Burnden Race Reports
26th October 2021
The Winter Hill Mast beckoned for 7 Burndeners as they braved the tough 10K trek in aid of Bolton Mountain Rescue.
In its 51st/52nd year, the perilous route requires the runners to navigate sections of trail, track, woodland, moor and bog with over 400 metres of ascent thrown in, and in late October that takes some pluck!
Recent graduate of the Burnden Beginners’, Chelsea Entwistle, was first female back down in 1:19:03, braving a smile at the end of the brutal course as she cradled some well-deserved hot drinks! Club Coach Andy Dunleavy was first male home in an impressive sub-60 – 58:09. Tim Taylor followed Dunleavy in 1:06:48 and David Smith followed Taylor in 1:09:34.
Other results were as follows – Philip Glassbrook – 1:22:49, Rachel Prior – 1:34:35 and Robert Bell – 1:34:35.
Ged Turner headed to Hutton Roof to fly the flag for Burnden in the delayed 35th running of the traditional Fell Race. Not far from Kirby Lonsdale, the picturesque race route treats runners to the beautiful views of the hills of Hutton Roof Crags and Farleton Knott as they run alongside the scree.
Packing in 7 miles and 400 metres of ascent, Turner crossed the line in an impressive 78 minutes and achieved position 122/203. Ged was thrilled to win a prize in the race’s raffle, but his delight was dampened as he discovered it was a bottle of gin. Unfortunately, Ged’s not a gin fan but we’re sure he’ll find someone to gift it to!
A small but intrepid group of six members braved the mud at Heaton Park as the Cross Country season powered forward with the first race of the South East Lancs league. The challenging course and a new route didn’t break the smiles or strength of the six as Gwen Kinloch brought home another V60 category win for the ladies, finishing in 35:48. Holly Craggs wasn’t far behind Kinloch as she finished in 38:43.
Captain, Paul Duke, was first home for the men with 39:47 with Steve Nolan in 44:48, Keith Thomas in 45:40 and Tony Wall in 48:14.
Mark Jackson continued his quest to conquer the local Parkruns by achieving sub-19 at Peel in a heart-pumping 18:58. Over at Heaton Park, Aidy Ashburn achieved a sub 23 with 22:37 as did Adam Austin over at Sherwood Pines. Austin crossed in 22:53 in a spot of Parkrunning while on holiday at Centre Parcs. Burnden Beginner graduate Ian Mann also didn’t let a weekend away stop Parkrun by representing Burnden at York and finishing in 30:56.
Other Parkrun destinations were Bolton, Witton Park, and Victoria Dock.

19th October 2021


The Dunleavys headed to Huddersfield for the 10K Slaithwaite Slog – an out and back route along the canal – testing their legs and endurance with a steady climb up the hilly locks. Coach Andy worked hard and was rewarded with the 1st Male trophy in a superb time of 42:31 and Cheryl added another medal to her 10K collection – finishing in a great time of 1:13:53. The Yorkshire race is always a popular one – offering finishers a cake table and beer as well as the obligatory bling!


“Lands End to John O’Groats? No problem!” said our Gillian
Burnden legend Gillian McGowan is the smiling presence at every race, always up for a challenge and her recent undertaking was no mean feat – measuring a phenomenal 1,084 miles!
Gillian is now a LEJOG champion after spending 6 months completing the virtual journey from Lands End to John O’Groats by running, walking and cycling. Gillian used every opportunity she could to complete the distance – joining the Monday training nights, 1 Foot on the Track at Leverhulme Park on a Wednesday, the Club Championship Races from the Sale Sizzler 5K to the Lancaster Half, the Virtual Club Challenges, an impromptu marathon and also joining up with Harwood Cycling and North Bolton Runners.


Sarah Brown and Ian Mann, both recent graduates of the Burnden ‘Bee-ginners’ group, joined forces at the weekend to face the flat and fast 10K course in Knutsford, Cheshire. The race takes runners along beautiful country lanes through Over Peover, Snelson and Peover Heath. For Sarah, it was her first 10K and second race and she achieved a brilliant time of 1:10:58. Ian managed to break his PB – cutting almost 4 minutes off and crossing the line in 1:06:31.


Heaton Park’s Pretty Muddy 5K was the destination for a brave quartet as they raised money for Cancer Research UK. Tracy Berry, Louise Righini, Emma Sleith and Rhia Carr AKA The Bolton Mudders took on a variety of obstacles to complete the course - using not only running but bouncing and climbing as well!


Louise Righini took full advantage of the weekend to add to her total number of runs for Bolton Hospice by returning to Heaton Park on Sunday and running the Race for Life 10K as her number 33. Louise is heading closer to her goal number of 40 races before her 40th birthday in December as part of the Hospice’s 500 Faces Fundraising Appeal.


Race two of the Red Rose Cross Country League kicked off on Saturday afternoon – bringing 14 members to Leverhulme Park and resulting in category wins, smiles and lots of mud and war paint! Gareth Doherty was on hand to take photos for the group and did a cracking job of capturing the spirit of the event. There was a great atmosphere as Burnden brought their stars to perform with Sarah Watton, Paul Duke and Gwen Kinloch all achieving accolades for the club.

