Burnden Race Reports

19th October 2021


The Dunleavys headed to Huddersfield for the 10K Slaithwaite Slog – an out and back route along the canal – testing their legs and endurance with a steady climb up the hilly locks. Coach Andy worked hard and was rewarded with the 1st Male trophy in a superb time of 42:31 and Cheryl added another medal to her 10K collection – finishing in a great time of 1:13:53. The Yorkshire race is always a popular one – offering finishers a cake table and beer as well as the obligatory bling!


“Lands End to John O’Groats? No problem!” said our Gillian
Burnden legend Gillian McGowan is the smiling presence at every race, always up for a challenge and her recent undertaking was no mean feat – measuring a phenomenal 1,084 miles!
Gillian is now a LEJOG champion after spending 6 months completing the virtual journey from Lands End to John O’Groats by running, walking and cycling. Gillian used every opportunity she could to complete the distance – joining the Monday training nights, 1 Foot on the Track at Leverhulme Park on a Wednesday, the Club Championship Races from the Sale Sizzler 5K to the Lancaster Half, the Virtual Club Challenges, an impromptu marathon and also joining up with Harwood Cycling and North Bolton Runners.


Sarah Brown and Ian Mann, both recent graduates of the Burnden ‘Bee-ginners’ group, joined forces at the weekend to face the flat and fast 10K course in Knutsford, Cheshire. The race takes runners along beautiful country lanes through Over Peover, Snelson and Peover Heath. For Sarah, it was her first 10K and second race and she achieved a brilliant time of 1:10:58. Ian managed to break his PB – cutting almost 4 minutes off and crossing the line in 1:06:31.


Heaton Park’s Pretty Muddy 5K was the destination for a brave quartet as they raised money for Cancer Research UK. Tracy Berry, Louise Righini, Emma Sleith and Rhia Carr AKA The Bolton Mudders took on a variety of obstacles to complete the course - using not only running but bouncing and climbing as well!


Louise Righini took full advantage of the weekend to add to her total number of runs for Bolton Hospice by returning to Heaton Park on Sunday and running the Race for Life 10K as her number 33. Louise is heading closer to her goal number of 40 races before her 40th birthday in December as part of the Hospice’s 500 Faces Fundraising Appeal.


Race two of the Red Rose Cross Country League kicked off on Saturday afternoon – bringing 14 members to Leverhulme Park and resulting in category wins, smiles and lots of mud and war paint! Gareth Doherty was on hand to take photos for the group and did a cracking job of capturing the spirit of the event. There was a great atmosphere as Burnden brought their stars to perform with Sarah Watton, Paul Duke and Gwen Kinloch all achieving accolades for the club.

Sarah Watton was first Burndener home in a fantastic 24:59. Just 20 seconds behind was Gwen Kinloch – achieving 1st in her age category in 25:19 and Anne Ferguson 3rd home but just 14 seconds behind Kinloch and 2nd in her age category with 25:33.
Other results for the ladies were Holly Craggs – 26:57, Linda O’Byrne – 28:02, First Timer Chelsea Entwistle – 31:18 and Liz Hopley – 33:59.

Captain, Paul Duke was 1st Burnden home and 2nd in his age category – finishing the course in a brilliant 39:16 and was followed minutes later by Pete Hopley in 43:53 and William Thomas in 45:05.
Other results for the men were Tony Wall – 48:08, Gareth Lowe – 48:22, Neil Counsell – 50:41 and Andrew Warburton – 55:16.

After a gap of just over 6 years Burnden’s chairman, Paul Christie, took to the track again at the Northern Masters Track and Field Championships on Sunday.
First up was the 800 metres and there was a field of 5 male vet 65s in the event. Running in the outside lane for the first 100 metres, Paul took the shoulder of the leader for the rest of the first lap. Part way through the second and final lap someone overtook on the outside, but Paul accelerated to keep possession of the first lane and to force his opponent to run wide. Coming off the final bend Paul accelerated to finish first in a time of 2 minutes and 50.6 seconds to claim the gold medal.
After a gap of just over 2 and a half hours it was the ‘lung-busting’ 400 metres event. Two male vet 60s and two male vet 65s joined Paul on the staggered start line as this race in run entirely within your lane. Running in the middle lane, from the start Paul was closing down on the runners on the outside lanes but had no idea about the two runners on the inside. As the stagger unwound on the final bend Paul again found himself in front and, despite the legs starting to tighten up, managed to hold his position to again finish first in a time of 1 minute and 13.9 seconds. Two gold medals! Not a bad afternoon’s work.

