Burnden Race Reports

Tuesday 10th May 2022

The Horwich Triathlon beckoned for a quintet of hardy Burndeners who took on the triple threat this week. Not for the faint-hearted, the tough challenge is open to all abilities and is one of the oldest triathlons in the North-West at the grand old age of 25. It is part of the EPIC Club Championships where Burnden can score points for having competitiors in the race and where the club finishing highest in the ranks wins £500 to donate to a charity of their choice.
Gareth Doherty, Andy Dunleavy, Stephen Horsman, Jonathan Sangster and Tim Taylor all gathered their swim, bike, run gear and met for an early start at the leisure centre for the 500 metres long dip in the pool.
The swim stats were impressive as Sangster was in and out of the pool in a smooth 11:08 at an astonishing 2:13 minutes per 100m, Taylor in 12:32, Horsman in 13:33, Dunleavy in 16:14 and Doherty in 17:43.
Saddles were ahoy as it was then onto the bikes for a 40K undulating cycle ride, which our intrepid four completed in the following times – Sangster – 1:15:18, Horsman – 1:21:47, Taylor – 1:31:11, Dunleavy – 1:31:12 and Doherty – 1:35:31.
Finally, the most brutal part arrived – the discipline in which all four are arguably strongest – the run.
Horwich Triathlon is known as ‘The Race to the Pike’ because of its final leg – the 8.6K gruelling slog up to Rivington Pike and back down to the finish line to end in a blaze of cheers and glory.
Sangster was back in 40:23, Doherty in 48:37, Horsman in 50:10, Dunleavy in 50:37 and Taylor in 55:35.
Our Tri-tastic stars all put in solid performances at this tough endurance test and pace times for all three disciplines were impressive within a talented arena of 269 athletes.
Jonathan Sangster was highest in the Burnden ranks with a brilliant triathlon time of 2:09:24 and finishing in a super 29th position.
Second was Stephen Horsman with a swift 2:30:22 and 107th position as well as 4th V60. Andy Dunleavy was third Burndener with a great 2:44:11 and 166th position.
Tim Taylor was just 1 minute and 29 seconds behind Dunleavy in a sound time of 2:45:40 and 174th position while Gareth Doherty was a mere 30 seconds behind Taylor in a super 2:46:10 and 178th position – making him the fifth member of the Burnden Tri-quintuplets to complete the race.
While the Triathlon was well underway, two members ventured further afield to run the Blacksticks Blue 10K – a popular Championship choice a few years back because of its finishing prize of Blacksticks Blue cheese – the race’s namesake.
Josh Palmer was round the course in a great time of 56:30 and Dave Rushton completed the 6.2, his first race for the Club, in a quick 47:31.
Gareth Lowe continued his impressive running performance by pocketing a V40 category win at the Yarrow River Bluebell 10K.
The beautiful woodland route demands runners navigate their way across a river and has some challenging inclines and undulations. Lowe finished in a soakingly-good time of 54:26 and 29th overall position
The Astley Trail Series of races are set in the picturesque grounds of Astley Hall in Chorley and take place on the first Wednesday of every month from May to August. The race series draws runners from all over the North West of England and eight Burndeners made their way there this week.
Lyndsay Darbyshire achieved 1st V50 with a great time of 28:25 and Gwen Kinloch was awarded 2nd V60 for her impressive performance – she completed the 5K course in 28:02. Anne Ferguson was 3rd V60 with a super 28:48.
First male Burndener home was Gareth Lowe in another solid performance of 26:17.
Other results – Paul Christie – 27:47, Steven Bate – 27:59, Mark Butler – 30:36, Andy Warburton – 31:21.
GB Ultra Ambassador, Sarah Woodiwiss, completed an incredible 50 miles this weekend as she took on the Pennine Barrier 50 Mile Race, which includes just under a dizzying 9000 feet of elevation.
The route starts at the pretty village of Malham and leads runners round trails taking in Malham cove, the Dry Valley of Watlowes, Malham Tarn, Fountains Fell, Janet’s Foss and the wonderful Yorkshire 3 Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough
Sarah was out on the course for a challenging 16 hours, 22 minutes and 46 seconds.
23 members populated Parkruns this weekend and the times were as follows -
At Bolton Parkrun, Mark Cannon was first member and first male to finish this week in a fantastic 22:01 – giving him 9th overall position. Vicki Hamer was first female member to finish in an impressive 24:16 and 33rd overall position.
Martin Whitehead – 22:40, David Aulton, Richard Blake, Francis Mackin, Paul Johnson, Louise Righini, Linda O’Byrne, Sarah Brown, Jenni Partington, Cheryl Dunleavy, Debra Hennessey, Joyce Tyldesley, Gillian McGowan,
Further afield – the results were as follows -
Heaton Park - Adrian Ashburn – 22:01, Worsley Woods - Paul Christie – 22:36, Carolyn Edwards – 30:31, Witton - Liz Hopley – 31:55, Haigh Woodland –
Pete Hopley – 19:48, Stretford - Mark Jackson – 19:52, Cliffe Castle – Simon Marland – 24:44, Sue Blackman – 36:05, Peel - Ian Mann – 32:40.

