PARKRUN EVENT #297 17/12/2016

Saturday saw fog that didn't lift for the duration of the run however, 33 Burnden runners managed to navigate their way round the Leverhulme course without getting lost.

Four Burnden men in the top 10 finishers, three PBs to celebrate and a number of age category firsts!

Starting with the men, coming home third was Ed Ashton (19:40) first V50-54 category in his first time under 20 mins. Ed was followed closely by Rob Short (19:44) first in the sm20-24 category.

Our third runner with a sub 20 minute time was Mark Jackson (19:53) who equalled his previous best and with a time only 2 seconds over the 20 minute mark John Turner finished in 8th position.

Ged Turner (22:59) made sure he got a share of the limelight with a PB taking a single second off his previous Leverhulme run. Don Taylor (26:28) completed the hat trick of PBs with an improvement by 16 seconds in his last run. Paul Christie (22:04) first VM60-64 and Mel Walker (24:48) VM70-74 rounded up a good day at the office for the men.

Doing it for the ladies Paula Pilling (21:02) first lady and first VW40-44 and topping the day's age category table was Gwen Kinloch (22:45) 80.66%.

Special mentions for Liam Christie (23:59) on run 40 and Phil Holden (26:53) on his 160th run.

Volunteers on the day: Gareth Doherty, Dawn Evans, Louise Geoghegan, Mike Gregson, Dave Hitchen, Alannah O'Byrne, Christine Pendlebury and Ruby Pilling.

Travellers this week Louise (31:43) and Tony (21:35) Wall making their debut at Swindon.  Simon Marland (21:39) and Sue Blackman (31:00) ran at Poolsbrook, their 36th and 29th different parkrun venues.

PARKRUN EVENT #296 10/12/2016

31 runners at Leverhulme this week, not bad seeing it again clashed with a cross country race, with just the one PB this week, but what a PB! New member Sharon Drew (31:54) has been sensibly chipping away at her previous best time ever since the beginning of October when she made her debut. This week, following a rush of blood to her head, she bettered her time from a fortnight ago by taking off a huge 2 minutes and 11 seconds! That is an enormous 3 percentage points in the age grading standings. In fact in just 11 weeks Sharon has gone from 42.59% up to 50.78% and has now got 6 consecutive PB’s to her name. Long may this run continue! There were age category wins for Paula Pilling VW40-44, Shirley Staveley VW50-54, Rob Short SM20-24, Mark Jackson VM35-39 and Paul Christie VM60-64. Jackie Cairns and Philip Glassbrook became the latest members of the 50 parkruns club. Also celebrating special runs were Jackie Oakes (30 parkruns), Jeff Pendlebury (110) and Peter Whiteside (130). Burnden officials and volunteers included: - Emma Donaldson, David Aulton, Ann & Mark Butler, Gareth Doherty, Tony Foster, John Hall, Richard Lord, Don Nichol and Christine Pendlebury. I think that just about concludes this week’s Leverhulme roundup. Oh yes just one more thing;wink Paula Pilling won the ladies race for the 35th time and also counted in the first 20 runners to finish for the 30th time.

Our sole Burnden tourist this week was Colin Faulds, who competed for the second time at the nearby Haigh Woodlands parkrun.


PARKRUN EVENT #295 03/12/2016

With the final club run of the year, Guys 10 miler, on Sunday you could be forgiven for thinking that there may be reduced numbers turning out for parkrun this week.

Several members ran in both while others bumped into each other enjoying festivities at Manchester markets as ideal preparation (you know who you are!! J ).

Burnden continue to be the leading club at Bolton parkrun, with 220 members having tackled Leverhulme’s hills, track and paths. A combined 8,516 runs at the event is 3 times more than the next club, so this really is a home event.

This week saw 19 runners run the course and a further 11 help out by volunteering to ensure the event went without a hitch.

Taking time off his recent stints of pacing to help others, Gareth Doherty led home the Burnden contingent in a new PB of 20.21 in 8th place overall. This is Gareth’s 17 PB in his 84 runs at Bolton and his first since August. Gareth’s girlfriend, Lynda O’Byrne was not to be outdone, leading home the Burnden ladies this week in 65th overall and the 9th female finisher.

