23 Jul

7th Heaven for Burnley Runners

Asda Foundation Burnley 10K

Even if it is one of the smaller events in the Run For All catalogue, the Asda Foundation Burnley 10K still stands as one of the most popular in Lancashire, with close to 1,000 runners competing in its seventh staging on Sunday (21 July).

Cheered on by enthusiastic spectators, the runners raised tens of thousands of pounds for a host of good causes as they made their way around the route, which started and finished in Towneley Park.

Having left there, the course took a route along Todmorden Road and then Belvedere Road, in the shadow of Turf Moor, home of Burnley FC. It then went into Thompson Park before returning for the grand finish back at Towneley Park.

Morpeth Harriers’ Nick McCormick put in a strong showing to claim first in 32:45, with Clayton Le Moors Harriers’ Mark Magee second (34:19) and Calum Holmes (35:27) in third position.

Magee’s clubmate Laura Hesketh was a comprehensive winner in the female competition in 37:42, a new course record time that also secured her 10th overall. Sarah Dufour-Jackson of Crewe and Nantwich AC was second in 40:53, with Barlick Fell Runners’ Emma Bailey (41:57) in third.

Mandy Hepworth, Asda Foundation coordinator, said: “Congratulations must go to everyone who took part in today’s event. Not only did they complete the challenge, through their efforts they supported the work of some really excellent charities. Everyone involved can feel very proud.”

You can view results from Sunday’s event here.