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Race Listing for Lancashire

Date Event Location Results
25 Feb 2024 Lostock 6 MileBarnstomers, Lostock Lane, LostockResults
25 Feb 2024 Stanley Park 10KStanley Park Running Track, BlackpoolResults
01 Mar 2024 LABC Runners 5KLittleborough Boxing & Fitness Club, Littleborough
02 Mar 2024 Stan Bradshaw Pendle RoundBarley Village Hall, Burnley
03 Mar 2024 Take The Fell 10K & 20KBeacon Fell Country Park, Preston
03 Mar 2024 New Longton 10KAll Saints Primary School, New Longton, Preston
05 Mar 2024 Northern AC Winter Road Series Race 6Mooragh Promenade, Ramsey, Isle of Man
08 Mar 2024 Power Of 5K MarchSalt Ayre Sports Centre, Morecambe
10 Mar 2024 Granny's Bay ChallengeSpitfire Memorial, Lytham St Annes
10 Mar 2024 Trimpell 20 Miles3-1-5 Health Club, Lancaster
10 Mar 2024 Mother's Day 10KGeorge & Dragon Pub, Lancaster
16 Mar 2024 Leighton Hall & AONB 10K Trail RaceLeighton Hall, Carnforth
17 Mar 2024 Run Wigan FestivalTown Centre, Wigan
17 Mar 2024 Daffodil DoddleAbbey Village, Chorley
17 Mar 2024 Garstang Gallop 7MGarstang Sports & Social Club, Preston
17 Mar 2024 Roddlesworth RollerAbbey Village CP School, Chorley
29 Mar 2024 Good Friday 10 Mile CaldervaleCaldervale Village Hall, Preston
29 Mar 2024 Isle of Man Easter Festival 10KPort Erin, Isle of Man
30 Mar 2024 Manx Mountain Marathon & Half MarathonRamsey, Isle of Man
30 Mar 2024 Isle of Man Easter Festival Hill RacePeel, Isle of Man
31 Mar 2024 Isle of Man Easter Festival 5K RacesDouglas Promenade, Isle of Man
06 Apr 2024 Pendle Fell RaceBarley Village Hall, Burnley
07 Apr 2024 Fleetwood Spring 10KRossall Point, Fleetwood
07 Apr 2024 Race to the Castle 10KHoliday Inn, Caton Road, Lancaster
14 Apr 2024 Brun Valley Trail 10KThompson Park, Burnley
14 Apr 2024 3 Bridges 10KLMAC Clubhouse, Salt Ayre
18 Apr 2024 Farm Yard FiveFarm Yard Brew Co., Lancaster
20 Apr 2024 Blackpool Festival of Running SaturdayNorth Promenade, Blackpool
21 Apr 2024 Blackpool Festival of Running SundayNorth Promenade, Blackpool
23 Apr 2024 Ripley 4 Mile Supper RunRipley St Thomas School, Lancaster
27 Apr 2024 Holcombe Howler Ultra, Half & 10KHare and Hounds Pub, Holcombe
27 Apr 2024 Wray Scarecrow 10KWray Village Hall, Lune Valley
28 Apr 2024 Bolton Wanderers Community 10KToughsheet Community Stadium, Bolton
01 May 2024 Astley Park Trail Series MayRose & Crown, Chorley
03 May 2024 Power of 5K MaySalt Ayre Sports Centre, Morecambe
05 May 2024 Chorley 10KTown Centre, Chorley
05 May 2024 Belfast City MarathonOrmeau Embankment, Belfast
05 May 2024 Sheriff 10KScorton CE School, Preston
05 May 2024 Morecambe Half Marathon & 5KBare Methodist Church, Morecambe
05 May 2024 Great Hameldon Hill RacePeel Park Hotel, Accrington
10 May 2024 Brockholes BimbleBrockholes Nature Reserve, Preston
11 May 2024 Cottam CanterUCLan Sports Arena, Preston
11 May 2024 Pendle Cloughs Fell RaceDownham Village Hall, Clitheroe
12 May 2024 Avenham AmbleAvenham Park Cafe, Preston
12 May 2024 Blacksticks Blue 10KWhitechapel Village Hall, Preston
12 May 2024 Yarrow River Bluebell 10KFlaming Grill Pub, Chorley
12 May 2024 Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10KSavoy Hotel, Blackpool
