Burnden Road Runners’ men’s captain, Gareth Doherty, has praised the club’s members who have again shone in the Grand Prix races.

The club’s teams came out on top in all four leagues and Doherty also gave a particular mention to former chairman, Paul Christie, who has kept everyone up to date on the race results this year.

Doherty said: “Burnden have come top - again - in all four leagues. That’s the A team, B team, Vets and Ladies trophies all staying with us for another year.

“The ladies fought hard against Swinton and managed to best them in the last few races.

“On top of that, we have some awesome individual winners and second-placers in the age categories who will all be claiming trophies, too.

“Congratulations to members who managed to complete 10 or all 11 of the races - they will be getting their very hard-earned boxed medal.

“Well done and thank you to everyone who has taken part this year. Every member taking part counts towards the final points.

“It’s a wonderful sight to see when we’re all there in the Burnden colours taking up quite a lot of the field - in some cases nearly half.

“I love hearing other clubs commenting on “ there’s so many of you lot”.

“I have to give a special mention to Paul Christie who has done an amazing job of keeping the leagues updated. If you think you get confused over how points are awarded and who’s beating who, imagine doing that for all 11 clubs and the hundreds of runners. A huge, huge thank you Paul.”

Elsewhere, Team Deane Community Triathlon Club held a charity fun run last Saturday and several Burndeners made the trip to squeeze a weekend race in.

“There were no times recorded but the winner of the 10K was Burnden coach and chairman, Andy Dunleavy, who will get his name engraved on a plaque for his outstanding effort.

Held in memory of Alison Brady, all proceeds of the race go to Bolton Hospice.

Dunleavy was joined at the event by fellow Burndeners David Smith, Marcus Hamer, Tess Riley, Gareth Lowe, Gillian McGowan, Cheryl Dunleavy, Jenni Partington and Nia Bell.

Arriving across the finish line in a superb time of 42mins 43secs, Michael Kermode was a blur at the Tatton Park 10K.

He took 37th position in a field of 551.

Cross Country was up and away again last weekend and Burnden members ventured to Liverpool for the Clarke Gardens challenge.

Fairly flat and well organised, it was a hardy group who took on the miles of mud with Burnden represented by Ivan Brown, Tony Fulop, Steve Nolan, Keith Thomas and Melissa Husbands.

Verity Harrison finished first lady at Bolton Parkrun in 24:45.

Also riding high was Lyall Mew, who took seventh position in 21:30.

Other results: Marcus Chester 22:30, Martin Whitehead 22:32, Chris Worthington 22:37, Linda Doherty 28:00, Gareth Doherty 28:01, Gillian Morris 29:48, Nicola Halsall 30:07, Paul Johnson 30:22, Vicki Hamer 31:02, Philip Glassbrook 31:53, Gemma Chapman 32:55, Ian Mann 38:03, Jocelyn Chadderton 42:35, Ian Pudge 50:22.

Results elsewhere: Oldham - Tom Stratton 22:41, Katherine Baines 24:22; Horton Park - Simon Marland 24:32, Sue Marland 34:33; Witton - Andy Staveley 24:45, Shirley Staveley 25:24; Haigh Woodland - Kathryn Baron 27:40; Stretford - Mark Jackson 21:09, Steven Bate 24:50, Carol Richardson 30:34, Michelle Livesey 34:35, Sarah Brown 38:33.