One of Lancashire’s favourite road races is marking its 5th birthday this year – and runners from across the region are pulling on their trainers to join the party.
Firmly established as one of the best-loved runs in the North West, the event on Sunday 4th June will bring thousands of spectators on to the streets and generate a huge cash boost for local charities.
The run will be started by internet sensation Dawn Nisbet and deputy Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Charlie Briggs – both of whom will then join the masses to take part.
Dawn’s image – of her crossing the finish line of a Parkrun in – went viral after people were inspired by the joy on her face, despite finishing in final place.
Since then, thousands have followed Oldham mum-of-two Dawn’s journey to fitness and she’s been featured on TV and radio.
The Burnley 10K starts and finishes in beautiful Towneley Park, before a long downhill section along Todmorden Road. The route then levels out to cross Harry Potts Way at Turf Moor, and follows Belvedere Road to the fire station before turning left into Thompson Park. The course follows the picturesque paths taking in the beautiful Boating Lake and Italian Gardens.
Runners leave Thompson Park at Queen Victoria Road then head up Queens Park Road, taking in further parkland then down Ormerod Road to meet Belvedere Road again and the triumphant return to Towneley Park.
Lynne Preston, Events Manager with racer organiser Run For All, said: “This is a special year for the Asda Foundation Burnley 10K and we are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone to the event.
“There is always a wonderful atmosphere at Burnley and I’m sure this year will be no different.”
Julie Ward, Asda Foundation Senior Manager, said: “It’s heartening to see the Burnley 10K reach this special milestone. The event has grown into a popular feature of the Asda Foundation 10K series and we wish the very best of luck to everyone taking part.”
Runners can take part for fun, a personal challenge or to raise funds for charity. They can fundraise for a good cause of their own choice or for one of the event’s partner charities – Macmillan Cancer Support, Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Pendleside Hospice, Burnley Leisure Trust, Every Action Has Consequences, Burnley FC in the Community and Cancer Assessment Rapid Early Support (CARES).
The Burnley 10K is supported by the Asda Foundation, Motorpoint, 2BR, Burnley Express, Burnley Borough Council, Aftershokz, Viisana, Up & Running, Liberata, Arla Protein, Urbaser Ltd and BananaKick.
A limited number of entries are still available in this weekend’s event. For more information, go to /10k/burnley/