Lancashire Runners

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03/12/2012 at 13:37

I thought it might be good to have a place to discuss running in our area, outside of the specific race forums.

I'm in the South Ribble area, my next race is the Longridge 7 Mile and I frequently do the ParkRun at Avenham Park Preston.


Ironholgs    pirate
03/12/2012 at 13:49


I'm in Lancaster, raced yesterday at the Ulverston 10k, my next races are the helsby half and the Blackpool half marathons, also planning on doing the Fylde coast triathlon trilogy ( Ribby Hall, St Annes and Fleetwood ).

03/12/2012 at 14:08

Hello ironholgs, i think i remember you from the coasters runs well i remember the user name any how!

I did one of the Blackpool HM but it was only a loop of part of the front, wasn't very enjoyable. But ive heard the other one is good.

03/12/2012 at 18:25
Hi everyone.great idea this page.preston was my first proper run.i loved it and want to do lots more.i did the darwen tower fell race the other week.finished with a time of 51mins.was hard though in mud with just normal trainers.i was falling more than running lol.not sure what races im doing next.but deff wanting to do blackpoll and manchester marathons in april.
03/12/2012 at 19:02

Hi all 

SJPC14 Longridge 7 I have not done that one for quite a while but enjoyed it so much when i did, may give this one a go again.  

Manchester marathon i may also do ,as this will be a nice training run coming up to my ultra in June .

Rick slater 2,

Well done on the Darwen tower fell race .

  Ironholgs well done on Ulverston 10k, I may also book to run the Blackpool half .

03/12/2012 at 21:26

Nice idea to have our own little Red Rose corner, how long before the Tykes over the hill catch up

I've only got into regular racing this year and am still very much in the "slow but improving" catagory!

Got the bug bad though and my next month looks like this:

8/12 Mid Lancs XC at Crooklands, Kendal (1st crack at XC, someone has to come last )

15/12 Great Langdale 10k

23/12 Club Christmas 5k

26/12 Leyland Worden Park 10k

27/12 Club Handicap (3.5m)

30/12 Ribble Valley 10k

6/1 Central Lancs 1/2 marathon (Catforth)

Did someone say don't overdo it?


04/12/2012 at 09:03

wow thats an impressive list of races Lytham! And on boxing day too! very brave lol

And there is a part of me, which is tempted to do the Ribble Valley 10k, but i usually take sometime off running at xmas so its a wrestling match in my mind at the moment.

I think i will try and remember to do that Darwin race next year, i work in Blackburn and have often driven home and looked over at it and thought, i wonder what its like to run up that! #YouKnowYourARunnerWhen

The Longridge race is good one, ive not done it for a few years myself so really looking forward to it. Its going to be chip timed this year, so has been a price increase but it should give people a better chance to PB.

This is the route, well this is what the route was, when i last did it :

Yes i thought this was a good idea to have a local group, chance for people to discuss smaller races which dont get their own forum, local running routes and even make friends. It wasnt my idea mind, someone from Huddersfield on the Preston marathon forum suggested it, i think.


04/12/2012 at 09:22

Hi all,

Lancashire here too.  Sounds like some serious racing going on, great to see so many local races, especially over winter.  I've been out of the running game for a couple of years but just secured a charity place for the London marathon next year so really need to get cracking. 

Might look in to one of the races towards the end of the year - could do with a 10K to guage where I'm up to fitness wise, although maybe I'd be better off not knowing!


Ironholgs    pirate
04/12/2012 at 09:41

SJPC14 - yep that was me, unfortunately never got to run my leg as had to cover for a sick colleague that day and couldn't get out of teaching.

Lytham LT - Impressive race calender, enjoy Kendal this weekend, bloody big hill on that one if I remember correctly, although that can be said for a few of the midlancs XC apart from Blackpool.

Amster - Thanks, was a good race, they do it again in the summer as well - personally don't think you can find a faster 10k course. Done the blackpool half a couple of times, not the most interesting of course but it fits in with my Ironman training for 2013 so will have a plod along the seafront.

NBFS - good luck with getting back into running and training for London.

Edited: 04/12/2012 at 09:42
04/12/2012 at 09:54
Lytham LT wrote (see)

Nice idea to have our own little Red Rose corner, how long before the Tykes over the hill catch up


cough, cough. I think it might have been me (from Sheffield) who suggested this in one of the Guild threads. btw, I did overdo it and haven`t raced since getting a stress fracture in July.

