3rd March 2019




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Date: 3rd March 2019

Registration & Number Collection:
Wheelchair Race & Fun Run: 7:30 – 8:45AM; 10K: 7:30 – 9:15AM

Start times:
Wheelchair Race – 8:55; Fun Run – 9:00AM; 10K – 09:30AM

Race HQ:
Accrington Market Hall, Hyndburn Borough Council/Peel St, Peel St, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 1ER

Prize presentation:
11:30 AM in the market hall

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The perfect inspiration to get you out and run!

52 years and 39 days of running EVERY DAY

Cannonball Events are very proud to be organising this fantastic race named in honour of Accrington’s (and probably Lancashire’s) most famous athlete Ron Hill. Ron, who was born in Accrington, won the Commonwealth Games and European Championship marathons. He has run every day for over 50 years, even after breaking his sternum in a car crash! He’s even got a street named in his honour that you will pass near on the course.

The OMC Motor Group Ron Hill Accrington 10k is a race for people of all speeds, there will be great prizes for the speed merchants at the front but each of the runners will be warmly welcomed whatever speed they run at. It doesn’t matter if you are running for a PB, a prize, to raise money for charity or just for fun, we’d love you to join in! The 10k is largely traffic free with road closures at the start and at the finish. For those that can’t manage 10k and those too young to do so, we have introduced a 1-mile Fun Run which will be run entirely on closed roads.


FULL PACKAGE – £26/£28



Cash prizes for first male and female runners, time bonuses and high-value vouchers for the other places.

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Market Hall

Big Bobble Hats will be selling their products direct from the market hall on race day.

Add this race to your club Grand Prix / Calendar and we will give each club member a 10% discount (applied by simply using the clubs name on entry), contact us on jacek[at]cannonballevents.co.uk to setup.

Official Race Charities

To show our support to people with Alzheimer's, Cannonball Events will donate a percentage of all race profits to the Alzheimer Society.


Do you have 2 or more friends who fancy a challenge? Why not enter a non-running club team?

The first team 3 members of your team to cross the line will count towards a prize for the fastest non-running club team. This is a great opportunity for your gym, school, college, workplace, football club or just a group of friends to win a prize. There are no limits on how many members in your teams and you could even enter A, B, C teams etc. You simply enter your non-running club team name upon entry.

Route Details

The New course is much flatter, faster and more scenic than the previous course, but it is Lancashire after all so there are always going to be hills and downhills. We are pleased to announce that the new 1 mile fun run course on fully closed roads will be used to allow us to host Accrington’s first ever wheelchair race! See Route description and maps below !!

Toilets: Toilets are located in the Town Hall, Market Hall and the new public toilets at the back of the Bus Station.  Follow the signs if you are unsure of their locations.  See Map

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Chip Timing Results

View the results from 2018 race here.


Race Records

Men’s – Ben Fish 31:42
(Blackburn Harriers & AC)

Women’s – Pauline Powell 38:36
(Blackburn Harriers & AC)

Historical Results

Historical results from the first to the last race, View here

Other Results

10K Route

The race finishes on the square for a grandstand finish in front of one of Lancashire finest buildings!

The race starts on Blackburn Rd, just a short walk from the Market Hall which will be used as Race HQ. Once the gun is fired you will head along Blackburn Rd, which will be closed to traffic, towards Oswaldtwistle. When you reach the Antley Methodist Church you will turn left on to Newark St, then using Savoy St and Star St you run towards the railway where you will join the footpath and pass under the railway bridge before turning left and following the tree-lined path that runs parallel to the railway. On reaching Scaitcliffe St you will turn right and follow the street to the end before joining a footpath that runs behind Hyndburn Borough Council offices. This footpath quickly joins the old railway line between Haslingden and Accrington which is now a much-loved cycle path and training route of local athletes. You will spend roughly 2 miles on this path before turning left and climbing to Manchester Rd. There is a short climb on Manchester Rd to Baxenden School but it’s worth the effort as you then have what must be one of the fastest last 2 miles of any 10km as you descend down Manchester Rd, Hollins Lane and then (with the new road extension opening) straight down Royds Ave. This makes it quicker than the 2015 course as there are 1 less turn and more downhill running. Then you will rejoin the path towards the council offices. At the end of the path, the remainder of the course is traffic free; you will run along Eagle St and pass the 6-mile mark at Tesco, turn right as you hit Blackburn Rd for a perfect sprint over the finish line at the Town Hall!

Fun Run Route

The fun run is an out and back course on the closed Blackburn Rd. We’ve picked this route to make the run as flat and as safe as possible. It really is a race for anyone!

This race starts and finishes outside the Town Hall on the new square. We hope lots of children, first-time runners and wheelchair racers will enjoy the experience and soak up the atmosphere of running in a town centre race.

Free professional race photos

Ron passing on some last minute advice to Danny Collinge (2nd place is 2016) on the start line.

Local Clubs Support

The clubs below are supporting the race with marshals. If you want to take your running further, why not join them?  For all details on the clubs please click their badges.Cannonball Events would like to thank both clubs in advance.


Officially course measured and insured by runbritain license.

Thanks to Kays and Hyndburn Council for the road closure!

Cannonball Events and Time My Race support runners of all genders and support non-binary athletes.