AFTER a pandemic-related three-year hiatus, a running club's road races are back with a bang.

On a perfect Wednesday evening, runners of all ages from across the South Lakes came together for a fantastic evening of running with Hoad Hill Harriers.

The evening started with the one-mile fun run around the sports field at GSK S&S club. There was palpable excitement as the 53 youngsters stood at the start line waiting for the hooter to sound.

Oliver Oldham from Leven Valley crossed the line in a convincing winning time of 5:16, followed by a close finish from Noah Cook and Robert Pike (Leven Valley) in 5:35 and 5:37. First girl was Ellen Douglas also from Leven Valley in 6:23.

Next up was the 10k, which saw 128 runners take on the first of Hoad Hill Harriers' popular road races.

Within a mile, Leven Valley AC runner, Harry Stainton led the pack ahead of 2019 winner Ross Campbell, gradually extending his lead along the coast road. Harry kept up a blistering pace and as he entered the sports field, he had almost a minute’s lead over his nearest rival, winning the race in 33:48.

The chasing pack was led by Ross Campbell (Barrow in Furness Striders), who finished in 2nd in 34:43.

Fantastic running from first female, Kate Maltby from Bristol & West AC, saw her coming in 3rd overall in 35:02 and almost 2 minutes ahead of her nearest rival.

A spokeswoman for the club said: "It was great to see so many youngsters out enjoying running and playing in the newly reopened play area at the Glaxo club – well done to everyone. 

"Some great times and performances were topped off by a beautiful sunset and rainbow celebrating our town’s return to road racing and fun runs.

Runners of all abilities are invited to join GHHH at their next event on September 14 for the Charter 5k event 6.54pm and fun run 6.15pm. Online entries from UK Road Races or on the night entry from 5.15 at the Glaxo Sports Club, North Lonsdale Rd Ulverston.