Central Lancashire 5K

Sunday, 19th February 2017

The seventh CL5K, now the traditional CLGP season curtain-raiser, saw the Blue Vests’ 32-strong squad put in a collective performance that demonstrates suitable intent on unifying the four team titles.

Jonathan Kay set the tone, storming to victory in the men’s race and matching the 15:52 mark set by Horwich’s Chris Farrell – last year’s winner. Tommy Harrison’s bronze, behind Warrington’s Nick Jones, and John Knowles’ fifth (and first vet position – M45) saw BUH&AC collect the race first team prize.

Equally impressive, the women’s race saw Bolton’s Laura Lombard lead from start to finish, though clubmate Catherine O’Dwyer, returning to the CLGP after 20 months, exerted pressure with a barnstorming final 600m, narrowing the gap to just 2 seconds by the finish line. Junior Katie Oakley was the third team counter and allowed the women to make it a double team victory. With last year’s silver medallist Nicky Cartridge volunteering for marshalling duties, following yesterday’s 26:53 (fourth overall) at the Astley Park edition of the South East Lancs XC series, allied to the number of juniors coming through in the endurance discipline, it is certainly exciting times at Leverhulme Park. With 20 points, hopes of winning the elusive CLGP female team title come October are credible, though Leigh (25) and Burnden will undoubtedly have a say.

Bolton’s A Team (first 10 counters) featured first junior Declan Toomey, the improving Rhys Francis outsprinting Paul Wolstencroft, and Craig Kenny bookending to take an early season lead of 111 points to Leigh’s 227. The B Team, comprising the next six counters for 2017 (i.e. positions 11 – 16), included exciting prospect Lewis Aldred, and Paul Mills holding off Stephen Bonney as the last sub-20-minutes crew. The eventual standings saw the friendly rivalry with Burnden Roadrunners reignited (298 to BRR’s 619), which was replicated in the Veterans’ series (40 to BRR’s 92) courtesy of Chris Pickford’s final counter.

There was an assured debut from Molly Philbin, who stepped up from the junior ranks with aplomb, whilst significant age category positions were collected by Chris Povey (M40), Paul Wolstencroft (M50), Ken Fowler (M60) and Stephen Zlotty (M70).

Richard Clegg, race organising for the first time, thanked all the volunteers for another safe and slick event. “Patchy drizzle endured for most of the set-up, turning persistent by the time the runners set off, so I’m glad the racing was anything but damp with the marshals all positively beaming!”

BUH&AC times: Jonathan Kay 15:52; Tommy Harrison 16:40; John Knowles 17:02; Frazer Jardine 17:16; Declan Toomey 17:41; Dominic Gavin 18:09; Chris Povey 18:24; Rhys Francis 18:58; Mark Wolstencroft 19:00; Craig Kenny 19:05; Laura Lombard 19:06; Catherine O’Dwyer 19:08; Lewis Aldred 19:11; Christian Pickford 19:27; Paul Mills 19:29; Stephen Bonney 19:30; Katie Oakley 20:11; Dean Johnson 20:28; Cameron Donnelly 21:01; Ken Fowler 21:01; Andrew Gallagher 21:12; Olivia Kearney 21:22; Molly Philbin 22:04; Rachel Bailey 22:14; Matthew Pemrick 22:16; Andrew Barrow 22:19; Mercedes Mercer 23:10; Simon Thorne 24:12; Cecilia Woods 24:25; Stephen Zlotty 26:50; Gerard Tucker 29:15; Jane Lim 33:35

Photos (RunningPix) – Many thanks to Steve Bateson of RunningPix for the images here.

Elsewhere, Gary Jones clocked 1:12:25 in the Rugeley 10M for 33rd overall (M55 silver).

CL5K 2017 – Volunteers Needed

Monday, 13th February 2017

The opening fixture of the new season of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix is in a THIS WEEKEND (Sunday, 19th February).

The CL5K is BUH&AC’s hosted race of the CLGP calendar so we’ll be looking to get off to a good start. Competition is expected to be tougher than ever this year, particularly as we look to challenge in all four categories  – defend the A Team title, recapture the B Team and Vets trophies and unite the set for the first time by taking the women’s honours! It is also the first race of the 2017 BUH&AC Steve Kenyon Endurance Challenge.

