TRAINING - Mon 12th Dec - Joint long-run on road, 6-8 miles in different pace groups - Next Steppers : Joint long-run on road, 6-8 miles in different pace groups (Sue)

AGM meeting minutes available here.

Keith is collecting names for those wishing to run in one of three fantastic Cross Country events, the first is the Northern Athletics Cross Country on Sat 28th January 2017 at Knowsley Safari Park (the animals aren't about). Details here. Also the Regional championships take place on the 7th January, the Greater Manchester championships at Woodbank Park Stockport and the Lancashire championships at Witton Park Blackburn. Please let Keith know if you wish to be entered into any of these via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the Xmas Do.

Hi everyone, here are two big dates for your diaries!.

Christmas Do

Xmas get together on the 12th December after training at Astley Bridge Cricket Club. We will be holding a Jacobs Feast again, where each person brings a small amount of food, either savory or sweet. When this is all put together we end up with a fabulous buffet! Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to say what you will be bringing along so that we don't duplicate on certain items. We will also have a short quiz and Xmas bingo too.

Presentation Evening

Here is another big date for your diary, 20th January 2017 for the Burnden Annual Presentation Night. This is held at 7pm at Dunscar Conservative Club. We will be served with a meat and potato pie supper and apple crumble and custard at 7.30 pm. And following on from that will be our awards presentation. Once all the awards have been given out we will then dance the night away with a disco. So if you would like to attend I now need to collect, firstly  your name and then secondly a £12 payment per person by 9th January 2017 please. You can email me to confirm you're attending at - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or message me via Burden's Facebook page. You can also give your payments to Ann Butler, Louise Geoghegan or Louise Wall if I am not around.

The Next Steppers training schedule is here. Also the full 2016 training schedule is updated and available here.

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

Burnden Parkrun table after #295 (Sat 3rd December) here.

It looks like the winners are sorted, but who will be the runners up? The Club Championship table after the Guys 10 and parkrun #295 is here. The Age Related table is here. Don't forget, this isn't the final table - there are parkruns left until New Years Eve. There is still time to improve your performance and maybe get more points!








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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 - Tue 6th December 2016 - BAT RUN 10 THE FRAGGLE ROCKER - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 4th December 2016 - GUYS 10 - Results & Photos.

RESULTS - Sat 3rd December 2016 - RED ROSE XC MARL PITS - Results / Series.


RESULTS - Tue 29th November 2016 - BAT RUN 9 THE SUPER HERO - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 27th November 2016 - DAVID STAFF MEMORIAL FELL RACE - Results.

RESULTS - Tue 22nd November 2016 - BAT RUN 8 THE RATTY TATTY - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 20th November 2016 - 13 ARCHES HALF MARATHON - Results.

RESULTS - Sat 19th November 2016 - SOUTH EAST LANCS XC  HEATON PARK - Results.

RESULTS - Tue 15th November 2016 - BAT RUN 7 JOSS'S BIRTHDAY RUN - Results.

RESULTS - Sat 12th November 2016 - RED ROSE XC BOLTON - Results & Series to Date.

RESULTS - Tue 8th November 2016 - BAT RUN 6 THE POPPY RUN - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 6th November 2016 - 33rd THROUGH THE VILLAGES - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 6th November 2016 - DERWENTWATER 10 - Results.

RESULTS - Tue 1st November 2016 - BAT RUN 5 THE ROMAN CANDLE - Results.







With the final club run of the year, Guys 10 miler, on Sunday you could be forgiven for thinking that there may be reduced numbers turning out for parkrun this week.

Several members ran in both while others bumped into each other enjoying festivities at Manchester markets as ideal preparation (you know who you are!! J ).

Burnden continue to be the leading club at Bolton parkrun, with 220 members having tackled Leverhulme’s hills, track and paths. A combined 8,516 runs at the event is 3 times more than the next club, so this really is a home event.

This week saw 19 runners run the course and a further 11 help out by volunteering to ensure the event went without a hitch.

Taking time off his recent stints of pacing to help others, Gareth Doherty led home the Burnden contingent in a new PB of 20.21 in 8th place overall. This is Gareth’s 17 PB in his 84 runs at Bolton and his first since August. Gareth’s girlfriend, Lynda O’Byrne was not to be outdone, leading home the Burnden ladies this week in 65th overall and the 9th female finisher.

