TRAINING - Mon 24th Oct - Hill Reps (Rob) - Next Steppers Tempo out & back towards Horwich (Sue) - New Starters Group Faster 3 mile run (Mumtaz, Carolyn, Elaine) 

New Starters measure mile times from 3rd Oct here.

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

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 are on the website. More info on Bat Run Series here.

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

Burnden Parkrun table after #289 (Sat 22nd October) here.

The Club Championship table after the Gin Pit 5 (GP Bonus Points) and parkrun #288 is here. The Age Related table is here.









Sponsors of our race the Trotters 5 




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 - Sat 22nd October 2016 - STANDISH HALL TRAIL RACE - Results.

RESULTS - Tue 18th October 2016 - BAT RUN 3 THE CHICKEN DIPPER - Results.

RESULTS - Sat 15th October 2016 - RED ROSE XC LEIGH - Results.

RESULTS - Tue 11th October 2016 - BAT RUN 2 THE CHEEKY MONKEY - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 9th October 2016 - GIN PIT 5 - Results.

RESULTS - Tue 4th October 2016 - BAT RUN 1 THE FASHIONABLE BADGER - Results.


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.







30 Burnden runners today. 5 PB’s, some people running their first Leverhulme parkrun of 2016, a first (third, sixth and seventh) lady and Burnden completes one lap (I know that you are wondering “a lap of what”, but I will explain later.

The first of our PB finishers was serial pace-maker Paul Duke. Paul took time off from his pacing duties to record a new best time of 19 minutes and 41 seconds – a full 19 seconds off last October’s 20 minute dead time. This was also Paul’s best finishing position as he came in at 5th place overall. Finishing just 6 places behind and breaking last week’s PB (and getting nearer to that sub-20) was Mark Jackson. Mark removed 16 seconds from his time of just seven days ago to set a new best of 20:24. Finishing a further 5 places in the men’s race was Christophe Menand who last ran at Leverhulme in April………………2014! It’s perhaps no great surprise that Christophe managed to take 2 minutes and 6 seconds off his previous best to post a new best of 20:52. Mark Davis made it 3 consecutive PB’s, taking 46 seconds off his last run 5 weeks ago and setting a new best time of 28 minutes and 22 seconds. Mark has taken over 4 minutes off his debut time, which was in August of this year. Way to go, Mark. Finally, and stopping the PB section from becoming an all masculine affair, we have Linda Haines who has been a bit quiet since posting 3 PB’s in 3 weeks back in April (2016). It has taken Linda a dozen parkruns to beat that April time, but her run of 29:45 becomes her first sub 30 minute run and also takes her above 60% in the Age Gradings. Lesley Fisher was the highest scoring female in the Age Grading table today with 82.72%, Steve Nolan topped the men’s with a score of 78.22%. Finishing first in the ladies race, for only the 34th time, was Paula Pilling – who by doing so obviously won her age category. Other age category winners were: - Paul Duke, Steve Nolan, Don Nichol, Katy Thompson, Jane Forrest and Lesley Fisher.

It started on the 5th February 2011 when Kirsty White became the first Burnden runner to finish (in 6th place as it happens on that day) the inaugural Leverhulme parkrun. It was completed on the 22nd October 2016 when Steve Nolan crossed the finish line (in 7th place) to become Burnden’s 8,015th runner to complete the 5K course. “What is so special about running 8,015 parkruns?” I don’t hear you ask. I shall inform you anyway! As you have probably worked out for yourself by now, 8,015 parkruns is equal to 40,075 kilometres. And, as I’m positive that you are all aware, 40,075 kilometres just happens to be the accepted distance of the Earth’s equator! Which means, as I’m sure that you have worked out by now, that Burnden has now started on its 2nd lap of the planet, all done in the confines of Leverhulme Park. Whether you are Paul Johnson, who has competed 228 times at Leverhulme, or Sarah Sutcliffe, who has just the solo run, or any of the other 200 and odd Burnden runners who have ran at Leverhulme; you should be proud to have achieved this feat. That has just taken us just 2087 days to run round the Earth. Now let’s get our fingers out and do the 2nd lap a bit faster!

Just got enough space left to tell you about the Burnden tourists this week. Phil Lamb ran at his favourite parkrun over at Worsley Woods, having participated at this event 44 times. At the other end of the spectrum, three runners making their debuts at different venues were: - Nick Howarth (Burnage), Marcus Chester (Wythenshawe) and Andrew Hardingham (Stretford).











