PARKRUN EVENT #323 24/06/2017

Sarah Woodiwiss recorded her first and Burnden’s only PB at Leverhulme on Saturday. Sarah’s time, in her 4th parkrun, was 27 minutes and 16 seconds and this gave her a 58.25% age graded score. So when can we expect to see a 60% parkrun from you Sarah? Most people would be content with a PB, but not Sarah – she also won her age graded category (VW45-49) as well. You may be wondering if there were any other age category winners amongst the Burnden participants! Well let me tell you that there were. Paula Pilling, being first lady home (for the 41st time), was the winner in her VW40-44 category and Gayle Gerrard was the second lady home in the same group. Repeating the first and second placing, this time in the SW30-34 category, were Sarah Watton and Vicki Hamer. In the VW50-54 category Shirley Staveley and Kath Page also made it a 1 – 2 for Burnden. In her first parkrun of 2017 Jane Forrest took the honours in the VW55-59 class. Wait a minute, you are probably thinking, this report seems a little female dominated!  I can correct that thought now by telling you that we also had a few male category winners as well. Finishing in 6th place overall Marcus Chester claimed the prize as first VM40-44 over the line. Just 5 places behind Mark Jackson was the first MV35-39 to finish. Finally in the MV70-74 group Philip Glassbrook just pipped a Darwen Dasher runner to claim victory for Burnden. Congratulations to David Broadhurst who celebrated his 100th parkrun this week! Also celebrating were Marcus Chester (160 runs), Diane Leatherbarrow (90), Nia Bell (40), Kath Page (30) and Mark Davis (20).

There were two PB’s for the Burnden tourists this week. At Chester Rebecca Martin bettered last weeks’ time to set a new best of 39:50, whilst at Fell Foot Michael Caine recorded a hat-trick of PB’s with a new best time of 22:23. Chris Greenall represented the club at Heaton Park while Christine Fernon flew the clubs colours (hopefully) north of the border at the Strathclyde event. However this week tourist kudos goes to Sue Blackman and Simon Marland who ran at the Gorky Park event in sunny Moscow! This was Sue’s 99th parkrun which she has run at 34 different venues (where will the 100th one take place, we wonder). While Simon has run 130 times at 38 parkrun locations.


PARKRUN EVENT #322 17/06/2017

32 runners this week, 3 PB’s and 3rd place in both the ladies and the men’s race! The first of our 3 PB finishers was Adrian Ashburn, whose time of 22:43 was 19 seconds faster than his previous PB run just a fortnight ago. This was Adrian’s 10th PB in his 22 Leverhulme outings and is almost 8 minutes faster than his debut time back in August of last year. Our next runner to celebrate as they crossed the line was Don Taylor. Some precision running by Don allowed him to finish in 26 minutes and 21 seconds, thus shaving just 1 second off his May PB time. This was Don’s 5th PB in his 7 runs here and his time is exactly 3 minutes faster than his debut time in May 2016. Running just 6 seconds faster than her last PB, back in April of last year, Emma Walker recorded her 14th PB in her 104 runs here. This was Emma’s first time at scoring over the 60% age grading mark but we don’t think it is going to be her last! Special mentions for our 3rd place runners – Katy Thompson was third lady and Rob Short was the third man, for the third time this year! Our only other age category winner apart from the aforementioned Katy and Rob was Don Nichol in the MV60-64 group.

Burnden tourists were at 6 other venues this weekend, but we should kick off at the Oldham race where Paula Pilling finished 1st lady and 9th place overall in her debut run there. Paula’s time of 20:44 was the 3rd fastest by a VW40-44 on this 3-lap course. Also making his debut run, this time at the speedy South Manchester parkrun, Mike Watkinson dipped under the 22 minute mark for the first time, running a time of 21: 47 and winning his MV55-59 age category. Other debuts were run by Rebecca Martin at Chester (the first Burnden runner to compete there) and by Christine Fernon at Delamere. Mother and son combo Sheila and Liam Christie ran at nearby Worsley Woods with Liam running the faster time but Sheila winning her VM50-54 age category. Finally at Pennington Flash Helen Shan ran a PB time of 28:32, beating her only other time that she ran there in November of 2014.


PARKRUN EVENT #321 10/06/2017

22 runners at this week’s parkrun on a very busy race weekend! No PB’s but pride of place goes to the first lady to finish, our very own Sarah Watton. This was the 2nd time that Sarah has finished first lady, the first was back in February 2016. Sarah was also our only age category winner as well, although Linda O’Byrne was only pipped by 7 seconds in her vet group.

Just a couple of tourists this week. There was a first time run at Haigh Woodland for Gayle Gerrard who celebrated by winning her age category. Whilst over the Pennines in the York parkrun serial photographer and cheerleader extraordinaire Dave Hitchen took his bionic knee around the York racecourse (leaving his son, Geoff, in his wake).


PARKRUN EVENT #320 03/06/2017

48 Burnden runners were among the 320 athletes who turned up to pay tribute to Eileen Royle of Radcliffe AC who recently passed away after showing us all how to deal with illness gracefully. Adrian Ashburn (23:02) was the first of our PB runners as he took 2 seconds off his February time and inches closer to that sub 23 minute run.  This was Adrian’s 9th PB in his 21 Leverhulme parkruns. Our other PB runner claimed her 2nd PB in her 3 parkruns to date. Parkrun irregular Ann Hardman took an excellent 1 minute 59 seconds off her last run, which took place in August…………..2012. Thank goodness that the satnav is working again Ann. Kate Ellis was our only winner in the age categories. Mike Watkinson celebrated his 10th parkrun. Also celebrating were Kate Ellis (20), Helen Shan (40) and Steven Bate (60).

Our tourists this week were headed by Chairman Rob who made the short (no pun intendedJ) journey over to Worsley Woods and only went and won it. Rob’s time of 17 minutes and 55 seconds was also a 5K/parkrun PB, although being his debut run at Worsley doesn’t count as a PB there. It was also the fastest time by a Burnden runner at this venue……so far! Also making venue debut runs this week were: - Susan Pickering at nearby Longford Park in Stretford and Paula Pilling on the Keswick Railway Path. Over at Heaton Park David Broadhurst ran for the 5th time at this location and is still looking to better his debut time. Further afield at the Fell Foot parkrun in Newby Bridge, Michael Caine was having no such problems as he secured his 4th PB in his 14 runs there.

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