There was just 1 other PB at Bolton this week, with Linda Haines going sub 30 minutes for the second time in her 23 runs.

4 runners managed the double of parkrun and the club championship Guys 10 – well done to Debra Hennessey (28.51 and 1.36.24), Mark Jackson (24.02 and 1.08.05), Philip Glassbrook (26.49 and 1.29.08) and Peter Whiteside (34.31 and 1.42.35), a great double achievement over the weekend. 48 Burnden members turned out at Guys on Sunday.

Out and about this week were Beverley Walker at Heaton Park, her 30th visit to accompany 27 runs at Bolton, but only Beverley’s second parkrun of 2016. Paul Sedgewick returned to Glossop for the first time since their inaugural event and his 41st parkrun event, closing in on his red 50 t-shirt.

Philip Glassbrook’s run at Bolton sees him on 49 runs, the only runner this week to be in touching distance of a new running top.

The 11 hi-viz heroes this week were Steven Bate, Richard Blake, Mark Butler, Lucille Corrigan, Paul Duke, Mike Gregson, Richard Lord, Jackie Oakes, Christine & Jeff Pendlebury and Paula Pilling. The Bolton parkrun team are, as always, eternally grateful for all volunteers help – the event cannot take part without enough volunteers – please make sure you take your turn!






7th December 2016


BURNDEN’S Kirsty White and Lesley Fisher won their categories at the Guy’s 10-Mile race near Preston.

The final club championship race of the season attracted a massive turnout of 51 members who claimed a host of age group successes amid a string of fine performances.
Kirsty was 1st F45 at Garstang with a time of 1hr 9mins 18secs while Lesley took 1st F55 in 1:12:41.
Paula Pilling was the club’s first female finisher, capping a spectacular year with 60th place overall and 2nd F40 with a PB of 1:08:17.
Burnden’s ladies took three of the top five places in the F50 group. Gwen Kinloch was 2nd in 1:14:50 with Shirley Staveley 4th in 1:16:05 and Jane Forrest 5th in 1:18:17.
Paul Christie was 2nd M60 posting a time of 1:13:39 and Phil Glassbrook was M70 runner-up in 1:29:08.
Third place category positions were claimed by Keith Thomas in the M55 class with 1:08:21, Lyndsay Darbyshire in F45 with 1:12:33, Anthony Foster in M70 registering 1:42:05 and Peter Whiteside, 3rd M65 in 1:42:35.
David Newman was 4th M60 1:19:25.
First Burndener to complete the challenging route was Colin Rigby, a fantastic 22nd overall and 4th M45 in 1:02:17, closely followed by Lee White (1:03:07), Andrew Henderson (1:04:43) and Marcus Taylor (1:05:33).
Ed Ashton was 6th M50 with a time of 1:06:03.
Other results:
Paul Duke 1:06:50, Mark Jackson 1:08:05, Ady Merritt 1:11:18, Christophe Menand 1:11:52, Steven Bate 1:15:15, Colm O’Brien 1:17:12, Lucille Corrigan 1:19:51, Trevor Fishwick 1:22:49, Lawrence McDonald 1:23:09, Jackie Oakes 1:25:25, Mark Butler 1:26:18, Andy Warburton 1:26:59, Katherine Page 1:27:23, Jeff Pendlebury 1:29:33, John McMyler 1:29:46, Sarah Woodiwiss 1:30:45, Ann Butler 1:31:43, Iain Conner 1:32:59, Clair Marland 1:33:07, Fiona Ashton 1:35:06, Alec Cottrill 1:35:51, Sally Cottrill 1:35:52, Debra Hennessey 1:36:24, Diane Morrison 1:36:25, Nadia Raza 1:36:51, Tracey Cameron 1:42:18, Louise Geoghegan 1:45:05, Joanne Darby 1:45:31, Jackie Cairns 1:47:59, Sue Blackman 1:53:25, Dawn Evans 1:57:22, Gillian McGowan 2:13:59.

Mel Walker was back on great form when he took part in the Northern Masters AC Christmas Handicap at Leigh. He opted for the 6K track challenge and brought it home in 28:38 for the 16 laps.