Ribble Valley 10K

Sunday, 31st December 2017

Doubling as the North of England 10K road-running championship, eleven Blue Vests finished the final race of the year from Clitheroe. In a high-class field of 1286 where Olympic triathlete Jonny Brownlee was second, Tommy Harrison gained a very creditable top 50 position as Bolton’s first counter.

In the M45 rankings, Simon Dally was fifth whilst Stephen Bonney paced well for Bolton’s third counter. David Chrystal overtook Craig Kenny in the final 500m as both went sub-40 minutes, before U20 Katie Oakley crossed the line 18th in the women’s race.

Ken Fowler became M65 champion – a fantastic achievement and first accolade at such a level. In the process, he eclipsed teammate Nick Howarth on ‘gun-time’ after trading ‘tuck-ins’ on several occasions, though good-natured banter followed when their ‘chip-time’ positions were shown to be reversed over the course; James Rideout improved to within 3 seconds of the duo after taking 42 seconds to cross the start-line. A similar discussion could be had between Mary Cheung and Scott Bracey, who both went sub-50 and ensured all BUH&AC participants were in the top half of the field. Well done to all.

With that, Bolton United Harriers’ final act of 2017 is to wish you all the best of luck for the coming New Year.


BUH&AC times:
110 SIMON DALLY 37:03
196 CRAIG KENNY 39:58
218 KATIE OAKLEY 40:37
325 KEN FOWLER 43:15
328 NICK HOWARTH 43:12
610 MARY CHEUNG 48:24
612 SCOTT BRACEY 48:14

BUH&AC 2018 Awards

Here’s a 2018 date for your diary. Don’t worry, there’s no special training required for this – it’s a social!

The BUH&AC Awards Presentation Evening will be held on Friday 2nd February 2018.

Please can ALL WINNERS from last year RETURN THEIR MAIN TROPHY to Becca O’Keefe, Ian Jakeway or your coach by the end of December.

The venue is Dobbies Sports and Social Club, Bradley Fold Road, Bolton, BL2 6RL. Doors will open at 7pm, for a 7.30pm start.

There’ll be the awards ceremony (obviously!), a choice of food, disco and a few surprises for good measure. This is a Club-wide event bringing together all the age-groups and disciplines for an evening’s entertainment.

Tickets, priced £6 for Adults and £4 for under-16s, can be purchased from the indoor track foyer on Club nights. Those shortlisted for awards have priority on availability (1 plus 1 guest) from 4th January, with the remaining tickets going on open sale from Thursday 11th January.

Besides the laughter, there is a serious side to the event – honouring the significant achievements and performances of club members throughout 2017.

Nominations for awards can be done using forms obtained from the track or online below. We’d like to receive as many suggestions as possible to do full justice to the many great performances and successes in a blue vest this year.

A shortlist of potential recipients in each award and age-group class will appear ahead of the ceremony.

There are a few conditions to nominating:
– Any BUH&AC member can nominate, but nominees CANNOT be family relatives.
– Members can nominate different potential winners in the same category
  e.g. Jack and John in u15 Male Athlete of the Year
– Members can nominate the same potential winners in different qualifying categories
  e.g. u15 Male Athlete of the Year AND Male Thrower of the Year
– The nomination period will run till the last Thursday before Christmas.

There are a total of 32 awards – 16 each for males and females, in the following categories:
Senior athlete of the year
Veteran athlete of the year
Under 17 athlete of the year
Under 15 athlete of the year
Under 13 athlete of the year
Under 11 athlete of the year
Under 9 athlete of the year
Under 7 athlete of the year
Most Improved U17 athlete of the year
Most Improved athlete of the year
Sprinter of the year
Distance Track athlete of the year
Thrower of the year
Jumper/vaulter/hurdler of the year
Road runner of the year
Cross Country runner of the year

Award Nomination FormA BUH&AC Annual Awards Nomination Form can be downloaded by clicking on the image (right). Some will also be available to pick up at the Front Desk. It contains two forms and a list of categories, but please use one form per nominee and post it in to the nominations box with the BUH&AC Front Desk team or give it to Becca O’Keeffe, Frazer Jardine or Ian Jakeway.

Alternatively, you can email your nominations, which must include the four fields as on the physical form, to: Frazer Jardine at awards@boltonunitedharriers.co.uk.

The voting deadline has been set to Thursday, 21st December 2017.

This is one BUH&AC event you will not want to miss – we hope to see you there!

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