Lostock 6M

Sunday, 25th February 2018

It was a Blue Vest 1-2-3 at the Lostock 6-miler, with other good results among the 342 field, not least 8 finishers in the top 21.

1 Jonothan Kay 29:57
2 Karl Darcy 30:01
3 Tommy Harrison 31:42
12 Dominic Gavin 35:12
14 Chris Povey 36:04
17 Christian Pickford 36:28
20 Lewis Aldred 36:49
21 Craig Kenny 36:56
71 Ken Fowler 41:38
236 David Jones 51:44


Karl Darcy and Jonny Kay enjoyed a great battle from the off with the pair building up a sizeable lead by the mile point. Karl edged ahead at the 3 mile point with Jonny having to dig deep in the last 2 miles to make up ground. The 6 mile race came down to a sprint finish with Jonny edging it by 4 seconds and in doing so, breaking 30 minutes, finishing in a time of 29:56 with Karl just missing the barrier with a 30.01 clocking – both pleasing performances for coach Dave Shaw.

Tommy Harrison then made it a Bolton 1-2-3, out-battling Leigh’s Neil Pendlebury in the closing stages to finish in 31:42. The finish from Harrison at the end of 6 miles bodes well for his upcoming half marathon at Wilmslow.

The good performances continued with the next finisher being Dom Gavin in 12th (35:12), followed by a flood of blue athletes, all coming in within a minute of each other with Chris Povey 14th (36:04), Chris Pickford (36:28), Lewis Aldred 20th (36:49) and Craig Kenny 21st (36:56). Ken Fowler was next home in 71st (41:38) with David Jones rounding off the team in 236th (51:44).

Central Lancashire 5K

Sunday, 18th February 2018

Bolton United Harriers fielded a 20-strong squad in the opening Central Lancashire Grand Prix – the home fixture of the CL5K at Bolton’s Leverhulme Park. An early morning start for the volunteers and marshals was no doubt appreciated by the 309 finishers, as the race unfolded in cool but dry conditions.

Horwich’s Mike Cayton won by the smallest of margins – 1 second, after having upped the pace from 4km to take the sprint finish out of Bolton’s Jonny Kay (15:42), who had led until that point. Karl Darcy collected a deserved bronze. Three of the first five in the women’s race were Blue Vests, with Katie Oakley and Rebecca Kay being led home by winner Laura Lombard (18:38).

Other notable results were John Knowles in 11th and first CLGP veteran, Lewis Aldred’s top 20 despite being possibly the youngest in the field, and several well-placed age-group results including Chris Povey (2nd M40), Mark Wolstencroft (3rd M50), Ken Fowler (1st M65) and Mary Cheung (3rd F35). Asad Maslah and David Jones also made their competitive debuts.

In the CLGP, it would appear as though newcomers Ramsbottom RC (55) will battle Burnden RR (70) for the largest squad, whilst Radcliffe (34) and Swinton (35) could challenge overall with good-sized teams.

BUH&AC results: Jonothan Kay 15:42; Karl Darcy 16:03; John Knowles 17:34; Dominic Gavin 18:14; Lewis Aldred 18:18; Chris Povey 18:35; Laura Lombard 18:38; Craig Kenny 18:54; Mark Wolstencroft 18:54; Stephen Bonney 19:10; Katie Oakley 19:21; David Chrystal 19:33; Rebecca Kay 20:51; Ken Fowler 21:37; Asad Maslah 22:03; Scott Bracey 22:06; Rachel Bailey 22:15; Zoe Gibson 22:21; Mary Cheung 23:29; David Jones 25:44


Photos (RunningPix)

British Athletics Championships

Sunday, 18th February 2018

Bolton sprint star Hannah Kelly debuted at Senior British Championships this weekend after an amazing 2017, which had brought her an invitation to compete despite being only 17 years old.

The list of entrants for the 200m was enough to make anyone nervous – Olympic athletes, the European U23 champion alongside British champions, but Hannah took it all in her stride. One of the youngest athletes at the meeting, braving the TV camera pointed directly at her was the first challenge as she lined up in lane 6 for her heat.

Obviously nervous, she didn’t get her usual blistering start. However she accelerated hard off the first bend to hold her position. GB international hurdler Megan Beesley and Northern U20 champion Georgina Adam started to pull away but Hannah worked hard for third place in a time of 24.53s, just 0.03s outside her indoor PB, and secure a semi-final spot.

