TRAINING - Mon 26th Sept - Hill Reps Old Links (Jane) - Next Steppers Group Informal Intro Aerobic 4-6mile (Sue) - New Starters Group Informal Intro (Mumtaz & Brenda)

New race by Radcliffe AC, '13 Arches Trail Half Marathon', Sun 20th November 2016 @ 10:30am, info here - facebook page - online entry.

Bat Run 1 - October 4th : The Bat Run Series is back from the start of October, every Tuesday evening (register from 6pm, briefing at 6.30pm). It's free to take part, you just need a good head torch and trail shoes. Details for Bat Run 1 are on the website. To see the course GO HERE. More info on Bat Run Series here.
(Saturday morning trail club also starts October. Meet Saturday mornings 8:30am at the Endurance Store, there's 3 groups to suit ability levels, different trail route each week.)

The Running Bug is hosting the largest survey of runners in the UK. Do you love running more than anything? Or simply enjoy the odd jog round the park? From beginner runners to seasoned veterans, Running Bug want to hear from you – click here to have your say, it only takes a few minutes.

Updated Cross Country page, put all eight dates in your diaries & let Keith know you wish to be entered.

Opportunity for masters (veterans) to represent England at the Marathon! For details click here.

Burnden Parkrun table after #285 (Sat 24th September) here.

The Club Championship table after the Swinton 10 (GP Bonus Points) and parkrun #285 is here. The Age Related table is here.









Sponsors of our race the Trotters 5 




Sun 9th October 2016 - GIN PIT 5 MILE TRAIL RACE - 11:00am Start from Miners Welfare Club, Gin Pit Village, Ley Road, Tyldesley, Manchester, M29 7DW - CLGP RACE

Sat 15th October 2016 - RED ROSE CROSS COUNTRY (LEIGH) - 1.35pm (Ladies) / 2.15pm (Men) Start time from Leigh Sports Village

Sat 22nd October 2016 - STANDISH HALL TRAIL RACE ~10k - 2.30pm Start from Britannia Hotel, Almond Brook Road, WN6 0SR (nr Junction 27 of the M6) - free Wigan pie! - Enter Online

Sat 29th October 2016 - RED ROSE CROSS COUNTRY (WITTON PARK, BLACKBURN) - 1.35pm (Ladies) / 2.15pm (Men) Start time from Witton Park, Blackburn

Sun 30th October 2016 - STRIDERS TRAIL FIVE - 9:30am Start from Ship Inn, Blackbrook Rd, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0AB - Enter Online

Sun 30th October 2016 - HALLOWEEN 5K ZOMBIE RUN - 10:00am Start from Curley's Fisheries, Horwich, BL6 6PP 


Sun 6th November 2016 - DERWENT WATER 10 MILE ROAD RACE - 12:00 Start from Keswick School, Crosthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5QB - CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

Sat 12th November 2016 - RED ROSE CROSS COUNTRY (LEVERHULME PARK, BOLTON) - 1.35pm (Ladies) / 2.15pm (Men) Start time from Leverhulme Park, Bolton

Sat 19th November 2016 - SOUTH EAST LANCS CROSS COUNTRY (HEATON PARK, MIDDLETON) - 1.50pm (Ladies) / 2.30pm (Men) Start from Heaton Park, Prestwich, M25 2SW

Sun 20th November 2016 - 13 ARCHES TRAIL HALF MARATHON - 10:30am Start from Cams Lane Primary School, Cams Lane, Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, M26 3RU - Online Entry

Sun 27th November 2016 - DAVID STAFF MEMORIAL FELL RACE - 11:30am Start from The Bandstand (near The Kiosk), Sunnyhurst Wood, Darwen - FRA rules apply


Sat 3rd December 2016 - RED ROSE CROSS COUNTRY (MARL PITS, ROSSENDALE) - 1.35pm (Ladies) / 2.15pm (Men) Start time from Marl Pits, Rossendale

Sun 4th December 2016 - GUYS TEN ROAD RACE - 10am Start from Guy's Thatched Hamlet, Bilsborrow, Garstang, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 0RS - 319 entries / 400 limit (06/09/2016) - CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

Sat 10th December 2016 - SOUTH EAST LANCS CROSS COUNTRY (TANDLE HILL, OLDHAM) - 1.50pm (Ladies) / 2.30pm (Men) Start from Tandle Hill, Royton, Oldham, OL2 5UX