You can enter the CL5K race and find full details about the route and its history here, which is of course listed in the dedicated Our Races & Events part of the Fixtures section.

If you are not intending to race, volunteer helpers are needed for everything from course set-up to registration, marshalling and de-chipping at the finish. Please contact Richard Clegg (CL5K@boltonunitedharriers.co.uk) if you can spare 2-3 hours on Sunday to ensure another safe and slick BUH&AC event.

Northern Athletics Indoor Championships

Sunday, 5th February 2017

Four junior Blue Vests travelled to Sheffield today to compete in the Northern Athletics U15/U13 Indoor Championships.

The outstanding performance came from Julia Winogrodzka winning gold in the U13 girls’ Long Jump. After a shaky start with the High Jump, where she finished fourth with 1.30m (10cm shy from her PB), she smashed the Long Jump with a 5.21m leap, breaking her PB and the Championship’s Best Performance by 57cm! It was an amazing performance given she had to receive medical treatment in the warm-up for a turned ankle. She ended the day with a fifth place in the 60m final, clocking 8.67s, following 8.66s in the heats and a quicker 8.62s in the semi-final.

Ben To, Eniola Adedotun and Porscha Johnson all made their regional debuts, with the 60m sprint being the event of choice. U13 Porscha, a talented multi-eventer, breezed through her heat in a new PB of 8.89s. She repeated her fantastic start in her semi-final and finished a creditable fifth in 9.02s.

For the U15 boys, both Ben and Eniola had high hopes of progressing through their heats. Neither was disappointed and Eniola came fourth in a new PB of 7.89s. Ben ran a perfect race and not only smashed his PB, but also broke the club record in 7.55 seconds. In the semi-finals, Eniola had a tough lane draw but still managed to finish sixth, whilst Ben ran a majestic, determined race to finish second and qualify for the final. Lining up in lane 2 against strong opposition from Sale and Trafford, he got a perfect start and powered up the straight. With a few metres to go he was holding on for bronze, but a late surge from Lewis Cant of Blaydon Harriers saw Ben finish an agonising fourth, missing out on a medal by only 0.03 seconds. However, some small consolation was that he once again broke the club record, running 7.52 seconds.

Coach Les Hall was a happy man, beaming “Valuable experience was gained by all the athletes, whilst Julia’s record-breaking leap was simply superb!”



Elsewhere, U15 Louie Johnson was among several Bolton juniors that competed in the Greater Manchester Schools’ Cross Country Champs, finishing fifth.


Lancaster 10K/5K

Saturday, 4th February 2017

Ken Fowler clocked 42:42 as first M60 (13/54) at the Lancaster 10K.

In the accompanying 5K event, Cathy Flitcroft’s 21:46 and Dave Filtcroft’s 22:06 were both first V50 times and 13th and 14th respectively of the 30 field.


Sheffield Festival Indoor Open

Sunday, 29th January 2017

hk0117asm hk0117bsmHarvey Kenny and Cloe Bentley-Hughes, two of Bolton’s promising U11 athletes, attended the Sheffield Festival Indoor Open at the English Institute of Sport arena today, with great results from their three events.

Harvey was first up, competing in the 800m race. With a super fast first lap of 32 seconds, he maintained the lead to win gold with an impressive time of 2:39.37. That he missed out on an U13 ranking (for athletes two years his senior) by just 1.3 seconds emphasises how good it was. He went on to collect another two golds, winning in the 60m (9.62s) and long jump. The leap was another personal best of 3.97m and again just missed out on an U13 ranking by a mere 3cm.

Cloe Bentley-Hughes also proudly represented Bolton, running well in the 60m sprint; she narrowly missed out on bronze with a time of 9.71s, clocked 34.07s for 200m and leapt 2.80m in the Long Jump.


