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Legendary Burndener, Tony Fulop, has been busy and took on both the Horwich Festival of Racing Senior 5K and the Morecambe 10K. The Horwich race is an adventure around the trails and paths of Rivington’s Terraced Gardens. Tony was around the course in 50:13. The Morecambe 10K is an out and back blast along the prom and Tony was across the line in 1:07:23.


Lee White took part in this year’s Welsh castles relay event as a guest in his wife, Kirsty’s business team (DEFRA). Lee ran the first leg in the 20 stage staggered relay. Starting at Caenarfon castle to Penygroes, a scenic coastal start before turning inland along with some steady climbs before following trail paths in to the tiny village finish. Lee’s leg of 9.25 miles in a time of 63:54 brought him in 23rd out of 60. The event, first run in 1988, consists of 20 staggered legs over two days and takes in 209 miles starting in Caenarfon and finishing in Cardiff the day after. 60 teams took part this year from high-flying running clubs from all over the country, mixed teams, ladies teams and 4 business teams – taking on the 2 day event based mainly on roads and trails with the odd mountain leg thrown in. Organised by the Les Croupiers running club in Cardiff, Lee describes the event as an event for all capabilities with the onus of team work and camaraderie between even the most competitive teams.


There was no wandering for Tim Taylor as he was back for two races this week after a period of injury. As well as the Leo Pollard Memorial Race, Tim was in the home of the Wombles for an 5-mile race on Wimbledon Common. The course is a scenic and challenging adventure – starting at the iconic windmill. Tim was home in a womble-tastic 43:00.


Nine set off for Chorley to take on June’s popular Astley Park Trail Race. Set in the picturesque grounds of Astley Hall, the races are held on the first Wednesday in the summer months of May to August.

Michael Kermode was first home for Burnden in 25:05 followed by Andrew Crawford in 26:36 and Adrian Ashburn in 27:35. It was the ladies who collected the Vet Category titles.

Lyndsay Darbyshire took 1st FV50 in 28:40, Gwen Kinloch claimed 1st FV60 just 9 seconds later in 28:49 and Anne Ferguson was named 2nd FV60 in 30:15.

Also bringing in super times were Andy Warburton – 32:41, Steven Bate – 33:44 and Tony Fulop – 42:36.


After the success of Edenfield Fell last week, Kathryn Baron was back racing this time at Knowl Hill Fell. The race takes runners up and past Greenbooth and Naden reservoirs before a couple of steep climbs up to the trig point of cold wet and windy knowl hill - then back down past the reservoirs. Kath finished the course in 1:31:26.


This week saw the 15th Joe Moran Memorial Veteran Track and Field Meeting,

hosted by Manchester Harriers at the Sportcity Stadium in Manchester.

Burndeners were looking forward to competing in the  6 track and 4 field events that were being contested on the night. Here are the results –

100m – Ivan Brown – 13.6

200m – Ivan Brown – 29.2, Michelle Carter – 36.8, Mumtaz Patel – 38.8.

400m – Mumtaz Patel – 85.8

800m – Tom Stratton – 2:37, Mark Cannon – 2:43, Gareth Doherty – 2:47, Mumtaz Patel – 3:06

1500m -  Mark Whittington - 04:56,  Suleman Badat - 5:09, Gareth Doherty - 5:35, Mark Cannon - 5:35, Linda Doherty – 7:12.

3000m – Suleman Badat – 10:45, Tom Stratton – 11:32, Mark Cannon – 12:02, Linda Doherty – 14:45.

Javelin – Tom Stratton – 25.99, Michelle Carter – 13.16, Gareth Doherty – 12.99, Linda Doherty – 9.57

Long Jump – Mark Whittington – 4.43

Shotput – Michelle Carter – 6.71


Shoutouts this week to Linda Doherty who completed her 250th parkrun at Bolton with a crowd of Burnden supporters and to Sue Marland who completed her 250th unique parkrun – this time at Bressay – the most northerly parkrun in the UK.  It was extra special for Sue as she celebrated her 1st wedding anniversary with fellow Burndener Simon.

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