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Thousands join Jane Tomlinson 10K in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: RUNNERS: Coming over the Wainwright bridge RUNNERS: Coming over the Wainwright bridge

RUNNERS young and old turned out in force today to take part in the first Jane Tomlinson Pennine Lancashire 10K.

Dull weather didn’t dampen the spirits as more than a thousand competitors took part in the biggest event of its kind in East Lancashire.

The race, which started at Witton Park, featured a mix of skilled and fun runners.

Running legend Ron Hill started the race with BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Graham Liver, former Hull City manager Iain Dowie, ex-Blackburn Rovers star Tony Parkes and Michelin star chef Nigel Haworth, who was celebrating his 52nd birthday.

The Jane Tomlinson Pennine Lancashire 10K is a Run For All event, set up by the late Jane Tomlinson and her family.

Race organiser Mike Tomlinson said: “Nearly 2,000 people entered the race which is a good turn out for the first in the region.

"We hope that if the hospices have found they have raised enough funds that we will be able to put it on again next year.”

The men’s winner was Lee Cook who finished in 35.46mins while the women’s winner was Gwen Kinloch who completed it in 42.11mins.

Iain Dowie finished in 46.41mins, Ron Hill finished in 53.58mins and Nigel Howarth in 1hr 10mins.

* Click here to see our gallery of dozens of photos from the event.

* Click here for our video of the event.

* In Tuesday's newspaper: full list of every runner and their times.

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6:28pm Sun 11 Jul 10

Chris Biff Hartley says...

What a great morning,it was nice to see my old mate Clive Lawrence there with his camera for the telegraph,The atmosphere was brilliant as was the band of brothers attitude of the runners,at some points a few runners (me included) were struggling but others around were helping to lift their spirits to help them get to the finishing line.
What a great morning,it was nice to see my old mate Clive Lawrence there with his camera for the telegraph,The atmosphere was brilliant as was the band of brothers attitude of the runners,at some points a few runners (me included) were struggling but others around were helping to lift their spirits to help them get to the finishing line. Chris Biff Hartley
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9:47pm Sun 11 Jul 10

MJA says...

"The dull weather didn't dampen the spirits of the 2,000 competitors taking part in the biggest event of its kind held in East Lancashire. "
I don't like to be picky...actually I do...but there were 1,146 finishers.
"The dull weather didn't dampen the spirits of the 2,000 competitors taking part in the biggest event of its kind held in East Lancashire. " I don't like to be picky...actually I do...but there were 1,146 finishers. MJA
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9:48pm Sun 11 Jul 10

Lamp it! says...

i think it is great to have these events. its good for the town. however, why were there no diversion signs out on the roads? it was hell trying to get to witton area. just road closed signs. the stewards were useless too.
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good event - rubbish organisation.
i think it is great to have these events. its good for the town. however, why were there no diversion signs out on the roads? it was hell trying to get to witton area. just road closed signs. the stewards were useless too. . good event - rubbish organisation. Lamp it!
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12:16pm Mon 12 Jul 10

onlyonesimongarner says...

Lamp it! wrote:
i think it is great to have these events. its good for the town. however, why were there no diversion signs out on the roads? it was hell trying to get to witton area. just road closed signs. the stewards were useless too.
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good event - rubbish organisation.
Geeting did not seem a problem. But for those of us who had to get out it certainley was.
Also I was asked to move my car from Preston Old Road by early Sunday Morning, only to find that all the runners were just allowed parked there anyway an hour later.


Having said that well done to all taking part.
[quote][p][bold]Lamp it![/bold] wrote: i think it is great to have these events. its good for the town. however, why were there no diversion signs out on the roads? it was hell trying to get to witton area. just road closed signs. the stewards were useless too. . good event - rubbish organisation.[/p][/quote]Geeting did not seem a problem. But for those of us who had to get out it certainley was. Also I was asked to move my car from Preston Old Road by early Sunday Morning, only to find that all the runners were just allowed parked there anyway an hour later. Having said that well done to all taking part. onlyonesimongarner
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3:10pm Mon 12 Jul 10

itsmedunc says...

