Burnden Parkrun league after event #314 from 22nd April here.

Minutes from Monday's meeting here and details of FRA Coaching Courses here.

Hi everyone, the next social night out will be on Friday 28th April 7:30-9:30pm. We will be having our very own private historic / ghost tour of the Victoria Halls in Bolton. The guided group is limited to 22 people so if you fancy this trip plus drinks in The Vaults afterwards then please add your name below. The cost is £5 each and is payable on the night (does not include drinks). Thanks Julie.

STOP PRESS: The Terry Nortley relay is taking place on the 1st May (Bank Holiday Monday) at 10:00am on Close Park, Radcliffe. Details are here. This relay is for teams of 4 - ANY ABILITY - each runner does a two mile (2 x 1mile laps) run before handing over to a team mate. If you want to run in this fun event email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will slot you in a team and enter you. If you want to run with three of your mates, just email me all four names and I'll enter you as a team. Closing date for entries is 28th April - so hurry!

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

The Club Championship table after parkrun #312 and the Paris Marathon is here. The age related table is here.

The British Masters Open Road Relay Championships takes place in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham on Saturday 20th May, click here for details. Last year we entered several teams and hired a coach to take us down there. If we get the same level of participation this year we will look to repeat this excellent day out. If you would like to take part just email Paul Christie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will enter you in your relevant age group. To enter this race you must be aged 35 or over and a first claim member of Burnden Road Runners. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Closing date: 28th April.

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.






Sponsors of our race the Trotters 5 




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

Thurs 8th June 2017 - TWO LADS - Info

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


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 - 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.







Happy Easter to all members of Burnden Road Runners.

A dry morning at Leverhulme always helps boost the numbers at Bolton parkrun and this week was no different with the second highest turnout of runners ever at the event. The Burnden contingent of the 377 strong field this week was 29 runners, the biggest club representation at the event again this week.

With the Rivington Pike race and other events going on, there was not a single PB to report from the Bolton event which is highly unusual. In fact, Paul Johnson was closest to a PB at 27 seconds outside his best on his 259th run, 245 of which have been at Bolton – the highest number of runs by a member of Burnden.

Over at Heaton Park, Helen Shan and Chris Greenall represented the Burnden team in a field of 662 runners. Helen has visited Heaton Park 10 times and Chris 24.

Ken Beevers had his 6th run at Torbay on their 15th event and Sheila Christie was the sole representative at Worsley Woods this week.

Andrew Hardingham marked his 49th run with a first visit to Fulham and a respectable 18th place finish and his time of 18.58 being his best at any parkrun, despite previously having led home the field in Chadderton!

Jackie Oakes and Iain Conner found themselves in the Lakes this weekend and took on Fell Foot, along with a couple of former Burnden members. Others arrived at the event to find nowhere to park so went off on solo runs! Jackie obviously likes the event having run it 17 times and Iain 7.

Nia Bell headed to North Wales and Conwy for the second time, 13 months after her first visit – the only course other than Bolton Nia has run.

Bolton parkrun started with just 60 runners back on 5th February 2011, with 8 Burnden runners taking part. To date 233 current Burnden members have taken part at Bolton parkrun, eclipsed only by Darwen Dashers with 237 members having taken part. Collectively, Burnden have run Bolton parkrun 9,103 times which means we should see the 10,000th run completed sometime around Christmas – who will take the honour?

Burnden has 1 member of the 250 club, 34 members of the 100 club, 43 members of the 50 club and 13 runners stuck on a single appearance. The average number of runs for a Burnden member is 43.6 with 30.1 at Bolton.


5 Burnden males have taken first place at Bolton, covering 19 of the 312 events. The ladies fare better, with 12 first females taking 81 events.

Keep on parkrunning and enjoy Easter!
















18th April 2017


THIRTY-ONE members tackled the 700 feet of climb up to Rivington Pike, then the mad dash downhill back to the start to take part in one of the country’s oldest fell races with George Butler leading them over the finish line.

George came home 41st overall in 21mins 23secs, over a minute clear of Rob Short who posted 22:29.

