Historic races around Lancaster Castle

Runners got the chance to race in the grounds of Lancaster Castle on Sunday. Picture: Sprint Finish Photography
Runners got the chance to race in the grounds of Lancaster Castle on Sunday. Picture: Sprint Finish Photography
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Lancaster Castle played host to its first major running event on Sunday.

Around 300 athletes took part in 10km and half marathon races around the city’s historic landmark.

Runners came from far and wide, including Norfolk, London and Glasgow, but there was local success with Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club’s Louise Goddard the first woman back in the 10k in 46 minutes and 56 seconds.

Preston Harriers’ Chris Tulley was the top male runner in 35.05.

He said: “I love racing in Lancaster and this is a fantastic addition with lots of potential to the running calender.

“It’s great to run along the River Lune and I got a real buzz from finishing in the Lancaster Castle grounds.”

As for the longer distance, Ian Livesy was the first man back in the half marathon in 1.18.03 with Christina Singleton first woman in 1.28.43.

The race’s main charity was Galloway’s Society for the Blind with money also raised for Animal Care and Lancaster and Morecambe Lions Club.

Race director William Gardner, from Lancaster Race Series, said: “We are really pleased with the response of the people of Lancaster to make this such a success in the first year.

“We would like to thank our sponsors at the Runners Centre and also the castle events team for being so supportive with this event. We look forward to planning next year and hopefully see more people come to our great city.”