YDL Lower – Match 2

Saturday, 20th May 2017

The second fixture of the Lower (U13s & U15s) Youth Development League took place at the relatively new (2.5 years old) facilities of the Witton Park Arena in Blackburn and saw junior Blue Vests braving the cold and very wet conditions. Despite the atrocious weather, there were some fantastic results with many PBs broken and a great team spirit.

Whilst the official results are still being processed, it is known that the hosts – Blackburn Harriers, won again. BUH&AC finished fifth out of seven overall with a predicted score of 458 points – 10 more than at the previous match in Bury where Bolton finished fourth. That only goes to show how tough a competition the YDLL is.

In the U13 girls, notable results include Julia Winogrodzka and her 11.1s winning the ‘A’ 70m Hurdles race, which is a new PB that tops this year UK ranking and the 4x100m relay team (Velickaite, Williamson, Taiwo, Winogrodzka) winning with a time of 57.0s after their disqualification at Bury for changing the baton too early.

For the U13 boys, a great duo of shot putters – Luke Greenhalgh and Josh Bentley-Hughes, did well sending a 3.25kg shot 6.85m and 4.61m respectively, achieving a second place in both A and B string; Jack Kingdon’s win in the ‘B’ 75m Hurdles with 15.3s was also notable.

The whole U15 girls team put in a great effort, starting with Anna Quinn getting a respectable 47.9s in the 300m and 29.5s in the 200m whilst battling through pain in her thigh, through Heather Cade winning the ‘B’ Hammer with a throw of 18.00m and finishing second in ‘B’ discus (15.84m) and ending with yet another duo of shot putters – Natasha Robinson and Abbie Williams, matching the U13 boys’ double second place with throws of 8.72m and 7.27m accordingly.

In the U15 boys, Blue Vests dominated the sprints. Benjamin To won the ‘A’ 100m with a new PB of 11.6s and Eniola Adedotun followed in Ben’s footsteps winning the ‘B’ heat, also with a PB of 12.3s. Eniola won again with the ‘B’ 200m and a time of 24.5s (PB) whilst Ben narrowly missed out on winning his ‘A’ race by losing by a mere 0.1s, clocking 25.9s. In the 300m, Louie Johnson’s 43.0s and Ruairi Behan’s 43.7s got, yet again, a double second place for Bolton. In the field events, by throwing a 4kg hammer to a distance of 19.92m, Logan Alston-Forrester secured a new PB and second place. The 4x100m relay team (Behan, Adedotun, Johnson, To) easily won with 50.5s – 2.9s over the second team which, in sprinting world, equals to “miles”.

Well done to the whole team:
U13G: Millie Bracey, Ruby Erzan-Essien, Lucy Gettinby, Elizabeth Olude, Lily Philbin, Amy Rossington, Abigail Steele-Lesh, Hannah Swales, Idowu Taiwo, Grace Tonge, Elina Velickaite, Elizabeth Williamson, Julia Winogrodzka
U13B: Harry Aldred, Oisin Behan, Josh Bentley-Hughes, Luke Greenhalgh, James Horrocks, Jack Kingdon, Jason Scaife, Matthew Wilkinson
U15G: Heather Cade, Ciara Gettinby, Molly Illingworth, Helena Lathwell-Watts, Brianna Murphy, Anna Quinn, Natasha Robinson, Megan Twigg, Abbie Williams
U15B: Eniola Adedotun, Logan Alston-Forrester, Ruairi Behan, Louie Johnson, Ben Pickford, Benjamin To


Volunteers Needed 2017

Monday, 15th May 2017


Bolton United Harriers & AC is still in great need of volunteers to help with:
– Coaching athletes.
– Committee roles and running of the club.
– Organising/volunteering upcoming events.

The club is looking to organise some coaching courses in the very near future for those interested in becoming coaching assistants, Level 1 and Level 2 coaches. Please register your interest with Coaching Directors Joanne Edgar and Mark Plant.

If you can spare some time to aid with the club’s running and organisation, please feel free to approach the Front Desk Team to discuss opportunities. Various roles on the club’s General Committee are in need of filling/assistance which require as little as a couple of hours per month. Please, please, please come forward if you have some time available.

The club’s upcoming hosted T&F events need volunteers, so if you can spare a few hours on Sunday 25th June or Saturday 5th August, please let Mark, Joanne or Scott know. Also, new Race Organisers are sought for 2018 events, so please approach a member of the Committee if you fancy undertaking any of the RO roles.

