RW Previews: Blackburn 'Winter Warmer' 10K, Feb 1

"Spectacular views that no other race in the area can match..." reckons the organiser...

Posted: 20 November 2003

Where and when?
Sunday, February 1, Lancashire

What is it?
Top tip: enter a fine February race right now, while you're bright and motivated - and come the dark days of January, you'll have no excuse but to train up for it.

Early-February races are a rare breed, but if you're near Blackburn, you're in luck. The Winter Warmer 10K starts at Witton Park and after a customary dash around the track, heads straight into the countryside on the roads.

The next mile is uphill, but the views at the top are worth the brief amount of exertion. In fact if it weren’t for the race, you’d probably stop to admire the scenic delights of the Lake District, Snowdonia and Blackpool Tower.

But sightseeing is not on your agenda, and you’ve got that extra helping of Christmas pudding to burn off (still).

After a steep downhill stretch, the race begins to level out before rising once more near the halfway mark.

The rest of the course tours the delightful local parklands and playing fields, before a fast downhill finish that will take you back to the track, for your lap of glory.

What the organisers say:
“The course offers some spectacular views that no other race in the area can match.”

What RW says:
“ A good race in a quiet month...”

Watch out for:
The views over the Blackpool Tower and the Lake District are breathe-taking.

Any Extras:
Spot prizes. Winner’s prizes.

How to enter:
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How "hilly" is hilly???
Posted: 13/11/2003 at 17:15

Not done this, but if it starts in Witton Park it probably goes up Buncer Lane, which is really quite steep.

More short sharp hills than really long ones.

It's usually really warm and sunny at that time of the year though. Hoping to do this myself - it'll be just like school cross country all over again.

Posted: 13/11/2003 at 17:51

hi - I was about to post asking if anyone was doing this one. I've never done it yet but am planning to and, yep, Buncer Lane is on the route.
Posted: 14/11/2003 at 10:01

I've done this one twice before, as the August version, and it was always a good race. But yes, it is hilly. I'm sure ukresultsman will be on here soon to tell you more (or just visit

The goodie bag last August was good - it had a mug, a little money purse-type thing, a little sponge (!) and a Soreen cereal bar.

Not sure why it would be like cross-country though...
Posted: 14/11/2003 at 10:35

Just cos we used to do our school cross country in Whitton Park.

Didn't mean to suggest that this was a x-country run.

Posted: 14/11/2003 at 12:57

well what can I tell you - yes, Buncer Lane is in there (it wouldn't be the same without that!) but so are the scenic view across the Irish Sea and over to the Lake District and Snowdonia (on a good day!) ion the long descent after Buncer Lane and as for the weather, well 'no comment' really..........

Not sure what will be in the goody bag in Feb - I'm waiting to sort this out with Adrian, the race director. We hope for more Soreen bars (which go down very well) but can't presume that they will give us these. I'm working on something else at present but can't tell you what at this stage though.

Would love to see you all there!!

Posted: 15/11/2003 at 20:37

Shame it's same day as Tough Guy.

Posted: 15/11/2003 at 21:40

Would you say that this race is suitable for us 1 hour "penguins" ... or is it more for the faster guys/gals? Would we be welcomed or cursed? Replies please ....
Posted: 10/12/2003 at 20:03

Everyone is welcome at Blackburn Road Runners races - no matter how slow (or fast!). Look at previous years results (you need to look at August too, as the winter event was held for the first time in 2003) to get an idea of the time spread. So yes - please DO come along. We'll be pleased to see you.
Posted: 10/12/2003 at 22:45

I'm a penguin - have never done a hilly before so am just going to go along to enjoy myself & get round (fast as I can of course......)
Posted: 11/12/2003 at 10:37

Great! See you there then.....
Posted: 11/12/2003 at 12:03

Thanks - feel much happier knowing that!! All things being equal ... see you there (perhaps we can compete for last spot!).
Posted: 12/12/2003 at 21:12

No Im sorry the last spot is definitely mine!!
Posted: 13/12/2003 at 12:11

I'm in!! The competition for last place is hotting up.

Posted: 29/12/2003 at 12:06

just another week or two then I'll start mailing out info. Those of you who have entered online should read the stuff on my web site which is basically the mailout without the race number.

I'll be posting an entry list soon so you can see who else is taking part (not so many of you at the moment!!)

Thanks for your interest in the event.
Posted: 29/12/2003 at 13:59

I've still not recieved my number or any details for this, has anyone else?
Posted: 09/01/2004 at 10:30

no-one has received anything yet. As per the entry form, number mailout starts next week (approx 14th but I may make a start this weekend). Those who have entered online will be receiving an email next week. Online entries to collect numbers from registration on the day. We can't afford postage as the online entries have cost us 75p each.
Posted: 09/01/2004 at 11:10

I'm notoriously a bit last-minute for entering races - entry is imminent!
Posted: 09/01/2004 at 11:11

by the way, for anyone who has entered via we have not been paid and timeoutdoors has gone into liquidation although it's resurfacing under the same (but 'new') management (if you know what I mean). We'll honour the entries even though we may never see a penny.

