Issue 12 March 2010
From the Chairman
Welcome to the first Trotter of 2010 and the start of Burnden Roadrunners’ Silver
Celebrating such milestones always has an important element of nostalgia, and there
are some interesting stories from the history of the club elsewhere in this issue.
However, it is even more important to look forward to a bright future as Burnden
Roadrunners use the Silver Jubilee year as a platform to go from strength to strength.
Recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of members turning out at
races and this has been rewarded by improved results both at team and individual level.
Indeed, our Ladies are the reigning Champions of the Central Lancs. Grand Prix and
each week sees the Bolton News reporting details of prize-winning exploits by our
individual club members and teams.
We are also seeing more members doing marathons and overseas races, more Burnden
vests on the fells and, off the racing scene, it is heartening to see the healthy growth in
numbers and the enthusiasm of the running groups at Monday night training. It is
hoped that this year will also see a Beginners Group become established at the club.
During last year we reached one of our highest ever membership totals and my hope is
that this celebration year will be marked by a record membership consisting of
stalwarts and trusty regulars as well as plenty of new faces.
The best tribute that we can make to the proud history of Burnden Roadrunners and to
the hard work of those who established the club is to build on their efforts and make
this the best year in our history with the most members ever to enjoy it.
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Welcome to new members Susan Collier, Jane Forrest, Chris Greenslade, Liz Hopley,
Julie Freeman, Gill Peak, and a warm welcome back to Lesley Fisher.
Another Club Championship is over and congratulations to Izzy Hughes and Andy
Staveley on their victories in 2009 (full results of the 2009 club championship can be
found elsewhere in this issue). Prizes were awarded at the excellent Presentation
Evening at Portofino’s in early February and many thanks to Sue Williams for
organising a great do and to Neil & Cynthia for arranging the trophies and prizes.
With barely a pause for breath the 2010 Club Championship is upon us and the
quality and strength in depth at the club this year promises to make this the best
competition for a long time, if not ever. There is a good chance of some new names
on the trophies, especially the Men’s championship where competition will be fierce
between a large pack of runners. Good luck to everyone for an exciting competition.
The way the club fixture list has been structured this year (many thanks to Chris
Greenall - and the 2010 fixture list can be found elsewhere in this issue) means that a
healthy club championship between members will also mean a great team effort for
the club in the Central Lancs. Grand Prix. The introduction of Wesham into the
League this year means that competition will be tougher than ever but I believe that
our Ladies, strengthened by some welcome new members, can repeat last year’s
exceptional achievement and retain their hold on the championship
Ladies 2009 Grand Prix results
1st L35 Kirsty Preece, 3rd L35 Claire Foster, 1st L40 Isaline Hughes, 2nd L40 Shirley
Staveley, 1st L50 Anne Ferguson, 3rd L45 Sue Booth, 2nd L55 Jacqui Beevers
The Men will also find it a tough League this year but again, I think that Burnden will
surprise a lot of people this year and believe that we can improve on last year’s
Lostock 6 sees the start of the Central Lancs. Grand Prix – let’s turn out in numbers
and see a record number of Burnden vests in this opening fixture.
The club has already had a good start on the fells and let’s hope that this is another
aspect of the club’s activities, which will thrive this year.
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Just a note to remind everyone that subscriptions for 2010 are now due. Please renew
your membership as soon as possible.
South East Lancs. Cross Country Boggart Hole Clough
31 October 2009
Burnden Roadrunners’ Ladies did themselves proud at
Saturday’s South East Lancs. Cross Country League fixture
at Boggart Hole Clough. Izzy Hughes was 4th overall and 1st
L40 and Anne Ferguson was 12th overall and 2nd L50. The
evergreen Ann Oliver (pictured) completed the L40 team, which finished in second
place. In the Men’s event, Burnden Roadrunners finished 5 th out of the 10 competing
clubs and the Veterans team finished in 4th place.
Izzy Hughes 29:41, Anne Ferguson 32:23, Ann Oliver 39:52, Martyn Pollitt 39:53,
Stewart Jones 42:22, Andy Duffy 44:43, Pete Hopley 45:08, Don Nichol 47:39,
Dave Pearson 50:55, Dave Hitchen 56:21
Through the Villages 1 November 2009
The following day Martyn Pollitt ran a strong and measured race in blustery and
difficult conditions to clinch first V45 at Wheelton’s Through the Villages race. Izzy
Hughes completed her double for the weekend finishing 1 st F40 and Anne Ferguson
went one better than her performance the previous day to win the F50 category.
