Preston Crazy Cow 10K

Sunday, 21st May 2017

John Grimshaw clocked 50:31 today – his best of 2017, as he finished 182nd of the 733 runners.


Earlier in the week, he completed the first of Horwich’s Jubilee Series races with 42:02 (66) for approximately 5 miles. Dom Gavin was fourth in 29:47.


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


Christleton 5K

Friday, 19th May 2017

Nine Blue Vests enjoyed a suitably ‘smashing’ Friday evening at the Christleton 5K, with lifetime bests collected by all. Hosted by Chester Tri, the renowned pan-flat fast course saw Jonny Kay second of the 421 field, with age-group podiums for John Knowles (bronze M45) and Katie Oakley (silver FU20). Personal Best improvements ranged from Karl Darcy’s 4 seconds to Stephen Bonney’s minute-and-half+! Mentor Dave Shaw commented, “Great night’s work for the guys and girl!”

Kay and Darcy settled in the lead group for the first 2K, as the eventual winner Dejene Gezimu from Liverpool Harriers via Ethiopia, got a gap of about 20 metres. All pushed on at the 4K mark in a bid for a sub-15 time; Jonny went into second place with about 50m to go and Karl was close behind in fourth – both achieved their sub-15 objective.

BUH&AC results:
2 Jonothan Kay 14:56 (PB by 20s)
4 Karl Darcy 14:58 (PB by 4s)
20 Tommy Harrison 15:43 (PB by 57s)
41 John Knowles 16:18 (PB by 18s)
69 Scott Crompton 16:54 (PB by 65s)
112 Chris Povey 17:32 (PB by 52s)
140 Stephen Bonney 17:55 (PB by 95s)
143 Chris Pickford 17:55 (PB by 74s)
176 Katie Oakley 18:37 (PB by 94s)


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.

Haigh Hall 4M

Wednesday, 10th May 2017

Nineteen Blue Vests completed the 4 mile loop of Haigh Hall this evening in the third CLGP fixture hosted by Wigan Phoenix. Tommy Harrison showed a clean pair of heels to the 266 field, winning by 12 seconds, whilst John Knowles was first veteran and fifth overall. Scott Crompton edged into the top 10 and, with Dom Gavin in twelfth, the race team collected 27 points – not enough to beat Leigh’s 19. For the A team (first 10 counters), Paul Mills showcased his continued improvement by finishing 21st and second M50, whilst M60 winner Ken Fowler bookended the group that saw the race result replicated – Bolton’s 269 eclipsed by Leigh’s 110.

The B Team was led by Liv Kearney, with Rachel Bailey and Cecilia Woods among the next 6 counters. Bolton maintain a slender lead in the veterans’ standings, but are now playing second fiddle to Burnden and Leigh in the other team tables.

BUH&AC times: Tommy Harrison 22:44; John Knowles 23:42; Scott Crompton 24:50; Dominic Gavin 25:01; Paul Mills 26:22; Chris Pickford 26:43; Dean Johnson 27:49; Peter Kearney 27:59; James Rideout 28:41; Ken Fowler 29:32; Olivia Kearney 30:46; Ged Bretherton 32:18; Rachel Bailey 33:10; Simon Thorne 33:42; David Morrison 34:32; Cecilia Woods 34:35; John Grimshaw 35:24; Gerard Tucker 42:35; Richard Clegg 49:46


Pendle Triathlon

Sunday, 7th May 2017

Six Harriers entered the multi-discipline arena today by completing the 400m swim, 22.4km bike and 5km run from Barnoldswick in “proper sunny” conditions, with hot performances to match the mercury!

First of the Blue Suits, Tom Carson continued his build up towards gaining GB qualification, with seventh position overall of the 147 field and a swim that beat his pre-race expectations by half a minute; an 18:42 jog on top of the cycle shows he is on course, particularly as he predicted “there is more to come”. Andrew Doyle (25) eclipsed fellow vet Nick Howarth (31) courtesy of a superior swim, though Howarth’s consistency over the three race elements is encouragement for future European aspirations. If a team prize was awarded, the top three’s 63 points narrowly beat the hosts’ Pendle (68).

