TRAINING - Mon 3rd Oct - Intervals (Marcus) - Next Steppers Group Week 1 (Sue) - New Starters Group Week 1 (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!







27th September 2016


BURNDEN’S ladies dominated again at the Swinton 10-Mile Road Race, taking six of the first nine finishing places and coming first and second in the team standings.
Liz McLellan was 1st female finisher in the race with a PB of 69mins 35secs with Paula Pilling the 2nd female runner to complete the course and claim 1st F40 close behind in 69:58, also a PB. Anne Ferguson completed a 1, 2, 3 for the club’s women in the race, finishing 3rd overall and 1st F55 in a time of 78:16.
The only team to come close to them was the Burnden trio of Shirley Staveley, Katy Thompson and Jane Forrest. Shirley was 1st F50 and 5th female runner to finish in 79:28, with Katy and Jane crossing in the same time of 80:30 in 8th and 9th place. Katy was 3rd F45 and Jane 3rd F50.
Rob Short led the men’s contingent home, finishing 14th overall in a PB of 64:20, closely followed by Lee White seven seconds later, 4th M40 in 64:27.
Andy Staveley was 2nd M55 in 65:57 and his time, along with Rob and Lee’s, earned Burnden third place in the men’s team standings.
Other category successes included Keith Thomas, 3rd M55 in 66:41, Linda O’Byrne 3rd F40 in 84:56 and Lucille Corrigan 4th F45 in 81:12, one of several PBs for club members.
Laurence Keighley (71:35), Christophe Menand (71:59), Paul Duke (73:30), Nadia Raza (94:21), Sue Blackman (1:45:05) and Gillian McGowan (1:59:55) all registered personal bests over the distance.
Other results:
Gareth Doherty 68:11, Mark Jackson 72:47, Colm O’Brien 82:52, Craig Philpot 86:52, Andy Warburton 89:17, Dawn Evans 1:52:44, Rita Ledwards 1:59:52.

Three members travelled to Inverness and the banks of the world’s most famous Scottish loch for the Loch Ness Marathon. With one eye on the water (just in case), Trevor and Julie Fishwick along with Jeff Pendlebury tackled the tough course.
Trevor was first Burndener home in 4:19:24, with Jeff next in 4:44:07 and Julie registering 5:10:42.

Three members were in Yorkshire for the Stainland 10K Trail Race in Halifax. Lesley Fisher finished the tough route in 18th overall and second female finisher in 54:20, with Dave Pearson the next to cross the line in 74:20. Peter Whiteside completed the club’s representation with a time of 82:17.

Ann Butler and Ged Tanner took part in the Fleetwood Tri, a popular triathlon event on the coast with a 400m pool swim, followed by a 12-mile bike ride and 5K run.
Ann completed the swim in 10:19, took 51:33 on the bike and finished off with a 27:41 run for a total time of 1:29:32. Ged recorded a total time of 1:21:46.