Around 1300 runners of all ages laced up their running shoes for the very first Chorley 10K and 2K Chorley Family Run on Sunday.
Organised by Chorley Council with support from Fylde Coast Runners, the event saw Chorley’s streets and the historic Astley Park awash with over 1,000 runners competing in the 10K and 300 children, families and friends competing in the shorter 2K family run.
Both races started and finished on Market Street in Chorley town centre with the two-lap 10K taking in Southport Road, Astley Park and Park Road and the 2K saw families running into Astley Park and back.
Family, friends and residents of all ages lined the route to offer water, power boosts and cheer on the runners who all received a coveted medal as they crossed the town centre finish line. Prizes of Totally Locally Chorley vouchers were also awarded to the top female, male and veteran female and male runners.
A festival atmosphere filled the town centre to mark the occasion with a running village on Fazakerley Street where community groups and local businesses offered health and fitness information, sports massages and activities.
Additionally, face painting entertained the children and food and drink stalls and local businesses, including Covered Market traders, fuelled the runners and spectators.
Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader at Chorley Council with responsibility for events, said:
“Congratulations to everyone who completed the Chorley 10K and 2K Chorley Family Run.
“It was absolutely fantastic to see Chorley town centre and Astley Park packed with runners and spectators and everyone who took part should be proud of their achievement.
“We wanted to organise an event that the whole community could get involved in, so it was brilliant to see people of all ages running and the fantastic community groups and local businesses offering their support before, during and after the race.
“The feedback so far has been phenomenal and we’re hoping the event will return next year with even more running places available and the possibility of other distances too.”
After the races many people took to social media to share their delight in competing in the event with comments including:
Simon Goodhew said: “Thought it was a great event today, very well organised and marshalled and fantastically supported by the Chorley public and businesses. I have run a few events and in my opinion, this was easily the best.”
Ian Thomas said: “Absolutely tremendous event. Well marshalled, amazing support and a beautiful course.”
Shelley Briggs said: “What an amazing event. I ran this for my 40th Birthday with my 15-year-old son and 68-year-old dad (and my hubby!!) – our first three generation run and their first ever 10k run!”
Amanda Long said: “Loved it, the atmosphere was better than many major races. A shout out to little Martha and her homemade water station and all the kids giving us power ups. Count me in for next year.”
Ady Grant said: “My first 10k today and will always be proud to have done the inaugural one.”
Malcolm Alderton said: “Chorley Runners had a great day today, seeing over 40 of our ‘graduates’ from our event supporting 5-10 km running course complete their first 10 km event. Brilliant day today, great atmosphere and support.”
The Chorley 10K was a chip-timed race with everyone who entered invited to raise money for a charity of their choice.
A full list of the results is available at www.fyldecoastrunners.com/results.html
Full information on the Chorley 10K and 2K Chorley Family Run is available online at checkoutchorley.com/chorley10k and pictures from the day are available on Chorley Council’s Facebook page.