Sun 18th December 2016 - SANTA DASH TRAIL RACE - 10:00am Start from Curley's Fisheries, Horwich, BL6 6PP 


Sat 21st January 2017 - SOUTH EAST LANCS CROSS COUNTRY (LEIGH) - 1.50pm (Ladies) / 2.30pm (Men) Start from Leigh Sports Village, WN7 4YJ


Sat 18th February 2017 - SOUTH EAST LANCS CROSS COUNTRY (ASTLEY PARK, CHORLEY) - 1.50pm (Ladies) / 2.30pm (Men) Start from Astley Park, Chorley, PR7 1XA 

Sat 18th February 2017 - STANDISH HALL TRAIL RACE ~10k - 2.30pm Start from Britannia Hotel, Almond Brook Road, WN6 0SR (nr Junction 27 of the M6) - free Wigan pie! - Enter Online




The long run.. some things to consider..

Guide to waterproof jackets for trail runners

Guide to Petzl head torches for trail running

Guide to running packs, vests and belts for trail runners

Guide to navigation

Forefoot Running Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3




RESULTS - Sun 25th September 2016 - SWINTON 10 MILE ROAD RACE - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 18th September 2016 - YARROW RIVER SPLASH 10K TRAIL RACE - Results

RESULTS - Sun 11th September 2016 - BLACKLEACH 5 MILE TRAIL RACE - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 4th September 2016 - BOLTON COMMUNITY HALF MARATHON - Results.


RESULTS - Sun 28th August 2016 - PENNINGTON FLASH 5 MILE TRAIL RACE - Results.

RESULTS - Wed 24th August 2016 - HARROCK HILL SERIES [4of4] - Results.

RESULTS - Sat 20th August 2016 - DARWEN GALA FELL RACE - Results.

RESULTS - Wed 17th August 2016 - HORWICH JUBILEE ROAD RACE SERIES [4of4] - Results / Series

RESULTS - Wed 3rd August 2016 - ASTLEY PARK SERIES [4of4] - Results / Series.







24 runners out at Leverhulme on Saturday but just the one PB. New member Wasyl Gelyczak ran a new best time of 30 minutes and 7 seconds, taking an impressive 1 minute 28 seconds off his July PB. Sub-30 has to come in the next couple of runs, Wasyl. We had 3 age category winners in the shape of newish member Linda O’Byrne (L40-44) and in the rather older (or if you prefer longer) members Andy Duffy (M55-59) and Don Nichol (M60-64). Congratulations to Vicki Hamer on her 50th parkrun and a special shout out to the Butler family of George, Alice, Ann and Mark who all turned up (along with other Burnden members) to marshal the event.

Quite a few tourists this week but I think the place to start is Worsley Woods where Adrian Merritt secured his second PB in the last two weeks by becoming the 13th Burnden runner to record a sub 20 minute time at this course. Adrian took 9 seconds off last weeks’ time to finish with a time of 19:51. Neil Critchley and Phil Lamb also ran at Worsley Woods. Over at Haigh Hall Colin Faulds finished in 3rd place overall in 19 minutes and 37 seconds, which is the fastest time recorded by a Burnden runner at this venue. Clair Marland made her debut at Haigh and was guided round the course by her son Ciaran. We had a lone runner over at the newish Chadderton Hall event where Andrew Hardingham finished in an excellent 5th place. Rebecca Martin made her debut over at Crosby to take the number of parkrun venues she has run at to 22. She also becomes the first Burnden runner to participate at this parkrun. Also planting the Burnden flag where it hasn’t flow before (strong metaphor that) were John Longden at Skipton and, slightly further afield, Mark Davis at the Tamar Lakes parkrun near Bude in Cornwall. One day I will have to work out how many different parkruns our members have run at - but I don’t think just yet!







21st September 2016


BURNDEN’S George Butler withstood the intense heat in Cozumel, Mexico, as he took on the world’s best in his age group at the ITU World Triathlon Championships at the weekend, finishing in 21st place with a superb time of 2hrs 27mins 10secs.
In a weekend dominated by coverage of the Brownlee brothers’ heroics in the final metres of the World Grand Final, George more than held his own in a quality field in the M18-19 category of the age group race.
He completed the 1500m swim in 25:10, the 40K bike ride in 1:06:34 and the 10K run in 51:29. A magnificent effort.
Three days earlier he had taken part in the aquathlon world championships and finished a superb 15th in his age group – up against some of the best athletes his age in the world.
He completed his first run in 8:44, took 16:20 for the swim and 10:27 for his second run to give him a total time of 38:37.
An epic experience, made more memorable for George when he travelled home on the same plane as the great Jonathon Brownlee and managed to grab a few minutes with the ITU world championship runner-up.