Many thanks for your consideration.


County T&F Championships

Weekend, 13th-14th May 2017

Stretford witnessed some great results from Blue-Vested competitors at the Greater Manchester county championships (GMAA) this week. There was at least one winner in each age-group and several new PBs.

Hannah Kelly raced to the top of the national rankings with 12.16s in the final of the 100m. She clocked 12.22s in the semi-final and beat last year’s national medallist Trinity Powell in both races. Training partner Taiwo Taiwo claimed bronze in 12.50s – a new PB and a ranking of 28th. Hannah followed this up with another stunning performance in Sunday’s 200m. There were only ever two athletes competing for gold – Hannah and Taiwo. Both eased through their heats and in the final both were dominant. Hannah took gold with a time of 24.77s and Taiwo silver with yet another PB of 25.37s.

It was a great weekend for all Bolton sprinters. There were gold medals for Georgia Lever in the U20 100m and Edan Penketh in the U11 75m, two silver medals for Ben To in the U15 boys 100m and 200m races, silver for Jack Dickinson in the senior men’s 400m and bronze for Olivia Kimbowa in the U17 300m and Herbie Kay in the U11 boys 75m.

All the other Bolton sprinters performed fantastically well with numerous PBs and all made their finals.

Multi-eventer Julia Winogrodzka had an amazing weekend, winning golds in both the 70m hurdles and Long Jump, bronzes in the 75m and 150m, before topping it off with silver in the U13 girls’ 4x100m relay with training partners Elina Velikaite, Idowu Taiwo and Elizabeth Williamson. There is clearly strength in depth in the relay squad, with Porscha Johnson unable to compete due to knee injury.

Harvey Kenny won the 600m at a canter in 1:53.68 and finally got over 4 metre mark in the long jump with 4.29m, which places him third on the U11 national rankings.

The seniors also had good outings, with PBs and medals being taken by those in the longer distances and field events.



Elsewhere, the hot and humid conditions at the Worden Park 10K in Leyland saw John Grimshaw post 51:49 (162nd) and Ged Tucker 64:08 (300th) amongst the 370 runners.

NW Championships for Deaf & Disabled Athletes

Sunday, 30th April 2017

Kayli English competed in the North West Championships for Deaf & Disabled at SportsCity, Manchester today, returning with three medals.

First up was the 400m and the U18 Blue Vest claimed a silver medal despite hand spasms hampering her push around the track. Unfortunately, another problem then arose ahead of the 100m – this time a mechanical with the wheels on the racing wheelchair, which prevented Kayli from starting the race. Things could only improve! They did when she claimed gold in the 800 metres with a PB of 3:15.5, before going on to finish first in the 200m in 45.9s – another PB!

Kayli now goes on to compete in the National Junior Championships at Coventry in July.

YDL Lower – Match 1

Saturday, 22nd April 2017

The opening fixture of the Youth Development League for U13s and U15s saw Bolton’s junior Blue Vests travel the short distance to Bury for what promises to be a competitive Northern West 2 division.

Team manager Paul Rossington, who has a third promotion on his mind following last year’s battles, was very pleased with the team performance and parents’ willingness to help for various matchday roles. He added, “The step-up in quality of opposition was an eye-opener last year, so the boys and girls (and volunteers!) were ready for the challenge this time around”.

Awaiting results and report.

County T&F Championships – Entry Details 2017

Announcement: Monday, 17th April 2017

The Greater Manchester Track and Field Championships will be held at Longford Park Stadium, Ryebank Road, Trafford, M21 9TA, on the weekend of the 13th & 14th May.

This year, the championships are reverting back to being held on their own, and not in conjunction with the Cheshire Championships. There will now be races for the under-11’s and relays have been re-introduced on Sunday.

The closing date for online and postal entries is 26th April, though athletes can enter on the day.

Relay entries are by POST ONLY at £5 per team. All other entries can be done online at http://www.race-results.co.uk or by post and sent to: Mrs J Simpson, 5 Sheaf Field Walk, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 4DD. The cost is £6 per event for online entries and £8 per event for postal entries. On the day entries are charged at £10 per event.

Under 11 athletes can only compete in ONE track event and ONE field event.

Under 13/15/17 athletes may enter a maximum of THREE events.

Athletes may only compete in their own age groups.