Trafford Open Meeting 1st May

Over 30 junior Bolton athletes competed at the Trafford open meeting on saturday 1st May. Due to the pandemic competition has been limited and for some of the athletes this was their first competition in over 12 months, and for some their first ever competition. In a fantastic turnout by the club’s athletes their coaches Les Hall, Steve Eden, Gwylim Jones and Ciaran Dunne were very proud of them all.

Gwylim’s Group – Back row l to r – Alex Preston, Max Preston, Harry Fitton, Josh Grundy, Benjamin Davies. Front Row l to r – Emily Wood and Zia Isherwood

Races were seeded by time and the  girls and boys raced together in their appropriate age groups. This resulted in some fantastic performances not always ending in victory.

There were too many PB’s to mention as they came thick and fast throughout the day. However race winners were:

  • Vincent Worthington U15 100m/200m
  • Iris Beca u13 75m
  • Noah Pickford u15 75m/150m
  • Aliyah Martin u13 75m/150m
  • Mark Lintott u15 200m
  • Zia Isherwood u13 150m
  • Herbie Kay u15 300m
  • Joshua Grundy u11 600m
Harriers Kids Group – l to r  Chris Franks, Evie Bowden, Kennedy Lawson, Summer Eden, Matilda Hall, Poppy Dunne, Aliyah Martin, Mia Makin, Mollie Wood, Allysia May.

Cherie Ufuoma competed over 100m and ran 12.61 seconds which moved her to the top of the U15 girls UK rankings.

Jamie Greenhalgh also moved to the top of the rankings (although briefly) in the u13 boys discus when he threw 19m 34.

Herbie Kay, off the back of a big long jump PB (4m 74) took on the 300m for the first time and  controlled the race from gun to tape winning in 43.55 seconds. In the u11 600m Joshua Grundy ran the perfect race to win in 2 minutes 07.

Josh Grundy had a great 600m winning his race at a canter by 11 seconds.

Bolton United Harriers are blessed with real strength in depth in girls sprinting at the moment. Five Bolton U13 girls are in the UK top 20 75m rankings so we should look forward to some amazing times in the relays. Summer Eden still holds the number 1 spot and hopes to improve on her PB of 10.33 seconds over the season.


Trafford Open Meeting 9th May

The line, the line was calling in Danny Shaw’s desperate lung busting dip  for a sub 9 minute performance. It was clocked at 9.00.19!

Danny Shaw

Sunday 9th May at Trafford saw a much reduced squad from Bolton Harriers  on the previous meetings this year. It did include however some of the senior members this time.

One of those was the very likeable Accountant from Bolton in Danny Shaw who had entered the 3000 metres. He had been crunching the numbers and his aim was a sub 9 minute PB. Danny was previously a hockey player and had never really committed to running until Covid hit. Running was the only thing he could then dedicate his spare time to and having discovered a real talent for it he is now going to hang the hockey sticks up in the loft.

He commented “It was my second race of the year having already done Podium 5 weeks before which had blown away the cobwebs (not raced since June 19 before that). After Podium it was back to training with the group again, every session I’ve done in that month between Podium and Trafford I did faster than I’d ever done  before so I felt confident going into the race. My aim was sub 9 which I knew was going to be tough. I just treated it like a time trial and ignored everyone else and ran at my pace until last couple laps when I started to focus on each person as I went past them. The race went out really fast – I was second last (16th/17) after 200m but I agreed with my coach Dave Shaw I was to run my own race. I ended up in 5th so I’d gone past a lot of athletes on the way which it could be argued slowed me down a touch and cost me the 0.2 seconds iI needed for a sub 9. Overall really pleased though as I have very little experience on the track. Hopefully it sets me up well for my Northern League debut on Saturday  22nd May.”

Still a PB for young Danny and 0.2 of a second does not detract from a fantastic effort.

Young Ruby Erzan Essien continued her fine progress through the junior ranks also in the Under 17s 3000 metres and came home with a new PB of 11.32.39.

Another young man on the PB trail in the Under 20s was Ben To with a turbo charged effort of 22.85secs in the 200m. He backed that up with a strong run of 11.23 secs in the 100m. Coach Les Hall has high hopes for Ben of finishing this season in the UK top 50 and setting a new 100m PB of 10.8 secs.

Folarera Fasehun won her 200 metres heat in a time of 28.05 secs.

Jake Harwood in the under 17s 100 metres weighed in with 12.57 secs and Jack Dickinson 53.19 secs in the Senior 400 metres.

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Ron Hill

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary Bolton Harrier & Former British marathon runner Ron Hill who has died at the age of 82.

