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We are pleased to announce our Virtual Championship for 2021.

Our first Virtual Event is a 5k, where you choose to run whenever you want before the end of February.

How it works

This years Virtual Championship is all about competing against yourself. For each race points are given based on a comparison between your race 'effort' in minutes per kilometres (pace) matched with your previous 'best effort' recorded during the 2019-20 Championship races. You will see that when your 'best effort' in the 2019-20 Championship matches equally with this years Club Championship an award of 100 points is given.

The Club will use members best 5k from 2019-20 Championship seasons as your 'base effort' gaining the information provided by the Power of 10 website.

This is how it works - each month the Championship will include a minimum distance to run or sometimes an agreed route set by the Club Captain's, we start this month with a 5k.

While running the agreed distance or route you will need to record and save your best results on your preferred device. Don't worry if your distance goes slightly over or doesn't exactly return to the start point, there are no penalty points.

Within the race window submit your recorded *finish time* and *exact distance covered* (essential) and your *total elevation* gained (optional). You may gain some extra points for hilly routes but we advise you run all this years Championship races on as level a route as possible.

We will then calculate your race Points from your submitted run times and distances (pace) compared with your best effort on the system. So this years Virtual Club Championship 2021, it’s all about % effort and not about being the quickest.

Keep a look out for the Burnden Championship Strava group.


Burnden Road Runners new vests have arrived and are available to purchase from club kit man Aidy Ashburn, first to get their hands on the new vests were Burnden members Cheryl and Andy Dunleavy.

Cherly said " Same look but totally improved, silky material, nice fit, great look and the logo and print are great quality. Now we just need some Burnden Road Runner challenges and events to resume"

To order yours please email Aidy letting him know your size, payment can then be made direct to Burnden via bank transfer using reference VEST, email our treasurer Lyndsay to let her know you have paid for a vest, then Aidy can arrange to get your sparkly new vest to you.

Bank details for payment 

Sort Code:  09. 01. 29.
Account Number:  49768747
Account Name:  Burnden Road Runners.


Thank you so much Paul – and all Burnden members for giving me this award of which I am immensely proud.
I am sincerely  grateful  for this honour and for the kind words which accompanied it.
I can’t remember the precise details, but I’m pretty sure I first joined the club around 1988 – after being collared by Gretta Rainford (who I knew via the Wanderers connection) when she saw me running unattached at a ‘fun-run’ type event at Haigh Hall.
I was a member for a couple of years in the late eighties, but was still a novice runner and was too intimidated to race too much. – in those days a six minute mile race pace would often leave you well outside the top 100 just in a local midweek club race. I could barely keep up at Monday night training in the lung-bursters up Manchester Road from the gym at Burnden Park.
My membership then lapsed for a few years and I’m fairly sure I re-joined in 1992.
I know I was on the annual Burnden coach trip to the Llandudno 10 in 1993 – because I still have the commemorative plate from that race and I remember chasing Neil Nuttall down the prom to the finish.
Some years later I got 60:11 at Llandudno which remained my best 10 mile time. I was absolutely certain that  I would easily get under the hour for years after that, but never quite made it! Too much time messing around on the fells I suppose.
Below is one of the earliest photos of me in a Burnden vest (remember those grey and black string vests – before the controversial introduction of red into our club kit!) – this was another coach trip to the Grasmere Gallop race, but I can’t remember what year.
For a period of around 18 years of the 30+ that I’ve been running, I averaged more than 50 races per year, completed more than 20 two-day mountain marathons, a couple of sub 3 marathons plus numerous wonderful races in the Swiss Alps, Cuba and elsewhere around the world – even one never to be repeated Tough Guy!
Lots of wonderful personal memories.
However, so many memories are directly connected to Burnden and, for me, the greatest aspect of running for a club is when you compete as a team and as a club and the camaraderie that brings.
I was always proud to represent Burnden at team events, and events like the Northern 12 stage relays, British Masters Relays, local cross-country leagues, Northern cross-country, the Pennine Bridleway Relay, the sadly defunct Haigh Hall Relays and the British Fell Relays remain among my fondest memories of turning out for Burnden. At events like the 12 stage, my sole aim was not to finish last in the blistering pace of leg 1 – but they were fabulous events which encapsulate the joys of club running for me.
To pick just two occasions when I was most proud to wear the Burnden vest……..

