Burnden Race Reports

Thursday 8th April 2021

This week’s solitary new personal best (in her 3rd run of 2021) was achieved by Gayle Gerrard, who increased her previous best distance by 153 metres and in the process broke the 6K barrier to set a new best of 6,026 metres. There were 3 other Burnden lady runners competing this week. Louise Wall (4,770 metres) ran for the 9th time in the 14 weeks of the 2021 season so far. Nia Bell (4,560) ran for the 7th time in 2021 and Cheryl Dunleavy (4,390) was competing for the 11th time this year. The ladies ran a total of just under 19 ¾ kilometres, averaging just over 4.9K per runner. Our 3 male runners managed to sum just short of 18 kilometres and averaged 5,973 metres per runner. Competing for the 9th time in 2021, Trevor Eagle covered a distance of 4,320 metres. The other two Burnden runners came 1st and 2nd in the M60 category with Andy Dunleavy’s 7,020 metres trumping Tony Wall’s 6,580 metres. This was Andy’s 12th run of the year which is only bettered by Tony, who has ran all of the 14 weekends of 2021. In the team competition Burnden finished right in the middle, 8th out of the 15 clubs who fielded a team.
Friday 2nd April 2021
One personal best, one second placed and one third placed category finisher this week. Gary Aylett increased his best distance by 172 metres this week to record a new PB of 6,330 metres. Covering just 60 metres more, Tony Wall (6,390) finished 3rd in his M60 category. And only 100 metres in front of that, Paul Christie claimed 2nd place in his M65 grouping. A close run thing – if you’ll pardon the pun. Paul Duke’s distance of 4,924 metres means that he is now in the top 10 Burnden male runners for overall distance ran in this competition. While Trevor Eagle’s run of 4,230 metres means that he is now on the cusp of moving into 4th place in terms of total distance ran (for Burnden’s men). Gayle Gerrard (5,719) was just 9 metres short of equalling last week’s distance, but that run has leap-frogged her into the 7th placed Burnden lady as far as distance covered goes. Two places higher in 5th place Nia Bell’s 4,531 metres means that she is closing in on that fourth placed spot. Burnden were well beaten in the team competition this week, coming in 12th place of the 20 teams that fielded a complement of runners.
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.

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