Tuesday 3rd May 2022

Robert Bell and Rachel Prior took on the Holcombe Howler 10K this weekend which features ‘a steep hill to turn Cruella and Smithills Dean pale’ as Bell described it.
This is Heracles Hill and once runners reach the summit, they run along the M.O.D training area, circling the hill and sweeping past Peel Tower before descending back down to the Hare and Hounds pub where they began. Robert described it as a ‘great day for an 8am start run’ Although hampered by injury, he still put in a good time of 1:36:03 supported by Rachel who completed in 1:33:27 and achieved 2nd lady.
Sue T was the sole Burnden representative at the Salford Media City 10K this week where she achieved 1:13:04 on this quick and flat paved course.
The route consists of 4 laps of 2.5K starting in the Central Piazza and takes in the highlights of Media City including the BBC Studios, the Lowry Theatre and the Imperial War Museum.
Lee White swept up a fantastic time of 17:59 at the fast, flat and friendly Morecambe 5K. Lovely views across the Bay accompany this seaside run along the west end Promenade and White was awarded 3rd overall position in this out and back blast.
Sefton Park was host to the Liverpool Spring 10K and Sarah Watton and Jonathan Sangster were among the challengers.
Sarah’s speedy time of 42:09 placed her in the top ten ladies – at position 6 and 3rd V35 – also a PB by 1 minute and 23 seconds. Jonathan achieved 29th overall position with a swift 37:33.
The Mersey Races are open to all abilities and offer a Summer 50K, a Santa Stroll as well as the Spring 10, 5 and 1K races.
Cheryl and Andy Dunleavy were on the move again as they took advantage of their weekend in Sussex to take on the Haywards Heath 10 miler. This is an undulating course taking in some beautiful woodland trail and parkland.
Andy won his age category with an impressive 1:15:27 and Cheryl was happy with finishing just over the 2 hours at 2:02:05.
It was all about the ladies at Worsley Woods as Mad Bull Events supported Swinton Running Club’s 5 miler at the picturesque park.
Anne Ferguson described it as a ‘lovely and inclusive race with some really good runners’ as she achieved a great time of 39:48 and won her age category. Likewise, Louise Righini described it as ‘a lovely race organised by Swinton with lots of great support out on the scenic route’. Louise put in a good performance – crossing in 48:33.
Three Burndeners were off the running track and onto the bikes as they tackled the incredibly hilly Tour de Manc 100K cycle.
