2022 Race Reports


We had an Easter egg cross country event  Sunday 27th March on the field at the back of the track organised by  Ian Wallis for the Under 9s to Under 15s.

The Under 9 girls was won by Anastasia Velicka 2nd Darcie Collins 3rd Aime Brogan

Under 9 boys 1st Edward Jones 2nd Daniel Toole 3rd James Lombard

Under 11 girls 1st Lucy Valentine 2nd Freya Lombard 3rd Charley Marsden and Cara Collins 

Under 11 boys 1st Matthew Wood 2nd Elliott Molineux 3rd Leo Cooke

Under 13 girls 1st Emily Wood 2nd Cerys Jones 3rd Caitlen Collins

No under 13 boys

Under 15 girls 1st Scarlett Thompson 2nd Jessica Swales 

No under 15 boys

All the athletes had a great fun morning and all received two easter egg each. There was a Mothers Day prize draw also.

A big Harriers Thank You to  Ian Wallis for organising the event and for Ian Jakeway  setting up the course. 

The club would also like to  thank all our junior members who participated and their parents/families for supporting the event. 

2022 Race Reports


Saturday 26th March saw  the Sports Hall Regional Finals at the Etihad Indoor Arena was and Bolton Harriers had a baker’s dozen representing the Great Manchester team.

In the Under 11 girls we had Emily Wood and Mabel lwelu who took first place.

In the  Under 11 boys we had Benjamin Davies, Josh Grundy and Matthew Wood and they took runners up spot.

The  Under 13 girls  had Matilda Hall, Allyssia May, Ellie Deavall and Molly Wood involved and also taking runners up spot.

Under 13 boys Alfie Dodds, Jamie Greenhalgh, Chris Franks and Jacob Kelly took first place and qualify for the National Finals.

Proud coach Gwylim Jones was delighted with them all.

2022 Race Reports


Hop Farm Paddock was the venue on Saturday 19th March for the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships. Big crowds flocked to the venue on a beautiful sunny day for the 61st running of the event and 6 age and gender related races. In her first National competition and a field of 400 plus athletes Bolton Harrier Scarlett Thompson ran a distance of 3000 metres across Kent farmland, She finished in a very commendable 211th place. The top athletes from this race will go on to represent England at the next international event.

She had  competed at the Greater Manchester Championships at Heaton Park in February in  horrendous wet and muddy conditions and had  finished 10th to gain selection for her county and the English Schools’ event.

The Canon Slade pupil said “I love it at  Bolton Harriers and have been there since I was 6.  I like my  coaches Ian and Rick and just love the training sessions at the track on a Tuesday. I also like the social side of training and the new friends I have made. Apart from school and Bolton Harriers I train with Bolton Triathlon Cub as well as swimming for Bolton Metro at county/regional level. I have also represented my county at Trampolining”. 

2022 Race Reports

Daffodil Doddle


Tony Valentine and John Knowles have both ran with distinction over the years for Bolton Harriers. Their sons Marcus Valentine and Nathaniel Knowles now look set to follow in their footsteps.

A fine dry morning greeted youngsters from North West  schools  to the Abbey Village Daffodil Doddle on Sunday 13th March. From Abbey Village School an out and back  scenic trails course taking in Roddlesworth Reservoir beckoned the young athletes.

Marcus led from start to finish and came home in a brilliant time of 6 mins 58 secs and said “I really enjoyed the flattish out and back course. It was a fast start and I managed to set off in front and held my position throughout. The training at Bolton  is helping greatly and I feel I am improving a lot compared to my school mates because  of my Harriers membership. I am now on a par with some members I was well behind when I first joined. I have been doing Parkrun with my dad and he has helped me a lot. I think I can go even faster than my dad though in a couple of years or so ! I have entered the Bolton 5k this coming weekend and then will be testing myself against some good runners in the Northern Championships”.

Nathaniel Knowles was 5th in this race in 2020 and came home runner up this time a full minute quicker in a time of 7 mins 30 secs. Delighted with his showing he said “it was a really good race and I could see Marcus leading and had two more runners in front of me in the first half of the course. I managed to pick those two off on my way back to the line. Training is great at Bolton Harriers and my dad also helps me a lot. We even did a recce of the course together before the event. My dad was a good runner with the club and I want to follow in his footsteps. I particularly like cross country races and will be entering as many of those as I can this season”.

Alex Preston was third harrier back in overall 8th position and is another making great improvement. He recorded a time of 8 mins 7 secs and was a minute and 20 secs quicker than 2020. 

Coach Gwylim Jones was proud of the way all the Blue Vest youngsters ran but also pointed out the club had  Emily Wood as 2nd girl in the race and 13th overall. He also wanted to mention Rosie Prendergast as the club’s youngest entrant at the age of 7. 

Bolton United Harriers would like to congratulate and thank the following 23 athletes for their efforts:  1st Marcus Valentine  2nd Nathaniel Knowles 8th Alex Preston  13th Emily Wood  14th James Lombard 16th Mathew Wood 23rd Max Preston 24th Edward Jones 25th Elliott Molineux 27th Mike Ndlovu 30th Charley Marsden 31st Freya Lombard 39th  Abigail Mcshane 42nd Frankie Wood 44th Daniel Mcshane 46th Isabella Whittle 47th  Rose Blaney 54th Cerys Jones 60th Aoife Waldron 61st Olivia Coker 62nd  Tyler Kizilkaya 71st Rosie Prendergast 92nd Jasmine Greenhalgh. 

The club would also like to thank Coach Gwylim Jones and his daughter Lindsay for their attendance and all the other parents and family members for getting the kids to the race and their support.

2022 Latest News Race Reports


Saturday 26th February saw a Bolton entourage of coach Dave Shaw, family and friends heading down the M6 to the Utilita Arena at Birmingham. They were travelling  to support our very own Jonny Kay taking his place in the UK Athletics Indoor Championships. The UK’s top track and field athletes had gathered with national titles and places in the GB team up for grabs ahead of the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

The Heaton Hotshot was in good spirits and in a confident frame of mind. He had been working well in training sessions at Sports City Manchester and had ran  1200  metres in  2mins 56 secs and had two 600 metre runs  at 1min 27 secs pace under his belt. He felt in his best ever shape going into the weekend. 

“For the semi-final I knew it was going to be a tough ask to get a final spot. It had four guys in it who had achieved world standard of 3 mins 37 secs. George Mills took it on after a conservative start at the 700 metre mark and stretched the field further ever lap thereafter. I was able to stay with him but the final lap turned into a real scrap and although I had been nudged back to fourth spot I had achieved a pb of 3:45:51. This was more than 3 seconds chipped off my previous best. I was really pleased with that and It proved to be more than good enough for a place in the final the day after”.

“On the Saturday evening I had dinner with friends and managed to get a good nights sleep. I woke up though still feeling really tired as I had put so much into the semi-final. I found I just didn’t have the legs in the final to cover all the moves and finished seventh in a time of 3:53:01. I have to be really pleased with the weekend though and basically being 7th in the UK at the moment is a major positive. The first three guys were all professional athletes and it feels really good to be mixing in with that level now. The time I ran in the semis gets me into the British Championships. If I can do 3:45 indoors potentially with the 4 second rule I can get down to 3:41 outdoors on the bigger tracks. Hopefully then as training progresses I can aim for sub 3:40. I am going to rest up this week and then myself and Dave are really excited to get back on with the training plans. Can I thank my Coach Dave for everything he does, my dad David for all the travelling he has done up and down the country with me, and my mum Joanne and the rest of the family for their support and encouragement.”