Burnden Race Reports

Tuesday 15th October 2019


Sarah Woodiwiss completed the Snowdon Ultra at the second time of asking to gain the last peice of the GB ultra grand slam jigsaw for 2019. The grueling and toughest event of the four events, consisted of 53miles, 13400 feet of elevation and a cut off time of 24hours none stop, with various stage cut off times at check points along the way.
Sarah tackled well known tracks along the way including Pen-y-pass and the Pyg track before arriving at the summits of Snowdon, Pen-yr old wen and Llyn Crafiant before heading back down hill to the finish in Betws-y-coed.
Finishing with 32 mins to spare in a time of 23hrs and 28 minutes earned Sarah the Grand slam, which also included the Manchester to Liverpool Ultra, the Chester 50 ultra and Penine Barrier events spread through the year.


Saturday also saw the start of this year's cross country season, first up was the Red Rose League race at Leigh sports village. An encouraging start was made in favourable overhead conditions not so underfoot though. Captain Paul Duke led the team home in time of 39:09 earning him 53rd spot in the very strong men's section. Steve Nolan was 1st V55 in a time of 40:21, Keith Thomas(41:57) was 2nd V60.In the ladies race, 3 Burnden ladies were separated by only 36 seconds. Liz McLellan (23:00) and 2nd V50, Sarah Watton (23:13) and Gwen Kinloch(23:36 -2nd V55). Other results Men: Jonathan Sangster (40:20),Andy Dunleavy ( 43:26),Pete Hopley (44:03),Adrian Ashburn(45:04),Andrew Duffy(45:14), Mark Cannon(45:59),Steven Bate( 49:36),Andrew Warburton (54:20), Francis Mackin (56:52), Mark Turner ( 57:17).
Ladies: Liz Hopley( 30:31) and Cheryl Dunleavy ( 36:10).


At the Gin Pit 5 mile trail race, which was race 9 in the Central Lancashire Grand Prix series conditions again insured an interesting race. Leading the team home was Lee White( 32:14) finishing in an impressive 9th position. Andy Dunleavy ( 35:01) was 1st V60 and Paul Christie ( 39:23) was 1st V65 . Not to be out done, the Ladies team of Sarah Watton ( 35:00), Gwen Kinloch (36:25 1st 55) and Lyndsay Darbyshire (36:27 1st V50) took first place. Along with Anne Ferguson ( 39:411st V60)...cementing the ladies hold on their section in the series.
Other results: Richard Pollitt( 33:59), Gareth Doherty ( 34:21),Keith Thomas ( 35:03 2nd V60), Mark Cannon ( 35:52), Andrew Duffy( 35:41), Adrian Ashburn(36:16), Steven Bate(38:57), Chris Greenall (39:05), Vicki Hamer (40:20),Linda O'Byrne (41:12), Lawrence McDonald ( 42;05),Gayle Gerrard (42:21), Andy Warburton (42:37),Diane Wylie(46:26),Louise Wall(48:17), Tony Wall(51:52) and Cheryl Dunleavy ( 57:24).


Emma Walker led Burnden home at the Manchester half marathon finishing in a time of 1:59:24 completeing a great month for Emma with a hatrick of personal bests over 3 different distances. Jane Compton ( 2:13:02), Jackie Cairns (2:12:55), Joanne Darby ( 2:14:56) and Shirley Robinson( 2:39:08) also emulated Emma's by acheiveing personal bests.
Other results:
David Morrison( 2:22:34), Julie Morrison (2:22:34),Janine Taylor (2:30:48) and Jen For kin(3:22:33).


Further afield Don Nichol completed the Palma Half Marathon in a time of 1:54:26.


Parkrun also brought success for Burnden this week, Shay Walker(18:47)winning at Bolton. Aidy Ashburn ( 21:10) gaining consecutive Personal bests at Heaton park along with Chris Greenall (27:55) and Steven Bate( 30:56).Simon Marland travelled to Alvaston this week and finished in 22:47
In the 2 up 2 down Duathlon Tim Taylor finished 132nd from a field of 302 with a combined time of 2:43:50.