Northern XC Championships

Saturday, 28th January 2017

DSC_0285smDSC_0330smKnowsley Safari Park hosted the Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships, with Blue Vests appearing across the age ranges:

85/179 Madeleine Erzan-Essien 0:18:40
135/179 Molly Philbin 0:20:12

59/98 Rachel Bailey 0:23:45

51/76 Declan Toomey 0:31:17
DSC_0315smDSC_0323sm52/55 Olivia Kearney 0:28:38
53/55 Mercedes Mercer 0:29:16

Senior Women
81/360 Nicola Cartridge 0:37:55

Senior Men
39/676 Karl Darcy 0:45:04
86/676 Jonothan Kay 0:47:37
299/676 Rhys Francis 0:55:34


Awaiting full report.



Greater Manchester Sportshall Champs

Sunday, 22nd January 2017

IMG_1413aThe Greater Manchester County Championships for the Sportshall multi-event took place at SportCity in Manchester today with a strong contingent of Blue Vests.

Both the U11 teams returned with silverware for the 4×2 lap relay race, with the girls of Vesta Drevinskaite, Isobel Hall, Poppy Dunne and Idowu Taiwo collecting bronze and boys of Harvey Kenny, Vincent Worthington, Herbie Kay and Jack Kingdom collecting gold.

Individual medallists for the U11s included Sam Hazelwood’s speed bounce (gold), Jack Kingdom’s one lap sprint (bronze) and Poppy Dunne’s standing long jump (gold). For the U13s, Luke Greenhalgh collected silver medals in both the shot put and speed bounce.





Saturday, 21st January 2017

Molly Philbin’s 18:05 was 14th in the U15s whilst Karl Darcy collected gold of the 164 field with 37:49.


It follows Darcy’s fourth place in 33:33 at Burnley’s Townley Park in the Mid-Lancs XC last weekend.


BUH&AC 2017 Awards

Here’s a 2017 date for your diary. Don’t worry, there’s no special training required for this – it’s a social!

The BUH&AC Awards Presentation Evening will be held on Friday 24th March 2017.

Please can ALL WINNERS from last year RETURN THEIR MAIN TROPHY to Becca O’Keefe, Ian Jakeway or your coach by the end of January.

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 a few surprises for good measure. This is a Club-wide event bringing together all the age-groups and disciplines for an evening’s entertainment.

Tickets, priced £6 for Adults and £4 for under-16s, can be purchased from the indoor track foyer on Club nights. Those shortlisted for awards have priority on availability (1 plus 1 guest) from TBCth-TBCth February, with the remaining tickets going on open sale from Thursday TBCth February.

Besides the laughter, there is a serious side to the event – honouring the significant achievements and performances of club members throughout 2016.

Nominations for awards can be done using forms obtained from the track or online below. We’d like to receive as many suggestions as possible to do full justice to the many great performances and successes in a blue vest this year.

A shortlist of potential recipients in each award and age-group class will appear ahead of the ceremony.

There are a few conditions to nominating:
– Any BUH&AC member can nominate, but nominees CANNOT be family relatives.
– Members can nominate different potential winners in the same category
  e.g. Jack and John in u15 Male Athlete of the Year
– Members can nominate the same potential winners in different qualifying categories
  e.g. u15 Male Athlete of the Year AND Male Thrower of the Year
– The nomination period will run till 31st January. (extended to 16th February for 2017)

There are a total of 32 awards – 16 each for males and females, in the following categories:
Senior athlete of the year
Veteran athlete of the year
Under 17 athlete of the year
Under 15 athlete of the year
Under 13 athlete of the year
Under 11 athlete of the year
Under 9 athlete of the year
Under 7 athlete of the year
Most Improved U17 athlete of the year
Most Improved athlete of the year
Sprinter of the year
Distance Track athlete of the year
Thrower of the year
Jumper/vaulter/hurdler of the year
Road runner of the year
Cross Country runner of the year

Award Nomination FormA BUH&AC Annual Awards Nomination Form can be downloaded by clicking on the image (right). Some will also be available to pick up at the Front Desk. It contains two forms and a list of categories, but please use one form per nominee and post it in to the nominations box with the BUH&AC Front Desk team or give it to Becca O’Keeffe.

Alternatively, you can email your nominations, which must include the four fields as on the physical form, to: Becca O’Keeffe at berekaok@hotmail.com.

The voting deadline has been extended to Thursday, 16th February 2017.

This is one BUH&AC event you will not want to miss – we hope to see you there!

