Northern XC Championships

Saturday, 30th January 2016

Bolton United Harriers continued to progress on the regional level with good showings at the Northern XC Championships today.

Frazer Jardine put an injury-plagued six months behind him at Blackburn’s Witton Park to lead home the Blue Vest contingent in 48:55 for 62nd of the 719 field. Karl Darcy (50:26 – 90), Phil Marsden (51:05 – 107th), John Knowles (52:49 – 141th) and Chris Povey (60:38 – 337th) also competed. After an excellent showing in the county championships at Leverhulme Park three weeks ago, Tommy Harrison retired due to injury, so the six counters required for a men’s team was one short. It was unfortunate as the scoring, based on recent performances, would have likely yielded 12th position of the 52 teams. Sale’s Charlie Hulson won in 43:16.

Results (Senior Men)

DSC_0020asmDSC_0050asmFor the juniors, Rachel Bailey led the way in the U17 class, clocking 22:24 for the 4.8K course. Just two places behind in 65th of the 99 runners, Mercedes Mercer underlined her recent improvement (22:30). Molly Philbin also had a fantastic outing for the U15s, with 19:33 for 4.2K (77th of 168).

Results (U17) and Results (U15)

BUH&AC 2016 Awards

Here’s a 2016 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 1st April 2016.

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

The venue is Astley Bridge Conservative Club. 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 16th-23rd February, with the remaining tickets going on open sale from Thursday 24th February.

Besides the laughter, there is a serious side to the event – honouring the significant achievements and performances of club members throughout 2015.

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 31st January. (extended to 11th February for 2016)

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.

Alternatively, you can email your nominations, which must include the four fields as on the physical form, to: Becca O’Keeffe at

The voting deadline has been extended to Thursday, 11th February 2016.

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

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