BURNDEN Road Runners members turned out in big numbers for the delayed Garstang Gallop after a two-year hiatus with Gwen Kinloch finishing as third female and Paul Duke sixth overall.

After a light-hearted warm-up, led by kit officer, Aidy Ashburn, more than 50 club members - making up a third of the field of 170 - finished the seven-mile road race – a deceptively tough but pretty journey around the village and organised by Garstang Running Club.

Numerous hills made their appearance but Burndeners gave it their all and there were some wonderful performances.

Duke was first to cross for Burnden and he galloped home in a fantastic 44mins 32secs. Mark Jackson was next in a swift 45:55 and 11th overall, while Steve Nolan was third of the top trio in 46:28 and 12th overall.

Kinloch, Lyndsay Darbyshire and Anne Ferguson were shining for the ladies as the top three Burndeners with incredible sub-hour times - Kinloch (51:48), Darbyshire (53:36) and Ferguson (55:47).

A special mention went to Carolyn Edwards on her very first race for the club, finishing in a brilliant 1:10:15.

Other Burnden results: Andy Dunleavy 48:10, Samuel Ashton 49:38, Stephen Horsman 49:47, Chris Worthington 50:06, Marcus Chester 50:13, Ed Ashton 50:53, Gareth Lowe 51:43, Gareth Doherty 51:55, Martin Fielding 53:15, Marcus Hamer 53:23, Adam Austin 53:24, David Smith 54:14, Mike Caine 54:33, Patrick Filio 54:41, Paul Christie 54:58, Steven Bate 55:15, Paul Drew 56:07, Aidy Ashburn 57:13, Linda O’Byrne 57:14, Vicki Hamer 57:27, Colm O’Brien 59:38, Lawrence McDonald 1:00:04, Andy Warburton 1:00:17, Jason Attwood 1:00:23, Francesca Caine 1:00:55, Jane Forrest 1:02:38, Emma Walker 1:03:11, Julia Hall 1:03:26, Gillian Morris 1:04:27, Tess Riley 1:05:35, Mark Turner 1:07:41, Nia Bell 1:08:25, Philip Glassbrook 1:08:36, Louise Righini 1:08:59, Nicola Hardy 1:09:37, Sheila Christie 1:11:07, Chelsea Entwistle 1:12:21, Jennifer Entwistle 1:16:02, Shirley Robinson 1:18:58, Ian Mann 1:22:40, Tony Fulop 1:23:02, Gillian McGowan 1:23:20, Jen Forkin 1:23:45, Cheryl Dunleavy 1:23:45, Debra Hennessey 1:26:07, Trevor Eagle 1:43:01.

Sarah Woodiwiss was out in Chester for the Ultra 50-mile challenge, which she described as a ‘muddy, hilly, muddy, long, muddy run’.

An incredible 14:36:00 was the duration of her challenge but the smile did not falter as she set out with the intention of enjoying the run and encouraging others.

Meanwhile, Andy Staveley flew the flag for Burnden at the Roddlesworth Roller while the many others were at the Gallop.

The 9km trail race is organised by Mad Bull events and is a friendly charity run for all abilities – taking in paths and roads around lakes and through woods.

Staveley finished in an impressive 42:05, 44th out of a field of 223 and second MV60.

Not only did Sarah Watton complete the milestone of 100 Bolton Parkruns this week, she was on top form as she finished in a spectacular 23:42 and achieved first lady and 15th overall position in a field of 198.

The ladies continued to amaze as Maggie Slamin achieved first in her age category when she crossed in a great sub-30 time of 29:10 and 16th female, while ladies’ captain, Vicki Hamer, finished in 28:12, Tess Riley clocked 29:25, Nia Bell crossed the line in 31:05 and Cheryl Dunleavy finished in 36:27.

The men did not disappoint either as coach, Andy Dunleavy, finished in the top 10 - ninth male and ninth overall position in 23:08.

Other results: Mark Jackson 23:15, Lawrence McDonald 27:35, Paul Johnson 28:34, Peter Whiteside 53:29.

A trio of Burnden ladies headed to Heaton Parkrun and Gayle Gerrard was 11th female in a swift 24:07.

Sarah Brown crossed in 32:36 and Jenni Partington finished in 35:52.

Worsley Woods was the venue for Steven Bate, who finished in 30:46, and Witton welcomed Liz Hopley, who completed the course in 33:34.

Shirley Staveley was eighth female at Haigh Woodland in 25:26 and Chris Greenall represented at Hasenheide Parkrun, clocking 25:39.