BURNDEN’S women claimed a number of successes at the South East Lancs Cross Country fixture at Tandle Hill in Royton.

Anne Ferguson was fastest, 17th overall and second lady over-55 in 33mins 42secs, followed by Lyndsay Darbyshire who won the L50 category in 35:22.

Isaline Pollitt was second L50 in 35:32 and Gwen Kinloch fourth L55 in 35:41.

Jenna Leeks crossed the line in 39:24 and Kath Page posted a time of 44:47.

Ferguson, Darbyshire and Pollitt’s times combined to win the L45and L50 team standings, and they were also second in the L40 section and fourth in the L35 rankings.

In the men’s race, Rob Short led the Burnden contingent home in a time of 53:28, followed quickly by Keith Thomas, second V60 in 54:04.

Paul Duke was next in 54:46 and Martyn Pollitt was second V55 in 55:06.

Gareth Doherty was third overall and second M40 in the Santa Dash event, a four-mile fancy dress trail race starting at Curley’s Fisheries in Horwich.

Doherty posted a great time of 32:49, just ahead of Ed Ashton who was fourth overall and first M50 in 34:11,

Rebecca Wensley was fifth female finisher and first F35 in 41:41 with Lucille Corrigan sixth overall and third F45 in the ladies’ race with 45:37.

Linda O’Byrne (58:03), Sarah Woodiwiss (58:03) and Fiona Ashton (1:02:20) completed Burnden’s turnout.

Dawn Evans travelled to Italy for the Pisa Marathon, starting and finishing beside the famous leaning tower.

Dawn completed the course in 6:08:20, passing the halfway stage at 2:43:49 and hitting 30K in just over four hours.