Paula Pilling was the first female member to finish, her time of 25:21 earning her second place in the F40 age group.
Anne Ferguson was 3rd F55 in 27:09 and her and Paula’s times, plus Sally Cottrill’s 34:10 earned the club the ladies vets top team prize and 3rd overall.

George and Rob’s times plus Paul Duke’s 22:58

and Mark Jackson’s 23:21 put the men 4th overall in the team standings. Paul, Ed Ashton (23:37) and Laurence Keighley (24:42) also put the club 4th in the men’s vets team list.

Other results:
Pete Hopley (25:23), Christophe Menand (25:37), Tony Wall (25:41), Ged Turner (26:09), Andy Duffy (26:23), Steven Bate (27:56), Mark Butler (28:01), Adrian Ashburn (29:46), Jeff Pendlebury (30:54),

..Trevor Fishwick (31:27), Sally Cottrill (34:10), Alec Cottrill (34:10),

..Maria Parkinson (35:38), Emma Walker (35:45), Fiona Ashton (35:53), Joanne Darby (36:09), Liz Hopley (36:24), Jackie Cairns (36:32), Louise Wall (38:30), Gemma Chapman (39:48), Rita Ledwards (40:55), Gillian McGowan (41:09), Dawn Evans (43:50).

In wet and windy conditions at Out Rawcliffe north of Preston, Jackie Oakes and Julie Newton both put in strong runs to complete the Valiants Half Marathon in under two hours, Jackie breaking her PB by some distance in 1:48:02 to take the F40 prize and Julie narrowly missing a PB with 1:57:25.

Sarah Sutcliffe recorded a PB at the Salford 10K on Good Friday with a time of 47:27. Gayle Gerrard wasn’t far behind her in 50:13.

Debra Hennessey headed off to Merseyside for the Hale Village 5-Mile race and crossed the line in 46:53.

The third and final instalment in the three-race Curley’s 5K series saw George Butler cement his position as the club’s top performer, finishing 3rd on this occasion and 2nd senior male in 19:28.
The club had five runners in the top 20 finishers. Marcus Taylor was next home after George, 1st V45 and 7th overall in 20:15, followed by Paul Duke, 9th overall and 3rd V40 in 20:43.
Ed Ashton claimed the 1st V50 prize with his 14th-place time of 21:19.
Paula Pilling was again first female finisher, 20th overall and the 3rd woman to complete the third race and 2nd F40 in 22:00.
Other age group victories went to Isaline Pollitt, 1st F50 in 23:28 and Phil Glassbrook, 1st V70 in 29:45.
Other notable age group performances were delivered by Christophe Menand who was 2nd V45 in 22:26, Ged Turner, 2nd V55 in 24:43 and Colm O’Brien, 4th V55 in 25:07.
Other results:
Steven Bate (23:42), Vicki Hamer (24:19), Lawrence McDonald (26:09), Craig Philpot (26:17), Kris Worsley (26:41), Jenna Leeks (27:48), Jeff Pendlebury (28:29), Joanne Darby (30:59), Fiona Ashton (31:44), Linda Haines (33:45).
Over the series, George Butler came 2nd overall and 1st M20 with a total aggregate time of 58:04 Marcus Taylor was 4th with a total time of 1:00:17 which made him 1st V45. Paul Duke was 2nd V40 across the three races and 5th overall with a combined time of 1:00:39.
Paula Pilling finished 12th overall, 3rd fastest female runner and 1st F40 with 1:06:33 and Isaline Pollitt was 1st F50 for the series in a total of 1:12:10, which put her in 20th place overall.
Ged Turner’s total of 1:13:40 earned him 1st place in the V55 category and Ed Ashton was 2nd V50 and 8th overall with a total of 1:03:37. Phil Glassbrook’s 1:29:20 total made him 1st V70.
Steven Bate’s 19th position overall and an aggregate time of 1:12:00 ensured there were seven members in the top 20.
Other series aggregate times:
Vicki Hamer (1:13:52), Kris Worsley (1:18:24), Lawrence McDonald (1:18:50), Craig Philpot (1:22:55), Jenna Leeks (1:26:42), Jeff Pendlebury (1:26:53), Fiona Ashton (1:36:29).