Getting about was indeed a nightmare in the Witton area. My road was totally sealed off and no-one could not get out at all. When I got a phone call from my brother saying that he was ill and could not find his insullin, I had to drive onto the pavement to get past the cones and signs at the end of the road. Onto redlam and again mount the pavement to get onto Garden St and then navigate a path to his house amidst queues of irate and bemused drivers. A five minute car journey took me 15. Luckily my brother was OK but it could have easiy went the other way. Im sure that other care workers and ambulances struggled to get to the elderly and sick on Sunday too.
One of the staff assured me that the public had been informed well in advance? Well no-one informed me or anybody on my street or indeed anybody I know! I am sure that the race would have been just as successful if, the route had been better thought out and its effects on the safety of others had been taken into consideration.
Getting about was indeed a nightmare in the Witton area. My road was totally sealed off and no-one could not get out at all. When I got a phone call from my brother saying that he was ill and could not find his insullin, I had to drive onto the pavement to get past the cones and signs at the end of the road. Onto redlam and again mount the pavement to get onto Garden St and then navigate a path to his house amidst queues of irate and bemused drivers. A five minute car journey took me 15. Luckily my brother was OK but it could have easiy went the other way. Im sure that other care workers and ambulances struggled to get to the elderly and sick on Sunday too. One of the staff assured me that the public had been informed well in advance? Well no-one informed me or anybody on my street or indeed anybody I know! I am sure that the race would have been just as successful if, the route had been better thought out and its effects on the safety of others had been taken into consideration. itsmedunc
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5:14pm Mon 12 Jul 10

Blackburn Realist says...

itsmedunc wrote:
Getting about was indeed a nightmare in the Witton area. My road was totally sealed off and no-one could not get out at all. When I got a phone call from my brother saying that he was ill and could not find his insullin, I had to drive onto the pavement to get past the cones and signs at the end of the road. Onto redlam and again mount the pavement to get onto Garden St and then navigate a path to his house amidst queues of irate and bemused drivers. A five minute car journey took me 15. Luckily my brother was OK but it could have easiy went the other way. Im sure that other care workers and ambulances struggled to get to the elderly and sick on Sunday too. One of the staff assured me that the public had been informed well in advance? Well no-one informed me or anybody on my street or indeed anybody I know! I am sure that the race would have been just as successful if, the route had been better thought out and its effects on the safety of others had been taken into consideration.
I live in that area and I was well informed, so was everyone else I know. I also didn't see any "queues of irate and bemused drivers" just scores of people smiling and cheering the runners on. Maybe you should of ran to garden street which would of took about 5 mins from witton.
[quote][p][bold]itsmedunc[/bold] wrote: Getting about was indeed a nightmare in the Witton area. My road was totally sealed off and no-one could not get out at all. When I got a phone call from my brother saying that he was ill and could not find his insullin, I had to drive onto the pavement to get past the cones and signs at the end of the road. Onto redlam and again mount the pavement to get onto Garden St and then navigate a path to his house amidst queues of irate and bemused drivers. A five minute car journey took me 15. Luckily my brother was OK but it could have easiy went the other way. Im sure that other care workers and ambulances struggled to get to the elderly and sick on Sunday too. One of the staff assured me that the public had been informed well in advance? Well no-one informed me or anybody on my street or indeed anybody I know! I am sure that the race would have been just as successful if, the route had been better thought out and its effects on the safety of others had been taken into consideration.[/p][/quote]I live in that area and I was well informed, so was everyone else I know. I also didn't see any "queues of irate and bemused drivers" just scores of people smiling and cheering the runners on. Maybe you should of ran to garden street which would of took about 5 mins from witton. Blackburn Realist
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6:04pm Mon 12 Jul 10

loo82 says...