Debutant Steve Houghton did well on the bike, twice trading places with Howarth in their own mini on-course battle; it was a good recovery after expending too much energy at the start attempting to mitigate a sockingly sluggish T1, but the anticipated struggle with the run unfortunately materialised. Alex ‘Powerboat’ Donnelly demonstrated his prowess in the water with a sub-8 time, whilst son and junior athlete Cameron Donnelly, also a first timer in tris, showed off his quick learning with the difference in the two transition times – T1 of 2:40 before a barnstorming T2 of 0:36 (!). Donnelly Jr’s potential was also highlighted as this tri came fast on the heels of his Track & Field exertions at last weekend’s YDL meet and the upcoming endurance 4 miler on the trails of Astley Park midweek.

BUH&AC results:
7 1:05:26 Tom Carson (5:34; 0:40; 40:02; 0:27; 18:42)
25 1:14:39 Andrew Doyle (6:54 1:03 43:33 0:43; 22:22)
31 1:16:21 Nick Howarth (8:30; 0:51; 43:20; 0:43; 22:54)
59 1:22:34 Steve Houghton (8:28; 1:37; 42:33; 0:49; 29:06)
79 1:26:33 Alex Donnelly (7:40; 1:50; 47:57; 0:59; 28:05)
98 1:30:55 Cameron Donnelly (9:33; 2:40; 52:26; 0:36; 25:38)

Photos (Bike)
Photos (Run)

Elsewhere, Dom Gavin clocked 38:04 for eighth in the Wigan Trail 10K, whilst earlier, John Grimshaw warmed up for Wednesday’s CLGP fixture with 37:43 in the first of the Astley Park Trail Races at Chorley.

NoE Track&Field – Match 1

Saturday, 6th May 2017

The Senior Track & Field team were in action today in the first fixture of the Northern 2WC Division at Blackpool.

Awaiting results and report.


Terry Nortley Relay & Horwich Tri

Monday, 1st May 2017

Bolton collected a silver medal at Radcliffe AC’s bank holiday relay with a cumulative 48:00 – just 6 seconds from the winning “Young Fellas” team.

The legs were completed by Chris Pickford (12:29), Steve Bonney (12:32), Tommy Harrison (10:58) and Dom Gavin (12:01).


Elsewhere, Dean Johnson completed his first in a series of upcoming triathlons that will culminate in July’s Ironman. The Horwich Triathlon saw him finish in 2:17:07.8 for 81st – 25 minutes quicker than last year. Leg times for Swim; T1; Cycle; T2; Run times were: 12:18; 2:51; 1:17:23; 2:05; 42:28.


YDL Upper – Match 1

Sunday, 30th April 2017

The opening fixture of the Youth Development League for U17s and U20s in the Northern West 1 division saw gusting winds affect competitive times and distance.


Awaiting report.

Hosts Wigan top the table, with Bolton lying in fourth of seven positions.


1st 601.0 Wigan & District Harriers & AC – 7 league points
2nd 545.0 Wirral AC – 6 league points
3rd 443.0 West Cheshire AC – 5 league points
4th 366.0 Bolton United Harriers & AC– 4 league points
5th 292.0 Border Harriers – 3 league points
6th 277.5 Crewe & Nantwich AC – 2 league points
7th 158.0 Team North Cumbria – 1 league point

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.

Cake FR & 10K

Saturday, 29th April 2017

Confusingly, two ‘cake’ runs took place today. Six Blue Vests completed the fell 10 miler with 1700ft of ascent hosted by Saddleworth Runners. The team prize was won, with Tommy Harrison edged off the podium and several age-group second places amongst the 281 field.

BUH&AC results:
4 Tommy Harrison 1:09:18
12 Scott Crompton 1:14:08
20 Chris Povey 1:16:44 (M40 2)
24 Andrew Doyle (M45 2) 1:18:32
25 Paul Mills 1:18:37 (M50 2)
40 Daryl Bentley 1:21:30


Meanwhile the It’s A Piece Of Cake 10K at Boggart Hole Clough in Manchester saw John Grimshaw clock 53:14 (158th).


Bolton 10K

Sunday, 23rd April 2017

The Bolton 10K’s near-700 field saw Bolton United Harriers host another slick event with racing drama unfold in both the men’s and women’s race.