15 May 2024 Coronation Trail RaceRivington Bowling Green, Bolton
16 May 2024 Spring G&T FivePreese Hall, Weeton
19 May 2024 Scorton Trail RunScorton, Preston
19 May 2024 3-1-5 10th Birthday 10K3-1-5 Health Club, Lancaster
19 May 2024 Worden Park 10K & Fun RunWorden Park, Leyland
22 May 2024 Harrock Hill Race Series 1Farmers Arms, Bispham
23 May 2024 Nicky Nook Fell RaceApplestore Cafe, Scorton
23 May 2024 Abbeystead 4 Mile Supper RunOver Wyresdale Village Hall, Abbeystead
29 May 2024 Wesham Summer 10KDarkinson Lane, Lea Town, Preston
29 May 2024 Stanhill Fell RaceBritannia Inn, Oswaldtwistle
01 Jun 2024 Kelbrook Fell RaceSt. Mary’s Church, Kelbrook
02 Jun 2024 Morecambe 10K & 5K JuneStation Promenade, Morecambe
04 Jun 2024 Coppice Fell RaceWhitakers Arms, Accrington
05 Jun 2024 Astley Park Trail Series JuneRose & Crown, Chorley
08 Jun 2024 Race for Life PrestonMoor Park, Preston
08 Jun 2024 Pretty Muddy PrestonMoor Park, Preston
09 Jun 2024 Green Man Trail RunThe Green Man, Inglewhite
12 Jun 2024 Race for Life BlackburnWitton Park, Blackburn
13 Jun 2024 Forton School Fun RunForton Primary School, Forton
13 Jun 2024 X-Trail 10KOldham Rugby Club, Oldham
15 Jun 2024 Barrowford Grand Prix 5KSteven Burke Sports Hub, Barrowford
16 Jun 2024 Freckleton Half MarathonBush Lane Playing Fields, Freckleton
16 Jun 2024 Race the Train Bury To RawtenstallBolton Street Railway Station, Bury
16 Jun 2024 Lancaster Father's Day Celebration of Running3-1-5 Health Club, Lancaster
18 Jun 2024 Moleside Fell RacePeel Park Hotel, Accrington
20 Jun 2024 Lancaster Girls Grammar Midsummer Supper RunCarr House Lane, Lancaster
23 Jun 2024 Catforth 5K & 10KCatforth Village Hall, Preston
26 Jun 2024 Harrock Hill Race Series 2Farmers Arms, Bispham
27 Jun 2024 Hapton Fell RaceHapton Inn, Burnley
28 Jun 2024 Power of 5K JuneSalt Ayre Sports Centre, Morecambe
03 Jul 2024 Race for Life BlackpoolThe Promenade, Blackpool
03 Jul 2024 Astley Park Trail Series JulyAstley Park, Chorley
07 Jul 2024 Puddleducks Trail RunDunsop Bridge, Dunsop Bridge
14 Jul 2024 Blackpool Music Run 5K & 10KNorth Promenade, Blackpool
24 Jul 2024 Harrock Hill Race Series 3Farmers Arms, Bispham
11 Aug 2024 Windmill Half MarathonWindmill on the Green, Lytham St Annes
17 Aug 2024 Run The Lights 5K & 10KNorth Promenade, Blackpool
24 Aug 2024 Power of 5K AugustSalt Ayre Sports Centre, Morecambe
25 Aug 2024 Fleetwood Half MarathonRossall Point, Fleetwood
28 Aug 2024 Harrock Hill Race Series 4Farmers Arms, Bispham
08 Sep 2024 Yarrow River Splash 10K Trail RunFlaming Grill Pub, Chorley
15 Sep 2024 Fairhaven Flyer 10KFairhaven Lake, Lytham St Annes
28 Sep 2024 Tower to Castle UltraBlackpool Comedy Carpet, Blackpool
13 Oct 2024 West Coast Half MarathonNavigation Way, Preston
20 Oct 2024 Autumn Breaker 10KStanley Park Arena, Blackpool
21 Oct 2024 Three Towers Ultra MarathonRanken Arms, Darwen
26 Oct 2024 Zoo to Fell MarathonBlackpool Zoo, Blackpool
31 Oct 2024 Spooktastic Halloween 5KHeron's Reach, Blackpool
10 Nov 2024 Windmill Rememberance Day 10KLytham Windmill, Lytham St Annes
30 Nov 2024 Wesham 10KThe Smith Arms, Lea Town

