Burnden Race Reports
Friday 28th May 2021
This week we have two reports for the price of one (exactly zero pence)! Not because I forgot or anything like that, but because over half of the results from the 15-16th May weekend simply disappeared into the internet ether sometime on Sunday night/Monday morning. It has taken England Athletics almost a week to ‘find’ them again and put them onto the results website. So firstly for the weekend 15th-16th May. No PB’s but 3 first places and a second place made it a good weekend. Mel Walker (5,231 metres) was 1st in the M75 category. Now Mel would (and does) tell everyone that it isn’t a great achievement as he is the only M75 competing, but what he doesn’t point out is that of the 6 male runners (this week) who are over the age of 70, Mel had the 3rd longest distance recorded! Andy Dunleavy (6,890) and Tony Wall (6,584) once again finished 1st and 2nd in their M60 category and with Paul Christie (6,640) winning his M65 group that meant that Burnden had the first 3 finishers in all of the men over the age of 60. Burnden’s other two competitors were Cheryl Dunleavy (3,840) and Trevor Eagle (3,708) who both recorded distances well below their best efforts. Not that there is anything wrong with having easy weeks! The hard part is sometimes realising that an easy week can be very good for you! Team-wise Burnden finished in eighth place.
Last weekend’s report now: - One PB and one first place to report this week. Evergreen superstar Mel Walker ran a new PB this week, setting a new distance of 5,336 metres and again coming 1st in the M75 category. Mel, once again, was only beaten by 2 runners from the M70 category which, when you consider that he is now in his fourth year in the M75 classification, is pretty damn amazing. Tony Wall hit the 7 kilometre marker for the first time since last December, covering a distance of 7,040 metres to claim 2nd place in the M60’s. Finishing in 3rd place in their respective categories were Andy Dunleavy M60 (6,690) and Paul Christie M65 (6,440). Also turning out this week for Burnden were Cheryl Dunleavy (4,180) and Trevor Eagle (3,940) and this sets a strange record for the club as this is the first time that the exact same runners have competed over two consecutive weekends! So come on you other 30 minute runners, where are you? Burnden as a club finished in our highest position for some week’s at 5th place. These positions are worked out as an average of all our runners and this week we finished a massive 1.33 metres in front of Horley Harriers. So every stride counts, keep them coming.

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.

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