Cool but dry conditions at “daft o’clock” were greeted by the team setting up the 2-lap course within Leverhulme Park. Sunrise brought more club helpers and Registration opened up at 8am! As the One Mile Fun Runners dashed off, the marshal briefing got underway with caps and sunglasses being the ideal apparel to accompany the Hi-Viz jackets.

Sporting a suitably alliterative club name to match his own, Guildford and Godalming AC’s Gilbert Grundy led literally from the off. The American, who now lives down south and was visiting up north for a friend’s wedding, proceeded to demolish the course record by 15 seconds with a classy run. Bolton’s own Karl Darcy, who set a new 10K PB just over a week ago, bided his time by giving Notts AC’s Matty Williams a couple of metres before powering by towards the completion of the first lap – the podium finished in that order. Junior Declan Toomey showed his improvement in 12 months by being nearly two minutes quicker (and fifth overall), whilst Rhys Francis’ top ten position and M50 winner Mark Wolstencroft gave Bolton the team victory (36 points) over Salford (50).

In the women’s race, Blackburn’s former England international Pauline Powell’s barnstorming run lowered the course record by 14 seconds on her way to gold and ninth overall. Becky Concannon also went sub-40 for silver, whilst Bury AC’s junior star Sophie Whittaker won a sprint finish by 1 second for bronze, despite running 37 seconds quicker than her victory turn last year! Mary Cheung, Rachel Bailey and Cath Jones formed Bolton’s race team that was edged into silver by the 9 points adrift from Burnden RR (90).

For Bolton, that 16 runners completed was incredible given the commitment to put on the race – over 40 otherwise regular runners assisted; notable mentions go to Blue Vest debutant Jack Heggie, and Lewis Aldred who claimed 44th position whilst being the youngest in the race – what a prospect! Race Organiser Steve Houghton said “Leverhulme Park witnessed hot racing in both senses today – two course records and glorious weather for the near-700 starters! Feedback has been incredibly positive again, and tribute has to be paid to all the volunteers for enabling the best side of the Club to be on show again.”

Full results and links are available via the Bolton 10K website at

BUH&AC times: Karl Darcy 33:35; Declan Toomey 35:45; Rhys Francis 36:43; Mark Wolstencroft 40:06; Craig Kenny 41:02; David Chrystal 41:18; Lewis Aldred 41:27; James Rideout 42:23; Jack Heggie 44:45; Mary Cheung 49:16; Paul Rossington 50:01; Rachel Bailey 50:13; David Morrison 51:25; Catherine Jones 53:58; John Grimshaw 55:01; Georgia Greenhalgh 59:25; Ged Tucker 64:25

The One Mile Fun Run held at 9am before the 10K saw nearly 100 entrants range in age from 4 years old to 61 years young! Junior Blue Vests formed over a quarter of the field, with some great performances to match the attendance. In the open under-15s, Ben Pickford (aged 13) claimed gold with 5:42 (16 seconds quicker than last year), whilst Horwich’s Isabella Merritt (aged 11) was second overall and first placed girl (6:12) around the one lap course; Bolton’s Lily Philbin was second. The kitbag mementos and medals were well received, though the Haribo sweets appear to have won the day!

BUH&AC times: Ben Pickford 5:42; Harvey Kenny 6:10; Toby Coop 6:31; Herbie Kay 6:38; Lily Philbin 6:43; Marcus Valentine 7:05; Evan Wickham 7:16; Sam Philbin 7:16; Charlotte Vickers 7:24; Emily Petch 7:27; Luke Greenhalgh 7:30; Hannah Swales 7:34; Erin Wickham 7:53; Alfie Dodds 7:59; Mia Makin 8:31; Joseph Rossington 8:31; Jamie Greenhalgh 8:32; Finn Coop 8:38; Alfie Byrne 9:04; Jack Green 9:14; Lucy Kingdon 9:16; Cerys Jones 9:57; Jessica Swales 10:10; Ben Povey 11:02; Jasmine Greenhalgh 18:50

Photos (RunningPix)

Elsewhere, three Blue Vests completed the ‘other’ big race today – the London Marathon. Congratulations to Craig Renshaw (3:09:30, 2970th), Lesley Heyes (4:00:15, 13448th) and Cecilia Woods (4:22:39, 18692th).


