FORMER International athlete Ron Hill was the star guest at Accrington Road Runners 20th Anniversary Reunion Dinner.
Olympic marathon runner Hill, from Accrington, spoke about his early life in the town and the races that shaped his career.
Hill has famously run everyday since 1964 - even though he had a car crash in 1993 and broke his sternum but he still managed to run a mile the next day. That's probably why he admitted he thought some of today's top UK athletes were too "soft centred" and give into minor injuries too easily.
"He told some personal stories to explain this was not the case in his day and also bemoaned the fact that race prize money was really poor when he was running races," said Accrington RR committee member Mike Leeming. "He brought along a tankard to show the calibre of prizes awarded in senior races some years ago."
Andy O'Sullivan BEM, who has been fundraising for years through running events, was the MC and he congratulated the club in raising more than £20,000 for charity since its formation in 1985. He also paid tribute to club stalwart Harry Haseley for oganising overseas running trips for the club.
Accrington RR has a thriving membership with a good mix of male and female runners. Over the years the club has produced talented athletes such as Graham Collinge, Evan Cook and John Wieczorek and, in the ladies, Debbie Gowans and Leigh Hargreaves. More recently Brent Hogan, James Buckley, Nicola Wood, Donna Beardmore and Sarah Ridehalgh are showing potential.
The club trains every Tuesday at 6.30pm at Wilsons Sports Complex, Clayton-Le Moors and also stages a series of summer social training runs for members at new different rural venues. Runners of all ability are welcome to attend training sessions.