MORE than a hundred spookily clad runners gathered at Parkhurst Forest on Friday ­— raising money and awareness for Wight Aid.

Staged after dark, with runners dressing up in all manner of Halloween inspired costumes, participants took part in The Ghost Runner ­— a 5km fun run through Parkhurst Forest.

Braving the weather, and deftly traversing the muddy terrain, runners donned their headlamps and followed a well mark, offroad course, weaving their way between the trees.

Runners received a bespoke medal for their efforts ­— crafted at Axby and Hirst in Calbourne from bamboo and engraved with the image of a cartoon skeleton ­— and prizes were awarded for the best costumes.

Roman Russell won a trophy and a bucket full of sweets for his little vampire costume, while Gordon Day and Sophie Morgan won a trophy and a bottle of wine for their jester and corpse bride outfits.

“It was the worst weather of all five editions, but we had the biggest turnout, the best fancy dress and best atmosphere ever,” said organiser, GP Sport.

“Well done to all of our incredible competitors, and a huge thanks to our army of volunteers who make these events possible.”

The event raised more than £1000 for Wight Aid, supporting charitable projects on the IW.

Wight aid volunteers marshalled on the evening, and provided a supper for all the runners once they finished.

“We’re really grateful to be involved, and it was so well organised,” said Karen Eeles, of Wight Aid.

“I want to give a big thank you to all the people and volunteers that supported us and the event.”