Saturday, 19th July 2014
Radclyffe Centre, Oldham
Bolton’s U13 and U15 juniors produced another stunning performance to win the fourth and final match of the YDL Lower today, taking 685.5 points to second-placed Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde’s 623. It meant that just two very precious points separated the clubs at the top of the Northern West 4 division, with the Blue Vests clinching promotion for the 2015 season. The cumulative match scores saw Bolton collect 2458 to Blackpool’s 2317.5.
It’s fair to say the weather wasn’t kind – in fact, it rained from early in the morning, yet BUH&AC turned out in force, worked hard and secured victory with their running, jumping and throwing (with some singing!) in the rain. There were 42 new PBs and 1 SB, and a welcome return of Ellie Gettinby, whose 1.9m clearance in the pole vault got silver despite not having trained for twelve weeks!
The track events were well covered with wins for Taiwo Taiwo, Rory Timmons, Charlotte Plant, Will Davies, Katie Rossington, Caitlyn Horrocks, Josh Grundy, Hannah Stephenson and Maya Erzan-Essien for the sprints and hurdles. For the longer distances there were winning performances from Madeleine Erzan-Essien, Molly Philbin, Rachel Bailey and Ellie Forrest.
In the field events, Taiwo Taiwo (HJ), Georgia Lever and Caitlyn Horrocks (LJ), Megan Hennessey (Shot), Matthew Flanigan and Scott Hood (Hammer) and Josh Grundy (Javelin) all grabbed gold.
The relay teams did exceptionally well too, taking first place in the U13 girls, U15 boys and U15 girls teams; with the latter consisting of Charlotte Plant, Hannah Kelly, Georgia Lever and the returning Ellie Gettinby to set a new PB.
Each and every young athlete who has competed in a Bolton vest, both on this occasion and at the previous three events, has helped make the team a success So congratulations to all the squad, coaches, team managers and supporting officials that have contibuted to the BUH&AC effort over all four meetings. Well done!