Coach Les Hall said, “Luck wasn’t on her side when she was drawn in lane 1 for the semi, but she just got on with it”. Quite often lane 1 is left empty as it is so tight to race in. It was always going to be a massive challenge for Hannah who is nearly 6 feet tall but she was up for it. Now accustomed to her surroundings, a much better start was made – her reaction time was over 0.1 seconds quicker than her heat. Working incredibly hard in the inside lane, she overtook Mair Edwards in lane 2 after 70 metres. She couldn’t quite reel in any of the other athletes and finished fifth in a time of 24.63 seconds.

This sets Hannah up nicely for next weekend’s EA U20 championships in Sheffield, where she will attempt to win another medal to add to her growing collection.


SELCC Chorley

Saturday, 17th February 2018

The first hints of Spring were in the air as the final South East Lancashire Cross Country League race took place at Chorley’s Astley Park. Glorious sunshine and milder conditions appeared to suit the young Harriers as a number posted their best results of the series.

First up were the U11s and after an injury lay-off, Harvey Kenny bounced back to secure fourth place, which was enough to enable him to finish an excellent joint second in the series. Next home was Sam Philbin in 18th (14th overall), then Alfie Dodds in 32nd (23rd overall), closely followed by Joseph Rossington in 34th as the boys team secured fourth (also overall). Once again, Scarlett Thompson battled hard for 16th (14th overall) and she will be looking forward to the next two seasons in this age group to improve her position even further. Cloe Bentley-Hughes worked hard as ever to finish 26th on the day and 21st overall.

In the U13s, Laurence Britton saved his best performance of the series for this race, capturing an impressive second place and third overall. Oisin Behan also posted his best performance with an excellent 10th place (11th overall) and Josh Bentley-Hughes gave his all to finish a credible 15th (14th overall). The boys team were third on the day but will be pleased to have secured second overall. In the girls’ race, Lily Philbin finished strongly to capture 10th place (10th overall) with Hannah Swales in 21st (18th overall).

Not to be outdone by his younger brother, U15 Ruairi Behan also ran well to secure 10th.

Over a challenging 4.8km course, Molly Philbin bounced back from her recent illness to run well for fifth place (4th overall).

In the U20s, Rachel Bailey continued to impress – she was the 15th finisher overall in the women’s place, but this translated into second U20, meaning that she secured 2nd overall in the series.

It has been a great effort by the Blue Vests taking part in this series of races, doing the club and Team Manager, Paul Philbin, proud in the process. To have three young athletes capturing series podium places and the U13 boys’ team achieving silver in the first year of affiliation to the SELCC is a deserved bonus.


County Sportshall Championships

Sunday, 28th January 2018

It was an amazing day at Manchester’s SportCity for our young Blue Vests at the Greater Manchester Sportshall Championships, with Team Manager Gwylim Jones very happy as a result. Both the under-11 boys and girls had two teams in the relay – the boys retained the title from last year (with the B Team finishing sixth), whilst the U11 girls came second.

Notable individual podiums included Eden Penketh winning a silver medal at the 1 lap run and Sam Hazelwood winning the speed bounce for the second year running. Also in the speed bounce, Isobel Oxley gained a bronze medal at her first outing for the club.

BUH&AC athletes:

U11 Girls
Cloe Bentley-Hughes
Mia Makin
Poppy Dunne
Summer Eden
Kirsten Scaife
Vesta Drevinske
Isobel Oxley
Isobel Hall

U11 Boys
William Lacey
Eden Penketh
Vincent Worthington
Jamie Greenhalgh
Connor Gettinby
Alfie Dodds
Sam Hazelwood
Herbie Kay
Noah Pickford

U13 Girls
Idowu Taiwo

U13 Boys
Luke Greenhalgh
Oisin Behan
Jason Scaife

U15 Boys
Ruairi Behan

Northern Athletics XC Championships

Saturday, 27th January 2018

Among those Blue Vests at Harewood House in Leeds giving their all against the best of the region:

U13 Lily Philbin 142/235
U13 Laurence Britton 64/232
U17 Molly Phiblin 78/93
U20 Rachel Bailey 42/60
SFLaura Lombard 41/435
SM Tommy Harrison 82/761
SM Karl Darcy 86/761
SM John Knowles 151/761
SM Stephen Bonney 364/761



BUH&AC Awards – Tickets & Shortlist 2018

The BUH&AC Awards Presentation Evening will be held on Friday 2nd February.

