Burnden Race Reports

Thursday 13th May 2021

A huge welcome back to Don Taylor, Andy Warburton and Gwen Kinloch who competed this week for the first time in 2021. Don ran a total of 5,187 metres in his 30 minute run and was rewarded with 3rd place in the M65 category. Andy (5,327) and Gwen (6,550) both put in excellent efforts and Gwen also earned a 3rd place category finish in her W60 group. Our only PB this week saw Julia Hall better her March debut distance by 80 metres to set a new best of 5,490 metres. Our third lady runner this week saw Louise Wall compete for the 13th time in 2021, this week covering a total of 4.6 kilometres. That just leaves our two category winners Tony Wall and Paul Christie. Ever-present runner Tony won his M60 category, for the first time since 21st March (but who’s counting – well, me actually) with a run of 6,560 metres. May 9th was Paul’s 67th birthday so he thought it would be a good idea to see if he could cover 67 (hundred) metres on the day. So his normal training schedule was furloughed for the week, as all his efforts were saved for a Sunday run. Thankfully that proved a good move as he (I) recorded a PB equalling 6,740 metres and a 1st place in the M65’s. Not a new PB but a satisfying run nevertheless! This week saw just 12 teams from the 205 finishers, with Burnden finishing 5th, pipping Westbury Harriers by just under 30 metres.


Two first places, one second place, one third place and a PB was Burnden’s haul this week. In his second week in the 30 minute competition, Mel Walker increased his distance from April’s run by just 38 metres, setting himself a new personal best of 5,288 metres. Mel won the M75 category and ran the 4th best distance of all the M70+ males. Andy Dunleavy (7,160) and Tony Wall (6,680) finished in 1st and 2nd place in their M60 category, while Paul Christie (6,250) came 3rd in the M65 grouping. Jenni Partington (5,691 metres) led home the Burnden ladies trio of runners and was just 110 metres shy of setting herself a second PB of 2021. Nia Bell (4,778) clocked up her 12th appearance in the competition, while Cheryl Dunleavy’s run of 3,540 metres took her to joint first place (22 runs) in appearances by Burnden ladies in this 30 minute event. In the team event this week Burnden finished 7th of the 16 teams that appeared in the results.
Friday 23rd April 2021
One new personal best this week as Burnden’s website wizard Lawrence McDonald ran his second 30 minute challenge event and increased his distance covered by 160 metres to 5,270 metres. Paul Duke ran just 72 metres less than Lawrence with an effort of 5,198 metres. Trevor Eagle (4,410) ran his best distance for 5 weeks, while Paul Christie (6,290) returned to the challenge after a two week break. Mr Consistency, Tony Wall, ran in his 31st consecutive weekend and again was 2nd in his M60 category with a run of 6.56 kilometres. For the ladies Louise Wall (4,810) just pipped Nia Bell who ran 4,686 metres in her 30 minute workout. In the team competition Burnden finished in 11th place.

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