TENS of thousands of pounds were raised for charities as runners took to pounding the pavements in the Burnley 10k.

Thousands of runners left Towneley Park at 9.30am on Sunday, running along Todmorden Road and Belvedere Road, in the shadow of Burnley Football Club. The route went into Thompson Park before returning for the grand finish back at Towneley Park.

Mandy Hepworth, of Asda Foundation who sponsor the event, said: “Congratulations must go to everyone who took part in Sunday’s event. Not only did they complete the challenge, through their efforts they supported the work of some really excellent charities. Everyone involved can feel very proud.”

Nick McCormick was first across the finish line in a time of 32mins 46secs.

Mark Magee took second place with 34mins 21secs, and Calum James Holmes third in 35mins 28secs.

Laura Hesketh was the first woman home in 37mins 44secs followed by Sarah Dufour-Jackson, who clocked 41mins for second spot, and Emma Bailey who finished third in 42mins 3secs.

Head of events with race organisers Run For All, Tristan Batley-Kyle, said: “We are indebted to the many volunteers who gave up their time to make the event such a success.

“Their contribution to ensuring people have an enjoyable time cannot be underestimated.”

Runners of all abilities were raising money for a good cause of their own choice, or for one of the event’s partner charities - Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Pendleside Hospice, Burnley Leisure Trust, Child Action Northwest and Burnley FC in the Community.

The Burnley 10K is supported by title sponsor the Asda Foundation, Aftershockz, Runderwear, Arla Protein, Burnley Express, Radio Lancashire, Urbaser Ltd, Motorpoint, and Burnley Borough Council.