One of our newer members Gillian Morris took on a charity cycling challenge. Gillian along with 38 others cycled 170 miles over 2days from Porto( Portugal) to Santiago(Spain) raising over 50k for the charity End Youth Homelessness....Well Done Gillian.

Tuesday 8th October


Sarah Watton continued her good form as she led home a strong ladies trio at the Rivington trail half marathon. Her time of 1:48:42 and only 90 seconds behind the first lady earned her 3rd place in the Ladies race and a very creditable 35th from 251 finishers. Joining Sarah was Lyndsay Darbyshire (1:55:21) 1st V50 and Anne Ferguson (1:56:28) 1st V60...both claiming category victories for the second weekend in succession.
Don Nichol was first male home for Burnden in an excellent time of 1:59:14 and was 2nd in the V60 category.
Other results were: Dave Smith( 2:04:21), Stephen McCann( 2:04:58), Steven Bate( 2:06:20) and Sara Ellen ( 2:18:45).


In another local race, the Team Deane 10k, which takes in the trails and paths of Deane and Lostock Burnden was again well represented in this Charity race raising funds for Bolton hospice in memory of Alison Brady.
Results: Kath Berry ( 56:36), Jane Crompton (1:04:00) Jen Forkin (1:16:06), Nicola Hardy( 1:16:08), Emma Sleith (1:27:39) and Gillian McGowan (1:54:11) who showed great support for the event by walking the course.


Andy and Cheryl Dunleavy were on their travels again this time taking part in the Goyt Valley 10k trail race in Tameside. Andy was 2nd V60 in a time of 46:26 whilst Emma came home in 1:20:42.


Sunday was the day for the longer distance runners to shine at the Chester Marathon. Mark Jackson completed his 20th Marathon and his quickest yet. Mark brought home the Burnden group in a Personal best time of 3:50:09. Sharon Drew started and finished her first marathon in a time of 4:58:57. Other results; Mumtaz Patel( 3:56:22), Emma Walker( 4:28:25) and Debra Hennessey(5:09:11).


Parkrun travellers this week included; Aidy Ashburn recording a course best at Heaton park in a time of 21:17, Gayle Gerrard also had a successful run on the same course finishing in 24:09. Serial travellers Simon Marland( 23:12) and Sue Blackman( 38:46) ran the Eastville park event in Bristol.

Tuesday 1st October


The eighth round of races in this years Central Lancs Grand Prix at the new Swinton 5 course proved a damp but successfull trip for Burnden.
First male home and 22nd overall was Lee White (32:47), first Lady home and 3rd Senior was Sarah Watton (35:26).
Further success followed in the Team and age category sections with the Ladies team of Lyndsay Darbyshire( 36:40) Sarah Watton (35:26) and Gwen Kinloch (35:43) finished second Ladies team behind a strong home Swinton team.
Lyndsay was also 1st FV50, Gwen also won her category claiming 1st FV55. Anne Ferguson was 2nd In the FV60 section.

Not to be outdone the Men also brought home some category victories. Andrew Duffy (35:39) was 1st MV55, followed by team mate Mark Cannon(35:48) who was 2nd MV55. Paul Christie(39:44) was 2nd V65 completing the podium finishes for Burnden. Other results;
Gareth Doherty (34:32), Aidy Ashburn (36:42). Dave Smith(38:30),Steven Bate(39:18),Don Nichol(40:19), Chris Greenall (40:53),Mark Butler(41:02), Andy Warburton (41:27),Gayle Gerrard ( 41:28),Linda O'Byrne (42:58),Tony Wall(45:01),Diane Wylie (46:17), Louise Wall (48:21), Cheryl Dunleavy (55:41) and Trevor Eagle( 1:02:07).


Liz McLellan was in Duathlon action this time at Oulton Park. Liz finished in an impressive 3rd place in the Ladies race and 32nd Overall.
Her times were 18:06 ( 4.3kms) in the first run, 41:23( 21kms) bike and finished with another 4.3kms run in 19:00.


Parkrun travellers this week included a trip to Southsea Nr Portsmouth for Simon Marland (24:10) and Sue Blackman (39:40).

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