18th October 2016


BURNDEN scored a string of overall victories in the 2016 Central Lancs Grand Prix Series.
The final race in the series at Gin Pit village resulted in an avalanche of team and age category prizes.
Men’s captain Lee White and Andy Staveley took their age groups, in the M40 and M55 respectively.
Liz McLellan was 1st F45 and 2nd female overall to continue her fantastic season with Paula Pilling 1st F40 and 3rd overall.
Ladies captain Gwen Kinloch led by example throughout the series and claimed the F55 top spot.
Second places in their age groups went to Katy Thompson (F40), Lucille Corrigan (F45), Shirley Staveley (F50) and Anne Ferguson (F55).
In the team standings, the club’s B Team, Vets Team and Ladies Team all claimed first spot with the A Team 2nd in their rankings.

The Red Rose Cross Country League series kicked off at Leigh with a large and competitive field kicking of the 2016 races.
The ladies again dominated with Paula Pilling 3rd L40 and 16th overall in 23:16, with Shirley Staveley 4th L50 not far behind in 25:03, closely followed seconds later by Lyndsay Darbyshire who finished in 25:15.
Anne Ferguson was 3rd L55 in 26:03, Elaine Roper claimed 4th L55 with 29:02 and Brenda Sedgwick was 1st L70 in 34:46.
Paula, Shirley and Lyndsay’s combined times earned the club 4th place in the Ladies Vets Team standings.
Other ladies results:
Jane Forrest 27:09, Maria Parkinson 30:21, Sally Cottrill 30:50, Jenna Leeks 31:46, Emma Donaldson 34:12, Louise Wall 35:06.
In the men’s race, Martin Whalley led the Burnden challenge with a time of 42:12. Ed Ashton was next in 44:43 followed by Rob Short in 46:26.
Other results:
Steven Bate 51:12, Tony Wall 51:26, Paul Christie 51:38, Colm O’Brien 52:46, Don Nichol 53:37, Rob Mack 54:24, Marcus Taylor 56:14.

After her cross country exploits on Saturday, Shirley Staveley followed up less than 24 hours later with 3rd F50 place and 64th place overall in the Ennerdale Trail race, a 25K circuit of Ennerdale Water in the Lake District.
The race started at the water’s edge and climbed up to Black Sail Hut before a rocky section over Angler’s Crag to the finish. Shirley completed the tough course in 2:47:35.
Andy Staveley delivered again with a Top 10 finish at Ennerdale, 9th overall and 1st V50 in 2:07:56.

Burnden’s seven participants in the Aldi Manchester Half Marathon all showed incredible consistency in their split times, which results in some personals bests and one or two near misses!
Gareth Doherty led the way with split times of 21:25 for the first 5K, 21:07 for the second and 22:42 for the third before crossing the finish in 1:30:02. George Butler, taking time out from his Loughborough studies, was next in a time of 1:41:28 with 5K split times of 21:23, 43:09 for 10K and 1:08:29 for 15K with a final 6K of 32:59.
Linda O'Byrne crossed the line in 1:49:25 with times of 25:11, 25:30 and 26:29 for the first three 5K splits before finishing with a 6K of 32:15.
Also coming in under two hours, Maggie Slamin posted 5K times of 27:57, 28:17 and 28:08 before a final 6K of 34:43 for an overall time of 1:59:15.
Ann Butler and Mark Butler finished within a second of each other, with both completing the opening 5K in 30:11 before Mark took a second advantage over Ann in the second 5K with 29:11. But Ann levelled it at 15K with a third 5K of 30:12 and edged ahead to post a total of 2:06:26 with a strong finish.
Judy Povey was not far behind in 2:12:39, followed by Dawn Evans in 2:29:15 and Gillian McGowan in 2:41:59. Gillian missed out on a PB by mere seconds, but the race was especially poignant for her given recent events and it was great to see her joined by hubby Mike at the finish line to celebrate not only another remarkable achievement by her but also one by him.

Most far-flung tourist run in a Burnden vest goes to Iain Conner and Wasyl Gelyczak, who completed the New York City Scope It Out 5K in 26:08 and 26:12 respectively.

In Majorca, Burnden were well represented at the Palma Half Marathon and 10K which is one of the more breathtaking European races, given its start and finish in the shadow of the city’s mighty cathedral.

Colin Rigby led the club home in the half marathon with a cracking time in hot conditions of 1:28:58. Keith Thomas was next, a short distance behind in 1:30:08.
Julie Newton crossed in 2:08:46 ahead of Diane Morrison in 2:17:56 and Dave Beevers in 2:54:57. Stewart Jones was 4th M55 in the 10K race, finishing inside the top 100 in 84th place with a great time of 43:48.