Burnley burst alive yesterday (Sunday 4 June) when over 1300 runners made their way to the latest event in the Run For All series. The fifth anniversary of the Asda Foundation Burnley 10K showed just why it is now one of the highlights on the north west’s running calendar with thousands of enthusiastic supporting cheering on competitors as they made their way from Towneley Park.
Following a minute’s silence for the victims of the recent Manchester and London bombings, the run was started by internet running sensation Dawn Nisbet and deputy Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Charlie Briggs. Both then joined the masses to take part.
After departing Towneley Park, the course took runners along Todmorden Road and onto Belvedere Road, in the shadow of Burnley Football Club, before moving into Thompson Park and leading to a grand finish back where the race had started.
Gethin Jones, sixth at last month’s Chester Half Marathon, set a PB en route to claiming first place in 32:59 – over 30 seconds ahead of Rob Webb (33:32), with Danny Collinge in third position (34:48). Southport Waterloo’s Rachel Jacks followed up her strong showing at the recent Liverpool Spring 10K with victory in the women’s competition in 40:43, followed by Sarah Ridehalgh (41:28) and April Thorpe (42:41).
Asda Foundation's Julie Ward said: “It was fantastic to see so many runners and spectators turn out to mark the fifth running of the Asda Foundation Burnley 10K. Both the level of support offered to the event and the amount raised for so many good causes are a real credit to the town.”
The Run For All series, supported by the Asda Foundation, also includes events in Leeds, York, Lincoln and Hull and is part of Jane Tomlinson’s lasting legacy.