Volunteer Request – Please Help!


To ALL SENIOR MEMBERS and PARENTS of junior members…

Bolton United Harriers & AC is wholly reliant on volunteers giving up some of their free time to enable the club to function. There are many aspects to assisting, though four general areas in desperate need are:
General Committee – the management of the club rests with members elected to guidance and admin roles.
Coaches and Coaching Assistants – to all age-groups, disciplines and abilities.
Race Organisers – manage events that help keep BUH&AC at the centre of the local and regional running community.
Event Volunteers and Officials – hosted events need marshals, registration staff. T&F fixtures need officials.

The club is struggling to function as smoothly as it should as the number of people able to help out has dwindled recently. Previously, members have said they were not fully aware of the situation or wanted more details, so here is that notification! Specific roles in need at the moment include:

…on the COMMITTEE:

a) General Secretary – the person that liaises with ‘the outside world’, such as regional/national governing bodies (e.g. England Athletics, YDL, Northern Athletics) and more locally, Bolton Council and general enquiries. Also liaises with members for AGM etc.
2) Committee Secretary – deals solely with the General Committee meetings (once per month), making the minutes and sending them out.
3) Committee Member – a role ‘without portfolio’, though many ‘tasks’ large and small come up and require someone to manage it.

Some admin experience would be beneficial, though not essential for the first two. Both would ideally suit someone with good email and communication skills.


The Club is in need of new coaches for virtually all age-groups and disciplines. This includes:

a) Hawks and Falcons section,
b) Endurance groups, senior and intermediate
c) Track & Field disciplines for those aged predominantly 11-18.

Involvement may probably begin by assisting a qualified coach on a single night, ideal for parents who perhaps stay and watch whilst the activities are underway, or for seniors taking the lead for warm-ups and/or single session; this may inspire you to a full qualification to lead a group of your own. BUH&AC is hoping to arrange UKA Level 1 and Level 2 courses for assistants and full coaching in the very near future. Please, register your interest with Coaching Directors Joanne Edgar and Mark Plant at the track.


All club open events/races need a designated lead organiser (i.e. Race Director/Organiser) for permits/licenses. Fewer than a handful of people have fulfilled these roles for over 5 years now, and if the events are to continue, new organisers are needed. Daft o’clock starts on race-day to set up go without saying!! These roles are ideal for members of the Senior Endurance groups that have experience of the event/competition format. Full mentoring would be given.

a) Central Lancashire 5K – membership of the CLGP for the endurance section is effectively dependent on the capacity to host a race. The CL5K in February 2017 needs a new organiser in place by August 2016 – it takes 6 months to properly organise a race. Mentored guidance will be provided.
b) Red Rose Cross Country – Bolton’s 2016 hosting in November will be led by Nick Howarth, but a new organiser is needed for 2017; someone that can work with Nick during the set-up for this year is sought. Additionally, as a host club, a representative is needed to attend the 6 RRXC committee meetings over 8 months for series’ planning. The first meeting is in August 2016 and then usually after every RRXC meet.
c) Last Drop Loop fell race – the 2017 event will need a new organiser. Ideal for an endurance athlete familiar with fell racing rules and etiquette, and/or the LDL course in general. Mentoring and assistance would be available for 2017.


Club events can only function with the assistance of many people ‘pitching in’ on the day. The upcoming Bolton 10K and Last Drop Loop Fell Race desperately need people to act as marshals, staff Registration and help in the finish area (e.g. giving out water, de-chipping). This is suitable to ALL club members that are not participating in the event for whatever reason.


Track & Field meetings require ‘officials’ of which BUH&AC has very few qualified and/or active remaining. Roles are separate and varied, including time-keeping and starters. Ideal for parents that regularly attend meetings (e.g. YDL) and would otherwise ‘wait and/or watch’. The club is looking to put on a series of workshops to enable people to qualify ahead of the 2016 season.


Membership Renewal September 2015

September 2015

All BUH&AC Members…

It’s that time of year again – Membership Fees are due!

We are now back on a 12-month annual membership after the shortened membership ‘year’ from 1st April to 31st August (to accomodate EA changes). If you still owe from this period, please see the Membership Team at the track.

ALL fees are due now for the period 1st September 2015 to 31st August 2016.

membershipPlease renew ONLINE now via the Membership page.

It is a simple process, ensures we get the your information correctly and allows you to pay by credit card, debit card or paypal.

If you are registering for the first time, please enter all your details before proceeding to payment. If you are already a member, just login again, check your details are correct (please double-check your given date-of-birth, especially the year!), amend and save if necessary, and then click the payment tab at the top. If you have moved a category (e.g. Junior to Senior), you can amend this on the payment tab via the dropdown menu.

This affects the Club’s running and admin, and will affect YOUR status to train at Leverhulme and represent the club.


BUH&AC 2014 Awards

Here’s a 2015 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 13th March.

Please can ALL 2013 WINNERS RETURN THEIR MAIN TROPHY to Nick Howarth 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 9th-17th February, with the remaining tickets going on open sale from Thursday 19th February.

