Zombie event is to die for

We’ve all heard of farm diversification. Some farmers set up farm shops, and others open holiday homes. But one is hosting his own zombie-themed three-mile obstacle course – surely a first?

Alan Conway, owner of Hauxley Farm, near Amble, has designed his own running of the zombies event, a format proving popular in cities across the world.

Humans will run the race with zombies close behind.

Each person is given three tags and has to try stop the zombies from taking the three tags.

Alan said that this time last year, he was making 32p per litre for milk, the main source of his income, but now, because of changes in the global marketplace for dairy products, he now makes only 19.5p per litre.

The declining price of milk over the years has already prompted Alan to use robotic milking apparatus to cut costs, but now he is diversifying too.

Alan said: “I’d heard about the various obstacle races, and we wanted to do something that would appeal to the general public.

“We saw there was a lot of zombie runs happening and thought we would bring it here.

“We’ve already had a lot of interest. We’ve had more than 1,000 people visiting our page and reached about 1,400 people already, but we need to start to get bookings.”

There will be two runs at the event – being held on Saturday, September 5 – one for children and another for adults.

The children will follow a shorter course Alan says is intended to “tire the zombies out”, then the adults will go after. There is a choice to run as a human or a chaser zombie.

Tickets are £30 for adults and £15 for children. Zombies are free, but must book ahead.

For further information, go to www.tryroboticmilking.com