Over 1,500 runners are expected to make their way to the picturesque Towneley Park on Sunday 5 June to compete in the Asda Foundation Burnley 10K. The race is anticipated to be a super-charged affair after Burnley FC - whose boss Sean Dyche, striker Andre Gray and goalkeeper Paul Robinson were on hand to launch the race earlier this year – won the Football League Championship and gained promotion to the Premier League.
Previously called the Pennine Lancashire 10K, organisers Run For All changed the name of the event in October 2015. With this came news that the 2016 edition would feature a faster and flatter route.
Moving from Towneley Park, the course then heads along Hall Road and turns right after the Stables Café. Participants will then follow the tree-lined causeway out of the park for a long downhill section along Todmorden Road, levels out at Turf Moor. Through the Boating Lake and Italian Gardens, runners are then on the straight as they make their way to the finish point at Towneley Park.
The Burnley 10K is part of the successful Run For All series, supported by the Asda Foundation, which includes events in Leeds, York, Lincoln and Hull. All of which form part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, who raised nearly £2m for charity by tackling a string of gruelling challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
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.”