The streets of Bury were flooded with colour today as almost 2,000 runners hit the streets for one of the region’s most popular charity road races.
The second running of the Asda Foundation Bury 10K was hailed a success as a host of local good causes were handed a vital cash boost.
Supporters turned out in force to cheer the participants on their way as they made their way around the route, which started and finished near the Rock retail and leisure venue.
The large field included people from across Bury and further afield, including the inspirational Dawn Nisbet, whose photograph of her celebrating as she crossed the finish line of a parkrun in last place earlier this year went viral. Her enthusiasm and determination inspired many other people to pull on their trainers.
First across the finish line was Ben Coop in 32 mins and 58 secs. He was followed by Danny Collinge who clocked 34mins 10 secs with Ian Carruthers taking third place with a time of 35 mins 11secs.
Sophie Whittaker was the first woman home in 38 mins 16 secs. Second was Emily Carr with a time of 39 mins 00 secs and Emma Richardson took third place in 40 mins 16 secs.
Many runners were supporting a good cause of their own choice or one of the event’s partner charities, which this year were – Home-Start, Bury Hospice, the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Trust, Annabelle’s Challenge, Bury Involvement Group, Early Break Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
The Bury 10K was organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All in partnership with I Will If You Will (IWIYW), a fitness movement in Bury that’s helping women, girls and their families to be more active, more often. IWIYW is delivered by Bury Council in partnership with the community and was established with National Lottery funding form Sport England.
It was the latest addition to the Asda Foundation 10K Series, which also features runs in Lincoln, Nottingham, Hull, Burnley, Leeds, York, Leicester, King’s Lynn and Sheffield.
Councillor Rishi Shori, Leader of Bury Council said: “The second 10k has surpassed all our expectations with even more people taking part and proudly running through the streets of Bury. It was an absolute joy to see so many people pushing themselves in aid of a good cause and to share in the sense of achievement as the runners crossed the finishing line.
“This year’s 10k was another memorable and moving occasion and one that truly brought our communities together supporting each other.”
An Asda Foundation representative said: “This year’s run was really effective in building on the success of last year’s event. There was a tremendous atmosphere generated by the runners and spectators and, most importantly, vital funds were raised for some excellent charities. Well done to all of those involved.”
Spectators also showed great support for all those taking part in the Arena Group Bury Family Fun Run, which was free for children aged between three and 14. Each of the runners who crossed the finish line of the 1.4K route was rewarded with a goody bag and well-deserved medal.
Those taking part in the Family Fun Run were encouraged to raise money for Buddy’s for Children with Autism, the event’s partner charity.
Mick Harrison Service Manager of Arena Group, supporters of the family fun run, said: “I am delighted to see so many more young runners taking part this year, building on last year’s success. Everyone who has taken part today has contributed to what was a great day for Bury. In particular, the young runners efforts in support worthy causes is to be commended.”
Lynne Preston, Run for All Event Manager, said: “We are enormously grateful to everyone whose hard work helped to make today’s run such a success, particularly the brilliant volunteers who gave up their time to ensure the runners had a safe and enjoyable event.”
The Bury 10K was supported by the Asda Foundation, Bury Council and I Will If You Will, Bury Times, Key 103, Up & Running, Arla Protein, Viisana and the Rock retail and leisure venue.
For information about Run For All events visit www.runforall.com