TRAINING SCHEDULE 2017 [updated 12.10.17] 

October meeting minutes here.

Neil Critchley has organised a course, for Burnden Road Runners and guests, with World and European Medallist Jenny Meadows, which will take place at Smithills Sports Centre on Saturday 25th November. Jenny will be showing techniques that will benefit and improve runners of all abilities, so don’t think you are too slow (or not good enough) to attend. The cost of the course is £10 and this also includes refreshments (all the cake you can put away, according to Neil). To book a ticket contact either Neil Critchley or Susan Rushton on 07595266646.

Neil Critchley also 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!

The Club Championship table been updated after the Chester & Yorkshire marathons. Click here to view table.

After the Harrock Hill Fell Race it's still very tight at the top of both the men's and the ladies tables in the Fell Championship. If you want to check out how close it is then just click...............here.

Burnden Parkrun league after event #339 from 14th Oct here.






Sponsors of our race the Trotters 5 




Sat 11th November 2017 - RED ROSE XC - ASTLEY PARK, CHORLEY.

Sat 18th November 2017 - RED ROSE XC - LEVERHULME PARK

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 - 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!












17th October 2017


THE fourth race in the Barrow Bridge 5K Series saw members claim a number of successes.
Paula Pilling led the way again, 6th overall, first lady and 1st F40 in 21:07.
Indeed, Burnden had five members in the first seven female finishers. Isaline Pollitt was 2nd female finisher, 1st F50 in 21:46, with Jackie Oakes fifth fastest female and 1st F45 in 22:45, followed by Lucille Corrigan 2nd F45 in 23:38 and Gayle Gerrard 3rd F40 in 24:42. 
Tony Wall was the first male Burnden member to finish, 2nd M60 in 21:58.
There were also age group wins for Mel Walker who was 1st M70 in 25:43 and Neil Critchley 1st M50 in 28:07.
Elaine Roper was 2nd F55 in 26:06, Jeff Pendlebury 2nd M55 in 26:24, Phil Glassbrook 2nd M70 in 26:53, Louise Wall 2nd F50 in 28:30 and Karen Ratcliffe was 2nd Senior Women in 32:09.
Denise Hodgkinson claimed 3rd F45 in 26:59 and there were third places for Howard Sparke in V45 with 27:16, Debra Hennessey in F50 in 29:46, Anthony Foster in M70 with 32:17 and Jessica Sammon in the Senior Women category with 37:16.
Other results:
Kerry Stevenson (27:56), Louise Fox (28:04), Vanessa Knowles (28:52), Tracey Lowe (29:48), Rita Ledwards (30:21), Linda Haines (30:31),), Pauline Shepherd (33:55), Simon Darby (34:22), Joanne Darby (34:23), Christine Pendlebury (36:56), Ann Hardman (37:54), Tracy Cameron (48:02).

Mark Jackson, Lorraine Halwood and Jackie Oakes traveled to Huddersfield for the King of the Hill Marathon. Mark finished the tough course in 4:41:56, with Jackie and Lorraine crossing the finish line together in 4:58:03 - joint second female finishers.

Five members took on the Manchester Half Marathon with Denise Hodgkinson first home in 2:12:20, followed by Joanne Darby and Jackie Cairns who crossed together in 2:31:58.
Karen Ratcliffe finished in 2:45:22, with Gillian McGowan recording a time of 2:48:47 and Ann Hardman getting inside three hours with 2:59:35.

Further afield, the Mallorca Marathon festival attracted the attention of six members who traveled to Majorca for either the half marathon or 10K.
Keith Thomas was first to finish the half in high temperatures, in 1:35:30, followed by Don Nichol in 1:51:25 and Julie Riddle in 2:11:15.
Stewart Jones was first to complete the 10K with a time of 47:46. Steve Riddle crossed the line in 55:53 and Dave Beevers completed the club representation with a time of 1:41:00.

THE opening fixture in the Red Rose Cross Country League at Leigh Sports Village saw Steve Nolan take the V55 category in the senior men’s event in 41:55.
Marcus Taylor was the next member to finish, in 45:41, followed by Martyn Pollitt in 46:11.
Other results:
Rob Short (46:25), Pete Hopley (47:20), Marcus Chester (47:24), Gareth Doherty (47:29), Andrew Duffy (48:04), Tony Wall (50:24).
In the senior women’s race, Paula Pilling was first home, 19th overall with a time of 23:34.
Isaline Pollitt was 2nd L50 on 24:31 and Anne Ferguson was 3rd L55 in 25:25.
Paula, Isaline and Anne’s positions combined to earn them third place in the team standings.
Other results:
Shirley Staveley (25:54), Mumtaz Patel (26:05), Linda O’Byrne (27:32), Kath Page (29:00), Sheila Christie (29:02), Louise Wall (32:14), Liz Hopley (36:26).