PARKRUN EVENT #319 27/05/2017

Paula Pilling, Vicki Hamer, Sarah Watton and Anne Ferguson were the first 4 female finishers at this week’s Leverhulme parkrun. Not the first time we have achieved this nor, we hope, the last. (In fact way back in April 2014 - #161 - we had the first 5 female finishers and a future member came home in 6th place as well!) Burnden had just one PB this week in the shape of Joe Murphy who recorded his 4th PB in his 7 parkruns to date. Joe set a new best time of 25 minutes and 28 seconds, which is over 2½ minutes faster than his debut time which was set way back in, let me just have a look, February 2017. Now that’s what I call improvement, Joe! Keep up the great work. Category winners this week were the aforementioned Paula, Vicki, Anne with Marcus Chester chipping in for the guys. Finally we would like to wish Paul Sedgwick a happy 50th! Not unfortunately for his birthday – that was some time ago Paul, as I’m sure you are aware – but for the number of parkruns completed.

Just the solitary tourist this week, but if you are just going to have one, it might as well be a fast one. Over at Witton Park Lesley Fisher finished 13th overall in a new PB time of 23:00, which sees her stretch her lead at the top of the VW55-59 table at this venue to over three and a quarter minutes.


PARKRUN EVENT #317 13/05/2017


62 runs and 826 days after Rob Shorts last PB, a new bar has been set As soon as he entered the track the core team of Run Directors sensed there was something special on the cards as Rob glanced at his watch and accelerated around the track, finishing in 3rd place overall to cries of PB!!
1 minute 34 behind Rob in 8th place was Andrew Hardingham on his 51st run claiming his first PB since 1 September 2012, albeit with a 2 year hiatus. A first sub 20 run for Andrew, congratulations.
Don Taylor visited Bolton for the 6th in 12 month and a total of 10 parkruns to record a new best of 26.22, closing in on his overall best time of 25.51 set at Fell Foot last October.
A 3 month gap in parkruns didn’t hamper Veronica Mills, recording consecutive PB’s and a 3rd in 6 visits to Bolton.
Gillian McGowan is another on the PB trail, with 3 in her last 6 appearances and a new PB, almost 9 minutes quicker than the first of her 49 runs. We are looking forward to a special 50th this week!
Congratulations to John Egan on joining the 50 club, all 50 at Bolton spanning 6 years.
Burnden ladies claimed 3 of the first 5 females this week, with Paula Pilling second lady home, Vicki Hamer and Kate Ellis just behind as 4th and 5th females.
The gents first 3 were all top 10 finishers, with Rob and Andrew joined by Marcus Chester in 10th place overall (9th male).
So, to the tourists..
Let’s start relatively local at Heaton Park and Ady Merritt’s 99th parkrun delivering a PB on his 7th visits to Heaton Park, wiping 12 seconds from New Years Eve’s previous best. Chris Greenall was the only other runner at Heaton Park this week, his 25th run there in a total of 63 parkruns.
Another tourist PB for Paul Duke heading down to Bristol and the Ashton Gate event – his 3rd visit being 40 seconds quicker than his first.
Over in Oldham the theme continues, with Mumtaz Patel being second lady home and delivering a 3 ½ minute improvement on her only other appearance at this event. Sharon Drew joined Mumtaz in Oldham for his first visit in 13 runs.
Isaline Kneale was the 3rd lady, just 2 seconds behind the second female at Worsley Woods, joined there by David Broadhurst
Michael Caine delivered a second PB in a month at Fell Foot, hitting 23 minutes dead and 13 second improvement on lucky run 13 in the Lakes.
54 runners at Event 54 in Chadderton included Mark Jackson taking second place on his debut at the event on his 104th run.
Another great turnout of Burnden Road Runners swelled the number of volunteers making the event happen again this week. Many thanks to all involved.

PARKRUN EVENT #316 06/05/2017

Despite a 10 mile club run over in Yorkshire on the following day, 25 Burnden runners turned out to run the Leverhulme parkrun. Two of them, both newish members, were rewarded for their efforts by recording new personal bests. David Broadhurst ran a new PB of 23 minutes and 48 seconds beating by just 6 seconds his previous best time which was set back in October 2015. This follows on from his PB at another parkrun, which was mentioned in last week’s report. Keep up the great work, David. Our other PB of the race came a few minutes later when Karen Radcliffe crossed the line in 35 minutes and 12 seconds. This was 8 seconds faster than Karen’s last parkrun here 6 weeks ago, in March. This was Karen’s 2nd PB in her 4 parkruns and I’m sure that they are many more to come.

Our tourists this week ran both near and far. Ken Beevers ran down at the Torbay Velopark, while closer to home Adrian Merritt tackled the Worsley Woods course. The highlights for the tourists though took place at the Norwich and the Stretford parkruns. Over in Norfolk Kierenne Baldwin ran 29:06, which, as well as being a new PB for the course, is her fastest 5k time at any event. Closer to home Marcus Chester clocked 18:27 at Stretford, which is also a new PB and the fastest time that he has run over this distance. So congratulations to both of you.


PARKRUN EVENT #315 29/04/2017

2 runners in the first 5 male finishers, 1st lady and 4 ladies in the first 9 ladies finishers, and 3 PB’s as well! Not a bad day at the Leverhulme parkrun for the 35 Burnden runners out this Saturday. Finishing 4th overall with a new PB was Marcus Chester. Marcus took nine seconds off his March PB to record a new best time of 19 minutes and 29 seconds. This was Marcus’s 3rd PB of 2017 and we are just one third of the way through the year. Finishing just one place behind and securing his first PB of the year was Mark Jackson. Mark also took nine seconds off last year’s best time and now has a new personal best time of 19 minutes and 44 seconds. Further down the field, but just as pleased with her time, was Anne Larkin. Anne’s new PB comes just 742 days after her last PB at Leverhulme, way back in April 2015 (but who’s counting?), and would you believe that Anne also took nine seconds off her time? If so, you’ll believe anything! In fact Anne bettered her time by 48 seconds and posts a new best time of 35 minutes and 35 seconds. Paula Pilling was again first lady home (for the 39th time) and was followed in by Sarah Watton (5th), Vicki Hamer (6th) and Gayle Gerrard (9th). Celebrating category wins this week were Sarah Watton, Paula Pilling, Nia Bell, Mark Jackson, Marcus Chester, Don Nichol and Philip Glassbrook. Debra Hennessey celebrated her 130th parkrun, while Craig Leatherbarrow ran his 110th.

Burnden tourists were at six different parkruns this weekend, but pride of place must again go to Lesley Fisher. Lesley tackled the Witton parkrun for the first time and she finished first lady, setting a new course record for a female vet 55-59 of 23:13 and slicing 3 minutes and 3 seconds off the previous best time in that category. Our only tourist PB came at the nearby Worsley Woods parkrun where new member David Broadhurst set a new best time of 22:49. This was David’s fastest time at any of his 5 parkruns and just goes to show what joining a club like Burnden can do for you. Laurence Keighley also ran at Worsley and Sheila Christie also chose this parkrun, as she takes her first tentative steps after foot surgery. Up in the Lake District Michael Caine ran a pretty sedate (for him) pace round the Fell Foot course. As there was a Sandra Caine finishing on the same time and setting a new PB for the run, we are guessing that a bit of Burnden pace-making was going on there! Well done, Michael. Our other 3 tourists were making their debuts at different parkruns around the country. Kierenne Baldwin at the Norwich event, Mumtaz Patel closer to home at Oldham, and Nadia Raza who became the first Burnden runner at the Valentines parkrun down in Ilford.


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