Abroad, Ken Fowler clocked 1:35:58 in the Velez Malaga Half Marathon. Despite injuring his ankle a fortnight earlier, he finished fourth M60.

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.

One Mile Fun Run – Entry Details 2017 (Bolton 10K FULL)

The One Mile Fun Run is held on Sunday 23rd April 2017 an hour before the Bolton 10K race. Although it is open age entry, it is aimed at those under the age of 15. Finishers receive a medal and memento. Pre-entry is £4, or entry on the day is £5.

For more details, click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.


The Bolton 10K race on Sunday 23rd April 2017 is now FULL.

Please note there is strictly NO ENTRY ON THE DAY for the 10K, so please do not turn up hoping to get a place.

To check your Bolton10K entry status, click HERE.


Hollingworth Lake 5K

Monday, 17th April 2017

Easter Bank Holiday saw three Blue Vests finish the scenic, flat 5K around Hollingworth Lake among the 219 field:
19 Chris Pickford 19:09 (M40 6th)
42 Ben Pickford 20:42 (FU14 5th)
70 Molly Philbin 22:18 (U16 2nd)


Elsewhere, Catherine O’Dwyer clocked 29:43 at the Hale Village 5M and collected silver in the women’s race (overall 25th of the 510 field).



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 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.

Rivington Pike FR

Saturday, 15th April 2017

The Easter running tradition of “roundin’ t’ Pike” saw seven Blue Vests amongst the 371 field. Tommy Harrison doubled up after yesterday’s Salford 10K to lead the squad with a top ten finish, whilst Nicky Cartridge, Katie Oakley and Liz Proctor collected the women’s team prize with 23 points to Leigh’s 48. Paul Mills enjoyed his Pike debut, whilst Lee Petch and David Morrison were the final counters for the men’s team that placed in 13th.

BUH&AC results:
9 Tommy Harrison 19:09
58 Nicola Cartridge 22:32 (6th F)
69 Paul Mills 23:02
80 Katie Oakley 23:22
93 Liz Proctor 23:35 (1st F40)
231 Lee Petch 28:49
314 David Morrison 33:19



Salford 10K

Friday, 14th April 2017

The Blue Vests won the senior men’s team prize amongst the 598 field at a wet Salford 10K today. The leading four obliterated their Personal Bests, with first counter Jonny Kay in overall sixth position with over 2 minutes off his lifetime best. Karl Darcy knocked 28 seconds off, whilst Tommy Harrison (1 minute) and John Knowles (88 seconds) followed in a similar vein. Catherine O’Dwyer was seventh in the women’s race.

BUH&AC results:
6 Jonothan Kay 31:14
9 Karl Darcy 31:20
19 Tommy Harrison 32:32
36 John Knowles 33:55
86 Chris Povey 36:43
89 Catherine O’Dwyer 36:54
110 Paul Trainor 37:51
116 Stephen Bonney 37:57
161 Christian Pickford 40:18



Curley’s 5K Series

Wednesday, 12th April 2017

The three-race midweek trail series saw multiple Blue Vests finish each event. The series’ results saw Catherine O’Dwyer collect overall bronze as one of only three to go under an hour, with golds for first F and F35. Cecilia Woods collected first F55, whilst Tommy Harrison would have featured on the podium but for an injury on the final outing.

Results (Series)

Race 1 – 29/3/17 (126 field):
2 Tommy Harrison 18:05
6 Catherine O’Dwyer 19:36
15 Liz Proctor 20:40
65 Cecilia Woods 29:16

Results (R1)

 Race 2 – 5/4/17 (114 field)
1 Tommy Harrison 17:47
3 Scott Crompton 19:13
8 Catherine O’Dwyer 20:07
59 Cecilia Woods 27:35

Results (R2)

Race 3 – 12/4/17 (115 field)
2 Scott Crompton 19:02
5 Catherine O’Dwyer 20:11
16 Liz Proctor 21:32
59 Cecilia Woods 27:35
115 Tommy Harrison 42:22

Results (R3)