THE annual Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix kicks off this year with the Hameldon Hill Fell race on Sunday, May 5th.
The six-mile race starts at noon on Turkey Street in Accrington at the Peel Park Pub.
The Pinhaw Trail Race follows on Friday, May 10th with a five-mile multi-terrain race beginning at Earby Cricket Club at 7 p.m.
The competition then comes to Burnley for the first time with the five-mile Wholan Nook Trail race on Wednesday, May 15th.
Competitors will meet at the Waggoner’s Inn on Manchester Road for a 7 p.m. start.
Another evening race is scheduled next with the Burnley Lions 10k road race from Colne Cricket Club on Friday, May 24th at 7 p.m.
The competition reaches its halfway point on Saturday, June 1st with the 3.4-mile Kelbrook Fell race, which starts at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church.
There’s a two-week gap to rest tired legs before the tough Hendon Brook 13.5-mile road race beginning at Marsden Park golf course on Sunday, June 16th at 11 a.m.
The following week the Trawden seven-mile trail and road race starts at the Trawden Recreation Ground at 11 a.m., before a month’s break in competition.
The Grand Prix resumes on Sunday, July 28th back in Burnley with the Towneley Park six-mile road race starting at Stables Cafe at 11 a.m.
Worsthorne Moor’s seven-mile trail race follows as the penultimate race of the competition on Sunday, August 4th on Gorple Road, Worsthorne, with another 11 a.m. start.-The final race is the Boulsworth 7.5-mile fell race, which starts at 10-30 a.m. at the Trawden Recreation Ground on Sunday, August 11th.
The overall event winners will be based on the best eight from 10 races, while the veterans’ competition for over 60s will be based on six races.
Prizes will be awarded at a presentation evening in the 1882 Lounge at Burnley Football Club at 7-30 p.m. on Friday, August 16th.
For more information on the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix please visit pendleandburnleygrandprix.co.uk