RRXC Leigh

Saturday, 14th October 2017

A 46-strong squad represented BUH&AC across the age-groups, with some sterling performances that pleased Team Manager Dean Johnson.

Jonny Kay won the Men’s race of approx 6.4 miles – just over half a minute ahead of Blackburn’s Tim Raynes (who had won the fixture last year). Controlling the race from the front and comfortable with the early pace, he was able to break clear on the second lap and relax home third. A few Harriers were missing due to the Manchester Half Marathon, but the team managed to finish eight, with second-counter Paul Mills (37) emphasising his progress in the M50 category.

In the women’s race, Katie Oakley had a breakthrough result, finishing fifth overall in the Women’s race (and third U20), having come 31st in the fixture last year – a tremendous improvement. It also promises to be a good XC season for fellow U20 Rachel Bailey as she finished 25th of the 125 field.

For the juniors, Harvey Kenny was the top-placed Blue Vest with his sixth in the U11 race, whilst the U13 Boys and U17 Girls both finished second in the Team standings, with Laurence Britton and Molly Philbin leading the way respectively.

U11 Boys Team 4th – 57 pts
Harvey Kenny 7:44; Sam Hazelwood 8:24; Connor Gettinby 8:29; Samuel Liptrott 8:35; Marcus Valentine 9:19; Charlie Aldred 9:30; Alfie Dodds 9:41; Jamie Greenhalgh 10:00; Joseph Rossington 10:10; Finn Coop 10:58

U11 Girls Team 5th – 59 pts
Isobel Hall 9:05; Poppy Dunne 9:16; Jessica Swales 9:20; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 9:28; Kirsten Scaife 11:42

U13 Boys Team 2nd – 33 pts
Laurence Britton 10:49; Jason Scaife 10:59; Harry Aldred 11:22; Oisin Behan 11:36; Matthew Wilkinson 13:12; Bentley 13:27; Christopher Fordham 13:40

U13 Girls Team 9th – 140 pts
Lily Philbin 12:02; Hannah Swales 13:06; Sofia Aftab 14:38

U15 Boys Team 7th – 108 pts
Ben Pickford 14:35; Ruairi Behan 15:54; Sam Aldred 16:47

U15 Girls
Roisin Riley-Burke19:14

U17 Boys
Lewis Aldred 20:12; Chris Peacock 22:07

U17 Girls Team 2nd – 29 pts
Molly Philbin 24:46; M Erzan-Essien 25:18; Francesca Fordham 25:48

Women’s Team 10th – 99 pts
Katie Oakley 21:33; Rachel Bailey 24:14; Abigail Johnson 28:38; Jane Lim 40:08

Men’s Team 8th – 280 pts
Jonathon Kay 34:46; Paul Mills 41:36; Chris Povey 42:01; Craig Kenny 43:57; Dean Johnson 44:40; Chris Pickford 44:53; Nicholas Howarth 47:22; Ken Fowler 47:45


SELCC Entry 2017

Thursday, 7th September 2017

The club has affiliated to the South East Lancs Cross Country League for the first time in many years. The SELCC is a four-fixture series, though their first round clashes with BUH&AC’s hosting of the RRXC, so will not be applicable.

This provides additional opportunities for XC racing in the season, for all athletes aged above 8, particularly before the county schools and Northern XC Champs. Individuals and teams can now be counters for prizes, rather than ‘invited guests’.

Match 1 – n/a – RRXC @ Bolton
Match 2 – Saturday, 16 December 2017 @ Oldham (Tandle Hill – OL2 5UX)
Match 3 – Saturday, 20 January 2018 @ Leigh (Sports Village – WN7 4YJ)
Match 4 – Saturday, 18 February 2018 @ Chorley (Astley Park – PR7 1XA)

Start times:
U11 B & G 12.30
U13 B & G 12.45
U15 B & G 13.00
U17 M & F 13.20
Sen Ladies 13.40
Sen Men 14.20

Entry is a bargain £5 (same as RRXC) for the whole series (effectively three races), but you MUST pre-register via Paul Philbin (BUH&AC Team Manager). Thereafter it is £6 to race on the day. He simply needs your:
-Date of Birth
-Email address

Your £5 entry is required by the deadline of Tuesday, 31st October. You can register your interest with him by email (see below) or at the XC noticeboard in the foyer at the track, besides the RRXC one. (Entries are available online but ONLY for/by team managers – DO NOT enter online individually as you will not count for BUH&AC).

Arrangements to collect race bibs from Paul will subsequently made, though you must keep them safe after each race (as per the RRXC) as a charge for replacement numbers will apply.

General rules are likely to be the very similar as RRXC. If you think you will be in the mix for the prizes, then make sure you take the time to seek out and acquaint yourself with them as it is always disappointing when an athlete believes they have won a prize, but the rules say otherwise.

