TRAINING SCHEDULE 2017 [updated 15.05.17]

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

Important note about the summer trail sessions : Gillian McGowan will be completing her LIRF training programme this weekend and has offered to be a backmarker for the summer trail sessions (from the training schedule above) which Alec and Jane are leading  - we hope this will encourage those who are worried about going out with the faster runners, to know there is a backmarker and to know that no-one is left behind on these very enjoyable off road runs that take place during the summer months.

Burnden Parkrun league after event #317 from 13th May here.

Meeting minutes from Monday's May meeting here

Henderson’s End fell race recce, For those people wanting to familiarise themselves with the route for this race we will be organising a recce run on Monday 22nd May. There will be a group leaving at 6:30 led by Alec, and a group leaving at 7pm led by Jane. *Please note we will be meeting at the top barn Rivington (the larger barn at the top of the drive), location.

Two Lads fell race recce, We will also be doing a recce run of the 2 Lads fell route. This will take place on Thursday 25th May. Meet outside Horwich Leisure Centre at 7pm, location.  

Everyone is welcome, please dress for the weather as we may be out for up to 2 hours, and if we are running at a leisurely pace it can get cold on the hills. Trail shoes are advisable as the ground can be a bit uneven. Looks forward to seeing you. Jane & Alec.

Please note that the CLGP fixture Gin Pit 5 has now changed to the 1st of October. For Burnden members this means it now clashes with our Club Championship fixture the Littleborough 10k.

One or more of the dates for the Horwich Jubilee Road Race Series 2017 have changed including the Grand Prix race which is now on the 21st June. Full dates for the series can be found on the entry form.

The club Fell Championship after the opening Pike Race is here.

The Club Championship table after parkrun #316 and the Bluebell Trail race 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.






Sponsors of our race the Trotters 5 




Thurs 1st June 2017 - HENDERSON'S END - Info

Thurs 8th June 2017 - TWO LADS - Info

Sun 11th June 2017 - THE EDGWORTH 10K RESERVOIR CHALLENGE - 11am Start from The Black Bull, Edgworth - Online Entry     

Wed 14th June 2017 - HOLCOMBE TWO TOWERS FELL RACE - 19:15 Start from The Hare & Hounds - Info

Thurs 22nd June 2017 - AGGIE'S STAIRCASE - Info


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 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.







62 runs and 826 days after Rob Shorts last PB, a new bar has been set As soon as he entered the track the core team of Run Directors sensed there was something special on the cards as Rob glanced at his watch and accelerated around the track, finishing in 3rd place overall to cries of PB!!
1 minute 34 behind Rob in 8th place was Andrew Hardingham on his 51st run claiming his first PB since 1 September 2012, albeit with a 2 year hiatus. A first sub 20 run for Andrew, congratulations.
Don Taylor visited Bolton for the 6th in 12 month and a total of 10 parkruns to record a new best of 26.22, closing in on his overall best time of 25.51 set at Fell Foot last October.
A 3 month gap in parkruns didn’t hamper Veronica Mills, recording consecutive PB’s and a 3rd in 6 visits to Bolton.
Gillian McGowan is another on the PB trail, with 3 in her last 6 appearances and a new PB, almost 9 minutes quicker than the first of her 49 runs. We are looking forward to a special 50th this week!
Congratulations to John Egan on joining the 50 club, all 50 at Bolton spanning 6 years.
Burnden ladies claimed 3 of the first 5 females this week, with Paula Pilling second lady home, Vicki Hamer and Kate Ellis just behind as 4th and 5th females.
The gents first 3 were all top 10 finishers, with Rob and Andrew joined by Marcus Chester in 10th place overall (9th male).
So, to the tourists..
Let’s start relatively local at Heaton Park and Ady Merritt’s 99th parkrun delivering a PB on his 7th visits to Heaton Park, wiping 12 seconds from New Years Eve’s previous best. Chris Greenall was the only other runner at Heaton Park this week, his 25th run there in a total of 63 parkruns.
Another tourist PB for Paul Duke heading down to Bristol and the Ashton Gate event – his 3rd visit being 40 seconds quicker than his first.
Over in Oldham the theme continues, with Mumtaz Patel being second lady home and delivering a 3 ½ minute improvement on her only other appearance at this event. Sharon Drew joined Mumtaz in Oldham for his first visit in 13 runs.
Isaline Kneale was the 3rd lady, just 2 seconds behind the second female at Worsley Woods, joined there by David Broadhurst
Michael Caine delivered a second PB in a month at Fell Foot, hitting 23 minutes dead and 13 second improvement on lucky run 13 in the Lakes.
54 runners at Event 54 in Chadderton included Mark Jackson taking second place on his debut at the event on his 104th run.
Another great turnout of Burnden Road Runners swelled the number of volunteers making the event happen again this week. Many thanks to all involved.





