Burnden Race Reports
In the end Burnden did manage to get 10 members out for this virtual event, and even succeeded in getting the required team of 4 men and 4 ladies to compete. Alright, we didn’t set the world alight with our team performance, finishing well down in the ‘team scores’ table, but as we all know it is taking part that matters above all else.
Andy Dunleavy (32:31) and Cheryl Dunleavy (60:00) chose Leverhulme Park as their venue for the 5 mile time trial, while Gwen Kinloch (37:48) and Andy Warburton (43:36) both selected the Blackburn Road/Darwen Road/Tonge Moor Road/Ring Road route which is familiar to most Burnden runners. An out-and-back course along Chorley Old Road, from the RMI club to Beaumont Road, was the choice of Jane Forrest (42:47) and Colm O’Brien (44:03). Anne Ferguson (39:26) ran along Barrow Bridge Road and Moss Bank Road in her ‘there-and-back-again’ run. Louise Righini (54:30) ran a mixture of road and cycle paths in the Radcliffe/Bank Top area, but surprisingly left out the scenic Bolton and Bury canal path in her circular route. Paul Christie (40:19) also picked a circular St. Helens Road/Hulton Lane/Wigan Road/A6 route and has to admit to being joined by wife Sheila who cycled round alongside shouting words of encouragement. His ears have stopped ringing now! Mel Walker (45:31) unfortunately didn’t share his route, but had the honour of a top 3 finish in his category finishing 3rd in the M75’s.
Friday 15th January 2020
Just 5 Burnden runners managed a run last weekend, our lowest turnout in the 17 weeks that we have been participating in the 30 minute challenge.
If only the weather would get better/drier/warmer! Tony Wall (6,560 metres) was 1st in the M60’s and took Burnden’s winning streak in this category up to 12 weeks. Andy Dunleavy (5,740) and Trevor Eagle (4,280) were the other 2 Burnden men taking part. Our only PB, our first of 2021, was delivered by Louise Righini who ran 4,620 metres which was an increase of 10 metres over her previous best run three weeks ago. That’s the best way to do it Louise, a small increase week on week is definitely the way to go. Cheryl Dunleavy (3,750) completed the Burnden contingent and even with a low turnout we still managed to finish as 9th team overall.


As expected the conditions underfoot were not great for the British Master's Virtual 10K Challenge and extending the time period for a couple of days didn't really do anyone any great favours. It did however mean that 6 members managed to complete the challenge, although for some of us navigating the icey patches on the roads meant a little bit of walking with arms held out for balance. An out and back along Chorley New Road was Trevor Eagle's (1:21:00) course, while Paul Christie (50:35) chose the A6 for his there and back again outing. Louise Righini (1:09:14) decided against an out and back run and instead opted for a circular route with over 140 metres of elevation (well some people just don't like flattish runs) around the Bradley Fold/Ainsworth area. Meanwhile both of the Dunleavy's went loopy! Cheryl Dunleavy (1:13:30) ran some loops around Leverhulme Park to remind herself just how challenging that particular parkrun is. Also taking in stretches of Long Lane as well, Cheryl’s run managed to climb a total of 83 metres. At the other end of the spectrum with just 2 metres of elevation, Andy Dunleavy’s 25 laps of the Leverhulme track for a time of 39:54 might have seemed more sensible than road running; but 25 times around the track is, I think, just a little too much of a price for keeping off the pavements. The Middlebrook Trail was Gwen Kinloch choice of route for her out and back 10 kilometre distance and a time of 45:20 and second place in the W60 category was her reward at the end of it all. Let us all hope that the next Master’s races that we can take part in are actual, rather than virtual, runs. Well done everyone!

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