NA 6/4 Stage Road Relays

Sunday, 25th September 2016

img_20160925_152232465asmSun and showers at Manchester’s SportCity complex were the backdrop for the Northern Athletics 6/4-Stage Road Relays and associated 3-Stage for junior age-groups today.

The senior men fielded four teams for the first time in many a blue moon and despite some late withdrawals, the A team qualified for the nationals at Birmingham’s Sutton Park in a fortnight. Their cumulative 1:48:30 was 18th of the 116 starting teams, with Tony Valentine marking his return with the quickest of all Blue Vests in 17:23.

Ten minutes further back, the B team finished via Dom Gavin in a fantastic 56th place, with Simon Walker having the quickest leg of ~5.6km two-lap course in 19:26. img_20160925_150510935asmRun of the day went to Michael Ruston, who led off for the C team but returned a remarkable 19:00. Stewart Brierley anchored the C team, finishing ten minutes behind the B, with veteran Paul Turner contributing on his 34th consecutive appearance in the event! New coach Aidy Costello led off for the incomplete D team. Liverpool Harriers took gold with 1:40:04.

For the women, Nicki Cartridge blasted off around the ~5.1km course, returning in 19:00. Becca Kay took over, before juniors Liv Kearney and Mercedes Mercer took the team to 34th of 74 starters and an invite to the nationals too. Leeds City won in 1:09:31.

All junior squads performed well, 20160925_125209afinishing around the halfway mark of the top teams in the North of England, with Louie Johnson (U13), Adam Akik (U15) and the Erzan-Essien siblings, Madeline (U15) and Maya (U17), having the quickest legs of their respective teams.

Team Manager Dave Shaw cheered the teams on throughout the day and was suitably pleased with the end product. “Another Top 20…bring on Brum!” he exclaimed, where it is hoped international star Tom Lancashire will be available.

img_20160925_152709139asm18/116 BUH&AC Men ‘A’ – 1:48:30
Karl Darcy (38) 17:43
Anthony Valentine (18) 17:23
Martin Reid (16) 17:48
Tommy Harrison (17) 17:55
John Knowles (16) 18:05
Frazer Jardine (18) 19:36

56/116 BUH&AC Men ‘B’ 1:58:16
Chris Povey (73) 19:35
Simon Walker (65) 19:26
Andrew Crickmore (66) 19:28
Declan Toomey (56) 19:33
Tom Lucas (57) 20:24
Dominic Gavin (57) 19:50img_20160925_155644300asm

84/116 BUH&AC Men ‘C’ 2:09:08
Michael Ruston (60) 19:00
Chris Pickford (80) 21:26
Paul Trainor (85) 21:38
Paul Turner (92) 22:44
Peter Kearney (87) 21:32
Stewart Brierley (87) 22:48

Incomplete BUH&AC Men ‘D’
Adrian Costello (109) 23:25
Steve Houghton (112) 27:49


34/74 BUH&AC Women 1:25:29
Nicola Cartridge (27) 19:04
Rebecca Kay (35) 20:54
Olivia Kearney (35) 21:53
Mercedes Mercer (38) 23:38


23/38 BUH&AC MU13 36:48
Ben Pickford (24) 10:54
Louie Johnson (14) 10:33
Louis Greenhalgh (24) 15:21

24/40 BUH&AC FU15 35:40img_20160925_153438284asm
Molly Philbin (31) 11:54
Madeline Erzan-Essien (29) 11:44
Francesca Fordham (24) 12:02

21/37 BUH&AC MU15 31:34
Cameron Donnelly (28) 10:36
Adam Akik (25) 10:18
Jack Willets (21) 10:40

19/30 BUH&AC FU17 43:50
Leah Rushworth (30) 15:15
Maya Erzan-Essien (23) 12:32
Ellie Forrest (19) 16:03


  • European City Of Sport Tri & Brownlee Tri

    Sunday, 25th September 2016 Nick Howarth undertook the Olympic distance of the triathlon for the first time, involving a 1500m swim, 40K cycle and 10K run in Stoke-on-Trent. Despite suffering cramp on the first lap of four in the swim in murky water, a 600m dash to T1, a dislocated read more

  • Swinton 10M

    Sunday, 25th September 2016 Bolton’s exploits at the Northern Athletics 6/4-Stage Road Relays just a few miles down the road had a major impact on the outcome of the Swinton 10 miler today. The Blue Vests could only field five of the 158 field, with M50 Paul Mills leading the read more

  • Bury 10K

    Sunday, 18th September 2016 New endurance coach, Aidy Costello, was joined in this local 10K by Ged Tucker, who set off like a train but ran out of steam on the tricky hill at the end, and Chris Pickford who led the way with a sub-40 effort. Well done! BUH&AC read more

  • Holcombe Mountain Trial Duathlon

    Sunday, 18th September 2016 The Blue Vests’ resident mountain goat added multi-discipline eventing to his repertoire today, undertaking the duathlon organised by Holcombe Harriers. Consisting of a 17 miles bike ride sandwiched between two 5 mile fell runs, the fell route was a testing yomp up to Pilgrims Cross on read more

  • BUH&AC Junior Club Championships

    Sunday, 11th September 2016 The Club’s Junior Championships took place today in glorious weather, with several competition records being set. Awaiting report/photos. Results: 2016 Results BUH&AC Junior Championships TRACK 2016 Results BUH&AC Junior Championships FIELD Competition Records: BUH&AC Junior Championships Records (2016) read more