15th May 2017


BURNDEN’S women left Haigh Hall in Wigan with a trio of age group victories.
Paula Pilling was 1st F40 and 3rd female finisher in 28mins 32secs, Izzy Pollitt was 1st F50 with a time of 29:59 and Lyndsay Darbyshire headed the F45 group on 31:00.

Sarah Watton’s time of 30:19 allowed her, Paula and Izzy to claim second place in the team rankings for the 4-mile (-ish) Central Lancs Grand Prix event.
Other age group performances of note were Anne Ferguson claiming 2nd F55 in 31:42, Jane Forrest 3rd F55 in 34:05 and Linda Byrne 3rd F40 with her time of 34:30.
Rob Short finished 15th overall in 25:26 to lead the club’s representation home. Lee White was next, his time of 26:37 earning him 4th place in the V40 group.
Marcus Taylor was 3rd V45 in 27:25, followed by Ed Ashton 4th V50 in 27:33, Keith Thomas 2nd V55 27:54 and Don Nichol 3rd V60 on 32:35.
Rob, Lee, Marcus and Paul put the club 4th in the men’s team standings.
Other results:
Marcus Chester (26:46), Paul Duke (26:48), Mark Jackson (27:32), Laurence Keighley (27:56), Andy Duffy (29:42), Tony Wall (29:52), Gareth Doherty (30:28), Dave Swift (30:47), Vicki Hamer (31:22), Steven Bate (31:26), John Edge (33:57), David Broadhurst (33:59), Gayle Gerrard (35:52), Andy Warburton (36:26), Carolyn Barker (36:35), Craig Philpot (36:42), Phil Holden (36:52), Sarah Woodiwiss (37:04), Julie Newton (37:10), Emma Walker (37:11), Jenna Leeks (37:19), Alec Cottrill (37:34), Karen Taylor (39:56), Mark Davis (40:10), Fiona Ashton (40:44), Sally Cottrill (40:49), Debra Hennessey (40:51), Louise Fox (41:11), Sharon Drew (42:25), Kierenne Baldwin (42:43), Joanne Darby (43:02), Louise Wall (44:20), Christine Fernon (50:16), Gillian McGowan (50:50), Dawn Evans (51:19), Johnny McGowan (51:51), Anne Larkin (51:51), Rita Ledwards (51:51), Bill Kelly (55:53), Ann Hardman 58:25), Jessica sammon (1:01:22).

Four members travelled to the Lake District for the Montane 13 Trail Race at Howgills. Nick Taylor was the first of the quartet to finish, posting a time of 2:31:38. Alec Cottrill completed the tough course in 3:03:21, followed by Sally Cottrill in 3:34:55 and Maria Parkinson in 4:14:17.

Dawn Evans headed to Yorkshire for the Malhamdale Trail Challenge, a tough 9-mile course which tests both fell runners and walkers along a route which takes in sections of the Pennine Way and Janet's Foss – which has been voted one of the Top 10 Secret Trails of The National Trust. Dawn completed the challenge in 2:36:26.

Paul Johnson headed for Leyland for a crack at the Worden Park 10K, a scenic two-lap course, and finished in a time of 48:19.

Long distance specialist Lorraine Halwood continued her relentless march towards her goal of 50 marathons by conquering No 29 at Roche Abbey in Maltby, South Yorkshire. She completed the picturesque course with ease in 4:27:24.

Peter Whiteside travelled to the north east to take part in the Sunderland City Half Marathon and completed the event in 2:23:48.