Burnden Race Reports

Monday 26th July 2021


Lee White travelled to Wales to run in the popular Helen Tipping Wrexham 10k. Ran through scenic country paths Lee came a credible 78th from over 900 other runners recording a new PB of 37m 30 seconds. 


It was the iconic 11 mile Race the Train race on Sunday, were competitors raced along the Irwell Valley, starting at Bury Station and racing against the East Lancs Railway’s train all the way to Rawtenstall Station. A large contingent of Burnden runners took up the challenge and were rewarded with 3 category winners. Peter Hopley was the first male vet 50 in a time of 1 hour 16 minutes and 9 seconds. Anne Ferguson was 1st female vet 60 clocking 1:29:26 and Philip Glassbrook took the honours in the MV75 category in 1:50:40. Other finishers were: - Andy Dunleavy (1:20:34), Sarah Watton & Jonathon Sangster (both 1:24:58), Gayle Gerrard (1:39:19), Louise Righini (1:55:48), Jason Attwood (1:58:16), Shirley Robinson (2:15:54), Susan Wood (2:15:55), Debra Hennessey (2:22:13), Cheryl Dunleavy (2:29:43), Jennifer Forkin (2:29:45) and Jennifer Entwistle (2:30:05).


Andy Staveley returned to the fells to take part in the Wansfell Uphill time trial, the 2k distance event saw Andy climb to 1,300 feet of ascent and finishing second in his age MV60 in a time of 21:20. Andy was joined by Shirley Staveley who completed the race in 26:39.


It was the final Sale Sizzler mid week and the ever present Mel Walker returned for the final race of the series completing the race in 27:58, joining him was Tony Fulop who finished in 30:57.


After a 16 month gap, of the nationwide parkrun events. The Leverhulme parkrun attracted a field of 293 runners of which 23 were Burnden members. In 2nd place overall, 1st male vet 40 and recording a new PB time of 19 minutes and 27 seconds was Mark Jackson. Other category winners were: - Andy Dunleavy MV60 (21:28), Paul Christie MV65 (24:03), Gillian Morris FV45 (28:47), Philip Glassbrook MV75 (29:42). Other Burnden finishers: - Paul Duke (22:16), Neil Counsell (23:14), Colm O’Brien (26:53), Chris Worthington (27:28), Adrian Ashburn (27:35), Kath Berry (28:39), Emma Walker (28:48), Linda O’Byrne (30:01), Gareth Doherty (30:09), Louise Righini (30:28), Rachel Prior (33:29), Jenni Partington (33:29), Robert Bell (33:44), Paul Johnson (33:59), Shirley Robinson (35:58), Jennifer Forkin (36:01), Nia Bell (36:52), Lawrence McDonald (42:06). Burnden also had runners at Witton Park – Liz Hopley (33:09) and up at the Barrow parkrun – Simon Marland (23:09) and Sue Blackman (35:59).


Monday 19th July 2021


At the weekend Burnden’s Fell Championship continued with a trip to Greenfield for the Rangers Alderman’s Ascent. The race hosted by Saddleworth Rangers Rugby club raises money for the youth teams at the club as well as offering runners a classic fell race route. The race was included in there Fell Runners association English Championship races for 2021 and was also a selection race for the England World Moutain Running Team

Covering 8.5km with over 400m of climbing four Burnden members took part.


Burnden fell captain Ged Turner said “ The race was an English Fell Championship round so a high quality field of top runners, conditions were extremely hot and dusty underfoot. Its a ‘brute-iful ‘ course and very picturesque, climbs and descents well over 25% were not for the faint hearted”

However that didn’t stop Steve Nolan who was first home for Burnden in 55:37, Gareth Lowe 64:20, Anne Ferguson 66:33 2nd Vet 60 and Ged Turner in 69:01. 

pictures by permission of woodentops.org.uk


Midweek saw just 1 Burnden member return to Wythenshawe Park and take part in the third Sale Sizzler in the series of four,. Mel Walker was our sole representative completing the 5k in 27:42 and first Vet 75.

Mel has completed every race so far in this series and finished first Vet 75 in each race.


Mumtaz Patel travelled up to the historic city of Lancaster at the weekend to take part in the Lancaster Marathon, the event which is a fast and flat scenic route running along the side of the River Lune and out to Morecambe.

Mumtaz battled through the hot weather to finish third lady in a time of 04:21:08


Another course billed as a fast course was the Aldi Chester 10k taking place over the weekend, starting from the iconic Chester Race Course and finishing in Chester City Centre. Tony Fulop completed the 10K in 01:06:58.


Simon Marland and Sue Blackman headed over to Yorkshire to take part in the Sir Titus Summer Trot, conditions were tough in 30 degree heat, however Simon competed in the Half Marathon finishing 5th male in a time of 01:55:07, Sue competed in the 10k finishing in 01:26:00.

Monday 12th July 2021


On Sunday three Burnden members headed to Ambleside in the Lake District to compete in the Lakeland Trails Ultra. Jonathan Sangster and Sarah Watton took part in the 23k event with Mark Butler competing in the 14k event.

Both routes took members out through the centre to Ambleside with Mark running into the village of Rydal before passing Rydal Water and passing Loughrigg Fell, Mark completed the 14k in 1:46:23.

Jonathan's and Sarah route saw them run into town of Grasmere before continuing across the trails into Chapel Stile and back into Ambleside, Jonathan finishing in third place with a time of 2:09:49, with Sarah completing the event in 2:46:07.


Billed as a fast 10k route on the costal front of Blackpool tempted three Burnden members to take on the Blackpool Summer 10k, Andy and Cheryl Dunleavy joined Burnden newcomer Jason Attwood who completed his second event for the club.

Jason completed the 10k just over the hour mark in a time of 1:00:24, Andy Dunleavy who was third male V60 completed the 10k in 40:52, with Cheryl finishing in 01:11:02.

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Thanks to the Burnden Ironman Lap band crew

Well done to all Burnden members who helped with the Ironman Bolton event on Sunday through some appalling weather. Thanks to Andy for organising the lap band station so efficiently and for being present through the whole 12 hours of the event!