THE top three ladies from Burnden Road Runners all collected prizes at the post-run ceremony for the Bolton 5K race on Sunday.

Sarah Watton was first lady home for Burnden and third overall position in an exact match for her 5K personal best at 20mins 17secs, while Gwen Kinloch was awarded the V60 prize with 21:39 and came in at ninth overall position.

The third female of the trio was ladies’ captain, Vicki Hamer, who won her V35 category with 22:35.

The trio were part of a good number from the club turning out at the Leverhulme Park event put on by Bolton United Harriers for their contribution to the Grand Prix league – the Bolton 5K race on the Sunday following Saturday’s Parkrun.

Several weeks delayed, the two-lap course starts on the athletics track before leading runners along Long Lane and the heavily trodden ‘out-and-back’ to then finish back on the track.

Forming part of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix league, clubs are awarded points in the league for bringing their members to run and runners can gain individual points and a trophy if they complete nine out of the 10 races.

And there were some fantastic efforts from Burndeners, as well as a host of PBs.

The top two men with identical times were Ironman-in-training, Jonathan Sangster, and cross-country captain, Paul Duke, with an incredible 18:17. Mark Jackson followed in an impressive 19:13.

PBs were aplenty as Burnden Bee graduate, Jason Attwood, delivered an astonishing performance with 22:29, while Gareth Lowe continued his impressive streak with a new PB of 20:50.

Nicola Hardy’s times keep getting faster and faster this year as she was rewarded with a new PB of 26:16.

Marathon finisher and Bee graduate, Sandra Caine’s marathon legs were on form as they gave her a PB of 28:50, while daughter Francesca Caine, also a graduate beginner, picked up a PB of 24:21. Anthony Fulop also delivered a great performance with a PB of 32:04.

Jennifer Entwistle, also a graduate of the hive, achieved a PB of 30:36.

Bee Leader, Shirley Robinson, also brought home a PB with 31:43 and Ian Mann, fresh from the running festival in the Isle of Man, collected a PB of 34:25.

Burnden results: Steve Nolan 19:37, Ed Ashton 20:24, Gareth Doherty 20:32, Mark Cannon 20:33, Andy Dunleavy 20:41, Marcus Hamer 21:35, Paul Christie 21:54, Adam Austin 22:08, Patrick Filio 22:21, Anne Ferguson 22:59, Holly Craggs 23:18, Colm O’Brien 23:19, Gayle Gerrard 23:23, Simon Marland 23:33, Linda O’Byrne 23:36, Mark Butler 23:42, Lawrence McDonald 24:09, Francesca Caine 24:21, Jane Forrest 25:19, Francis Mackin 26:05, Robert Bell 26:50, Mel Walker 27:33, Mark Turner 28:12, Louise Righini 28:13, Philip Glassbrook 28:29, Carolyn Edwards 28:37, Lauren Hulme 29:13, Jen Forkin 30:34, Cheryl Dunleavy 32:32.

Elsewhere, Burnden member Tim Taylor completed the West Lancs super sprint triathlon in Ormskirk in a super time of 1:15:34 and was chuffed and proud to see his son, former Burndener, Nick Taylor, finish in 1:13:24 just a year after an injury.

Members were out in force at various parkrun events last weekend, despite many also being involved in the Bolton 5k at the same venue the following day.

And there were a number of impressive performances.

At Bolton Parkrun, Andy Dunleavy was sixth overall position in 21mins 30secs and Mark Jackson 10th in 22:11.

The top two ladies were Holly Craggs, in 25:14, and Verity Harrison, in 25:53.

Other results: Mark Cannon 22:15, Stephen Horsman 23:00, Marcus Hamer 23:01, Steven Bate 23:15, Josh Palmer 25:55, Lawrence McDonald 27:31, Kathryn Berry 28:28, Julia Hall 28:48, Teresa Riley 29:10, Robert Bell 29:53, Paul Johnson 30:28, Philip Glassbrook 30:32, Mark Turner 30:56, Rachel Prior 32:59, Jackie Cairns 33:42, Sarah Brown 34:09, Cheryl Dunleavy 34:14, Jen Forkin 36:37.

Elsewhere, at Kingsway Parkrun in Gloucester Simon Marland clocked 23:40 and Sue Blackman finished in 33:22.

At Whinlatter Forest Parkrun, Andy Staveley was sixth overall in 24:56, while Shirley Staveley crossed the line in 27:58.

Other results: Witton Parkrun - Liz Hopley 32:10; Haigh Woodland Parkrun - Carol Richardson 34:01, Michelle Livesey 36:26; Stretford Parkrun - Pete Hopley 18:52; Fletcher Moss Parkrun - Adrian Ashburn 23:06.

Meanwhile, Burnden’s Bees - the New Beginners’ Group - will be starting their adapted 0-5K programme on Monday, May 9, from Smithills Sports Centre between 6-7pm. There is no charge for the 12 weekly sessions.

The club’s graduate Bees – the Inbetweeners’ group (5-10K) - all currently run on a Monday evening from Smithills Sports Centre at 7pm. There is a fee of £1 each week.