windmill_image.jpg Lytham St Annes Road Runners Club
'Keeping South Fylde running'

The 18th Green Drive Five




10am Sunday 22nd October 2017

Incorporating Lancashire AA 5 Mile Championships

and The Green Drive Junior Mile

runbritain Under UKA Rules
UKA Licensed
Course Accuracy Certificate

Ruth and Tim at the start of the race

The Green Drive Five

The Green Drive Five, established in 2000, is LSARRC's biggest and longest established race and is held in October.

The Green Drive Five is a fast and accurately measured five miles suitable for both elite and slower runners. Starting and finishing in the attractive surroundings of Green Drive enhanced by the autumn colours, the course continues along Preston Road to reach the rural lanes around Warton. A flat course, this is a race that has allowed many to achieve PBs.

To see the route follow the link below to MapMyRun.

Green Drive Five Route

The Green Drive Junior Mile

In 2013 an additional race for youngsters was added to the Green Drive Five, the Green Drive Junior Mile.

The Green Drive Junior Mile is an accurately measured mile held in advance of the senior race for athletes aged 4 to 15.

Starting at 9:00am at the same location as the Green Drive Five, the course takes a safe off-road out and back route to the far end of Green Drive. All finishers receive a medal.


Green Drive Five £13.00, Unattached £15.00, including online booking fee (No extra charge for entry to Lancashire AA 5 Mile Championships.)

Green Drive Junior Mile £3.50 entry on the day (subject to race limit of 150 not being reached).


Follow us on Twitter @greendrivefive.

LSA runners, pre race line up

Headphone use during the Green Drive Five race

British Athletics (UKA) Rules no longer allow headphones to be worn during races which are not held on completely closed roads - Rule 240 S5.

As the majority of Green Drive Five is on open public roads that means no competitors may wear non medically prescribed headphones on the course. Anyone seen wearing headphones during the race will be disqualified and will not appear in the results.

Please note that this does not apply to the Green Drive Junior Mile as this race is held 100% off road.

Registration (New location for 2017)

Race HQ for registration and prize giving is at Park View Centre, Queen Elizabeth II Park View Playing Fields, Park View Road, Lytham FY8 4JE. There is a changing area, toilets and a sportswear stall will be available. There is a café on site which will be open for refreshments.

Lancashire AA 5 Mile Championships:

Attached runners born in Lancashire or resident for at least 9 months may enter at no extra charge.


Car parking is available on the Ballam Road side of Park View playing fields. There is also free parking at St Bede’s High School, FY8 4JL. Please leave parking on Park View Road for residents.

Start and Finish

At the top of Green Drive, 10 minutes walk or 5 minutes warm up from the Centre.

Race Souvenirs

Tech T-shirts to all finishers.

Green Drive Five Prizes

Details of Prizes will be notified later.

Lancashire AA 5 Mile Championships Prizes

Details of Prizes will be notified later.


Bottle of water to finishers and other refreshments can be bought at the Café near HQ.

Pam H heading for the home straight

Green Drive 5 2016 - Race Report

This Sunday was the 17th Green Drive Five and the 4th Green Drive Junior 1 mile. 257 runners took part in the Green Drive Five and 55 in the Green Drive Junior 1 Mile. The day started as a wet and drizzly one, which is fine to run in but not so great to spectate or marshal in, so thank you to everyone who stood for hours in the cold and rain cheering us runners on!

The races started at the very beginning of Green Drive, so we were all at least sheltered under the trees for a while. The Green Drive Mile started at the beginning of Green Drive and then turned so the juniors finished and started at the same position, all the finishers received a medal.

55 juniors took place in the race and 12 were Lytham St Annes Road Runners. The first Lytham Road runner to complete the race was George Denye, who came 5th overall in the race in 5:49. The next Lytham Junior back was Morgan Pritchard in 6:35, Laura Bremner in 6:44, Lewis Bentley in 6:52 and Sydney Ramsden in 6:52. Francis Morrison was next back in 7:12, Jessica Ramsden in 7:33, Lucy Whiteside in 7:48, Holly Anderson in 8:04 and Luke Cosgrove in 8:08. Esther Thompson completed her race in 8:27, Charlie Stephenson in 8:36, Sophie Tate in 9:39, Rebecca Tate in 9:52 and Sebastien Koth-Wragg in 10:32.

The Green Drive Five Mile also started at the beginning of Green Drive and headed over Saltcotes Bridge and on towards Warton coming back along country lanes. 257 runners competed this year and all said how much they had enjoyed the race despite the weather conditions!

This year’s winner was Luke Minns from Blackpool Wyre and Fylde AC who finished the race in 26:03. The women’s winner, who created a new race record, was Emily Japp also from Blackpool Wyre and Fylde AC who completed the race in 28:08. Lytham St Annes Road Runners had 17 runners for this race and many helpers and marshalls.

