|Date||Sunday 1st March, 2020|
The Race now finishes on the new square for a grandstand finish in front of one of Lancashire finest buildings!
The race starts on Blackburn Rd, just a short walk from the Market Hall which will be used as Race HQ. Once the gun is fired you will head along Blackburn Rd, which will be closed to traffic, towards Oswaldtwistle. When you reach the Antley Methodist Church you will turn left on to Newark St, then using Savoy St and Star St you run towards the railway where you will join the footpath and pass under the railway bridge before turning left and following the tree lined path that runs parallel to the railway. On reaching Scaitcliffe St you will turn right and follow the street to the end before joining a footpath that runs behind Hyndburn Borough Council offices. This footpath quickly joins the old railway line between Haslingden and Accrington which is now a much loved cycle path and training route of local athletes. You will spend roughly 2 miles on this path before turning left and climbing to Manchester Rd. There is a short climb on Manchester Rd to Baxenden School but it’s worth the effort as you then have what must be one of the fastest last 2 miles of any 10km as you descend down Manchester Rd, Hollins Lane and then (with the new road extension opening) straight down Royds Ave.
This makes it quicker than the 2015 course as there is 1 less turn and more down hill running. Then you will rejoin the path towards the council offices. At the end of the path the remainder of the course is traffic free; you will run along Eagle St and pass the 6 mile mark at Tesco, turn right as you hit Blackburn Rd for a perfect sprint over the finish line at the Town Hall!