Burnden Race Reports

Tuesday 9th November 2021

Wild wind, driving rain and Helvellyn elevation were no match for our three intrepid Burndeners as Holly Craggs, Jonathan Sangster and Sarah Watton brought home super times from the Lakeland Trails. Holly was aiming to complete the Helvellyn 15K while Sarah and Jonny decided to tackle the ‘Dirty Double’ of both the Helvellyn 15 and Ullswater 14K races.
For the Helvellyn race, runners must start and finish on the shores of beautiful Ullswater in Glenridding and follow well-marked, marshalled footpaths and bridleways through ancient woodlands and into the foothills of the imposing mountain. Our trio were treated to stunning panoramic views of Ullswater and dramatic vistas of Helvellyn and the surrounding peaks.
Super-speedy Sangster was the quickest to cross the course – making it home in an eye-watering 1:07:39. As the ‘biblical’ weather made it tough to stay upright on the gruelling course, Holly conquered the crags in a cracking 1:31:47 with Watton battling through the wet and windy route in a wonderful 1:34:37.
Not content with the one race, Jonny and Sarah completed the stunning Ullswater 14K which challenged them to climb up to Boredale Hause before an ‘exhilarating descent’ back down to the Patterdale Valley with breathtaking views. Jonny finished in a superb 1:14:55 and Sarah in a fantastic 1:38:44.
The accolades came thick and fast as Burnden took over Wheelton on Sunday to chalk another race from the Club Championship list.
The 37th Annual Dressers’ Arms’ ‘Through The Villages’ was the route of choice. The tough 8.5 miles is famous among Burnden runners for its ‘undulating’ or ‘very hilly’ route but offers some beautiful scenery as the paths lead through Wheelton, Abbey Village and Brinscall.
Lee White was first man home in a speedy 55:21 – taking a PB for his 4th time finishing this race. Gwen Kinloch was first Burnden lady in a superb 1:02:58, winning V60, and Lyndsay Darbyshire was second Burnden lady winning V50 in a brilliant 1:05:59.
Peter Hopley was not far behind White with a brilliant 57:38 and Mark Jackson finished as third man in 59:04. Also in the top 5 were newly appointed Club Coach, Andy Dunleavy, in 1:00:35 and recent graduate of the Burnden Bees, Martin Whitehead, in 1:05:15.
Other results were as follows:
Adrian Ashburn – 1:05:25, David Smith – 1:05:39, Marcus Hamer – 1:05:50, Keith Thomas – 1:07:11, Ged Turner – 1:08:00, Adam Austin – 1:08:27, Anne Ferguson – 1:09:07, Neil Counsell – 1:09:07, Steven Bate – 1:12:34, Gayle Gerrard – 1:12:54, Verity Harrison – 1:14:11, Andy Warburton – 1:17:28, Lawrence McDonald – 1:19:41, Tess Riley – 1:23:19, Philip Glassbrook – 1:24:09, Nia Bell – 1:29:37, Cheryl Dunleavy – 1:40:04, Jennifer Forkin – 1:40:05, Gillian McGowan – 1:47:47, Shirley Robinson, Sarah McConnell – 1:49:53, Trevor Eagle – 2:14:52.
Louise Righini inched ever nearer to her goal of 40 10Ks before age 40 as she completed a virtual run for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. Louise headed out on a lovely autumn morning to Bury along the canal and then returning to Radcliffe along part of the old railway lines.
Chairman Christie at the Masters
Burnden’s Chairman, Paul Christie, represented the club at the British Masters 5K, finishing in 11th position of the V65. Strong blustery winds made the 4.6 laps of the 1.1 km circuit very challenging. Paul finished in an great time of 22:17.
Ferguson and Nolan – Fell Champs 2021
Tuesday 2nd November 2021
4 Burndeners reached lofty heights at Cragg Runners’ annual Fell Race, ‘Race you to the Summit’, which was the last in this year’s Fell Champs.
Now in its 55th year, the race boasts an ascent of 800+ feet and a distance of 4.3 miles. Runners must race from the Summit Inn to the White Horse Pub, near Blackstone Edge, touch the pub wall, then return to the Summit for a well-earned pint!
133 runners touched the wall and Steve Nolan was first BRR back to the pub in 37th place with a speedy 39:47 and winning his V60 age category. Ed Ashton followed in 41st place with 40:31 then Fell Captain, Ged Turner, in 63rd place with 44:54. Gareth Lowe came down from up high in 46:12 and in position 68.
Tess Riley completed her first Ultra Marathon this weekend – choosing 32 miles as her distance and winning 2nd Lady!
Grim Up North’s Hubble Bubble Day 1 was Riley’s route of choice she finished the whopper of a race in 6:53:06 to claim her trophy. Starting off with rain, the sun came out by the end of this out and back route along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Kirkstall.
