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Accrington Stanley Trust Official Race Partner

News of local club support the local 10k

Cannonball Events, the company behind the OMC Ron Hill Accrington 10K, Fun Run & Wheelchair Race are delighted to announce that Accrington Stanley Football Club Trust will be an Official Race Partner of the event that takes place on Sunday morning March 1st 2020.

We are delighted to be involved with this event in our local community, it’s brilliant that Accrington has its own 10K race and we are proud to be an Official Partner part of it. If you are thinking of taking part in it, we very much encourage you to do so. Look out for us on the day, not only running but also getting involved in and around the Athlete Village area. Lee Walsh, Head of Sport at Accrington Stanley Town FC Trust

In 2019 the race welcomed over 1,000 runners and spectators to Accrington Town Hall and projections for this Marchs’ race is to exceed that number, as well as offering more activity around the race route.

Cannonball Events are delighted to be working in partnership with Accrington Stanley Football Club Trust as both we and they are working hard to engage the local community to get involved with local events which promotes physical and mental wellbeing. We are excited to see them pulling on their running shoes but also popping up some unique activities for the runners and spectators to experience”. CEO of Cannonball Events John Lloyd

Race entries are available online for individuals and team at www.cannonballevents.co.uk/omc-ron-hill/

The Race now finishes on the new square for a grandstand finish in front of one of Lancashire finest buildings!

The race starts on Blackburn Rd, just a short walk from the Market Hall which will be used as Race HQ. Once the gun is fired you will head along Blackburn Rd, which will be closed to traffic, towards Oswaldtwistle. When you reach the Antley Methodist Church you will turn left on to Newark St, then using Savoy St and Star St you run towards the railway where you will join the footpath and pass under the railway bridge before turning left and following the tree lined path that runs parallel to the railway. On reaching Scaitcliffe St you will turn right and follow the street to the end before joining a footpath that runs behind Hyndburn Borough Council offices. This footpath quickly joins the old railway line between Haslingden and Accrington which is now a much loved cycle path and training route of local athletes. You will spend roughly 2 miles on this path before turning left and climbing to Manchester Rd. There is a short climb on Manchester Rd to Baxenden School but it’s worth the effort as you then have what must be one of the fastest last 2 miles of any 10km as you descend down Manchester Rd, Hollins Lane and then (with the new road extension opening) straight down Royds Ave.

This makes it quicker than the 2015 course as there is 1 less turn and more down hill running. Then you will rejoin the path towards the council offices. At the end of the path the remainder of the course is traffic free; you will run along Eagle St and pass the 6 mile mark at Tesco, turn right as you hit Blackburn Rd for a perfect sprint over the finish line at the Town Hall!

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