Martyn Pollitt 52:52, Andy Staveley 57:45, Peter Kearsley 1:01:11, Izzy Hughes 1:03:10, Anne
Red Rose Cross Country, Bury 7 November 2009 and
Lancaster Half Marathon 8 November 2009
Three races in different counties on the club’s calendar meant a busy weekend for
Burnden Roadrunners with some of the club’s runners thriving on the crowded
Keith Thomas had a strong run at the Red Rose Cross Country fixture in Bury where
he finished 4th V50 in a time of 41:51 and then followed this up with a tremendous
performance at the Lancaster Half Marathon where he clocked 1:19:54 to finish 2 nd
V50 and 20th overall out of a large field of 666 runners. Dave Pearson also continued
his impressive return after a long lay-off with injury by completing the Cross Country
on Saturday and following up with a time of 1:36:55 at Lancaster on Sunday.
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Shirley Staveley was another glutton for punishment as she claimed 3 rd F45 in Bury
on Saturday before clocking 1:40:22 at the Half Marathon the following day.
Also representing Burnden at Lancaster, Andy Staveley showed signs of a return to
fitness with a time of 1:22:27 and Clare Foster completed the soggy half marathon
course in 1:59:20. The club’s other runners at the Bury Cross Country were John
Knowles (43:27), Andy Duffy, (45:51), Don Nichol (48:29) and Dave Hitchen
Anne Ferguson continued an impressive and consistent run by winning the F50
category at Bury.
Roaches Fell Race 8 November 2009
Izzy Hughes was also among the prizes
when she picked up 2nd F45 at the
Roaches Fell Race near Leek. Martyn
Pollitt’s strong run of form continued at
the Roaches where he finished 12th
overall completing the 15-mile multi
terrain course in 2:24:36.
Described as a notorious race, it
encompasses all the elements of tough
cross-country and fell races. An out
and back 15 miles of arduous terrain
with 3,700 feet of climbing in total,
crossing acres of knee deep mud, a farmyard ankle deep in cow-slurry and a river
The Roaches (or Roches) is a wind-carved outcrop of gritstone
rocks straddling the parishes of Leekfrith and Heathylee in the
Peak District National Park about 4 miles north of Leek,
Staffordshire and 8 miles south of Buxton, Derbyshire.
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Preston 10 15 November 2010
Martyn Pollitt ran a blistering 58:46 at the Preston 10 with Keith Thomas also
breaking the hour with a measured run of 59:59. Izzy Hughes claimed a personal best
time of 1:07:37 and Dave Pearson continued his determined comeback completing
the course in 1:10:49.
Red Rose Cross Country League 21 November 2009 – Leverhulme Park
Burnden Roadrunners’ veterans put on a good show in the mud of Leverhulme Park
on Saturday to finish 4th out of the fourteen competing clubs and ahead of some of
their local rivals such as Horwich, Astley & Tyldesley and Chorley Harriers.
Keith Thomas was first home for Burnden completing the challenging course in a
time of 40:51 to finish 1st V50. Andy Staveley claimed 3rd V45 in 41:37 with John
Knowles and Stewart Jones in close pursuit. Shirley Staveley completed the Ladies
race in 23:08 to finish 2nd F45.
Results - Men
Keith Thomas 40:51, Andy Staveley 41:37, John Knowles 42:49, Stewart Jones
43:19, Andy Duffy 45:07, Don Nichol 49:29, Alan Worthington 51:14, Dave Hitchen
Penmaenmawr Fell Race 14 November 2009 Ras
Penmaenmawr 2009 14 Tachwedd 2009
Meanwhile in stormy conditions on the North Wales coast,
Andy Staveley finished 10th overall in the Penmaenmawr
Fell Race in a time of 1:04:20 while Shirley Staveley was
3rd F40 completing the course in 1:25:05.This was the 35 th
Anniversary of the Pen Fell Race, the oldest race in Wales.
Benidorm Half Marathon 29
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The Benidorm Half Marathon is a popular event for runners from the North West and
Stewart Jones and Dave Pearson travelled to Spain to represent Burnden and
completed the course in 1:25:18 and 1:37:45 respectively.
Meanwhile Andy and Shirley Staveley took part in the Cyprus 4 Day Challenge with
Shirley claiming 1st F45 in the full series and also collecting 1st F45 in the 10K race.
Andy Staveley was 1st V45 in the uphill race and finished 2nd V45 and 15th overall in
the four-race series.
Ulverston 10k Sunday 6 December 2009
Returning back home Dave Pearson picked up 3rd V55 prize in the Ulverston 10K.
Guys 10-Mile Sunday 6 December 10.30 am
Andy Staveley (1:01:44), Pete Hopley (1:03:36) and Clare Foster (1:27:57)
completed the Guy’s 10-mile race in Garstang.