Ho hum - kind of puts you off this online stuff - either costs you £1.50 per entry, or costs us £1.50 or we split it 50/50 (like we've done at RW).
Posted: 09/01/2004 at 11:14

Think I'll stick with the old-fashioned way - just printed the entry form off. Looking forward to this!
Posted: 09/01/2004 at 11:19

Sorry to be a pain, but with this being my first hilly, should I add an extra 5-10 mins onto the time I'd hope to do on a flat?
Posted: 09/01/2004 at 11:38

yes - in that sort of region would be about right (more 5 than 10 depending on what time you're expecting!!). I'd normally say up to 10% of your flat time.
Posted: 09/01/2004 at 11:45

Hi, it says that we can register on the day and thats what im going to do but am worried about being turned away due to the 450 limit. Can you put my mind at rest please.
Posted: 10/01/2004 at 01:32

No worries - despite the number sequence that's being mailed out (as I type they are in the post box) which has now reached number 313, we've got plenty of room for late entries and don't expect to pass the limit as we didn't start the numbers from 1!! We're at 116 entries so far so I'm hoping for around 300 or so including on the day entries.
Posted: 10/01/2004 at 17:03

I've now mailed out all postal entries received up to date. There is an entry list on the site at so you can check if your entry has been received in case you haven't heard back from me.

I've also emailed to all online entrants received up to midnight 13/1/04 - one or two emails have bounced back so, as you all entered your own email addresses when you submitted your online entries, you're not all as accurate as you might be!!

That being the case, all the info you will need is at and you should collect your number at registration after 9.15 am on race day.

Have a good one.....
Posted: 14/01/2004 at 00:20

The long range forecast gives warm (8 degC) and wet with a steady southerly breeze. I'll settle for that.

Posted: 26/01/2004 at 20:34

so will I! That means it will rain then..........
Posted: 26/01/2004 at 22:41


Still got places left for on the day entries so get there early! We can certainly guarantee 150 and would hoipe to squeeze in everyone who turns up.
Posted: 31/01/2004 at 13:10

I'm hoping to make it tomorrow as I've been meaning to do this 10k for ages, I'm just a bit put off by the weather! Let's hope the rain eases a bit by then.
Posted: 31/01/2004 at 18:14

rain? what rain??
Posted: 31/01/2004 at 22:02

Well, as predicted, the weather was just about spot on. I hope those of you who came to our race found it a good, honest challenge! We had some marshalling problems (notr enough of them turned up) and we had to rely on some press-ganged assistance at the finish line (thanks to Tony Cowell and his wife for helping us out - please support their Chernobyl Charity 10k race at Preston on 8th Feb!)

I'd welcome your constructive comments about how we can improve the race (no, we can't take the hills out!) for your benefit. We'll try and sort out that exit from and re-entry into the track across the grass for next time - the poor recent weather caused what is normally quite firm ground to turn into a mini cross-country event! Sorry about that.

Hope the bags were ok for you.

The results are on my site now.
Posted: 01/02/2004 at 14:30

Thanks John.

I wouldn't have known that the marshalls were "amateurs" - they did a great job.

My only issue is the bog at the exit from the track - but you can't legislate for the amount of snow/rain that we had last week.

I even enjoyed the hills - they gave you a great view.

I'll be back

Posted: 01/02/2004 at 15:48

Can't fault the race John

Very well organised and very well marshalled. I'm with the others on this - I didn't know you were short of marshals till you told us.

Loved the goody bag, thanks.

I'll see you at the Chernobyl 10k next week.

Leave the muddy patch in for next year and call it part of the race's charm!.

You could also advertise this as "flat on avarage" as it does start and finish at the same point above sea level!!
Great day, really enjoyed it . Well done
Posted: 01/02/2004 at 16:54

cheers John, a good race and well done on organising better weather than last year. Call me a stick-in-the-mud but I liked the mud!
Posted: 02/02/2004 at 09:50

Well John, you convinced of the merits of the race and you were right!. I thoroughly enjoyed the run (with the obvious exception of Buncer Lane)and the weather was absolutely spot on. I was not aware of any deficiencies in the marshalling of the course - in fact all marshalls I saw were very encouraging to the runners. The mud at the exit/entrance to the track area was a minor irritant, but if it continues to cause a problem then straw or some matting may overcome the problem. All in all a very enjoyable day out.
Posted: 02/02/2004 at 11:26

A good race, enjoyed the challenge and loved the views. Nearly ended up on my bum in the mud coming back on to the track but just managed to stay upright! Thanks for the goodie bag too.

Thank you to all the marshalls as always for turning out on a winter morning.

Definitely one to enter again next year.

See you next week at Chernobyl 10.
Posted: 02/02/2004 at 13:17

Posted: 02/02/2004 at 16:57

Pipell, yes I thought that was quite a tough first couple of miles, but after that it wasn't too bad. We were pretty lucky, as the weather on Saturday and today would have made it far more difficult. Maybe see you all at Chernobyl 10K.
Posted: 02/02/2004 at 18:29

If I never see Buncer Lane again as long as I live I'll be happy! Don't fancy driving up it let alone running......
Posted: 02/02/2004 at 19:06

you want to try running down it then.......
Posted: 02/02/2004 at 22:11

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