Burnden Race Reports

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.

Monday 5th July 2021



41 Burnden members turned out for Burnden at the popular Sale Sizzler at Wythenshawe Park, it was a hot evening and the flat fast course which started and finished on the track saw some personal achievements along with some category wins for the club.

The highlight of the evening saw Burnden newcomers take part in their first race for the club. Teresa Riley led them home in a time of 27:03, Louise Righini crossed the line in 27:41, followed by Jason Attwood  in 28:56, Jennifer Entwistle in 31:51 and Sarah McConnell 34:39.


There were category wins for Mel Walker V75 finishing in 27:30 and Lyndsay  Darbyshire who not only won her age category V50 but also claimed a personal best with a time of 20:53 nearly a minute quicker at the same event in 2019. 

First home for Burnden was Lee White finishing in a time of 18:00 with personal bests following him for Paul Duke 18:02, Marcus Chester 18:26, Mark Jackson 18:32, Andrew Dunleavy 19:36, Neil Counsell 20:29, Gareth Lowe 20:54, Nia Bell 28:12, Tony Fulop 29:44, Jennifer Forkin 30:24 and Trevor Eagle 35:53.

Other results Marcus Chester 18:26, Jonathan Sangster 19:00, Steve Nolan 19:08, Pete Hopley 19:11, Sarah Watton 20:57, Simon Marland 22:00, Paul Christie 22:10, Adam Auston 23:03, Anne Ferguson 23:06, Paul Drew 23:15, Shirley Staveley 23:23, Lawrence McDonald 23:33, Steven Bate 23:38, Vicki Hamer 24:00, Linda O’Byrne 24:08, Howard Sparke 26:46, Philip Glassbrook 27:38, Nicola Hardy 28:59, Gareth Doherty 29:12, Cheryl Dunleavy 31:46, Debra Hennessey 32:50, Gillian Mc Gowan 34:41, Peter Whiteside 34:43.


Ironman arrived in Bolton at the weekend, however before the main event took place on Sunday, a large number of Burnden members took the opportunity to run along the red carpet finish line in Victoria Square by taking part in the Night fun run 5k, the course headed out of the town centre and through Queens Park before returning to the town centre with the finish on the red carpet, pictured above showing off their medals are three members who enjoyed the event Debra Hennessey, Gillian McGowan and Nia Bell.


The first race in the Burnden Fell Championship took place on Sunday where four members took part in Edenfield Fell Race. The race began at Edenfield Cricket Club and was hosted by Rossendale Harriers and Athletics Club. The route saw competitors climb up to Cowpe Lowe then along the Pennine Bridleway, a climb up and over Whittle Pike before a descent back towards the cricket ground, it was a tough route with heavy rain making conditions difficult, first home for Burnden was Gareth Lowe who completed the race in 01:05:50, followed by Anne Ferguson in 01:06:23 1st FV60, Ged Turner 01:10:43 and Steven Bate in 01:21:32.


Three members joined teams to take part in the award winning Endure 24 at Leeds over the weekend, the event which is a 24 hour relay race starting at 12pm on the Saturday sees teams having to continually run for 24 hours, the event is a ran on the trails around Bramham Park with competitors running a 5 mile lap. Conditions again were difficult due to the weather and a tremendous thunder storm saw the event suspended for a couple of hours for safety, however the event continued and congratulations to Gillian Morris, Emma Walker and Jane Crompton who took part.


It was also a little damp and also a little hot on the Blackpool coast for Burnden couple Sarah and Tony Woodiwiss, they took part in the Blackpool beach 10k Sarah finishing in 01:05:38 and Tony in 01:05:41. The event which takes place on the beach at Blackpool allowed Mr and Mrs Woodiwiss to cool off afterwards with a dip in the Blackpool sea.


Monday 28th June 2021


Seven Burnden members returned to local fell running with the Two Lads Fell race hosted by Horwich RMI Harriers & Athletics Club. 

Jonathan Sangster led Burnden home in 38:33 in what developed into a challenging run as low cloud and rain moved across the moors above Horwich. The race which began at The Bridge Inn in Horwich took members up to 274m ascent before returning into Horwich covering 8.4km. Sarah Watton finished third in her age group with a time of 45:40 with Philip Glassbrook also finishing third in his age group in a time of 1:02:18, other results Peter Hopley 41:55, Gareth Lowe 45:42, Ged Turner 48:39 and Steve Bate 51:34.


At the weekend Adrian ASHBURN was the sole Burnden representative at the Southport Half Marathon.

The event in its 8th year saw Adrian start on Marine Drive and run through the heart of the famous seaside resort along Lord Street before returning to Marine Drive with an out and back to the finish, Adrian completed the race in 01:49:57.


Mumtaz Patel took on the challenge of Grizedale Trail Marathon, it was a hot day up in the Lake District, however Mumtaz completed the event in 05:44:43. The route with undulating trails through forest tracks provided Mumtaz with great views of Coniston and the surrounding areas. 

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