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Just 8 runners turned out last weekend, a 5 – 3 split in favour of the guys, for the EA 30 Challenge; our lowest total yet.

Leading the charge for the men was Andy Dunleavy who finished 1st in his category by covering 7,510 metres. Mark Cannon ran 7,129 metres and was runner up in his MV55 class. Tony Wall was runner up to Andy D in the MV60 category with his total of exactly 7 Kms. First home for the ladies and finishing 2nd in her category running was Linda 5,890 metres. Louise Wall and Cheryl Dunleavy weighed in with 5,180 and 4,720 metres respectfully. The ladies covered 15.79 Kilometres while the men totalled up 33.57Kms. Despite a low turnout Burnden still managed to finish as the 5th placed team…………….just! The difference between the 5th and 6th team was just 12 centimetres! So every stride on your run does really counts.

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Update from Paul Duke that the South East Lancs Cross Country has cancelled the Cross Country Season for 2020-2021 due to Covid, they join the recently announced Red Rose and Manchester League which has also been cancelled.

The organiser Marilyn Guest has wished all members her best wishes and we hope for a return next year.

Six men and six ladies turned out last weekend with Tony Wall (2nd in category) and Chris Worthington (4th) leading the men home and both recording 6,950 metres in their 30 minutes. They were ably supported by Mark Cannon (2nd) with 6,791 metres. Leading the charge for the ladies were Gwen Kinloch (1st in category – 6675mts), Anne Ferguson (3rd – 6100mts) and Linda O’Byrne (5th – 5280mts). Overall the men ran a total of 36.94 kilometres while the ladies covered 31.68 Kms. We now have a total of 26 members signed up for this so let us greet this weekend’s better weather forecast with a strong turnout. In the team placings Burnden finished in 6th place, less than 150 metres behind the 4th placed club.

Results and entry details here


The first Red Rose Cross Country fixture was held at Chesham fields in Bury on Saturday 31st October 1970, with 4 clubs competing, Bury, Bolton, Rochdale and Rossendale.

These four clubs were the founder members of the league.

So move on 50 years and we were hoping for another competitive season, with member clubs now up to 25.

However this is highly unlikely to happen due, to the Covid 19 pandemic. 

The guidelines from England Athletics have been confirmed. Steve, Jean, and myself believe that we cannot in all honesty comply with these Covid 19 cross country regulations this 2020 season.

The final edition of the guidelines, puts the onus for hosting an event clearly on the organising club, with additional requirements for marshals and club officials. Each club will also have to decide on the maximum number of athletes that their course allows.

Also with the government tightening the regulation to counteract the outbreak, local councils would have to be consulted for use of their parks.

Areas with high rate of the virus, and the North West is one such area, will find the local authority will not issue a licence for the use of their Parks 

Thus we are very reluctantly recommending that the Red Rose Cross Country League is cancelled in 2020.

These E A guidelines have also moved the awarding of the cross country permit from Northern Athletics to England   Athletics. 

Each club will now need to obtain their own permit ,through a prolonged process. 

Ken Smith 01/10/2020



Training returns to Burnden this weekend with a new day and time of 9am Saturday morning.

Burnden runners will finally be able to attend a training session this weekend. Burnden lead coaches Andy and Jane along with all the run leaders have been working hard behind the scenes with numerous Zoom meetings and test sessions to create a safe Covid Secure environment for members to train in. The run leaders have put together sessions based at Moss Bank Park at a new time of 9am on Saturday mornings. Things will be a little different and members will now need to book onto a session using the Run Together App. Our training sessions will be posted as usual on our website, however you will need to follow the links to agree to the rules around Covid before being taken to the Run Together page to book onto your session.

Our return to training will see Burnden using the following heading for our training sessions.

  • Get me started
  • Keep me Going
  • Challenge me

Our first sessions this weekend will see Andy leading a Challenge me session and out Get me Started session will be led by Shirley and Jen.

What are Burnden doing to keep you safe when running?

  • Club has an on-line booking system for registering participants details on the England Athletics 'Run Together' web platform

  • Club maintains safe limits on the ratio of Run Leaders to participants based on Government guidelines

  • Club has fully risk assessed our meeting points, training routes, environment and session content to maintain social distancing

  • Club sessions adhere to Government guidance that states participants are free from sumptoms

  • Club will advise participants to stay safely distanced, maintain hand hygiene and have a face covering available for use as necessary

  • Covid Secure Officer - complies with Government Test and Trace Guidance.

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The latest training can be found as usual on our home page.





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