About the area

Lancashire

Lancashire beyond the great metropolitan centres of Manchester and Liverpool moves at a slower pace. Sure there are the traditional centres of Blackpool, Preston, Blackburn and Burnley, names resonant with sporting association, but there are beautiful natural places too like the Fylde peninsula, the Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland. It might be stretching things to suggest a rustic feel but it is less congested and features some terrific running spots, amid that abundance of great scenery.

The club scene is vibrant while Run England groups help introduce many beginners to the sport. Established names like Wesham Road Runners and Lancaster and Morecambe AC are well represented in the region's events.

Many clubs and groups also arrange their own events - we loved the imagination shown by Darwen Dashers. Who can resist entering their events - Aggies Staircase and Mr Sparkle's Dark Un. This time in In Your Area we speak to Jonathan Stubbs from the Dashers, who tells about these races and some of the more unorthodox events they're involved in.

We also catch up with Angus Murray from Lancaster and Morecambe AC, who reveals that the media interest around their recent 3K tribute to late comedian Eric Morecambe could lead to it becoming a regular occurrence.

Other notable events in the area include the Pennine Lancashire 10K which has grown considerably in the last three years, Blackpool Half Marathon and the Great North West Half Marathon. And it would be remiss when mentioning running events in the county not to include the Lancaster Race Series which features Morecambe Half Marathon, Elletson Arms Pilling 10K Series, and Trimpell 20M.

There is a strong network of retailers too making sure all runners are kitted out with the latest shoes and apparel, as well as providing valuable advice. National chain Sweatshop has stores in Chorley and Wrea Green (near Blackpool) and there is also The Runners Centre in Lancaster and Foot Traffic in Preston.

Check out some of what Lancashire has to offer to runners below.

Clubs in Lancashire

As Lancaster and Morecambe AC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, we caught up with club accreditation officer, Angus Murray. He tells us about the club’s development and its plans for the future.

Lancaster and Morecambe AC“We haven’t organised anything for our anniversary yet,” Angus warns me. “But don’t worry, we’ll definitely have a celebration to mark the occasion,” he says reassuringly.  Angus is clearly a busy man, with around 450 members of the club.  Half of those, he explains, are younger members.

“We received a bit of an Olympic bounce after the 2012 Games in London, with a lot of younger members joining the club.  The club focuses quite strongly on the junior side of things so it’s great to see so many young athletes joining our ranks!”

Angus explains that the club have a team of coaches focussed on junior athletes. “We want to develop their skills and pick up good habits.  We are also now coaching our adult road runners to improve their running form and steer them away from some old habits and existing mindsets.”

Despite the ‘athletics’ tag, the club is very welcoming to all types of runners: “We’re a friendly club and are open to members of all ages and abilities. We have members who can do 33-minute 10ks and others who are more recreational runners.”

The club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Salt Ayre Sports Complex located midway between Lancaster and Morecambe.  The sessions vary according to the abilities of the members taking part.

As well as the annual the annual Three Bridges 10K and Lancaster 10K race, a new event was introduced to the club’s calendar this year.  And it could be set to become a regular feature.

Angus explains: “We held the Leg It With Eric 3K this year and it was a great success. The statue of Eric Morecambe was vandalised last year, with the leg being sawn off. It was replaced in January and the council wanted to do something to celebrate, so we organised a run along the prom.  It was great fun as everyone was wearing Eric-style spectacles.  Due to the novel nature of the event, it got a lot of press attention.  It may become a regular event to replace our Keep it Ticking race, which we used to hold. Watch this space.”

