21 Dec

Hurst Green Gets Into Full Festive Swing

A group of elves at Hurst Green Turkey Trot

Lancashire got into full festive mode last weekend as runners made their way to Hurst Green for the village's annual Turkey Trot. The field made full advantage of a race that promiseda 'bit of everything' with many turning out in their finest Christmas costumes.

Runners departed from the Bayley Arms Pub and the start line included those dressed up as elves, shepherds, Santas turkeys and Christmas trees. Situated in Lancashire's Ribble Valley, the Hurst Green Turkey Trot has also become known as a big event for the north's elite athletes.

That reputation proved to be accurate with some top performances at the front. Chris Farrell was first to complete the 5 mile course in 26:54, with Ilkley Harriers' Tom Adams second 27:53 and Chris Arthur following closely 27:56. Wakefield's Julie Briscoe put in a great showing to come out top in the female competition and fourth overall in 32:59. Louisa Powell Smith and Laura Riches secured second and third respectively in 33:04 and 33:33.

Race organiser Chris Barnes paid recognition to the fancy dress on show: “A big well done to all who ran, some fantastic battles in both the men's and ladies race, but nothing like the competition in the fancy dress. Such was the quality and quantity it gets harder and harder every year.”

Money raised at the event will go directly to the town’s village hall.