This Sunday (22 June) will see the Freckleton Half Marathon celebrate its 50th year with organisers announcing the event is a sell out. The race, which has the honour of being the UK’s oldest half marathon, takes runners through the heart of the beautiful Flyde Coast.
The event, first staged on 19 June, 1965, was the idea of the then Chairman of the Sport Committee, Councillor Dick Rhodes who was inspired by Ron Hill’s entry in the marathon in the 1964 Olympics. Somewhat fittingly, Hill won the opening event and still holds the course record of 1:05:44. Since then, the event has established a reputation of one of the best on the circuit and was voted number 8 in the UK in 2011.
Last year’s race saw Blackburn Harriers’ Ben Fish take top position in 1:10:30, with Preston Harriers’ pair Robert Affleck (1:11:18) and Gary Pennington (1:12:27) following. Wesham Road Runners’ Joanna Goorney led the female field home in 1:29:43.
More information on the event, including its 50 year history, is available here.