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.

The tickets, priced £6 for Adults and £4 for under-16s, can be purchased from the indoor track foyer on Club nights from Frazer Jardine, Ian Jakeway and Lesley Harwood. Due to the anticipated strong turnout, shortlisted athletes will have the chance to purchase tickets exclusively until 22nd January. If nominated athletes cannot get to the track to purchase tickets by this date, please contact Frazer to confirm your intentions. Tickets will then go on open sale from Tuesday 22nd January on a first-come, first-served basis.

Besides the social aspect of the evening, there is a serious side to the event – honouring the significant achievements and performances of club members throughout 2017.

The judging panel would like to thank all those members that responded to the request for nominations. Most categories had several strong contenders and it was exceedingly tough to narrow down, nevermind select one winner.

The shortlist for all categories can be downloaded by clicking on the image below. The names are in no particular order.


Saturday, 20th January 2018

The third edition of the South East Lancs Cross Country League at Leigh was a cold and wet affair, with muddy conditions underfoot. Still, several podiums were clinched across the age range to delight Team Manager Paul Philbin, including Harvey Kenny (U11 2nd), Laurence Britton (U13 3rd), Rachel Bailey (U20 2nd), Karl Darcy (MSen 3rd) and Paul Mills (M50 1st).

First up were the U11s and leading the way was Harvey Kenny, building on his impressive run in the county championships with a fantastic second place, just 5 seconds off first which he’ll be aiming for next time. Sam Philbin was next home in 19th, with Alfie Dodds in 27th place resulting in sixth place for the team. In the U11 girls Scarlett Thompson ran well again, achieving 14th place with Cloe Bentley-Hughes in 29th.

In the U13s, Laurence Britton ran superbly again to finish third, with Oisin Behan in 14th and Josh Bentley-Hughes in 17th, meaning the team secured fourth overall. For the girls, Lily Philbin battled hard for 14th, with Hannah Swales in 23rd.

For the U17 girls, Molly Philbin ran well for 5th place over a challenging 5K course, whilst Rachel Bailey continued her impressive form in the Women’s race, finishing 12th overall and an excellent second place in the U20 category.

Next up were the men, with the 10K course well and truly churned up. In the top ten, Karl Darcy’s bronze was joined by Tommy Harrison in sixth. Paul Mills finished 19th overall and in doing so managed to reverse the standings from Oldham and secure first place in his vet category, whilst Craig Kenny was unfortunately unable to finish.

U11 Boys Team 6th – 48 pts
Harvey Kenny 8:10; Sam Philbin 9:48; Alfie Dodds 10:17

U11 Girls
Scarlett Thompson 10:01; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 11:50

U13 Boys Team 4th – 34 pts
Laurence Britton 10:37; Oisin Behan 11:58; Joshua Bentley-Hughes 12:57

U13 Girls
Lily Philbin 11:55; Hannah Swales 13:34

U17 Girls
Molly Philbin 24:50

U20 Women
Rachel Bailey 30:59

Senior Men
Karl Darcy 35:01; Tommy Harrison 35:28; Paul Mills 39:25




Northern Athletics Indoor Championships

Weekend, 13-14 January 2018

Every championship has a silver lining, or so it seemed at this year’s Northern Athletics U17/U20/Senior Indoor Championships. Taking place at the English Institute of Sport, Bolton United Harriers had a strong contingent who made the long journey to Sheffield.

The first Harrier to win a medal was U17 long jump star Lydia Hodgson. Competing for the first time at the Northern Indoors, she leapt to a new PB of 5.42m to take a well deserved silver medal. This puts her seventh in the national rankings for 2018 so far.

This was quickly followed by Olivia Kimbowa, who was competing in the U17 300m. She lined up in the semi-final with high hopes of making the final. She ran the perfect race and stormed around the final bend to win in style. She was determined to perform at her best in the final, but with 100m to go she was looking down and out in fifth place. However, a storming finish saw her move through the field to take a well deserved bronze medal.

Georgia Lever decided to compete in the triple jump rather than her usual long jump. In only her fifth TJ competition, she added to Bolton’s medal haul with another silver medal, taking second with her last jump of 11.38m.

