Burnden Race Reports

Tuesday 28th September 2021

BURNDEN REPRESENTED AT IRONMAN 70.3
Tim Taylor joined by David Smith, who ran the full Ironman in Bolton with his son in 2018, both stepped up to battle its little sister - the Ironman 70.3 - which still packs an impressive punch with 1.2 miles of swimming at Pennington Flash followed by 56 miles of cycling and wrapping up the trio with a 13.1 Half marathon and finishing in Bolton town centre. Taylor finished in position 496 with a brilliant time of 6:21:04 and Smith finished in position 615 of with a fantastic time of 6:41:07. There were a total of 1,254 athletes competing in the home town based event. Smith had just returned from Glengariff, Ireland where he made sure to participate in their Parkrun event with fellow Burndener, Gareth Lowe, - finishing in 4th and 5th place with 23:05 and 23:34 minutes respectively.
 
JOINT 3RD LADY AT THE SIR TITUS TROT MARATHON
Burnden's inspiring legend, Gillian McGowan, was challenged by friend, Sarah McConnell, to accompany her on the Sir Titus Trot Marathon in Saltaire - which lets competitors choose the distance they run from 5K up to the big M. Gillian rose to the challenge with style - running the route along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and achieving joint 3rd lady with Sarah in a time of 7:35:18 - and with no training!
 
IRVING ACHIEVES SUB-HOUR IN FIRST RACE FOR BURNDEN
Simon Irving, a recent graduate of the Burnden Beginners' course, braved his first race in the Burnden vest - running solo at the Great Manchester 10K run. Irving achieved a brilliant 56:45 - with a PB for his 5K - and making good on his promise that if it went well, he'd sign up for a half marathon! Manchester half for this graduate next year!
 
KINLOCH IS 3rd LADY AT PRESTON
Andy Warburton and Gwen Kinloch - both avid wearers of the Burnden grey - represented the club at the Spar City of Preston 10K - both achieving sub-55s. Warburton crossed the finish in an excellent 52:35 while Kinloch continued her amazing form by crossing in 44:43 and gaining the 3rd lady award. The race, created by The Running Bee Foundation, starts and finishes in Avenham Park and takes in Miller Park and Frenchwood Park - also hosting a My First Mile initiative for those new to running.
 
PARKRUNNERS GALORE!
Bolton Parkrun was well represented by Burnden Road Runners as 32 members scrambled to the Finish to achieve their Club Championship Points by completing a Bolton Parkrun in the month of September! Amazing results were recorded with Lee White leading the members home and achieving 3rd place with a finish time of 20:08.
Over at Worsley Woods, Mark Jackson continued to break new records with a PB of 18:42 and achieving 5th place.
 
DUNLEAVY AND KINLOCH LEAD M/F AGE CATEGORIES IN CLUB CHAMP
There were more reasons to celebrate as Andy Dunleavy and Gwen Kinloch lead the way for the men and the women in winning the age-related categories for their performances in the Burnden Club Championshop. Both runners were awarded the top 50 points in the table.
 
RUN AND TALK WEEK
Burnden Road Runners' Mental Health Champions organised a wonderful event in Moss Bank Park over the weekend, which encourages people to run, walk and talk. The Champions, headed by Carolyn and Matt Barker arranged refreshments and a 1 mile and 3 mile organised run/walk. The event was well attended by members and their friends and highlighted the importance of speaking out about mental health.
Tuesday 21st September 2021
 
