Thousands of runners set for Pennine 10k in Burnley

Pennine Lancashire 10K.'Photo Ben Parsons
Pennine Lancashire 10K.'Photo Ben Parsons

Thousands of runners are set to flood the streets of Burnley as the town hosts a popular 10k race.

Around 2,500 competitors will take part in the second annual Asda Foundation Pennine Lancashire 10k this Sunday.

The town will come alive in a carnival of colour and noise as scores of spectators line the streets to cheer on the runners.

Everyone from athletes to fun-runners and fund-raisers will be entering the race which starts outside the Burnley Mechanics Theatre and takes in some of the town’s best-loved parks features Towneley, Thompson and Rowley parks and Turf Moor.

The race was a huge hit last year – helping raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity – and organisers believe the 2014 race is gearing up to be bigger and better.

The Mayor of Burnley Coun. Andy Tatchell, said: “It’s great to see the Jane Tomlinson Pennine 10k run come back to Burnley.

“It promises to be an even bigger and better day out and a wonderful advert for our town.

“Whether you’re running or supporting those that are, I’d like to congratulate everyone taking part in this Sunday’s event. I hope we get some big crowds to cheer on the runners and support this very worthy cause.”

The run is organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All and event lead Tristan Batley-Kyle said:“Our first Pennine Lancashire 10K really seemed to capture people’s imagination. Spectators and competitors turned out in force to create a great atmosphere. We expect this year’s run to be no different.

“We are really looking forward to this year’s event which should be quite an occasion.”

Among those taking part is former Burnley soldier Paul Tunstill (37) who will be tackling the course with a fridge strapped to his back to raise money for Pendleside Hospice – one of the official partner charities which includes Macmillan Cancer Support, Derian House Children’s Hospice, Sue Ryder, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Shine and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Andy Braithwaite, a contracts manager with Dale Construction, is one of more than 20 people from the Burnley firm taking part as a team.

He said: “It is a big day on Sunday. We have more than 20 people running – and it is the first time we have done it. We were inspired to take part after a talk by Jane Tomlinson’s husband Mike at a Burnley Bondholders meeting.

“It has been a great boost – everyone is buzzing. They have been out running every night, comparing times and eating healthy. I have lost two stones in two months alone!

“Everyone is really looking forward to it.”

Town centre roads affected by closures include: Manchester Road, Yorke Street, Church Street, Queen Victoria Road, Netherwood Road, Omerod Street and Deer Park Road which are expected to run between 4am and noon on Sunday.