PETE Hopley secured a double when he was first home for Burnden Road Runners at two events.

He triumphed at Harrock Hill and also at the Hutton Roof fell race.

Saturday saw the Off-Road Championship move on a notch as Hopeley was one of 15 members who travelled to the start of the picturesque, yet demanding, fell race at Hutton Roof - not far from Kirkby Lonsdale in South Cumbria.

In its 36th year, the fell race is an annual event which has its origins in the early 1980s as a fundraiser for the Village Hall, combined with the Hutton Roof Country Fair, which began in 1977 for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations.

Organised by fell captain, Ged Turner, club members need to run five of the nine races to gain points and move up the league and this popular race route is 7.8 miles and takes in Hutton Roof Crags and Farleton Knott.

Hopley was first to finish in a superb 1hr 9mins 17secs, closely followed in quick succession by Keith Thomas, Ed Ashton and Gareth Lowe.

First lady home for Burnden was Anne Ferguson in 1:17:12, with Lyndsay Darbyshire and Gwen Kinloch close behind.

Special mention is reserved for Verity Harrison with an excellent 1:31:36 in her first ever fell race, and to Tony Fulop for showing abundant determination on his fell debut with 2:32:50.

Hopley’s other triumph came on a sunny evening when he was one of six members who ran a great 5.3-mile race over tracks, fields and stiles as part of the Harrock Hill series, based in Bispham, Parbold.

Race one of this fast and challenging course, saw Hopley first back in 42:36, followed by Lowe in 44:48 and Ferguson in 48:38.

David Smith was next in 49:04, followed by Andy Warburton, in 53:04, and Mark Butler, in 57:21.

Meanwhile, Sarah McConnell and Gillian McGowan headed down south for the London Ride – an incredible 100 miles in distance.

Beginning at Waterloo Embankment and finishing at Tower Bridge, the pair experienced headwinds and intermittent rain and sunshine there and back but labelled it ‘fantastic’ to ride through a traffic-free London and ride past the main attractions, which were decorated for the imminent Jubilee celebrations.

The duo completed the ride in 7:52:23.

Several Burnden Road Runners performed well at the annual Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon.

The race, in memory of Horwich RMI Harriers runner and cyclist, Ian Hesketh, who tragically died aged 27 in 2005, is entirely based in the beautiful Rivington area, his favourite training place, and suits both beginner and experienced athletes.

It has been staged in various formats for 21 years and sponsors a different charity each year – this year was for the Stroke Association in memory of Carlton Entwistle.

The race format is a 5k run followed by 22k on the bike and then finishes with another 5k run. The runs are almost entirely off-road on tracks and paths, while the cycle section is three laps with two small hills on each.

Gareth Doherty, Stephen Horsman, Kathryn Berry and Andy Dunleavy all participated, with Dunleavy unfortunately having to pull out of the final 5K.

Doherty achieved 18th overall position and third V40 with the following times: 5K – 21mins 45secs, cycle – 47:32, 5K – 23:47.

Horsman finished in 19th overall position and second V60 with the times: 5K – 22:57, cycle – 43:51, 5K – 26:47.

Berry and her partner, as part of team ‘Berry Good’ took part in a relay – producing the following times and coming third of the five relay teams: 5K – 29:40, cycle – 43:55, 5K – 30:52.

Dunleavy finished his first 5k in a super time of 22:16 and the cycle in 48:49.

Burnden Road Runners members were out in force at Leverhulme Park last Saturday to celebrate the 500th Bolton Parkrun event and Mark Cannon was first back to party.

He crossed the line in a superb 21mins 40secs, with Tom Stratton just four seconds behind in 21:44.

First Burnden lady home and third lady overall was Vicki Hamer in 24:17.

Other results: Neil Counsell 24:56, Paul Drew 25:04, Michelle Carter 26:00, Paul Johnson 28:20, Josh Palmer 28:29, Clair Marland 28:45, Teresa Riley 29:39, Philip Glassbrook 30:48, Nia Bell 31:30, Sarah Jane Wells 32:36, Gillian Morris 33:06, Sarah Brown 33:42, Katherine Baines 33:54, Jennifer Entwistle 33:59, Jenni Partington 35:58, Jennifer Forkin 36:35, Emma Walker 37:33, Joyce Tyldesley 37:55, Debra Hennessey 38:24, Ian Mann 40:07, Marcus Chester 40:12, Simon Irving 42:13, Peter Whiteside 43:38, Steven Snape 44:46, Louise Righini 47:23.

There was also Burnden representation at other parkrun events.

Special mention goes to Simon Marland and Sue Blackman - the furthest travelled this week - as they ran Ekebergsletta parkrun in Oslo, Norway.
Marsland finished in 23:15 and Blackman in 34:28.

Other results: Heaton Park – Gayle Gerrard 25:19, Chris Greenall 27:18; South Manchester – Mark Jackson 19:26; Fell Foot, Newby Bridge – Michael Caine 24:22, Sandra Caine 30:21; Witton – Liz Hopley 32:31; Stretford – Adrian Ashburn 21:43.