10 of the best 5K Park Runs in Lancashire
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After months of uncertainty, the popular Saturday 5K Park Runs are back. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, park runs are 5-kilometre events that take place every Saturday morning across the country, they are free for registered runners to take part in and organised by volunteers.
The social distancing guidelines have meant that large gatherings have been prohibited in the past year, causing the park runs to be on hiatus.
When the four stage road out of lockdown was announced in the Spring, the organisers have been working hard to confirm the return date for the events, pushing back their original date of after 21st June to after 19th July to coincide with the government's postponement. The first events in England will now take place on Saturday 24th July.
The vast majority of existing location landowners have confirmed the resumption of the runs on their property, but you can check the full list here.
Many of the routes are around the county's finest green spaces and iconic landmarks. We pick out our favourite returning locations.
A 2.5 lap anti-clockwise course on a mixture of trail paths and drive, covering the grounds of Lytham Hall including Curtains pond.
Towneley Park, Burnley
The course starts at the top of The Avenue with the iconic Towneley Hall in the background, you pass by the River Calder on your route.
Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston
A 3 lap, anti-clockwise loop taking in both Avenham and Miller Parks, running alongside the River Ribble and starting and finishing at the Pavilion.
Leverhulme Park, Bolton
This route is sot a flat one. You head to the summit of Cinder Hill and also the tarmac hill known as Cruella. The pay off is the pretty surroundings of Leverhulme Park.
5 anti-clockwise laps around the perimeter of Clitheroe Castle Gardens on tarmac footpaths, with wonderful views over the town and the Ribble Valley from the higher sections of the course.
A single lap flat out-and-return along the pedestrianised promenade beside the sea, taking in Morecambe’s West End Gardens, Midland Hotel, Stone Jetty and Eric Morecambe statue with an extraordinary view of the Lake District mountains over the bay.
Starting behind the Marine Hall, head south along the promenade beyond Rossall Point Observatory to the turnaround point and then return to the finish, enjoy the views of Morecambe Bay.
Haigh Woodland, Wigan
Set in Haigh Country Park, this predominantly woodland run passes by the Haigh Hall Miniature Railway and the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
Williamson Park, Lancaster
A hilly 2 lap course around Williamson Park, starting at the Ashton Memorial and taking in sections of the woodland of Fenham Carr.
Witton Country Park, Blackburn
A figure of eight run around the lovely woodland of Witton Country Park, this location is also great for walking if you want to come on a quieter day and explore more fully.
Eileen Jones, 68, a former fell runner, discovered parkrun 11 years ago and has written a book exploring why parkrun is so widely loved and – during the past year – desperately missed.
How parkrun changed our lives (Gritstone Publishing) to buy the book, go to gritstonecoop.co.uk/books/how-parkrun-changed-our-lives