PARKRUN EVENT #308 11/03/2017

What a bumper turnout this week, with 45 runners at Bolton returning 5 PB’s, 7 of the top 10 ladies and supported by a team of 7 pacers. Add to that runners at 7 tourist locations from Fell Foot in the lakes down to Torbay on the South coast, Burnden did themselves proud across the country.

In true gentleman tradition, ladies first and the Ed Sheeran style monopoly on the top 10. The roll of honour across the top 10 was Paula Pilling, Vicki Hamer, Sarah Watton, Ann Ferguson, Kate Ellis, Sarah Sutcliffe and Katy Thompson.

In this week’s PB hall of fame are Marcus Chester with his first since last May. Run 148 delivered a time of 20.01.

2 of the top 10 ladies also achieved PB’s – Vicki Hamer knocking 3 seconds off her previous best as 3rd lady home and Sarah Sutcliffe improving by more than 3 minutes on her only other run at Bolton back in December 2015!

Joe Murphy has 3 runs against his name with steady improvement every time and just shy of 2 minutes quicker that his first run.

Jenna Leeks time of 29 minutes dead breaks a long standing PB – 19 runs ago way back in July 2012!!!

The Burnden team that organise track nights on a Wednesday night as 1 Foot On The Track delivered a team of 7 pacers ranging from 20 minutes through to 36 minutes and the results show 10 PB runners around the times of the pacers. 4 of the pacers were within 2 seconds of the target time – metronomic pacing. Massive thanks and kudos to Andrew Henderson; Mark Jackson; Gareth Doherty; Richard Blake; Mark Kenny; Linda O’Byrne and Karen Ratcliffe – a sterling effort and we know that the Run Director team at Bolton appreciate your support and look forward to the next one!

On Tourist duty this week were Chris Greenall at Heaton Park – another huge field of 691 runners there and Chris’s 29th run there. Lesley Fisher and Dave Pearson took on Preston with Lesley improving on her previous run there by 40 seconds. Kenneth Beevers tackled Torbay for the 4th time, returning his second PB there taking more than 2 minutes off Januarys previous best. Martyn and Izzy Pollitt were at Worsley Woods as usual finishing as 9th male and 3rd female respectively. Paul Duke and Don Taylor found themselves in the company of Bolton Event Director Ali McArthur at Cuerden, both making their debut at this event and Paul coming home in 5th place. Up in the Lakes at Fell Foot, Newby Bridge you could find Michael Caine, Iain Connor and Jackie Oakes, some of whom were sporting the new 1 Foot on the track tops! Obviously a popular haunt with this trio having complete it 9, 6 and 16 times. Craig Philpot had his 3rd trip down the road to Haigh Hall and Sue Blackman continued her nomadic parkrun tourism making her bow at Lancaster.

Excellent work all round – look forward to having the megaphone this week at Leverhulme, all volunteering support welcome!


PARKRUN EVENT #307 04/03/2017

It was the day before the Trotters 5 so unsurprisingly Burnden only managed to turn out 34 runners and a dozen marshals! How do we do it? We also had 3 PB’s to shout about, so here goes. Ged Turner took 20 seconds off his time from 3 weeks ago to record a time of 22 minutes and 29 seconds and ran his fourth PB in his last 4 races. In 2014 Ged had a run of 8 consecutive PB’s. Now I’m not saying that you should try and repeat that Ged, but…………… New member Joe Murphy also posted a PB by taking a mere 65 seconds off his debut run two weeks ago, setting a new best time of 27 minutes and 4 seconds. Let’s see a run of PB’s from you too Joe. Our final personal best runner, just one week after running her maiden (105 lap) marathon, was Gillian McGowan. Gillian took 28 seconds off last May’s run to record a time of 34 minutes and 30 seconds. A special shout-out this week to Steven Bate who celebrated his 50th parkrun. Your tee-shirt is on its way, but please don’t hold your breath!

Burnden tourists this week were Christine and Jeffrey Pendlebury who travelled to Wales to become only the 2nd and 3rd Burnden runners to compete in the Conwy parkrun. Slightly closer to home at Worsley Woods Izzy Pollitt (she will change her parkrun profile name someday) easily won her age category by just over 5 minutes! At the Witton parkrun Laurence Keighley finished 6th overall, his best placing at this event. Finally, at only the 4th running of the Blackpool parkrun, Dave Pearson continued his post hip replacement comeback with his 3rd consecutive weekend 5K. At the same event Lesley Fisher ran the fastest time by a VW55-59 by over 4 and a half minutes. That’s what you call throwing down the gauntlet!


PARKRUN EVENT #305 18/02/2017

30 runners, 13 volunteers, 5 PB’s and a First Timer! A pretty impressive effort from Burnden this week at Bolton parkrun. Throw in 5 tourists in to the mix to give 48 of the registered 292 Burnden team turning out this week.

