Thousands of runners took to Blackpool Promenade on Sunday as the 31st Beaverbrooks 10K Fun Run in association with Trinity Hospice exploded into life.
The day dawned bright and blustery as friends and families flocked to the sea front to warm up for the distance event along the Golden Mile.
Serious runners lined up outside the Hilton Hotel alongside a wide range of weird and wonderful costume-wearing teams.
A group of superheroes, including Spiderman, Batman and Superman, rubbed shoulders with women wearing tutus and tiaras in the colourful event.
Despite wet and windy conditions as the race began, supporters cheered from the pavement, and it was only 31mins and 39secs before winner Stuart Robinson crossed the finishing line.
The women’s winner was Lisa Ainslie in 39.53.
The aim of this year’s race was to raise money for Trinity Hospice, although runners picked a wide range of local charities to support.
A medal was handed to everybody who completed and bottles of water were gratefully received.
David Houston, chief executive of Trinity Hospice and Brian House, said: “This is one of the biggest events in the north of England. It’s fantastic to see so much colour and so many people supporting the event. We estimate around 3,000 have taken part.”
Wendy Robertson, 65, and husband Les, of Carnforth Avenue in Bispham, have completed every fun run, clocking up 300,000m in the last 30 years.
Wendy said: “We keep coming back because it’s so much fun. It is quite a nice and easy race.
“We’ve run the London Marathon a few times and it is just a pleasant and enjoyable race to take part in.”
Dave Burns, 71, of Paddock Drive, Blackpool, has competed in every fun run for the past 15 years and was again prominent in the wheelchair race.
Dave said: “I’m helping to raise money for Trinity Hospice. It is a fantastic event and continues to go from strength to strength. It’s great to take part with everyone else today.”
Gazette reporter David Sharman stepped away from the newsdesk and into his running shoes to race. He said: “I was a little nervous to start with. The last time I took part in any sort of race was the South Leicestershire Area sports 800m event ... and finished half a lap behind everyone else. This was a bit different and I really enjoyed it.”