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The Club was first formed in the early 1980’s, when a large number of British Aerospace employees at the Lostock factory got together to run the Bolton marathon, they trained as a group and decided to form a Club. In those early days they met on Wednesday nights in the sports pavilion on the large sports field at the factory and got together in the Sports Club bar for a beer and chat. There are still original members and some that joined in its second year active within the Club today. With the demise of BAe over the years the Club has moved its base several times; Lostock Leisure/Barnstormers, Bolton Arena/Bromilow Arms before arriving at its present base at Horwich Leisure Centre/Horwich Conservative Club.

The Club has always been proactive in its approach to the sport and organised many events in the past, these include the Lostock 6 miler (which is one of the oldest races in the area and still going from strength to strength), the Lostock 10K, C&A 20 mile race (this incorporated the Inter Counties 20 mile Championship and was a testament to the to the organisational prowess of the Club) and X-Country races as part of the SELCC League.


Today the Club is still very active and holds various events over the year, e.g. Chairman’s Road, Trail and Fell Handicaps all of which are followed by a get together and supper, there is also Bike/Run/Bike handicap fondly known as “Leo’s Duathlon”. The Club is still part of the SELCC League and of course the Lostock 6 continues to be successful. Finally there is the Leo Pollard Memorial Fell race over the local hills and is becoming a favourite challenge for local fell runners.

The Club is ever expanding and there is a little something for everyone. We have recently expanded into supporting those who wish to take part in Triathlons, or maybe just want to improve their swimming or bike riding, with sessions for swims and bike rides. In addition to this, we have informal groups that meet outside of scheduled times for runs, swims and bike rides. We encourage beginners of any ability/age to train and improve. One thing for sure is that, regardless of ability, no one will be left behind!

The Club is not just about pounding the roads, fells and all out training, it is about developing a good social atmosphere. There is the annual camping weekend which is always a good family occasion and well attended. Your partner/kids/next door neighbour’s dog are all welcome to join in the fun. In addition, there are regular social events throughout the year where we can all get together for beer, banter and being with brilliant friends.

So if you are seeking to join a club that prides itself in its friendly and social approach with some training thrown in for good measure then look no further, come and try us out on Wednesday nights at 6.50pm for a 7pm start from the Horwich Leisure Centre foyer.

Latest club news

Parkrun Results 12 May 2024

Parkrun Results: Haigh Woodland Parkrun Chris Baker 23:55 Rachel Stevens 28:14 (2nd in age category) Karen Taylor 30:58 Matt Withers 31:54 Bolton Parkrun Sheila Garewal 31:47 (2nd in her age category)

Sunday 12th May 2024
Fairfield Horseshoe

Race report by Tony: Saturday saw the Ambleside AC organised Fairfield Horseshoe fell race take place from the beautiful Rydal Hall in the Lake District. 5 intrepid ‘geen vests’ made the trip north for the latest round of the club fell champs. Advertised as 9 miles and 3000 feet of climb the race took place ... Fairfield Horseshoe

Sunday 12th May 2024
Fur Nations Cannock

Report by Jon: Race Weekend Report – Fur Nations, Cannock Chase. Fur Nations is an international Canicross event pitting England, Scotland and Wales against each other. Each nation hosts a long bank holiday weekend of racing. Each weekend has the same format, with a 5k on Saturday, another 5k on Sunday and a 10k on ... Fur Nations Cannock

Tuesday 7th May 2024

120 Members
544 Miles ran this week
50940 Elevation gain achieved this weeK

What our members love about Lostock A.C.

Greg Kilshaw
Joining Lostock AC has been one of the best things that's ever happened to me. I decided to give it a try mainly to loose weight and meet new people. It's really helped with my weight, mental health and output on life. I've been in the club over a year now. Everyone makes you feel so welcome and I love being part of the Lostock family. My running has definitely improved, especially seeing all the medals I've won. It is not just running, Lostock offers other activities too such as cycling, bootcamp and skiing. All I've had a go at which has just been brilliant. Lostock is my second family . I have entered the Machester marathon next year and an ultra. All this for someone who couldn't run . Everyone has made me feel very welcome in the club, I now consider myself to be a runner and would recommend anyone to give Lostock a try.
Rachel Stevens
I joined Lostock AC to help improve my running and to motivate me to run more often. The club has surpassed my expectations. I am not from Bolton originally and did not have many friends in the area. I now feel part of an extended family. I have been encouraged and supported to run half marathons, marathons and an Ultra. I would never believe this was possible 3 years ago.
Rachel Hancock
I’m proud to be a member of Lostock AC, it’s an inclusive club with lovely people, there’s plenty of sporting activities to get involved in and the social get togethers are always welcoming and fun.

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