PARKRUN EVENT #259 26/03/2016

At the Easter Leverhulme parkrun there were (at least) 29 Burnden runners competing. We celebrated with 2 PB’s and a 24th first place in the ladies race for Paula Pilling.

Steven Bate took 19 seconds off his time from a fortnight ago, to record his second PB of 2016 and set his new Leverhulme best time of exactly 23 minutes. This was Steven’s 3rd PB in his 7 parkruns. Linda Haines (31:14) took 31 seconds off her parkrun debut run just 2 weeks ago. This was Linda’s first PB, in her 3rd parkrun and is, we think, just the first of many that she will achieve this year. We look forward to writing about your first sub 30 minute parkrun in the not-to-distant future!

As mentioned above Paula Pilling came first lady in the race and is now closing in on Pauline Linton’s record of 26 Leverhulme victories. With yet another sub 21 minute time to her name Paula is on fire at the moment and I’m sure that we will be commenting on your 27th Leverhulme victory before too long. Rob Short was also celebrating after finishing 3rd in the race overall (his 39th top 3 finish) and now stands 54 points clear at the top of the Male Points Table.

I am reliably informed that we could have been rejoicing in a double male and female winner this week but the first man home didn’t have their barcode with them. I could name him, but I feel that would not be right. AH, but I can give you a clue!

Category winner this week were Paula Pilling (2nd best age graded time), Tony Wall (3rd best age graded time) and Rob Short. Joanne Darby became the latest Burnden runner (our 29th) to clock up 100 parkruns.

Our parkrun tourists got out and about the country this week. Chris Greenall ran for the 19th time at Heaton Park, his 49th parkrun overall. Izzy and Martyn Pollitt ran at Worsley Woods, both winning their respective age categories. Over at Haigh Hall Lesley Fisher recorded Burnden’s highest age graded score of the day, 83.03%, finishing 10th overall in that parkrun. Dawn Evans made her debut at the Lancaster parkrun, her 10th different parkrun venue. Andy Warburton and Gwen Kinloch ran at Pollok Country Park, Glasgow; with Gwen taking on pace-making duties for young Kate Kinloch-Anderson (JW11-14) who duly recorded a new PB. Finally at the other end of the country at the Penrose parkrun in Cornwall, Sue Blackman and Simon Marland both ran for the first time at this picturesque venue. This was Sue’s 23rd and Simon’s 30th different parkrun venue.

One parkrun tourist missed out from the original report was Jackie Oakes. Jackie ran her 12th run at the Fell Foot parkrun in Newby Bridge, Windermere. At 27 minutes 56 seconds this was the slowest of Jackie’s runs at this venue. The time was even slower than the slowest time that Jackie has run on her 9 Leverhulme parkruns and we can only assume that Jackie is saving herself for an upcoming race – maybe the Curley’s 5K race this Wednesday. Seriously though the real reason for Jackie’s time is, of course, that she was pacing someone. And in true Burnden tradition the person she was pacing (Tom) got a new PB by 9 seconds. That’s the way we do it at Burnden!

PARKRUN EVENT #258 19/03/2016

30 Burnden Road Runners at Leverhulme celebrated the coming of Spring with no less than five of our club members going home with a new PB under their belts.

Starting at the front Paula Pilling (20:34) in her favourite spot as first lady knocked an amazing 20 seconds off her best time with her third consecutive PB. Snapping at Paula's heels on Saturday was Marcus Chester (20:35) who beat his previous best by 3 seconds having waited since November 2013 for the moment! New boy Robert Mack (24:17) scored three out of three taking 56 seconds off his PB. Deb Hanson (28:19) goes from strength to strength knocking 20 seconds off her best time and a lady who certainly likes Spring running is Susan Wood (28:51) our third lady to knock 20 seconds off her fastest time from March 2014.

Special runs this week by Mumtaz Patel (24:27) run 20, Craig Leatherbarrow (27:36) run 70 and our newest centurions Jeff Pendlebury (27:19) and Jude Povey (27:09). Congratulations all!

Our friends wearing Hi Viz jackets included Mark and Ann Butler, Emma Donaldson, Anne Larkin, Christine Pendlebury and Paul Duke.

Travellers on Saturday were Simon Marland (23:06) and Sue Blackman (30:30) at Ashton Court Bristol, it was the couple's second visit there and Sue celebrated with a new PB taking 2 minutes 58 seconds off her previous visit. Nicola Hardy was our only other tourist over at Pennington Flash (32:20).