Legendary Bolton Harrier Mike Freary (left) with Ron Hill

The 1969 European Athletics Championships marathon gold-medal winner was the second man to break the two hours and 10 minutes barrier in the discipline.

Ron claimed marathon gold at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and was the first British runner to win the (74th) Boston marathon.

He competed at the 1964 Tokyo, 1968 Mexico City and 1972 Munich Olympics. Hill also laid claim to the longest unbroken streak of running every day, that lasted 52 years and 39 days, from 1964 to 2017.

He is one of the greatest athletes in British athletics history, setting world records at 10 miles, 15 miles, 25km – the latter two on the Bolton Harriers’ Leverhulme Park track in 1965.

Ron Hill was born in Accrington and although he has never lived in Bolton, his name has been synonymous with the town since he joined Bolton United Harriers when he was at his peak and he remained so as a Life Member of the club.

He never forgot his Bolton connections, competing in the iconic annual Rivington Pike Fell Race on 40 occasions, the last being in 2016.

Incredibly for a man with a CV of success as deep as his, it is the fact he ran a mile every day for more than 52 years which is one of his most memorable achievements.

Our sincere condolences and best wishes go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

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Robert’s been running for Mayor

A new campaign fronted by Runsome and Runner’s World has established a network of running enthusiasts across the UK, to become the world’s first ‘Running Mayors’. Running Mayors will advocate running for sport as well as a form of active travel. A key aim of the project is to position running as a viable alternative to the car for short errands and local trips.

We therefore take great delight in announcing that our very own Robert Short has been appointed as Bolton’s Running Mayor. Robert is a keen, talented and enthusiastic member of  Bolton Harriers. Robert’s partner Katie has also become a very welcome new recruit to the club.

He heard about the initiative in January and wanted to get involved and applied immediately. His success has just been confirmed.

Robert said; “I’m delighted to have been appointed to this role, it gives me a great platform to share my positive experience of running and influence others to take part. Running has really benefited  my physical health and mental well-being. I’ve made so many friends through training, racing and volunteering in the running community. I have seen many people change their lives for the better by taking up running. Indeed my own club Bolton Harriers, with the help of a Sport England grant, are looking to come out of lockdown and welcome new members”.

And that’s not all, Robert’s ambition as a Running Mayor also encompasses his care for our environment. Robert explains “I want to contribute to environmental sustainably in any way that I can. Currently, emissions resulting from transport cause air pollution and contribute to climate change, so promoting active travel is a really positive step”.

The RunSome campaign is urging government to include running in its £2bn active travel funding, alongside walking and cycling, and looking to double the number of people running everyday tasks within the next 12 months.

Running is an efficient mode of urban transport – it’s cheap, it’s typically twice as fast as walking, often faster than driving in congested cities, has a low carbon footprint and aids our mental and physical health. With a quarter of UK journeys a mile or less (Sustrans) and over two thirds of car trips in UK cities under 3 miles (INRIX) there is much potential. Cities worldwide are adapting streets for people to enable more journeys on foot and bikes. If the UK’s 11 million runners ran just one or two everyday journeys a week rather than drive, it would be significant, enabling us to navigate our cities more healthily and sustainably.  

As individuals and as a network the Running Mayors will make the case to city leaders and mayors for why runners — too often invisible in discussions about how we live and move — need to feature in their planning and design of places and services, not least in terms of active travel.

The Running Mayors will also work with other local stakeholders to champion a range of topics that they care deeply about – for many that also includes improving safety and security for women when running, walking and cycling — be that through better lighting, upgrading routes and pavements or buddying up scheme.

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Return to play success for Harriers

United Harriers & Athletics Club are delighted to announce they have been awarded a £5,445 grant by Sport England from their ‘Return To Play Fund’.

This was the first ever attempt by the club’s committee in applying for a sporting grant and the money will go towards new equipment, coaches training and website improvements.

The Covid lockdown restrictions have posed significant challenges to the club and are ongoing. Extensive work has been carried out to risk assess the club activities in order to provide a Covid secure setting.

Groups have been restricted to 12 members per coach and with around 350 members to 10 volunteer coaches there is a need for more coaches.

Extra equipment was needed for members training alone or in smaller groups.

The disabled group have been unable to train during lockdown so the club has applied for 2 rollers – these are devices that allow static indoor wheelchair training.

Leverhulme Centre would normally have provided the hub for club members to meet prior to training and process membership applications. The centre has been closed for long periods during the pandemic. Funds were required to develop the website and the ability to process membership applications and renewals online.

The project ‘Back with Bolton Harriers’ has just begun and will continue for the next 6 months. The club is looking forward to getting back to business, training new coaches, and welcoming new and existing members alike.

Harriers would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Sport England for helping to facilitate the venture.