Burnden Race Reports

Tuesday 13th August 2019


Burnden travelled in numbers to the Lowther show trail run consisting of 1400ft of ascent within a 13mile course. Jonathan Sangster led the club home in a time of 1.45.44. There was also notable category success for Phil Glassbrook(1st V70), A Dunleavy (2nd V60),K Thomas( 2nd V60) and in the ladies race G Kinloch ( 2nd V50),A Ferguson (2nd V60) and L Darbyshire (3 V50).
Other Finishers: P Hopley, G Doherty,D Nicol, S Bate, A Staveley, G Turner, S Marland, J Forrest, S Staveley, A Warburton, L McDonald, V Hamer, S watton, L O'Byrne, R Bell, C O'Brien,N Raza,M Davis, L Wall, L Hopley, D Leatherbarrow, D Morisson, F Ashton, S Robinson,S Blackman and N Hardy.


In a busy week all round for the club, they also broke the record for most volunteers at this week's Bolton park run whilst taking part in a ' take over day' on another successful day for the club and its members.


Midweek saw numerous races being held, starting with the Ramsbottom summer mile which is part of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix of which Burnden are the holders of all 4 categories from 2018. Results; L White (5.42),R Pollitt(5.52), G Doherty ( 5.56), S Watton(6.27), V Hamer( 6.30),G Kinloch (6.30), L Darbyshire( 6.36), A Ferguson (6.49), G Gerrard(6.53), L McDonald (6.54),M Butler( 6.58), A Warburton(7.14),L O'Byrne ( 7.16), D Wylie(8.03),L Wall( 8.39) and D Hennessey ( 9.09)


This years Astley park series in Chorley came to an end, with series successes for Gwen Kinloch 1st V50, Lyndsay Darbyshire 2nd V50 and Anne Ferguson 1st V60.
Pete Hopley (24.28), Steven Bate( 27.03)and Andy Warburton(28.43)all raced the last race of the series with Bate and Warburton also completing the series.


Next up was the Ice lolly challenge series held on and around the Smithills estate.A tough and hilly 5k course brought out the best in Mark Jackson who finished 2nd overall in a time of 22.51, next Burnden runner home was Andy Dunleavy continuing his good recent form form and claiming 1st v60 in a time of 24.11. Other Finishers were R Blake in 31.58, J Forkin in 41.21 and C Dunleavy in 41.25


Mel Walker completed the Sale Sizzler 5k series, renowned as one of the quickest courses in the region and finished the series as 2nd V75 and in a time of 25.32. Joining Mel on the night were Mens team captain Lee white ( 18.29) and Francis Mackin( 24.58).

Tuesday 6th August 2019


Burnden were represented at the Alpe D, Huez Triathlon when Ged Turner travelled to Central French Western alps to take part in the testing event. It is described as a unique triathlon, held in magnificent surroundings and listed on several occasions among the most beautiful in the world. Unique as the swimming contest is held in the crystal clear waters of the Lac du Verney, exclusively open to athletes during the competition. The event was challenging as the waters were near to 20c than the usual 15c. However Ged completed the swim in (48:08), bike (2:39:52) and the run in (52:56) with an overall time of 4 hours 32 minutes and 10 seconds, 

Andy Dunleavy claimed 1st V60 at the Riverside 10 mile race in Lancaster. Andy recorded a time of 1.10 .54 secs. The event marked a good family day out As Cheryl Dunleavy marked the occasion with an ever improving time of 2.01046 secs
Mark Jackson returned to the Scorcher series to run the Marathon for consecutive weekends. Mark continued his consistency in marathon running recording a time of 4.11.22 after a 4.08 the previous weekend.
During the week, hardy fell enthusiasts Mark Butler and David Morrison tackled the tough Lea mill fell race which included 1089ft of climb within the 10k course. Mark recorded a time of 1.26.57 followed by David who came in at 1.37.16

Tuesday 30th July 2019


Burnden members headed up to the village of Calder Vale to compete in the Calder Vale 10 miler. Burnden ladies had a very successful trip with a number of category wins.
First home for Burnden was Richard Pollitt in a time of 70 min and 23 sec There was category wins for Ed Ashton V55 coming in after Richard in a time of 70 min 51 sec. Andy Dunleavy followed Ed in 71 min 02 sec coming second place in the V60 category. Gwen Kinloch was Burnden’s first female crossing the finishing line as a V55 category winner in a time of 72 min and 37 sec. Lyndsay Darbyshire won the V50 category in a time of 76 min 45 sec. Anne Ferguson won was first V60 with a time of 77 min and 10 sec. Mumtaz Patel finished second place in the female V45 with an impressive time of 79 min 37 sec and Mel Walker continued his great performance finishing first V75 in a time of 87 min 43 sec.
Other finishers were Andy Duffy (73:11), Adrian Ashburn (77:31), Steven Bate (78:43), Don Nichol (82:02),Elaine Roper (87:23), Gayle Gerrard (87:35), Lawrence McDonald (91:46), Andy Warburton (92:30), Nadia Raza (92:55), Phill Glassbrook (97:53), Louise Wall (99:38), Diane Wylie (1:45:52), Fiona Ashton (1:53:21), Shirley Robinson (2:10:15), Jen Forkin (2:10:15), Nicola Hardy (2:13:00).


Kirsty White and Sarah Woodiwiss led home the 8 Burnden Road Runners at this year's Manvers Dusk till dawn event in Wath upon Dearne. Kirsty completed 16 laps and Sarah 13, in the allocated time of 12 hours over a 5k course in what can only be described as unfavourably wet overnight conditions. Victoria Hamer and Sarah Watton also turned In great performances and both ran life distance bests in completing 8 laps each.
Other members taking part included Lee white ( 9laps), Jonathan Sangster ( 7laps), Paul Sedwick (7laps) and Brenda Sedgwick (4 laps).
Potential new member Eddy Cooke who has been training with BRR recently showed his potential by completing 7 laps.


Mark Jackson completed his 17th marathon and recorded 4.06 in the Scorcher Marathon, a great effort on his road marathon debut.

Gillian McGowan completed the 5 mile event in a time of 1:50:28


Shay Walker marked his return to fitness by leading home the crowds at RunThrough Heaton park 5k in a solid time of 18.38.


Off the road events included the Horseshoe fell race in Kentmere which included 12.5 miles and 3300ft of ascent. 3 members tackled the course results include Andy Staveley (2.03.02), Pete Hopley (2.25.25) and Keith Thomas who was 3rd V60 in a time of (2.26.56)


David Morrison was the sole representative for Burnden at the Turnslack Fell race at Littleborough, a tough course over 8 miles, finishing in 1:57:41.


Midweek races also brought success in various categories for members. Mel Walker was 1st v75 in the Sale Sizzler 5k Race recorded a very creditable time of 26.38


In the Horrocks Hill series, there was category wins for Andy Staveley 1st V55 in 40.25 and Anne Ferguson 1st V60 in 46.49. Other times include Keith Thomas 2nd V60 43.38, Steve Bate 49.06,Shirley Staveley 2nd V55 in 51.09 and Mark Butler finishing in 58.23.