Burnden Race Reports
12th October 2021
It was a warm one for Manchester as the trams, the strike thankfully called off at the eleventh hour, brought thousands to the city to take on the morning Manchester Half and the afternoon Manchester Marathon.
The mostly flat course, with some sneaky hills thrown in, takes runners from its Athletes Village at Old Trafford Cricket Ground through Trafford, to the City Centre then on to Stretford, Altrincham and Sale. It is famed for its support with crowds of all ages lining the streets to offer runners anything from cheers of encouragement to sweets to lager at one point! The support from Burnden themselves was immense as members not competing flooded to Manchester to cheer on all the marathoners. Member Cheryl Dunleavy deserves a special mention for her wonderful ‘Bee Board’ to celebrate the link of Bees to both Manchester and to the Bee-ginner and In-bee-tweener groups that Burnden host.
Burndeners were out in force to take on the challenges with recent Burnden Beginners’ graduate, Martin Whitehead, first to cross the finish line at the Half in a superb personal best time of 1:41:20. Rachel Mitchell-Denson, fellow Beginners’ graduate completed her first ever half marathon in an impressive 2:11:58.
Fellow Halfers were Adam Austin in a brilliant 1:46:45 and first Burnden female, Gayle Gerrard, smashing sub-two in 1:57:53. Julia Hall finished in 2:08:28 and Sue Thalange in 2:47:35.
Taking on the big one, the 26.2 miles in the afternoon, were 9 Burndeners – for many – their first ever Marathon and several raising funds for Bolton Hospice.
Just a week after finishing the London Marathon, Jenni Partington was first back in an amazing 4:43:18 with Emma Walker second in 4:47:51. Following Walker was Tess Riley, also fresh from Virtual London in 4:50:19. Louise Righini, recent Beginner graduate and taking on 40 runs before her 40th birthday for Bolton Hospice, added this race as her first marathon – clocking in at 5:36:33.
Fellow Marathoners finishing were Gillian Morris in 5:17:30, Rachel Prior in 5:24:24, Diane Wylie in 5:35:12, Jennifer Forkin in 5:37:52 and Rob Bell in 5:47:47.
Mumtaz Patel, just a day after taking on the Coniston 14, took part in the Marathon as a relay with three work colleagues – each taking on a quarter of the course. Patel and her team achieved a sub-four with 3:56:24.
The Coniston 14 was back this weekend after a delay and its scenery didn’t disappoint. The hilly course takes runners along the 14 miles of road surrounding Coniston water and rewards with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Mumtaz Patel was on fine form – achieving a sub-two with a finish time of 1:58:41. Steven Bate was first male home with 2:04:16 and Mark Butler followed in 2:16:37. Jackie Cairns and Diane Morrison finished in 2:51:48 and 3:00:04 respectively.
Parkrun was well represented at the weekend with 12 members opting for Bolton and many venturing further afield.
Men’s Captain, Marcus Chester was first Burndener back at Bolton in 7th position with 21:42 with Sarah Watton achieving second overall female with 24:47.
On the Isle of Bute at Mount Stuart Parkrun, Gwen Kinloch continued her category win collection – collecting a win for her age category, 1st female and 4th overall position in 23:15.
Other Parkrun tourist destinations for Burnden were Haigh Woodland, Worsley Woods, Heaton Park, Gorleston Cliffs and Millhouses

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