A glowing tribute to Illuminations racers

The athletes in the Illuminations 10k, one of whom gets a kiss of encouragement (below).

The athletes in the Illuminations 10k, one of whom gets a kiss of encouragement (below).

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Over 1,100 runners from all over the UK descended to Blackpool Promenade for the two races which formed the Hilton Illuminations running weekend.

A strong headwind on the return from Little Bispham slowed the times of the leading runners in the 10k race.

The athletes in the Illuminations 10k, one of whom gets a kiss of encouragement.

The athletes in the Illuminations 10k, one of whom gets a kiss of encouragement.

The race was won by Junaj Gavura from the Czech Republic, who ran clear of the field at halfway en route to a time of 35mins, 35secs.

Second was Paul Gregg of Scottish club Tamar Trotters, who clocked 36.10 and held off the fast-finishing Ed Evans of Wharfdale Harriers (36.21).

The ladies’ race was won by Christine Holmes of Trentham Running Club in 39.39, followed by Blackpool Wyre and Fylde veteran Bev Wright (41.45), who took the prize for first over-50. Third place went to Sale Harrier Zoe Gmerek.

The fastest local club runner was Lytham Road Runners’ Graham Webster, eighth in 39.39.

The wind eased for the half-marathon as 600 runners towed the line.

Young Durham University runner Ben Douglas dominated to race to win comfortably in 74.52.

Salford’s Paul Simons was second in 75.35 and Shetland AC’s Karl Simpson third in 76.31.

The ladies’ race was won by Jenn Dick of Sheffield University in 96.36 from Derby’s Katherine Coton (97.10).

There were solid runs by Lytham RR’s Joe Greenwood (18th, 84.11) and Simon Denye (20th, 84.59).

The event was run in aid of the Hilton In The Community Foundation, supporting Brian House, Donna’s Dream House, Progress Recruitment and children’s charities worldwide.

The Hilton would like to thank all the volunteers, Fylde Coast Running and medal sponsors S&S Timber Supplies of Blackpool.