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Some of the Goal-Den Girls running group in training for their 10K event (March 2012). Tricia Ellis is pictured front, with Sue Crook, Pam Binns, Kim Martin, Ann Riley, Gay McDonald and Jacqui Bullock
Some of the Goal-Den Girls running group in training for their 10K event (March 2012). Tricia Ellis is pictured front, with Sue Crook, Pam Binns, Kim Martin, Ann Riley, Gay McDonald and Jacqui Bullock
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IF you’re worried about putting weight on during the festive season, then a group of mature runners have a target for you to aim for.

The Goal-den Girls over 50s running club is holding a 10k fun run in Blackpool in March, in a bid to give ladies of all ages a chance to get pounding the pavements.

The event, which will take place on March 25, is just for women and those taking part can walk or run and go at their own speed.

The Goal-den Girls themselves, who live on the Fylde coast, train weekly running around Stanley Park.

Tricia Ellis, who set up the Goal-den Girls in a bid to get older women running and ready for a marathon next year, said: “We really want to leave a legacy, so that’s the idea behind the 10 fun run.

“Obviously, the Goal-den Girls is just for the over 50s, but we want to get women of all ages involved in running and encourage them to get out onto the streets.

“There are so many benefits to running, it’s great for your health, for fitness, for self-confidence and, if you join a club, there are so many social benefits as well too.

“We want to show people if a group of over 50s can run a marathon – some of whom had never run before – then anyone can run.

“It’s never too late to start running and you don’t have to be really fit. You can start off doing a mixture of walking and jogging and your fitness will improve.

“The event will be a fun run rather than a race, so everyone can just go at their own pace. We will start from the Hilton Hotel and follow a route along the Promenade. Everybody will get a medal at the finish.

“We hope by launching the event now, we can give people a target to aim for and a training programme they can start, which might help them lose any weight they might put on over Christmas.”

The Goal-den Girls are now up to a distance of 14 to 15 miles – ready to take part in the Edinburgh 2012 marathon, raising money for five local charities, Northwest Air Ambulance, Hint of Pink, Clifton Dialysis Unit, Young Carers and National Coast Watch.

To sign up to the Goal-den Girls 10k in March, log onto www.fyldecoastrunning and click on either Goal-den Girls or 10k or by writing to Fylde Coast Running, FCR events office, 55 Poulton Road, Blackpool, FY3 7DS. Or call (01253) 395976.