Competing for your country is something most of can only dream of, but, as part of the annual St George’s Day Festival in Lytham St Annes, Run Lytham offers you the next best thing. Returning for its second year, the Run Lytham will take place on Sunday 26 April 2015, and offers participants a scenic 10K through the town’s iconic windmill and picturesque seafront.
The inaugural event drew widespread plaudits with over 1000 runners taking part; organisers have thus set an entry quota of 2000 for next year’s staging. There is an increase in prize money too, with £750 for the men’s race and £500 up for grabs for the winner of the women’s competition.
The patriotic theme of the race day is mirrored by the choice of charity partner. All proceeds from the race will be donated to ABF the Soldiers Charity, which assists in the recovery and rehabilitation of injured war heroes. The charity has been offering lifetime support to soldiers and their families for 67 years and every race entry will help it continue this important assistance to those who have served their country.
Last year’s male winner, Patrick Gardiner, from Uppermill in Oldham said: "I entered the St George’s 10K as I was looking for a tough but fun race as part of my training for the Great Manchester Run in May. When I saw that it was supporting a great cause in the Soldier's charity that was obviously a bonus as well.
Patrick continued: “The atmosphere at the finish was great - I was shattered when I crossed the line but there was loads of energy from the announcers and the crowd, and I loved being able to take advantage of all the food stalls to replace some of the calories I'd burned off!”
The closing date for entries is 20 April 2015 but places are expected to sell out before then. For more information and to register, visit the event website here.