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3rd November 2015 - Press Release

Spirited youngsters compete in Port's Halloween challenge

Some were dripping blood, some were green, others had horns, fangs and claws. But the youngsters who took to Dover seafront on Friday all had one thing in common - smiles.

The brave souls donned their scariest Halloween make-up and clothes and, in the failing light of a sunny autumn day, charged along Prince of Wales Pier for the Port of Dover’s first ever Mini Monster Mile Dash.

Vampires, skeletons, zombies, black cats and demons battled for top slot – not only competing for the best time, but also for the best haunted look.

Tim Waggott, the Port of Dover’s chief executive, said: “Halloween is a great time for many youngsters and their families get into the spirit… and go for a spectacular look.

“I’m really pleased the race brought the community together and the competitors really had a great time.”

The contest was separated into two heats – the first for three to eight-year-olds, the second for nine to 14-year-olds.

Fastest boy in the first heat was Owen Burton, who finished the course in 7.50 minutes. Fastest girl was Jessica Stephens at 8.24.

At 7.11 minutes, Oliver Clayton was the first boy to cross the line in the nine to 14 category. And Amelia White was the fastest girl at 7.54.

Erin Brazier and Arthur Warner won the best fancy dress for the three to eight-year-olds, and Tyne Brock-Carey and Jake Brazier had the most haunting clobber among the older competitors.

Prizes and goody bags were sponsored by John Graham Construction - the company appointed by the Port to deliver part of the Dover Western Docks Revival project.

Dan Hockey, the company’s project director, said: “We were pleased to support this fun community event.”

An after race party gave children the chance to try their skills at apple bobbing, take part in scary trials and tuck into some top nosh.

Money raised by the event will go to the Dover branches of the RNLI and homeless charity Emmaus.


Notes to Editors

  • The Port handles 13 million passengers, 2.5 million freight vehicles and £100 billion of UK/European trade.
  • The Port supports 22,000 jobs, many of which are in the local community.
  • It has a shared vision to protect and enhance short and long term port capacity for the nation whilst delivering the catalyst for the regeneration of Dover.
  • Dover's 2014 Stakeholder Benefit in Numbers:
    • £51.1m – Total community benefit 
    • £10.3m – Heritage assets and environmental commitments expenditure 
    • £350,000 – Port of Dover Community Fund 
    • 1,371 staff training days 
    • 1,600 hours – Community and environmental projects and events 
    • 4,535 hours – Neighbourhood policing by the Port of Dover Police 
    • 50 hours – Road Safety events
  • GRAHAM is a privately owned company operating in the construction, asset management and project investment markets whose primary focus is building and maintaining infrastructure.

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