TRAINING SCHEDULE 2017 [updated 04.06.17] 

Congratulations to Gillian McGowan and Alec Cottrill who have both recently obtained their Level 1 -  Leadership In Running and Fitness and Fell version of the Leadership in Running and Fitness respectively.

Have we any new leaders after the ‘age related’ Aggies Staircase Fell Race? Check the answer out here

Lions Bridge Full & Half Marathon on Sunday 9th July. It's a 6 lap marathon or 3 lap half, both starting and finishing at the Gin Pit. Here's a link for more info and online entry.

Annual Burnden Club Trip - THE WINEATHLON - 16th September 2017 - Hi everyone, in case you didn’t know we will be going on a trip to Huddersfield to take part in the Wineathlon. This is a 8 mile trail run, very scenic and a great fun atmosphere. There are water stations every 2 miles that serve wine, water and snacks. Drinking the wine is optional!!! The rugby club finish has food stalls and a beer tent, ideal for family picnics too. The club is paying for the transport so I just need you to enter yourselves on this website (www.teamoa.co.uk). Entry fee is now £25 but if you enter our Burnden Code (BRR2017) you will get a 15% reduction. Please enter and then let me know how many places you need on the bus, as family and friends can also come along even if they are not running. I need to book the bus very soon so please don’t delay in letting me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 07506733971. The bus will collect everyone at The Macron Stadium carpark in front of The Whites Hotel. We will leave at 9am. Once in Huddersfield the race starts at 11am, allowing time for the run and refreshments, we will then depart Huddersfield at 4.45 pm to arrive back in Bolton approximately 5.50pm. Thanks Julie (Social Secretary)

Breaking News from Dave Pearson regarding an exciting opportunity.. click here to have a read..

Burnden Parkrun league after event #323 from 24th June here.

The Club Championship table after parkrun #323 and the Horwich 5 mile (plus GP bonus points) is here. Age related table is here.






Sponsors of our race the Trotters 5 




Sun 2nd July 2017 - THE EDGWORTH HALF MARATHON RESERVOIR CHALLENGE - 10am Start from The Black Bull, Edgworth - Online Entry


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 - Wed 21st June 2017 - HORWICH 5 - Results

RESULTS - Thur 8th June 2017 - TWO LAD'S FELL RACE - Results

RESULTS - Thur 1st June 2017 - HENDERSON'S END FELL RACE - Results


RESULTS - Sat 20th May 2017 - NATIONAL MASTERS ROAD RELAY CHAMPS. - LadiesMen 35'sMen 55's - Photos

RESULTS - Wed 10th May 2017 - HAIGH HALL 4 - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 7th May 2017 - BLUEBELL 10 - Results.

RESULTS - Mon 1st May 2017 - TERRY NORTLEY RELAYS - Team Results / Individual Times.


RESULTS - Sat 15th April 2017 - RIVINGTON PIKE FELL RACE - Results.

RESULTS - Fri 14th April 2017 - SALFORD 10K - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 9th April 2017 - RADCLIFFE 10K - Results.


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

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







Sarah Woodiwiss recorded her first and Burnden’s only PB at Leverhulme on Saturday. Sarah’s time, in her 4th parkrun, was 27 minutes and 16 seconds and this gave her a 58.25% age graded score. So when can we expect to see a 60% parkrun from you Sarah? Most people would be content with a PB, but not Sarah – she also won her age graded category (VW45-49) as well. You may be wondering if there were any other age category winners amongst the Burnden participants! Well let me tell you that there were. Paula Pilling, being first lady home (for the 41st time), was the winner in her VW40-44 category and Gayle Gerrard was the second lady home in the same group. Repeating the first and second placing, this time in the SW30-34 category, were Sarah Watton and Vicki Hamer. In the VW50-54 category Shirley Staveley and Kath Page also made it a 1 – 2 for Burnden. In her first parkrun of 2017 Jane Forrest took the honours in the VW55-59 class. Wait a minute, you are probably thinking, this report seems a little female dominated!  I can correct that thought now by telling you that we also had a few male category winners as well. Finishing in 6th place overall Marcus Chester claimed the prize as first VM40-44 over the line. Just 5 places behind Mark Jackson was the first MV35-39 to finish. Finally in the MV70-74 group Philip Glassbrook just pipped a Darwen Dasher runner to claim victory for Burnden. Congratulations to David Broadhurst who celebrated his 100th parkrun this week! Also celebrating were Marcus Chester (160 runs), Diane Leatherbarrow (90), Nia Bell (40), Kath Page (30) and Mark Davis (20).

There were two PB’s for the Burnden tourists this week. At Chester Rebecca Martin bettered last weeks’ time to set a new best of 39:50, whilst at Fell Foot Michael Caine recorded a hat-trick of PB’s with a new best time of 22:23. Chris Greenall represented the club at Heaton Park while Christine Fernon flew the clubs colours (hopefully) north of the border at the Strathclyde event. However this week tourist kudos goes to Sue Blackman and Simon Marland who ran at the Gorky Park event in sunny Moscow! This was Sue’s 99th parkrun which she has run at 34 different venues (where will the 100th one take place, we wonder). While Simon has run 130 times at 38 parkrun locations.









