Burnden Ladies Vet 55 team - Silver medalists at British Masters Road Relay Championships!!! (photos here)

TRAINING - Mon 23rd May - 6 mile Tempo around Serpent trails (Gwen) - Half Mast 6 mile trail run (Sue) - New Starters Week 2 (Sue/Brenda), 2016 Training Schedule.doc

For the Club Championship race on Sunday 19th June the Horwich Open 5K or Masters 5K they're 2 separate races but a time from either will count towards the CC. To enter the Masters 5K @ 10:45 (the online entry portal via the BMAF website) you must be a member of a BMAF club (such as the Northern Vets AC, more info on that here), whereas the Open 5K @ 12:20 (https://bookitzone.com/horwichfestival/M12FFX) is open to anyone.

Message from Dave Pearson RE: Burnden's Macron-Southport relay event, please read & book your seat(s) on the bus!

New Starters Group 10 Week Schedule here. Latest New Starters Group measured mile news here.

NEW vests have arrived, including ladies size 32 in both long and standard lengths, please see Sue to collect.

On behalf of Adlington Scout Group, the White Bear Way 21/10 mile challenge walking/running event is being held on Saturday 25th June, 2016. Details of the event can be found at http://www.adlingtonscoutgroup.org.uk/white-bear-way/

Burnden Parkrun table after #267 (Sat 21st May) here.

The Club Championship table after the Haigh Hall race and parkrun 266 is here.









Sponsors of our race the Trotters 5 




Wed 1st June 2016 - ASTLEY PARK SERIES [2 of 4] - 7.30pm Start from The Barons Rest Pub, Astley Village

Wed 15th June 2016 - HORWICH JUBILEE ROAD RACE SERIES [2 of 4] - 7.30pm Start from Rivington Village Club Horribin Lane, Rivington, Bolton, BL6 7SE - CLGP RACE

Wed 22nd June 2016 - HARROCK HILL RACE SERIES [2 of 4] - 7.30pm Start from Farmers Arms, Bispham, L40 3SL

Sun 26th June 2016 - BOOTHSTOWN WOBBLE 10K & 5.5K - 11.30am Start (11:40am for 5.5K) from Amberhill Playing Fields, Amberhill Way, Boothstown, Worsley


Wed 6th July 2016 - ASTLEY PARK SERIES [3 of 4] - 7.30pm Start from The Barons Rest Pub, Astley Village

Wed 20th July 2016 - HORWICH JUBILEE ROAD RACE SERIES [3 of 4] - 7.30pm Start from Rivington Village Club Horribin Lane, Rivington, Bolton, BL6 7SE

Wed 27th July 2016 - HARROCK HILL RACE SERIES [3 of 4] - 7.30pm Start from Farmers Arms, Bispham, L40 3SL


Wed 3rd August 2016 - ASTLEY PARK SERIES [4 of 4] - 7.30pm Start from The Barons Rest Pub, Astley Village - CLGP RACE

Wed 17th August 2016 - HORWICH JUBILEE ROAD RACE SERIES [4 of 4] - 7.30pm Start from Rivington Village Club Horribin Lane, Rivington, Bolton, BL6 7SE

Wed 24th August 2016 - HARROCK HILL RACE SERIES [4 of 4] - 7.30pm Start from Farmers Arms, Bispham, L40 3SL




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 - Wed 18th May 2016 - HORWICH JUBILEE ROAD RACE SERIES [1of4] - Results

RESULTS - Sat 14th May 2016 - BRITISH MASTERS ROAD RELAYS - FemaleMale 55's - Male - Gallery

RESULTS - Wed 11th May 2016 - HAIGH HALL 3.75mile - Results.

RESULTS - Wed 4th May 2016 - ASTLEY PARK SERIES [1of4] - Results.

RESULTS - Mon 2nd May 2016 - TERRY NORTLEY RELAYS - Team Results / Individual Times.



