Red Rose XC Entry 2017

Thursday, 17th August 2017

Info for the upcoming x-country season is below:

The rules and constitution can be found at the RRXC website (click HERE). READ THEM!! By participating, it is taken that you have read AND understood them.

This year’s events are:
Saturday 14th October @ Leigh
Saturday 11th November @ Chorley
Saturday 18th November @ Bolton
Saturday 2nd December @ Rossendale
Presentation night will be TBAth February 2018

The races are for athletes aged 8 (on date of the race) to Senior. Lots of mud, lots of fun and a little bit competitive. More details about the series (particularly Bolton’s course) can be found by clicking HERE.

The FOUR races are £5 (that’s for all 4 – a bargain!!), but each race entered individually is £5 on the day…it’s a no brainer to register with Dean…see below!

You MUST enter via Dean Johnson (BUH&AC Team Manager). Register your details with him at the track on club nights or email him at

Entries are required by 15th SEPTEMBER. Then pay DEAN in OCTOBER when he has the bibs/race numbers. (Entries are available online but ONLY for/by team managers – DO NOT enter online individually as you will not count for BUH&AC).

The FOUR things Dean needs to know NOW are:
-Date of Birth
-Age (on 31/8/17 for juniors, as of first race e.g. 14/10/17 for seniors) – see below

Age/Category determination rules: You must be aged at least 8yo to race…so if you are 7yo for the first three races and turn 8 before the final race, you can run in the final race only. A junior athlete’s category is taken from their age as of midnight 31st August / 1st Sept. i.e. If age 16yo on 31st Aug, you will be U17 despite the fact you may turn 17 before the first race. Senior/Veterans’ age is taken from the first race of the season competed in i.e. if you are aged 44 years at Leigh (first race), you will be V40 throughout despite a birthday after the first race.

Please also be advised that the FULL RULES can be seen at the RRXC website. If you think you will be in the mix for the prizes, then make sure you take the time to acquaint yourself with them as it is always disappointing when an athlete believes they have won a prize, but the rules say otherwise. Of note…”if a tie still remains at the totalling of points then the athlete with the lowest aggregate time of the FOUR races will be declared the winner. This will also apply to the team result as well. If neither athlete has run all four races and both have run the same three races, the winner shall be the athlete who has beaten the other twice.”

YDL Upper – Match 4

Sunday, 23rd July 2017

The fourth and final fixture of the Upper (U17s & U20s) Youth Development League took place at Whitehaven today.

Dedicated Rory McGrath made the long journey as Bolton’s sole representative and competed in the 200m, 400m, Triple Jump and Discus, amassing 23 points. Unsurprisingly, Bolton finished last of the seven teams on the day, but Rory’s efforts ensured Bolton survived relegation from the North’s West 1 Division by a single point (11) compared to Border Harriers’ 10 and Team North Cumbria’s 5.


Sale Medal Meet

Sunday, 16th July 2017

Three junior Blue Vests took part in the open medal meeting at Crossford Park today.

Eden Penketh was the big favourite in the U11 100m field, but a poor start thwarted his chances of gold. He recovered week to snaffle silver, with clubmate Vincent Worthington coming a strong third.

Harvey Kenny then cruised to 800m gold in 2:40 – five seconds clear of second place.

The Long Jump followed with the Bolton lads occupying the entire podium. Harvey grabbed gold with his second jump of 3.93m, whilst Vinny and Eden were second and third respectively, both with PBs.

Last race of the day was the 200m, with all three junior Blue Vests lining up in different heats. The time trial format meant the tension was high but they didn’t disappoint, with Eden clocking the fastest time and Harvey and Vinny in a dead heat for second.

With each athlete collecting three medals each and domination in the long jump and 200m, it was a great day. There’s good potential for the Bolton trio when they move up to the YDL-competitive U13 level next year.

YDL Lower – Match 4

Saturday, 15th July 2017

The fourth and final fixture of the Lower (U13s & U15s) Youth Development League took place at Ashton-under-Lyne today, with Bolton’s NW2 divisional status on the line. In wet and gloomy conditions, BUH&AC’s juniors put their all into the competition, with some entering unfamiliar disciplines.

In the U13 girls, great effort was put in by the whole group amassing a whopping total of 131 points, well above any other team in this category. Impressive results include Julia Winogrodzka and her clean sweep of a maximum 30 points winning all her A string events (20.5s for 150m, 11.6s for 70m hurdles and 5.07m in the long jump) and Porscha Johnson winning her B hurdles race with a time of 12.3s, subsequently finishing second in the B 150m (21.9s) and another second place in the A high jump (1.25m). Also noteworthy was Abigail Steele-Lesh’s 3.80m winning the B long jump (new PB) and 1.25m in the B high jump for Ruby Erzan-Essien, securing first place and a new PB. By throwing the 2.72kg shot to a distance of 6.18m, Lucy Gettinby claimed a new PB and third place in the A string, whilst Elizabeth Williamson’s 5.78m was enough to win the B group. It was all topped up by a win in the 4x100m relay with a time of 57.2s. (Steele-Lesh, Williamson, Johnson, Winogrodzka).

For the U13 boys, sprinting duo Jack Kingdon and Jake Harwood managed a double-second place in the 100m A & B races with 13.9s and 14.2s respectively – an achievement duly repeated in the 200m with times of 28.7s and 29.9s. In the shot put, Luke Greenhalgh got a new PB with his 7.87m long throw, only narrowly – by 9cm – missing out on a win.

