What is Bolton parkrun? It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

When is it? Every Saturday at 9:00am.

Where is it? It's run in Leverhulme Park, Bolton. See Course page for more details.

What does it cost to join in? Nothing - it's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.

How fast do I have to be? We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace! Bolton parkrun needs you! It is entirely organised by volunteers - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to help. We're friendly! Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Cafe in Leverhulme Park Community Leisure Centre - please come and join us.

Bolton Parkrun website here & latest event results here.

Other local Parkrun's include Pennington Flash Parkrun & Worsley Woods Parkrun.

PARKRUN EVENT #326 15/07/2017

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!


PARKRUN EVENT #325 08/07/2017

Just the one PB from our 26 runner this week and what a wait for this one! After a run of 8 consecutive PB’s back in July and August of 2014 we have had a wait of 35 months for Rita Ledwards to secure her 9th one. Rita’s time of 30 minutes and 46 seconds took 26 seconds off her previous best set back in those dark coalition days. Please don’t make us wait this long again, Rita. Marcus Chester and Paul Duke took the first two places in the VM40 category, while Tony Wall and Don Nichol came 1st and 3rd in the VM60 category. Nia Bell, Linda Haines and Rita Ledwards went one better and finished in the first 3 places in the VW55 category. Sue Blackman celebrated her 100th parkrun at the Leverhulme event (better than Gorky Park a fortnight before, I’m sure). Also celebrating were Phil Holden (180 parkruns), Craig Leatherbarrow (120) and Susan Wood (60).

Only one place to start with the tourist this week! Over at the Watergrove run in Rochdale the little known Paula Pilling finished first lady in 6th place overall and became just the second Burnden runner to run at this venue. Over the border in Wales Rebecca Martin made hers and Burnden’s debut at the Wepre parkrun in Flintshire. Also in Wales Mark Davis made his debut at the Conwy venue. Still more ‘first timers’ were north of the border at the Portobello parkrun in Edinburgh, where Gillian and Johnny McGowan flew the flag for Burnden. We finish this week’s parkrun report with a trio of PB runners. So congrats to David Broadhurst (Worsley Woods), Christine Fernon (Delamere) and Michael Caine with his 4th consecutive PB at the Fell Foot parkrun.


PARKRUN EVENT #324 01/07/2017

With Endure 24 and races at Radcliffe, Alderley Edge and Southport featuring this weekend, numbers were lower than usual.

Massive thanks this week to Burnden regular and part of the Bolton Run Directors team, Louise Geoghegan, who not only set up and was an integral part of making this week’s event happen, then ran the course but then also spent some considerable time sorting the gremlins in the system that through up a number of quirks that needed to be addressed. There is much more to parkrun than the graceful swan we see on a Saturday morning, there is a lot of work goes on behind the scenes week to week and over each weekend to deliver the results to your inbox and ensure the results are correct.

Rounding up the trio of tourists first this week as all claimed PB’s! Sarah Sutcliffe smashing 47 seconds off her best at Heaton Park and going sub 24 for the first time in her 17 appearances with a time of 23.15 and 3rd female in a field of exactly 600.

Mike Watkinson also bagged a PB at South Manchester on his second visit, taking 18 seconds from his first run a fortnight ago, delivering a 21.29.

And completing the hat-trick for the only 3 tourists of the week, Susan Pickering visited Stretford for the second time in 3 weeks and claimed a PB by 13 seconds in 29.08.

At Bolton we had a sole PB, so congratulations to Ann Hardman who’s 4 runs have seen an improvement every time, this week’s 41.02 a massive 52 second improvement on the previous run early June.

It is fantastic to see Jessica Sammon back at Bolton parkrun and her times are dropping on each visit. Keep up the good work Jess.

Burnden had 27 runners at Bolton this week, by far the best represented club at the event and one of 15 running clubs at the event this week.

235 runners have represented Burnden at Bolton, completing 9,509 runs between them, a massive 15,337 miles run and an average of 40 runs per participant.

86 runners have never ventured away from Bolton for a bit of parkrun tourism. For those that have travelled, an additional 1,117 runs have been completed “on the road” with Simon Marland leading the way with 63 tourist runs at 38 other events.

11 athletes have run more at other events than Bolton, with 3 split equally between home and tourism and 26 have only ever tried 1 run without Cruella.


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