The final medal of the Saturday was won by sprint sensation Hannah Kelly. Renowned for her 200m running, she lined up against the best 60m runners in the North of England. Qualification for the final was never in doubt but there were five athletes realistically chasing the three medals. As ever, Hannah’s acceleration was fantastic and she was neck and neck with the leaders going into the last few metres. She stormed to second place in a season’s best time of 7.66 seconds to gain another silver medal for the Harriers.

There were three other male Bolton sprinters competing in the 60m. U20 Josh Povey ran a PB in his semi-final to finish fifth, whilst Kehinde Taiwo also ran 7.60s for a new PB in the U17 60m for sixth place in his heat. Ben To also competed in the u17 60m. He couldn’t repeat his PB of 7.40 seconds set the week before at Sportcity but still ran this time close. He came a magnificent fourth in his semi-final, recording a time of 7.45 seconds to narrowly miss out on a place in the final.

The Sunday brought a host of different events and this gave an opportunity to two of our long distance track stars. Katie Oakley lined up in the senior women’s 3000m still recovering from a heavy cold. She came an agonising fourth, narrowly missing out on a medal but there was some good news as she ran more than a minute quicker than her previous fastest time.

Jonny Kay competed in the equivalent men’s event. He ran a perfectly paced race and he reeled in the leading athletes in the closing laps. With 100m to go, he was fourth but put in a big sprint finish to edge into third. Coming off the last bend, he saw a gap on the inside and kicked to take yet another silver medal.

Hannah Kelly also competed in the U20 women’s 200m – her favoured event. It was always going to be tough as she was racing against Georgina Adam, fellow England international and winner of the previous days 60m. Coming off the last bend Hannah and Georgina were side by side but the Blue Vest wasn’t able to take the title. However, she ran yet another season’s best and won the clubs fifth silver medal of the weekend in a time of 24.60 seconds.

Hannah had received a massive boost before the championships. Despite only just moving up to the U20 age group she has been invited to compete at this year’s British senior indoor championships in Birmingham. She will be up against the very best female athletes in the country and may line up against the likes of Dina Asher-Smith.

GMXC Championships

Saturday, 6th January 2018

The county cross-country championships, held at a crisp and clear Heaton Park, saw Bolton’s young athletes test themselves against the leading athletes covered by the Greater Manchester Athletic Association .

First up was the U13 boys and over a challenging 3K course, Laurence Britton was the first blue vest home in 17th place, followed closely by Jason Scaife in 21st and Harvey Kenny – only recently turned 11 and still able to compete in this age-group for the next two years, in an impressive 22nd. This resulted in the boys’ team taking a credible sixth place overall.

Over the same course in the U13 girls, Lily Philbin battled hard to secure 27th place and will have her eye on next year’s race, in which she will be eligible for, to improve on. Similarly, Hannah Swales will also benefit from her experience for next year, gaining 49th place.

In the U15 boys over 3.8K, Ben Pickford continued to pick up valuable experience against the strong athletes in this field, achieving 30th place.

The U17 and U20 girls raced together over a 5K course that tested runners to the limit, with Molly Philbin achieving an excellent ninth place overall in the U17s and Rachel Bailey a similarly impressive tenth in the U20s. Both gave themselves an opportunity to be selected to represent Greater Manchester at the forthcoming Inter Counties Championships in Loughborough.


Ribble Valley 10K

Sunday, 31st December 2017

Doubling as the North of England 10K road-running championship, eleven Blue Vests finished the final race of the year from Clitheroe. In a high-class field of 1286 where Olympic triathlete Jonny Brownlee was second, Tommy Harrison gained a very creditable top 50 position as Bolton’s first counter.

In the M45 rankings, Simon Dally was fifth whilst Stephen Bonney paced well for Bolton’s third counter. David Chrystal overtook Craig Kenny in the final 500m as both went sub-40 minutes, before U20 Katie Oakley crossed the line 18th in the women’s race.

Ken Fowler became M65 champion – a fantastic achievement and first accolade at such a level. In the process, he eclipsed teammate Nick Howarth on ‘gun-time’ after trading ‘tuck-ins’ on several occasions, though good-natured banter followed when their ‘chip-time’ positions were shown to be reversed over the course; James Rideout improved to within 3 seconds of the duo after taking 42 seconds to cross the start-line. A similar discussion could be had between Mary Cheung and Scott Bracey, who both went sub-50 and ensured all BUH&AC participants were in the top half of the field. Well done to all.