Red Rose Cross Country League Marl Pits, Rossendale Sunday 6 December
Men’s Race 2.15 pm
Later the same day a hardy band from Burnden were
in action in the mud and hills of Marl Pits,
Rossendale for the final race in the Red Rose Cross
Country League. Keith Thomas made light work of
the challenging course in a time of 35:54 to finish 2 nd
V50 in the Marl Pits race and in the series overall.
Andy Staveley, feeling the effects of his efforts
earlier in the day got round the course in 40:07 and Don Nichol completed the
Burnden team in 44:57.
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Longridge 7 Christmas Pudding Race 13 December 2009
Burnden Roadrunners’ final club championship race of the season took place in
bright and sunny but frosty conditions at the Longridge 7 mile race on Sunday 13
December 2009. The hilly course is a testing one, but Burnden’s runners were up to
the challenge with some impressive individual performances earning a selection of
prizes for club.
Martyn Pollitt was first home for Burnden and 3 rd V45 closely followed by Andy
Staveley, John Knowles and Stewart Jones who also picked up 3rd V50. Dave Pearson
finished in 2nd place in the V55 category. In the women’s race, Izzy Hughes was 3 rd
F40 while Anne Ferguson claimed 2nd F50 prize.
Martyn Pollitt 43:04; Andy Staveley 43:59; John Knowles 44:14; Stewart Jones
46:13; Izzy Hughes 49:38; Andy Duffy 50:26; Dave Pearson 51:17; Don Nichol
52:57; Anne Ferguson 55:27
Tip for competitors. Eat that pudding now or donate it. Don’t just put it in the
cupboard or you will only have to do something with it when you move house. Nor
will it keep for Christmas Future. Despite its sentimental vale, symbolic of a personal
best, the Longridge 2002 did not impress in 2003, but hovered over the table like the
stale ghost of Christmas Past.
The Joy of Running
The Joy of Running
Some people run to achieve the fastest time they
have ever run, others to run further than ever before.
Some run to beat their rival from the neighbouring
club or to beat their watch or their training targets.
At some time in our running lives most of us are
pushing ourselves towards a particular personal goal,
but this harsh Winter saw a welcome and healthy
break from all that. The deep snow which covered the
tracks and trails around Rivington for weeks either
side of Christmas allowed some of the most magical
and enjoyable running you could ever experience.
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Walsh’s or Innov8 fell shoes afforded sure footing on a soft and powdery carpet that
cast such a wonderful light that even late at night the slopes of the Pike and Two Lads
saw regular visits from beaming and carefree runners.
Fast running on snow-cushioned tracks, wading through waist-deep drifts, trotting
through the silent woods alongside Rivington’s resident deer or enjoying the moonlit
bat-runs where the snow lit up the hills like daylight – the recent snows may have
curtailed track sessions, tempo runs, speedwork and efforts, but it prompted a
wonderful reminder of why we do it and what it’s all about … simply the joy of
Marrakech Marathon 31 January 2010
International duty beckoned for three new club members, Pete Hopley, Stew Jones,
and Dave Pearson who travelled to exotic Morocco, to take part in the 21 st Marrakech
Marathon and Half Marathon on 31st January 2010.
A very different feel than your usual international event, a distinct lack of facilities,
but a stunning backdrop of the medieval city lined with orange trees and ochre walls.
A cold, bright start greeted the 5000 runners who had gathered from the 4 corners of
the world, not to mention Chorley and Horwich. The fearful Moroccan heat, proved
unproblematic as the temperature only got to 25 degrees, so very pleasant compared
to our recent wintry conditions
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The event was superb, friendly and welcoming. The course weaved around the old
town before heading out to the Palmeraie district passing mosques, palaces and the
odd caravan of camels. Not your typical Sunday run it’s fair to say. The course was
winding but deliciously flat and definitely PB-able if only they had measured the
course correctly- well it’s Morocco and we’ll forgive them the odd oversight!
Season’s best for all three Burnden boys (still January!). Stew Jones – First Brit home
in the Half Marathon with an official time of 1:25:25; Dave Pearson also in the Half
Marathon with an excellent 1:34:33, clearly returning to form; Pete Hopley managed
to hang on in the Marathon and PB in 3:09:33 in 103 rd place.
Overall a superb trip and a fantastic event.
