British Athletics Championships 2018

Sunday, 18th February 2018

Bolton sprint star Hannah Kelly debuted at Senior British Championships this weekend after an amazing 2017, which had brought her an invitation to compete despite being only 17 years old.

The list of entrants for the 200m was enough to make anyone nervous – Olympic athletes, the European U23 champion alongside British champions, but Hannah took it all in her stride. One of the youngest athletes at the meeting, braving the TV camera pointed directly at her was the first challenge as she lined up in lane 6 for her heat.

Obviously nervous, she didn’t get her usual blistering start. However she accelerated hard off the first bend to hold her position. GB international hurdler Megan Beesley and Northern U20 champion Georgina Adam started to pull away but Hannah worked hard for third place in a time of 24.53s, just 0.03s outside her indoor PB, and secure a semi-final spot.

Coach Les Hall said, “Luck wasn’t on her side when she was drawn in lane 1 for the semi, but she just got on with it”. Quite often lane 1 is left empty as it is so tight to race in. It was always going to be a massive challenge for Hannah who is nearly 6 feet tall but she was up for it. Now accustomed to her surroundings, a much better start was made – her reaction time was over 0.1 seconds quicker than her heat. Working incredibly hard in the inside lane, she overtook Mair Edwards in lane 2 after 70 metres. She couldn’t quite reel in any of the other athletes and finished fifth in a time of 24.63 seconds.

This sets Hannah up nicely for next weekend’s EA U20 championships in Sheffield, where she will attempt to win another medal to add to her growing collection.

Results

SELCC Chorley 2018

Saturday, 17th February 2018

The first hints of Spring were in the air as the final South East Lancashire Cross Country League race took place at Chorley’s Astley Park. Glorious sunshine and milder conditions appeared to suit the young Harriers as a number posted their best results of the series.

First up were the U11s and after an injury lay-off, Harvey Kenny bounced back to secure fourth place, which was enough to enable him to finish an excellent joint second in the series. Next home was Sam Philbin in 18th (14th overall), then Alfie Dodds in 32nd (23rd overall), closely followed by Joseph Rossington in 34th as the boys team secured fourth (also overall). Once again, Scarlett Thompson battled hard for 16th (14th overall) and she will be looking forward to the next two seasons in this age group to improve her position even further. Cloe Bentley-Hughes worked hard as ever to finish 26th on the day and 21st overall.

In the U13s, Laurence Britton saved his best performance of the series for this race, capturing an impressive second place and third overall. Oisin Behan also posted his best performance with an excellent 10th place (11th overall) and Josh Bentley-Hughes gave his all to finish a credible 15th (14th overall). The boys team were third on the day but will be pleased to have secured second overall. In the girls’ race, Lily Philbin finished strongly to capture 10th place (10th overall) with Hannah Swales in 21st (18th overall).

Not to be outdone by his younger brother, U15 Ruairi Behan also ran well to secure 10th.

Over a challenging 4.8km course, Molly Philbin bounced back from her recent illness to run well for fifth place (4th overall).

In the U20s, Rachel Bailey continued to impress – she was the 15th finisher overall in the women’s place, but this translated into second U20, meaning that she secured 2nd overall in the series.

It has been a great effort by the Blue Vests taking part in this series of races, doing the club and Team Manager, Paul Philbin, proud in the process. To have three young athletes capturing series podium places and the U13 boys’ team achieving silver in the first year of affiliation to the SELCC is a deserved bonus.

Results

  • Central Lancashire 5K

    Sunday, 18th February 2018 Bolton United Harriers fielded a 20-strong squad in the opening Central Lancashire Grand Prix – the home fixture of the CL5K at Bolton’s Leverhulme Park. An early morning start for the volunteers and marshals was no doubt appreciated by the 309 finishers, as the race unfolded read more

  • County Sportshall Championships

    Sunday, 28th January 2018 It was an amazing day at Manchester’s SportCity for our young Blue Vests at the Greater Manchester Sportshall Championships, with Team Manager Gwylim Jones very happy as a result. Both the under-11 boys and girls had two teams in the relay – the boys retained the read more

  • Northern Athletics XC Championships

    Saturday, 27th January 2018 Among those Blue Vests at Harewood House in Leeds giving their all against the best of the region: U13 Lily Philbin 142/235 U13 Laurence Britton 64/232 U17 Molly Phiblin 78/93 U20 Rachel Bailey 42/60 SFLaura Lombard 41/435 SM Tommy Harrison 82/761 SM Karl Darcy 86/761 SM read more

  • BUH&AC Awards – Tickets & Shortlist 2018

    The BUH&AC Awards Presentation Evening will be held on Friday 2nd February. VENUE & TICKETS 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 read more

  • SELCC Leigh

    Saturday, 20th January 2018 The third edition of the South East Lancs Cross Country League at Leigh was a cold and wet affair, with muddy conditions underfoot. Still, several podiums were clinched across the age range to delight Team Manager Paul Philbin, including Harvey Kenny (U11 2nd), Laurence Britton (U13 read more