There was an electric atmosphere as more than 2000 runners hit the streets of Burnley on Sunday morning for the third Asda Foundation Pennine Lancashire 10K road race.
Big-hearted runners raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity and turned the streets into a mass of colour as they made their way around the course taking in three town parks – Rowley, Towneley and Thompson.
Cheering crowds helped create an electric atmosphere along the route starting from the Mechanics Theatre in Manchester Road, and heading along Church Street, Thompson Park,Netherwood Road, Brunshaw, Deer Park Road, Towneley, Todmorden Road and back to Manchester Road and the finish line.
First across the line was Christopher Holdsworth in a time of 32mins and 59secs. He was followed by Matthew Lalor in 33mins 42secs. Danny Collinge was third in 35mins 07secs. It was a role-reversal for Christopher and Matthew – Christopher finished second last year when Matthew took the top spot.
Louisa Powell-Smith was the first woman in 38mins 54secs, finishing ahead of Emma Yates who clocked 39mins 13secs. Laura Hesketh was third in 40mins 26secs.
The event is part of the Asda Foundation 10K Series organised by Run For All and part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised nearly £2m. for charity by a series of gruelling challenges despite having terminal cancer.
Julie Ward, Asda Foundation Manager, said: “We are enormously proud to be associated with an event that inspires so many people to take on a challenge for many, many good causes. Congratulations to all those who completed the run and helped make it such a success.”
Jon Grace, General Manager of event supporter Motorpoint, said: “The atmosphere was electric and the best thing was the staggering amount of money that was raised for so many local charities.”
Mayor of Burnley Coun. Liz Monk said: “It is a great credit to our town and all those who organise and take part in it.”
People ran for Pendleside Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Derian House, Shine, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and their own charities and race supporters included the Asda Foundation, Burnley Council, Burnley Leisure, Motorpoint, Runner’s World, Run247, bananakick, 2BR and the Burnley Express.
The atmosphere was electric and the best thing was the staggering amount of money that was raised for so many local charitiesJon Grace, General Manager of Motorpoint