Northern Athletics Indoor Championships

Weekend, 14-15 January 2017

The Northern Athletics U17/U20/Senior Indoor Championships saw seven Blue Vests travel to Sheffield compete. As usual, the group was dominated by sprinters and jumpers, with Martin Reid the sole distance runner. He finished eighth in the senior men’s 1500m in a time of 4:11.16. Long-serving senior Sian Pledger flew in from her home in Malta with high hopes until she was laid down with a virus just a week ago. She decided to compete nonetheless and on Saturday, she raced over the unfamiliar 400m for the first time. She was a little tentative due to the lack of experience at the distance and clocked a good time of 59.88s, but certainly could have run quicker. On Sunday, she won her 200m heat in 26.24s and followed it with third place in the semi; her 26.08s meant she missed out on the final by an agonising 0.06 seconds.

IMG_1400aJack Dickinson raced the 400m as a senior for the first time; after a tremendous first 200m (which was just outside his PB), he faded to finish fifth in 53.68s. Meanwhile, U17 Olivia Kimbowa also made her debut at this regional level, clocking an indoor PB of 44.69s for the 300m, with a strong finish for fourth in her heat.

Three U17 athletes competed over 60m – the shortest race distance. Kehinde Taiwo stormed through his heat and duly came fifth in the semi-final with a new PB of 7.69s. Twin sister Taiwo Taiwo, breezed through her heat and semi despite being 12 months younger than many of her competitors; she finished a fantastic seventh in the final in her fastest time of the day – 8.07s. Hannah Kelly also competed in the 60m, winning her heat in 7.83s despite easing down, her semi-final in 7.81s before breaking her PB in the final with 7.76s to take gold comfortably.

IMG_1406aThe three junior sprinters all lined up again on Sunday, but this time in the 200m. Kehinde ran a great race to finish third in his heat in a new PB of 25.11s, unfortunately missing out on a place in the semi-final. Taiwo, in her favoured event, once again showed class by winning her heat in 26.17s. Three hours later, 26.07s brought a second place in the semi before just missing out on a medal in final, finishing fourth in 26.02s. Training partner Hannah Kelly was in superb form though. Powering away from the rest of the field in the heats, she was able to jog the last 50m whilst still clocking 26.15s! The semi saw her line up against teammate Taiwo and, knowing she would have to work harder, ran a second quicker (25.15s). She lined up in lane 5 for the final with tough opposition in Rotherham’s Ellie Booker (the UK’s #2 rank in 2016) just outside her. Hannah, as ever, got a great start and within 100m had closed down the stagger and run past her main competitor. She was in imperious form and took her second gold of the weekend with a time of 24.93 seconds, the fastest U17 time in the country this year. Winning two Northern titles in a weekend is a superb achievement and confirms her outstanding potential, with coach Les Hall ambitious for the future based on her continued progress.

Both Hannah and Taiwo will now go to the national indoor championships in February, with high hopes of winning more medals.


Video of U17G 200m Final

Trophy Recall

Monday, 9th January 2017


Please can all the winners from the BUH&AC Awards Evening in 2016 return their trophies to Ian Jakeway or the front desk team as soon as possible.

Watch this space for information regarding the 2017 event!



Ribble Valley 10K

Ribble Valley 10K 2016
Tuesday, 27th December 2016

rv10k16pmrv10k16llrv10k16cpFifteen Blue Vests abstained from the usual festive refuelling to compete in the Ribble Valley 10K from Clitheroe today. The closed-roads route doubled as hosts for the Northern Athletics 10K Championships, Karl Darcy was the first from Bolton to cross the line, two seconds shy of a 31-time, for 25th overall of the 1080 field.

Chris Povey was amongst a number who set Personal Bests, though his 18 seconds from 2015 was surpassed by Paul Mills’ six minutes! Laura Lombard and Nicky Cartridge both clocked superb 37-minute times, and impressively finished tenth and eleventh respectively; with Katie McNulty as the third counter, the female team took silver medals. Also of note was David Chrystal’s debut in style – a sub-40 time, whilst junior Cameron Donnelly eclipsed father Alex for the first time in direct racing.

rv10k16sBUH&AC times: Karl Darcy 32:02; Chris Povey 36:21; Laura Lombard 37:12; Nicola Cartridge 37:26; Stephen Bonney 37:41; Paul Trainor 38:22; Paul Mills 38:46; David Chrystal 39:31; Craig Kenny 40:01; Dom Clarke 41:38; Dean Johnson 41:41; Andrew Doyle 42:11; Cameron Donnelly 45:21; Katie McNulty 49:03; Alex Donnelly 55:45


Elsewhere, Rachel Bailey’s 16:40 was 45th of the 323 field at Lancaster & Morecambe’s Festive 4K.