In statistics, Burnden accounted for 10.1% of the field at Bolton, 38.2% of the volunteers 16.7% of parkrun debutants but just 6.7% of the massive 74 PB’s recorded at Bolton.

Let’s start at the beginning, with Joe Murphy as a first timer in a respectable first effort of 28.09, hope you enjoyed your first experience of parkrun and will be back soon.

Another first of the week was Dawn Evans putting to good use recent training to answer the call for a guide runner. Louise Simpson was the lucky lady who got to run with Dawn.

On to a massive 5 PB’s, step forward Richard Blake, Ged Turner, Adrian Ashburn, Mark Kenny and Veronica Mills.


  • Richard’s 3rd PB in 10 runs saw a huge 29 seconds smashed from his previous best and going below 23 minutes for the first time (22.31) finishing 26th
  • Close on his tail in 27th with a time of 22.49 was Ged completing his hat-trick of PB’s in his last 3 runs, taking 10 seconds off the last time out.
  • Closing in on the 23 minute marker is Adrian who was just a further 6 places back in 23.04 and a 4th PB in his last 6 runs, 1 minute 19 seconds improvement since 17th Decembers PB and over 7 minutes from his first run in August 2016.
  • Mark’s run of PB’s is even more impressive, 6 in 7 runs taking 2 minutes 25 seconds off the PB on 17th December that start this run.
  • Veronica achieved her second PB in her 5 runs to date, 29.23 being a 7 second improvement on run number 2’s previous best.

Some massive improvements and an inspiration for all to look at in these PB’s, well done to all.

On to the tourists who tackled other parkrun events this week.

Paul Johnson crossed the Pennines to take on Sheffield Hallam this week along with a huge field of 723 runners. Paul’s time of 23.57 was a PB at Sheffield for him and a first sub 24 minutes at this course in his 3 attempts. That time would have been pushing a top 50 finish at Bolton this week, but delivered 194th in that huge turnout. Paul has completed 9 different events in his 251 runs.

Worsley Woods found 3 of the Burnden team on their course this week.

Martyn Pollitt led home the Burnden contingent in 28th place and 21.15 on his 8th run at Worsley, Bolton and Pennington Flash also featuring in his 13 runs to date.

Izzy Pollitt was the second lady home in the field of 336 runners at Worsley in 43rd place overall bang on 22 minutes.

Malcolm Whitehead completed his 3rd parkrun, all at Worsley and achieved a PB to boot at 28.40.

Travelling the furthest this week was Sue Blackman who found herself in the North East and tackling Darlington parkrun for the first time as she closes in on 100 runs. 30.53 saw Sue finish 235th and 56th lady. Darlington is the 31st different event that Sue has visited in 96 runs, 49 of which have been at Bolton – is there a plot that her 50th at Bolton will also be her 100th overall?

Burnden continues to represent the highest number of participants and runs at Bolton. Overall 232 members of Burnden Road Runners have completed 9009 runs at Bolton and 10,041 runs in total. The average number of runs is 43, with 39 at Bolton and the average Burnden time is 27 minutes 54 seconds. (By an amazing coincidence this time is also the PB of the author of this report – Mike Gregson – synchronicity, or what! Paul Christie).


PARKRUN EVENT #304 11/02/2017

35 Burnden runners at the parkrun and 2 PB’s to celebrate. New member Mark Kenny ran a second February PB, on the second Saturday of the month. Not that we expect a new personal best every week this month from you Mark, I’m just pointing out a fact. Mark took 29 seconds off last weeks’ time to set a new best of 25 minutes and 33 seconds. I will put money on the fact that Mark will be celebrating a sub 25 minute run before Easter! Wasyl Gelyczak was the second of our PB successes this week. Wasyl took 7 seconds off last October’s previous PB and sets himself a new best time of 27 minutes and 29 seconds. The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that New Starters trainer Mumtaz Patel finished one place and just 2 seconds in front of Wasyl. There is nothing wrong with a bit of pace-making Mumtaz, in fact there are quite a few regular pacemakers at the club and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to ‘give it a go’. Category winners this week were Philip Glassbrook in the VM70-74’s, Gayle Gerrard VW40-44, Katy Thompson VW45-49 and Kate Ellis VW55-59.

Our parkrun tourists this week include Steven Bate, who ran at the nearby Worsley Woods event. At the Woodley parkrun in Reading, Andrew Hardingham registered Burnden’s first runner at this event, finishing in 13th place. Also finishing 13th, this time at Stretford in a PB run was Marcus Chester, who ran 19:17. Only one Burnden runner has run faster at Stretford – Andrew Hardingham!


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