Back home (well, over in Yorkshire), Phil Eccleston took third place in the Tadcaster 10-Mile race.
It was the first running of this flat road race for 15 years and followed virtually the same route out of the town towards York and back that it has always done since it was first run in 1983.
Phil completed the race in 57:06, just over two minutes behind the winner.

Seven members tackled the Bury 10K, starting and finishing near The Rock. Gareth Doherty was the first of the contingent to finish in 40:30 with Linda O’Byrne also dipping under the 50-minute mark in 48:58.
Sarah Sutcliffe crossed the line in 50:18, closely followed by Jeff Pendlebury in 51:54.
Jackie Spiby completed the course in 57:24, followed by Peter Whiteside in 63:27 and Gillian McGowan in 69:54.

Julie Bower travelled to Lancaster to take part in the Lancaster Castle Half Marathon and crossed the finish line in 2:31:54 - a great effort considering, as she says, the small field made it a very lonely race in places!

Dave Swift led a quartet of Burndeners home in the Yarrow River Splash Trail Run, a popular 10K for those who like river crossings to spice up the run!
Dave finished in 54:32, slightly ahead of Ged Turner (56:24) and Tim Taylor (59:16. Gemma Chapman completed the club’s representation with a time of 1:18:31.

Three members travelled to Thurstonland just south of Huddersfield for the Yorkshire Wineathlon, attracted no doubt by the offer of wine at each feed station. That’s a slurp every two miles of a tricky 8-mile course, which perhaps understandably got decidedly trickier the more feed stations they passed.

Julie Newton, Jackie Oakes and Karen Taylor crossed the line in 1hr 30mins to finish in 38th place out of 200 finishers in an event which raised funds for the charities One Good Turn and the RSPCA.

Gretta Rainford followed up her 1st F65 in the Bolton Community Half Marathon by winning her category again a week later in the Wirral Half Marathon.
Gretta, a founder member of Burnden Road Runners who only resumed racing at the half marathon distance late in 2015 after a break of 15 years, knocked 15 seconds off her Bolton time, crossing the line in Wirral in 2:06:45.

Colin Faulds likes his challenges tough. A member of Burnden’s title-winning Joust 24-hour team earlier in the month, he headed over to the Isle of Man at the weekend for an even sterner test of his fitness.
Colin competed in the Seven Kingdoms Adventure Race, his debut in the multi-discipline sport, and came an amazing second place in an overall time of 3:53:13, pipped for first place by only 2mins 46secs.
The race was a self-navigated course with competitors having to visit 20 checkpoints. It consisted of a 14-mile mountain bike stage, followed by a 7-mile run along the coastal path. Additional special stages included kayaking, orienteering, an abseil off Milner’s Tower in Port Erin and a short sea swim before finishing with a final sprint to the finish on Port Erin beach.

One omission from last week’s report – David Newman was the club’s sole representative at the Great North Run in Newcastle and finished in a terrific time of 1:48:12.

Several members took part in the Holcombe Duathlon. Results will appear in a separate report when we have them.




21st September 2016


BURNDEN’S Paula Pilling and husband Rob came third in the relay standings at the Holcombe Mountain Duathlon in a strong showing.
The second running of the event saw competitors and teams of pairs set off on a steep 8.3km run on rough tracks and footpaths taking a scenic route over Peel Tower.
The cycle route stretched 27km along a challenging but scenic course taking in the summit of the Grane Road and Lumb Carr Road hill climb. The final run repeats the first run route but in reverse direction.
Paula’s run times of 41:41 and 43:12 coupled with Rob’s 57:40 on the bike course gave them a total time of 2:22:33, which saw them 20th overall.
Four other Burnden members teamed up in pairs for the challenging event. Don Nichol and Phil Holden recorded a time of 2:41:30. Don’s incredibly consistent run times of 48:50 and 48:30 sandwiched Phil’s time of 1:04:10 on the bike.
Dave Pearson and Lesley Fisher weren’t far off their pace, Lesley’s times of 42:56 and 44:25 either side of Dave’s 1:22:39 on the bike for a total time of 2:50:00.