A RUNNING event which took place in Chirk for the first time earlier this month has been nominated for two awards.

The Chirk Dark Run 4k, held at Chirk Castle on Saturday, October 19, has received the nominations in the 2020 Running Awards.

Organised by Hope House Hospice, the event saw dozens of runners take to the course at the National Trust site, and raised more than £8,000 for charity.

Its success has been recognised by the Running Awards, and has seen it nominated for the Best New Running event and the Best Fun Run event.

Cat Dowdeswell, Hope House area fundraiser for Wrexham, Whitchurch and Market Drayton, said the nomination adds to what was already a successful night.

She said: “We noticed there hasn’t been many dark runs in the Wrexham region, so we worked with the National Trust to organise it, and the event sold out a month before it was set to happen.

“It was great to see so many new people there, which hopefully means there will be some new supporters for the charity.

“It’s amazing to be nominated for the award.

“It was nice to see people sharing stories and realising what the money raised helps us to do. To see the castle lit up and the amount raised was just fantastic.”

Cat said she is hopeful the event will take place again next year.

“The award nomination just adds even more to what was already an emotional and amazing event,” she added.

“We’re definitely hoping to be back next year, we’ve already told the castle we want to come back. It’s a brilliant venue with a lovely course.”