RESULTS - Wed 27th April 2016 - CURLEY'S 5K SERIES [3of3] - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 24th April 2016 - BOLTON 10K - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 24th April 2016 - RIVINGTON 10 MILE TRAIL CHALLENGE - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 24th April 2016 - LONDON MARATHON 2016 - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 17th April 2016 - RADCLIFFE 10K - Results.

RESULTS - Wed 6th April 2016 - CURLEY'S 5K SERIES [2of3] - Results







The expected rain didn’t materialize but 20 Burnden runners did to complete the 5k course with 2 of them attaining new PB’s. Our first personal best finisher, with her 4th PB of 2016, was Debra Hennessey. Debra took just 2 seconds off her time from two weeks ago to record a new best time of 28 minutes and 14 seconds. That sub-28 is definitely looking a great possibility for Debra this year and I’m sure that it won’t be too long before we are reporting it in our parkrun roundup. Our second PB finisher was Jackie Spiby. This was Jackie’s 5th parkrun and her 3rd PB. She took 34 seconds off last weeks’ time (so some part of your training is working well, Jackie) and has now taken over 5 minutes off her debut time in January (yes I know I said the same thing in last week’s report – but it does deserve mentioning again and pointing out that it is an improvement of over 15%). Paula Pilling and Lesley Fisher were 2nd and 3rd in the Ladies race and both won their age categories. Also winning their age categories were Vicki Hamer and Laurence Keighley (I was determined to get a male into this parkrun report).

Our parkrun tourists this week were Jackie Oakes who ran at the Fell Foot parkrun at Newby Bridge, up in the Lake District. Our only other tourist was Colm O’Brien who ran at the Hilly Fields parkrun, which is south of the river (Thames) in the district of Lewisham. Colm’s time of 22:40 wasn’t a PB but was fast enough, by 8 seconds, to give him a category win in the MV55-59 section.








18th May 2016


A COACHLOAD of Burnden runners travelled down to Sutton Park in Birmingham to participate in the National Masters Road Relay Championships on Saturday, writes PAUL CHRISTIE.
For many this was the first time that they had represented the club at a national event.
The highlight of the day was when the Lady Vet 55 team picked up a silver medal in their category. Gwen Kinloch (20:27), Anne Ferguson (21:48) and Lesley Fisher (20:46) finished just 18 seconds behind winners Bingley Harriers.

Burnden were leading after the first leg with Gwen running the second fastest leg of the day by a female vet 55. Bingley clawed 30 seconds back in the second leg, cutting Burnden’s lead down to just 5 seconds as the final runners went head-to-head.
Lesley ran the third fastest time of the day but it was alas not enough to hold off Bingley’s Sue Becconsall who ran the fastest leg of the day to capture gold for her team.
Burnden’s Ladies also fared well in the vet 45 category with Lyndsay Darbyshire (20:34), Carolyn Barker (22:41) and Kirsty White (19:34) finishing in 7th place, with just 8 seconds separating them and the two teams that finished in fifth and sixth.
Burnden’s male vet 55 team of Keith Thomas (18:51), Stewart Jones (19:40) and Andy Staveley (18:20) finished 11th in their category, narrowly missing out on a top ten finish by just 11 seconds. Nevertheless this was an encouraging improvement on last year’s 19th place finish.
Burnden had to use 3 over age runners to turn out a male vet 35 team but were determined to compete in this category. Lee White (18:33), Matt Barker (20:40), Craig Philpot (21:37), Colin Rigby (18:21), Paul Duke (18:25) and Andrew Henderson (18:26) managed to finish a respectable 31st in this highly competitive category.
That left the remaining five runners with a choice of which four would represent Burnden as a male vet 45 team and who would run solo for an incomplete vet 45 team.
Dave Pearson (24:40) ran as the single runner in the B team to loud cheers from the rest of the Burnden contingent. That left Paul Christie (21:12) Reb Tevye (24:57), Andy Warburton (23:46) and Chris Greenall (21:25) to run for Burnden male vet 45 ‘A’ team and finish... well, let’s just say – the only way is up!
A fabulous day was had by all and we certainly expect to be down in Birmingham again next year with hopefully even more teams competing in this excellent event.

