PARKRUN EVENT #285 24/09/2016

24 runners out at Leverhulme on Saturday but just the one PB. New member Wasyl Gelyczak ran a new best time of 30 minutes and 7 seconds, taking an impressive 1 minute 28 seconds off his July PB. Sub-30 has to come in the next couple of runs, Wasyl. We had 3 age category winners in the shape of newish member Linda O’Byrne (L40-44) and in the rather older (or if you prefer longer) members Andy Duffy (M55-59) and Don Nichol (M60-64). Congratulations to Vicki Hamer on her 50th parkrun and a special shout out to the Butler family of George, Alice, Ann and Mark who all turned up (along with other Burnden members) to marshal the event.

Quite a few tourists this week but I think the place to start is Worsley Woods where Adrian Merritt secured his second PB in the last two weeks by becoming the 13th Burnden runner to record a sub 20 minute time at this course. Adrian took 9 seconds off last weeks’ time to finish with a time of 19:51. Neil Critchley and Phil Lamb also ran at Worsley Woods. Over at Haigh Hall Colin Faulds finished in 3rd place overall in 19 minutes and 37 seconds, which is the fastest time recorded by a Burnden runner at this venue. Clair Marland made her debut at Haigh and was guided round the course by her son Ciaran. We had a lone runner over at the newish Chadderton Hall event where Andrew Hardingham finished in an excellent 5th place. Rebecca Martin made her debut over at Crosby to take the number of parkrun venues she has run at to 22. She also becomes the first Burnden runner to participate at this parkrun. Also planting the Burnden flag where it hasn’t flow before (strong metaphor that) were John Longden at Skipton and, slightly further afield, Mark Davis at the Tamar Lakes parkrun near Bude in Cornwall. One day I will have to work out how many different parkruns our members have run at - but I don’t think just yet!


PARKRUN EVENT #283 10/09/2016

On a busy Burnden weekend 16 of our finest still managed to run in the Leverhulme parkrun, 2 of them setting new PB’s. New member Mark Jackson secured his 11th PB of 2016 running the 5K course in a time of 21:19, taking 31 seconds off last month’s best time. No-one is betting against a sub-21 minute time coming soon, Mark. As the saying goes - “it’s only a matter of time” (please excuse the pun). Claiming his 2nd PB from his 4 parkruns, Mark Davis (29:35) took a mere 1 minute and 13 seconds off his best time from July. As we said a couple of weeks ago Mark it’s better to take off a few seconds at a time, instead of a huge chunk of time, that way you get mentioned more in the parkrun reports! First Burnden lady home was Lucille Corrigan who celebrated her 100th parkrun by, as usual, smiling all the way round the course. Lucille becomes the 9th Burnden lady to reach the 100 milestone and has ran all of them at Leverhulme. Simon Darby ran his 30th parkrun and again they have all been run at home!

Just 2 Burnden tourists this week: - Adrian Merritt made his debut at the Delamere parkrun becoming the 5th Burnden runner to compete there and Phil Lamb ran his 70th parkrun over at the nearby Worsley Woods event.


PARKRUN EVENT #281 27/08/2016

I asked for a PB run to write about this week and up steps Tracy Hindley to oblige. Tracy (31:35) took almost a minute and a half off her parkrun debut just 5 weeks ago. You are supposed to take tiny bits off every time that you run Tracy! That way you get mentioned more in the parkrun reports. At this rate of progress we should see a sub 30 minute run before the end of 2016! First home for Burnden was Tony Wall who at 22:31 ran his fastest time since his injury and we are sure will soon be clocking the 21 minute runs soon. This was Tony’s 140th parkrun and he was our only age category winner at Leverhulme. We also had a plethora of marshals and volunteers that included Jackie Cairns, Gemma Chapman, Joanne Darby, Dawn Evans, Louise Geoghegan, Mike & Abbie Gregson, Anne Larkin, Craig Leatherbarrow, Rita Ledwards, Diane Morrison and Colin Rigby.

Our tourists this week were: - Paul Duke – who became the fastest of our 4 runners who have run at the Cheltenham parkrun. Paul ran a new parkrun/5K PB time of 19:02 and finished in 8th place overall (but wasn’t alas an age category winner – 2 seconds Paul, just 2 seconds faster). Two PB’s were also recorded at the Mile End parkrun, in East London, where Sue Blackman (29:22) just pipped pacemaker Simon Marland (29:23). Also setting a new personal best was age category winner Shirley Staveley (24:01), who competed at the Haigh Hall parkrun along with ‘first timer’ Jane Forrest. The round-up of tourists is completed by Laurence Keithley and Steven Bate who both ran at the Worsley Woods parkrun, Steven being just one second off equalling last month’s PB run.


PARKRUN EVENT #280 20/08/2016

30 Burnden runners braved a typically wet Bolton summers day. With a nice selection of achievements to write about.

Celebrating her 32nd first lady spot was Paula Pilling (21:05). We saw PBs from Nadia Raza (27:32) taking 37 seconds off her best time from her very first of 13 runs back in December 2014 and Don Taylor (28:01) taking 1 min 20 seconds off his previous time. Making her first appearance as a Burnden runner was Maggie Slamin (26:28) - welcome to the club Maggie!

Special runs this week for

Phil Glassbrook (27:36) run 40

Gill McGowan (41:10) run 40

Susan Wood (29:10) run 50

Adrian Merritt (22:41) run 80

Ben Knight (24:49) run 90

Steve Yates (23:45) run 170

Brightening an otherwise dull day in were the Burnden volunteers: -

Mark Butler, Ann Butler, Emma Donaldson, Paul Duke, Louise Geoghegan, Craig Leatherbarrow, Julie Newton and Jeffrey Pendlebury.

A solo traveller this week saw Steven Bate (21:40) over at Heaton Park who celebrated his second visit with a PB taking 16 seconds off his previous best time.

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