Burnden Race Reports
Tuesday 5th October 2021
JACKSON HITS NUMBER ONE AT PARKRUN
Mark Jackson achieved his long-term goal this week - claiming the Number 1 token and a sub-20 at Bolton Parkrun in a brilliant time of 19:42! 6 fellow members also joined Mark in the tradition of Parkrun Saturday at Bolton while another 9 represented Burnden at Hilly Fields, Ormskirk, Witton and Peel.
 
LONDON CALLING FOR THE BURNDEN QUARTET
 
The famous London Marathon beckoned for four of our Burnden ladies. Rita Ledwards and Susan Wood travelled down with avid supporter and friend, Gillian McGowan who donated her ballot place to Wood and then became their official photographer! They were joined on the course by fellow BRR Jenni Partington. The largely flat course is set around the River Thames, starting in Blackheath and finishing on The Mall. Partington crossed the line in a speedy 4:32.00, Wood in 6:01:10 with Ledwards right behind in 6:01:21.
Tess Riley - just a week before she takes on the Manchester Marathon - also completed the London Marathon - virtually! Riley ran the 26.2 around her local Astley Bridge and Bromley Cross with support from friends and crossing her own finish line in 5:05:48. The Marathoners raised money for Bolton Hospice.
 
BRR IS THE WORD AT THE RIVINGTON HALF
 
Gloves and waterproofs were the order of the day as Burnden members headed to Rivington in torrential rain to compete in the Trail Half Marathon and scratched another one from the list of Club Championship races. It was no mean feat as some confusion at the race put our runners to the test - some competing up to 3 miles more than the standard 13.1! Despite the testing conditions and the extra miles, Rivington's beauty was a treat for the runners and Jonathan Sangster was the first to complete the tough trail - finishing in fifth position with a superb time of 1:35:54. Andy Dunleavy followed, arriving back at the Rivington and Blackrod School base in a great time of 2:05:46 with Neil Counsell less than 10 minutes later in 2:15:00. The remaining Burndeners completed the course in the following times - Ged Turner - 2:15:58, Paul Drew - 2:17:18, Gareth Lowe - 2:19:44, Steven Bate - 2:26:40, First Female Burndener Gayle Gerrard - 2:31:01, Vicki Hamer - 2:39:39, Philip Glassbrook - 2:45:12, Linda O'Byrne - 2:45:40, Jennifer Forkin - 3:49:50 and Cheryl Dunleavy - 3:49:50.
 
CHESTER MARATHON MEET UP FOR WOODIWISS AND PATEL.
 
Two of Burnden's star ladies, Mumtaz Patel and Sarah Woodiwiss, enjoyed a joint route finish as they ran the two Marathon events held over the weekend in Chester - Patel completing 26.2 miles of Marathon in 4:00:30 and Woodiwiss the 26.2km of Metric Marathon in 3:11:12. The Chester Marathon, welcoming up to 5000 runners, voted as the UK's best, takes in the famous Chester Racecourse and iconic landmarks before leading runners out into the countryside of Cheshire and North Wales then returning to the City along the River Dee. The Metric Marathon, the UK's only of its kind, also begins at the racecourse and takes runners through the City before heading out to Aldford and meeting up with the Marathon runners for the joint finish.
 
FULOP FLIES THE FLAG AT ROCHDALE 10K
 
Tony Fulop was the sole Burnden representative - opting for Rochdale over Rivington by competing in the Williams BMW Rochdale 10K. Fulop finished in a fantastic time of 1:04:14. The local race welcomes up to 1000 runners, starting on the Esplanade in the town centre and includes town sites and some of the borough's best countryside.
 
SMILES AS CROSS COUNTRY RETURNS
Paul Duke, Burnden's Cross Country Captain welcomed 3 ladies and 8 men to his Team on Sunday afternoon as the Red Rose League kicked off at Leigh. Results came in, splattered by mud of course but accompanied by smiles all round, with a special shout out to first timers Adam Austin (46:55) and Mark Jackson (42:22) and Burnden returner Keith Thomas. First back from the men's 4 lap course was Duke in 37:58 followed by Steve Nolan in 40:54 and Pete Hopley in 41:12. Leading the ladies home from the 2 lap course was Gwen Kinloch in 23:29 followed by Holly Craggs in 25:49 and Louise Wall in 35:20. Other results for Burnden were William Thomas - 43:56, Tony Wall - 46:21 and Andy Warburton - 53:01.

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