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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.


The best way to improve your running - join one of the region's active running clubs.


A friendly introduction to running with other people.


Where can you find local physiotherapy, sports massage & other services for runners.


Running retailers in the region.