The fist Lytham runner to arrive back in Green Drive was Chris McCarthy who ran the five miles in 27.53, well done Chris! The next Lytham runner was Alex Tate with an impressive time of 30:23, Neil Tate was next with 30:53, Thomas Howarth with 31:08 and Felicity Wolohan in 34.33. Alan Elstone was the next runner back in 34:46, Colin Laidlaw in 37.33, Gerry Browne in 37:36, Louisa Denye in 39:38 and Steve Quarmby in 41:14. Alexandra Everest was next back in 41:40, Kirsten Burnett in 42:15, Stephen Tate in 44:42, Patricia Bullen in 46:19 and Sophie Bradshaw in 48:51. Karen Lannigan in 49:18 and Sarah Bragshaw Julie Oldrid crossed the finish line together with a time of 50:40.

The Tate family was out in force again this year with Grandad Steve and sons Neil and Alex running in the Green Drive Five. Rebecca, Sophie, Darcie and Archie running in the junior race. As well as this Neil’s wife, Annette Tate supported the race by giving out T-shirts and Ian Tate helped marshal a section of the race!

A huge thank you needs to go to Lytham C of E School, for letting us use them as a race HQ and Mark Selby. These races would not have been possible without race director Mark Selby, who made sure the events ran seamlessly.

2016 Winners List

A complete list of all 2016 winners can be found here.

Green Drive 5 2015 - Race Report

Sunday 18th October saw the 16th Green Drive Five and the 3rd Green Drive Junior 1 mile take place in Lytham attracting of runners of all levels including many from local running clubs and further afield. Weather conditions were perfect, cool and slightly overcast with no wind. With race headquarters at Lytham C of E Primary School, the start for both races was just across the road at the end of Green Drive, resplendent in its Autumn colours. The 5 mile course then headed over Saltcotes Bridge and on towards Warton coming back along country lanes.

Both races was excellently organised by race director Mark Selby who only took up the reins at the start of the year and was hosted by Lytham St Annes Road Runners Club whose members, friends and relatives provided race support and marshals. The club still also managed to field 12 runners as well in the senior race.

There were just over 300 finishers in the main race all rewarded with a souvenir T-shirt. The winner was Karl Billington from Blackburn Harriers in a time of 25:18 very closely followed by David Rigby of Preston Harriers just 2 seconds later, both runners over a minute clear of 3rd place Rob Affleck of Preston Harriers in 26:21. First lady was Emily Japp of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde AC in a time of 29:12 and 19th place overall. The race also incorporated the Lancashire 5 mile Championships with Karl and Emily both crowned Lancashire Champions. In the team results, Preston Harriers took the men's title with 4 out of 6 top place runners while Blackpool Wyre and Fylde won the ladies prize.

The Junior race was an accurately measured traffic free 1 mile out and back course along Green Drive itself. It was won by 15 year old Lytham St Annes Road Runners Club member Michael Hayes in his first ever road race in an excellent time of 5:12. He was closely followed by fellow club member 11 year old Zane Seddon in 5:16. Both lads smashed the previous course record for boys by over 20 seconds. First female was 13 year old Danielle Whipp from Blackpool Wyre and Fylde in a time of 5:43 and 3rd overall. Danielle also broke the course record for girls, knocking 7 seconds off the time recorded by Ella Moulding back in the inaugural race in 2013. There was a record number of 76 finishers.

The Tate family (with 3 members running for LSARRC) were out in force from 60 year old grandad Steve, sons Neil and Alex and four grandkids Luke, Rebecca, Sophie and Archie, completing three generations of Tates. They are hoping to make it to double figures next year!

2015 Winners List

A complete list of all 2015 winners can be found here.

Previous Years' Results

Green Drive Five

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Lancashire Championships

Links to the Lancashire Championships details can be found for years 2012 onwards within the full results above.

Junior Green Drive Mile

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Course Records

Green Drive Five


Male - 24:06 Antony Ford, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde (2009)

Female - 28:08 Emily Japp, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC (2016)


Male - 25:28 Tom Cunningham, Blackpool & Fylde (2006)

Female - 30:01 Kiera Vogel, Liverpool P & S (2003)

Course record holder: Anthony Ford

Course record holder: Anthony Ford

Course record holder: Emily Japp

Course record holder: Emily Japp

Junior Green Drive Mile

Male - 05:12 Michael Hayes, Lytham St Annes RRC (2015)

Female - 05:40 Danielle Whipp, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde (2017)

Junior mile course record holder - male: Michael Hayes

Junior mile course record holder - male: Michael Hayes

Junior mile course record holder - female: Danielle Whipp

Junior mile course record holder - female: Danielle Whipp