Sale Medal Meet

Sunday, 16th July 2017

Three junior Blue Vests took part in the open medal meeting at Crossford Park today.

Eden Penketh was the big favourite in the U11 100m field, but a poor start thwarted his chances of gold. He recovered week to snaffle silver, with clubmate Vincent Worthington coming a strong third.

Harvey Kenny then cruised to 800m gold in 2:40 – five seconds clear of second place.

The Long Jump followed with the Bolton lads occupying the entire podium. Harvey grabbed gold with his second jump of 3.93m, whilst Vinny and Eden were second and third respectively, both with PBs.

Last race of the day was the 200m, with all three junior Blue Vests lining up in different heats. The time trial format meant the tension was high but they didn’t disappoint, with Eden clocking the fastest time and Harvey and Vinny in a dead heat for second.

With each athlete collecting three medals each and domination in the long jump and 200m, it was a great day. There’s good potential for the Bolton trio when they move up to the YDL-competitive U13 level next year.

SIAB T&F International

Saturday, 15th July 2017

Bolton United Harriers’ sprinting golden girl, Hannah Kelly, once again competed for England at the Schools International Athletic Board’s international today.

She flew out with the England team from Birmingham, accompanied by many of her Greater Manchester team mates after many sterling performances from the team at last week’s English Schools’ national championships. The meeting this year was held in Dublin and it pitted the two best U17 athletes from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales in each event.

Hannah once again lined up in her favoured 200m cheered on by numerous family members who travelled in from other parts of Ireland, as well as dad Chris and granddad Bill, who flew over from Bury.

After her recent exploits in the EA U20 championships and the English Schools, it was always going to be a big ask to run a PB but Hannah gave it everything. As ever, she ran a fantastic bend and smashed the 25 second barrier yet again to finish a fantastic third in 24.59 seconds. The winner was Kiah Dubarry-Gray, who recorded 24.13s to move ahead of Hannah in the rankings and second was Irish athlete, Rhasidat Adeleke.

It was Hannah’s second international bronze medal after her debut in the same event last year. However, the quality of the field was much stronger this time around and she clocked an incredible 0.6 seconds quicker.

The England team followed this up with a solid silver medal in the 4x100m relay where Hannah ran a blistering second leg.

Hannah will now focus on the Northern Athletics Championships in Leigh where she will compete over the 100m. Coach Les Hall hopes that she will come close to breaking the 12-seconds barrier in August.


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