park Inn, Lockley Security, Chadstone Accountants, Wenlock Springs, Timmy T Events, Asda Living and Cadbury.

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