Burnden Race Reports

Monday 21st June 2021


Burnden member and GB Ultra Ambassador Sarah Woodiwiss returned to her ultra marathon events by competing in the 50 mile Pennine Barrier Ultra.

The race starting in the beautiful village of Malham took Sarah along the trails along Malham Cove and crossing the three peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

Sarah was pleased to get round her first event of the year covering 53 miles across the Yorkshire Dales.


Tony Fulop travelled to Coventry to take part in the Coventry Chase the Sun 10k, the race took place in the War Memorial Park in Coventry, Tony completed the two lap course in a time of 01:05:32.


The popular Sale Sizzler 5k series returned midweek, the first of three 5k races starting in Wythenshawe Park saw three members compete with Mel Walker the only representation in the Vet 75 Category finishing in 26:52, Lee White finished just ahead of Marcus Chester in 18:12 with Marcus finishing in 18:30.


Paul DREW was the sole representative at for Burnden at the Colshaw Hall 10k,  taking place in the Colshaw Hall Country Estate near Knutsford, the scenic race which took Paul past the iconic Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank with a tree lined finish back into Colshaw Hall where Paul completed the race in 48:42.

Monday 7th June 2021


Burnden members are beginning to get back to competitive races as a number of events have started to take place.

Burnden Road Runners welcome a new member to the club, Tony Fulop recently took part in the Heaton Park 10k, the two lap course took athletes around Heaton Park passing Heaton Hall.

Tony completed the 10k in a very respectable time of 01:06:11 in the V60 category.

Burnden were also represented at the half marathon which was held on the same day at Heaton Park, Emma Walker completed the challenging undulating course in 02:11:48.


A new event on the racing calendar this weekend was the Montane Trail 20 & Trail 10 Ullswater race.

Representing Burnden in the 10 mile race was Tim Taylor.

The race started at Pooley Bridge and finished in Glenridding with a steep climb halfway over Gowbarrow Fell provides competitors with a down hill finish running alongside Ullswater to the finish line.

Tim finished third in his age category with a time of 02:08:12 V60

Friday 28th May 2021
This week we have two reports for the price of one (exactly zero pence)! Not because I forgot or anything like that, but because over half of the results from the 15-16th May weekend simply disappeared into the internet ether sometime on Sunday night/Monday morning. It has taken England Athletics almost a week to ‘find’ them again and put them onto the results website. So firstly for the weekend 15th-16th May. No PB’s but 3 first places and a second place made it a good weekend. Mel Walker (5,231 metres) was 1st in the M75 category. Now Mel would (and does) tell everyone that it isn’t a great achievement as he is the only M75 competing, but what he doesn’t point out is that of the 6 male runners (this week) who are over the age of 70, Mel had the 3rd longest distance recorded! Andy Dunleavy (6,890) and Tony Wall (6,584) once again finished 1st and 2nd in their M60 category and with Paul Christie (6,640) winning his M65 group that meant that Burnden had the first 3 finishers in all of the men over the age of 60. Burnden’s other two competitors were Cheryl Dunleavy (3,840) and Trevor Eagle (3,708) who both recorded distances well below their best efforts. Not that there is anything wrong with having easy weeks! The hard part is sometimes realising that an easy week can be very good for you! Team-wise Burnden finished in eighth place.
Last weekend’s report now: - One PB and one first place to report this week. Evergreen superstar Mel Walker ran a new PB this week, setting a new distance of 5,336 metres and again coming 1st in the M75 category. Mel, once again, was only beaten by 2 runners from the M70 category which, when you consider that he is now in his fourth year in the M75 classification, is pretty damn amazing. Tony Wall hit the 7 kilometre marker for the first time since last December, covering a distance of 7,040 metres to claim 2nd place in the M60’s. Finishing in 3rd place in their respective categories were Andy Dunleavy M60 (6,690) and Paul Christie M65 (6,440). Also turning out this week for Burnden were Cheryl Dunleavy (4,180) and Trevor Eagle (3,940) and this sets a strange record for the club as this is the first time that the exact same runners have competed over two consecutive weekends! So come on you other 30 minute runners, where are you? Burnden as a club finished in our highest position for some week’s at 5th place. These positions are worked out as an average of all our runners and this week we finished a massive 1.33 metres in front of Horley Harriers. So every stride counts, keep them coming.

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