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What a turn out at WIgan 10k Trail!! Well done everyone, please find the results here, thanks to everyone who have posted pictures on our Burnden members pages here and photo share group here.

Well done looking forward to the next big one!




Burnden Road Runners is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week.

This year the theme is Loneliness which affects millions of people across the UK.

Monday 9 May 2021: Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.

The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 22nd year and runs from 9-15 May.

This year, the theme for the week is ‘Loneliness’. Across the country, people will be reflecting on loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. In Bolton, Burnden Road Runners will be promoting their training sessions and encouraging as many people to come and join us at one of our sessions and see how running benefits our mental health and well being.

We start tonight with our next sessions of our New Beginners group starting at 6pm at Smithills Sports Centre, this is open to anyone brand new to running, please do come along and see what we have to offer. Our run leaders Jen, Shirley and Vicki have ran numerous Beginners groups and have experience themselves of starting off their running journey with the Burnden Road Runners New Beginners group.

As well as our Monday New Beginners group at 7pm we have our Inbetweeners group who are a great supportive group who will be running up to the Top Shop towards Belmont, we have a great group running up towards the Winter Hill mast and an effort session at Smithills, all groups are open to all abilities.

Then on Wednesday we have our 1 foot on the track at Leverhulme Park at 7pm.

Book onto one of our sessions here

We invite all members to use or Burnden Road Runners facebook members group to arrange any self led runs through the rest of the week, we have some great routes to follow here.

If you are able please share your experiences of loneliness to support others using the hashtag #Ivebeenthere - you never know who you could be helping.

Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said:

“We hope this year’s theme of loneliness will strike a chord with many of us who felt lonely and struggled throughout the Covid pandemic.

“Millions of us experience loneliness from time to time. We know that some people are at higher risk of experiencing loneliness and the evidence shows the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems.

“Loneliness deserves more attention and we’re calling on everyone who has struggled as a result of being lonely to share their experiences. We must work together - as individuals, as a society and through government policy - to reduce loneliness and prevent mental health problems by investing in welcoming, social spaces and new community initiatives.”

For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit or join the conversation on social media using #IveBeenThere and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek



Hello everybody

Ironman is returning to Bolton on Sunday July 3rd.

Once again Burnden Road Runners will be the lapband team on the marathon route. As the pandemic restrictions have been lifted we will as usual be able to get up close and personal to the athletes running the marathon course on Chorley New Road.

I am sure you all know what is involved for the athletes (2.4mile swim,112 mile cycle,26.2mile run) but if you are a newer member you might not be aware that as a club we volunteer on the day to run the ‘lapband team’ This involves us handing out a coloured band for each lap of the course, four in total before the athletes finish the race in Bolton town centre.

It’s a really fun and rewarding day out and everyone always has a fantastic time. I need approx. 20 volunteers to help out on the day, which is split into two shifts.

Early around 10am to 5pm and late 4pm to 10pm thought there is a bit of flexibility around the middle portion of the day as that’s when it’s the busiest.

For more information about the whole day just click on this link

If you would like to help out or need any more information, please just reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating whether you can do the early or late shift and also your T-Shirt size. (did I say you get a free t-shirt!)

Thanks in anticipation

Andy Warburton

The New Beginners group will soon be starting their new 12 week program and are inviting anyone who is looking to take up running to join them, recently our first class of the year completed their program seeing many of them take part in their first 5k at Bolton Park run.


The group is ran by volunteers who are all members of the club, Jen Forkin and Shirley Robinson both themselves joined the club by attending the New Beginners group and are now passing on their experience of joining a club which can be a daunting experience, however it doesn't need to be and they are there to help you start out on your journey into a great hobby.

Vicki Hamer is currently the ladies team captain and along with Jen and Shirley can offer a lot of experience in the benefits of running.

The Beginners group is open to anyone who is new to running, looking to return to running or returning to running from injury, sessions will soon be announced via Run Together, we ask everyone to book on a session using the runtogether app or visiting the website, information on how to book on a session can be found on our home page.

BRR Virtual Championships 202
🎽 Challenge 4/11-May 4k Waterway🎽
May 4k Waterway - Riverside, canalside, seaside, you decide 💧
Challenge number FOUR is all about finding some calm by the water. Start finding those reservoirs, lakes, canals, rivers, or even head to the ocean. Whether you’re dipping in solo, or splashing around with friends, ENJOY and have FUN!
Complete any 4k course of your choice, where the majority of your run/walk is by the waterside. You may find yourself lapping up the distance around your favourite reservoir, by the sea, or down on the canal. The choices are endless and completely up to you!
* As always there is some flexibility in the distance so please don't worry if your run/walk goes slightly over/under, there are no penalty points.

You can submit as many efforts as you like through May

ALL usual Virtual BADGES up for GRABS! 🔥 🎯‍ 🥾 🦅