We don’t think this will be Tess’ first Ultra as she reportedly ‘absolutely loved every minute!’
Burndeners were chuffed to receive their Bolton Marathon Twin Town Challenge Medal courtesy of Zento Ltd. Joining forces or as individuals, the mission was to run the virtual distance of 2021 miles from Bolton to Le Mans in France, to Paderborn in Germany and back again by the end of September. Team Bonbons completed the mission as a collective and consisted of 10 members, Team Sole Mates had members, Linda O'Byrne and Gareth Doherty and Team Jane, Andrea and Gillian was a three. Kudos to Tracy Berry, Emma Walker and Sarah Woodiwiss who all undertook the challenge as solo runners! Zento fulfilled the order in recognition of the scale of the challenge undertaken.
Two zombies, a vampire, a skeleton, a devil, a couple of witches and more faced their fears at the Fylde Coast Runners’ Fright Night 10K. Lit only by headtorches and flashing lights, a chilling crowd of runners completed the two-lap course around Haigh Hall’s (usually) scenic and ‘boo-tiful’ woodland. Illuminated marshalls were scattered throughout the forest, appearing from the darkness to guide the gruesome gathering round the route.
Luckily, our Burndeners survived – even beating three inflatable flamingos to cross the line and bringing home some treats as well as the tricks! This event was special as several of the summer graduates from the Burnden ‘Bee-ginners’ Group’ (now ‘Inbee-tweeners’) took part. Leaders Jen and Shirley paid homage to the ‘Bees’ by adapting their witchy costumes to ‘Bee-Witched’ with attached felt bees.
Coach, Andy Dunleavy, was the fastest zombie in Wigan – achieving a V60 category win and managing to bring all his rotting limbs past the finish line in a very fright-tastic 46:46! Bee, Simon Irving, was second zombie home – achieving his goal of sub-60 in a blood-spattered 57:19. Burnden’s Tech Whizz, Lawrence McDonald, was just 22 seconds behind – finishing in 57:41. First female to survive was Bee, Chelsea Entwistle, – fresh from the Mast 10K to take on Fright Fest - she smashed it in 1:02:23. Bee, Louise Righini was just 15 seconds behind, rattling her skeleton bones to the finish in 1:02:38.
Other results for our spooktastic sprinters were Bees Jason Attwood and Ian Mann in 1:07:47 and 1:12:01 respectively, Back Marker Bee, Cheryl Dunleavy, in 1:19:32 and Bee Leaders Jennifer Forkin and Shirley Robinson in 1:19:36 and 1:19:37 respectively.
Gayle Gerrard was the sole representative at St Helens Striders’ annual race. Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Sankey Valley and Carr Mill Dam, the multi-terrain run is in its 6th year. Gerrard conquered the 5 mile mud-fest in a very impressive 45:43.
Chester Zoo 10K is a wonderful race where runners can see the animals in a whole new light while raising vital funds for the charity’s conservation work and to help care for the world’s threatened species.
Burndener Tony Fulop’s spectators included the elephants and giraffes before the route took him onto the closed roads of Chester and then back to the Zoo to cross the Finish.
Fulop was the lone wolf for Burnden but he chanelled his inner gazelle and crossed the line in a magical 1:06:26.
Ultra-legend, Sarah Woodiwiss, swapped running ultras to running from zombies as she and husband Tony joined the Zombie Hike!
Screams were heard for miles around as Sarah and Tony joined their daughter and a group of brave ramblers to trek across Holcombe Moor where zombies lay in wait! The photos say it all – smiles and scares all round!
The event was organised by The Sunnywood Project, a North West-based not-for-profit charity set up in lockdown to encourage people to get outside and involved in nature.
21 Burndeners added Parkrun to their list of things to do at the weekend with Halloween scares a-plenty at Bolton despite the rain.
Gayle Gerrard achieved a sub-25 at Heaton Park with a brilliant 24:44 and Mark Jackson flew past the finish at Preston in a superb 20:15.
10 BRRs stayed local, attending Bolton’s Leverhulme Park course, with Marcus Hamer first back in an impressive 24:18.
Other Parkrun hotspots were Queen Elizabeth, Skipton, Witton, Haigh Woodland and Fletcher Moss.
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.

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