Sportshall County Champs 2017

Wednesday, 21st December 2016

The Greater Manchester County Champs for the Sportshall multi-event takes place at SportCity in Manchester on Sunday 22nd January 2017. Starting at 12 noon, boys and girls are eligible in the age-groups: 9-U11s, U13s and U15s.

To register, please contact Gwylim and/or sign up on the noticeboard at the track. Entries must be with the organiser by Monday 9th January, so anything after Sunday 8th will not be accepted.

Sale Indoor Open Meeting

Sunday, 18th December 2016

In the 60m sprints, U15 debutant Ben To ran 7.67s to finish fourth, but clocked a time that ranks him 49th in the UK. Eniola Adedotun also debuted with 8.00s, swiftly followed by 8.12s – remarkably consistent. Both athletes ran the U15 EA national indoor qualifying standard and hope to push for a medal at the Northern championships in February. Josh Povey, also making his first appearance indoors, clocked 7.73s in the U17 60m, whilst Kehinde Taiwo ran 7.94s. Hannah Kelly smashed the club record again in winning the 60m in 7.80s, with Taiwo Taiwo coming second in 8.04s. Taiwo followed this up with 8.05s in her second race and again, both have high hopes of winning medals at the Northern indoor champs in January. Porscha Johnson won her heat in 9.09s and if she repeats this performance at the Northerns, she can certainly make the final.

p1060146aIn the 300m competition, the seniors’ Katie Eckersley employed perfect tactics to run away from the field and win her 300m heat in a time of 43.31s. Jack Dickinson, competing as a senior for the first time, clocked a fantastic 37.09s to show he is overcoming the hamstring issues that hampered his 2016 outdoor season.

For the U17s, Kehinde Taiwo ran 40.59s for a new 300m PB, whilst Olivia Kimbowa also competed on the boards for the first time, running 44.92s for third. Hannah Kelly, fresh from a huge PB and club record in the 60m, lined up in the 300m with high expectations. The first target was to get her tactics right and then aim to beat the current club record of 42.0s. Once the gun sounded, it was never in doubt – she looked imperious throughout the race and clocked 40.47s to smash her PB and the club record. It was especially pleasing for coach Les Hall, who plans for Hannah to run the longer events more often this year.

In the 60m hurdles, Ciara Gettinby ran 9.82s to comfortably win her heat.


Hawks Contact

Announcement: Tuesday, 13th December 2016

A waiting list is currently operating for the Hawks sessions. If your child cannot attend the training sessions anymore, please let us know so we can affect it.

For this, and other queries about the Hawks, please email hawks@boltonunitedharriers.co.uk.

Telford 10K

Sunday, 11th December 2016

2016telford10ktlBolton’s international star Tom Lancashire was second over the 2-lap course of the Telford 10K today. His clock of 29:22 was the ninth quickest this year by British all-comers and, with four seconds separating the breakaway top 4, it was clearly a quick race! Promisingly, it was only 1 second off his 2009 PB.

Ex-Bolton representative Carl Hardman was tenth with the top 18 all going under 30 minutes.


SELXC Oldham

Saturday, 10th December 2016

fullsizerender-8fullsizerender-7The Philbin sisters, Molly and Lily, battled hard in testing conditions at Oldham’s Tandle Hill in the South East Lancs Cross Country today.

Lily clocked 9:46 to secure second place in the U11s, whilst Molly came sixth in the U15s with 21:21.


Stockport 10M

Sunday, 4th December 2016

Paul Trainor clocked 1:08:38 for 132nd of the 961 field of the Stockport 10M.



