Blackburn Rovers' walking football team are on the only sort of great run that they're allowed - and it has got them through to the regional finals of the sport's major national tournament.
A sunny Sunday afternoon at Fleetwood Town's impressive new Fuse Football community facility saw the Club's over 50s team break new ground with their first competitive win in a competitive fixture, and with it the entire Lancashire stage of the Walking Football United National Tournament.
The historic first victory during the four-team round-robin group was a 2-1 triumph over Blackpool, followed by a scoreless draw against the hosts, Fleetwood Town Flyers. The tournament victory was then sealed in style with a 4-0 victory in an East Lancashire derby against Colne.
The team, which trains with the Club's Community Trust every Friday night from 6pm-7pm at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre, is now eagerly awaiting news of their opponents in the North regional stages, which will be played during the summer against the winners of the other county regions from Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham.
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust coach Nigel Baker, who stood in as caretaker manager for the event in the absence of regular boss Billy Legg, was delighted with the way he side performed, explaining:
"We've got a great group of lads who have really progressed over the past few weeks at practice games and tournaments, and we were really pleased that we were able to give all the squad a fair shot with an even amount of game time, and it all worked perfectly with the results we achieved.
"It was a great tournament at a superb new facility and it was all played in the right spirit. The organisers did a great job and the warm weather certainly played its part in making it an even better experience."
The hosts were also quick to take to Twitter to congratulate the winners, with the @FTFlyersWFC account tweeting: "Well done @BRFCTrust you deserved it. Great football and we hope you enjoyed the day!"
The premise behind walking football is that it is meant to be a joint-friendly version of the game with no running and only limited contact, allowing older players to continue playing the game they love in a format that allows them to play with less likelihood of injury.
Any new players wishing to get involved in the winning team - which now faces a further four tournaments in as many weekends over the course of the next month - are advised to contact email@example.com
to register their interest, with players over 50 of any age or experience welcome.