EA Senior, U23 & U20 Championships

Weekend, 17-18th June 2017

The sun was shining brightly in Bedford for the England Athletics’ U20 and U23 national championships, as four Bolton United Harriers pulled on the blue vest to pit themselves against the elite of British Athletics.

Jonny Kay, competing in his first national track championships, raced in the U23 800m. It was a slow and tactical race and Jonny found himself towards the back of the field with 200m to go. Despite a fantastic sprint finish, Jonny came an agonising third in the heat and failed to qualify for the final by just one place.

Chris Mann competed in the High Jump and recorded a season’s best in the U23 men’s high jump, with 2.05m to finish sixth.

Georgia Lever entered the U20 Long Jump knowing that she would need to leap a massive PB to challenge for a medal. In the second round, she recorded her best jump of 5.39m, which yielded tenth position.

U17 sprinter, Hannah Kelly, moved up an age group to compete against the best U20 female sprinters in the country at the 200m. Hannah, still only 16, was desperately trying to run a fast time to try to gain international selection. Hannah, and coach Les Hall, had carefully planned her race strategy and had decided rather than manage the rounds, to use the heat as a time trial. As ever, Hannah’s competitive edge came to the forefront. With the UK number 1 athlete on her inside lane she was really up against it, but a superb bend saw her enter the home straight in a strong second. Hannah powered through to the finish line and clocked an amazing 24.25 seconds, which was 0.25 seconds inside her PB!

In the semi-final, once again Hannah lined up in the same race as the UK number 1, Maya Bruney. She followed her amazing run in the heat to finish second again and qualify for the final in another exceptional time of 24.46s. All had high hopes for the final; Hannah got a fantastic start and came off the bend in third place. However, her previous two races and the heat took their toll – she tired in the last 60m to finish seventh in a time of 24.71s – fantastic given the step up in age category.

Results

Mason Trophy

Saturday, 17th June 2017

The Mason Trophy Inter Counties Schools’ Championships at Birmingham’s Alexandra Stadium today and was the last chance for athletes to achieve the qualifying standard for the prestigious English Schools national championships in July. Two BUH&AC juniors compete in the orange vests of Greater Manchester against the ten other school counties.

Ben To, fresh from his medal at the Greater Manchester County Schools’ Championships, had already secured the qualifying mark for the U15 boys’ 100m. However, he clocked 11.60s seconds to claim a new PB and another bronze medal, but this time against much higher competition.

In the U15 boys’ 1500m, Louie Johnson was aiming to reach the time of 4:22 but alas it wasn’t to be, with the youngest athlete in the field clocking a very creditable 4:32.

Four Bolton United Harriers have now achieved the English Schools’ qualifying standard in their respective events – Hannah Kelly and Taiwo Taiwo in the inter-girls’ 200m, Georgia Lever in the senior girls’ Triple Jump and Ben To in the junior boys’ 100m. All now will wait to see if they have been selected for the finals.

Results

  • YDL Lower – Match 3

    Sunday, 18th June 2017 The third fixture of the Lower (U13s & U15s) Youth Development League took place at Bury for the second time this year. Bolton finished sixth of seven teams on the day and 9 league points in total. It all adds up to a likely battle to read more

  • Two Towers FR

    Wednesday, 14th June 2017 Daryl Bentley’s 44:48 saw him home in 36th place of the 108 field from Holcombe’s Hare & Hounds. Results read more

  • NA Senior, U23 & U20 Championships

    Weekend, 10-11th June 2017 Blue Vests were in action at the Northern Athletics (NoEAA) outdoor T&F championships at Manchester’s Sportcity this weekend. Having represented Greater Manchester Schools for the last three years, Georgia Lever took the next step up as an U20 athlete with one eye on qualifying for the read more

  • County Schools Championships

    Saturday, 10th June 2017 Three Blue Vests hope to be selected to compete in the upcoming England Athletics national championships next weekend after achieving the qualifying standards today. Hannah Kelly warmed up in the best way possible by winning the 2017 Greater Manchester county schools’ championships’ inter-girls 200m at Stretford. read more

  • Cowpe FR

    Saturday, 10th June 2017 Molly and Lily Philbin took part in the sixth and final race of the English Junior Fell Running Championships today at Cowpe. Hosted by Rossendale Harriers, the race took place in picturesque Cowpe village in Waterfoot, Rossendale. Over a challenging 2.8km course with 175m climb, U13 read more