Besides the laughter, there is a serious side to the event – honouring the significant achievements and performances of club members throughout 2014.

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 Friday 31st January.

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

nomformA nomination form can be downloaded by clicking on the image (right). 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.

Alternatively, you can email your nominations, which must include the four fields as on the physical form, to: nicholas.howarth@btopenworld.com

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

Annual General Meeting 2014

Announcement: Monday, 6th October 2014

AGM Featured LogoThe Annual General Meeting is to start at 7.15pm on Tuesday 11th November 2014 in the Indoor Track at Leverhulme Park. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available. 

The AGM is an important event that occurs once a year. It is at the AGM that any changes to the Club’s constitution are discussed and agreed. Perhaps most importantly, the positions on the club’s Committee are voted on.

Training will therefore be cancelled for this one evening only for some groups; others may go ahead, finishing at 7.10pm or commencing after 8pm. Please speak to your individual coaches.

We ask that ALL members 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.

Red Rose XC Entry 2014

Friday, 29th August 2014

Only 75 members in TOTAL have registered for the 2014 Red Rose XC so far. There should be many more, particularly given the challenge for all junior athletes and the focus on performance this year.

Registering your interest to participate must be with overall Team Coordinator Nick Howarth. The deadline has been extended to Monday 22nd September.

Payment of £5 for all FOUR races is not required yet…your details are! Even if you are undecided, BUH&AC will only get invoiced for the number of athletes who run, so go on, get your details to him by email (nicholas.howarth@btopenworld.com) or at the track on club nights. If you do not pre-enter via Nick, you will have to enter on the day. Cost is then believed to be £6 PER race!

Click HERE for more details.

NA 6&4 Stage Relays Entry

Friday, 29th August 2014

The 2014 Senior Northern 6-Stage and 4-Stage Road Relays are on Saturday 20th September at Birchwood Business Park.

For those that don’t know, it’s a team relay event. Teams are of 6 for men and 4 for women, as the title suggests! This year, equality rules as both men and women run the same distance – each leg is approx 6K (3.75 miles). The aim is to qualify for the Nationals at Sutton Park in Birmingham – with the first 25 men’s teams qualifying (the women’s team tend to get an open invite).

It’s a brilliant team event, and is one of the biggest on BUH&AC’s calendar – the country’s best runners, present and past have done it and in recent years, Bolton has got into the good habit of attending and qualifying in strong positions. We’re slowly improving year-on-year, and with the team ethos strongly established now through the CLGP, let’s keep it up.

Daryl Bentley must have entries in by Saturday 6th September. If you want to run in a team, let him know ASAP by telephone, text, email (greenspacegrounds@yahoo.co.uk), Facebook or the good old face-to-face at the track.

Do NOT enter individually. ALL ENTRIES AND LIAISING with Northern Athletics must be done by a team manager i.e. Daryl.

More details are available here.

Red Rose Cross Country 2014

Wednesday, 23rd July 2014

Info for the upcoming x-country season is below:

The rules and constitution can be found at the RRXC website (click HERE). READ THEM!! By participating, it is taken that you have read AND understood them.

This year’s events are:
Saturday 11th October @ Leigh
Saturday 8th November @ Chorley
Saturday 22nd November @ Bolton
Saturday 6th December @ Rossendale
Presentation night will be 27th February 2015

The races are for athletes aged 8 (on date of the race) to Senior. Lots of mud, lots of fun and a little bit competitive. Entries are required by 1st September.

Age/Category determination rules: You must be aged at least 8yo to race…so if you are 7yo for the first three races and turn 8 before the final race, you can run in the final race only. A junior athlete’s category is taken from their age as of midnight 31st August / 1st Sept. i.e. If age 16yo on 31st Aug, they will be U17 despite the fact they may turn 17 before the first race. Senior/Veterans’ age is taken from the first race of the season competed in i.e. if you are aged 44 years at Leigh (first race), you will be V40 throughout despite a birthday after the first race.

The FOUR races are £5 (that’s for all 4 – a bargain!!), but each race entered individually is £5 on the day…it’s a no brainer to register with Nick…see below!

More details about the series (particularly Bolton’s course) can be found by clicking HERE.

You MUST enter via Nick (BUH&AC Team Manager). Entries are available online but ONLY by team managers. DO NOT enter individually as you will not count for BUH&AC.

The FOUR things Nick needs to know NOW are:
-Date of Birth
-Age (on 31/8/14 for juniors, as of 11/10/14 i.e. first race, for seniors)
Register your details with him at the track or by email. Then pay NICK in OCTOBER when he has the bibs/race numbers.

Please also note the following changes in the rules from the RRXC AGM:
a) This year, the U13 race will be separate boys and girls races.
b) Athletes 65+ have the option to run in the shorter race, but do not qualify for an award, or run the longer senior men’s race and qualify for an award. Once that decision is made, it applies for the whole season.