On the subject of notable members from the past and present, one name springs to Angus’s mind. “Mark Croasdale was a former member who was very fast. He took part in the Man vs. Horse Marathon in Wales a few times and whilst he didn’t beat the horse, he came pretty close!”

A quick search online confirms this, with times of 2:08 in 2000, compared to his equestrian chum’s 2:10, and 2:19 in 2003 to the horse’s 2:02.

On the social side of things, the club organises several nights out and hold an awards ceremony at Christmas for senior members, and one for junior members in January. There is also an event that pits the younger members against the old guard…

Angus explains: “One of the events we arrange to get juniors and seniors together is the Candle Lit Run. It’s held at Christmas time and sees an adult drawn against a junior member.  The adults usually specialise in road running and the kids in track and field.  It’s run over 1.5k. Sometimes you can get a bit unlucky and race against a particularly fast kid.  Though, it’s all in good fun of course.  The event is held along an unlit cycle track so there are candles along the way since it’s Christmas.”

For more information, visit their website.

Have we missed something? If you know of, or operate a club in Lancashire and would like to add it to our list, please get in touch with us here.

Running groups in Lancashire

Focus on Darwen Dashers

Darwen Dashers

Billing themselves as ‘the finest running club in Darwen. Beyond doubt.’  It’s clear Darwen Dashers aren’t lacking in confidence, or a sense of humour.  Chairman, Jonathan Stubbs, tells us more…

When did the club form?
In 1990 – a group of six guys with a passion for running decided to form a club and it’s grown from there.

How many members?
The numbers go up and down but right now we have about 140 members.

What ages and abilities?

40 and falling.  We don’t have a junior section but family members are welcome. One of the founding member’s grandsons is a member as it happens.  Though he’s 20 years old so definitely not a junior.

We’re a very social club so everyone’s welcome.  We have a beginners group run by six qualified Run England leaders.  They take a ten-week course and at the end of the course the members all take part in a parkrun.  Being able to complete a 5k is a great way to demonstrate the real improvement shown from people, some of whom have never run before.  Most of those runners progress to becoming full members of the club.

Where and when do you meet?
At the Sunnyhurst pub on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.  Our beginners group meets on a Wednesday at 6:30pm at Darwen Leisure Centre.  Our sessions vary in distance according to ability and we train in various places including Winter Hill, Pendle Hill and the Darwen Moors. Most members also participate in our club championships across the country, but primarily in the North West.  Fell running in Rossendale is popular too.

What big events do you organise?
We have Aggies Staircase on 18 June and David Staff Memorial on 29 November, run in memory of a member who died from an undiagnosed heart defect  The clubs also hosts Tockholes Evening on 2 July.  Finally, this one’s a bit special - Mr Sparkle’s Dark Un.  It’s a head torch race so is held at night and includes a free chip butty afterwards.

What other events are you involved with?
There are several fell races in the area we organise.  Our members also take part in various parkruns.  We have about 80 people doing parkruns regularly, which is a fantastic turnout.  We hold a monthly event where we measure members’ improvement along a route.  The person who’s improved the most - not necessarily the fastest - wins a prize.  You find that those new to the club improve the most, whereas more experienced runners find it tougher to win that particular prize.

We also host something called Guessathon which is good fun.  We choose a destination and route, with each member having to guess how long it will take them to run it.  The person who’s closest to their guess is the winner.  We also take part in cross-country events such as the Red Rose Championships.

Tell me about the club’s magazine

We produce a monthly magazine called the Dash.  It’s available through our website but you can also get a hard copy.  It’s got lots of great details about our races and also features race reports.  We’re always keen to have new runners write reports about our events!

For more information on Darwen Dashers, go to www.dashers.org.uk

Have we missed something? If you know of or operate a running group in the Lancashire area and would like to add it to our list, then get in touch with us here

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