Burnden Race Reports

Tuesday 10th March 2020


Burnden got their Central Lancashire Grand Prix season under way at the Roddlesworth roller 9k race based in Abbey Village. The club were led home in a very close contest by Jonathan Sangster (37:31) and Paul Duke (37:32), Paul also claimed the prize of 1st M40. Next home was Gwen Kinloch (43:42) who was also 1st F60. Lyndsay Darbyshire (44:32) continued her good form by claiming first place in the F50 category.

Other results;

Adam Austin(43:47),Gareth Doherty( 43:53),Andy Dunleavy( 43:58 2nd M60),Adrian Ashburn(44:23), Andy Duffy( 44:31),Anne Ferguson ( 44:51 2nd F60), Steven Bate(46:46),Simon Marland (46:58), Mark Butler(46:59), Shirley Staveley( 47:05 2nd F55),Ged Turner( 47:27),Andy Warburton (49:13), Lawrence McDonald(50:15),Rachel Prior(51:03),Gareth Lowe(51:04),Sarah Watton(51:36),Vicki Hamer(51:37),Richard Blake(52:16),Gayle Gerrard (52:40),Robert Bell(52:46),Colm O'Brien(52:58),Jane Forrest(53:09),Emma Walker(55:42),Linda O'Byrne(57:01),Liz Hopley(58:26),Diane Wylie(1:05:45),Sue Blackman(1:12:01) and Cheryl Dunleavy( 1:15:24)


As one season started another closed yet with further sucesses. The South East Lancs cross country season finished later than planned due to a postponement earlier in the season. Whilst no team members ran the final race at Heaton park, places were cemented during the previous three races.

Placings; Ladies team 4th Overall, Winners of 40 plus category. Lyndsay Darbyshire( F50 1st), Gwen Kinloch(F55 1st) and Anne Ferguson(F60 1st F60).

Men: 12th Overall, Winners of 50 plus Category. Steve Nolan(2nd M55) and Keith Thomas( 1st M60).


Liz Mclellan (43:42) continued her good form this time at the rearranged Tatton park 10k. Liz took 1st F50 and an impressive 5th lady overall, on the blustery undulating out and back course.


A little further afield Gillian Morris took part in the Cambridge half Marathon.Gillian completed the course in an impressive time of 1:59:06.

The race which took in the Historic sights of the city, focusing on the University sites proved very popular with over 10,000 runners many of which including Gillian using the race as part of their marathon training.


The latest club member to take on a Duathlon did with great success. David Smith (2:51:58) came 1st M55 in the fire fighters Duathlon based from Rivington and Blackrod school. The event took on a 4 mile run, 25 mile bike ride and finished with a repeat of the 4mile run

Tuesday 3rd March 2020


Burnden runners faired well in their own race the Trotters5 claiming Category victories and the Ladies team prize.

The popular five mile route held around Smithills hall and farm saw the route hold firm given the recent unfavourable weather.

Liz Mclellan(37:18) was 1st F50 and led the ladies to victory along with Lyndsay Darbyshire (38:14) and Rachel Prior( 40:22).

The Men also claimed a couple of category Victories with John Edge(45:42) 1st M65 and Phil Glassbrook( 48:48) 1st V75.


Mark Jackson(36:15), Aidy Ashburn( 37:12),Andy Duffy(37:16), Adam Austin( 37:46),Dave Smith( 39:40), Neil Counsell(39:37),Gareth Doherty (40:01),Marcus Hamer(40:17), Mike Watkinson(41:00), Matthew Garner (42:34),Tony Wall( 42:45), Richard Blake (42:58), Elaine Roper( 44:38), Karen Smith(44:39), Lynda O'Byrne (45:09), Robert Bell(45:19),Paul Johnson (46:53),Sandra Caine(53;06),Diane Wylie( 53:37), Louise Wall( 54:34),Shirley Robinson( 58:32),Liza Ricioppo(59:33),Tracy Berry(1:00:39), Jen Forkin(1:00:53),Cheryl Dunleavy( 1:00:53),Debra Hennessey ( 1:01:59) and Nicola Hardy( 1:04:42).


Emma Walker was back on the PB trail again, this time over the 20 Mike distance at Oulton park. Emma completed the 7 lap event in an impressive time of 3:14:57


Serial Ultra event enthusiast Sarah Woodiwiss was on her travels again. This time in the Chester 50 event. Unfortunately the course was shortened due to the banks of the River Dee overflowing and making parts of the course impassable. The course was shortened to 44 miles and Sarah completed the course in a time of 13h 25 mins.

Tuesday 25th February 2020


Richard Pollitt led home a large contingent of Burnden Road Runners at this year's Lostock 6 road race. In doing so Richard knocked off an impressive 2 minutes from his time on the same course last year.

The race that takes in the roads and lanes around Lostock, Chew moor and Chorley New Road also saw age category victories for Steve Nolan ( M60), Phil Glassbrook ( M75) and Anne Ferguson(F60).

Results; Richard Poliitt (36:53), Steve Nolan (37:20), Andy Dunleavy (42:12), Lyndsay Darbyshire (43:20),Dave Smith ( 43:58), Adam Austin( 43:59), Steve Bate ( 44:40), Anne Ferguson( 45:34), Paul Christie (47:07),Gareth Lowe(47:57),Rachel,Prior(48:38),Richard Bell(48:38), Francis Mackin (49:12),Graham Robinson(51:17), Karen Smith(51:40), Clair Marland (53:56), Paul Johnson ( 54:11), Phil Glassbrook(55:44), Gillian Morris(56:25), Jane Compton(56:25), Emma Walker(56:26), Andrea Newton(58:28)and Cheryl Dunleavy(1:09:19).


On the Previous day, three members took part in the Standish trail 10k. In soggy underfoot conditions the trio were lead home by an in form Paul Duke who claimed a top ten finish in a time of 42:07. The race also saw a return to racing for Andy Dunleavy who was 3rd in the M60 category in a time of 50:49. Completeing the trio was Cheryl Dunleavy who came home in a time of 1:18 :30.


Mark Jackson, returned to the scene of his triumphs last year to claim second place in the Winter Hill 5k. Mark finished in a great time of 23:57 in not very favourable conditions. Also finishing the race was the ever improving Tracy Berry who finished in a time of 47:28

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