Burnden Race Reports

Tuesday 7th January 2020


Jonathan Sangster got his running year off to a great start by Winning the Holcombe moor 10k, which is part of Howler trail series. In tough conditions over the climbs of Peel tower and Pilgrims cross Jonathan led home the field in an outstanding time of 51:20. Joining him in the event but on the half marathon course was Richard Bell who completed the 2 lap course in a very credible 2:41:20


The Festive period didn't stop Burnden members racing in all parts of Europe and at very different events. Busiest were Lyndsay Darbyshire( F50) and Anne Ferguson ( F60) who both completed a hatrick of category victories at the Astley park winter festival 4 mile race, the Trails and Ales Fell race in Rivington and most recentley the Central Lancashire half marathon. The pick of the results surely goes to Lyndsay who completed the Central Lancs half marathon in a time of 1:36:21and a massive 6 and a half minutes ahead of her nearest age category rival.


Astley Park; Lyndsay Darbyshire 33:16, Anne Ferguson 34:17, Steve Bate 35:52, Karen Smith 39:14 and Diane Wylie 42:41

Trails and Ales fell race; Christophe Menand 1:06:33, Anne Ferguson 1:07:27, Lyndsay Darbyshire 1:09:34, Tim Taylor 1:13:13, Ged Turner 1:13:42, Jane Forrest 1:23:15 and Liz Hopley 1:32:38

Central Lancs Half Marathon;

Lyndsay Darbyshire 1:36:21, Anne Ferguson 1:44:09 and Mark Butler 1:58:27.


Sarah Watton continued her excellent end of year form by claiming a podium finishing 3rd Lady this time in the San Silvestre 3mile race in Lanzarote. Sarah finished in a time of 19:29.


Also on her travels and also finishing 3rd lady was Ladies captain Vicki Hamer. Vicki took on the Toyen Parkrun in a very icy course in Oslo, Norway. Finishing in a great time of 22:35.


At the Ribble Valley 10k in Clitheroe there was 4 members including a debut race for Adam Austin who brought the team home in an encouraging time of 46:12.

Other results;

Mark Butler 49:43, Debra Hennessy 1:02:55 and Claire Yates 1:03:46


At the Festive Christmas Bauble 10k, Karen Smith was Burnden sole representative finishing in a time of 1:10:42 on a tough course around Rivington.


Only one Cross county race over the same period saw Paul Duke and Aidy Ashburn tackle the Arrow park course in Birkenhead. The duo both had strong runs finishing in 61st and 124th respectively in a field of over 250 in the Merseyside Sunday League.


Also on Merseyside, saw Sarah Woodiwiss complete back to back Marathons on consecutive days at the Liverbird marathon event held on New year's Eve and New year's Day.

Tuesday 17th December


The Sun was definitely shining on Sarah Watton as she recorded a Personal best time of 1:38:02 at this year's Lanzarote Helford marathon. The point to point course starts at the popular Puerto Del Carmen and finishes along the coast in Costa Teguise.


Getting into the Festive spirit were Jackie Cairns( 1:02:06) and Joanne Darby ( 1:02:35) at the Great Langdale Pudding Run. This year saw over 700 runners tackle the10K course in the North West Lake District.


Teamwork was certainly the order of the day at the Montane Cheviot Goat ultra event in Northumberland. Burnden member Sarah Woodiwiss set off in tandem with good friend Kelly Clarke to tackle the daunting 55 Mile course which also took in 9500ft of ascent. With gusts of upto 80mph winds, chest high streams, energy sapping bogs and extreme weather warnings it was never going to be easy. This proved to be the case as unfortunately the Duo were forced to withdraw after a mammoth effort some 46 miles in,due to Kelly suffering from hyperthermia in the extreme conditions. The event was held over 24hrs, and the Hardy duo stuck at it for just over 20 hours.


Marcus Chester was Burnden's sole representative at the popular Stockport 10mile road race. Marcus recorded a great time of 1:08:02.

There was a catalogue of sucesses stories at various parkrun locations over the last couple of weeks.

Richard Pollitt recorded a speedy 18:48 at Stretford, Richards first time under 19 minutes marking a great end to the year. Joining him and celebrating his 100th parkrun was Aidy Ashburn( 20:41). Shirley Staveley was first Lady home at Haigh Hall in a strong time of 23:26. Simon Marland (24:43.) and Sue Blackman(40:07) took part in the Snowden field park run in Peterborough.

Tuesday 3rd December 2019


Rossendale was the Venue that brought down the curtain on this year's Red Rose cross country season and there was some very strong performances enabling both the Men's and Ladies teams to finish well placed amongst some of the counties best off road teams. Leading the Ladies home on the day was Sarah Watton (27:16), followed by Liz Mclellan ( 27:46), Anne Ferguson (29:10 1st L60), Gwen Kinloch (29:39) and Lyndsay Darbyshire(31:21).

Series placings; Ladies team 6th overall. Liz Mclellan 2nd L50, Gwen Kinloch 2nd L55.

In the Men's race, captain Paul Duke(40:36) who clearly enjoyed the conditions was well ahead of Ed Ashton (43:25), Keith Thomas(43:40 2nd V60), Dave Smith(50:56) and Andrew Warburton(54:08).

Series placings; Men's team overall 9th. Keith Thomas 2nd V60.


Seven members took advantage of the favourable conditions and finish the year strongly at the popular and picturesque Wesham 10k. Mark Jackson (41:09) led them home followed by Paul Drew (47:00).

Other results; Sarah Woodiwiss(59:26), Debra Hennessey(1:03:13), Sharon Drew( 1:03:14), Shirley Robinson (1:06:43) and Trevor Eagle (1:18:01).


Aidy Ashburn continued his fine end of season form by running a half marathon personal best time of 1:42:34 at the iconic venue of Oulton Park race track in Cheshire. Aidy completed the lap race knocking over 2mins off his previous best.

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