Enjoy running road, off-road, trail or cross country? Live in or around East Lancashire? You're more than welcome to join Team TAC! We're a thriving and sociable running club based in Pendle, East Lancashire, where absolutely everyone is welcome. You'll find Trawden AC caters for runners of all abilities and offers an unrivalled network of support, including a very popular Couch to 5K group.
Trawden Athletic Club was voted England Athletics North West "Club of the Year 2015", and won "Team of the Year 2014" at the prestigious Pendle Sports Awards, positive proof that we provide outstanding opportunities and support for runners and athletes throughout the Pendle area and beyond.
Our many members range from beginners who choose to run for fitness to those who regularly compete in local and national races. As well as encouraging members to run and helping train those who wish to participate in the local racing scene, Trawden AC hosts two of the annual Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix races – Boulsworth Fell Race and the Trawden 7 – as well as the Bowley Hill Trail Race in May.
In early 2014 we established what has already become a blooming juniors section. We often have over 40 children of all ages attend our Tuesday evening training, all under the watchful eyes of our junior coaching team. All our children enjoy and benefit from structured exercise plans and we already have some young race winners pushing through the ranks.
So please take a good look around our site and discover our recent activities, race results, training and the many forthcoming local and regional events in which Team TAC is taking part. Although running is the mainstay of the club, we also encourage and promote other activities such as map reading and navigation, duathlons, triathlons and adventure racing.
We hold four regular weekly training sessions on Monday to Thursday evenings. You can check our training diary for further information. Our dedicated qualified athletics coaches can tailor a training or exercise regime to your specific needs. You are very welcome to come along to any of our training sessions to see if Trawden AC is for you.
We hope to see you soon and in the meantime...happy running!
Over 150 age group runners made up of those from their late 30s to those in their 70s qualified for the England team which competed in Chester against a Celtic Nations Team.
I’ve written about mountain marathon racing before – so as the last weekend in September arrived, it was time once again to dust down the compass and get out on the hill for two days of orienteering, running and general Jedi mind-trickery. As has become traditional, we set out for a foray around the long score of the Roc Mountain Marathon.
Kit prepared and having just spent a weekend teaching on the FRA navigation course in Elterwater, I felt ready for this. The location of the Northern Fells brought memories of boggy Bob Graham recee runs on the back of Skiddaw, Calva and Blencathra – and arriving at the event centre on Friday evening did not disappoint. We got our first glimpse of the event area map (without the controls marked, naturally) and started to pick out the striking slopes and gullies of this less-frequented part of The Lakes.
This area is rugged and desolate in the main – bounded by Carrock fell to the North and the massif of Blencathra and Skiddaw to the South and West, our herding heritage is still visible on the ground through the many ruined building and sheep folds. This was certainly not lost on the event organisers who used the ground to their full advantage in creating a cerebrally challenging score course. With just a few arteries of bridleways and footpaths bisecting the event area, much of the ground was un-tracked and hostile. We enjoyed our pint of local ale (OK, so we’re not full athletes) and went to bed in anticipation of a great few days racing in prospect.