The streets of Burnley will burst into colour on Sunday June 5th when runners take part in the new-look Asda Foundation Burnley 10K.
Now firmly established as one of the best-loved runs in the North West, the event was officially launched earlier this year at Turf Moor by Championship-winning Burnley FC boss Sean Dyche, striker Andre Gray and goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
Entrants will this year tackle a new route that starts and finishes in the picturesque Towneley Park.
Runners have a flat and fast start and will run along the bottom of the park’s Events Triangle before heading along Hall Road and turning right after the Stables Café. They will then follow the tree-lined causeway out of the park for 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 flat and triumphant return to Towneley Park.
The event is expected to raise tens of thousands for good causes and this year’s partner charities are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, Pendleside Hospice, Burnley Leisure Trust, Every Action Has Consequences and Burnley FC In the Community.
Organised by Run For All, the race is part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson who took on a series of gruelling challenges raising nearly £2m for charity, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
The race forms part of the hugely popular Asda Foundation 10K Series, which also includes runs in Leeds, York, Hull, Lincoln and Nottingham.
Asda Foundation Senior Manager Julie Ward said: “There is always a wonderful atmosphere at the Burnley 10K, which is a fantastic event that supports the work of some excellent causes. It promises to be another great day and good luck to all those taking part.”
The Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Jeff Sumner, said: “It’s great to see the popular 10K run come back to Burnley for the fourth year in a row. This time it comes back not only with a new name but also with a new route, starting and finishing in the award-winning Towneley Park, with Towneley Hall as a stunning backdrop. The event promises to be a wonderful advert for our town.
“Whether you’re running or supporting those that are, I’d like to congratulate everyone taking part in this event. I hope we get some big crowds to cheer on the runners and support this very worthy cause.”
Charlie Tatman, Run For All Events Manager, said: “The Burnley 10K is already a highly-regarded event and the new route should make it even better. We look forward to welcoming all those taking part.”
Jon Grace, General Manager of Motorpoint Burnley, said: “The Burnley 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.”
The event is supported by Asda Foundation, Burnley Borough Council, Motorpoint, 2BR, Burnley Express, Burnley Leisure Trust, Liberata, Calico Group, Urbaser, ViiSana, Arla Protein and BananaKick.
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