With that, Bolton United Harriers’ final act of 2017 is to wish you all the best of luck for the coming New Year.


BUH&AC times:
110 SIMON DALLY 37:03
196 CRAIG KENNY 39:58
218 KATIE OAKLEY 40:37
325 KEN FOWLER 43:15
328 NICK HOWARTH 43:12
610 MARY CHEUNG 48:24
612 SCOTT BRACEY 48:14

SELCC Oldham

Saturday, 16th December 2017

Bolton United Harriers’ first participation as a club affiliated to the South East Lancs Cross Country League was a great introductory experience for those involved. The fixture at Oldham’s Tandle Hill was in arctic conditions, with a number of top 5 places achieved.

Leading the way in the U11 boys’ race was Harvey Kenny’s third place, with Sam Philbin 11th, Sam Liptrott 15th, Alfie Dodds 28th and Joseph Rossington 33rd helping the team secure bronze overall. Scarlett Thompson battled hard to gain 16th place in the U11 girls, with Cloe Bentley-Hughes well placed too in 24th.

Laurence Britton, building on his strong performances in the Red Rose XC, races gained an impressive third place in the U13 boys race, with Oisin Behan in 12th, Ethan Wallace in 16th and Joshua Bentley-Hughes in 18th, helping the team gain silver. Lily Philbin put in a strong performance to finish 8th in the U13 girls and a brave performance from Hannah Swales saw her finish 18th, despite feeling under the weather.

In the U17 ladies, Molly Philbin enjoyed her run, finishing 3rd. Rachel Bailey also continued her good form, placing 2nd in the U20 ladies. Lastly, Paul Mills finished 22nd overall in the men’s race and second in the V50 category, just one second off first.

Team Manager Paul Philbin said, “It was an outstanding effort by all representing the club – it was pretty cold with tough underfoot conditions!”

U11 Boys Team 3rd – 29 pts
Harvey Kenny 9:40; Sam Philbin 10:48; Sam Liptrott 11:04; Alfie Dodds 12:03; Joseph Rossington 13:50

U11 Girls
Scarlett Thompson 12:41; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 13:53

U13 Boys Team 2nd – 29 pts
Laurence Britton 15:55; Oisin Behan 17:24; Ethan Wallace 19:18; Joshua Bentley-Hughes 19:46

U13 Girls
Lily Philbin 17:57; Hannah Swales 23:03

U17 Girls
Molly Philbin 22:22

U20 Women
Rachel Bailey 32:58

Senior Men
Paul Mills 51:1


CL5K 2018 Details


The next Central Lancashire 5K gets the CLGP season underway on Sunday, 18th February 2018 at Leverhulme Park. The start time is a little earlier than previous editions, so please ensure you arrive in good time for registration.

**START TIME IS 9.30am**

As part of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix, it is expected to reach capacity, so runners are advised to enter early and avoid disappointment (cost is £7 for those affiliated to a running club, or £10 for unaffiliated). Entry is available on the day to CLGP-club members only, SUBJECT TO THE RACE LIMIT. Please note it does not form part of the NMAC Championships this season.

Entry and race details are on the link below:

To check if you are registered to race, click the link below:

BUH&AC look forward to seeing y’all there for the start of the 2018 series. We’ve ordered up some nice weather (allegedly)!


BUH&AC members – if you cannot race but can spare 3 hours of your time to volunteer with marshalling, registration and finish area duties, please get in touch with Richard Clegg ASAP!

Myerscough 10M & Lancaster HM

Sunday, 3rd December 2017

From Bilsborrow, near Preston, the Myerscough 10M saw Tommy Harrison finish second in 54:02.

In the 315 Lancaster Half Marathon, Matthew Walker clocked 1:18:23 for fifth, whilst Simon Dally’s 1:19:57 was eighth.

Results (10M)

Results (HM)

RRXC Rossendale

Saturday, 2nd December 2017

The fell-ish Marl Pits hosted the Red Rose finale as usual, with wet conditions underfoot and muddy steep descents as expected. As Team Manager Dean Johnson says, “If you can run through mud and rain and hills, you can take on and conquer whatever else may come along.”