13th June 2017


BURNDEN’S Marcus Taylor was in contention for a top 10 finish for a major part of the Bolton Hill Marathon, eventually finishing 14th overall and 2nd V45 in a great time of 3hrs 41mins 45secs.
The weather added another tough challenge for competitors, who were already being fully tested by the 3,700ft of ascent up to Winter Hill across to Rivington and White Coppice before returning via the mast and Barrow Bridge back to the start/finish line in Moss Bank Park.
Three members won their categories. Lyndsay Darbyshire was 1st F45 and 3rd female in 4:14:47. Anne Ferguson claimed 1st F55 with her time of 4:15:37 and Peter Whiteside took the V65 prize in 6:19:07.
Burnden made it a 1, 2, 3 in the F55 category with Diane Smith (7:49:50) and Gillian McGowan (7:49:51) 2nd and 3rd to add to Anne’s success.
Lorraine Halwood completed her 30th marathon in 5:23:46 as she stayed well on target to achieve her goal of 50 before her 50th birthday.
Mark Jackson turned in an excellent run on his marathon debut to post a terrific time of 4:44:06.
Other results:
Jackie Oakes (5:23:46), Iain Conner (5:40:29), Karen Taylor (5:48:14), Maria Parkinson (6:17:25).
The day after, the club claimed a host of category prizes in the Bolton Hill Half Marathon. Lesley Fisher was 1st F55 and 2nd lady overall in 1:55:30 – one of only 23 runners to break two hours.
Julie Newton was 1st F50 with 2:18:05 and Phil Glassbrook 1st V70 in 2:23:19.
Linda Haines was 2nd F55 in 2:34:36 and Jeff Pendlebury claimed 3rd V55 in 2:21:54.
In the F50 category, Tracy Cameron (3:21:24) was 2nd and Dawn Evans (3:21:59) 3rd.
Other results:
Mark Kenny (2:21:00), Emma Walker (2:26:26), Alec Cottrill (2:36:21), Sally Cottrill (2:36:21), Louise Fox (2:39:42), Karen Ratcliffe (3:41:12)

Liz McLellan won the Edgworth 10K ladies race in a terrific time of 45:17 to add to her multi-discipline successes of the year.
She was one of five members to tackle the reservoir challenge. Kris Worsley was next in 53:46, followed by Andrew Hopkinson (54:53), Craig Philpot (55:01) and James Orchard (1:02:08).

Rob Short was first home of the Burnden turn-out at the 11-mile Race the Train event from Bury station to Rawtenstall, shadowed by a steam train from the East Lancashire Railway.
Rob was 18th overall in a time of 1:21:42. Paula Pilling was the first female Burnden runner to finish, fourth female overall and 3rd F40 in 1:28:52.
Don Nichol was 1st V60 1:36:32.
Other results:
Steven Bate (1:33:33), Ben Knight (1:46:34), Sarah Sutcliffe (1:50:55), Joe Murphy (1:54:06), Sarah Woodiwiss (1:58:51), Denise Hodgkinson (2:04:12).

The harsh Welsh weather at the weekend added a further degree of difficulty to the tough challenge that is the iconic Man v Horse challenge in Llanwrtyd Wells.
The 22-mile event sees runners tackle the undulating trail course alongside horse and riders providing a spectacular sight for the many spectators.
Keith Thomas won the M60 category in 3:52:54. Shirley Staveley was 4th F45 in 4:26:58 , Jane Forrest 3rd F55 in 4:37:53. Pete Hopley posted 4:15:15 and David Aulton completed the course in 5:23:22.

Steve Nolan was 1st M55 and 23rd overall at the Two Lads fell race last week. Paul Duke was the next member to finish, 34th overall with a time of 40:41.
Other results:
Steven Bate (47:42), Ged Turner (47:48), Mark Butler (52:06), John Edge (52:47), Sally Cottrill (57:57), Alec Cottrill (58:18), Nadia Raza (58:33), Emma Walker (1:01:11), Louise Fox (1:03:32).

Isaline Pollitt cemented her prowess at triathlon with another outing for Great Britain at the Herning European Triathlon Union Challenge in Herning, Denmark.
She completed the 70.3 event in 6:08:48, finishing a hugely impressive 34th in the F50 age group, up against the best athletes Europe has to offer.
She completed the 1.2-mile swim in 51:39, the 56-mile bike ride in 3:03:45 and the half marathon in 2:05:58.
George Butler competed at Leeds in the British Triathlon Standard Distance Age Group Championships and came an impressive 7th in his category. Dawn Evans also took part in the Go Tri Preston Triathlon. Awaiting full details of both sets of results on the websites.