Burnden Race Reports


3rd November 2014


It was a double header for the Staveley team with the Helvellyn 15K kicking off Weekend proceedings.  Part of the Lakeland trail series the route takes in the foothills of Helvellyn with elevated views of Ullswater.  Andy Staveley ran a superb race in 1:03:54, 21st overall in the main race and 1st V50.  Meanwhile Shirley Staveley ran a strong 1:22:27 for 164th position.

The following day, the Ullswater 14K completed the ‘Dirty Double’, starting in the hamlet of Howtown and taking in the footpaths and bridleways along the lake shore, again with views of Helvellyn and the surrounding peaks always in sight.   Andy Staveley once more ran to a 1st V50 and 12th overall in 1:05:28, whilst Shirley Staveley completed the prize winning weekend with a 1st F50 in 1:25:25, 62nd overall.

Paula Pilling completed the 10K at Helvellyn with an impressive 32nd overall and 7th Lady in 49:03.

At the 31st Sweatshop Through the Villages the unusual distance of 8.5 miles attracted a small contingency of grey vests.  Taking in the villages of Wheelton, Brinscall and Abbey Village this hilly course tests even the most seasoned hill runner.  Simon Marland, on his way back to pre-injury form, was first back for the Club in 1:03:47.  Anne Ferguson was the first lady with 1:06:17 for 1st F55, our only category win of the day.

Simon Marland 1:03:47, Don Nichol 1:05:36, David Newman 1:05:48, Anne Ferguson 1:06:17, Graham Robinson 1:10:22, Elaine Roper 1:12:21, Maria Parkinson 1:22:08, Liz Hopley 1:27:13.

Finally, Andy Staveley returned to the Tuesday Night Bat League at the 4.5mile Hilly Goat Puffer, completing the course in 34:47 for 5th place.


27th October 2014


The penultimate race in the Burnden Club Championship at the challenging Accrington 10K brought out 54 runners jostling for final positions and qualifying points.  A course new to many proved an interesting run at this classic distance.   The first undulating half mile gave way to a freefall of almost 1.5 miles of downhill before hitting the first serious climb at the 3 mile mark and which continued for the following 2 miles.  Unseasonably mild conditions but with a strong breeze in the face of runners for much of the tough climb saw the resolute grey vests comfortable at what they do best.  On the turn at 5 miles an undulating last mile brought some respite from the wind and a quick dash to the finish line.

John Knowles picked up the top points, securing his position in the Championship battle, coming home in 8th position in 36:05 and narrowly missing 1st V40 by just 2 seconds.  The only male category winner of the day was the assiduous Keith Thomas, 1st V55 in 40:38.

John Knowles 36:05, Rob Short 39:54, Glen Kenyon 40:00, Lee White 40:10, Pete Hopley 40:24, Keith Thomas 40:38, Ian Pudge 41:53, John Turner 41:58, Marcus Taylor 43:47, Christophe Menand 44:08, George Butler 44:40, Paul Christie 44:50, Simon Marland 45:31, Tony Wall 45:43, Neil Critchley 46:21, Colm O’Brien 46:33, Don Nichol 46:37, Mark Butler 48:04, Craig Philpot 48:50, Mark Turner 48:59, David Aulton 49:51, Matt Barker 50:10, John Hall 53:19, Dave Pearson 55:13, Jeff Pendlebury 55:28, Alec Cottrill 57:19, Peter Whiteside 1:04:35, George Ogden 1:08:11

Once again the strong ladies team dominated the prizes with Gwen Kinloch winning the close run battle for first Burnden lady and 1st F50 in 43:34 just ahead of Kirsty Normanton, 1st F40 in 43:40.  Paula Pilling completed the category wins with a fine 45:56 to claim 1st F35.  Strong runs by an all Vets combination gave a comfortable Ladies overall team win for the intrepid trio.

