TRAINING - Mon 5th Dec - Aerobic recovery headtorch run on trails (Izzy) - Next Steppers : Hill Reps on Smithills Dean Road (Sue) -  New Starters Group 7pm: Measured mile & recovery trail run (Mumtaz, Carolyn, Elaine) 

Hi everyone, here are two big dates for your diaries!

Christmas Do

Xmas get together on the 12th December after training at Astley Bridge Cricket Club. We will be holding a Jacobs Feast again, where each person brings a small amount of food, either savory or sweet. When this is all put together we end up with a fabulous buffet! Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to say what you will be bringing along so that we don't duplicate on certain items. We will also have a short quiz and Xmas bingo too.

Presentation Evening

Here is another big date for your diary, 20th January 2017 for the Burnden Annual Presentation Night. This is held at 7pm at Dunscar Conservative Club. We will be served with a meat and potato pie supper and apple crumble and custard at 7.30 pm. And following on from that will be our awards presentation. Once all the awards have been given out we will then dance the night away with a disco. So if you would like to attend I now need to collect, firstly  your name and then secondly a £12 payment per person by 9th January 2017 please. You can email me to confirm you're attending at - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or message me via Burden's Facebook page. You can also give your payments to Ann Butler, Louise Geoghegan or Louise Wall if I am not around.

The Next Steppers training schedule is here. Also the full 2016 training schedule is updated and available here.

Opportunity for masters (veterans) to represent England at the Marathon! For details click here.

Burnden Parkrun table after #295 (Sat 3rd December) here.

It looks like the winners are sorted, but who will be the runners up? The Club Championship table after the Guys 10 and parkrun #295 is here. The Age Related table is here. Don't forget, this isn't the final table - there are parkruns left until New Years Eve. There is still time to improve your performance and maybe get more points!









Sponsors of our race the Trotters 5 




Sat 3rd December 2016 - RED ROSE CROSS COUNTRY (MARL PITS, ROSSENDALE) - 1.35pm (Ladies) / 2.15pm (Men) Start time from Marl Pits, Rossendale

Sun 4th December 2016 - GUYS TEN ROAD RACE - 10am Start from Guy's Thatched Hamlet, Bilsborrow, Garstang, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 0RS - 319 entries / 400 limit (06/09/2016) - CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

Sat 10th December 2016 - SOUTH EAST LANCS CROSS COUNTRY (TANDLE HILL, OLDHAM) - 1.50pm (Ladies) / 2.30pm (Men) Start from Tandle Hill, Royton, Oldham, OL2 5UX

Sun 18th December 2016 - SANTA DASH TRAIL RACE - 10:00am Start from Curley's Fisheries, Horwich, BL6 6PP 


Sat 21st January 2017 - SOUTH EAST LANCS CROSS COUNTRY (LEIGH) - 1.50pm (Ladies) / 2.30pm (Men) Start from Leigh Sports Village, WN7 4YJ


Sat 18th February 2017 - SOUTH EAST LANCS CROSS COUNTRY (ASTLEY PARK, CHORLEY) - 1.50pm (Ladies) / 2.30pm (Men) Start from Astley Park, Chorley, PR7 1XA 

Sat 18th February 2017 - STANDISH HALL TRAIL RACE ~10k - 2.30pm Start from Britannia Hotel, Almond Brook Road, WN6 0SR (nr Junction 27 of the M6) - free Wigan pie! - Enter Online




The long run.. some things to consider..

Guide to waterproof jackets for trail runners

Guide to Petzl head torches for trail running

Guide to running packs, vests and belts for trail runners

Guide to navigation

Forefoot Running Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3




RESULTS - Sun 4th December 2016 - Guys 10 - Results & Photos.


RESULTS - Tue 29th November 2016 - BAT RUN 9 THE SUPER HERO - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 27th November 2016 - DAVID STAFF MEMORIAL FELL RACE - Results.

RESULTS - Tue 22nd November 2016 - BAT RUN 8 THE RATTY TATTY - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 20th November 2016 - 13 ARCHES HALF MARATHON - Results.

RESULTS - Sat 19th November 2016 - SOUTH EAST LANCS XC  HEATON PARK - Results.

RESULTS - Tue 15th November 2016 - BAT RUN 7 JOSS'S BIRTHDAY RUN - Results.

RESULTS - Sat 12th November 2016 - RED ROSE XC BOLTON - Results & Series to Date.

RESULTS - Tue 8th November 2016 - BAT RUN 6 THE POPPY RUN - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 6th November 2016 - 33rd THROUGH THE VILLAGES - Results.

