Burnden Race Reports

Tuesday 3rd December 2019


Rossendale was the Venue that brought down the curtain on this year's Red Rose cross country season and there was some very strong performances enabling both the Men's and Ladies teams to finish well placed amongst some of the counties best off road teams. Leading the Ladies home on the day was Sarah Watton (27:16), followed by Liz Mclellan ( 27:46), Anne Ferguson (29:10 1st L60), Gwen Kinloch (29:39) and Lyndsay Darbyshire(31:21).

Series placings; Ladies team 6th overall. Liz Mclellan 2nd L50, Gwen Kinloch 2nd L55.

In the Men's race, captain Paul Duke(40:36) who clearly enjoyed the conditions was well ahead of Ed Ashton (43:25), Keith Thomas(43:40 2nd V60), Dave Smith(50:56) and Andrew Warburton(54:08).

Series placings; Men's team overall 9th. Keith Thomas 2nd V60.


Seven members took advantage of the favourable conditions and finish the year strongly at the popular and picturesque Wesham 10k. Mark Jackson (41:09) led them home followed by Paul Drew (47:00).

Other results; Sarah Woodiwiss(59:26), Debra Hennessey(1:03:13), Sharon Drew( 1:03:14), Shirley Robinson (1:06:43) and Trevor Eagle (1:18:01).


Aidy Ashburn continued his fine end of season form by running a half marathon personal best time of 1:42:34 at the iconic venue of Oulton Park race track in Cheshire. Aidy completed the lap race knocking over 2mins off his previous best.


Racing this week, saw Burnden return to Cross country action, this time in the South East Lancs League fixture at Heaton Park. Some very strong performances in both races saw the Men's team finish 13th overall and 3rd in the Vet 55+category.

The Ladies faired even better, finishing 4th team overall and 1st in the Vet40+ category.

Results; Steve Nolan ( 3rd V55) 43:51, Ed Ashton ( 4th V55) 45:09, Keith Thomas ( 1stV60) 45:40, Gareth Doherty( 45:47), Andy Duffy ( 47:08) and Ged Turner(57:37).

Gwen Kinloch ( 2nd L55) 34:42, Lyndsay Darbyshire (1st L50) 35:05, Anne Ferguson (1st L60) 35:35 and Linda O'Byrne (39:54).

Anne Ferguson completed a successful weekend by claiming 1st V60 and 4th Lady overall at the David Staff memorial race in Darwen in a very competitive time of 41:45.


Three of our Ladies took on the 5.25 mile all Ladies race in Swinton, the 29th running of this well established race. Shirley Staveley was 1st V55 and 17th overall in a time of 40:29. Other results Gayle Gerrard 42:14 and Jane Forrest 42:47.


Further a field this weekend saw Mumtaz Patel finish second Lady in the Swinsty and Fewston marathon. A 4 lap off road course with a total elevation of 1688ft. Mumtaz completed the course in a time of 4:15:59.


Also on her travels again was Diane Wylie who is finishing the year strongly, this time at the Wilmslow festive 10k and completing the course in a Personal best time of 53:56.

Tuesday 19th November 2019


Mark Jackson returned to the moors of Rivington to keep his title of Burnden King Of the Hill by tackling again the Hell of a Hill Marathon, not once but completing all five marathons again to match last years amazing achievement. Mark began his challenge on Wednesday completing the first marathon in a personal best of (04:45:17), on day two he completed the marathon in (05:00:25), day three in (04:58:46), day four in a consistent time of (04:47:46). On the final day he finished with a further personal best beating his day one time by five minutes, completing the marathon in (04:40:26). He was joined on the final day by fellow member David Smith who finished in (05:40:27).


Midweek Burnden were represented in London where Tim Taylor took part in Run in The Dark 10k at Battersea Park, Tim finished the race which saw runners completing 4 loop of the park in a time of (46:13).


Diane Wylie visited Conwy to compete in the half marathon, voted one of the most scenic half marathons in the UK, the route takes competitors around the Great Orme taking in views of the Isle of Anglesey, Puffin Island and the surrounding North Wales coastline, Diane completed the race beating her personal best by over 4 minutes, finishing in (02:10:12).


13 was the magic number when 13 members took part in the 13 Arches Half Marathon, with a new start to this years race at Sedgley Park Rugby Club, Shay Walker was the first male 45 and first home for Burnden in a time of (01:23:21), other results, Gareth Doherty(01:41:35), Aidy Ashburn(01:44:14), Steven Bate(01:45:12), Paul Drew(01:47:08), Richard Blake(01:57:49), Linda O'Byrne(01:58:59), Emma Walker(02:02:19), Philip Glassbrook(02:07:03), Gillian Morris(02:10:29), Cheryl Dunleavy(02:29:44), Jennifer Forkin(02:49:45), Nicola Hardy(02:53:33).


Elaine Roper and Mumtaz Patel visited Lancaster for the Pendle Witches Way 10k, the race which finishes with a uphill climb into Lancaster Castle saw Mumtaz finish  4th lady and 1st vet 45 in a time of (46:55) Elaine was second  V60 in time of (52:07).


Gwen Kinloch, Liz McLellan and Andy Warburton took on the new Blackburn 10k, the new race started and finished within Blackburn's Ewood Park Football Stadium. Gwen finished first V55 in a time of 42:30, with Liz McLellan finishing 1st V50 in a time of 43:30 and Andy Warburton finishing in 50:01.