TRAINING SCHEDULE 2017 [updated 14.11.17] 


If it’s still snowy/icy on Monday (11th Dec) bring your trail shoes and head torch and we’ll do a tempo/fartlek/I’ll just jog, thank you, around the Serpent.  Otherwise, it will be intervals at Barrow Bridge. Thanks Gwen.

The Northern Masters 5K and 10K trail race is being held, possibly for the last time, on the 7th January - start time 11:00. All runners of all ages are welcome but there will be no prizes for the junior (under 35 years of age) runners. The cost of entry is £5 and it is entries on the day at Smithills Sports Centre.

The Club Championship table after the Langdale Pudding 10K and parkrun #347 is here. The Age Related table is here.

Congratulations to Paula Pilling & George Butler winners of the Burnden 2017 Fell Championship. The final table is here.

It has been a very exciting season – I hope you were pleased how the season was organised. You have all achieved so much.. It would be good to celebrate the achievements at races. I am thinking about a Burnden Festive run on Wednesday 20th December 2017 and drinks afterwards. The Crown Pub, Horwich, is the start of the run at 6pm. The Brewery Bar, Hampson Street in Horwich is the venue for drinks. Please could you check if you are free – it would be great to see everyone. Many thanks Marcus.

After last years terrific weekend at Endure24 in Leeds, I am looking at taking teams to the event in 2018. Last year saw an amazing effort from everybody we took 5 teams (nearly 30 runners), support from family friends and even dogs too. So please take time to read the link below, and let me know by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested. The cost before the end of Jan is £60 and includes camping over the 2 nights, and spectators come free. I will need to know by the 13th Jan, as will be away at the end of Jan so will give me time to enter all the teams before the Early bird deadline. Please feel free to ask any questions.......Just a reminder its the event held in LEEDS. http://www.endure24.co.uk/, Thanks Lee.

To all those who recently ordered that the hoodies via Sue have arrived, to pick theirs up please see Sue at training and please bring your money or cheque payable to Burnden Road Runners and note that kit will not be issued without payment (correct money would be appreciated).

Burnden Membership Form for 2018 here.

Neil Critchley has a Sports Injury and Massage Therapy Clinic located in Darwen. Check out the NC Sports Injury Clinic website and also the Facebook page and get a massage booked.

Burnden Parkrun league after event #345... #346... &... Saturday 9th Dec's #347 here.






Sponsors of our race the Trotters 5 




Sat 16th December 2017 - TANDLE HILL X/C RACE - S.E.L.C.C. LEAGUE


Sun 7th January 2018 - SMITHILLS TRAIL RACE 5K/10K - 11:00 Start

Sat 20th January 2018 - LEIGH X/C RACE - S.E.L.C.C. LEAGUE


Sat 17th February 2018 - ASTLEY PARK X/C RACE - S.E.L.C.C. LEAGUE




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 2nd Dec 2017 - LANGDALE PUDDING 10K - Results


RESULTS - Sat 18th Nov 2017 - LEVERHULME X/C - Results


RESULTS - Sun 1st Oct 2017 - GIN PIT 5 MILE TRAIL - Results


RESULTS - Sun 24th Sept 2017 - SWINTON 5.25 MILE - Results

RESULTS - Sun 10th Sept 2017 - BLACKLEACH 5 MILE - Results


RESULTS - Sun 27th Aug 2017 - PENNINGTON FLASH 5 MILE(?) - Results

RESULTS - Wed 23rd Aug 2017 - HARROCK HILL - Results


RESULTS - Sun 2nd July 2017 - RADCLIFFE 5K - Results - Photos


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.







With 6 runners, including the 1st man and 1st lady, in the first 24 finishers it was a good morning at the Leverhulme parkrun for Burnden. But as usual let’s look at our PB runners first. Adrian Ashburn bagged a 3rd successive PB with a time of 22 minutes and 33 seconds, taking 10 seconds of his last attempt in June. Adrian has now taken more than one and a half minutes off his New Year’s Day parkrun time, which was also a PB (One of his 11 PB’s at this parkrun venue). Our other PB runner was Jackie Cairns, whose time of 29:39 bettered, by 15 seconds, her previous best time which was set way back in October 2015. I’m betting that there is another couple of PB’s for Jackie in the rest of 2017. You need to go back to parkrun #210 in March 2015 to find when Burnden last produced the winner of both the men’s and ladies race (similar times as well). This time it was Robert Short and Sarah Watton who came first in their respective genders. This was Rob’s sixth 1st place parkrun and Sarah has come 1st on three occasions. Other category winners, apart from Rob and Sarah, were Phil Glassbrook (VM70-74), Linda O’Byrne (VW40-44), Emma Walker (VW45-49) and Kate Ellis (VW55-59).

