Almost 1700 runners took part in the Pennine Lancashire 10K on Sunday (22 June), with Matthew Lalor and Emma Yates taking top positions in their respective fields. The race is the most recent addition to the Jane Tomlinson Run for All Series, and with the course taking in three of the town’s parks, is also known as the organisation’s ‘greenest race.’
The route passed through some of the town’s landmarks and three of its beautiful parks – Rowley, Towneley and Thompson – before arriving for the grand finale outside the Town Hall. Lalor, first at the Fleetwood Rotary Club 10K earlier this month, completed the course in 34:00, more than a minute ahead of Christopher Holdsworth (35:13), with Michael Hunt in third (36:21).
After wining the Hull 10K two weeks ago, Emma Yates made it two in a row with victory in the women’s field, completing the course in 38:56. Of those who finished, Alex Firth was the mid-point competitor in 57:21, while the last runner came home in 1:59:07.
Some of the loudest cheers of the day, however, were saved for Eleanor Ramsey, who celebrated her 70th birthday by taking part in the 10K. Event lead Tristan Batley-Kyle said: “It has been an excellent event and praise must go to all those involved – runners, spectators, volunteers and sponsors. There was a brilliant atmosphere around the course and we are grateful to all those who turned out to support the second Asda Foundation Pennine Lancashire 10K.”
Entries are now open for the 2015 Pennine Lancashire 10K which takes place on Sunday 28 June. To secure you place and grab an early bird discount, visit the event website.