For more information (or to register your interest), contact Paul via SELCC@boltonunitedharriers.co.uk.


Details for RED ROSE XC ENTRY can be found by clicking here.

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 RRXC@boltonunitedharriers.co.uk.

Entries are required by 30th 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.”


Details for SOUTH EAST LANCS XC ENTRY can be found by clicking here.

School Games 2017

Friday, 1st September 2017

Hannah Kelly lined up in lane 6 of the Schools Games’ 200m at Loughborough against the best athletes from the South of England, Midlands, Scotland and Ireland – a disadvantage as main rival Kiah Dubarry-Gay, ranked one place ahead of her in the UK rankings, could track her around the bend from lane 2.

As ever, Hannah ran a fantastic bend and entered the straight level with nemesis Kiah, who has beaten her twice this year (at the Schools International in Dublin in July). This time however, a great transition into the straight allowed Hannah to pull away to win the gold medal in her second quickest time – 24.36 seconds.

Hannah then lined up on the first leg of the 4x100m relay – a perfect position for her as it fully utilised her natural bend-running ability. Handing over to Trinity Powell on second leg, the Northern team had a clear lead and by the time the fourth leg runner, national champion Amy Hunt, got the baton, she could relax and pull away from the field. The team of 16-year-olds not only smashed the meeting record with 45.98s, but clocked the eighth fastest British female relay time this year.

Coach Les Hall said, “This was Hannah’s last outdoor race in 2017 and she will now take a well-earned break before starting some hard winter training at the end of September. 2018 will see her move up to the U20s age group, which will be a massive challenge though one she is up for. The National Indoor Championships in early 2018 are a target before the outdoor season. If Hannah continues to improve and can move her PB into the 23-seconds range, she will no doubt get the opportunity to compete at the British Seniors’ Championships next year against the elite of national sprinting.”


Membership Renewal September 2017

September 2017

All BUH&AC Members…

It’s that time of year again – ALL membership fees are due now for the period 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2018.

membershipPaper membership forms must be used if you details have changed as the online membership renewal function is suspended and subject to review. Payment is by cheque or cash only.

More information can be found on the Membership page by clicking HERE or the image above.

This affects the Club’s running and admin, and will affect YOUR status to train at Leverhulme and represent the club.

The BUH&AC Membership Team

NA U13/U15/U17 T&F Championships

Weekend, 19-20 August 2017

Six Bolton United Harriers made the short journey to Leigh’s Sports Village to compete in the Northern Athletics U13/15/17 track and field championships this weekend, with the best junior athletes from across the North of England in attendance.

Conditions were poor on the Saturday and the weather was very changeable – from sunshine to heavy rain, with gusting wind as well. Hannah Kelly decided to opt to race over her shorter distance, the 100m rather than her usual 200m. She cruised through her heat, winning by 5m and clocking a time of 12.32 seconds. She lined up in the final with high hopes of a fast time but a massive downpour part way through the race put paid to anything exceptional. Hannah was never troubled and took the gold medal in 12.16s, which equalled her PB.

Olivia Kimbowa, with one eye on next weekend’s EA national championships, raced in the U17 women’s 300m. She ran a fantastic final to finish an encouraging seventh at her first Northern championships.

Two other Northern debutants were training partners Eniola Adedotun and Josh Povey. Eniola chose to race over the longer 200m and came through in fourth in his heat in 25.16 seconds. His final was hampered by a sore hamstring but it was still a great performance, finishing eighth in 25.44 seconds. Josh raced in the U17 men’s 100m on the Sunday. He opened up with 12.12 seconds to finish second in his heat to easily qualify for the final. After a hesitant start, the young sprinter had a fantastic pick up and powered through to finish sixth overall in a time of 11.97 seconds.

U13 Porscha Johnson had tough competition in the 100m. However, she wasn’t overawed and ran well to finish fourth in her heat but narrowly missed out on a place in the final.

The last Blue Vest for the weekend was rising star Julia Winogrodzka. She had booked a busy day by entering three different events. The talented multi-eventer was to compete over 100m, Long Jump and the Shot Put. Her day started well with a consistent second in her 100m heat. However, her determination came through and her performance in the final saw a massive improvement. She stormed through the last 30m to claim the bronze medal and equal her PB in a time of 13.36 seconds. Her second event was her favoured Long Jump. She went into the event ranked number 1 in the UK, so hopes were high. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be on the day and Julia had to settle for silver with a best jump of 5.03m. Although bitterly disappointed not to claim gold, she dusted herself off and stepped up to compete in the Shot. Showing massive heart, she set a new PB of 8.82m and finished an agonising fourth. However, Julia shouldn’t be disappointed with two medals from her weekend’s events.