The race was great, thanks to everyone who came out to cheer us on!!! And for goodness sake the closures where for a few hours and signs advising of delays where displayed for well over a week. Stop being kill joys. If you where stuck in your cars you should of got out cheered us on and donated some money to the runners with charity buckets!
The race was great, thanks to everyone who came out to cheer us on!!! And for goodness sake the closures where for a few hours and signs advising of delays where displayed for well over a week. Stop being kill joys. If you where stuck in your cars you should of got out cheered us on and donated some money to the runners with charity buckets! loo82
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7:12pm Mon 12 Jul 10

blylad says...

What a great event and a real showpiece for Pennine (East) Lancashire. We as a region should be proud of it, whether from Blackburn or even Burnley...alot of good was done for all three local hospices!
What a great event and a real showpiece for Pennine (East) Lancashire. We as a region should be proud of it, whether from Blackburn or even Burnley...alot of good was done for all three local hospices! blylad
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11:59pm Mon 12 Jul 10

PakistaniMunda says...

nobody was informed. i tried to get my ill mum to hospital instead i met a few racist stewards who needed a slap and a cocky arrogant mill hill taxi driver. the steward on a bike with specs on nearly got a slap if he ddnt ride off. hey well done racers by the way but next time please choose a route which nobody uses. no need to run on OUR streets. thanks.
nobody was informed. i tried to get my ill mum to hospital instead i met a few racist stewards who needed a slap and a cocky arrogant mill hill taxi driver. the steward on a bike with specs on nearly got a slap if he ddnt ride off. hey well done racers by the way but next time please choose a route which nobody uses. no need to run on OUR streets. thanks. PakistaniMunda
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10:11am Tue 13 Jul 10

tpreece01 says...

What a bunch of moaners. Reminds me of why I left Blackburn in the first place.
Why can't you just get behind events like this, events that bring communities together, raise funds for local charities and bring much needed, positive publicity to the area.

For those who live nearby and didn't know anything about it, open your eyes and read your mail in the future. I live near Leeds and I knew the route well in advance!

For those who want the run moved to outside somebody else's house - let's just hope you never need the help of the hospices being helped by this run. Next year, get behind the event and support it, or better still, join in!
What a bunch of moaners. Reminds me of why I left Blackburn in the first place. Why can't you just get behind events like this, events that bring communities together, raise funds for local charities and bring much needed, positive publicity to the area. For those who live nearby and didn't know anything about it, open your eyes and read your mail in the future. I live near Leeds and I knew the route well in advance! For those who want the run moved to outside somebody else's house - let's just hope you never need the help of the hospices being helped by this run. Next year, get behind the event and support it, or better still, join in! tpreece01
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3:42pm Tue 13 Jul 10

Kramer1066 says...

I ran/walked this event and after seeing the pictures in the gallery, the photographers have ignored the people who struggled, who found it hard, to complete the race and these people were at the back of the field. I struggled as im a big lad but have raised nearly £500 for my local hospice. A picture or two of people like me would have shown the suffering some of us went through to raise money. PS: Im still aching!!!! On a seperate note as i was power walking an irate motorist was abusive to the stewards.
I ran/walked this event and after seeing the pictures in the gallery, the photographers have ignored the people who struggled, who found it hard, to complete the race and these people were at the back of the field. I struggled as im a big lad but have raised nearly £500 for my local hospice. A picture or two of people like me would have shown the suffering some of us went through to raise money. PS: Im still aching!!!! On a seperate note as i was power walking an irate motorist was abusive to the stewards. Kramer1066
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10:34pm Tue 13 Jul 10

Lamp it! says...

it is not about people whinging! its about things being done properly! i welcome events into northern towns and i compete in some. but it is important that these events are properly policed. thatsaid, i didnt see any police as i was trying to get out of blackburn as easy as i got into the town! i hope the telegraph are going to show these threads to the organisers so that they can learn for next time.
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as i said before, its not moaning - its trying to make things better!
it is not about people whinging! its about things being done properly! i welcome events into northern towns and i compete in some. but it is important that these events are properly policed. thatsaid, i didnt see any police as i was trying to get out of blackburn as easy as i got into the town! i hope the telegraph are going to show these threads to the organisers so that they can learn for next time. . as i said before, its not moaning - its trying to make things better! Lamp it!
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