28 Burndeners were out early on Saturday to populate the local Parkruns.
Chris Fielding was first back at Bolton in a great time of 22:40 in position 20 of 266 while Mark Jackson achieved sub-20 over at Heaton Park with 19:30. Tony Fulop smashed his PB over at Peel with 29:31.
Other Parkrun hotspots for Burnden this week were Haigh Woodland, Wythenshawe and Cheadle Hulme

12th October 2021
It was a warm one for Manchester as the trams, the strike thankfully called off at the eleventh hour, brought thousands to the city to take on the morning Manchester Half and the afternoon Manchester Marathon.
The mostly flat course, with some sneaky hills thrown in, takes runners from its Athletes Village at Old Trafford Cricket Ground through Trafford, to the City Centre then on to Stretford, Altrincham and Sale. It is famed for its support with crowds of all ages lining the streets to offer runners anything from cheers of encouragement to sweets to lager at one point! The support from Burnden themselves was immense as members not competing flooded to Manchester to cheer on all the marathoners. Member Cheryl Dunleavy deserves a special mention for her wonderful ‘Bee Board’ to celebrate the link of Bees to both Manchester and to the Bee-ginner and In-bee-tweener groups that Burnden host.
Burndeners were out in force to take on the challenges with recent Burnden Beginners’ graduate, Martin Whitehead, first to cross the finish line at the Half in a superb personal best time of 1:41:20. Rachel Mitchell-Denson, fellow Beginners’ graduate completed her first ever half marathon in an impressive 2:11:58.
Fellow Halfers were Adam Austin in a brilliant 1:46:45 and first Burnden female, Gayle Gerrard, smashing sub-two in 1:57:53. Julia Hall finished in 2:08:28 and Sue Thalange in 2:47:35.
Taking on the big one, the 26.2 miles in the afternoon, were 9 Burndeners – for many – their first ever Marathon and several raising funds for Bolton Hospice.
Just a week after finishing the London Marathon, Jenni Partington was first back in an amazing 4:43:18 with Emma Walker second in 4:47:51. Following Walker was Tess Riley, also fresh from Virtual London in 4:50:19. Louise Righini, recent Beginner graduate and taking on 40 runs before her 40th birthday for Bolton Hospice, added this race as her first marathon – clocking in at 5:36:33.
Fellow Marathoners finishing were Gillian Morris in 5:17:30, Rachel Prior in 5:24:24, Diane Wylie in 5:35:12, Jennifer Forkin in 5:37:52 and Rob Bell in 5:47:47.
Mumtaz Patel, just a day after taking on the Coniston 14, took part in the Marathon as a relay with three work colleagues – each taking on a quarter of the course. Patel and her team achieved a sub-four with 3:56:24.
The Coniston 14 was back this weekend after a delay and its scenery didn’t disappoint. The hilly course takes runners along the 14 miles of road surrounding Coniston water and rewards with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Mumtaz Patel was on fine form – achieving a sub-two with a finish time of 1:58:41. Steven Bate was first male home with 2:04:16 and Mark Butler followed in 2:16:37. Jackie Cairns and Diane Morrison finished in 2:51:48 and 3:00:04 respectively.
Parkrun was well represented at the weekend with 12 members opting for Bolton and many venturing further afield.
Men’s Captain, Marcus Chester was first Burndener back at Bolton in 7th position with 21:42 with Sarah Watton achieving second overall female with 24:47.
On the Isle of Bute at Mount Stuart Parkrun, Gwen Kinloch continued her category win collection – collecting a win for her age category, 1st female and 4th overall position in 23:15.
Other Parkrun tourist destinations for Burnden were Haigh Woodland, Worsley Woods, Heaton Park, Gorleston Cliffs and Millhouses
Tuesday 5th October 2021
