Lostock AC Takeover Event
So, next Saturday, 13th January 2018, Bolton parkrun will see its first club takeover of the year, as Lostock AC take the helm for the first time.
For those of you new to this game, takeovers involve a group, typically a local running club, helping out with various volunteer roles, running in their club colours, and providing information about who they are and what they do.
The takeover was the brainchild of club member and parkrunner, Andy Laycock. We caught up with Andy to find out more about the club…
Hola! Who are you?
My name is Andy Laycock I'm just a regular full member of the club and have been for over five years now.
Lostock AC - what’s occurrin?
The club’s official name is Lostock Athletics Club, but this is usually abbreviated to Lostock AC. The club was founded in the early 80s by a group of British Aerospace employees at the Lostock site (close to Middlebrook retail park). They initially got together to run the Bolton Marathon, but found themselves founding the club as a result.
We currently have 75 members. We meet at Horwich Leisure centre on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm and hold meetings and optional post run recovery drinks in the conservative club over the road. We normally meet from 6:45pm onwards.
Through winter we usually alternate weekly between a steady road run and some kind of effort session, making use of the wonderfully undulating terrain we are surrounded by. We also have a couple of track sessions.
During the lighter summer nights we tend to head out towards Rivington for some flat trail running or the occasional lung busting ascent of the Pike.
There are always a few hardy fell runners who head out into the wilderness year round who would welcome suitably equipped and hardy newcomers. Advice is freely given.
Christmas social run
Who can join the club?
All abilities are welcome and catered for. All sessions have easier alternatives: we usually have at least two ability groups, and nobody gets left behind. Anyone thinking of joining is invited to come along to a few Wednesday night training sessions or just for a chat.
Full membership runs from January and is £25/year. We also have student membership and social membership. Speak to any one and they will point you to the membership secretary.
Fell runner Mark Shuttleworth in action.
Do you host any races?
The club hosts the Lostock 6, a well-established six mile road race, which is now in its 36th year. This year the Lostock 6 takes place on Sunday 25th February at 10am, starting near the Barnstormers pub in Lostock.
We also host the Henderson's End fell race in June. This year’s race is set to be on Thursday 7th June at 7pm.
Ladies cross country (the men couldn't manage to get together for a photo…)
What’s your favourite thing about Lostock AC?
The best thing the club offers is a friendly welcome and busy social scene. This includes a family summer club camp in the Lakes, several club events such as a treasure hunt, duathlon and handicapped road, trail and fell races and even the odd night out.
We have a keen fell and road section and have a fell championship and a road championship to encourage entry into mainly local races. We also enter South East Lancs cross country series in the winter.
Within the last couple of years we’ve also started a triathlon section so we also have cycle and swim sessions.