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Ironman looming

With Ironman 70.3 looming next week, it’s been pretty quiet on the Burnden front as competitors give those legs a rest. Training nights have been busy as usual however and we have a new addition to the schedule – a Wellbeing Walk organised by our Coach and Chair, Andy Dunleavy.

This walk takes place each Monday at 7pm and is perfect for those who are returning to running, need a lower impact option or just fancy a social stroll in beautiful surroundings.

Onto this week’s activities and Steven Walton was imitating a Duracell bunny as he took on an unbelievable 12-hour endurance run in the Lake District.

Organised by Greener Miles Running and named ‘The Whopper’, the challenge is to complete as many full laps as possible in under 12 hours around Whinlatter Forest and Whinlatter Pass in Keswick.

Steven managed an impressive 11 laps in 11 hours and 20 minutes – a total of 46 miles. Each lap distance was 4.2 miles with an ascent of 1000 feet – phew! Steven described it as the toughest run he’s ever done yet achieved position 7/24. With pizza, drinks and snacks on tap as well as great support, hospitality and organisation, it sounds like an enduring option for those who like to torture themselves!

Steven’s wife and fellow Burndener, Sarah Walton, also deserves a shout out for supporting for those 11 hours and 20 minutes in the pouring rain. Well done to you both!

Swim Coach and Burndener, Steve Riddle, was in the water again this week as he prepares for his Ironman Tri next week.

This watery adventure was the first of the Triple Crown series – Lake Coniston End to End. Supported by wife Julie, Steve smashed it - completing 5.2 miles in 2 hours 26 minutes. Steve was awarded 3rd in his age group and claimed an overall position of 57/839 – 42nd male/402.

Steve is all set for his 70.3 and is taking on the triple challenge in memory of his dear friend, Steve White, and for his family. Steve was a member of Holcombe Harriers who had been training for his first Ironman in 2020 when he sadly lost his life in a road traffic accident. He was a supporter of cancer charities and the donations from Steve Riddle’s challenge will benefit Cancer Research UK.

Here is Steve’s Just Giving page, if you would like to donate.

Finally, a big shout out to our Andrew Crawford who has just scored his 100th parkrun at Bolton this week! Andy conquered Cruella (twice) in 22:21.

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