Has Rio 2016 inspired you to get active?

Rio 2016
Rio 2016
Share this article
0
Have your say

London 2012 inspired thousands of Lancastrians to abandon their armchairs and get active.

Now Rio 2016 is expected to do the same over the next few weeks and months, with interest in all 39 Olympic sports set to soar.

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins

Find out where you can try an Olympic sport in Lancashire here

Local clubs are bracing themselves for an influx of new members, sparked into life by watching the world’s best athletes in action at the biggest sporting event on the planet during this Brazilian fortnight.

But the big question is: How long will the post-Olympic surge last?

Here is when you can watch Lancashire’s competitors in action against the best in the world

Olympic Gold Medalist Steven Burke tries out the new cycle track which is named after him.

Olympic Gold Medalist Steven Burke tries out the new cycle track which is named after him.

After London a survey revealed an incredible 74.3 per cent of non-sporting Britons admitted their interest in sport had increased as a result of the Games.

But, sadly, the invigoration of the nation couldn’t be sustained. Research by the BBC prior to Rio showed there were 8,700 fewer people playing sport or exercising at least once a week than there were in 2012.

Today we look at when armchair viewers can watch Lancashire’s competitors in action against the best in the world in the hunt for medals.

And, should their performances inspire you to leave the comfort of your lounge and attempt to follow in their footmarks on the sports field, we also include a guide to some clubs and orgnisations in the county where you can chase your dream.

Clitheroe athlete Samantha Murray was 17th at the Senior Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Sofia

Clitheroe athlete Samantha Murray was 17th at the Senior Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Sofia