Thornton Cleveleys Running Club was formed in 2009 when two couples – Malcolm Sherwood and Julie Murphy, Bob Fairclough and Gwen James – decided that they would like to start their own club with the emphasis being on fitness and fun. The club started to quickly attract new members to their headquarters at Thornton Cleveleys Football Club on Bourne Road in Thornton.
The Red and White club kit was introduced and members voted to adopt the “3 Runners” design as the club logo. The club formed its’ own internal Road and Trail Championships and introduced a monthly handicap course. Club standards were drafted and a committee was formed.
In February 2010 the website www.run-tcrc.co.uk was launched. Team events followed and in early 2010 the club took part in the Pennine Bridleway returning the following year. In 2010 the first Fairclough 5 Road Race took place in memory of Bob, who had sadly died in a road accident, becoming an annual event. The first Club Training Weekend took place in October 2010 at Carnforth. This popular event has taken place annually since then, most recently based in Bowness on Windermere.
Another event which became a firm favourite with club members is the Adidas/Conti 24 Hour Thunder Run at Catton Park in South Derbyshire. July 2011 saw TCRC’s initial entry with a team of 8 and Brian Cumpsty as a solo runner (In 2017 we fielded 4 teams of 8 competing to see how many 10k laps could be completed in relay in a 24 hour period). In late 2011 TCRC changed its’ base to Thornton YMCA giving it a more central location. 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 at Victoria Hospital over a 10 week period. A landmark event in the fledgling club was when we became affiliated to England Athletics. This meant that the club were eligible to participate in the Mid Lancashire Cross Country League. We also received places for the London Marathon per EA’s allocation criteria for the first time.
At the start of 2015 the club offered a 12 week couch to 5k programme. This received a tremendous response and resulted in a large number becoming club members following successful completion. 2015 also saw TCRC being invited to join the local Interclub Grand Prix series of races.
In June 2016, following a member’s vote, the club moved to its’ current base of Fleetwood Town FC training ground at Poolfoot Farm Thornton and continued to go from strength to strength with a steady stream of new members. In 2017 a further 8 members attended and successfully completed England Athletics ‘Leaders in Running Fitness Course’. This lead to a further couch to 5k programme being started in January 2018. This time we had over 350 people initially registering!
This year saw our 10th Anniversary as a Club and we celebrated in time honoured TCRC Fashion with a fantastic party at the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood. In celebration of reaching this landmark, the club initiated the design and purchase of a new Club Vest to bring the look and the feel of the club up-to date. The Red and White of the Club colours were retained but in a striking new design that makes our runners really stand out from the crowd – where Red is such a popular colour amongst running clubs. The Half and Half Vest went down a storm and each member received one free of charge as a “Birthday Present” from the club – which will always remind us, that the Members ARE the club and why our club is such a warm and welcoming place to be.
During 2019 TCRC have taken over the Blackpool Parkrun as a thank you to the dedicated team that run this event every Saturday morning, and our members continue to support Parkrun by either participating in the local events and more often than not a few familiar faces act as Volunteers at Blackpool most weeks. During our annual Training Weekend in the Lakes we are proud to support Parkrun at Fell Foot Park at Newby Bridge at the southern shore of beautiful Lake Windemere.
We also celebrated the life of Bob Fairclough with the 10th Annual Run of our Fairclough 5 Mile Road Race in his honour which now includes a 1 Mile Family Fun Run as the club cements its place in the Community and in the sport.
2020 and beyond
TCRC is now represented at numerous and varied races across the region and further afield, even internationally for our more adventurous members. From 5k Parkruns to 100 mile ultra events with everything in between. We have members that thrive running on the prom and roads whereas others come alive running off road up hills and mountains and through mud. Our members run at all paces.
That’s the story so far! Time to look forward to what the next 10 years has in store for TCRC.