Please also be advised that the FULL RULES can be seen at the RRXC website. If you think you will be in the mix for the prizes, then make sure you take the time to acquaint yourself with them as it is always disappointing when an athlete believes they have won a prize, but the rules say otherwise. Of note…”if a tie still remains at the totalling of points then the athlete with the lowest aggregate time of the FOUR races will be declared the winner. This will also apply to the team result as well. If neither athlete has run all four races and both have run the same three races, the winner shall be the athlete who has beaten the other twice.”

Physio Dates

Thursday, 17th July 2014

Richard Hulbert, the Chartered Physiotherapist at BUH&AC, will be available at Leverhulme Park between 7pm and 8.30pm on the following Thursdays:
July 31st
August 14th
August 28th
September 11th
September 25th
October 9th
October 23rd
November 13th
November 27th

A triage lasts 10 minutes and costs £2 for members only. 

To book an appointment, email membership@boltonunitedharriers.co.uk or text/ring the BUH&AC Membership phone 07434 814953, but please bear in mind that this number is only in service on club nights.


BUH&AC Awards – Tickets & Shortlist

The BUH&AC Awards Presentation Evening will be held on Friday 28th March.

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.

ticketbTickets, priced £6 for Adults and £4 for under-16s, can be purchased from the indoor track foyer on Club nights. Due to the anticipated strong turnout, shortlisted athletes will have the chance to purchase a maximum of three tickets exclusively until Tuesday 18th February. If nominated athletes cannot get to the track to purchase tickets by this date, please contact Ian Wallis (i.wallis23@hotmail.com) to confirm your intentions. Tickets will then go on open sale from Thursday 20th February 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 2013.

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

The shortlist for all categories can be downloaded in printable PDF format by clicking here, or click on the image below for a larger version. The names are in no particular order.

Nominees Shortlist

Allen Parkinson

Allen is one of the club’s longstanding coaches. He has been a coach since 1984 and currently runs four sessions a week for the over 16 age group. His groups are Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm – 8.45pm for his sprint group, Wednesday 6.30pm – 8.45 for his jumping group and on Sundays he runs a conditioning session from 9.45am – 11.45am.
Almost all of Allen’s athletes compete for BUH. His goal is for his athletes to be the best that they can be and his focus is on correct training techniques, in line with his mantra ‘Practice makes Permanent’.

Andy Barrow

Andy came to the club to bring his sons to training and felt that he would enjoy the challenge of becoming a coach. He runs an all ability group every Tuesday and Thursday
from 7.15pm – 9pm. The group works on sprinting, strength and conditioning and general fitness. Some of Andy’s athletes compete in events but the aim of this group is to be inclusive and promote the benefits of athletic training.

Angela Pilling

Angela has been a runner for 25 years, has completed nine marathons and ten Great North Runs. Angela felt that she had received so much support from the club as a runner that she wanted to give something back. She began coaching a ladies beginners group and in 2004 and has since moved on to co-coach the ever popular Hawks group. Her focus as a coach is to help children have enormous amounts of fun while doing activities, games and running races.

Bill Miller

Bill qualified as a coach in 2010 and is assistant coach is Les’s sprint group. He is a member of the senior endurance group and regularly competes in road, trail and cross country races for the club. Bill always has words of encouragement for his young athletes and his team mates, making everyone feel valued and important. His enthusiasm and support make him a popular member of the club.

Gwylim Jones

Gwylim has been a qualified athletics coach since 1994. His group is the first port of call for youngsters after leaving Hawks. He coaches boys and girls aged 8-13 and his aim is to create the building blocks of athletics. He works on foundation skills and supports his enthusiastic
youngsters to achieve their personal goals regardless of their abilities. His groups run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30-7.30pm and from 7.30-8.30pm.

Ian Jakeway

Ian Jakeway has been running since he was eleven years old. In 1959 he ran in Salford’s club colours and in 1975 he qualified as a coach. After successfully coaching his daughters he turned his expertise to helping others and has been a Junior Coach at Bolton United Harriers since 2008. He works with the 10-15 year old youngsters on Tuesday and Thursdays between 6.30pm and 8.30pm and his sessions cover general athletics, shot put, javelin, balance and coordination. The majority of his athletes compete in Track & Field events, Cross Country races, Young Athletes League and the Indoor Sports Hall League.

Ian treats all of his athletes equally, regardless of their ability. He is an enthusiastic and supportive coach, bringing out the best in all of his athletes.

Ian Wallis

Ian initially came to the club to bring his own daughters to training. After volunteering to attend a coaching course he qualified in 2007 and has since taken on many responsibilities within the club. He organises our incredibly popular annual Junior Track and Field
Championships, our annual junior cross country race and is team manager for the Sportshall Athletics Junior Indoor League. Ian is incredibly enthusiastic and goes that extra mile to include ALL BUH athletes, whatever their ability, in his events. His main age groups are 6-15 year olds and his goal is to give every junior member an introduction to competitive athletics with the emphasis on fun.

John Nicholson

John is no stranger to competition as he was the UK Body building runner up three times. He came to the club as a discus and shot put coach in 2007. He coaches any age from 12 years up and his performance coaching sessions run every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm – 9pm. John is passionate that with perseverance and practice, those who wish to succeed will do so.