Today, John Knowles’ 14th saw him second in the veteran’s series and seventh overall in the open men’s – a sterling result, whilst Rachel Bailey’s 24th saw her finish third in the U20 series’ standing and 20th overall. Their podiums meant they join Jonny Kay and Katie Oakley, who did not race but had already clinched the series first and third spots respectively. Bolton’s Men also took the series’ Team runners-up spot.

For the juniors, there were multiple series counters (those who have completed at least three of the four races) – an impressive achievement, with top ten positions being taken by Harvey Kenny (U11), Laurence Britton (U13) and Lewis Aldred (U17); U11 Scarlett Thompson’s 13th was very close. Congratulations to all.

The BUH&AC squad today included:

U11 Boys Team 7th – 123 pts
Harvey Kenny 7:08; Sam Philbin 8:16; Alfie Dodds 8:42; Joseph Rossington 9:24 

U11 Girls Team 10th – 102 pts
Scarlett Thompson 8:14; Poppy Dunne 9:26; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 9:41

U13 Boys Team 6th – 53 pts
Laurence Britton 10:05; Jason Scaife 10:44; Harry Aldred 11:01; Joshua Bentley-Hughes 12:25

U13 Girls
Lily Philbin 11:29; Hannah Swales 12:41

U15 Boys
Ben Pickford 16:59; Sam Aldred 18:56

U17 Boys
Lewis Aldred 20:26

U17 Girls
Molly Philbin 26:17

U20 Women
Rachel Bailey 25:31

Men’s Team 8th – 423 pts
John Knowles 33:39; Paul Mills 37:13; Nicholas Howarth 40:35; Craig Kenny 40:39; Andrew Doyle 41:07; Lee Petch 46:56

Results (Race)
Results (Series)

Photos – Juniors (RunningPix)
Photos – Seniors (RunningPix)


Elsewhere, Karl Darcy’s 33:32 was sixth of the 416 field at the Manchester Area Cross Country League fixture at the University Playing Fields.


BUH&AC 2018 Awards

Here’s a 2018 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 2nd February 2018.

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

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 4th January, with the remaining tickets going on open sale from Thursday 11th January.

Besides the laughter, there is a serious side to the event – honouring the significant achievements and performances of club members throughout 2017.

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 the last Thursday before Christmas.

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, Frazer Jardine or Ian Jakeway.

Alternatively, you can email your nominations, which must include the four fields as on the physical form, to: Frazer Jardine at awards@boltonunitedharriers.co.uk.

The voting deadline has been set to Thursday, 21st December 2017.

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

London Marathon Places 2018



UPDATE (09/01/18): The lucky recipient is:
1 Gary Jones

Please now contact Tina Holt, who will arrange your entry. The draw was made with only one person applying.

The Club has secured a number of places for members to participate in the London Marathon 2018. Closing date for these places is TBC 7th December. After this date the places will be allocated.

Members are now invited to apply for one of those places. Please contact Lesley Harwood, Tina Holt or Dean Johnson, via email or at the track, indicating which criteria you meet.

The full policy can be found here, though a summary is below. Initially, the allocation of places will only be to members who fulfil all of the following criteria:
1. They have been a member of the Club for a minimum of 12 months;
2. They have received a rejection slip from their personal application for a place in the forthcoming London Marathon;
3. They were not allocated a club place in the previous THREE London Marathons.
In the absence of point 3 being fulfilled…
4. …read as above but for the previous TWO London Marathons, then the previous ONE London Marathon.

If more members who meet the above eligibility criteria apply than there are places available, then a countback will take place on criteria; a ballot will be undertaken by Dean/Lesley if there are still more members than available places at a particular level for allocation. If, however, there are more allocated places available than there are members who fulfil the above eligibility criteria, then each member who meets the above eligibility criteria will be allocated a place and any remaining places will be allocated to members on the following basis:
Those who fulfil criteria 1 & 2 above; then.
Those who fulfil criteria 1 above.
If, at any stage of this process, there are more applicants than there are places, then a ballot will be undertaken.

Preston 10M

Sunday, 19th November 2017

In fresh, bright conditions, Karl Darcy clocked 51:24 to cross the line convincingly ahead of the rest of the 565 field, having set the pace along with Mike Cayton (who retired due to a niggling injury).