Northern Cross Country Championships. Blackburn 23 January 2010
Five Burnden runners were among the 602 Senior Men who completed the Northern
Cross Country Championships at Witton Park, Blackburn. The course was a
challenging one, 11.5 K over 4 laps, which included 10 hills through a muddy Witton
Park. Behind runaway winner Steve Vernon of Stockport Harriers in 39.04, Keith
Thomas was first home for Burnden in 50.13(187), followed by John Knowles 52.44
(263), Stewart Jones 53.46 (296), Don Nichol 62.20 (494), and Chris Greenall 63.12
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Pennine Bridleway Relay 31st January 2010
Burnden Road Runners
entered a team to compete
in the Pennine Bridleway
Relay, which took place on
Sunday 31st January. The
race with a circular route
over the moors of
Lancashire and West
Yorkshire started and
finished in Waterfoot,
Rossendale and comprised
5 stages off road each of
varying length totalling 47
hilly miles. On a very cold
day covering firm, rutted
ground which was ice covered in many places the mixed team placed 26th overall out
of the 92 who started and were 5th out of 17 in their category.
Times and positions for each leg: Leg1 IsalineHughes/KirstyPreece 01:15:27 (50),
Leg2 Keith Thomas/Martyn Pollitt 01:29:49 (14), Leg3 Shirley Staveley/Don Nichol
01:19:00 (55), Leg4 Anne Ferguson/Jane Forrest 00:48:53 (40), Leg5 Andy
Staveley/John Knowles 01:10:29 (11). Overall 06:03:38 (26).
Picture: Shirley Staveley and Don Nichol, Leg3 on the hills above Todmorden
with Stoodley Pike in the background.
Radcliffe 10 mile Trail Race – 7 February 2010
Eight Burnden Roadrunners were among the 250 runners who lined up to take part in
the 10 mile Trail Race in Radcliffe. Keith Thomas was first home for Burnden and
13th overall, picking up 3rd V50 prize in a time of 1:03:20 and Andy Staveley also
scraped into the top 20 in 1:06:31.
Stew Jones (1:08:57), Don Nichol (1:16:02), Dave Pearson (1:16:25) and Chris
Greenall (1:21:59) completed the men’s team.
Anne Ferguson was Burnden’s first lady, 3rd F50 and 11th overall in 1:19:29 and
Clare Foster completed the course in 1:36:18
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Winter Hill Fell Race Sunday 14 February 2010
Despite the club’s name, Burnden Roadrunners showed that they know their way
round the fells with an excellent team performance at this year’s Winter Hill Fell
Race. With 2750 feet of climbing in the 11-mile course, Winter Hill has a tough
reputation and whilst the hard ground resulted in some fast times, the frozen
conditions also meant that some sections of the course were tricky underfoot for the
Burnden’s team of Martyn Pollitt, Andy Staveley and Keith Thomas beat off their
rivals from such seasoned fell running clubs as Horwich, Clayton and Rossendale to
win the Veterans Team Prize and the Club also finished 4th team overall out of the 23
clubs competing in the open category. Fresh from his success at Parbold Hill the
previous day where his time of 45:32 earned 8th place overall and 1st V45, the
rejuvenated Martyn Pollitt led the team home in 1:44:02 to finish 3 rd V45. Andy
Staveley was 4th Vet 45 in 1:46:06 and Keith Thomas finished 2nd Vet 50 in a time of
Izzy Hughes was the sole representative for the Burnden women, and her excellent
time of 2:08:38 earned her 1st place in the F40 category. Izzy had also competed at
Parbold on Saturday finishing 10th lady in 55:38 and winning 3rd place in the F40
group. Club newcomer, Chris Greenslade enjoyed a tough introduction to the fells to
finish in 2:12:46 and Chris Greenall completed the Burnden contingent tackling the
course in 2:51:57.
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“Run in England” was created to engage with the 60% or more of people who still do
less than 3x30 minutes of exercise per week, and to support those runners who, for
one reason or another, have so far chosen not to join a club. See
As part of the “Run in England” movement, Burnden Roadrunners have established a
beginners group to help those who are relatively new to running as well as to inspire
the complete novice who might be planning to enter a charity run, fun run or to get
involved in the world of recreational running.
As all of us are aware from our own passion for the sport, once you’ve got involved
you barely get chance to stop and wonder how you got from the fun run in the local
park to the start line of the Everest Triathlon!
Having been bitten by the bug, many runners are eager to improve and progress and
usually want to enter more events. Some other runners don’t want to push themselves
too hard or to do lots of races but, whilst they may not aspire to be the best, most
people who come to running want to be the best that they can be and to feel better
about their efforts
It is hoped that our beginners group will help more runners through their first painful
steps and into an enjoyable world of running at whatever level they wish. Hopefully
many will progress to joining the club, but the beginners group will welcome every
aspiring runner whatever their hopes and plans for the future. We will aim to provide
a supportive and informative group to steer any adult who is new (or returning) to
running through those difficult early months. Andy Staveley has gained his Leaders’
License and Shirley Staveley hopes to obtain hers in the next few weeks and it is also
hoped that other members may wish to help out once this group gets going. The
Beginners Group will meet at 6.30pm on Monday evenings at Smithills Sports Centre
and there will be a session of around 45 minutes prior to the main club run at 7.30pm.
