The countdown to the 2016 Burnley 10K has kicked off with a little help from Burnley FC’s players and manager.
Boss Sean Dyche, striker Andre Gray and goalkeeper Paul Robinson were among those gathered at Burnley FC’s training ground to officially launch the 2016 event, which is set to raise tens of thousands of pounds for good causes.
Sean Dyche said: “There is always a great buzz in the town on Burnley 10K day. I hope you’ll all pull on your trainers and support this great event and the many charities which will benefit.”
Entries for the event on Sunday 5th June are now open here.
Runners can take part in the event – one of the best-loved in the North West – for fun, a personal challenge or to raise funds for charity.
They are especially encouraged to support one of the event’s partner charities which for 2016 are: Burnley FC in the Community, Burnley Leisure Trust, Every Action Has Consequences, Macmillan Cancer Support, Pendleside Hospice and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Runners will take on a new route for 2016. Starting in the picturesque Towneley Park, it takes runners along Todmorden Road, along Belvedere Road, in the shadow of Burnley Football Club, and into Thompson Park. It then returns for a grand finish at Towneley Park.
Run For All Event Manager Charlie Tatman said: “We’re looking forward to another great year for the Burnley 10K. With a new route, we have something a little different for people to come and have a run at this year – we’re sure it will prove very popular once more.”
Asda Foundation Manager Julie Ward said: “The Burnley 10K is always a popular event and 2016 is set to be no different. We look forward to seeing all of those runners on the start line, having a great day while supporting some fantastic local causes.”
Jon Grace, General Manager of Motorpoint Burnley, said: “The Pennine Lancashire 10K is without doubt one of the sporting highlights of the calendar in Burnley and we’re delighted to not only be supporting it but along with my colleagues at Motorpoint taking part once again in the run in 2016.”
Councillor Bea Foster, Executive Member for Leisure and Culture, said: “We are very pleased to be hosting the fourth 10K Run For All event in Burnley.
“We have listened to residents’ concerns and changed the route for 2016, to minimise impact on residents, whilst at the same time, still ensuring that the Run takes in many of the Borough’s beautiful Parks and green space.
“We see the Run as an important event in our annual calendar as it promotes what is good about Burnley, encourages people to get fit and physically active, and raises money for many charities”.
Kaye Bartle, Fundraising Manager for Pendleside Hospice, said: “Whether you run, walk or jog we would love you to join our Pendleside Hospice team in this year’s Burnley 10K for just £10 knowing your efforts will be helping those in our local community going through a difficult time following the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness and offering them and their family the support they need.
“Register online at www.pendleside.org.uk or telephone 01282 440120. All Pendleside runners receive a free hospice t-shirt or running vest and full support before the event and free refreshments on the day.”
Neil Hart, Burnley FC in the Community said: “This is the second year we’ve been involved in the Burnley 10k and the first year as a partner charity. We are absolutely delighted to be even more involved this time around!
“It’s great to be at the heart of a fundraising event that channels so much back into Burnley. We’d love as many people as possible to join the Burnley FC in the Community team of runners and support our charitable work here in Burnley and the surrounding areas”.
Hannah Richmond, East Lancashire Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Macmillan Cancer Support are delighted to again be an official partner for the Burnley 10K. Last year we were able to raise almost £10,000 from our incredible runners which is helping to support people affected by cancer.
“2,900 people are currently living with or beyond cancer in Burnley which is set to rise to 5,000 by 2030. Joining Team Macmillan in the Burnley 10K is a great way to make your miles count and help to make sure no one faces cancer alone.”
Paul Foster, of Burnley Leisure Trust, said: “Burnley's leisure trust works to encourage active and healthy communities in the Burnley area.
“Fundraising helps support our projects, making a real difference in Burnley. These range from holiday programmes for local children, to community sport tackling anti-social behaviour, and volunteer development, giving young people new skills and experience.
“We were instrumental in bringing the Jane Tomlinson event to Burnley and are a proud partner of the Burnley 10K.”
Pat Rogers, of Every Action Has Consequences, said: “Every Action Has Consequences are delighted to be a Partner Charity for the Burnley 10K.
“The Jane Tomlinson runs have always had a special significance for us – Adam was helping Pat to train for her first 10K in York in 2009 – he was killed a month before it took place but Pat managed to complete it in his memory.
“Since then she has done three Run for All 10Ks every year, to raise money and awareness for the charity. It will be special to be a Partner Charity and we welcome anyone who wants to join our consequences team. It will help us to raise much needed funds to continue with our work in schools and prisons and to continue making a difference in Adam’s name.”
Kim Seddon, Fundraising Officer for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the Appeal Team back to Burnley, one of the most popular events in our running calendar.
“Wherever possible, the money we raise from events like the Burnley 10K stays in the local community, supporting children’s and cancer charities. We hope lots of people will feel inspired to pull on their trainers and join us in 2016!”
The Burnley 10K is supported by the Asda Foundation, Motorpoint, 2BR, Burnley Express, Burnley Leisure Trust, Burnley Borough Council, Runner’s World, Aftershokz and BananaKick.