RRXC Rossendale

Saturday, 3rd December 2016

dsc_0764asmdsc_0794asmWar paint/go faster stripes/extending club colours – call them what you will, the facial additions to Bolton’s squad across all the age-groups certainly enhanced the fun at the business end of the cross country season, with good performances to match.

Rossendale’s Marl Pits saw the U11 boys lead the way for the juniors, with the eleven representatives brought home by Harvey Kenny; Lily Philbin was again the girls’ first counter. Emily Petch and Millie Bracey worked together in the U13 Girls, whilst Lewis Aldred showed determination for the U15s. Laura Lombard continued her whirlwind start to competitive running, finishing third, whilst Maya Erzan-Essien and Rachel Bailey could only be separated by two seconds for the U17s. For the men, U20 Declan Toomey showed great improvement in just a fortnight for seventh overall (and BUH&AC’s second counter) with good performances from Chairperson Scott Whittle (a track hurdler by discipline), Andrew Gallagher (completing his first XC) and David Tomlinson – the oldest competitor in the race!

dsc_0947asmdsc_0866asmIn the series’ overall individual standings, Karl Darcy was just six seconds from taking the Senior Men’s title – finishing second to Rossendale’s U20 Callum Davidson having pushed him all the way in this decider. Nonetheless, Darcy’s improvement from 2015’s sixth place is a fantastic achievement. John Knowles, having already won his M45 category, eclipsed Blackburn’s M40 Chris Davies by 2 points to retain his overall Veterans’ title – simply superb! Ken Fowler first raced in the Red Rose XC series in 1978; 38 years later, he collected his first title – the M60 prize by 2 points. For the juniors, U17 Maya Erzan-Essien collected silver, whilst three U11s recorded Top 10 positions in competitive fields – Jack Kingdon (5), Harvey Kenny (7) and Lily Philbin (4=).

img_2700aThe Blue Vests’ senior team rankings were equally encouraging given the number of injuries to seasoned runners over this terrain. The men’s 280 points collected silver behind Blackburn’s 225. The women matched the result as their 115 points collected silver behind Bury’s 75; given the progress of the strong group of U17s and U20s, the prospects for 2017 are obvious.

dsc_0798asmdsc_0809asmU11 Boys – 2 Team 21 pts
Harvey Kenny 6:53; Jack Kingdon 6:57; Harry Aldred 7:02; Herbie Kay 7:24; Oliver McNulty 7:40; Vincent Worcester 7:41; Josh Bentley-Hughes 7:50; Matthew Wilkinson 8:10; Sam Philbin 8:21; Marcus Valentine 8:40; Alexander Stokes 8:47
U11 Girls – 3 Team 38 pts
Lily Philbin 7:29; Isobel Hall 7:37; Hannah Swales 8:03; Poppy Dunne 8:24; Idowu Taiwo 8:33; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 9:12
U13 Boys – 6 Team 63 pts
Ben Pickford 9:32; Laurence Britton 9:58; Ben Dewhurst 12:35
U13 Girls
Emily Petch 12:13; Millie Bracey 12:17
dsc_0836asmdsc_0929asmU15 Boys – 4 Team 39 pts
Lewis Aldred 14:45; Adam Akik 15:34; Cameron Donnelly 16:22
U15 Girls – 3 Team 35 pts
Madeleine Erzan-Essien 17:40; Molly Philbin 18:04; Francesca Fordham 18:49
U17 Girls – 2 Team 16 pts
Maya Erzan-Essien 23:21; Rachel Bailey 23:23; Ellie Forrest 30:16
Senior Women – 2 Team 45 pts
Laura Lombard 20:52; Olivia Kearney 23:48; Mercedes Mercer 23:53; Krystina Dewhurst 35:33
Senior Men – 1 Team 85 pts
Karl Darcy 28:57; Declan Toomey 30:09; John Knowles 30:38; Matthew Walker 30:50; Frazer Jardine 31:32; Rhys Francis 34:12; Chris Pickford 36:18; Stephen Bonney 36:46; Craig Kenny 36:57; Dean Johnson 37:28; Nick Howarth 37:42; Scott Whittle 38:33; Andrew Gallagher 40:23; Paul Philbin 41:01; Ken Fowler 41:03; Lee Petch 46:15; David Tomlinson 55:37

Race Results

Series Results

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