The first group started during February. Anyone who wishes to take part must ring
07515 345286 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make contact before turning
Club kit is available from Sue Booth, bring your order
form (available on the club website) on a Monday night or
email it to email@example.com
You can pay in cash or by cheque payable to Burnden
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At the moment we have the following items in stock right now…
Club vests in sizes 38,40,42,44 (WASP)
Club vests in size M (Viga)
Sweatshirt in size L (black with logo)
Tracksters in sizes XL, L black with lettering (Viga)
Shorts in size M, black (Ron Hill)
Jackets in sizes 38-40 and 42-44, grey
Club vests in sizes 34, 36 and 38 (WASP)
Club vests in sizes S, L (Viga)
Long sleeve running tops in size S (Viga)
Crop tops in sizes S, M, L. (Viga)
Tracksters in sizes XL, L black with lettering (Viga)
Shorts in size M, black (Ron Hill)
Lycra cycling type shorts in sizes S, M, L, black with lettering (Ron
Jackets in sizes 38-40 and 42-44, grey
I am currently looking into other items of club clothing that could be
sourced and will advise all club members of what is available, e.g.
would people be interested in a technical t-shirt for training or
competition, or items of headwear? In the meantime if you have any
ideas about what club-wear you need or would like to see available in
the future, please let me know.
I currently have orders for more jackets in small size and tracksters in
medium size. Thanks Sue Booth (KIT LADY)
‘And we run because we like it/ through the broad bright land’
The above final two lines from a poem by Charles Hamilton Sorley
were in Issue 10 of the Trotter July 2009. Neil Shuttleworth of
Glossopdale Harriers has written to tell me that they have graced the
front cover of Ranelagh Harriers club Gazette for most of the past 50
years. They certainly sum up the joy of running. Bruce Tulloh in his
book Running over Forty thinks that these words written in 1870 by
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Walt Whitman from Song of the Open Road cannot be improved on as an expression
of the freedom of running.
‘Afoot, light-hearted, I take to the open road, the long
brown path before me leading wherever I choose’
Because of a number of Whitman enthusiasts in Bolton in the 1890s Bolton Library,
Museum and Archives now has one of the finest collections of Walt Whitman
material in the world. And if you look when you are running one night in the summer
near Walker Fold you will see a plaque on the wall of this
cottage, at the entrance to the path across the fields to
Barrow Bridge. John Ormrod, one of the enthusiasts,
owned it and the plaque commemorates the association
with Whitman. There is another one close to the Bay
Horse, our social venue after the Lostock Challenge, at
number 40 Babylon Lane.
2010 Race Calendar
"For Results, Tables, Race Updates and much more visit the Burnden website
2010 Club Championship Races
Best 7 from 13 to count for Club Championship- Bonus point for each race 8+
Grand Prix - best 6 from 9 GP = Grand Prix AR = Age Related (handicapped) race.
1 Feb 28 Sun 11.00 a.m. Lostock 6 6M GP
2 Mar 21 Sun 11.00 a.m. St Annes 10 10M GP
3 Apr 18 Sun 11.00 a.m. Radcliffe 10K AR GP
4 May 12 Wed 7.30 p.m. Haigh Hall 4 Mile 4M GP
5 May 23 Sun 10.00 a.m. Keswick Trail 10k
6a Jun 14 Mon 7.30 p.m. Up the Ramp 1M AR
7 Jul 21 Wed 7.30 p.m. Horwich 5M GP
6b Jul 19 Mon 7.30 p.m. Up the Ramp 1M AR
8 Aug 04 Wed 7.30 p.m. Chorley Trail 4.4M GP
9 Sep 26 Sun tbc Swinton 10 10M AR GP
10 Oct 10 Sun 11:00 a.m. Astley (Gin Pit) 5M GP
11 Oct 31 Sun 11:00 a.m. Bronte Way 8M
12 Nov 07 Sun 11:00 a.m. Lancaster ½ Marathon13.1M
13 Dec 27 Mon tbc Ribble Valley 10K
Social and Other Runs
These are popular races, suggested in addition to the Club Championship races. For a more
comprehensive list of races please refer to the Fell / Off Road Calendar produced by Martyn and
Izzy (this shows all English and British Championship Fell races). Join the FRA and receive the full
fixture handbook. *Please also consider kit and equipment requirements for fell races*. XC dates
based on 2009.
