Burnden Parkrun league after event #305 from 18th Feb, here.

The Club Championship table after parkrun #305 and the Central Lancs 5K bonus points is here.

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.

We are still looking for runners to represent Burnden at the British Masters Open Cross Country Championships on the 18th March at Wavertree, Liverpool. Full details can be found here. To enter you need to create an account on the BMAF OpenTrack Race Management System which you can do here. If you require any help with this, or if you do enter the event, please let Paul Christie know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. then I can place you in your age group team.

We are also hoping to enter teams in the Northern 6 (ladies) and 12 (men) Stage Road Relay Championships on the 25th March at Stanley Park, Blackpool. Details can be found by following the links on the SportSoft website here. There is no need to enter this yourself, just let Paul Christie know (either on Monday nights or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and I will enter the teams for Burnden.

Spring Marathon Training is back from Mon 16th Jan led by Jane & Shirley, details here.

Membership fees for 2017 are due on the 1st January 2017. Membership forms can be found here. Payment can be made by cheque or BACS, details on the form, and can be either posted to Louise Wall or handed in at club training.









Sponsors of our race the Trotters 5 




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.







30 runners, 13 volunteers, 5 PB’s and a First Timer! A pretty impressive effort from Burnden this week at Bolton parkrun. Throw in 5 tourists in to the mix to give 48 of the registered 292 Burnden team turning out this week.

In statistics, Burnden accounted for 10.1% of the field at Bolton, 38.2% of the volunteers 16.7% of parkrun debutants but just 6.7% of the massive 74 PB’s recorded at Bolton.

Let’s start at the beginning, with Joe Murphy as a first timer in a respectable first effort of 28.09, hope you enjoyed your first experience of parkrun and will be back soon.

Another first of the week was Dawn Evans putting to good use recent training to answer the call for a guide runner. Louise Simpson was the lucky lady who got to run with Dawn.

On to a massive 5 PB’s, step forward Richard Blake, Ged Turner, Adrian Ashburn, Mark Kenny and Veronica Mills.


  • Richard’s 3rd PB in 10 runs saw a huge 29 seconds smashed from his previous best and going below 23 minutes for the first time (22.31) finishing 26th
  • Close on his tail in 27th with a time of 22.49 was Ged completing his hat-trick of PB’s in his last 3 runs, taking 10 seconds off the last time out.
  • Closing in on the 23 minute marker is Adrian who was just a further 6 places back in 23.04 and a 4th PB in his last 6 runs, 1 minute 19 seconds improvement since 17th Decembers PB and over 7 minutes from his first run in August 2016.
  • Mark’s run of PB’s is even more impressive, 6 in 7 runs taking 2 minutes 25 seconds off the PB on 17th December that start this run.
  • Veronica achieved her second PB in her 5 runs to date, 29.23 being a 7 second improvement on run number 2’s previous best.

Some massive improvements and an inspiration for all to look at in these PB’s, well done to all.

On to the tourists who tackled other parkrun events this week.

Paul Johnson crossed the Pennines to take on Sheffield Hallam this week along with a huge field of 723 runners. Paul’s time of 23.57 was a PB at Sheffield for him and a first sub 24 minutes at this course in his 3 attempts. That time would have been pushing a top 50 finish at Bolton this week, but delivered 194th in that huge turnout. Paul has completed 9 different events in his 251 runs.

Worsley Woods found 3 of the Burnden team on their course this week.

Martyn Pollitt led home the Burnden contingent in 28th place and 21.15 on his 8th run at Worsley, Bolton and Pennington Flash also featuring in his 13 runs to date.

Izzy Pollitt was the second lady home in the field of 336 runners at Worsley in 43rd place overall bang on 22 minutes.

Malcolm Whitehead completed his 3rd parkrun, all at Worsley and achieved a PB to boot at 28.40.

Travelling the furthest this week was Sue Blackman who found herself in the North East and tackling Darlington parkrun for the first time as she closes in on 100 runs. 30.53 saw Sue finish 235th and 56th lady. Darlington is the 31st different event that Sue has visited in 96 runs, 49 of which have been at Bolton – is there a plot that her 50th at Bolton will also be her 100th overall?

Burnden continues to represent the highest number of participants and runs at Bolton. Overall 232 members of Burnden Road Runners have completed 9009 runs at Bolton and 10,041 runs in total. The average number of runs is 43, with 39 at Bolton and the average Burnden time is 27 minutes 54 seconds. (By an amazing coincidence this time is also the PB of the author of this report – Mike Gregson – synchronicity, or what! Paul Christie).











14th February 2017


BURNDEN’S Lesley Fisher won the ladies event at the Calder Vale 11-mile trail race near Preston.
The title of the race – Muddy Shoes – gives you an idea of the challenges faced by runners over the multi-terrain course and this year it was even muddier than usual!
Lesley finished first lady and 7th overall in 1hr 35min 9secs. Don Nichol was 14th overall and 2nd M60 in 1:42:34.
Gillian McGowan knocked more than five minutes off her 10K PB at the Cancer Research Manchester Winter 10K.

Gillian joined more than 4,000 other runners at the start line in the shadow of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in east Manchester and completed the road course in 1:04:42 despite cold and windy conditions.
Globe-trotting Dawn Evans’s latest foreign venture saw her tackle the Barcelona Half Marathon. As you can imagine, the race is one of the most scenic and iconic in Europe, starting from the edge of the Parc de la Cuitadella in the centre of the city. Dawn posted an impressive time of 2:35:52.