Burnden Race Reports
Friday 26th March 2021
One personal best and one category winner this week. With a run of exactly 5.8 kilometres Jenni Partington posted a 90 metre increase on her previous best from last December. In her first 30 minute challenge run of 2021 Gayle Gerrard (5,728 metres) along with Louise Wall (4,680) and Cheryl Dunleavy (3,640) made up Burnden’s quartet of lady runners.
Tony Wall, in his 27th consecutive week of this competition, again won his M60 age category with a distance of 6,630 metres. So far in 2021 Tony has ran just over 77½ kilometres, which puts him in 18th place in the distance-covered-table for this year! https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2021/GBR/weekly30/scores/total-distance-l1/ (Click on ‘Filtered finishers – first 300’. Burnden have 6 runners in the top 300, all of them mentioned in this report)!
Also competing for the men this week were: - Paul Christie (6,400 metres), Andy Dunleavy (5,910), Paul Duke (5,648) and Trevor Eagle (4320). In this week’s team competition Burnden finished in 9th place with an average of 5,417.33 metres. Finishing just above us in 8th place with an average distance just 0.27 metres (that is just over 10½ inches) further, were Stowmarket Striders RC.
Friday 19th March 2021
Our only debutant this week was Julia Hall who on her first outing set a distance of 5,410 metres and brings the total number of Burnden runners who have entered the 30 minute challenge to 40. Julia was the only lady to compete for us this week but she was joined by 5 of our men, 2 of whom managed new personal bests and another 1 who won his age category. Paul Duke increased his PB distance by 32 metres to set a new best of 6,308 metres, while last week’s debutant, Gary Aylett, ran a distance of 6,228 metres, an increase of just under 103 metres. Tony Wall (6510 metres) came 1st in the very competitive M60 group, whilst Andy Dunleavy (6050) finished fourth in the same category. Paul Christie finished 2nd in his M65 category with a run of 6,250 metres. Burnden finished 4th in the team competition overall and again set a new best average distance of exactly 6,126 metres.
Two new personal bests, one category winner, one debutant, one category runner-up, three category 3rd places and the 4th placed runner overall make this quite some week. If you are a regular reader of this weekly report – and I’m hoping that at least some of you are – you may recall that last week I ‘threw down the gauntlet’ to Shay Walker, remarking that he had run the second furthest distance by a Burnden runner. Well this week it was a case of challenge acknowledged, challenge accepted and new best distance set. As anyone who know Shay can tell you, he does love a challenge. This week Shay increased his debut run by almost half a kilometre, to set himself a new PB of 8,037 metres. That is just under 10 metres shot of a full 5 miles! Needless to say Shay won his M50 category and finished with the 4th furthest distance recorded at the weekend. Aidy Ashburn also scored a new PB setting himself a new best of 6,494 metres, up 54 metres from two weeks ago. Aidy finish in 3rd place in the competitive M40 classifications, as did Paul Christie (6,340) in the M65’s and Tony Wall (6,580) in the M60’s. Going one better than Tony and coming in 2nd place in the M60 category, with a distance of 7,300 metres, was Andy Dunleavy. Our new Burnden runner this week was Gary Aylett, who sensibly kept off the hills this week, and ran a distance of 6,125.51 metres on the roads. To complete our septet of Burnden men, Trevor Eagle covered 4,420 metres which is his best run of 2021 and was only 92 metres away from equalling his personal best. Only two Burnden ladies completed the 30 minute challenge this week. Louise Wall, like Trevor, scored her best distance of 2021 by running 4,960 metres and Cheryl Dunleavy (4,610) was just 111 metres away from a new PB. In the team competition Burnden finished 4th overall, equalling our highest placing but scored a new best average distance of 6,096.28 metres.

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