The streets of Burnley burst into life today as big-hearted runners took part in one of the North West’s best-loved runs.
It was the fifth annual running of the Asda Foundation Burnley 10K which since its launch has established itself as one of the highlights on the region’s sporting calendar.
Cheered on by enthusiastic spectators, the runners raised a huge cash boost for a host of good causes as they made their way around the route, which started and finished in Towneley Park.
First across the finish line was Gethin Jones in a time of 33mins exactly. Rob Webb took second place in 33mins 33secs with Danny Collinge third in 34mins 49secs.
Rachel Jacks was the first woman home in 40mins 46secs followed by Sarah Ridehalgh, who clocked 41mins 31secs for second spot and April Thorpe who finished third in 42mins 44secs.
Following a minute’s silence for the victims of the recent Manchester and London bombings, the run was started by internet sensation Dawn Nisbet and deputy Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Charlie Briggs – both of whom then joined 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.
Many of those taking part were raising money 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).
Asda Foundation Senior Manager Julie Ward said: “It was fantastic to see so many runners and spectators turn out to mark the fifth running of the Asda Foundation Burnley 10K.
“Both the level of support offered to the event and the amount raised for so many good causes are a real credit to the town.”
Tristan Batley Kyle, Course Director with race organiser Run For All, said: “It has been a memorable day and huge thanks must go to the many volunteers who gave their time to make the event such a success.”
Having left Towneley Park, the course took the along Todmorden Road, along Belvedere Road, in the shadow of Burnley Football Club, and into Thompson Park before returning for the grand finish back at Towneley Park.
The Burnley 10K is supported by the Asda Foundation, Motorpoint, 2BR, Burnley Express, Burnley Borough Council, Aftershokz, Viisana, Up & Running, Calico Group, Liberata, Arla Protein, Urbaser Ltd and BananaKick.
The race forms part of the hugely popular Asda Foundation 10K Series, which also includes runs in Leeds, York, Hull, Lincoln, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leicester, King’s Lynn and Bury.