Club History

Thornton Cleveleys Running Club was formed in 2009 when two couples – Malc Sherwood and Julie Murphy, Bob Fairclough and Gwen James – decided that they would like to start their own club with the emphasis being placed on fitness and fun. Being no strangers to the local running scene and running clubs the four had a wealth of experience in running, organising, participating and coaching at various levels and disciplines – cross country, trail, road and track.

The club as it was, started to quickly attract new members to their headquarters at Thornton Cleveleys Football Club on Bourne Road in Thornton. A constitution was compiled and the club affiliated itself to the umbrella organisation the Association of Running Clubs (ARC) and the now familiar red and white club kit was introduced.

Sadly a road collision took away our good friend and keen biker Bob before he got to see the club progress and go from strength to strength. It didn’t take long for the club to form it’s own internal Road Club and Trail Championships and introduced a monthly handicap course following a 3.7 mile route around the banks of the River Wyre and through residential Thornton. Club standards were drafted and a committee had now been formed. In February 2010 the website was launched.

Following the sad but understandable resignation of Gwen as Chair ,Julie Murphy took over, shortly after that the club celebrated as Julie Murphy then took over Malcolm Sherwood and became Mrs Sherwood! Team events followed on from the organised Championship races and in early 2010 the club took part in the Pennine Bridleway, the harsh weather of that year providing a very wintry backdrop to the race (it didn’t stop a return the following year and plans for the next!)
In 2010 the first ever Fairclough 5 Road Race took place in memory of Bob, who had been an active member of running clubs for many years, it was wonderful to see so many of Bob’s friends and running mates taking part in what has now become an annual event.

The first Club Training Weekend took place in October 2010 when some 30 members, family and friends took over the Pine Lodge Holiday Centre near Carnforth, legend has it that some running even took place. Later that year during the annual Christmas Part members voted to adopt the “3 Runners” design created by our very own Steve Burgess as the club logo.

Another event, which is sure to become firm favourite with club members, was the clubs debut in the Adidas 24 Hour Thunder Run at Catton Park in South Derbyshire. This saw a team of 8 and 1 solo runner take part in July 2011 at the event and a memorable weekends running was made by the team of 8 and especially for Brian Cumpsty who shone as the solo to complete 13 laps of the 10k Course.

2012 Saw the club continue to attract new members, once again many local races saw the growing numbers of red and white shirts competing and picking up prizes. After being contacted by the local council four members of the club attended an England Athletics ‘Leaders In Running Fitness Course’ passing the required standards. Shortly after Beginners Running Groups were started at both Poulton and Thornton YMCA Sites and a group began at the Victoria Hospital, this saw some 35 people attending the 10 week sessions, some of whom enjoyed it so much they stayed on and eventually joined the club.

A landmark event in the fledgling club when we were accepted and became affiliated to England Athletics much of the hard work to do this lay with our Secretary Malc Sherwood and with great support from varous other local running clubs whp supported our application. This meant that the club were eligible to participate in the Mid Lancashire Cross Country Competition, yet another sign that the club was gowing from strength to strength in all branches of running competition.