Hat trick of successes for Ribble Valley based running club founded less than one year ago

A running club founded just under a year ago is celebrating a triple success.

By Susan Plunkett
Wednesday, 9th February 2022, 12:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th February 2022, 12:28 pm

Launched in April, 2021, Ribble Valley Runners' vision is to help the community get fit in the surroundings of the area's stunning countryside.

The triple celebrations come in the form of crossing the 100 member threshold and, along with winning the 'Team of 20' prize at the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K race being the first club to have 20 runners cross the finishing line, a truly outstanding achievement for such a new club, beating other long established clubs to claim the victory.

The hat trick of successes was completed spectacularly by Ribble Valley Runners run leader Hannah Thornberry who won her age category award in the individual women’s race.

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Members of the Ribble Valley Runners who took part in the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K

Founder Craig Nicholls said: “To welcome our 100th member to the club in such a short space of time is extremely satisfying and shows the appetite of the Ribble Valley community to get fit and to have some fun too.

" To then go and win a team award at the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K, and for Hannah to win outright the women’s race rounds off an amazing few days. We really are going from strength to strength."

The club currently has 105 members of all ages and abilities. The runners meet on Wednesdays at 6.45 pm at Clitheroe Cricket Club. New members of all abilities are very welcome. If you would like more information about Ribble Valley Runners please visit its facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RibbleValleyRunners