Report from Reid Haddow:
On a splendid Sunday morning, over in the Red Rose county, we made our way across beautiful countryside to Burnley arriving at approximately 8am for a 9.15am start.
There were about 1,200 runners taking part in the first running of the Pennine Lancashire 10km.
Again, the atmosphere was brilliant, with a very friendly running crowd. The starter of the race and also running the race was a “You buy one, you get one free” character, from the double glazing firm, advertised on national television. This gentleman had lost six stone in nine months BUT WAS STILL ANNOYING!
5,4,3,2,1, we were off. The course went through Burnley town centre and made its way uphill towards a beautiful country park. A steepish climb at 2km, then onto a country trail around the magnificent country park. My legs were good at this stage, then another longish drag of about 2km, a fast downhill section that took us to the 5km marker, it was then when I felt the thigh muscles in both legs slightly start to pull.
“Don’t stop”, I thought, the left calf is stiffening as well, stretch out, with a longer stride if you can, Reidy lad. 7km, everything is easing off a little, 8km marker, push on Reidy lad, feeling ok, breathing hard now, 9km passed, back into Burnley town centre, right-hand corner, there it is, oh no, an uphill finish, eyes on the road, push on, a charge for the finish, through the line in 51.41, position 315th. I wanted 50 minutes but not too disappointed.
Great race, great people, great event, two more in the Run For All Series to go, bring them on!