One of Lancashire’s top events will celebrate its fifth birthday this Sunday (4 June) when up to 2,000 runners compete in the Asda Foundation Burnley 10K. Part of the successful Run For All portfolio, the 10k, like the other events in the series, will exude an all-inclusive atmosphere and is expected to once again generate a huge cash boost for charities.
The run will be started by internet sensation Dawn Nisbet and councillor Charlie Briggs, both of whom will then take part in the 10k. Dawn shot to stardom after being photographed at Oldham parkrun, and, despite crossing the line far back from the rest of the field, displayed an unbridled sense of joy. The image has become a source of inspiration to many thousands of runners.
Previously called the Pennine Lancashire 10K, organisers Run For All changed the name of the event in October 2015 and, shortly after, introduced a modified route. Sunday’s course will start and finish in beautiful Towneley Park, before a long downhill section along Todmorden Road.
The route then levels out to cross Harry Potts Way at Turf Moor, and follows Belvedere Road to the fire station before turning left into Thompson Park and through the picturesque paths, taking in the beautiful Boating Lake and Italian Gardens.
Lynne Preston, events manager with race organiser Run For All, said: “This is a special year for the Asda Foundation Burnley 10K and we are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone to the event. There is always a wonderful atmosphere at Burnley and I’m sure this year will be no different.”
The Run For All series, supported by the Asda Foundation, also includes events in Leeds, York, Lincoln and Hull.