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October 10th is World Mental Health Day and even though we cannot hold a group event like last year, the Mental Health Champions are asking Burnden Roadrunners to do just one thing: go for a run with a difference! Leave your watch at home, forget about pace, time, distance or PB’s and simply go for a run! While you are out running you could do one or all of the following:

  • Wear something green to represent mental health awareness.
  • Take a photo of something unusual, attractive, or inspiring that you see on your run.
  • Take a photo of your favourite thing on your favourite route – a tree, building, view, bridge etc.
  • Make a short video of you running in your favourite area.
  • Make a short video and tell us why you love running and what running means to your mental health.
  • Walk or run your favourite route with a member of your household and show them the places you go when you run. Take a photo together on the route.
  • Write a few lines explaining the reasons why you love running.
  • Do anything else that inspires you!

When you have completed your run, please post the pictures and videos on the Burnden Members Facebook page, or email them to Burnden Roadrunners (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Lawrence will collate them and create a montage of Burnden Roadrunners celebrating World Mental Health Day 2020, which will be posted on our website and on Facebook on the 10th October. 

Please remember to observe the local rules for Bolton and run on your own or with members of your household or bubble group only. Take off your watch, put on your shoes and get running! 


Mental Health Champions

In this, the second week of Burnden participation in the England Athletics Weekly 30 Challenge, last week’s results were reversed. This week 8 men took part, compared to 6 Burnden ladies, and they managed a total of 50,560 metres (31.4 miles). This easily beat the ladies total of 32,892.5 metres (20.4 miles), although the ladies still lead over the two weeks by over 4,500 metres. The website again had some difficulties this week with positioning of runners, as they kept on showing the person who had run the least distance in the number one position! However, they finally got that sorted out to show that Gwen Kinloch and Andy Dunleavy had won their respective vet 60 categories. Mark Cannon, Paul Christie and Francis Mackin all ended runners-up in their categories. The average distance of our first 12 runners was up on last week’s total and this week stood at just over 5960 metres. This put Burnden in 6th position in the overall team placings, one place up from last week.
We now have 25 members registered so let’s see if we can get both the men and the ladies participants into double figures for this weekend’s event.

Cheshire Half Marathon with Andy Dunleavy and Steven Bate

Social distancing and no shaking hands, Elbows at the ready. Few years from now this picture will pop up on facebook and we will all remember the horrible times of Covid but then smile when we've come over it.

Stay strong guys.

Sone mean just physically but most of mentally

We will surive

Aidy Ashburn.

Results here

Hi Everyone,
I've finally managed to get results together for last weekends 30 minute challenge. The category positions have been changing during the week but they seem to have settled down now. As you can see for yourselves we had 15 members take part and register a distance for their 30 minute effort. As you might have guessed beforehand the ladies really showed their commitment and two thirds of the Burnden contingent were female and totaled an impressive 53,109 metres. The 5 men managed a total of 30,793 metres and as a consolation prize had the better average per runner. Our average distance (of our first 12 finishers - that is all that counts) of 5594.02 metres placed us in 7th place overall for the week. -
We have 21 members registered to take part as of today (Thursday), let's see if we can't get a few more (especially men) entered and get some more distance run.

Steveos don't be an Ostrich get a CHECK.

Steve Ellis ( husband of Burnden member Kate Ellis) is taking part in the Prostate Cancer UK 50 mile Challenge for the month of October and is looking for Burnden members to take part.

Run the Month is a virtual challenge for runners everywhere. Throughout October, run 50 miles your way, whether its a mile at a time or two marathons in the month.

Steve is currently receiving radiotherapy for prostate cancer himself and is inviting everyone to join 'Steveos Allstars' so other runners can complete the challenge raise cash and donate to this worthy cause.

As you may be aware prostate cancer affects 1:8 men and kills on average 30 men per day. 

To find out more and join Steveos Allstars follow the links below

We wish all Steve all the best with his treatment and good luck to anyone who takes part in the challenge.