Apr 02 Fri 10:00 a.m. Salford 10K 10K
Apr 03 Sat 3.00 p.m. Rivington Pike 3.25M
Apr 25 Sun 9.00 a.m. Bolton 10K 10K
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May 08 Sat 1:15 p.m. Belmont Winter Hill 4.5M
May 26 Wed 7:30 p.m. "Harrock Hill, nr Parbold"
May 29 Sat 2:30 p.m. Hutton Roof Crags 7M
May 30 Sun 11:00 a.m. Smithills Serpent 5M
Jun 03 Thu 7:00 p.m. Henderson's End 5.8M
Jun 12 Sat 11:00 a.m. Man v Horse Marathon 22M
Jun 24 Thu 7:15 p.m. "Aggie's Staircase, Darwen" 3.8M
Jul 08 Thu 7:30 p.m. Bull Hill Fell Race 5.5 M
Jul 09 Fri 7:00 p.m. Cross country n/k
Jul 10 Sat 1:00 p.m. Radcliffe Trail 5M
Jul 17 Sat 11:00a.m. Bolton Arena Track 25 Hours
Jul 18 Sun Bolton Arena Track 25 Hours
Sep 25 Sat 2:00 p.m. SELCC HEATON PARK (PROV)
Oct 02 Sat 2:00 p.m. RED ROSE WITTON PARK (PROV)
Oct 02 Sat 10:00 a.m. Rivington Trail Half 13.1M
Oct 30 Sat 2:00 p.m. SELCC BOG. HOLE CLOUGH
Nov 06Sat 2:00 p.m. RED ROSE BURY (PROV) 4/6M
Nov 07Sun 10:30 a.m. Through the Villages 8.45M
Nov 20Sat 2:00 p.m. RED ROSE BOLTON (PROV)
Nov 27Sat 2:00 p.m. SELCC CLAYTON VALE (PROV)
Nov 28Sun tbc Salford Ladies 5M 5.25M
Nov 28Sun 11:30 a.m. David Staff Memorial race 5.1M
Dec 04 Sat 2:00 p.m. RED ROSE MARL PITS (PROV)
Dec 12 Sun tbc Calderdale Fell Relay
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Lostock 6 – Sunday 28
Twenty-seven Burnden Roadrunners
turned out to compete in the Lostock 6
mile road race, which was the first
fixture in this year’s Central Lancs.
Grand Prix as well as in Burnden’s
own Club Championship.
There were excellent performances
throughout the club, which were rewarded with a collection of individual and team
Burnden’s Ladies are the reigning champions in the
Grand Prix and showed their intention to retain their
title by winning the Ladies Team and Ladies Vets
Team prize on the day. The team consisted of Izzy
Hughes (1st F40), Kirsty Preece (2nd F35), Shirley
Staveley (3rd F45) and Anne Ferguson (1st F50).
Other Burnden prize-winners saw Lesley Fisher (2nd
F50) make a welcome return in a Burnden vest,
Jacqui Beevers pick up 1st F55 and, in one of the
performances of the day, Ann Oliver claimed 1st F70 holding off the legendary Ron
Hill for all but the last mile or so of the race.
Despite Martyn Pollitt’s 3rd V45 and Neil Nuttall’s 3rd
place in the V65 category, it was the team performances
which caught the eye for Burnden’s Men.
An excellent run by John Knowles helped the senior
team into 4th place out of the ten competing clubs and the
Men’s Veteran team of Martyn
Pollitt, Keith Thomas, Andy Staveley
and Stewart Jones all ran strongly to
win the Male Vets Team Prize.
Three members of Burnden’s team
deserve special mention with Martyn
Pollitt, Keith Thomas and Izzy
Hughes all competing in a gruelling English Championship Fell
Race the previous day.
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Martyn Pollitt 35:15; John Knowles 35:21; Keith Thomas 35:36; Andy Staveley
35:44; Chris Greenslade 38:05; Stewart Jones 38:09; Pete Hopley 38:19; Izzy
Hughes 40:49; Dave Pearson 41:51; Peter Kearsley 42:17; Kirsty Preece 42:31;
Shirley Staveley 42:59; Andy Duffy 43:04; Chris Greenall 43:24; Anne Ferguson
44:00; Jane Forrest 44:16; Lesley Fisher 44:37; Don Nichol 47:24; Sue Booth
48:41; Mark Butler 49:06; Kath Page 50:04; Claire Foster 53:35; Neil Nuttall
54:49; Sue Collier 55:52; Ann Oliver 57:04 ; Jacqui Beevers 58:08 ; Ken Beevers
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Tui Marathon Palma de Mallorca
2010 Palma Half Marathon is on Sunday 17 October 2010. There is also a 10K and a
full marathon. www.tui-marathon.com
See Stewart Jones for more details.