Mark Jackson achieved his long-term goal this week - claiming the Number 1 token and a sub-20 at Bolton Parkrun in a brilliant time of 19:42! 6 fellow members also joined Mark in the tradition of Parkrun Saturday at Bolton while another 9 represented Burnden at Hilly Fields, Ormskirk, Witton and Peel.
The famous London Marathon beckoned for four of our Burnden ladies. Rita Ledwards and Susan Wood travelled down with avid supporter and friend, Gillian McGowan who donated her ballot place to Wood and then became their official photographer! They were joined on the course by fellow BRR Jenni Partington. The largely flat course is set around the River Thames, starting in Blackheath and finishing on The Mall. Partington crossed the line in a speedy 4:32.00, Wood in 6:01:10 with Ledwards right behind in 6:01:21.
Tess Riley - just a week before she takes on the Manchester Marathon - also completed the London Marathon - virtually! Riley ran the 26.2 around her local Astley Bridge and Bromley Cross with support from friends and crossing her own finish line in 5:05:48. The Marathoners raised money for Bolton Hospice.
Gloves and waterproofs were the order of the day as Burnden members headed to Rivington in torrential rain to compete in the Trail Half Marathon and scratched another one from the list of Club Championship races. It was no mean feat as some confusion at the race put our runners to the test - some competing up to 3 miles more than the standard 13.1! Despite the testing conditions and the extra miles, Rivington's beauty was a treat for the runners and Jonathan Sangster was the first to complete the tough trail - finishing in fifth position with a superb time of 1:35:54. Andy Dunleavy followed, arriving back at the Rivington and Blackrod School base in a great time of 2:05:46 with Neil Counsell less than 10 minutes later in 2:15:00. The remaining Burndeners completed the course in the following times - Ged Turner - 2:15:58, Paul Drew - 2:17:18, Gareth Lowe - 2:19:44, Steven Bate - 2:26:40, First Female Burndener Gayle Gerrard - 2:31:01, Vicki Hamer - 2:39:39, Philip Glassbrook - 2:45:12, Linda O'Byrne - 2:45:40, Jennifer Forkin - 3:49:50 and Cheryl Dunleavy - 3:49:50.
Two of Burnden's star ladies, Mumtaz Patel and Sarah Woodiwiss, enjoyed a joint route finish as they ran the two Marathon events held over the weekend in Chester - Patel completing 26.2 miles of Marathon in 4:00:30 and Woodiwiss the 26.2km of Metric Marathon in 3:11:12. The Chester Marathon, welcoming up to 5000 runners, voted as the UK's best, takes in the famous Chester Racecourse and iconic landmarks before leading runners out into the countryside of Cheshire and North Wales then returning to the City along the River Dee. The Metric Marathon, the UK's only of its kind, also begins at the racecourse and takes runners through the City before heading out to Aldford and meeting up with the Marathon runners for the joint finish.
Tony Fulop was the sole Burnden representative - opting for Rochdale over Rivington by competing in the Williams BMW Rochdale 10K. Fulop finished in a fantastic time of 1:04:14. The local race welcomes up to 1000 runners, starting on the Esplanade in the town centre and includes town sites and some of the borough's best countryside.
Paul Duke, Burnden's Cross Country Captain welcomed 3 ladies and 8 men to his Team on Sunday afternoon as the Red Rose League kicked off at Leigh. Results came in, splattered by mud of course but accompanied by smiles all round, with a special shout out to first timers Adam Austin (46:55) and Mark Jackson (42:22) and Burnden returner Keith Thomas. First back from the men's 4 lap course was Duke in 37:58 followed by Steve Nolan in 40:54 and Pete Hopley in 41:12. Leading the ladies home from the 2 lap course was Gwen Kinloch in 23:29 followed by Holly Craggs in 25:49 and Louise Wall in 35:20. Other results for Burnden were William Thomas - 43:56, Tony Wall - 46:21 and Andy Warburton - 53:01.

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