There was just 1 other PB at Bolton this week, with Linda Haines going sub 30 minutes for the second time in her 23 runs.

4 runners managed the double of parkrun and the club championship Guys 10 – well done to Debra Hennessey (28.51 and 1.36.24), Mark Jackson (24.02 and 1.08.05), Philip Glassbrook (26.49 and 1.29.08) and Peter Whiteside (34.31 and 1.42.35), a great double achievement over the weekend. 48 Burnden members turned out at Guys on Sunday.

Out and about this week were Beverley Walker at Heaton Park, her 30th visit to accompany 27 runs at Bolton, but only Beverley’s second parkrun of 2016. Paul Sedgewick returned to Glossop for the first time since their inaugural event and his 41st parkrun event, closing in on his red 50 t-shirt.

Philip Glassbrook’s run at Bolton sees him on 49 runs, the only runner this week to be in touching distance of a new running top.

The 11 hi-viz heroes this week were Steven Bate, Richard Blake, Mark Butler, Lucille Corrigan, Paul Duke, Mike Gregson, Richard Lord, Jackie Oakes, Christine & Jeff Pendlebury and Paula Pilling. The Bolton parkrun team are, as always, eternally grateful for all volunteers help – the event cannot take part without enough volunteers – please make sure you take your turn!


PARKRUN EVENT #294 26/11/2016

On the week the new starter group, ably led by Mumtaz and Carolyn, completed their 10 week course Burnden celebrated with an outpouring of support at Saturday's park run. 46 donned their colours to run with more Burnden support in the 'making it happen' team.

The cold and somewhat icy conditions didn't prevent a mass of PBs with 8 claimed on the day plus a couple of 'nearlies'. Starting at the top of the list with Mark Jackson (19:53) first in his age category and 3rd overall on the day removing 7 seconds from his previous best taking him into the 19 minute zone. Ed Ashton (20:06) celebrated his 50th parkrun finishing in 5th position with a PB 9 seconds faster than his previous. We look forward to Ed running sub 20 in a report coming soon! Having gained a feel for the course at his debut appearance Richard Blake (23:16) achieved a PB on his return knocking 43 seconds off his previous time. A less icy course should see Richard easily duck under 23 minute barrier.

The ladies didn't disappoint either. Rebecca Wensley (25:24) has split her 6 park runs between Whitley Bay and Bolton and hasn't failed to PB at either yet, this week no exception with Rebecca 1 minute 22 seconds faster than her Bolton debut.  Nadia Raza (26:47) reduced her best time by 33 seconds on her 20th run. Nadir has shaved a full minute off her best time in the last month alone. Tracy Cameron (29:59)  (now officially badged as BRR on the results) moved out of the 30s into 29 minute territory for the first time. New starter Rachel Barrett (33:48) took 2 mins 3 seconds off her previous best.  Fellow graduate Sharon Drew (34:05) only knows how to PB with her 5th consecutive on Saturday, she improved on her previous PB by 55 seconds and is celebrating knocking almost 4 minutes off her debut time from 01 October.

Other new starter successes for Wasyl Gelyczak (27:51) who saved his second best time for weekend. Roni Mills (30:42) made her parkrun debut and Daniela McDonald (39:22) achieved her second fastest run. Just a reminder to the new starters, don't forget to update your parkrun profile with BRR if you've joined us so we can be sure not to miss you off this report on future events

In other news Lesley Fisher topped the age category table (82:41%), Linda O'Byrne (24:42) was another BRR runner seeing her second fastest run and Lorraine Halwood (25:08) took part in her 90th event.

Showing pacemakers everywhere how it's done was Paul Duke with a time of 24:00 dead (and that was his aim!)
BRR swelled the ranks of volunteers with Abbie Gregson, Andrew Henderson, Christine Fernon, Gareth Doherty, Jonathon Barker, John Hall, Mike Gregson, Paul Duke and Richard Lord all mucking in and getting the show on the road.

This week’s travellers at Northampton Simon Marland (30:28) and Sue Blackman (30:29) and over at Stretford Katy Thomson (23:38).


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