25 hour Silver Jubilee Run
Saturday July 17 and Sunday July 18 2010
To celebrate 25 years of Burnden Roadrunners there will be a 25-hour run at the Bolton
Arena track commencing at 11.00am on Saturday 17 July and finishing at 12noon on
Sunday 18 July. Members old and new, and runners from elsewhere are cordially
invited to run as much or as little as they can.
The event will raise money for the Mayor’s Charity Appeal. Sponsorship forms will be
available and people will be invited to guess the total distance covered in the 25-hour
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MENS CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (2009)
POS NAME Los Rad Kes H.H. Buxt Chor Horw Ramp Bisp Ruff Swin Ast Long TOTAL BONUS
1 Andy Staveley 25 24 24 25 25 25 23 22 24 174 2
2 Martyn Pollitt 21 21 25 23 25 22 25 25 25 172 2
3 Brian Duffy 22 25 25 22 22 20 24 25 22 24 170 3
4 Andy Duffy 24 23 22 24 21 21 23 20 23 18 21 21 165 5
5 Simon Marland 22 23 19 14 22 20 22 21 150 1
6 John Knowles 23 21 20 17 17 23 23 144
7 Paul Christie 23 24 24 23 24 24 142
8 Chris Greenall 20 20 21 20 20 20 16 19 141 1
9 Don Nichol 18 17 19 22 17 17 15 20 19 19 137 3
10 Peter Kearsley 19 24 19 21 21 20 124
11 Mark Butler 17 16 18 17 19 16 16 119
12 Dave Hitchen 19 16 15 15 18 15 16 114
13 Adam Cole 18 18 18 18 19 91
14 Stewart Jones 25 24 22 71
15 David Parkinson 21 21 19 61
16 Derek Lord 19 16 20 55
17 Neil Nuttall 14 10 18 42
18 Ken Beevers 13 15 11 39
19 John Egan 15 17 32
20 Mike Egan 16 12 28
21 Dave Griffin 23 23
22 Peter Hopley 23 23
23 Dave Pearson 20 20
24 Neil Critchley 13 13
LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (2009)
POS NAME Los Rad Kes H.H. Buxt Chor Horw Ramp Bisp Ruff Swin Ast Long TOTAL BONUS
1 Issy Hughes 15 15 15 15 15 14 15 14 15 107 2
2 Anne Ferguson 11 15 12 14 12 13 15 13 14 12 14 102 4
3 Kirsty Preece 14 13 14 14 14 12 13 15 15 101 2
4 Shirley Staveley 13 14 15 13 13 13 15 14 13 99 2
5 Susan Booth 10 12 11 10 12 9 14 13 12 86 2
6 Claire Foster 7 8 9 8 10 5 11 10 12 11 74 3
7 Susan Williams 9 10 9 11 7 12 11 69
8 Jacqui Beevers 8 10 8 7 9 8 12 9 65 1
9 Holly Craggs 12 11 14 11 11 59
10 Ann Oliver 10 10 20
11 Kath Page 9 6 15
12 Fiona Salt 3 9 12
13 Laura Edwards 4 4
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MENS CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (2009) AGE RELATED PERFORMANCE.
POS NAME Los Rad Kes H.H. Buxt Chor Horw Ramp Bisp Ruff Swin Ast Long TOTAL
1 Brian Duffy 77.90 79.81 80.66 78.60 76.19 78.09 71.12 79.07 78.37 77.63 78.9270
2 Andy Staveley 78.19 78.65 75.68 77.90 78.50 74.59 78.48 73.33 75.94 77.6202
3 Martyn Pollitt 70.82 71.95 66.92 72.29 76.17 67.81 81.43 79.23 78.20 75.7294
4 Andy Duffy 74.82 74.85 67.21 74.34 61.79 70.91 73.75 67.59 68.68 71.91 72.26 66.23 73.2625
5 Simon Marland 73.48 72.90 71.19 55.06 69.52 73.36 73.39 72.08 72.2724
6 John Knowles 68.63 71.73 60.02 62.20 71.20 69.88 70.12 67.6831
7 Don Nichol 66.93 59.41 61.28 62.29 61.99 65.45 60.40 66.75 70.05 66.25 65.6711
8 Chris Greenall 65.66 65.49 62.64 66.18 49.14 64.46 61.64 54.36 62.9195
9 Dave Hitchen 63.58 63.49 60.19 62.38 62.78 63.18 59.43 62.1470
10 Mark Butler 56.52 57.75 52.66 59.32 46.65 56.61 55.05 54.9363
Paul Christie 78.81 77.38 79.84 70.86 76.68 80.43 77.3319
Stewart Jones 78.62 76.61 74.05 76.4272
Pete Hopley 74.43 74.4259
Pete Kearsley 72.63 69.40 71.75 71.57 75.82 72.78 72.3256
Dave Parkinson 70.29 67.75 72.96 70.3325
Dave Griffin 70.01 70.0070
Derek Lord 68.56 71.10 67.70 69.1205
Dave Pearson 69.00 68.9976
Mike Egan 61.69 61.6924
Adam Cole 60.05 61.46 61.40 59.92 64.01 61.3682
Neil Nuttall 59.32 46.61 61.77 55.8999
John Egan 59.16 50.08 58.00 55.7465
Ken Beevers 55.19 55.36 49.66 53.4031
Neil Critchley 50.21 50.2105
LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (2009) AGE RELATED PERFORMANCE.
