Burnden Race Reports


8th August 2017


BURNDEN’S Marcus Taylor beat the elements as well as injury to complete one of Europe’s toughest trail races, the Lakeland 100-Mile Ultra – conquering the gruelling event for the second time.
The circular route encompasses the whole of the Lakeland fells, and has 6300 metres of ascent. 
The route starts in Coniston and heads south before completing a clockwise loop which takes in the Dunnerdale fells, Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere before arriving in Keswick.
Marcus ran with an injured toe and although the injury started to take its toll midway through the race, he dug deep to complete the challenge in 34hrs 52mins 52secs. 
Andrew Hardingham chose the half-distance Lakeland 50, which covers the second half of the 100-mile course. Andrew delivered an impressive time of 11:56:50.

At Lancaster, four members completed the Riverside 10-Mile race with Jackie Oakes first to finish in 1:20:56.
Louise Fox was next to finish, registering a time of 1:42:29, followed by Sandra Caine in 1:57:29 and Karen Ratcliffe in 2:04:09. 

In the fourth of the Astley Park midweek series, Mark Swannell finished 14th overall in 27:03 and was the first member home.
Steve Nolan was 1st M50 in 27:42, with Rob Short (27:49), Paul Duke (28:07), Lee White (28:12), Marcus Chester (28:58) and Mark Jackson (29:34) making it seven members ducking under the 30-minute mark.
Paula Pilling was 2nd F40 and 4th female finisher in 30:34, Sarah Watton was 4th FS and 10th female finisher with a time of 32:00. Tony Wall was 3rd M60 in 32:32.
In the F50 category, Burnden took three of the first four places. Lyndsay Darbyshire was 2nd in 33:02, Gwen Kinloch 3rd in 33:07 and Isaline Pollitt 4th in 33:15.
Other results:
Martyn Pollitt (30:28), Andrew Duffy (30:32), Marcus Taylor (30:47), Laurence Keighley (31:11), Gareth Doherty (33:17), Ben Callaghan (33:26), Steven Bate (33:32), Adrian Ashburn (34:04), Richard Blake (34:07), Vicky Harrier (34:19), Anne Ferguson (34:31), Shirley Staveley (34:36), Chris Greenall (35:09), Mark Butler (35:25), Liam Christie (35:50), David Morrison (36:31), Phil Holden (37:14), Linda O’Byrne (37:45), Emma Holden (38:53), Jenna Leeks (39:01), Sheila Christie (39:38), Paul Christie (39:41), Sarah Woodiwiss (39:52), Mark Kenny (41:06), Kathryn Page (41:11), Jackie Cairns (43:02), Louise Fox (43:03), Joanne Darby (43:25), Louise Wall (45:00), Dawn Evans (48:34), Karen Ratcliffe (49:18), Gillian McGowan (57:55), Johnny McGowan (57:56).
Over the whole series, Steven Bate finished in 20th place overall and 8th M40.
In the ladies section Isaline Pollitt finished 4th overall and 1st F50 across the series, while Shirley Staveley was 7th overall and 3rd F50.


1st August 2017


BURNDEN’S Lee White put in a fine run to 13th overall and 4th V40 at the latest in the Pilling 10K series.
The third event in the five-race series around the village of Pilling near Fleetwood on the Fylde coast saw Lee cross the line in 39mins 9secs, less than half a minute ahead of Paul Duke who finished the course in 39:30.
Kirsty White was 2nd F45 in 42:10.

There were several successes by club members in the final days of the Scorcher 7-Day running festival at Salwick, near Preston.
Neil Critchley won the half marathon on Day 4 in 1:52:53. Julie Newton won the ladies half marathon in a time of 2:08:21 on Day 6 and Lesley Fisher won the ladies 5-mile race and was third overall in 37:04 on the final day.

Anne Ferguson and Mark Butler tackled the third of the four-race Harrock Hill series at Parbold. The testing race over 8.4K with 275m of climb saw Anne finish 2nd F55 in 47:32 and Mark completing it in 52:37.

George Butler travelled to the north-east for the Redcar sprint triathlon. He completed the swim in 11:04 and took 33:03 on the bike course before a run of 27:07 saw him finish with a total of 1:12:48.

Read missing reports #162, #163 & #164 here.


25th July 2017


BURNDEN’S Jackie Oakes marked the opening day of the 7-day Scorcher Run Festival – and her birthday – by completing the marathon event at Salwick near Preston.
Jackie was 12th overall and 1st F45 in a time of 4hr 42min 25secs – 24 hours after the Fellfoot 3.8K swim event in the Lake District which she tamed in 1:01:33!
Sharon Drew was 1st F45 in the 5-mile race at the Scorcher Festival, coming second overall in a time of 50:57.

George Butler competed in the national middle distance triathlon championships at Lydd in Kent. He was through the 1.9K swim and T1 in 36:11 before completing the 87K bike section – plus an extra unscheduled 4K thanks to a missing turn sign – in 3:04:59 before posting a half marathon time of 2:29:58 for a total time of 6:13:31, 6th in the 20-24 category.

MEMBERS are a versatile lot, testing themselves in various disciplines.
Although the only running involved was to the bum butter tent afterwards, it's only right to recognise the efforts in the saddle of the crew who conquered the Preston Pedalfest on Sunday.
Martyn Pollitt put in the stand-out ride at the long event – 65 tough miles through the Trough of Bowland – finishing 7th overall in 3:39:36.
Several members took part. Also over the long course, Isaline Pollitt was 3rd female finisher in 4:29:49 with Liz McLellan close behind, 4th female finisher in 4:29:56. Steve Riddle completed the route in 5:07:10.
On the shorter 37-mile route, Ann Butler finished in 3:04:58 with Julie Newton two seconds back in 3:05:00.
Gillian McGowan and Rita Ledwards completed the course together with the same time of 3:25:19.