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During the week of 20-26 September 2021, Burnden Road Runners will be taking part in #RunAndTalk Week – part of the #RunAndTalk campaign created by England Athletics, and supported by Mind – the mental health charity. 

#RunAndTalk Week places a focus on improving mental wellbeing through running – encouraging people to help break the stigma around the subject by meeting for a run and discussing mental health.

This year’s #RunAndTalk Week will take place from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 September – to coincide with World Gratitude Day on Tuesday 21 September. After the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the campaign is also promoting talking about the positives in our lives and the things we’re all grateful for.

Statistics show that one in five adults have recently experienced depressive symptoms compared to one in ten before the Covid-19 pandemic began1. During the initial lockdown, it was also reported that three in five adults, and two in three young people, said their mental health had worsened2. 

We’re delighted to be hosting an organised #RunAndTalk Week run, our event will be at Moss Bank Park on Saturday 25th September from 2pm-3,30pm where there will be a 1 mile walk and and 3 mile run. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to talk about mental health while enjoying a run. We really hope we’ll see newcomers signing up to the run as well as our current members – anyone of any ability is welcome!.”

#RunAndTalk Week is encouraging everyone to join in and run one mile or further while having a chat during the 20-26 September. 

Organised runs are led by a UKA qualified leader or coach and some runs will also have a volunteer Mental Health Champion joining in. All the Champions have lived experience of mental health problems themselves or through close family or friends and are passionate about improving mental wellbeing through running.

Whether you plan to sign-up for the run with Burnden Road Runners, or if you just want to help spread the word, you can share information and encourage people to take part using #RunAndTalk and @EnglandAthletic (Twitter) or @EnglandAthletics (Facebook/Instagram) on social media.

Monday evening saw the final meeting of the current group of Burnden Bees after coming to the end of their training plan. To celebrate their achievements run leaders Shirley Robinson and Jen Forkin awarded them all with a certificate and a little gift. 

The graduates are

Most Improved Runner - Rachel Mitchell - Denson

Most Tech-Savvy Runner - Eliza Denson

Most Inspiring Runner - Patricia Worthington

Most Cheerfull Runner - Sarah Brown

Most Consistent Runner - Ian Mann

Loveliest Runner - Carol Richardson

Most Confident Runner - Chelsea Entwistle

Mustering Champion - Martin Whitehead

Most Determined Runner - Michelle Oakley

Smiliest Runner - Michelle Livesey

Most Resilient Runner - Becca Nicholson

Most Encouraging Runner - Sandra Caine

First Runner to Win a Category Prize - Francesca Caine

Congratulations to everyone on a successful Beginners group, the next Beginners group starts on Monday 16th August 2021, also starting is the Inbetweeners group where many of the New Beginners will be moving onto, we wish them all the well and hope to see them at many more running events soon.

If you want to join the next Burnden Beginners class just click here to book on.


Thankyou to Henry Lisowski for braving the weather and gaining these amazing photographs from Sunday's race, thankyou.

What a great shot he got of these guys soaked through from ensuring the race went ahead.


A Summer Trotters 5 turned out to be a wet one, however that didn't stop 160 hardy runners to take to the trails around Smithills this morning. Well done to everyone who took part in Sunday's race.

A special thankyou to all the marshals who turned out in the refreshing weather to cheer everyone on and ensure the race went swimmingly, it was nearly a swim for some as standing water on the course with more down pours after we started made it a very wet one in areas.

Thankyou to everyone who made or donated cakes, £156.16 was raised from todays cake stall which is being donated to Bolton Hospice.

Congratulations to our race winners first home Thomas Griffiths from St Helens Sutton AC in 29:29, 2nd was Leo Loughran from Bell Vue Races home in 31:12 with Dominic Nabb from Bury Athletics Club finishing in 31:21.


First lady home was Alice Bernstein from Ramsbottom Running club finishing in 36:01

More photos and videos can be found on our facebook page, don't forget to tag @burndenroadrunners in your pictures using the hash tag #trotters5

Final results can be found here


The next race in the Burnden Fell Championship is Ged's Fell race which takes place on Saturday 4th September at 11am.

This is a 'Burnden only' race of 2.5km( just over1.5 miles) and has an ascent of 137 metres (450 feet), so this is well within all our members capacity to complete. 

We are hoping to make it into something of a social event by going to the nearby Chetham Arms when everyone has completed the course, where the results will be announced.

This is part of Burnden's Fell Championship. Please park on the right-hand side of Station Road, as far up as possible. 

If you wish to participate in the race just click here to register and enter the race using runtogether.

Ged is offering a recce run of the course on Thursday 19th August at 7pm. Just click here to register and enter the recce using runtogether.

Hopefully we will get a great turnout, see you there.

Come and join us, everyone welcome, 
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