POS NAME Los Rad Kes H.H. Buxt Chor Horw Ramp Bisp Ruff Swin Ast Long TOTAL
1 Issy Hughes 74.69 76.38 69.82 75.67 76.36 65.39 74.90 75.05 72.80 75.1216
2 Anne Ferguson 72.60 73.56 74.98 67.79 73.58 72.93 68.34 71.08 73.32 74.24 70.11 73.6000
3 Shirley Staveley 69.89 71.45 69.52 72.91 72.09 62.80 71.71 74.18 71.73 71.9949
4 Kirsty Preece 69.69 69.01 71.20 70.43 72.45 59.88 73.20 73.63 72.62 71.8887
5 Susan Booth 65.96 67.01 67.25 67.91 69.69 54.16 68.91 66.75 67.83 67.9051
6 Jacqui Beevers 59.39 59.91 62.29 61.46 60.00 50.69 61.90 63.75 61.2429
7 Susan Williams 58.45 63.01 62.69 63.28 49.40 62.55 59.56 59.8492
8 Claire Foster 48.38 52.24 53.99 53.90 55.01 47.53 56.18 58.15 57.11 56.32 55.8084
Ann Oliver 54.83 71.47 63.1513
Holly Craggs 64.19 63.10 62.85 62.48 56.60 61.8439
Kath Page 65.19 49.05 57.1167
Fiona Salt 43.65 49.91 46.7808
Laura Edwards 45.84 45.8388
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Annual Dinner and Presentation night
Don Nicholl, Stewart Jones, Andrew Staveley,
Shirley Staveley discuss the past year of
Susan Williams organises
The Club’s annual dinner and presentation night was held in the rarified surroundings
of the Portofino Ristorante, Blackrod on Friday 5 February 2010.
There was a great turn out of club members for what was a break with tradition
following many years at Smithills Coaching House, where we have had some great
evenings over the past twenty five years. In fact quite a few were looking for the
black pudding starter on the menu before they remembered they were not in Martin
Chuzzlewit country as usual. The new venue did not disappoint though and after a
very warm welcome and some good food the proceedings began with a speech by our
Chairman Andy Staveley who introduced each prizewinner and category. Kevan
Williams of Bolton FM did a great job as Master of Ceremonies firing up the
audience for the free raffle, and Susan Williams, who organised the evening with
aplomb, kept us entertained with a fun quiz. Prizes for the raffle and quiz were
generously given by David Lloyd, Tobbutt Sports, and Foot Traffic. Afterwards we
danced the night away to the sounds of Bolton FM thanks to station manager and DJ
Kevan Williams. Thanks to Kevan and Susan Williams for a great evening.
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Photos by Tess Harrison
Chairman Andy Staveley gives
the keynote speech
Martyn Pollitt and Paul
Paul Christie and Anne
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Article first published in ‘AW REET’ magazine
An A to Z of Burnden Road Runners
Match day Programmes
Remember when football match day
programmes were cheap (c.1947) and full of
useful information, interesting articles, rusty
staples, and adverts for
Bovril and I.P.A. Bolton
was different though
because at one time
there were reports about
Burnden Roadrunners in
the Wanderers match
day programmes. Yes,
really - and within living
memory. Chris Greenall
was leafing through
some old programmes
recently and came
across these items.
12 April 1986
7 September 1985
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Burnden Roadrunners Club Photo 1986 New club vests- silver and black
First Trotters Thirteen April 1984
Kath Page, Terri Smith, Cynthia Nuttall – Lifeline vests
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Apr 18 Sun 11.00 a.m. Radcliffe 10K GP
May 12 Wed 7.30 p.m. Haigh Hall 4 Mile 4M
May 23 Sun 10.00 a.m. Keswick Trail 10K
Sunday May 30 2010 Smithills Serpent
Please keep this date free to help with the organisation, marshalling
Next Members Meeting
Monday April 12 8.45pm after training Smithills Sports Centre
Next issue of The Trotter May 2010
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