Sarah Watton was first Burndener home in a fantastic 24:59. Just 20 seconds behind was Gwen Kinloch – achieving 1st in her age category in 25:19 and Anne Ferguson 3rd home but just 14 seconds behind Kinloch and 2nd in her age category with 25:33.
Other results for the ladies were Holly Craggs – 26:57, Linda O’Byrne – 28:02, First Timer Chelsea Entwistle – 31:18 and Liz Hopley – 33:59.

Captain, Paul Duke was 1st Burnden home and 2nd in his age category – finishing the course in a brilliant 39:16 and was followed minutes later by Pete Hopley in 43:53 and William Thomas in 45:05.
Other results for the men were Tony Wall – 48:08, Gareth Lowe – 48:22, Neil Counsell – 50:41 and Andrew Warburton – 55:16.

After a gap of just over 6 years Burnden’s chairman, Paul Christie, took to the track again at the Northern Masters Track and Field Championships on Sunday.
First up was the 800 metres and there was a field of 5 male vet 65s in the event. Running in the outside lane for the first 100 metres, Paul took the shoulder of the leader for the rest of the first lap. Part way through the second and final lap someone overtook on the outside, but Paul accelerated to keep possession of the first lane and to force his opponent to run wide. Coming off the final bend Paul accelerated to finish first in a time of 2 minutes and 50.6 seconds to claim the gold medal.
After a gap of just over 2 and a half hours it was the ‘lung-busting’ 400 metres event. Two male vet 60s and two male vet 65s joined Paul on the staggered start line as this race in run entirely within your lane. Running in the middle lane, from the start Paul was closing down on the runners on the outside lanes but had no idea about the two runners on the inside. As the stagger unwound on the final bend Paul again found himself in front and, despite the legs starting to tighten up, managed to hold his position to again finish first in a time of 1 minute and 13.9 seconds. Two gold medals! Not a bad afternoon’s work.

28 Burndeners were out early on Saturday to populate the local Parkruns.
Chris Fielding was first back at Bolton in a great time of 22:40 in position 20 of 266 while Mark Jackson achieved sub-20 over at Heaton Park with 19:30. Tony Fulop smashed his PB over at Peel with 29:31.
Other Parkrun hotspots for Burnden this week were Haigh Woodland, Wythenshawe and Cheadle Hulme

12th October 2021
It was a warm one for Manchester as the trams, the strike thankfully called off at the eleventh hour, brought thousands to the city to take on the morning Manchester Half and the afternoon Manchester Marathon.
The mostly flat course, with some sneaky hills thrown in, takes runners from its Athletes Village at Old Trafford Cricket Ground through Trafford, to the City Centre then on to Stretford, Altrincham and Sale. It is famed for its support with crowds of all ages lining the streets to offer runners anything from cheers of encouragement to sweets to lager at one point! The support from Burnden themselves was immense as members not competing flooded to Manchester to cheer on all the marathoners. Member Cheryl Dunleavy deserves a special mention for her wonderful ‘Bee Board’ to celebrate the link of Bees to both Manchester and to the Bee-ginner and In-bee-tweener groups that Burnden host.
Burndeners were out in force to take on the challenges with recent Burnden Beginners’ graduate, Martin Whitehead, first to cross the finish line at the Half in a superb personal best time of 1:41:20. Rachel Mitchell-Denson, fellow Beginners’ graduate completed her first ever half marathon in an impressive 2:11:58.
Fellow Halfers were Adam Austin in a brilliant 1:46:45 and first Burnden female, Gayle Gerrard, smashing sub-two in 1:57:53. Julia Hall finished in 2:08:28 and Sue Thalange in 2:47:35.
Taking on the big one, the 26.2 miles in the afternoon, were 9 Burndeners – for many – their first ever Marathon and several raising funds for Bolton Hospice.
Just a week after finishing the London Marathon, Jenni Partington was first back in an amazing 4:43:18 with Emma Walker second in 4:47:51. Following Walker was Tess Riley, also fresh from Virtual London in 4:50:19. Louise Righini, recent Beginner graduate and taking on 40 runs before her 40th birthday for Bolton Hospice, added this race as her first marathon – clocking in at 5:36:33.
Fellow Marathoners finishing were Gillian Morris in 5:17:30, Rachel Prior in 5:24:24, Diane Wylie in 5:35:12, Jennifer Forkin in 5:37:52 and Rob Bell in 5:47:47.
Mumtaz Patel, just a day after taking on the Coniston 14, took part in the Marathon as a relay with three work colleagues – each taking on a quarter of the course. Patel and her team achieved a sub-four with 3:56:24.
The Coniston 14 was back this weekend after a delay and its scenery didn’t disappoint. The hilly course takes runners along the 14 miles of road surrounding Coniston water and rewards with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Mumtaz Patel was on fine form – achieving a sub-two with a finish time of 1:58:41. Steven Bate was first male home with 2:04:16 and Mark Butler followed in 2:16:37. Jackie Cairns and Diane Morrison finished in 2:51:48 and 3:00:04 respectively.
Parkrun was well represented at the weekend with 12 members opting for Bolton and many venturing further afield.
Men’s Captain, Marcus Chester was first Burndener back at Bolton in 7th position with 21:42 with Sarah Watton achieving second overall female with 24:47.
On the Isle of Bute at Mount Stuart Parkrun, Gwen Kinloch continued her category win collection – collecting a win for her age category, 1st female and 4th overall position in 23:15.
Other Parkrun tourist destinations for Burnden were Haigh Woodland, Worsley Woods, Heaton Park, Gorleston Cliffs and Millhouses

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