Ed Ashton led home a 15-strong Burnden contingent at the Last Drop Loop Fell race on Saturday.
Ed finished 12th overall, completing the 8.6km route with 800ft of climb over some tricky trails in a highly impressive 45:12.
Laurence Keighley notched 47:00 to be the next member to finish with Rob Short (48:33) and Don Nichol (59:17) the others to dip in under an hour.
Jackie Oakes was 2nd F40 in 1:00:52 with Phil Glassbrook 1st V70 in 1:02:53.
Other results:
Julie Newton 1:03:53, Richard Lord 1:08:03, Sally Cottrill 1:11:07, Alec Cottrill 1:11:07, Diane Morrison 1:24:24, Joanne Darby 1:24:24, Fiona Ashton 1:24:24, Louise Geoghegan 1:24:24, Dave Beevers 1:29:02.

There were several category successes at the Haigh Hall Inter Club 3.75-mile race midweek with a new route providing a stern test for all entrants.
Phil Eccleston led a strong club presence home, grabbing 5th place overall in 21:21.
George Butler was 1st U20 in 23:35, while Andy Staveley took the V55 honours in 23:40.
Liz McLellan was 2nd lady home and 1st L45 with a time of 25:30 and Paula Pilling followed her, 3rd lady to finish and 1st L40 in 25:44.
Gwen Kinloch (27:44) and Anne Ferguson (29:25) took the top two places in the L55 category and Gwen’s time, along with Liz and Paula, was more than enough to claim the ladies team prize.
Ed Ashton (24:41) was 2nd V50, crossing the line in 24:41 with Keith Thomas 3rd V55 in 25:45.
Shirley Staveley claimed 2nd L50 with a time of 30:18,
Third place in the V60 class went to Paul Christie in 28:17 with Katy Thompson 3rd L40 in 29:57 and Tony Foster 3rd V65 in 35:55.
Phil, George and Andy’s times, plus Lee White’s 24:02 earned the men 3rd place in the team standings.
Other results:
Colin Faulds 24:39, Paul Duke 24:51, Marcus Chester 24:52, Laurence Keighley 25:58, Adrian Merritt 26:35, Stewart Jones 26:43, Matt Barker 27:25, Dave Swift 28:01, Steven Bate 28:16, Lawrence McDonald 28:27, Lyndsay Darbyshire 28:42, Mark Butler 28:49, Chris Greenall 28:59, Colm O’Brien 29:31, Rebecca Wensley 29:43, Craig Philpot 29:44, Sarah Sutcliffe 30:04, Carolyn Barker 30:48, Lorraine Halwood 30:49, David Newman 31:07, Phil Lamb 31:50, Andy Warburton 33:20, Julie Newton 34:56, Fiona Ashton 35:57, Kierenne Baldwin 40:08, Rita Ledwards 40:36, Dawn Evans 41:01, Joanne Darby 41:05, Gillian McGowan 45:55.

Phil Eccleston came in under 75 minutes at the Chester Half Marathon. His time of 1:14:41 earned him 13th place out of a huge field of over 5,240.
He covered the first half of the race in 36:50 and crossed the 10-mile mark in 56:53. Over the whole race his average pace at the splits never deviated more than a few seconds, clustered together between 5:37min/mile and 5:41. Once again, a fantastic performance.

Four Burnden members travelled to the Yorkshire edge of the Lakes on the border with Cumbria for the second race in the 2016 Montane Trail Series amongst the rolling Howgills, one of the toughest events in the calendar.
Lorraine Halwood and John Hall took on the full marathon, crossing the finish line at almost the same time with Lorraine notching a two-second win over John in 6:11:23.
Mark and Ann Butler took on the half-marathon distance with Mark home in 2:46:01 and Ann registering 3: 40:11. Mark was 6th in his V50 category and Ann 4th in the F50 class.

Colin Faulds recorded a time of 38:08 to finish a tremendous 27th overall out of 153 finishers in the Mearley Clough Fell Race, an arduous test over 5.6km of tricky trails and paths with 1250ft of climb.