Seriously though, good luck with this thread; I`ve met some nice people and one or two really good friends through our Sheffield Social thread. I like to race over in Lancs though as there are lots of nice events to choose from and it`s nice and flat compared to the Steel City!

04/12/2012 at 09:57

Ah ET, it was you i remember now. For some reason i thought you were from Huddersfield! But yes people, this is the guy that came up with this idea .

Your welcome post on here ET, i guess everybody is really, i certainly dont mind


04/12/2012 at 09:59

Ironholgs, oi, don't scare me re Kendal lol, I've been told it's no more than very gently undulating at Crooklands .

I believe this is a relatively new venue (Westmorland County Showground?) so may not be the one you remember (hope not anyway!!).

We've a fair few XC newbies at Lytham (especially amongst the girls) and everyone is enjoying it so I thought I'd better join in  - us sand grown'uns can't do hills y'know (or so we keep getting told )


Ironholgs    pirate
04/12/2012 at 10:00

Yep that's the same venue - they might have changed the course though, it's well over 20 years since I last ran there.

Good luck - am sure you won't be last.

04/12/2012 at 10:06

ET - haha, that's me told , thanks for the idea!

One thing I've noticed is the number of Yorkshire Club runners that come over here regularly for races, obviously it's pretty flat and conducive to good times but their support is really appreciated. I felt outnumbered most of the way around at Guys 10 on Sunday, we were coralled in most of the way by Halifax, Bingley & Spenborough!!

04/12/2012 at 10:13

cheers Ironholgs, possibly not, but I'll give the old dependables from Chorley some company most of the way around .

It's still all quite new to me as I've only been racing since May and running in any shape or form for 15 months, but I've learned that there's no shame in coming in at the back (had a couple of lasts in my 30 events so far), it's the taking part and aiming to improve that counts. You do get loads of encouragement from fellow members and runners from other clubs too.

I just wish more would have a go and not be afraid, once you get over that first hurdle of joining the club and taking part there's nothing to hold you back.

04/12/2012 at 10:22
SJPC14 wrote (see)

Ah ET, it was you i remember now. For some reason i thought you were from Huddersfield! But yes people, this is the guy that came up with this idea .

Your welcome post on here ET, i guess everybody is really, i certainly dont mind


Cheers! There are so may good races over your way; I like the Lytham 10 and Calder Vale is a tester. Also got a good time at Blackpool 10k in Stanley Park. Might get over for the Inskip race if I can keep going without injury.

04/12/2012 at 10:24

I have done the Lytham and Calder Vale, well i did a race in Calder Vale, so i guess it was the same one! But yes both good races, i think. Not done the Blackpool Stanley Park 10k but ive heard its good.

I have seen that Inskip one, is it a new race ? I dont recall ever seeing it advertised in past years.

I usually, use to look up races.

Edited: 04/12/2012 at 10:24
04/12/2012 at 10:40

I think Inskip is new, seems a bit close in both timing and area to Central Lancs 1/2 (Catforth) a couple of weeks before, but it should be a pretty quick course and not everyone will be mad enough to run a 1/2 straight after New Year , so it'll probably do well entry wise. I'm doing Endurance Life on Anglesey the day before so I'm sitting that one out.

Looking at UK Results we really are going to be spoilt for choice up here next year - just had a look at my calendar for 2013 and NOT including club events I've already got 16 booked in, including 7 half marathons and Race the Train (at Tywyn) wonder I'm skint


04/12/2012 at 10:45

Do you ever stop racing Lytham! Impressive though!

Are you signed up to ParkRun ? As thats a chance for you to do a free 5k race every week lol

The CL one is always on Jan 1st, which rules me out!

04/12/2012 at 10:59


I'm making the most of it whilst I can!!

I'm 48, have two young kids and eventually either the body will scream "ENOUGH", the kids will take up even more of my time or both

I really enjoy the crack at races, the atmosphere, the buzz. I used to go out for a long training run at weekend but racing's far more fun. I'm still at that happy stage where most weeks I'll improve on last time and I'm learning all the time too. I've come a long way in a relatively short time and am still on a high from losing a lot of weight and getting fit again. I'm an endorphine junkie

I am signed up for Parkrun but I've only done it twice (Preston and Pennington Flash). It was good to help me get started but I prefer longer runs/races now, 10k, 10 mile and hm suit me better, on or off road, I like to mix the two (to lesson the impact on the old joints).

I also get a real buzz out of helping other beginners to improve and inspiring them to try new things, it's extremely rewarding.

ps - Central Lancs HM is on Jan 6th this year, but may well be full.

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