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Dashing through the melted snow on Sunday was Father David Smith and Carolling Carol Richardson as they stepped into the Bolton Arena Santa Dash. Smith was ho-ho-ho happy as he was awarded first place in the festive race.

The 5K route begins on the Arena’s running track before flowing out through the grounds before a return to the Track and a Santa-tastic finish. All proceeds from the event are donated to Bolton Hospice and the wearing of a Santa suit is obligatory, of course!


Here is Captain Paul Duke’s report on this week’s Cross Country Team

“With the amount of rain we have had in recent days, this cross country fixture was always going to be a wet and muddy affair. This did not stop Burnden from putting out a team for both the ladies’ and men’s races for the second South East Lancs league fixture held at Heaton Park.
The course was altered – making the course slightly longer for both sets of runners. First up were the ladies, who finished 4th team overall and 2nd Vet team. Runners for the ladies were Gwen Kinloch, Lyndsay Darbyshire, Anne Ferguson and Linda Doherty.
The last race of the day was the men’s race where they had to deal with some cross wind and rain on open sections of the course, which was, by this time, very muddy. The men finished 6th team overall and 1st Vet 60 tea. Runners for the men were Paul Duke, Stephen Horsman, Gareth Doherty, Keith Thomas and Tony Fulop.
The next Cross Country race is 17th December for the Sunday league held at Arrowe Park, Wirral.”


Crazy Legs events hold the Stockport 10 mile each year and four Burndeners brought some ‘stock-errific’ times home.

Tom Stratton was first back from the multi-terrain challenge in a super 1:05:41. Katherine Baines was first Burnden lady in 1:18:02. Simon Entwistle was next in 1:34:55 followed by Jennifer Entwistle who completed the quartet in1:49:07.


Parkrun was back on this week although Bolton was more like ‘Lakerun’ with the torrential weather and attendance was down to 114 brave swimmers. Nothing dampened the fun though and some great times came across the line with the drenched but happy runners.

Matt Dewhurst certainly didn’t let the rain stop him as he zoomed around the tough course in just 19:54 – collecting the accolade of 2nd overall position.

Other results – Andy Dunleavy – 9th position in 23:54, Marcus Hamer – 25:44, Verity Harrison – 25:44, Ian Pudge – 25:47, Paul Drew – 26:57, Vicki Hamer – 28:38, Luke Newell – 32:16, Paul Johnson – 33:10, Nia Bell – 34:55, Jenni Partington – 34:55, Cheryl Dunleavy – 41:49, Ian Mann – 42:46, Neil Counsell – 47:19.

Heaton Park – 505 runners

Chris Worthington – 21:32, Gayle Gerrard – 26:17, Katherine Baines – 26:19, Tom Stratton – 26:20, Chris Greenall – 26:26, Carol Richardson – 32:47. Michelle Livesey – 37:50, Sarah Brown – 40:03.

Pennington Flash – 66 runners

Steven Snape – 34:25

Haigh Woodland – 132 runners

Michael Kermode – 9th position in 22:03

Stretford – 389 runners

Mark Jackson – 21:44,

Morecambe Prom – 124 runners

Adrian Ashburn – 22:21

Great Salterns – 43 runners

Simon Marland – 24:57

Sue Marland – 37:46

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