DOUBLE VET AWARD FOR KINLOCH AND DARBYSHIRE
 
The sun was shining on Burnden Road Runners as 36 members travelled to Trafford for Run North West's 10K race - a surprisingly peaceful route along country roads near Dunham Massey.
The Trafford 10K was chosen by Club Captains, Vicki Hamer and Marcus Chester, as the third in the Club Championship where members are pitted against each other to earn points and prizes in a series of races.
Burnden stalwarts Gwen Kinloch and Lyndsay Darbyshire added to Burnden's collection of Vet Category wins by claiming the Vet 60 in 43:43 and Vet 50 in 44:03 respectively. Anne Ferguson was not far behind Kinloch - finishing in second Vet 60 position with 48:21.
Club Coach, Andy Dunleavy, achieved a third Vet 60 position with 42:34.
Cross Country Captain, Paul Duke, cleared the race in a superb time of 37:37 - being the first of the 36 Burndeners to gather at the Finish line to cheer and welcome his fellow club-mates home. Lee White followed closely in 37:40 with Mark Jackson third home in 39:09.
The supportive nature of the club was clear to see as members completed the race - all of the early finishers stayed to welcome the later ones home - giving a wonderful cheering roar and welcome sight as the runners rounded the last bend. Recent graduate of the Burnden Beginners' Group, Ian Mann, completed his first 10K and his first race in the Burnden vest - crossing the Finish line in 1:10:19 and earning himself cheers and claps.
Other results at Trafford -
Martin Whitehead - 43:53, Neil Counsell - 44:34, Sarah Watton - 46:12, Marcus Chester - 45:37, Adrian Ashburn - 46:27, Adam Austin - 46:32, Gareth Lowe - 47:44, Steven Bate - 48:31, Holly Craggs - 49:38, Linda O'Byrne - 50:05, Verity Harrison - 50:57, Lawrence McDonald - 51:42, Andy Warburton - 52:22, Vicki Hamer - 53:15, Teresa Riley - 53:39, Jason Attwood - 57:42, Gareth Doherty - 58:17, Nicola Hardy - 58:34, Nia Bell - 58:37, Francesca Caine - 1:00:13, Michael Caine - 1:00:14, Anthony Fulop - 1:03:59, Sandra Caine - 1:04:45, Jennifer Entwistle - 1:04:46, Jennifer Forkin - 1:05:00, Gillian McGowan - 1:08:52, Cheryl Dunleavy - 1:10:06, Debra Hennessy - 1:12:59.
 
WALKER FLIES AT PARKRUN
 
Over at the weekly 5K event at Leverhulme Park, which has seen 235 Burnden runners compete in 10,478 Parkruns over the years, Shay Walker returned to running and to battle the infamous Cruella de Hill. And what a return - he flew home in a time of 19:11 - just 9 seconds behind the winner!
A total of 29 Burnden Members took part in a Parkrun this past weekend - venturing to Bolton, Heaton Park, Cheadle Hulme, Witton Park and Haigh Woodland Park.

Tuesday 14th September

ULTRA WOODIWISS RUNS THE KESWICK VALLEYS

Burnden’s seasoned Ultra runner, Sarah Woodiwiss travelled to beautiful Keswick to run the Adidas Terrex 50km Trail Ultra Marathon, part of the Keswick Mountain Festival. The tough course takes in trails, tracks and open running across the scenic valleys and reaches elevation of 1,995 metres.

 SPLASH FUN AT YARROW 10K

A fun and splashy race through the Yarrow Valley saw eight members complete the Yarrow River Splash 10K, which includes two river crossings.

First Burndener to cross the Finish line was Adam Austin in a time of 54:08 followed by Ged Turner and Anne Ferguson neck and neck with times of 57:36 and 57:38 respectively. Other runners representing Burnden were Louise Righini, home in 1:11:33, Nicola Hardy in 1:16:32, Nick Adams  - 1:24:14, Jennifer Forkin – 1:38:00 and Cheryl Dunleavy – 1:38:02. 

DREW RACES THE SWITCHBACK VALLEY

Sole Burnden representative, Paul Drew, headed over to Hurstwood to compete in the tough and hilly but beautifully scenic 5.5 miles of the Switchback Valley Trail Race, part of the Inov-8 Pennine Trails series. Paul finished 47th out of a field of 116 in an impressive time of 48:15.

THE RON HILL MEMORIAL RIVINGTON PIKE FELL RACE

Seven members stayed local and ventured to Rivington for the 3.5-mile Rivington Pike Fell Race on Saturday 11th September, one of the oldest fell races in the country.

Welcoming 210 competitors to the route, which reaches heights of 800 feet, Mad Bull Events dedicated this historic fell race to the great Ron Hill, who sadly passed away in May this year. Ron was a legendary local athlete, hailing from Accrington. He competed in this race a total of 40 times - winning it 3 times.

Leading Burnden home through the fells was Peter Hopley in a time of 24:35. Just behind was Steve Nolan in 24:34 and Neil Counsell followed in a time of 25:52. Other results in this historic race were First Female home, Anne Ferguson, in 27:25, Fell Race Captain, Ged Turner, in 28:11, Lyndsay Darbyshire in 28:14 and Anthony Fulop in 42:48.

WILMSLOW HALF MARATHON 

Steven Bate and Tim Taylor competed in Wilmslow's Running Festival - racing 13.1 miles and joining over 1300 runners. Taylor completed the course in 1:48:55 while Bate crossed the Finish line in 1:51:17.

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