Burnden Race Reports
Burndeners counted down the miles from 10 to cheese as they were presented with a wax block of local Creamy Lancashire as their prize at the Myerscough 10.
Despite the cold and the Brie-ze, it was all smiles for the team photograph as the penultimate Club Championship race dawned. Beautiful Lancashire welcomed members ready to collect their points and inch further up the league table with some ‘grate’ running.
It was all looking gouda for Lee White as he cleared the 10 miles in a breath-taking 1:02:48 – a new PB! Fresh from the gruelling Red Rose 10K on the Saturday, Cross Country Captain Paul Duke was hot on White’s heels in a speedy 1:04:46, also a new PB - on tired legs! Pete Hopley was third to cross in a swift 1:06:10.
Category accolades were a-calling for the ladies as Gwen Kinloch crossed the line first for the club in a fantastic 1:12:08 and added another V60 win to her impressive list. Lyndsay Darbyshire was just a few minutes behind in 1:15:29, collecting 2nd V50. Third lady was Gayle Gerrard in a 1:20:29 – fourth in her V45 category and a new PB! Anne Ferguson was fourth lady home but came 3rd in her age category with 1:20:36.
A platter of PBs was on offer as Burndeners made like marscapones and cantered around the course. As well as White, Duke and Gerrard, new PBs were on order for Mark Jackson – 1:06:58, Adrian Ashburn – 1:15:08, Linda O’Byrne – 1:22:24 and Jen Forkin – 1:51:44. It was the first 10 miler for Fell Captain, Ged Turner, – he smashed it in a brilliant 1:19:09.
Other results – Andy Dunleavy – 1:09:04, Gareth Lowe – 1:13:59, Adam Austin – 1:16:45, Steven Bate – 1:21:24, Paul Drew – 1:21:39, Verity Harrison – 1:23:26, Andy Warburton – 1:25:47, Tony Fulop – 1:46:09, Cheryl Dunleavy – 1:51:44 and Trevor Eagle – 2:27:34.
Whilst most of us were resting for Myerscough, Paul Duke and Keith Thomas headed to the infamous Marl Pits for the fourth and final race of the Red Rose Cross Country League. Mud and torrential rain were the rewards waiting for the stalwarts but Duke was rewarded with 2nd Vet 45 when the standings were released for the League. Gwen Kinloch was 1st V60 for her brilliant performances.
Race at Your Pace December was Louise’s Run number 37 for Bolton Hospice. The Burnden Bee ran from Radcliffe towards Leverhulme park to include some of the park run course, then back to Radcliffe on a lovely winter morning.
Saturday brought more runners to Parkruns around the country despite the horrendous weather. Bolton welcomed 6 runners. Mark Jackson finished in 23:49, Gareth Doherty – 29:51, Kathryn Berry – 29:54, Jenni Partington – 30:49, Paul Johnson – 32:12 and Ian Mann – 35:52.
Simon Marland and Sue Blackman headed to Windy Nook Parkrun – completing in 25:55 and 37:26 respectively. Worsley Woods was represented by Steven Bate who crossed in 24:10, Haigh Woodland by Liz Hopley – 32:17 and Alexandra Parkrun by Adrian Ashburn – 21:50.
Gwen Kinloch brought home superb accolades for Burnden in the Northern Master’s AC 10K Road Championships this week. Not only achieving a super-quick 43:46 for the Wesham 10K race, achieving 4th lady and 2nd V60, she was also featured in the best performances table with an Age Grade percentage of 89.83, winning her Masters’ category and bringing home a swish gold medal!
Andy Warburton and Tim Taylor also produced excellent performances at Wesham – Andy finishing third in his age category in 51:24 and also bringing home a gold medal for winning his Masters’ category. Tim finished the 10K in a speedy 48:46 – enjoying the lovely route and conditions despite the ‘bitter headwind!’.
The Wesham 10K race is one of the North West’s oldest 10K road races – it is a slightly undulating course taking runners around the lanes of Salwick and Lea Town.
Burnden duo Gareth Lowe and David Smith chosen sunshine over snowflakes this week as they escaped to Spain to compete in the Benidorm Half Marathon. The course takes runners right along the promenade with beautiful views of the Mediterranean at dusk.
Lowe achieved a Half Marathon PB on the course, finishing in a sunny 1:41:17. Smith followed in a bright 1:52:04.
It was Grand Prix time for Tony Fulop as he raced 10K at Oulton Park’s smooth motor racing circuit, home to many motor racing events including the British F3 and the British Superbikes Championship since the 1950s.
Fulop kept his grip throughout despite the undulation and cold conditions and he passed the chequered flag in a turbo-charged 1:06:49.
Mark Jackson was Manchester-bound this week as he conquered Stretford Parkrun – bringing a brilliant result with 18:56 and finishing in 10th overall position out of 347 runners.
Pennington Flash saw Pete Hopley finishing in a super 20:10, achieving third overall position in a field of 117.
Heaton Parkrun had three Burnden representatives with Adrian Ashburn crossing the line in 21:45, Gayle Gerrard in 24:32 and Chris Greenall in 25:51.
Staying close to home were 7 Burndeners tackling the Leverhulme Park course. Andy Dunleavy was first to cross in 21:44 with Francesca Caine next in 28:56 and birthday girl, Linda O’Byrne third in 31:12. Also finishing were Paul Johnson in 31:58, Sandra Caine in 33:23 and Nia Bell and Debra Hennessey – both finishing in 38:31.

23rd November 2021

Louise Righini chose the Virtual MoRunning 10K for her 36th race for Bolton Hospice as she races ever closer to her goal of 40 runs by her 40th birthday in December. The MoRunning event is organised by the men’s health charity, Movember.
Radcliffe resident Righini picked a lovely autumn day to race around the local and surrounding area – from Radcliffe to Bradley Fold to Ainsworth to Bury then returning to Radcliffe.
Louise finished her 10K in a ‘Mo’gnificient 1:03:03.
Burndeners once again travelled far and wide to represent the club at Parkrun.
Adrian Ashburn travelled to the newish Peel Parkrun at Salford, claiming a PB in a brilliant 21:26 while scenic Whitby saw the Hopleys populate the Cinder Track course – Pete crossing in a super smashing 19:13 and Liz finishing in 30:23.
Pennington Flash saw Gareth Lowe finish in a super 22:31, Steven Bate and Jane Compton finished the beautiful Worsley Woods course in 23:11 and 32:26 respectively, Jane Forrest represented at Hilly Fields, crossing in a brilliant 26:31 and a quartet of Burndeners produced excellent times over at Newby Bridge in the Fell Foot Parkrun. Gareth Doherty was first home in 29:04, Tony Woodiwiss in 29:16, Sarah Woodiwiss in 33:07 and Sandra Caine in 33:07 also.
Wales was not left out this week with Nia Bell completing Conwy Parkrun in 29:40. Haigh Woodland was another popular choice with Adam Austin and Shirley Staveley finishing in 22:58 and 24:51. Higginson Parkrun at Marlow saw Simon Marland and Sue Blackman finish in 24:58 and 35:20 respectively.
Bolton, of course, was not abandoned this week with results flying in from the following members –
Andy Dunleavy was first home in 21:25, Marcus Hamer was next in 22:46 and Mark Jackson third in 23:27. The results continued with Vicki Hamer – 25:48, Gayle Gerrard – 26:16, Chris Greenall – 27:24, Robert Bell – 29:37, Philip Glassbrook – 30:02, Rachel Prior – 31:39, Ian Mann – 33:00, Cheryl Dunleavy – 38:09 and Debra Hennessey – 39:32.

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