Morning run is Goal-den!

Women gather for the seafront 10k race.
Women gather for the seafront 10k race.
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AROUND 200 women battled the biting winds for a 10k race along Blackpool’s seafront.

It was a cold start for the Goal-den Girls’ event, but that did not put them off the gruelling run.

Gearing up for the start outside the Hilton hotel on the Promenade, Goal-den Girl Dana Gledhill, 56, said: “I’m the worst sports person on the Fylde coast.

“I’ve spent a lifetime trying to find a sport I can do, and failed.

“Then I found running, and if I can do it, anyone can.”

Yesterday’s run, which attracted people from all over the North West.

Molly Ralf won yesterday’s race, which took runners to North Pier, the back along the Promenade to Anchorsolme Park before ending just after Gynn Square.

Organiser Tricia Ellis said: “It all went excellently well.

She added: “The sun came out, which is brilliant as people had come from a long way away.

“Blackpool was on top form.

“It was a very special day, I’m so thankful.”

This year the Goal-den Girls, an over-50s running group originally set up to work towards running a marathon in 2012, have decided to support the area’s Guide Dogs charity.

Guide Dogs’ assistant secretary and organiser, John Westmore, said: “It is a wonderful thing they are doing for us.”

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