A special mention should go to Emma Donaldson who successfully organised the town's first Junior parkrun at Queens Park on Sunday. 104 children aged 4 – 14 took part in the 2km run which took in two laps of the park.  The excitement generated was just a delight to see and I would strongly recommend getting down there to watch or even better don a hi viz as I know Emma would be delighted to have your help.


PARKRUN EVENT #257 12/03/2016

All of Burnden Road Runners were, one way or another, at the Leverhulme parkrun this week to show our support for Jess and Laura who were mowed down on Monday evening in that horrific traffic incident. Laura is at home now recuperating while Jess remains in Salford Royal after her operation and apparently building up her strength eating pasty barm cakes!! 52 members ran the course (plus some without a barcode – Andrew and others not down as Burnden - Philip), several marshalled, a couple shouted encouragement from points around the 5k plus of course our photographer. Those of us who couldn’t physically be there were present in mind and spirit, offering our support for the girls. There was also a tremendous gesture from Swinton Running Club who brought some flowers for Jess and Laura. This just epitomises the camaraderie that exists between our local community of running clubs and we would like to send our deepest thanks to Swinton for the flowers. They are most appreciated.

But what of the runners I hear some of you ask. Were there any PB’s? I suggest that you read on!

We had 4 PB’s in total and in a rare occurrence more of them were achieved by the male members of the club. Laurence Keithley (20:25) cut 16 seconds from his previous best time recorded last July and is now on the cusp of a 70% age graded score. Finishing 2nd lady overall (for the 14th time – but who’s counting) Paula Pilling (20:54) took 9 seconds off last month’s PB to record her first sub 21 minute 5K. After last week’s half marathon personal best, Matt Barker (22:11) lowered by 14 seconds his best time on this course. Both Paula and Matt have a Leverhulme PB lower than their 5K best time! Has no-one told them that Leverhulme is supposed to be a hard course? The last of our quartet of PB runners is Steven Bate. Steven (23:19) took a mere 1 minute 40 seconds off his November time and no-one is taking any bets that this will be his only parkrun PB of 2016.

Category winners this week were: - George Butler, Rob Short, Marcus Chester, Steve Nolan (we had a 1-2-3 in the VM55-59 category Keith Thomas and Tony Wall following Steve), Philip Glassbrook, Paula Pilling and Lesley Fisher.

Our tourists this week were Chris Greenall, who tackled the Heaton Park run and Gemma Chapman who ran over on the east coast (of England, not the USA) at the Cleethorpes parkrun. Gemma (28:20) set a new PB and took 82 seconds off her run there just before Christmas, some 12 weeks ago.


PARKRUN EVENT #256 05/03/2016

The results from parkrun fade into insignificance when compared with the happenings on Monday night involving our lovely Jess Sammon and her friend Laura. Paul and I wish both girls well and hope they are soon on the way to a full recovery.

Jess warmed up for Trotters 5 on Saturday with a time of 37:58 on her 25th run since July 2014, during that time she has reduced her time from a high of 42:22 to her best of 30:00 with 10 PBs currently under her belt. It might be a little while before we see Jess running parkrun again, but just like Arnie she will be back!

We're hoping for a sea of BRR vests this weekend to show Jess our love and support as she recuperates.

Whilst the results do play second fiddle, they should still be recorded and celebrated. 29 runners Burnden runners turned out on Saturday a fantastic number considering our own Trotters 5 race the following day.

As it was with my last report just the one PB with Dawn Evans (33:23) taking a further 2 seconds off her time of two weeks before. First Burnden runner home was Colin Rigby (19:52) finishing 4th in his highest position yet and only 10 seconds off equalling his best time. Colin Faulds (20:27) was first home in the men's 30-34 category,

Runs of interest Mark Butler (23:19) run 30, Katy Thompson (23:46) run 40, Louise Geoghegan (35:09) run 70 and Gemma Chapman our newest centurion in a time of 37:10, 95 of which have been at Bolton.

Helping to make the event happen were Ann Butler, Christine Pendlebury, Emma Donaldson, George Ogden, Gill McGowan, Louise Wall, Paul Duke, Phil Glassbrook, Rob Short and Susan Rushton

Travellers this week; The Pollitts ventured to Worsley Woods Martin (19:28) and Izzy (22:10) and were joined there by Steve Bate (22:13) who was one second off equalling his PB set two weeks previously. Another couple on their travels were the Barkers who paid a visit to Penrhyn as a warm up for the Anglesey Half the following day, it seems that both Matt (22:00) and Carolyn (23:18) forgot to take it easy with Matt getting a parkrun PB and Carolyn finishing as second lady and first in her age category.

Dave Pearson (28:53) was in proud dad mode running at Lytham Hall alongside daughter Chloe.


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