Ironman UK

Sunday, 17th July 2016

Several Blue Vests were among the 2094 field that undertook ultimate test of athletic endurance today – the Ironman UK competition. Held on our doorstep in Bolton again – a great exhibition of the town’s best side, the feat involves swimming 2.4M in Pennington Flash’s cold water, biking 112M over two laps in gusty headwinds, and running a full 26.2M marathon in warm conditions along Chorley New Road.

P1100442asm P1100438asm Tom Lucas was the first to cross the finishing line, following an outstanding bike ride in which he overtook clubmate Scott Crompton, though he began to tire in the second half of the marathon and clearly enjoyed the final jog in to Bolton town centre for 389th overall. Crompton, for his part, was lightning in both transitions (13 minutes in total), excelled in the swim with the quickest of the Harriers’ times and began to claw back time to Lucas before also slowing through the final run checkpoints. Matt Pemrick’s fish impression was complete as he also went under 80 minutes in the water and matched Crompton on the bike, though the sun was not welcomed on the jog.

P1100452asmP1100458asmKam Patel, who only learned to swim last year, knew the toughest element was the first. He survived the time limit cut-off by just 5 minutes and did not look back – 7 hours on the bike and the quickest of all Blue Vests in the marathon (just over four hours), showed excellent pacing. Just 10 minutes later, Chris Pickford finished with an amazing 100m dash in 15 seconds! A steady swim and run sandwiched drama on the bike ride though, where bad luck saw a snapped chain put pay to hopes of a quicker time. Despite the disruption to his rhythm and an understandable panic at the most unplanned of events, he recovered composure well to go sub 4:30 on the run. Unbelievably, the same fate had befallen Crompton on a tapering ride on Wednesday – to have two within 5 days is almost unheard of.

P1100450asmCongratulations to the quintet, who all completed in the top half of the field:
Tom Lucas – 12:12:40
(Swim: 1:26:03, Swim: 6:05:39, Run: 4:22:15)
Scott Crompton – 12:26:52
(Swim: 1:15:55, Bike: 6:39:07, Run: 4:18:16)
Matt Pemrick – 13:11:11
(Swim: 1:19:02, Bike: 6:38:52, Run: 4:52:59)
Kamlesh Patel – 13:47:54
(Swim: 2:14:23, Bike: 7:08:45, Run: 4:03:05)
Christian Pickford – 13:57:43
(Swim: 1:40:16, Bike: 7:30:49, Run: 4:24:20)


SIAB Schools’ International

Saturday, 16th July 2016

Bolton United Harriers’ Hannah Kelly followed up her fantastic bronze medal in the 200m at the English Schools’ Championships last week with a call up to the national team. Earlier today, she pulled on her England vest at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford, Kent and lined up with England teammate Georgina Adam against the best sprinters from Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

IMG_6228aThe sun was shining but once again, the conditions didn’t favour sprinters due to the strong headwind. Drawn in the outer lane 8 – far from ideal, she knew a good bend was important. She blasted from the start and entered the straight in the lead, leaving most of the girls in her wake. Hannah was still leading narrowly with 40m to go before England teammate Georgina overtook. With just 5 metres remaining, silver seemed certain but Irish number one, Lauren Roy, dipped at the right time to push Hannah into third (25.28s). Agonisingly, Hannah was only 0.09 seconds from gold, but she was delighted to be on the podium and add to her ever-growing medal haul.

Only an hour later, Hannah lined up in the 4x100m relay on the first leg, with Adam on the third. The England quartet also comprised Charmont Webster-Tape on leg 2 and Olivia Okoli on the final leg; they all showed their class by clocking 46.85s. Yet another medal, this time gold, was added to her collection!

Proud sprint coach, Les Hall, hasn’t been surprised by Hannah’s performances over the summer. He beamed, “Hannah’s success is testimony to her dedication and hard work. She has the ability and mental strength to continue to improve and hopefully gain more and more international honours.” Hannah will take a well deserved break now and will target the Northern Inter-county Championships and the Sainsbury’s School Games in September.


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