Burnden Race Reports

Tuesday 18th December 2018

MAD BULL TORCH CHALLENGE

BURNDEN’S Andy Staveley won the Mad Bull Torch Challenge round Rivington.
Andy completed the five-mile trail run up and round the Pike in freezing conditions in 41mins 29secs, over four minutes ahead of his nearest challenger.
This was the second of three races in the series. The final event is on Saturday January 5.

SOUTH EAST LANCS CROSS COUNTRY - TANDLE HILL
There were several age group successes for the club at the South East Lancs Cross Country event at Tandle Hill, the second stage of the four-race series.
Isaline Pollitt was 1st F50 in the ladies race in 34:44, with Anne Ferguson 1st F60 in 36:11 and Keith Thomas 1st V60 in the men’s race in 52:36.
Lyndsay Darbyshire was 4th F50 in 38:00 and Louise Wall crossed the line in 44:42.
Isaline, Anne and Lyndsay’s combined effort put them on top of the Over 40s, Over 45s and Over 50s team standings and second in the Over 35s list. They were 5th in the overall team rankings.
In the men’s event, Rob Short led the club home, 28th overall in 47:11 followed by Martyn Pollitt 3rd V55 in 50:57.
Tony Wall was 2nd V60 in 53:46 and his time combined with Martyn and Keith’s put Burnden 2nd in the Over 50 team standings.

NAV 4 FELL CHALLENGE
Marcus Taylor tested himself in extreme conditions at the NAV 4 fell challenge in the Lakes, starting at Askham, near Penrith. Temperatures of minus-7 and treacherous patches on the route saw the race reduced to 26 miles. But even the reduced course involved 5,282ft of climb and Marcus did brilliantly to complete the course in 5:06:45, 56th overall out of more than 200 finishers.

Tuesday 15th January 2019

ASHURST BEACON FELL RUN

Saturday saw near perfect conditions for the normally very muddy Ashurst Beacon fell race, the opening race in the Burnden Road Runners 2019 Fell Championship.
Fifteen Burnden runners turned out and there were some notable successes by the ladies. Anne Ferguson was 3rd overall lady and 1st L60, Isaline Kneale was 4th overall lady and 1st L50, Claire McKenna was 1st L45, Jane Forrest was 1stL55. The ladies team also won 1st place in the team prize (Anne, Isaline & Claire)
Overall results; Pete Hopley (29) 46:04, Martyn Pollitt (31) 46:30, Ed Ashton (35) 47:04, Tony Wall (53) 49:50, Anne Ferguson (57) 50:19, Isaline Kneale (65) 51:10, Steven Bate (78) 55:09, Ged Turner (81) 55:41, Colm O'brien (100) 57:50, Tim Taylor (103) 58:10, Claire McKenna (105) 59:01, Jane Forrest (106) 59:16, Liz Hopley (123) 64:53, Louise Wall (131) 66:10, Sheila Christie (145) 72:05.

LANGSETT LOOP
Lorraine Halwood completed her 48th marathon, covering the 6-lap Langsett Loop 42K course in 5:13:27. Mark Jackson finished in 4:35:45 to notch his 10th marathon.
Christopher Fielding posted a time of 43:01 in the Run Through Tatton Park 10K in Knutsford.

PETZL NIGHT RUNNER 10k
Denise Hodgkinson and Emma Walker donned their headtorches for the Petzl Night Runner Close Encounters 10K round Rivington in the dark. Denise completed the course in 1:20:07, Emma in 1:32:45.
Catching up on previous results, Jackie Oakes was 4th F45 in the Wirral Way Half Marathon with a time of 1:49:32. Mumtaz Patel completed the Liverbird marathon in 3:58:01 and Sarah Woodiwiss crossed the line in 4:34:00.

Tuesday 8th January 2019

LANCASHIRE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Andy Staveley took bronze in the V55 Lanashire Cross-Country Championships at Blackburn.


Andy completed the 10K Witton Park course in 40mins 44secs, just over a minute behind Pete Hopley who was the first of the three Burnden representatives to finish, 6th V50 in 39:37.
Keith Thomas was 5th V60 in 41:39.

CENTRAL LANCS HALF MARATHON
Liz McLellan was first to finish the Central Lancs New Year Half Marathon at Lea Town. Coming home 3rd F45 in 1:37:20.
Isaline Pollitt was next, 2nd F55 in 1:41:51.
Other results:
Mark Butler (1:50:05), Kath Berry (1:57:35), George Butler (2:02:19), Debra Hennessey (2:18:44), Gillian McGowan (3:31:20).

DALESIDE AULD LANG SYNE FELL RACE
Marcus Taylor led Burnden’s representatives home at the Daleside Auld Lang Syne New Year’s Eve fell race, a testing 6.7 miles with 1,000ft of climb starting in Penistone Hill Country Park, Wharfedale.
Marcus completed the course in 52:49 with Pete Hopley next, six minutes quicker than his time last year with 55:18.
Andy Staveley, unrecognisable in a scary New Year’s Eve suit straight out of Gotham, crossed the line in 56:08.
Other results:
Christophe Menand (1:04:45), Colm O’Brien (1:22:28), Liz Hopley (1:22:35), Jane Forrest (1:22:35),

LIVERBIRD MARATHON
Jackie Oakes finished the Liverbird women’s double marathon in Liverpool in fifth place and was 11th overall across the two days with a combined time of 8:10:47. She completed the first in 3:58:01 and the second 24 hours later in 4:12:46.

Burnden Road Runners Race Reports