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.


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

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!