More than 1,600 runners were met with sunshine and clear skies as they took part in the Pennine Lancashire 10K. Sunday's race was a day of new dawns, it was the first under the direction of Jane Tomlinson's Run for All team, while the event celebrated its return after a three year absence with a new location in Burnley.
Starting and finishing at Burnley's Mechanics Theatre on Manchester Road, runners moved through some of the town's best-loved landmarks including Rowley Lake, Towneley Hall, Thompson Park and Turf Moor.
Salford Harriers' Tarus Elly led the field home in 32:29, with Matthew Lalor second in 34:34 and Jonny McKenna in third position 35:43. In the women's compeition, Clayton Le Moors' Laura Hesketh took first in 42:06, followed by Holly Gamble in 44:10, with Lisa Collier rounding off the top trio of female runners (45:00).
Event lead Emma Griffiths was delighted at how well the first race in Burnley had gone, commenting: "The sun shone, the crowds turned out and I hope everyone had an amazing day. We've had a brilliant debut in Burnley - thank you so much to everyone in the town who has given us such a warm welcome and helped in every way possible with the event. We couldn't have done it without you!"
Like many of the Run for All series, competitors were encouraged to raise money for local and national charities. Among those taking part in today's event was the face of Safestyle Windows' famous TV ads Jeff Brown - the company's well-known Buy One Get One Free Man - who lost over 5 stone in weight while training for the event.
Jeff was set the 10K challenge by Lancashire firm Premier Range which pledged to donate £10,000 to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal if he completed the race. Jeff, who finished the 10K in 1hr 33mins 37secs, today said: "That was tough. But I enjoyed it, I really did. I think some people thought I might not do it but there was no way I was letting down Jane's charity."
For more information on the Run For All events, visit their website.