SELCC Oldham

Saturday, 16th December 2017

Bolton United Harriers’ first participation as an affiliated club to the South East Lancs Cross Country League saw a great effort by those involved.

The fixture at Oldham’s Tandle Hill was in arctic conditions, with a number of top 5 places achieved. Leading the way in the U11 boys’ race was Harvey Kenny’s third place, with Sam Philbin 11th, Sam Liptrott 15th, Alfie Dodds 28th and Joseph Rossington 33rd helping the team secure bronze overall. Scarlett Thompson battled hard to gain 16th place in the U11 girls, with Cloe Bentley-Hughes well placed too in 24th.

Laurence Britton, building on his strong performances in the Red Rose XC, races gained an impressive third place in the U13 boys race, with Oisin Behan in 12th, Ethan Wallace in 16th and Joshua Bentley-Hughes in 18th, helping the team gain silver. Lily Philbin put in a strong performance to finish 8th in the U13 girls and a brave performance from Hannah Swales saw her finish 18th, despite feeling under the weather.

In the U17 ladies, Molly Philbin enjoyed her run, finishing 3rd. Rachel Bailey also continued her good form, placing 2nd in the U20 ladies. Lastly, Paul Mills finished 22nd overall in the men’s race and second in the V50 category, just one second off first.

Team Manager said, “It was an outstanding effort by all representing the club – it was pretty cold with tough underfoot conditions!”

U11 Boys Team 3rd – 29 pts
Harvey Kenny 9:40; Sam Philbin 10:48; Sam Liptrott 11:04; Alfie Dodds 12:03; Joseph Rossington 13:50

U11 Girls
Scarlett Thompson 12:41; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 13:53

U13 Boys Team 2nd – 29 pts
Laurence Britton 15:55; Oisin Behan 17:24; Ethan Wallace 19:18; Joshua Bentley-Hughes 19:46

U13 Girls
Lily Philbin 17:57; Hannah Swales 23:03

U17 Girls
Molly Philbin 22:22

U20 Women
Rachel Bailey 32:58

Senior Men
Paul Mills 51:12



RRXC Rossendale

Saturday, 2nd December 2017

The fell-ish Marl Pits hosted the Red Rose finale as usual, with wet conditions underfoot and muddy steep descents as expected. As Team Manager Dean Johnson says, “If you can run through mud and rain and hills, you can take on and conquer whatever else may come along.”

Today, John Knowles’ 14th saw him second in the veteran’s series and seventh overall in the open men’s – a sterling result, whilst Rachel Bailey’s 24th saw her finish third in the U20 series’ standing and 20th overall. Their podiums meant they join Jonny Kay and Katie Oakley, who did not race but had already clinched the series first and third spots respectively. Bolton’s Men also took the series’ Team runners-up spot.

For the juniors, there were multiple series counters (those who have completed at least three of the four races) – an impressive achievement, with top ten positions being taken by Harvey Kenny (U11), Laurence Britton (U13) and Lewis Aldred (U17); U11 Scarlett Thompson’s 13th was very close. Congratulations to all.

The BUH&AC squad today included:

U11 Boys Team 7th – 123 pts
Harvey Kenny 7:08; Sam Philbin 8:16; Alfie Dodds 8:42; Joseph Rossington 9:24 

U11 Girls Team 10th – 102 pts
Scarlett Thompson 8:14; Poppy Dunne 9:26; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 9:41

U13 Boys Team 6th – 53 pts
Laurence Britton 10:05; Jason Scaife 10:44; Harry Aldred 11:01; Joshua Bentley-Hughes 12:25

U13 Girls
Lily Philbin 11:29; Hannah Swales 12:41

U15 Boys
Ben Pickford 16:59; Sam Aldred 18:56

U17 Boys
Lewis Aldred 20:26

U17 Girls
Molly Philbin 26:17

U20 Women
Rachel Bailey 25:31

Men’s Team 8th – 423 pts
John Knowles 33:39; Paul Mills 37:13; Nicholas Howarth 40:35; Craig Kenny 40:39; Andrew Doyle 41:07; Lee Petch 46:56

Results (Race)
Results (Series)

Photos – Juniors (RunningPix)
Photos – Seniors (RunningPix)


Elsewhere, Karl Darcy’s 33:32 was sixth of the 416 field at the Manchester Area Cross Country League fixture at the University Playing Fields.


BUH&AC 2018 Awards

Here’s a 2018 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 2nd February 2018.

Please can ALL WINNERS from last year RETURN THEIR MAIN TROPHY to Becca O’Keefe, Ian Jakeway or your coach by the end of December.

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 4th January, with the remaining tickets going on open sale from Thursday 11th January.

Besides the laughter, there is a serious side to the event – honouring the significant achievements and performances of club members throughout 2017.

