Lancashire is a county that is full of international sportsmen and sports women, yet it is also home to a population of over five and a half million people. The majority of the people who participate in sport do so as amateurs and have no hope of ever appearing on the international stage.
This however does not stop the average Lancastrian being keen and very active and there are a number of events that are arranged each year that are both popular to amateur and professional sportsman alike.
The Asics Greater Manchester Marathon is billed as being one of the fastest marathons in the UK. The race is held on flat closed roads and the finish is adjacent to the Old Trafford cricket ground, the home of Lancashire.
The race has been run since 2012 and in three of those years the results are now invalid as they found out that the course to be 380 metres too short. However this hasn’t put off 15,000 runners each year arduously preparing for the task of running over 26 miles.
The other big marathon in Lancashire is the Blackpool Marathon. This gives the runners the opportunity to see the sights that Blacpool has to offer as the runners make their way down the world famous promenade.
Blackpool Tower is passed, as is the pier, and the golden mile. The organisers have managed to arrange a flat course and there is both the full and the half marathon races available on the day. The advantage of the race is being situated in Blackpool is that runners can find cheap accommodation and it attracts entrants from all over the UK.
For those sports people who like to run, cycle and swim the West Lancashire Summer triathlon offers athletes the opportunity to test their stamina against some of the leading triathletes in the country. Based at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk the race is set both in the University grounds and also around the surrounding roads.
A sport that is popularly supported in Lancashire is tennis. The Burnley Lawn Tennis Club is a large club. It has teams in both national and local leagues and its members include men and women of all ages. The club has been operating since the 1930s and has six all weather courts, of which half have floodlights.
This club competes for members with Blackburn Northern which offers a wide variety of sports. The club has a variety of both indoor and outdoor courts with their top team playing in national division 1. The club also has squash courts and its own hockey pitch with teams competing in a number of different leagues.
Manchester has a variety of health clubs that offers a wide range of facilities. The David Lloyd health clubs have two locations at Manchester North and Trafford City. As well as having gym facilities, swimming and tennis is also on offer, which gives its members a number of different options they can choose when wishing to stay fit.