British Masters Cross Country Team Female 55-64 Gold Medalists - Burnden Road Runners.

Hi everyone, the next social night out will be on Friday 28th April 7:30-9:30pm. We will be having our very own private historic / ghost tour of the Victoria Halls in Bolton. The guided group is limited to 22 people so if you fancy this trip plus drinks in The Vaults afterwards then please add your name below. The cost is £5 each and is payable on the night (does not include drinks). Thanks Julie.

Burnden Parkrun league after event #310 from 25th Mar, here.

The Club Championship table after parkrun #309 and the Gin Pit Marathon is here.

The British Masters Open Road Relay Championships takes place in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham on Saturday 20th May, click here for details. Last year we entered several teams and hired a coach to take us down there. If we get the same level of participation this year we will look to repeat this excellent day out. If you would like to take part just email Paul Christie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will enter you in your relevant age group. To enter this race you must be aged 35 or over and a first claim member of Burnden Road Runners. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

September Social run: There won't be a bus relay this year but we will be having a social running trip to Huddersfield to the Wineathlon.
People need to enter themselves at an early bird price of £18 and enter the promotional code of BRR2017 to get 15% off, once entered please let Julie know that you have entered on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so she can arrange who will need a seat on the bus to get there. It is a fun day out and family are welcome to come along to.

New Starters Group measured mile results here.






Sponsors of our race the Trotters 5 




Sat 15th April 2017 - RIVINGTON PIIKE - Info


Thurs 1st June 2017 - HENDERSON'S END - Info

Thurs 8th June 2017 - TWO LADS - Info

Thurs 22nd June 2017 - AGGIE'S STAIRCASE - Info


Wed 23rd August 2017 - HARROCK HILL (4) - Info


Sun 26th November 2017 - DAVID STAFF MEMORIAL RACE - Info 




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 - Sat 18th March 2017 - BMAC XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - Results

RESULTS - Sun 5th March 2017 - TROTTERS FIVE - Results.


RESULTS - Sun 19th February 2017 - CENTRAL LANCS 5K - Results. Photos.

RESULTS - Sat 18th February 2017 - SOUTH EAST LANCS XC - ASTLEY PARK - Results / Series.

RESULTS - Tue 14th February 2017 - BAT RUN 19 THE BLACK TIE BASH - Results.

RESULTS - Tue 7th February 2017 - BAT RUN 18 THE MACCA PACKER - Results.


RESULTS - Tue 31st January 2017 - BAT RUN 17 THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 29th January 2017 - MAST 10K - Results.

RESULTS - Sat 28th January 2017 - NORTHERN XC CHAMPIONSHIP - KNOWSLEY - Ladies Results Men's Results U20Men

RESULTS - Tue 24th January 2017 - BAT RUN 16 BURNS NIGHT BURN - Results.

RESULTS - Sat 21st January 2017 - SOUTH EAST LANCS XC - LEIGH - Results.

RESULTS - Tue 17th January 2017 - BAT RUN 15 HOLY COW - Results.

RESULTS - Tue 10th January 2017 - BAT RUN 14 THE BABY CHASE - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 8th January 2017 - NORTHERN MASTERS RUN SMITHILLS - Results.

RESULTS - Tue 3rd January 2017 - BAT RUN 13 HOGMANAY HAMMER - Results.







With yours truly at the helm as Run Director this week, a slightly different slant on the report to highlight the work of the volunteers, of whom there were 29 this week and 8 were Burnden Road Runners.

So the day of a Run Director starts with filling the water and making the post run tea and coffee having made sure all gadgets are charged and tokens sorted from the previous week. Print the roster and allocate the roles and we are good to go. Get down to Leverhulme to greet the usual crew ready to check the course, open the gates and set up the funnel, bollards etc. Gareth Doherty took on the role of Volunteer Co-ordinator this week, ensuring all marshal points and key roles are covered and each volunteer knows their role. Christine Pendlebury briefed the 31 first time runners. Sharon Drew, Don Nichol, Jackie Oakes and Peter Whiteside cheered on the runners whilst ensuring all made it safely around the course and Craig Leatherbarrow helped dish out the finish tokens, while Linda O’Byrne and Gareth helped the quest for a PB by pacing at 30 and 26 minutes respectively. Without the support of the volunteers there would be no parkrun – please join in and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to bag a role in the future.

Following last week’s Burnden Ladies leaderboard, the men hit back claiming 3 of the top 5 spots, including the first 2, with Rob Short leading home Marcus Chester by just shy of a minute and Andrew Hardingham a further 20 seconds back in 5th place.

The 34 runners from Burnden this week failed to record a single PB, so Pauline Shepherd’s first run takes pride of place – welcome to the parkrun family Pauline.

Tourists this week included Dawn Evans taking on the Bushy Park event, where parkrun all began, in a field of 1,127 runners. This was a warm up for the following day’s Palaces Half Marathon around the capital.

Chris Greenall made the short trip to Heaton Park for the 22nd time and Kenneth Beevers found himself at Tobay for the second consecutive week, unable to emulate last week’s PB at that event. Dave Pearson travelled to Cuerden Valley for the first time and Michael Caine was just 2 seconds adrift of a PB at Fell Foot – his last 6 runs at the event separated by only 21 seconds, great consistency given they stretch 10 months.

16 first time runners from Darwen Dashers as their latest new starters group mean that Burnden Road Runners drop to second place in the table for the higher number of runners, though untouched in terms of the number of runs.














22nd March 2017

BURNDEN member Mark Davis is just 10 days from his first marathon – less than 12 months after taking up running.
Mark joined the New Starters’ Group last May and only ran his first parkrun in July, yet on April 2 he lines up with the other thousands of runners for the Manchester Marathon, inspired by his 59-year-old brother Cliff who is battling cancer.
Cliff, who lives in Cornwall, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 which then spread to his liver. He underwent two operations in 2015 and 2016 to remove his bowel and 75 per cent of his liver and had a course of chemotherapy.
Mark said: “He’s a total inspiration. He’s always been a positive guy but his attitude since being diagnosed has been amazing.
“The chemo was horrendous. I don’t know if I’d have the mettle to go through what he has had to. He is my hero.”
When Mark began to run, he struggled to complete a mile but was determined to achieve his goal. He said: “Compared to what Cliff was going through, what I was doing was nothing. He’s my hero.”
Mark, who has lost more than two stones after taking up running, says he couldn’t have achieved his target without the help and training advice of everyone at Burnden.
He said: “People at the club have been tremendous. They must have thought I was crazy when they first saw me and heard what I was planning to do but I had nothing but encouragement and positive help from the coaches and other members at the club.
“In the beginning I was very raw but gradually I built up the distances and last month did 20 miles round Entwistle. Without Burnden, I don’t think I’d have been able to do that.”
Mark and Cliff keep in touch every week. Mark said: “It’s difficult with him being so far away, but thanks to Skype we see each other for a chat every week. He’s coming up to cheer me over the finish line so that will be a very emotional moment.
“I will do it. If I have to crawl over the line, I’ll do it for him.”
Mark is fundraising for Cancer Research UK and has already raised more than £2,000. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/mark-davis26