Gwen Kinloch 43:34, Kirsty Normanton 43:40, Paula Pilling 45:56, Lyndsay Darbyshire 46:18, Isaline Kneale 47:16, Anne Ferguson 47:17, Jane Forrest 48:03, Holly Craggs 48:22, Carolyn Barker 48:29, Katy Thompson 49:09, Kelly Sullavan 49:39, Beverley Walker 50:40, Sheila Christie 53:48, Lesley Kaneen 57:21, Clair Marland 58:16, Diane Morrison 1:00:02, Karen Taylor 1:00:33, Liz Hopley 1:03:09, Louise Wall 1:05:39, Ann Butler 1:08:50, Rita Ledwards 1:08:50, Amanda Ogden 1:14:20, Louise Geoghegan 1:16:35, Sue Blackman 1:16:35, Gillian McGowan 1:18:35, Christine Pendlebury 1:18:35

At the Snowdonia Marathon Phil Eccleston gave the performance of his life.  With over 2800ft of climb Eccleston ran less than a minute outside his Personal Best on a flatter Blackpool course to take 8th place in a spectacular 2:50:28.  An ecstatic Eccleston, who has completed this race five times now, said “I felt good from the start, training has gone well and I knew what I needed to do, the pace was a little fast at the start but once I settled in the rest just fell into place.  This has given me confidence I can transfer now to a faster flat marathon but next year I would like to go back to Snowdonia and claim the podium position.”  With just over three weeks until Eccleston’s own event, the Hell of a Hill, 5 marathons in 5 days event he is looking forward to using his experience to encourage the runners around the gruelling 8 lap course.

Also completing marathons this week was David Newman who likewise finished at Snowdonia in 4:03:40. Susan Williams completed the Dublin Marathon, her first ever at the distance, in 4:58:36, and Lorraine Halwood who finished the Montane Trail 26 marathon at Rivington in 5:29:11 perfect training for the forthcoming Hell of a Hill.


20th October 2014


International duties called this week with a regular pilgrimage to the Sunny Island of Majorca for the TUI Palma Half Marathon.  Warm and bright conditions,  with temperatures soaring into the high 20’s, welcomed six Burnden vests to the historic and scenic course around Palma. 

Colin Rigby was first home in 1:32:16 followed by Shirley Staveley 1:48:26, Jane Forrest 1:50:35, Don Nichol 1:59:52, Julie Newton 2:07:01 and Liz Hopley 2:21:01

In the 10K event Stewart Jones finished in 48:40

Slightly further afield at the Thessaloniki Half Marathon Lesley Fisher picked up first F55 for her 1:51:32 and Dave Pearson ran a 2:05:26 in this unusual night race which started at Sunset and was followed by a night street party.

In the Tuesday Night Bat League at Appley Bridge, The Fashionable Badger (4.8 miles, 342ft) was run by Keith Thomas (2nd) 36:45 and Andy Staveley (7th) 37:13

In other races, Phil Eccleston took 11th place at the highly competitive Lytham Green Drive 5, part of the Lancashire AA 5 mile Championships.  Eccleston ran a strong 28:57 to beat off strong competition in the field of 234.

Gari Jones, just back from prolonged injury ran 57:58 on a hilly and blustery Bangor 10K course.

Finally, Andy Staveley battled wild, wet and windy conditions in the Ennerdale 25K Trail race.  Set in a spectacular location nestled beneath Haystacks, Great Gable and Kirk Fell, the race started from Ennerdale Bridge and followed Ennerdale Water and up the Valley to Black Sail Hut.  This marked the turning point and the route crossed the River Liza to return along forest trails set beneath the stunning backdrop of Pillar Rock including a short exposed scramble around Anglers Crag above the lake.   Staveley put in a sterling performance to clock an impressive 2:05:52 for 6th overall and 1st V50     


The Central Lancs Grand Prix has now concluded with a nail biting finish for the mens Vets team category with a well-attended final race at Gin Pit bringing Burnden within 15 points of the eventual winners, Bolton Harriers.   In the male Vet categories, John Knowles held a comfortable lead for 1st V40 and Tony Wall took 2nd V55.

The Ladies performed even better, executing perfect form throughout the series to be crowned Ladies Champions.  It was with no surprise that this transferred to a number of Veteran category wins with a clean sweep across the board for Kirsty Normanton  (1st L40, 2nd overall), Isaline Kneale (1st L45, 5th overall), Gwen Kinloch (1st L50, 3rd overall), and Anne Ferguson (1st L55).

Special awards also go to Kirsty Normanton and Mark Turner who were two of only four who competed in all 11 races this year.

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