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The Cross Country team were out again this week and represented Burnden Road Runners over in Runcorn.

Here is Captain Paul Duke’s report,

“Sunday saw four Burnden runners make the trip over to Runcorn to run the fourth race of the NWSXC series. Town Park, which is undulating and muddy and home to the Ski Slope Hill, made for a fantastic course and a well-supported and organised race.
First through for Burnden was Team Captain, Paul Duke, in position 67, followed by Ian Pudge, thoroughly enjoying the experience, with position 137. Next through was Ivan Brown with an excellent run – finishing in position 186 – and who couldn’t stop smiling afterwards. The ever-present Tony Fulop lost his shoes in the mud on three occasions but still managed to overtake a couple of runners and finish in position 216. Another enjoyable outing with Burnden.”

Well done to the Cross Country Team and good luck with Marl Pits next week – make sure you bring some gaffer tape for any potential loose shoes!


With an eye on completing the Chester Triple later in the year, Gillian McGowan and Shirley Robinson clocked in some miles at a local race in Blackburn.

The East Lancashire Hospice 10K and 2K races have raised over £100,000 for the Hospice patients’ care and are organised by one of their supporters - The Vella Group, Great Harwood.

Shirley crossed the line in 1:12:44 and Gillian just behind in 1:16:44.


It was freezing but fun for the Dunleavys as they took in a race around the canal paths of Skipton. The Skipton Sweetie Surprise Skedaddle is part of the Grim Up North series of races with multi-distances on offer. Andy was on top form as he skedaddled home as 1st MV65 for the Half Marathon distance – with a speedy 1:36:42 under his belt.

Cheryl took on the 10K route and finished in a sweet 1:16:15, commenting on the races,

“A beautiful, scenic canal route all the way for Cheryl but for Andy it got a ‘little technical’ (muddy and slippy) further along the trail. A nice day out.”


All eyes are on the Burnden Road Runners Club Championship after its announcement last week and Alexandra parkrun in Moss Side makes a special appearance. Not only a filming location for gripping drama, Fool Me Once, it will host more drama come February and March as Burndeners compete to win a special prize for the most improved!

Four Club members got some practice in this week at Alexandra Park and Mark Whittington smashed it – finishing in a lung-busting 18:15. Michael Kermode was next home in 19:40 followed by Gareth Lowe in 22:30 and Jenni Partington in 27:31.

Bolton - A shout out for Suleman Badat as he finished in the top 3 – 3rd position in 19:34. Other results - Marcus Chester – 22:18 (8th position), Martin Whitehead – 23:23, Stephen Horsman – 23:35, Mark Cannon – 23:38, Gareth Doherty – 23:45, Marcus Hamer – 23:49, Michael Caine – 24:28, Verity Harrison – 24:56 (3rd lady), Vicki Hamer – 26:09, Lawrence McDonald – 26:38, Simon Entwistle – 26:59, Linda Doherty – 28:13, Emma Walker – 30:07, Kathryn Berry – 30:26, Luke Newell – 30:32, Teresa Riley – 31:30, Philip Glassbrook – 31:55, Ian Pudge – 32:01, Maggie Slamin – 32:48, Louise Righini – 32:56, Sandra Caine – 33:18, Natasha Clarke – 35:29, Jennifer Entwistle – 36:15, Ian Mann – 39:36, Cheryl Dunleavy – 40:45, Gillian McGowan – 41:34, Jocelyn Chadderton – 51:20

Heaton Park – Chris Greenall – 26:04, Gayle Gerrard – 32:09, Sarah Jane Wells – 55:45.

Princes parkrun, Liverpool – Steven Walsh – 25:11

Temple Newsam – Simon Marland – 24:15, Sue Marland – 34:47

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – Adam Austin -24:17

Haigh Woodland – Kathryn Baron – 28:55

Stretford – Adrian Ashburn – 22:16, Steven Bate – 26:11

Fleetwood Promenade – Paul Drew – 23:41

Pavilion Gardens – Mark Jackson – 21:31

Worden – Carol Richardson – 31:31, Sarah Brown – 37:41, Michelle Livesey – 38:16

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