RESULTS - Sun 6th November 2016 - DERWENTWATER 10 - Results.

RESULTS - Tue 1st November 2016 - BAT RUN 5 THE ROMAN CANDLE - Results.







With the final club run of the year, Guys 10 miler, on Sunday you could be forgiven for thinking that there may be reduced numbers turning out for parkrun this week.

Several members ran in both while others bumped into each other enjoying festivities at Manchester markets as ideal preparation (you know who you are!! J ).

Burnden continue to be the leading club at Bolton parkrun, with 220 members having tackled Leverhulme’s hills, track and paths. A combined 8,516 runs at the event is 3 times more than the next club, so this really is a home event.

This week saw 19 runners run the course and a further 11 help out by volunteering to ensure the event went without a hitch.

Taking time off his recent stints of pacing to help others, Gareth Doherty led home the Burnden contingent in a new PB of 20.21 in 8th place overall. This is Gareth’s 17 PB in his 84 runs at Bolton and his first since August. Gareth’s girlfriend, Lynda O’Byrne was not to be outdone, leading home the Burnden ladies this week in 65th overall and the 9th female finisher.

There was just 1 other PB at Bolton this week, with Linda Haines going sub 30 minutes for the second time in her 23 runs.

4 runners managed the double of parkrun and the club championship Guys 10 – well done to Debra Hennessey (28.51 and 1.36.24), Mark Jackson (24.02 and 1.08.05), Philip Glassbrook (26.49 and 1.29.08) and Peter Whiteside (34.31 and 1.42.35), a great double achievement over the weekend. 48 Burnden members turned out at Guys on Sunday.

Out and about this week were Beverley Walker at Heaton Park, her 30th visit to accompany 27 runs at Bolton, but only Beverley’s second parkrun of 2016. Paul Sedgewick returned to Glossop for the first time since their inaugural event and his 41st parkrun event, closing in on his red 50 t-shirt.

Philip Glassbrook’s run at Bolton sees him on 49 runs, the only runner this week to be in touching distance of a new running top.

The 11 hi-viz heroes this week were Steven Bate, Richard Blake, Mark Butler, Lucille Corrigan, Paul Duke, Mike Gregson, Richard Lord, Jackie Oakes, Christine & Jeff Pendlebury and Paula Pilling. The Bolton parkrun team are, as always, eternally grateful for all volunteers help – the event cannot take part without enough volunteers – please make sure you take your turn!






29th November 2016


LYNDSAY Darbyshire won her age group at the City of Salford 5.25-mile Women’s Race, finishing 13th overall.
Her time of 36min 10secs earned her first place in the L45 category in the 26th running of the race.

In a highly competitive and fast field, Paula Pilling was the first Burnden runner home and 10th overall, posting a time of 35:10 to claim 2nd place in the L40 category. Elaine Roper was 2nd L55 in 42:21.
Mumtaz Patel finished the course in 41:07, with Christine Fernon (54:54) and Dawn Evans (56:25) completing the Burnden turn-out.

Two local fell races attracted members at the weekend. Lesley Fisher was 2nd F50 and 53rd overall in 37:56 in the David Staff Memorial Fell Race, a 6km event starting in Sunnyhurst Woods, Darwen, and climbing more than 300m up to Darwen Tower and back down over the moor trails.

Laurence Keighley was two places back, less than half a minute off Lesley’s time in 38:23. Anne Ferguson was 3rd F50 with a time of 40:37 and Don Nichol completed the Burnden representation, crossing in 44:36.
Four Burnden members teamed up to take part in the Lee Mills Relay Fell Race at Bacup in the Rossendale Valley, a 10K route which at its peak takes runners over the Top of Leach landmark.

Paul Duke, Christophe Menand, Marcus Taylor and Colin Faulds posted a great total time of 4:09:43 to finish 35th out of 95 teams
Paul completed the first loop in 1:02:52, with Christophe next in 1:06:05, followed by a time of 1:01:07 from Marcus and a strong final loop of 59:39 by Colin to bring it home.

Three members travelled to take part in the Wesham 10K on Saturday with Jeff Pendlebury first home in 52:41.

Mark Butler completed the course in 55:31 just ahead of Ann Butler in 55:36, who generously let him finish before her.

Andy Staveley and Stew Jones travelled the furthest this weekend to fly the flag for Burnden, getting some late winter sun in Benidorm. Andy was 3rd M55 in the half-marathon with a time of 1:27:15 while Stew completed the 10K race in 42:45.