Not known in any way as a Fell-running club, Burnden were able in 2012 to select a Vet 50 team to compete in the British and English Championships which, to the consternation of the famous Lakeland and Yorkshire fell clubs, won the team prize at the first Championship race at Lad’s Leap - and then went on to finish 5th overall in the British & English Championships at the end of the season. A unique achievement for a club like Burnden and it was an honour to be part of that team and part of a club participating in such events.

The second occasion was a standard local club race at Radcliffe during my time as chairman when we turned out nearly 40 runners for the first time – this was a number which was greater than our total club membership when I first took over the chair. From then on we continued to turn out a massive and growing number of runners at races on a routine basis - and Burnden were back on the map.
There are a thousand other instances I could bring to mind, but I’ll save those stories to be recounted over a pint when we can all get back in the pub – or during a sociable Sunday run over the tops.
Coming at a time when I am once again striving to get back running after yet another set-back, this award was a timely and greatly appreciated boost.
Thank you once again to all Burnden Roadrunners.
Keep on running,
No award should be announced like this, especially one honouring achievements over so many years, but we are living through extraordinary times therefore it needs to be awarded this way.
In bestowing this Honorary Lifetime Membership award I would like to tell you something about the recipient. Andy joined Burnden in the early 1990’s. The earliest results that I can find Andy in is the Haigh Hall 5 mile race on Wednesday 18th May 1994, although I am sure that he was running for us before then. Andy has represented the club on the road, trails, cross-country, track, and fells both in this country and abroad. He has run in competitions up the sides of mountains in the Swiss and French Alps, ran in the two-day Karrimor International Mountain Marathon and taken part in relays and Master’s races the length and breadth of the country. Wearing the club vest, where conditions allowed, Andy has proudly paraded our colours wherever he has competed.
When Andy took over the chairmanship of Burnden in the early years of the millennium (OK I admit I don’t know the exact date) membership of the club was at a very low ebb. However over the next few years our membership gradually increased and we turned up at races with more runners and began to start winning team prizes at these events. This, in turn, brought the club to more runner’s awareness and our ranks continued to swell.
No-one has done more to democratise Burnden than Andy. One of Andy’s first acts as chairman was to suggest that we get rid of the committee system of club management and introduce a monthly meeting format were members could directly influence the way the club is run. This has proved to be a popular way to run the club (and not just because of the pasties involved) and although we still have club officials, elected annually, the way that the club moves forwards is decided at these monthly meetings with input from any member present.
Andy has won the Men’s Club Championship on three occasions, 2007, 2009 and 2016. In 2016 he became, at the age of 55, the oldest winner of the Club Championship (although that record has now been surpassed in both genders – but then, records are there to be broken).
There is no way to really do justice to someone’s 30+ year’s commitment to the advancement and growth of our running club. But this award can show how much the club can appreciate and reward what they has done.
Always willing to pass on his experience to anyone asking his advice, Andy is a model member of our running club and truly deserves this award. May he continue to represent the club for many years to come.


Hi all. 
I hope that you are all keeping well and enjoying the physical and mental health benefits that running brings. I know I am.

I’m also missing the thrill of racing though. It’s good to put yourself on the line and this aspect of running is one that I’m missing even more as time goes on. A good compromise is the EA 30 Minute Challenge. I’ve just completed my first one and seeing my name appear on a list of results is a welcome sight.

It’s free and easy to enter. Once you’re in you simply run for 30 minutes on a course of your choice on a Saturday or Sunday (as long as it’s not all downhill!) A few clicks later and your Strava or Garmin file is uploaded to the results, and hey presto, you’ve ‘raced’!

Nothing beats the real thing! But I think we all know that the days and evenings when we can all get together to race/run/jog/walk/support are probably a while off yet. The great thing about this is that, like parkrun, you can come back to it as and when it fits in with your plans.

You’ve nothing to lose. Let’s get some more Burnden Road Runners on the weekly results.

Take care and see you all soon.


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