One of the most recent additions to Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All portfolio looks like it will continue the trend of the other 10ks in the series with close to 2,000 runners taking part in the Asda Foundation Bury 10K and Family Fun Run on Sunday (17 September).
Returning for its second year, the race was again organised in partnership with I Will If You Will (IWIYW), a fitness movement in Bury that’s helping women, girls and their families to be more active, more often. The field included Dawn Nisbet whose photograph of her celebrating as she crossed the finish line at Oldham parkrun earlier this year went viral.
Starting and finishing close to The Rock retail and leisure venue, runners followed a route that saw them pass Bury Parish Church, the Fusilier Museum, Bury Art Museum, along Manchester Road, Dumers Lane, Bury Road, Radcliffe Road and back towards The Rock.
As ever, many runners were supporting a good cause of their own choice or one of the event’s partner charities, which this year were - Home-Start, Bury Hospice, the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Trust, Annabelle’s Challenge, Bury Involvement Group, Early Break Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Local athlete Ben Coop was the first to cross the line in 32:58, more than a minute ahead of Clayton le Moors’ Danny Collinge (34:10) with Ian Carruthers in third place (35:11). Sophie Whittaker recorded a PB en route to victory in the female competition in 38:16, with Emily Carr (39:00) second and Emma Richardson third (40:16). Linda Khan was the midpoint runner in 59:05.