Lincolnshire Wolds Head Torchers


We have been organising these FREE (voluntary charity donation runs with head torches strapped to our heads since the winter of 2011! Just a handful of us ran in wind, rain, snow and moonlight! We had great fun so decided to invite others along to join in the fun!

Runners from all over the area come together and enjoy some great running venues across the Lincolnshire Wolds, and occasionally just off piste! At the end of the runs we usually meet in the local pub that normally put on a special dish for us all, this is optional but a great social afterwards!

Our aim is to ensure that these runs are safe and enjoyable for all abilities. This season (from Nov 2021)  our aim is to do 1 run each week on a Wednesday night. It will be 1 distance only, which will be around the 5 mile mark but no more than 6. We will go out as a single group so if you want a speed session this is NOT the right run for you.

These are steady social runs that will be paced at no quicker than 10 minutes per mile. We want them to be fun and social! 

We will have regular regroups at each mile {approx.} We’d like all runners to support each other by encouraging and running alongside the runners who have a different ability. If a large group attend we will consider splitting up into smaller groups but we will still maintaining approx. 10 minutes per mile pace in each group.

ALL runners attending  MUST AGREE to:

  • Listen to the safety brief before the run (STRICTLY no talking throughout this)
  • Comfortably be able to RUN the specified distance and not need to walk because it is too far
  • Bring a good head torch and bright clothing
  • Be willing to support each other
  • Make a minimum £1 donation (voluntary but preferred) to the charity we are supporting
  • Be aware that you are attending at your own risk – Please note that we do have run leaders/ back markers and first aid support at all the runs

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW SLIGHTLY LATER START TIME  0F 6.45PM (unless otherwise stated!)



Run Dates



Wednesday 3rd November – Hall Farm Hotel and Restaurant in Ashby Cum Fenby – ( Ashby Ln, Ashby cum Fenby, Grimsby DN37 0RT) Post-run food & social

Wednesday 10th Nov- Swallow Inn, Swallow Village just outside Grimsby  (Caistor Rd, Swallow, Market Rasen LN7 6DL) Post run food & social

Wednesday 17th Nov- Wold Newton – Steve Brewin from Wolds Vets

Wednesday 24th Nov- Cleethorpes Tri Club hosting

Head Torch run Number 4 kicks off at 18:45 from Cottagers Plot Laceby, opposite Morrisons.
Here’s what you can look forward to a lovely flat trail run with plenty of stops passing through 2 woods 🌳

FOOD – We are using a pop up cafe and will be providing tea, coffee and cake, 😋for a small donation to cover costs. There will be a vegan sweet treat but if you have any other specific dietary requirements please bring your own snacks.

Please make sure you read through ALL the following information:

**Please car share if possible**
Please park Sensibly at this location with due consideration to residents.
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There is also ample parking in the surrounding area, be careful crossing the road 😉

Distance- just under 6 miles
Listen to run brief (try arrive at least 10 mins before run)
Head torch essential
Reflective clothing
Dress for conditions
Off-road shoes
Must be able to run 10min/miles
No walking its a run
No running ahead of run leader
Buddy up and we run as a group
Donate if you are able
Most of all have fun

Wednesday 1st December- Paul Snowden to host – More info to follow

Wednesday 8th Dec- Lydia Gibbs to host – More info to follow

Wednesday 15th Dec – Ed Smith to Host – More info to follow – Pop up cafe with free hot drinks, cakes & biscuits – just bring a mug & a cake/biscuit donation

Christmas Special – Wednesday 22nd from Hall Farm Restaurant in Ashby cum Fenby – Sparkly lights and Christmas themed dress will be a must! We will also have a Christmas raffle and food inside the Hall Farm afterwards – More info will follow. 

Tee Shirts


 Lincolnshire Wolds Head Torchers long sleeved hi viz tee shirts!

We have just a few left of these super hi viz long sleeved tech tee shirts for sale. These will be brought to each torch run and are now just £7

These are great to wear on the torch runs.

Sizes left are Medium, Large, X Large XX Large. It is first come, first served so if you want one reserving email or alternatively we will be at the runs from 6.15pm with the tees.


If we have enough interest we may order some new ones for the coming season with a different colour and design! Let us know what you think!!



The torch runs are free of charge, organised by volunteers who recce the run and organise the food options. We encourage you to bring some loose change with you and pop it into the charity jar. A Minimum donation of £1 is preferred.

We have raised approximately £5,500 since introducing the charity element in 2017, we’ve donated to some great local charities including, Lincolnshire Air Ambulance, Operation Christmas Child, Riding for the disabled, Not Home Alone and funded a local wheelchair athlete to help with the purchase of a new wheelchair.

This years cause is:


A Platform to Talk was established after the sad death of local man Phil Merrison. Phil was a regular at the Head Torch runs and loved by many. He was often leading the runs or supporting the back runners. Phil was also a mental health ambassador, he wanted to break down the stigma and barriers surrounding mental health. He was very open about his own struggles and he used his personal experience to inspire and educate others about the cruel illness that is Mental Illness.

Despite his own battle Phil loved life, he seized every moment of happiness and brought joy into other peoples lives. It is unbelievably sad that he lost his own fight on the way to finding his peace.

It is with this in mind that ‘ A Platform to Talk ’ grows as a special community. Members of the fb page and beyond can share and express their feelings through peer support. Alongside our online forum we hold events to bring people together and new friends are made.

Through fundraising we are able to help and support individuals to access professional, affordable and accessible help when it is needed.

We are also keen to intervene early and help young people manage their mental health . If the signs of poor mental health are spotted sooner, this in turn increases the chances of recovery. The funding of mental health first aiders in community groups is a project we are passionate about.