PARKRUN EVENT #302 28/01/2017

The first race of 2017 was on us this week and congratulations to everyone from Burnden who completed the Mast 10k in tough conditions.

As is the case on race weekends, the number of volunteers at Bolton parkrun swell and Burnden runners always step up and contribute to the running of the event, so we will start this week by honouring those who stood out in the rain and cold on Saturday morning. From Louise Geoghegan leading the line as Run Director to Anne Larkin bringing home the field as tail runner and all those in between, whether as a marshal or a timekeeper your contribution is vital to the event taking place. Thanks also to David Allen, Mark Butler, Marcus Chester (an almost on the button 28 minute pacer), Joanne Darby, Philip Glassbrook, Dawn Evans, Ciaran Marland, Linda O’Byrne and Jeff & Christine Pendlebury. Burnden and Bolton parkrun salute you.

36 members took part in the run this week with just a single PB at Bolton. Step forward Russell Fox, no stranger to this report with his 5th PB in 6 runs. A 5th place finish, and first Burnden finisher, in 19.30 shaves another 18 seconds off last week’s effort. The bar is getting higher! Lesley Fisher was the first Burnden lady into the finish funnel in 24th place and 4th female home in a time of 22.53. It certainly looks like folk were taking it easy on Saturday with Sunday in mind!

As for our tourists this week, Gayle Gerrard took on Heaton Park for the 12th time and was the sole representative in a field of 524 runners. Susan Pickering was a first timer at Harrow on her 5th parkrun. Worsley Woods found 3 Burnden runners tackling their out and back with muddy loop. Malcolm Whitehead (70-74 age group) took on his very first parkrun in a very creditable time of 28.56. He was joined at Worsley by Martyn & Isaline Pollitt who came in as 8th male and 4th female respectively on their 7th attempt at Worsley from their 12 parkruns to date.

This week’s event marks the 6th birthday for Bolton parkrun – why not try and get down there to join the celebrations, swell the attendance and enjoy some post run cake to celebrate! See you there.



PARKRUN EVENT #301 21/01/2017

31 runners at event 301 and 3 PB’s to boot on a cold January morning. Burnden has 3 runners in the top 7 finishers and the first one of those to finish was new member Russell Fox. Russell set a new best time of 19 minutes 48 seconds, taking just 1 second off his December time. In fact Russell has run 5 parkruns and recorded a PB in his last 4 races. Next to finish was Richard Blake who ran 23 minutes dead. This was Richards 6th run at Leverhulme and beats his November 2016 previous best time by 16 seconds. Our final PB runner was Adrian Ashburn, another new member, who bettered his New Year’s Day PB by a notable 32 seconds. Adrian has ran here 14 times and has notched up 7 PB’s which is quite an impressive feat. There were age category wins for Sarah Watton, Vicki Hamer and Russell Fox.

Our tourists this week included another 2 new members, Gayle Gerrard ran at Heaton Park while at the Worsley Woods parkrun Mark Kenny ran a new PB time of 24:58. Another PB was registered at Newcastle where Liam Christie ran a time of 22:29. Simon Marland didn’t get to watch Bolton Wanderers but did manage to compete in the Southend parkrun, his 38th different parkrun venue.


PARKRUN EVENT #300 01/01/2017

36 Burnden members (over 15% of the field) celebrated the start of the New Year by running in the 300th Leverhulme parkrun. There were no PB’s but it was ‘business as usual’ in the ladies race were Paula Pilling came in 1st and Lesley Fisher was 3rd. Both of course won their age graded categories as did Mark Jackson (8th overall) in the MV35-39, Don Nichol VM60-64 and also Jenna Leeks in the SW25-29’s. Special congratulations to Emma Walker on her 100th parkrun. Also celebrating were Gareth Doherty (90 parkruns), Maggie Slamin (50) and Jenna Leeks (30). It has also come to our attention that one time member Jeff Hartley ran his first parkrun (he is normally working on Saturdays but managed to get up early on the Sunday to compete – but not in the results Jeff; print yourself off a barcode mate). We have photographic evidence though thanks to Dave Hitchen, who we believe got Jeff to run in the first instance. It is also great to see Alan Worthington’s name down amongst the volunteers again after the horrendous last few years. The whole of Burnden is wishing you a happy 2017 and hopes to see you down at Leverhulme more often.

Parkrun tourist on New Year’s Day included Mark and George Butler, who both had a double debut at Haigh Woodland and Pennington Flash. George finished 4th at Haigh in 19:57 before running a more sedate 40 minutes at the Flash! The only other person I have found is Phil Eccleston who ran again at Newport, bettering his New Year’s Eve run by this time winning the race.


PARKRUN EVENT #299 31/12/2016

33 Burnden runners decided to do their final run of 2016 at the Leverhulme parkrun and one person thought to go out of the year with a bang by celebrating a brand new PB. Mark Davis ran his seventh consecutive PB, taking three quarters of a minute off his previous weeks’ time, to finish 2016 with a new best time of 27 minutes and 13 seconds. Mark has now taken over 5 minutes off his debut time of 32:30 which he ran in July. We are getting used to having the first lady home in the field and this time it was Lesley Fisher leading home the ladies, for the second time this year. Lesley, of course, won her vet category as did Don Nichol (VM60) and Mel Walker (VM70). A special shout out too for Linda O’Byrne on her 90th parkrun.

But how did we do in the whole of 2016? I (almost) hear you say. Well, I’m glad that you asked! In 2016 we recorded 67 top 3 finishes and I wish that I could say that they were evenly split by gender. But alas that is not the case, with the split being 54-13 in favour of the ladies. Ed Ashton and Marcus Taylor both recorded their first top 3 finishes as did new members Mark Jackson and Sarah Watton. We also managed to get 99 Leverhulme parkrun PB’s over the course of the year – if you will pardon the pun! From Ann Butler’s run in January to Mark’s run (see above) we almost made the one hundred! In fact Mack Davis achieved the most PB’s of 2016 with his total of eight. The three best age related runs of the year went to the ladies, with our lady vet 55’s claiming the top three spots. But the biggest achievement of 2016 must go to Paula Pilling for becoming the person with the most wins at Leverhulme. Her total stands at 36 and it may well get to 50 before the end of 2017; after all she crossed the line in first position 16 times in 2016!

‘What about the tourists’ came the shout from the back? I was just about to do that! Making their debut over at Lytham Hall were Christine and Jeffrey Pendlebury. They were joined by two timer Dave Pearson (I mean that he has ran here twice, not that he is a two-timer; ………honestly) who ran with daughter Cloe. Debra Hennessey ran for the second time (yes, that sounds better) up in the Lakes at the bottom end of Windermere on the scenic Fell Foot course. At the Heaton parkrun Adrian Merritt set a new PB time of 20:28, an 18 second improvement. Finally down in South Wales Phil Eccleston finished in second place at the Newport run, just one second behind the young winner.


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