Burnden Race Reports


BURNDEN has a new King of the Hill this year in the shape of Mark Jackson, who completed the massive achievement of five Hell of a Hill marathons in five days climbing Rivington Pike 25 times over the event.
After showing great consistency over the first four days, he finished with a real flourish on the final day, posting a PB and his first sub-five hours marathon with a time of 4:56:03, crossing the line in 12th place on the day.
It gave him an aggregate score for all five days of 26:28:33.
Mark finished 11th on Day 1 in 5:09:08, and followed that up with times of 5:43:08 on Day 2 (19th place), 5:28:18 on Day 3 (16th) and 5:11:56 on the fourth day (27th) before his final day success.
On the last day, David Morrison joined him at the start line at Bibby’s Farm in Heath Charnock, Chorley, and completed his solo marathon in 6:04:49.

Rob Short led home a string Burnden turn-out at the 13 Arches Half Marathon in Radcliffe, coming home in 13th place with a time of 1:26:30, a few minutes ahead of Paul Duke in 23rd place with 1:30:00 and Lee White in 29th place with 1:33:03.
Simon Marland was 3rd M55 in 1:41:32, Keith Thomas 2nd M60 in 1:42:10 and Phil Glassbrook 2nd M70 in 2:11:04.
Lyndsay Darbyshire was fifth in the ladies race, 2nd F50 in 1:45:05. Mumtaz Patel was 3rd F45 in 1:49:10 and Anne Ferguson won the F60 category with her time of 1:49:57.
Other results:
Steven Bate (1:47:30), Don Nichol (1:52:47), Jackie Oakes (1:53:41), Carolyn Barker (1:54:06), Ged Turner (1:54:28), David Broadhurst (1:55:38), Shirley Staveley (1:56:03), Jane Forrest (1:58:05), Mark Butler (2:02:48), Elaine Roper (2:03:04), Gayle Gerrard (2:03:45), Phil Holden (2:04:43), Emma Walker (2:12:48), Nadia Raza (2:14:32), Julie Riddle (2:16:42), Louise Fox (2:19:43), Craig Philpot (2:20:57), Kris Worsley (2:20:58), Sharon Drew (2:28:34), Fiona Ashton (2:32:09), Sue Blackman (2:37:57).

Paula Pilling and Andy Staveley were the leading Burnden performers at the Red Rose Cross Country League meet at Marl Pits, Rossendale.
Paula was in 23rd place and 4th F40 with a time of 22:07 in the ladies race, closely followed by Anne Ferguson, again winning her age group in 23:07.
Shirley Staveley was 3rd F50 in 25:07, followed by Claire McKenna (25:17), Kelly Sullavan (27:38) and Liz Hopley (28:55).
The team finished 8th out of 17 clubs and 2nd in the vets team standings out of 16 eligible clubs.
Andy Staveley was 2nd V55 – missing out on top spot by just 10 seconds – posting a time of 33:36, with Steve Nolan close behind, 3rd V55 in 34:22.
Pete Hopley (35:02) and Keith Thomas (36:49) completed the club’s interest. The men combined to finish 8th in the vets team standings out of 14 clubs.

Louise and Tony Wall took part in the Bingley Harriers v Cyclists fell race over in Yorkshire, a novel event where runners and cyclists take on each other over a tough 5.5-mile course with 650 feet of climb. Tony finished in 51:07 with Louise crossing the line in 1:11:14.