Burnden’s one coveted entry ticket to the famous London Marathon went to Louise Righini, who started with the club in the beginners’ group in 2021.

She has gone from strength to strength with her running and, following her marathon debut at Manchester, decided one marathon just was not enough.

Righini travelled down to the capital with her family last weekend and ran the 26.2 miles in memory of her beloved dad and to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Society.

First held in 1981 and welcoming more than 1.2 million finishers across its line since that year, the London Marathon is one of the ‘Big Six’ and is the Holy Grail for many UK athletes.

The largely flat course is set around the River Thames, starting in Blackheath and finishing on The Mall with amazing support all the way. It is full of spectacular sights and costumes with thousands of runners competing each year for a host of reasons.

Burnden’s Righini said: “I loved it - once in a lifetime experience. Been smiles and laughter and some tears…Loved having something to focus on and doing it memory of my dad made it even more special.”

She finished in 5hrs 28mins 24secs - a seven- minute PB from her Manchester Marathon time.

The picturesque route of the Rivington 10-Mile is a stunning, but challenging, undertaking. Leading runners from the Bowling Green by the Upper Rivington Reservoir, it is a carefully mapped out circular trail around the woodland and fells of the Lancashire beauty spot.

Travelling up Knowsley Lane and past Anglezarke Reservoir, runners are rewarded by the spectacular views around White Coppice and reach elevation heights of 1,048 feet at the summit of Great Hill before circling back around Wheelton Plantation.

Ravi Patel was first home for Burnden in a lung-busting 1:22:13, with Lyndsay Darbyshire first Burnden lady in 1:32:31.

Following them were Anne Ferguson (1:39:39), Paul Willan (1:55:50), Emma Walker (2:10:10), Jitendra Patel (2:10:11) and Tony Fulop (2:30:46).

It was the Burnsall 12K for two Burnden originals last week and Jackie Oakes and Mumtaz Patel were happy to be back in the kit.

The Burnsall race, in the Yorkshire Dales, is a new addition to the Due North Trail series and gives runners a treat with stunning countryside before a diversion from Appletreeweick to bring them back to the finish line at Burnsall.

Patel was flying high as first FV50 and fourth overall lady in 1:10:38, while Oakes crossed the line in 1:30:54.

Parkrun results: Bolton - Suleman Badat 20:05, Andy Dunleavy 21:04, John Simms 22:22, Andrew Crawford 23:16, Marcus Hamer 23:42, Andrew Norman 23:46, Vicki Hamer 25:08, Simon Entwistle 26:15, Rick Winnard 26:57, Martin Archer 27:08, Steven Walsh 27:08, Jenni Partington 29:22, Nicola Halsall 29:43, Lyall Mew 29:48, Ravi Patel 29:49, Paul Johnson 29:53, Gareth Doherty 30:13, Marcus Chester 30:18, Lawrence McDonald 30:45, Luke Newell 30:46, Philip Glassbrook 31:08, Natasha Clarke 32:15 (PB), Maggie Slamin 32:32, Nia Bell 33:22, Sarah Jane Wells 34:17, Howard Sparke 34:49, Teresa Riley 36:08, Jordan Hulme 38:35, Ian Mann 38:41, Andrew Parkinson 39:13, Gillian McGowan 39:30, Cheryl Dunleavy 40:48, David Allen 41:34, Jennifer Entwistle 55:44; Heaton Park - Adrian Ashburn 21:55, Gayle Gerrard 24:53, Chris Greenall 26:23, Steven Bate 27:36; South Manchester - Michael Kermode 20:17; Pennington Flash - Joyce Tyldesley 59:21; Haigh Woodland - Carol Richardson 31:12; Lytham Hall - Tom Stratton 19:41, Katherine Baines 23:13 (third lady); Macclesfield - Sue Marland 35:14, Simon Marland 35:15; Alexandra, Moss Side - Mark Jackson 21:50, Mark Charlton 24:29; Clarence - Jocelyn Chadderton 33:09.