England Athletics Indoor Championships

Weekend, 24-25th February 2018

Sheffield once again hosted the 2018 England Athletics national indoor championships for the U15, U17 and U20 age-groups and five of our best junior athletes made the journey to compete. It is testimony to the quality at the club that several other athletes made the decision not to compete and instead chose to focus on the 2018 outdoor season.

First up was Ben To, who was competing at his first U17 national finals. Having just moved up age-groups, it was always going to be tough but he marked his intent in his heat by storming through 60m in a new PB of 7.35 seconds. He duly qualified for the semi-final and ran close to this time, recording 7.39s which unfortunately wasn’t quite fast enough to make the final.

Julia Winogrodzka and Georgia Lever were competing in the Long Jump on the Saturday, although neither came close to their best. U13 Julia finished 12th with a best of 4.91m and U20 Georgia was 17th with 5.07m. Both were a little disappointed but knew they had events on the Sunday and had a chance to make amends.

Georgia next competed in the Triple Jump, which is quickly becoming her favoured event. She had a much better day and came a magnificent 5th with a leap of 11.58m in round 6 – only 10cm behind her PB. Porscha Johnson, in her first national championships, competed in the U15 Girls 60m hurdles. Nerves slightly got the better of her but she still recorded 10.07s to finish 6th in her heat. Porscha had also gained the qualifying standard for the 60m flat, but had decided to concentrate on the hurdles.

Hannah Kelly, competing for the first time since her British Senior Championships exploits, once again raced over 200m. She looked smooth in her heat (1st in 24.62s) and the semi, which she also won in a Season’s Best 24.40s. In the final, she lined up outside her friend and fiercest rival, Georgian Adam, knowing that it would take a mammoth effort to take the title. Silver was never in doubt and coming into the last 30m she was neck and neck with her opponent. It wasn’t quite to be and Georgina won by 0.11 seconds, however Hannah recorded her fastest time ever, 24.22 seconds, to take second. This sets her up nicely to target sub-24 seconds on the outdoor track where times are always quicker. The qualifying standard for this year’s World Junior Championships is 23.70s – it may be a big ask, but there is a possibility of a place on the relay team. Hannah has been invited to be a part of the relay squad but knows that she will need to perform amazingly well early season to stand a chance of selection for the championships. Her reward for second place wasn’t just a silver medal, but she was also selected to compete for England again, this time for the U20s. She will travel to Cardiff this weekend to compete against the best of the home countries in the Welsh International.

Julia Winogrodzka also had a good day. She easily won her 60m hurdles heat in 9.38 seconds to record a massive new PB. In the semi-final she went even faster finishing 3rd in 9.34s, and in the final quicker still to take 4th spot in 9.28s. Although disappointed not to take a medal, she should be very proud as she was the only lower-aged athlete to make the final.

For most athletes this will be the last indoor competition of the indoor season. All will go back to a period of hard training in readiness for the outdoor season.


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.