Athletes make a splash at Padiham Aquathlon

Athletes young and old descended on Padiham to test themselves in a gruelling swim and run sporting event at the weekend.

The adults’ race, the aquathlon, took place first where competitors swam 600m at the Padiham Leisure Centre pool before taking on a 5km run on the picturesque Padiham greenway.

The race was won by Adam Weightman who improved on last year’s second place and also helped set a new course record with a total time of 27 minutes and 11 seconds.

The first female to complete the event was Hannah Lambert, who successfully returned to defend her 2015 win, in a time of 34 minutes and 2 seconds.

Then it was the turn of the youngsters, who took part in junior aquathlon events, swimming and running various distances depending on their age.

The 8-9 year olds category was won by Joshua Stutchfield, while the race for 10-11 year olds was won by Faye Bayman for the second year running.

The 12 to 13 category was scooped by Charles Booth, who improved on last year’s second place.

Organiser Garry Stein from Burnley Leisure said the event was a big success.

“It was a very successful day with more than 70 athletes competing at the event from the age eight and upwards. We saw some good racing and some really good times posted. The weather was a bit cold but we received some good feedback, people really seem to enjoy these events,” said Garry.

He added: “I’d like to thank all the participants who turned up to take part and the volunteers and staff who helped out on the day. The event was truly an excellent start to the new sporting season.”

The next sporting event in Burnley’s calendar is the popular Burnley 10k run on Sunday, 5th June. Residents are invited to register with Burnley Leisure to be part of their charity team.

The charity places available for just £20 and leisure trust asks runners to raise sponsorship money if possible to contribute to the charity. All runners will receive a free running t-shirt and a great deal of training support from Burnley Leisure instructors including a free leisure pass.

To sign up please contact Michelle Grimes on 01282 477167 or email

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