The heavily depleted U15 girls’ team (sadly only 4 athletes whilst at least 8 are needed to seed all events) have put in all they got in order to get as many points as possible. Ciara Gettinby and Beryl Maffo Nghogeh both got new PBs in the 100m sprint with times of 13.6s and 14.0s accordingly – enough for fourth and second place in A and B strings. Ciara also finished second in the A 75m hurdles race, timing 12.3s. Natasha Robinson finished second in the A shot put (8.59m) and a PB of 20.22m in the A discus was enough for fourth place. Heather Cade won the B discus with a throw of 15.57m.

In the U15 boys’ category, similar to the younger male team, it was the sprinters that led the way. Benjamin To and Eniola Adedotun together put in a quadruple win by winning A and B races in both 100m and 200m – 11.7s + 24.2s for Ben in A races and 12.2s + 25.7s for Eniola in B heats. Ben also added a silver in the A discus (25.15m, new PB) and Eniola was third in the A 80m hurdles race (13.6s). Hakeem Oguneye won the B hurdles with 14.2s whilst Jack Horrocks’ 18.20m in the B discus got him second place. Unsurprisingly with having such great sprinters, the 4x100m relay team (Ruairi Behan, Adedotun, Horrocks, To) finished first with a time of 51.0s.

Unfortunately Bolton finished sixth on the day, which means a tie with Macclesfield in league points on 11 points each. However, a difference of 24 on match points (1755 for BUHAC and 1779 for Macclesfield) means relegation to the lower league. Blackburn and Menai achieved promotion to NW1 whilst today’s hosts – East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside AC finished last and were relegated alongside Bolton.

Team Manager Kamil Winogrodzki was nonetheless proud of the team’s efforts and congratulated the whole team:
U13 Girls: Phoebe Alston-Forrester, Ruby Erzan-Essien, Lucy Gettinby, Porscha Johnson, Amy Rossington, Abigail Steele-Lesh, Elizabeth Williamson, Julia Winogrodzka
U13 Boys: Oisin Behan, Joshua Bentley-Hughes, Luke Greenhalgh, Jake Harwood, James Horrocks, Jack Kingdon, Jason Scaife, Ethan Wallace
U15 Girls: Heather Cade, Ciara Gettinby, Beryl Maffo Nghogeh, Natasha Robinson
U15 Boys: Eniola Adedotun, Logan Alston-Forrester, Ruairi Behan, Jack Horrocks, Hakeem Ogunneye, Ben Pickford, Benjamin To


SIAB T&F International

Saturday, 15th July 2017

Bolton United Harriers’ sprinting golden girl, Hannah Kelly, once again competed for England at the Schools International Athletic Board’s international today.

She flew out with the England team from Birmingham, accompanied by many of her Greater Manchester team mates after many sterling performances from the team at last week’s English Schools’ national championships. The meeting this year was held in Dublin and it pitted the two best U17 athletes from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales in each event.

Hannah once again lined up in her favoured 200m cheered on by numerous family members who travelled in from other parts of Ireland, as well as dad Chris and granddad Bill, who flew over from Bury.

After her recent exploits in the EA U20 championships and the English Schools, it was always going to be a big ask to run a PB but Hannah gave it everything. As ever, she ran a fantastic bend and smashed the 25 second barrier yet again to finish a fantastic third in 24.59 seconds. The winner was Kiah Dubarry-Gray, who recorded 24.13s to move ahead of Hannah in the rankings and second was Irish athlete, Rhasidat Adeleke.

It was Hannah’s second international bronze medal after her debut in the same event last year. However, the quality of the field was much stronger this time around and she clocked an incredible 0.6 seconds quicker.

The England team followed this up with a solid silver medal in the 4x100m relay where Hannah ran a blistering second leg.

Hannah will now focus on the Northern Athletics Championships in Leigh where she will compete over the 100m. Coach Les Hall hopes that she will come close to breaking the 12-seconds barrier in August.


Welsh Athletics International

Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Having discovered that the Triple Jump is an event that Blue Vest Georgia Lever appears to have taken to like a duck to water, it was fantastic news that she was invited to represent England North in Cardiff today. The evening event was a competition between five teams: England North, England South, England Midlands, Wales, and a Welsh National schools team.

The competitors in each event were chosen from the retrospective area champions, so provided a true reflection of some of the best U20 athletes in the country. Bearing in mind Georgia has only just started learning this discipline, it was a great privilege to take part in such a prestigious event. On collecting her England kit, she went about the process of preparing for her event which began at 19.15 in front of the main grandstand and, after being introduced to the crowd, the competition began.

It was a close affair throughout the rounds but all the athletes were down on their best performances, possibly due to the English Schools’ Championships at Bedford the weekend before, or in the case of Georgia, perhaps the six-hour car journey hadn’t helped. Georgia’s best jump came out at 11.27m, which earned her third place behind the ESAA Champion and the Welsh Champion, so a result she can be happy with.

Though primarily a jumper, Lever is also quite used to filling the 100m sprint events at YDL and Senior level for the Harriers as well as being an integral member of the 4 x 100m relay squad, so when the chance to compete in the England North 4 x 100m team arose, she jumped at the opportunity. Georgia took the first leg and didn’t disappoint with a faultless handover. The rest of the team, all sub-12 second runners, went on to smash the opposition by more than a second – it was a fitting end to a long day.

Though this was Georgia’s first event in an England Vest, it surely it won’t be her last.