There were some incredible times logged as Burndeners gathered to compete in the midweek Ramsbottom Summer Mile.
The Mile is Ramsbottom’s race offering in the Central Lancs Grand Prix League and Burnden took 32 racers.
First past the post was Jonathan Sangster in an incredible 5mins 22secs with first lady, Sarah Watton, in a swift 6:10.
Tom Stratton and Lee White were not far behind Sangster with equally excellent times of 5:39 and 5:46, respectively, while the ladies following Watton were Vicki Hamer, in 6:37, and Lyndsay Darbyshire, in 6:47.
Other results: Steve Nolan 5:47, Gareth Doherty 5:57, Martin Fielding 5:57, Stephen Horsman 6:11, Marcus Hamer 6:27, Paul Christie 6:27, Mark Turner 6:28, Andy Dunleavy 6:29, Michael Caine 6:50, Gwen Kinloch 6:52, Gayle Gerrard 7:05, Francesca Caine 7:06, Anne Ferguson 7:12, Michelle Carter 7:14, Howard Sparke 7:16, Josh Palmer 7:17, Linda O’Byrne 7:22, Andy Warburton 7:23, Kath Baron 7:41, Tess Riley 8:11, Sandra Caine 8:38, Nia Bell 8:40, Lauren Hulme 8:44, Louise Righini 8:51, Ian Mann 10:09, Gillian McGowan 11:30.
Elsewhere, Bolton’s parkrun was busy this week with 27 Burnden runners forming part of a field of 371.
Not only was it a warm day weather-wise, runners were also treated to a piping-hot finish at Leverhulme Park.
Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band were there to welcome participants home as part of their 50-year celebrations and to support those from the Temple who were completing parkrun as a charity walk in aid of Backup Charity and Urban Outreach Bolton.
Aidy Ashburn was first Burndener home in 22:21 and Verity Harrison was first Burnden lady in 24:45.
Other results: Martin Cullen 23:19, Stephen Horsman 23:21, Gareth Lowe 23:50, Lawrence McDonald 23:59, Chris Greenall 25:34, Michelle Carter 25:49, Michael Caine 26:00, Francesca Caine 26:08, Simon Entwistle 26:40, Katherine Baines 27:50, Tom Stratton 27:51, Josh Palmer 28:23, Mark Turner 29:08, Emma Walker 29:34, Tess Riley 29:38, Kathryn Berry 29:55, Gillian Morris 29:57, Nia Bell 30:13, Paul Johnson 30:29, Sandra Caine 31:55, Alyson Caine 32:09, Ian Mann 34:42, Jennifer Entwistle 36:04, Joyce Tyldesley 38:38, Gillian McGowan 44:47.
Parkrunners stayed local this week but Burnden’s king and queen of parkrun tourism, Simon Marland and Sue Blackman, were furthest travelled over in Blackpool and finished in 24:05 and 33:17 respectively.
Sale Water Park welcomed Tony Fulop, who finished in 33:47, and the brilliant septuagenarian, Mel Walker, was at the grassy Pennington Flash where he was home in 29:52.
Heaton Parkrun featured a quintet of Burnden members. Martin Fielding was first home in 22:28, followed by Steven Bate in 23:09, Gayle Gerrard in 23:56, Sarah Brown in 32:18 and Carol Richardson in 35:46.
Worsley Woods had a trio as Paul and Sheila Christie finished in 24:40 and 26:42, respectively, while Mark Jackson was home in 30:25.
The Hopleys were at Witton parkrun, Pete finishing in 21:30 and Liz in 33:02, while Haigh hosted Shirley Staveley and the Dunleavys. Andy and Cheryl finished in 20:46 and 35:18, respectively, and Shirley crossed in 24:54.
Lawrence McDonald, was out in Lancaster at the weekend for the popular Riverside 10K – a favourite for its fast and flat course along the River Lune towards Morecambe and back.
And he ran a fine time of 47mins 7secs - his best for a few years.
Down the Lancashire coast, Adrian Ashburn, sailed back from Lytham’s beautiful windmill in an incredible 1:39:00.
The Windmill Half is a favourite for runners and its picturesque coastal course is a flat out-and-back up to the great white windmill – offering stunning views and enthusiastic support along the way.
Back at the club and coach, Andy Dunleavy, in partnership with Bolton Arena, has arranged a free Tuesday morning track session for all those who are interested – members or non-members of Burnden.
He will lead runners on an energising track workout starting at 10am for an hour – followed by a get-together in the coffee shop for a chance to chat and unwind.
To get involved, book at the Bolton Arenaa reception and meet on the track there.
Alternatively, more details are available on Burnden’s club website at www.burndenroadrunners.co.uk.