Hundreds put best foot forwards for annual 10K
A lycra-clad army of runners put their best foot forward as they set off on this year’s East Lancashire Hospice 10K.
The popular event, which is viewed as the first race of the season by many clubs, took place on Sunday (14 January 2018) from Gaskell Motor Bodies in Great Harwood.
Race organiser's Nick & Louise Gaskell, owners of the business, have supported the hospice for around eight years.
They said: “This year’s race has been brilliant. Each year it becomes more and more popular and is often used as a training run by a number of clubs at the start of the season.”
This year saw around 500 participants from across the county take part across the adult, junior and 2k fun run categories.
The race was started by keen runner Nick, from Whalley, and Chris Knagg from Rishton back in 2012. The race takes a circular route from the garage and is described by Nick as an undulating route with a couple of challenges – including the last push to the finish line. It follows cycle tracks, the old railway, Cutwood Park and back along the canal tow path.
The event, hosted by Gaskell Motor Bodies, has raised a staggering £49,804 for East Lancashire Hospice over the last four years.
Leanne Green, Events Fundraiser at East Lancashire Hospice, said: “We would like to congratulate everyone who took part and helped to raise valuable money for the hospice, which will help to provide services for people with life-limiting illnesses.
“We are very grateful to Nick and the team for continuing to support us in this way and we are delighted to have helped kick start the running season.”
Other supporters of the event include medal sponsorship by Universal Cooling in Oswaldtwistle; health and safety support from Chris Knagg; funding from SB Tippers; t-shirt sponsorship from Metflex, O2 Accrington for the water bottles, Whittakers Butchers Oswaldtwistle for providing bacon butties, Financial Affairs sponsoring the race numbers, Up & Running Clitheroe and marshalling provided by East Ribble District Freemasons.
Nick added: “This is the fifth annual event and all the money goes to the hospice. We hope the event is still running in 30 years.”