Sarah McConnell and Kathryn Berry joined Burnden legend Gillian McGowan as they started the route in Bowlee, Middleton, covering climbs in Milnrow, Rochdale, Norden, Owd Betts, Enfield, Helmshore, Stubbins, Ramsbottom, Hawkshaw, Edgeworth, Belmont, Tottington and Owd Betts the other way and back to Middleton.
6 hours and 28 minutes was the time taken for this intrepid trio as they described the hills as ‘brutal!’.
47 Burndeners travelled near, far and wide this Bank Holiday weekend and took in a variety of Parkrun destinations on the Saturday.
Whitby welcomed new member Carolyn Edwards to the Cinder Track where she finished in 29:47 and Penrith Parkrun was host to Lawrence McDonald who achieved 25:25 – 2 minutes quicker than his last Bolton Parkrun.
Wales welcomed two members with Jenni Partington putting in a solid performance at Aberystwyth – 8th overall female in a flat 25:00 whilst Jen Forkin achieved a PB at Conwy Parkrun and 7th in her age category with 31:46.
Beautiful Skipton saw Pete Hopley finish in a breathtaking 20:06 – 8th male and 9th overall position and Rhian Vickers crossed in a sound 33:17.
Sandra Caine was at Fell Foot, Newby Bridge and finished in 30:22 while the Dunleavys visited Peacehaven in East Sussex. Andy was first to ring the PB / first timer bell disturbing the peace with the front runners at Peacehaven parkrun coming in at an impressive 2nd place with 20:11. Cheryl enjoyed the peaceful surroundings finishing the 3 lap course in 34m09s.
Jennifer Entwistle visited stunning Northumberland and took in The Pastures Parkrun – finishing in 33:05.
Closer to home, Wythenshawe Parkrun saw Aidy Ashburn, finish in 22:31 as Mark Jackson sailed across the finish line at Sale Water in an astonishing 19:57 – 2nd male and in 2nd overall position.
Preston welcomed Liz Hopley where she finished in 32:03 while Heaton Park saw Chris Greenall finish in 24:43 and Sarah Brown in 31:59.
Bolton Parkrun was still full to the rafters of Burndeners and the times were as follows -
Sam Ashton was riding high at Leverhulme – achieving 4th male and 4th overall position in 21:11 and Gwen Kinloch was 4th female in 23:10.
Mark Cannon – 21:39, Gareth Doherty – 22:15, Stephen Horsman – 22:45, David Smith – 23:03, Adam Austin – 23:07, Martin Fielding – 23:10, Vicki Hamer – 24:17, Paul Drew – 24:21, Simon Marland – 24:41, Colm O’Brien – 24:45, Tim Taylor – 25:10, Josh Palmer – 25:22, Linda O’Byrne – 25:27, Andy Warburton – 26:17, Francis Mackin – 28:19, Paul Johnson – 28:46, Richard Blake – 29:20, Philip Glassbrook – 30:14, Maggie Slamin – 30:18, Gillian Morris – 31:31, Emma Walker – 31:33, Anthony Fulop – 34:28, Sue Blackman – 35:21, Ian Mann – 35:28, Carol Richardson – 35:35, Trevor Eagle – 43:28, Marcus Chester – 45:39.