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 the last Thursday before Christmas.

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, Frazer Jardine or Ian Jakeway.

Alternatively, you can email your nominations, which must include the four fields as on the physical form, to: Frazer Jardine at

The voting deadline has been set to Thursday, 21st December 2017.

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

RRXC Bolton

Saturday, 18th November 2017

Another safe and slick BUH&AC event was ensured by the volunteers who came forward to set-up, marshal and take down the course – Event Organiser Dean Johnson extends his thanks to all who helped, even the person in charge of the mild and clear weather!

It was also another day of great runs from athletes.

A two-horse race unfolded from start to finish between Blackburn’s Ben Fish and home star Jonny Kay. They broke clear early in the first lap and raced cat-and-mouse right to the finish, with Blue Vest Kay coming in just a second behind but almost 2.5 minutes ahead of third. In doing so, Kay secured the senior men’s title with a race to spare – superb!!

Other notable runs came from junior Declan Toomey (sixth), Frazer Jardine (21st) and Chris Povey (45th) – all making their first appearance in the 2017 series. Evergreen vet John Knowles (13) performed his customary negative splits, whilst Scott Bracey and Derek Smith had good placings again for the squad.

For the third consecutive race, U20 women Katie Oakley and Rachel Bailey improved their overall standings, with Oakley running brilliantly to claim silver. Dropping to fourth at one point, she dug in deep to power round the final mile and finish a relatively comfortable second.

U17 Lewis Aldred’s fifth was the top placed junior, whilst the U11 teams both showed the team ethic with 10 boys and 7 girls competing.

BUH&AC results:

U11 Boys Team 4th – 41 pts
Harvey Kenny 7:03; Sam Hazelwood 7:26; Connor Gettinby 7:28; Samuel Liptrott 7:37; Alfie Dodds 8:22; Marcus Valentine 8:25; Charlie Aldred 9:11; Joseph Rossington 9:26; Zackariyya Aftab 9:45; Oscar Bentley 9:49

U11 Girls Team 7th – 68 pts
Scarlett Thompson 8:03; Mia Makin 8:16; Isobel Hall 8:22; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 8:49; Poppy Dunne 8:50; Kirsten Scaife 10:34; Jessica Swales 10:36

U13 Boys Team 5th – 46 pts
Laurence Britton 12:29; Jason Scaife 12:47; Harry Aldred 13:31; Oisin Behan 13:52; Josh Bentley-Hughes 15:16

U13 Girls Team 9th – 128 pts
Lily Philbin 14:16; Millie Bracey 15:18; Grace Tonge 15:35; Hannah Swales 15:41

U15 Boys Team 7th – 95 pts
Ben Pickford 16:14; Sam Aldred 18:39; Ruairi Behan 20:35

U15 Girls
Roisin Riley 22:31

U17 Boys
Lewis Aldred 20:27

U17 Girls
Molly Philbin 26:06

Women’s Team 13th – 140 pts
Katie Oakley 21:48; Rachel Bailey 24:32; Jane Lim 40:05

Men’s Team 2nd – 128 pts
Jonathon Kay 34:42; Declan Toomey 37:38; John Knowles 38:22; Frazer Jardine 40:31; Chris Povey 43:10; Mark Wolstencroft 43:22; Ste Bonney 43:22; Craig Kenny 43:47; Andrew Doyle 47:33; Lee Petch 51:18; Scott Bracey 51:54; Derek Smith 54:26



Series Results (after Match 3)

Annual General Meeting 2017


AGM Featured LogoThe Annual General Meeting is to start at 6.30pm on Tuesday 5th December 2017 in the Indoor Track at Leverhulme Park.

The AGM is an important event that occurs once a year. Some administrative issues are discussed, and any new proposals (e.g. any changes to the Club’s Constitution & Club Rules) and positions on the Club’s General Committee are voted on.

The General Committee invites ALL eligible members to 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. Eligible ‘paid-up’ members are Seniors aged 18 and over, Juniors aged under 18 accompanied by a parent/legal guardian, and Life Members.

Further details of the AGM, including positions on the Committee and nomination forms, can be found here (click the link):

RRXC Bolton – Volunteers Needed

red_rose_logoPLEASE HELP! Our home fixture for the Red Rose Cross Country (RRXC) is on Saturday 18th November.

As ever, it requires marshals to ensure a safe and slick event, and assistance to put up and take down the course. Some volunteers will be down at Leverhulme from 7am to 5pm, but if you can spare some time to give back to the club, the crucial period is 11am-ish to 3.30pm. Please ask family and friends. There needs to be about 15 marshals and others for random roles.

Please let DEAN JOHNSON know if you can assist before the race day to aid his planning. For those unaware, he’s the chap you got your RRXC numbers from! You can also contact him via email at