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Words from our Chairman Paul Christie.

It is with great sadness and sorrow that today we heard the news of Mark Lysycia's passing away.

Any runner who has ran a local race in our area, has had their photograph taken by Mark. Fact.
And he took some fantastic photos! Not just the running ones, which were great, but Mark also had an eye and a talent for capturing the essence of the pre-race and post-race atmosphere. I've always maintained that the informal group shots that Mark took were amongst his very best work.

Races will not be the same with Mark's "give us a smile" as you are trying to finish the race, maybe not with the greatest style in the world, but with a element of pride in your effort. That is what often shone through in Mark's photo's - that moment of joy/elation/relief that you had when you finished the race. Mark absolutely loved to show you the shot has had just taken of you. A craftsman's love of his art. A real loss to our local running scene.

R.I.P. Mark

This year Ironman UK is back in Bolton, the home of England's only full distance IRONMAN. You can get involved by volunteering, Burnden Road Runners have for the past few years looked after the lap band station and will this year providing a team of volunteers to again support the IRONMAN UK team. 

The event takes place this year on Sunday 4th July 2021. 

If you would like to help out, all you need to do is email Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Then nearer the time Andy Warburton who organises the team of volunteers will get in contact with you.

This is a great opportunity and one that provides some great memories over the years, you really are in the thick of the action in a huge event for the town. 

We are starting training again, firstly on a Wednesday evening at Leverhulme Park, the track won’t be open so the leaders will be offering an efforts session on the park.

You must book on one of these sessions using the Run together app, more details on our home page.

Further news on our usual training sessions will be announced soon.

March 2021 - BRR Virtual Championship

The March Hare - Hill Return (2.68km, 78m elevation gain)



This month the Virtual Championship will be a short but energetic hill return. This is a familiar and challenging route that BRR Members know well.
The route starts near the Deene Rd car park (at the Smithills Farm signpost) then turning right up Smithills Dean Rd.


Your starting line is the lamppost pictured below.

At the top of Smithills Dean Rd (road sign) we turn back and return via the same route. 

This month members will only need to submit their finish times. Distance and elevation will be presets.

A strava map can be found here

A live web link to the provisional results will be updated daily. Don’t forget you can submit as many runs as you please...this way you could check your Championship points and know when to hit the accelerator near the closing date.

Good luck and have fun Closing date: 30/03/21

Risk Assessment:
• Caution when turning sharp right 100m from the Deene Rd start point up Smithills Rd, lookout for pedestrians and cars sharing the entrance and exit of Deene Rd.
• Heading up and down Smithills Deane Rd, pavements can be busy, be prepared to adjust your speed/pace accordingly.
• There are 2 traffic calming points on Smithills Dean Rd where the road narrows significantly. Negotiate these points carefully.
• Weather and visibility may cause unforeseen hazard - check the route carefully before running.

• Follow all Government guidelines and advice - stay safe.

Submit your result here

Good Luck and don't forget you can submit as many runs and walks as you like, get earning those badges!

Submit your entry here



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