One of Lancashire’s premier 10Ks got off to a Premier League start when Burnley FC stars turned out to kick off the countdown to race day.
And with 2017 marking the fifth running of the event, around 2,000 runners are expected to pull on their trainers on Sunday 4th June to be part of the celebrations.
The run is expected to generate a huge boost for local good causes.
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Lynne Preston, Events Manager at organisers Run For All, said: “We’re really excited to be celebrating the Burnley 10K’s 5th birthday.
“The event is much-loved locally and by regular Run For All participants who always make a date with the Burnley 10K for its stunning scenery and fantastically friendly atmosphere.”
Julie Ward, Asda Foundation Senior Manager, said: ““The Burnley 10K is always a popular event and this 5th birthday outing is set to be no different. We look forward to seeing all of those runners on the start line, having a great day while supporting some brilliant local causes.”
A new route - starting and finishing in Towneley Park - was introduced last year and proved a big success. Participants will take another run at this course in 2017.
Runners have a flat and fast start and will run along the bottom of the Park’s Events Triangle before heading along Hall Road and turning right after the Stables Café. They’ll then follow the tree-lined causeway out of the park for 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. The course follows the picturesque paths taking in the beautiful Boating Lake and Italian Gardens.
Runners leave Thompson Park at Queen Victoria Road then head up Queens Park Road, taking in further parkland then down Ormerod Road to meet Belvedere Road again and the flat and triumphant return to Towneley Park.
Organised by Run For All, the Burnley 10K is supported by the Asda Foundation, Motorpoint, 2BR, Burnley Express, Burnley Borough Council, Aftershokz, Viisana, Up & Running, Calico Group, Liberata, Arla Protein, Urbaser Ltd and BananaKick.
The race forms part of the hugely popular Asda Foundation 10K Series, which also includes runs in Leeds, York, Hull, Lincoln, Nottingham, King’s Lynn, Leicester, Bury and Sheffield.
Runners can take part of fun, a personal challenge or to raise funds for charity. They can fundraise for a good cause of their own choice or for one of the event’s partner charities – Macmillan Cancer Support, Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Pendleside Hospice, Burnley Leisure Trust, Every Action Has Consequences and Burnley FC in the Community and Cancer Assessment Rapid Early Support (CARES).
Siobhán McNamara, Marketing and Partnerships Manager, Burnley FC in the Community, said: “We’re delighted to be a partner charity of the Burnley 10K once again this year! Fundraising events like this are key to supporting our charitable work in the local area – work that touches the lives of
over 20,000 people every year. We’d love as many people as possible to join our team and help us continue to make a difference in our community.”
Pat Rogers from Every Action Has Consequences said: “Every Action Has Consequences are really pleased and proud to be a partner charity for the Burnley 10K. It is a great way to raise funds and to raise the profile of the charity in the area.
“The Jane Tomlinson Appeal is doing amazing work on a really big scale and we are pleased to be associated with it. The Run for all 10Ks are very close to our heart because it was the York 10K Pat did as her first run after Adam died.
“She has taken part in every York, Hull and Pennine/Burnley 10K since 2009 in Adam's memory. We are really pleased to have the support of many of the runners in Blackburn who have been doing the couch to 5K and also Blackburn Road Runners who will be taking part and also providing the volunteers that are much needed to make the event a success."
Hannah Richmond, East Lancashire Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Over 2,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Burnley and the surrounding area and we want to be there for every single one of them, right from the point of diagnosis. Make your miles count and join Team Macmillan in the Burnley 10K to help make sure no one faces cancer alone.”
Kaye Bartle, Fundraising Manager of Pendleside Hospice, said: “Pendleside Hospice has been a partner charity for this great Run for All event since it first came to Burnley in 2013 and Pendleside runners have raised over £110,000 over the past four years; money that will provide much needed support for people in our community diagnosed with a life limiting illness.
“It means we can help them and their families through the most difficult of times. We are very excited to be part of Burnley 10K once again this year and are looking forward to cheering our runners past the finish line on June 4th.”
Andy Voss of Cancer Assessment Rapid Early Support (CARES), said: “CARES are really excited to be a partner in the 2017 Burnley 10K. As a charity committed to supporting early assessment and diagnosis of cancer, the event will help us raise vital funds to support the diagnosis of Cancer earlier and raise awareness of the importance of early assessment and the significant impact it has on surviving this terrible disease.”
Katie Bell, Fundraising Manager for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “The Burnley 10K is one of the most popular events with the Appeal Team and we’re looking forward to seeing them all on June 4th. Thanks to everyone who pulls on their trainers for the Appeal, helping to continue Jane’s legacy of supporting children’s and cancer charities across the region and beyond.”
Paul Foster, Burnley Leisure’s head of development, said: “The Burnley 10K is one of the sporting highlights of the calendar in Burnley and we are delighted to join it as a partner charity again this year.
“Starting and finishing at Towneley Park, the route will see runners of all abilities taking in Burnley’s award-winning parks before finishing in the shadow of the majestic Towneley Hall.
“Whether you’re running or supporting those that are, I’d like to congratulate everyone taking part in this event. I hope we get some big crowds to cheer on the runners and support this very worthy cause.”