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Preston Harriers hosted a bunch of Burndeners for the penultimate race of the Club Championship as they travelled further north to run either the 10 or 5 mile option.

A flat road race with few hazards, it is a great opportunity for some fast times – although the weather did its best to dampen proceedings.

Drenched Burndeners started to finish the 10 mile in just over an hour – with Jonathan Sangster the first to cross the line in 1:01:42. Next up was Lee White in 1:02:45 and 2nd MV50 and Suleman Badat in 1:02:48.

Top three for the ladies were Sarah Watton in 1:10:22, Gwen Kinloch in 1:13:55 and 1st FV60 and Lyndsay Darbyshire in 1:16:05 and 2nd FV55.

Vet prizes continued with Andy Dunleavy crowned 1st MV65 in 1:06:25, Anne Ferguson 2nd FV65 in 1:23:39 and Sue Marland 3rd FV60 in 1:53:32.

Other soggy yet super results for the gentlemen –

Mark Whittington – 1:03:55, Lyall Mew – 1:06:32, Michael Kermode – 1:10:25, Ian Pudge – 1:11:48, Stephen Horsman – 1:12:58, Martin Fielding – 1:13:34, Michael Caine – 1:15:19, Martin Cullen – 1:15:23, David Smith – 1:15:40, Simon Marland – 1:16:53, Gareth Doherty – 1:18:04, Adrian Ashburn – 1:18:08, Lawrence McDonald – 1:18:10, Adam Austin – 1:18:12, Marcus Hamer – 1:19:02, Paul Drew – 1:21:39, Andy Warburton – 1:27:58, Steven Bate – 1:28:06, Ged Turner – 1:30:55, Mark Turner – 1:44:24, Luke Newell – 1:46:55, Anthony Fulop – 1:50:37.

Other saturated but stupendous results for the ladies –

Verity Harrison – 1:20:53, Shirley Staveley – 1:21:32, Linda Doherty – 1:22:55, Melissa Husbands – 1:29:13, Kathryn Berry – 1:30:22, Julia Hall – 1:30:24, Nicola Hasall – 1:36:23, Teresa Riley – 1:36:56, Nia Bell – 1:43:26, Joanna Warburton – 1:48:50, Natasha Clarke – 1:50:51, Shirley Robinson – 2:00:21, Jennifer Forkin – 2:00:21.

On the 5 Mile, which was one lap of the longer distance, Cheryl Dunleavy was 2nd FV45 in 1:00:35 and Ian Mann finished in 1:02:47.


Five of our superb Men’s Cross Country team travelled to Skelmersdale to compete in the Sunday League. Here is the write up from Captain Paul Duke.

“Over 200 runners from different North West running clubs competed in Sunday's race at Beacon Country Park. A new 2 lap course was on offer for those that turned up in what can be described as perfect cross country conditions.

Matt Dewhurst was first home for Burnden with an amazing 19th place finish. Next home was club captain Paul Duke (84) literally milliseconds ahead of Andy Staveley (85) and Steve Nolan (86). For the last mile all 3 battled it out for positions, which was fun. Keith Thomas, returning from long injury and taking it easy, was next home (161)

To finish an excellent day of racing we were all treated to a lovely cup of vegetable chilli to warm us up. The next cross country race is the Euro Cross Country Championships held in Liverpool on 25th November.


MoRunning is a charity running event in aid of Movember and offers a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and a Mini MoRun for kids at 1.5K.

As described by MoRunning, Movember is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. Movember raises funds & awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

All entry fees contribute to the fundraising and this year’s total for Manchester was an incredible £1,343.

Our Bernie Higgins was moustache-tastic in the 5K and finished in a very respectable 30:09 and took home a truly excellent moustached medal!


With a large proportion of the club members over in Preston, it was just a pair of Burndeners who chose the Last Drop Village 5K race on Sunday. Burnden’s representatives were Vicki Hamer who finished in 28:06 and Philip Glassbrook who was home in 35:20. The course, organised by fellow local running club, North Bolton Runners began at the Last Drop Village Spa and Hotel and was pretty tough with steep inclines and relentless rain.


A shout-out this week to Burndeners Ian Pudge and Cheryl Dunleavy who both notched up 25 volunteering duties at Bolton parkrun this week! Well done to you both!

Here are this week’s times from around the parkrun world…

Heaton Park (Attendance 701) – Chris Greenall – 26:14, Steven Bate – 26:25, Adrian Ashburn – 27:03, Gayle Gerrard – 27:09,

St Helens (Attendance 267) – Carol Richardson – 30:45

Bolton (Attendance 259) – Tom Stratton – 20:58 (6th position), Marcus Chester – 22:44, Martin Whitehead – 22:50, Katherine Baines – 25:09, Andy Dunleavy – 25:18, Michael Kermode – 25:57, Vicki Hamer – 27:29, Sarah Watton – 27:30, Simon Irving – 30:23, Paul Johnson – 31:27, Jenni Partington – 31:32, Philip Glassbrook – 31:40, Gemma Chapman – 33:09, Luke Newell – 54:44, Sarah Brown – 57:38

Aberystwyth (Attendance 125) – Simon Marland – 23:18, Sue Marland – 33:19

Morecambe Prom (Attendance 267) – Simon Entwistle – 24:24, Jennifer Entwistle – 30:49

Alexandra, Moss Side (Attendance 491) – Mark Jackson – 20:52

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