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6th October 2015 - Press Release

Youngsters set for port 'Thriller' this Halloween

Dover's youngsters won't be running away from witches, vampires and zombies this Halloween - they'll be running with them instead.

The Port of Dover wants budding athletes, keen fun runners and even toddlers to don their favourite spooky outfits and race along the Prince of Wales Pier for the first-ever Port Mini Monster Mile Dash on Friday, October 30.

There will be prizes, a post-event party… and all money raised will go to Dover charities.

Tim Waggott, the Port of Dover’s chief executive, said: “This really will be a treat for the town’s children and their parents.

“We want to see as many people as possible wearing fancy dress and running along the mile-long pier. We’ll be handing out awards for the fastest competitors as well as those with the best costumes.

“All proceeds from the event will go to the Dover branches of the RNLI and homeless charity Emmaus.”

The run will be separated into two heats – one for three to eight-year-olds (and their parents) and one for nine to 14-year-olds – with space for 40 competitors in each.

In addition to the winners’ prizes – sponsored by Dover Western Docks Revival contractors GRAHAM - every runner who finishes will get a medal and goody bag.

The after-race party will have apple bobbing, plenty to eat and drink… and a few scary surprises.

Mr Waggott said: “This will be a momentous event not only because it’s the first Port Mini Monster Mile Dash, but it will also be the last time runners will be able to race along the pier in its current form ahead of changes planned under Dover Western Docks Revival.”


To register, please download this entry form


Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, 30 October
  • Location: Clock Tower located on Dover Seafront next to the Prince of Wales Pier
  • 3.30pm: Registration
  • 4.00pm: First race for 3-8 year olds with parents
  • 4.45pm: Second race for 9-14 year olds
  • Presentations will be presented at the Clock Tower at 5pm, including: winners’ prizes, whilst all racers will get special designed medals and a special Trick or Treat goody bag.




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: 

o    £51.1m – Total community benefit 

o    £10.3m – Heritage assets and environmental commitments expenditure 

o    £350,000 – Port of Dover Community Fund 

o    1,371 staff training days  

o    1,600 hours – Community and environmental projects and events 

o    4,535 hours – Neighbourhood policing by the Port of Dover Police 

o    50 hours – Road Safety events


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