Tuesday 26th April 2022

It was all about Leverhulme Park this weekend as Bolton United Harriers put on their contribution to the Grand Prix league – the Bolton 5K race on the Sunday following Saturday’s Parkrun.
Several weeks delayed, the 2-lap course starts on the athletics track before leading runners on a fast and furious adventure using Long Lane and the heavily trodden ‘Out & Back’ to then finish back on the track.
A superb number of Burndeners turned out to this event as it formed part of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix league. Each local club puts on a race and members are awarded points in the league for bringing their members to run and runners can gain individual points and a trophy if they complete 9 of the 10 races. Not surprisingly, there were some fantastic efforts from the Club, as well as a host of golden PBs, on this sunny spring morning
There was a resurgence of the buzzy atmosphere of Parkruns gone by as runners gathered on the much-missed Track. The obligatory team photographs were taken a few times as members went missing on a warm-up lap and then it was the tense minute or two filled with anticipation for the sound of the gun. And they were off…
Our top two gentlemen with identical times were Ironman-in-training, Jonathan Sangster, and Cross Country Captain, Paul Duke, with an incredible 18:17. Mark Jackson followed in an impressive 19:13.
Our top three ladies all collected prizes at the post-run ceremony. Sarah Watton was first lady home for Burnden and third overall position in an exact match for her 5K PB at 20:17. Gwen Kinloch was awarded V60 with 21:39 and came in at 9th overall position while the third lady of of this triple smasher was Ladies’ Captain, Vicki Hamer, who won her V35 category with 22:35.
PBs were aplenty as Burnden Bee graduate, Jason Attwood, delivered an astonishing performance with 22:29 while Gareth Lowe continued his impressive streak with a new PB of 20:50. Nicola Hardy’s times keep getting faster and faster this year as she was awarded with a new PB of 26:16. Marathon finisher and Bee graduate Sandra Caine’s marathon legs were on form as they gave her a PB of 28:50 while daughter Francesca Caine, also a graduate beginner picked up a PB of 24:21.
Jennifer Entwistle, also a graduate of the hive, achieved a PB of 30:36. Bee Leader, Shirley Robinson, also brought home a PB with 31:43 and ‘Isle of Ian Mann’, fresh from the running festival collected a PB of 34:25. Anthony Fulop also delivered a great performance with a PB of 32:04.
Steve Nolan – 19:37, Ed Ashton – 20:24, Gareth Doherty – 20:32, Mark Cannon – 20:33, Andy Dunleavy – 20:41, Marcus Hamer – 21:35, Paul Christie – 21:54, Adam Austin – 22:08, Patrick Filio – 22:21, Anne Ferguson – 22:59, Holly Craggs – 23:18, Colm O’Brien – 23:19, Gayle Gerrard – 23:23, Simon Marland – 23:33, Linda O’Byrne – 23:36, Mark Butler – 23:42, Lawrence McDonald – 24:09, Francesca Caine – 24:21, Jane Forrest – 25:19, Francis Mackin – 26:05, Robert Bell – 26:50, Mel Walker – 27:33, Mark Turner – 28:12, Louise Righini – 28:13, Philip Glassbrook – 28:29, Carolyn Edwards – 28:37, Lauren Hulme – 29:13, Jen Forkin – 30:34, Cheryl Dunleavy – 32:32.
Burnden member Tim Taylor completed the West Lancs super sprint triathlon in Ormskirk in a super time of 1:15:34 and was chuffed and proud to see his son, former BRR, Nick Taylor finish in 1:13:24 just a year after an injury.
Parkrun was not without Burndeners at the weekend despite the impending 5K. Impressive times were aplenty as the results read as follows for the different locations.
Bolton Parkrun - Andy Dunleavy was 6th overall position in 21:30 and Mark Jackson 10th in 22:11. Top two ladies were Holly Craggs in 25:14 and Verity Harrison in 25:53.
Mark Cannon – 22:15, Stephen Horsman – 23:00, Marcus Hamer – 23:01, Steven Bate – 23:15, Josh Palmer – 25:55, Lawrence McDonald – 27:31, Kathryn Berry – 28:28, Julia Hall – 28:48, Teresa Riley – 29:10, Robert Bell – 29:53, Paul Johnson – 30:28, Philip Glassbrook – 30:32, Mark Turner – 30:56, Rachel Prior – 32:59, Jackie Cairns – 33:42, Sarah Brown – 34:09, Cheryl Dunleavy – 34:14, Jen Forkin – 36:37.
Kingsway Parkrun, Gloucester - Simon Marland – 23:40, Sue Blackman – 33:22. Whinlatter Forest Parkrun – Andy Staveley – 6th overall position with 24:56, Shirley Staveley – 27:58. Witton Parkrun – Liz Hopley – 32:10. Haigh Woodland Parkrun – Carol Richardson – 34:01, Michelle Livesey – 36:26. Stretford Parkrun – Pete Hopley – 18:52. Fletcher Moss Parkrun – Adrian Ashburn – 23:06.

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