Let’s kick off this week’s tourist report over at Heaton Park where Steven Bate recorded his fastest ever parkrun/5K time of 21:17. You just need to repeat that at Leverhulme now, Steve. Meanwhile down in lovely Somerset, father and son combo Mark and George Butler became the first Burnden runners to compete in the Yeovil Montacute parkrun. Almost 500 miles (by road) further north Sue Blackman made her debut at the Dundee Camperdown event – her 35th different parkrun venue – and was, of course, the first Burnden runner to participate at this race. Two other runners making their debuts at parkrun events this weekend were Tracy Hindley, at Worsley Woods, and Mark Jackson at Stretford. In fact Mark got a surprise at the Stretford run when he registered a great time of 19:10 but only just managed a top 20 finishing place. Finally up at the Fell Foot parkrun, after 4 successive PB’s Michael Caine decided that domestic bliss was the most important thing, therefore pace making duties were the order of the day. So 31 minutes and 30 seconds later there was a new personal best for Sandra Caine. Let’s hope that put a smile on both of your faces, Michael!












5th December 2017


BURNDEN finished the traditional Langdale Christmas Pudding 10K race with four of the top five places in the F50 age group.
Ladies captain Gwen Kinloch won it in a time of 43mins 39secs, with Lyndsay Darbyshire second F50 in 44:04. Isaline Pollitt was fourth in the category with 46:05 and Anne Ferguson fifth in 46:50.
Paula Pilling was the 7th female finisher overall and 4th F40 in 42:44.
Rob Short was the first club member to finish in a quickfire 39:03, finishing 21st overall just ahead of Marcus Taylor, 24th overall in 39:33, the only two members to break 40 minutes.
Keith Thomas was 2nd M60 in 43:24 and Tony Wall 3rd M60 in 47:28. Mel Walker was 2nd M70 in 50:47 with Phil Glassbrook 3rd in the same category with his time of 55:51.
Please note all times are gun times. The finish line had chip-timing, but not the start (have checked this with the organisers) so only the times of those who were at the front of the mass start are likely to be accurate. Hopefully, your watches will have recorded your correct time.
Other times:
Ed Ashton (40:30), Colin Rigby (40:51), Pete Hopley (41:40), Mark Jackson (42:13), Gareth Doherty (42:51), Mark Butler (45:55), Ged Turner (46:01), Adrian Ashburn (47:22), Richard Blake (47:28), Martyn Pollitt (48:01), Lucille Corrigan (48:34), Jane Forrest (48:39), Colm O’Brien (50:07), Michael Caine (50:19), Don Nichol (50:46), Linda O’Byrne (51:22), Andrew Ostle (51:41), Elaine Roper (52:55), Sheila Christie (53:25), Paul Christie (53:27), Kath Page (54:17), Jackie Oakes (54:50), Don Taylor (55:11), Nadia Raza (56:08), Julie Riddle (57:34), Sarah Woodiwiss (57:49), Jackie Cairns (59:41), Joanne Darby (59:51), Louise Bentley (1:00:01), Debra Hennessey (1:01:39), Nia Bell (1:01:57), Sally Cottrill (1:02:01), Louise Wall (1:03:10), Rita Ledwards (1:04:32), Susan Wood (1:07:43), Dawn Evans (1:08:52), Fiona Ashton (1:09:17), Liz Hopley (1:09:17), Sandra Caine (1:10:07), Tracy Hindley (1:13:12), Johnny McGowan (1:27:03), Gillian McGowan (1:36:35), Anne Larkin (1:36:36).

Lee White and Andrew Duffy took part in the Stockport 10-Mile race at the weekend with Lee 57th overall in a strong field with a time of 1:03:19 and Andy crossing the line in 1:15:19.

The final race of the Red Rose Cross Country Series at Rossendale clashed with the club race at Langdale so only Paul Duke and Steve Nolan were there to represent the club.
Paul finished in 39:45 and Steve was 4th V55 a few seconds behind in 39:54.
Over the whole series, the club had three prize winners. Steve Nolan was 1st V55 with a mean 5pts. Isaline Pollitt ended 2nd F50 on 8pts and Anne Ferguson picked up 2nd prize in F55 with 9pts.