The Central Lancashire 5K began life when BUH&AC joined the Central Lancashire Grand Prix endurance competition in 2011. Taking place in mid-February, it is the CLGP’s opening fixture and competitors are rewarded with a surprise memento on finishing. From 2013, chip-timing has been used. For 2015-16, it also counted towards the Northern Masters Championships (previously Northern Veterans); this is likely to return in future editions.
The next event is on Sunday, TBC February 2018 starting at 10.00am prompt.
The relevant entry fees for the 2017 CL5K (by post or online*) are:
£7 Affiliated Club runners or
£10 Unaffiliated runners
*Please note that an additional processing fee may be charged, but no stamps and other postage costs are incurred
Entry is available on-the-day, subject to the race limit, to members of CLGP clubs only. NMAC members please note, on years when it is being held in tandem, you MUST pre-enter to count for NMAC Championship points. Pre-entry is available by post and online (via Runnersworld, Sportsoft and UK Forms / UK Results / BookitZone). Click the relevant images to download and entry form in PDF format or go to the online entry sites:
REGISTRATION & CONDITIONS
Registration is on the indoor running track at Leverhulme Park (use postcode BL2 6EX for sat-navs). The race is held under UKA rules and minimum entry age is 14. Mp3 players are not permitted. The course is suitable for all levels but not wheelchairs. The race starts at 10.00am prompt.
BUH&AC makes every effort to ensure that this race is held as scheduled. However, in the event of causes outside our control triggering a race cancellation, please note that our policy is to not refund entry fees. An event of this scale is many months in the planning and there is considerable attendant cost, much of which is either spent or committed well ahead of the event.
All the entries currently received and processed for the upcoming Central Lancashire 5K can be viewed by clicking THIS link or the image to the right.
The race is anticipated to be well attended, so all CLGP runners are advised to enter early to avoid disappointment if the limit is reached on the day. For NMAC members, you MUST pre-register to count for Championship points.
The current route was introduced ahead of the 2015 race and is similar to that first used, being entirely within and around Leverhulme Park on road/sealed terrain. It is slightly quicker, especially with the two hairpins and much-loved sting-in-the-tail being lost!
Click the Route Map for a larger version. Alternatively, Click HERE to download the current CL5K ROUTE MAP in PDF format.
Part 1 (Blue line): After exiting the athletics track anti-clockwise, a clockwise loop of the car park is done to complete a ‘figure of 8’ before the drop down Cinder Hill. The lower parkland track to Woodside Place is completed before a drag up Spooky Hill leads to the main path beside the lower football pitches. A right turn followed by a raise to the embankment overlooking the upper cricket pitches is followed to Long Lane and the car park entrance.
Part 2 (Yellow line): A shallow drop down the tree-lined path encircles the children’s play area again, leading to the bus terminus via the Powerleague access road. Runners then complete a ‘rectangle’ of roads – heading north via Long Lane, west via Blenheim Road and returning to the track along the Park’s main path. The track is entered via its exit point.
2018: Coming soon…after the race!!!
2017: Results, Report, Photos (RunningPix)
2016: Results, Report, Photos (RunningPix)
2015: Results, Report, Photos (RunningPix); Photos (BUH&AC)
2014: Results, Report, Photos (RunningPix 1); Photos (RunningPix 2); Photos (RichardClegg); Photos (WhiteFlyer)
2013: Results, Report, Photos (RunningPix), Photos (RunningShoeGuru), Photos (WhiteFlyer)
2012: Results, Report, Photos (RunningPix), Photos (JustLoveRunning)
2011: Results, Photos (RunningpPix)
The first route used for the CL5K was entirely within and around Leverhulme Park on road/sealed terrain. After exiting the athletics track, an external clockwise loop of the facilities is done before the drop down Cinder Hill. The lower parkland track to Woodside Place is completed before a drag up Spooky Hill leads to the main path beside the cricket pitches. A hairpin turn just before the car park is performed, followed by a circumnavigation of the children’s zip-wire/play area, eventually leading to the bus terminus via the Powerleague access road. Runners then complete a ‘rectangle’ of roads – heading north via Long Lane, west via Blenheim Road and a skirting of Bury Road and returning to the track along the Park’s main path having entered up Oakenbottom Road and the ‘sting-in-the-tail’ up Lever Hall Road at 4km.
To contact the Organisers of the Central Lancashire 5K, please click HERE to email but bear in mind the week prior to the race is extremely busy and will affect response times.
BUH&AC would also like to thank Rob Short and the Team at Decathlon Bolton for kindly supporting the CL5K with the printing of all runners’ numbers and sponsoring the main race and age category prizes. Decathlon opened its store on Trinity Retail Park in 2011 and, by catering for over 70 sports with a wide range of equipment and clothing, certainly lives up to its tagline of “Sport For All, All For Sport”.
Further thanks go to Steve Bateson of Runningpix. Steve will be present, as ever, snapping away at various points on the course, catching ALL participants in full stride with his professional eye. These will be available to purchase from his RunningPix website within a few days.