PARKRUN EVENT #251 30/01/2016

20 Burnden runners at the parkrun, despite the first club championship race taking place on the same day (the afternoon Northern cross-country race at Blackburn).

Our only PB of the day came courtesy of Ann Butler, whose 27:15 was 23 seconds faster than her previous best which was set some 17 months ago. This was Ann’s 17th PB in her 40 parkruns – not a bad average. That triathlon training is really beginning to show Ann! Another triathlete, Liz McLennan, was first lady home in the race with a time of 21:18 and finished 13th overall in the race. Liz obviously won her age category and had in fact the 2nd best age graded score of the day. Lorraine Halwood and Jude Povey also won their age categories.

Burnden tourists this week were Heaton Park regulars Helen Shan and Rebecca Martin (her 50th parkrun); while over at Pennington Flash Dawn Evans made her debut here for her 40th parkrun.


PARKRUN EVENT #250 23/01/2016

'It's nice to have competition, it pushes you to do better' Gianni Versace

This was certainly the case at Saturday's parkrun with Phil Eccleston (17:34) in fine competition with Horwich's Tom Carson. Phil finished second male only three seconds behind Tom and only nine seconds outside his previous best.

There may not have been any PBs at Bolton but there were some near misses and lots of celebratory runs. Starting with the 'nearlies'; Jackie Cairns (30:17) with her third fastest parkrun was only 14 seconds away from achieving a PB. A lady returning to her previous form is Susan Wood (29:21) 8 seconds off equalling her PB time and her second best time ever. Also celebrating her second fastest Bolton time was Sue Blackman (30:08) only 15 seconds short of her best time.

Onto the celebrations Emma Walker (28:11) took part in her 80th parkrun and BRR's parkrun record holder Paul Johnson (25:59) was out in force again on an amazing 210th his 200th at Bolton. We also saw some milestone runners with double celebrations; Carolyn Barker (24:26) celebrating run 50 with an age category win. Tony Wall (21:38) another age category win on run 120 and the inspirational Mel Walker on run 60 with yet another age category win!

Finally a huge welcome back Mumtaz Patel with a great return time of (27:12) Mumtaz's last park run was in December 2013 let’s hope we see her there again very soon.


PARKRUN EVENT #249 09/01/2016

Persistent precipitation on Friday and Saturday morning meant that the parkrun course was rather waterlogged. This didn’t dampen the spirits of the 259 runners (31 from Burnden) who splashed their way round the sodden 5K course. Nor did it prevent some excellent shouts of encouragement from the Burnden marshals – Christine and Jeff Pendlebury, Jackie Oakes and Laurence Keithley. Incredibly there were 9 PB’s recorded (couldn’t check if they had webbed feet), although unfortunately none to a Burnden runner. We still had cause for celebration though!

We managed to get the first 3 ladies home: - Paula Pilling, Anne Ferguson and Carolyn Barker; in that order. All 3 won their age categories as well although Anne Ferguson went one better and scored the highest Age Graded score of the day at Leverhulme. The men weren’t to be outdone in the age category stakes as Rob Short, Tony Wall and Paul Christie came first in their respective age groups.

Special parkrun celebrations today were: - Jackie Cairns (30 parkruns), Debra Hennessy (80), Kris Worsley (120), and Phil Holden (140).

Burnden tourists this week competed at: - Heaton Park (Sarah Sutcliffe and Dawn Evans), Eastleigh (Simon Marland and Sue Blackman) and Bracknell were Mel Walker (24:52) set a new Vet 70 category record, beating the previous record by 41 seconds. Mel also holds the vet 70 age category records at: - Leverhulme, Pennington Flash, Worsley Woods and Newbury. Where will it be next, Mel?


PARKRUN EVENT #248 02/01/2016

Thankfully no one asked for poems so we are back to normal for this week's report.

After the great Bolton weather meant a couple of cancelled parkruns Burnden were itching to run and a magnificent 35 runners started off the year in fine form.

With no personal bests to celebrate we looked instead to the age category winners and Mr and Mrs Wall came up trumps with Tony (22:18) first male 55-59 and Louise (30:47) first lady 50-54 on her 80th run.

We also celebrated a number of other special runs, Don Nichol (25:37) and Colm O'Brien (24:29) both on run 30, Paul Duke (25:49) run 80, Jude Povey (28:17) run 90. Celebrating their 100 runs family style were the Marland clan; Simon who is (I think) the club's most travelled parkrunner (32:25), Clair (32:24) and perspective member(?) Danny (32:26). Supporting them round and making them very difficult to overtake were Sue (32:24) and Ciaran (32:26).

Tourists last weekend were:-

Sarah Sutcliffe (30:19) and Rebecca Martin (35:21) at Heaton Park

Phil Eccleston (17:18) celebrating Hogmanay at Edinburgh with a parkrun PB

Rob Short (19:29) and Jess Sammon (37:43) at Sewerby in Yorkshire

Gwen Kinloch (23:06) and Andy Warburton (42:41) at Panshanger in Hertfordshire


Some tourism not previously recognised from 26 December:-

Ian Pudge (23:59) at Warrington

Brenda (34:25) and Paul (34:25) Sedgwick at Rushmere


Christmas and New Year’s Day parkrun activity is proving more difficult to find full info for (so if you ran and I miss you please let me or Paul know)

Christmas Day:

Ann (26:54) and Mark (22:13) Butler both scored parkrun PB's at South Manchester.

New Year’s Day:

Ann with a consecutive PB (26:17) and Mark (22:30) Butler again at South Manchester

Paul Duke (20:32) at Pennington Flash.

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