Tommy Harrison broke the 54-minutes barrier with 53:46, looking smooth all the way. He finished strongly to almost snatch a podium spot,  missing out by a solitary second.

1 Karl Darcy 51:24
4 Tommy Harrison 53:46


RRXC Bolton

Saturday, 18th November 2017

Another safe and slick BUH&AC event was ensured by the volunteers who came forward to set-up, marshal and take down the course – Event Organiser Dean Johnson extends his thanks to all who helped, even the person in charge of the mild and clear weather!

It was also another day of great runs from athletes.

A two-horse race unfolded from start to finish between Blackburn’s Ben Fish and home star Jonny Kay. They broke clear early in the first lap and raced cat-and-mouse right to the finish, with Blue Vest Kay coming in just a second behind but almost 2.5 minutes ahead of third. In doing so, Kay secured the senior men’s title with a race to spare – superb!!

Other notable runs came from junior Declan Toomey (sixth), Frazer Jardine (21st) and Chris Povey (45th) – all making their first appearance in the 2017 series. Evergreen vet John Knowles (13) performed his customary negative splits, whilst Scott Bracey and Derek Smith had good placings again for the squad.

For the third consecutive race, U20 women Katie Oakley and Rachel Bailey improved their overall standings, with Oakley running brilliantly to claim silver. Dropping to fourth at one point, she dug in deep to power round the final mile and finish a relatively comfortable second.

U17 Lewis Aldred’s fifth was the top placed junior, whilst the U11 teams both showed the team ethic with 10 boys and 7 girls competing.

BUH&AC results:

U11 Boys Team 4th – 41 pts
Harvey Kenny 7:03; Sam Hazelwood 7:26; Connor Gettinby 7:28; Samuel Liptrott 7:37; Alfie Dodds 8:22; Marcus Valentine 8:25; Charlie Aldred 9:11; Joseph Rossington 9:26; Zackariyya Aftab 9:45; Oscar Bentley 9:49

U11 Girls Team 7th – 68 pts
Scarlett Thompson 8:03; Mia Makin 8:16; Isobel Hall 8:22; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 8:49; Poppy Dunne 8:50; Kirsten Scaife 10:34; Jessica Swales 10:36

U13 Boys Team 5th – 46 pts
Laurence Britton 12:29; Jason Scaife 12:47; Harry Aldred 13:31; Oisin Behan 13:52; Josh Bentley-Hughes 15:16

U13 Girls Team 9th – 128 pts
Lily Philbin 14:16; Millie Bracey 15:18; Grace Tonge 15:35; Hannah Swales 15:41

U15 Boys Team 7th – 95 pts
Ben Pickford 16:14; Sam Aldred 18:39; Ruairi Behan 20:35

U15 Girls
Roisin Riley 22:31

U17 Boys
Lewis Aldred 20:27

U17 Girls
Molly Philbin 26:06

Women’s Team 13th – 140 pts
Katie Oakley 21:48; Rachel Bailey 24:32; Jane Lim 40:05

Men’s Team 2nd – 128 pts
Jonathon Kay 34:42; Declan Toomey 37:38; John Knowles 38:22; Frazer Jardine 40:31; Chris Povey 43:10; Mark Wolstencroft 43:22; Ste Bonney 43:22; Craig Kenny 43:47; Andrew Doyle 47:33; Lee Petch 51:18; Scott Bracey 51:54; Derek Smith 54:26



Series Results (after Match 3)

Annual General Meeting 2017


AGM Featured LogoThe Annual General Meeting is to start at 6.30pm on Tuesday 5th December 2017 in the Indoor Track at Leverhulme Park.

The AGM is an important event that occurs once a year. Some administrative issues are discussed, and any new proposals (e.g. any changes to the Club’s Constitution & Club Rules) and positions on the Club’s General Committee are voted on.

The General Committee invites ALL eligible members to attend the AGM as your input is needed to make decisions that will affect the club over the next 12 months and beyond, and to agree who should be on your Committee. Eligible ‘paid-up’ members are Seniors aged 18 and over, Juniors aged under 18 accompanied by a parent/legal guardian, and Life Members.

Further details of the AGM, including positions on the Committee and nomination forms, can be found here (click the link): http://www.boltonunitedharriers.co.uk/agm-information-2017.