Hawks Membership

Bolton Harriers is one of the few clubs to cater for youngsters aged from 7 years in the incredibly popular Hawks group. Hawks is run by our experienced and enthusiastic volunteer coaches. The group are based in our indoor track and learn a variety of athletic based skills such as agility, balance and coordination through fun play.Our coaches are DBS checked and hold certificates in Children in Athletics. Parents or an adult acting in Loco-Parentis must be present with the child throughout the session.

Please note that this group is currently full and applications to join the waiting list should be made in person on Tuesday or Thursday evenings at the Harriers Membership desk.

Red Rose XC Entry 2018

Tuesday, 11th September 2018

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 13th October @ Leigh
Saturday 10th November @ Bolton
Saturday 17th November @ Rossendale
Saturday 1st December @ Todmorden
Presentation night will be TBAth February next year

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/yy for juniors, as of first race e.g. 14/10/yy for seniors) – see below
(yy = current year)

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.

SELCC Entry 2018

Tuesday, 11th September 2018

The club has again affiliated to the South East Lancs Cross Country League for the upcoming season.

The SELCC is a four-fixture series and 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 Saturday, 20 October 2018 @ Middleton Harriers (Heaton Park – M25 2SW)
Match 2 – Saturday, 15 December 2018 @ Oldham (Tandle Hill – OL2 5UX)
Match 3 – Saturday, 19 January 2018 @ East Cheshire H & Tameside AC (Heaton Park – M25 2SW)
Match 4 – Saturday, 16 February 2018 @ Chorley Harriers (Yarrow Valley Park, PR7 3QL)
NB. If a round clashes with BUH&AC’s hosting of the RRXC, it will not be applicable.

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 11th 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 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.

RRXC Bolton – Volunteers Needed 2018

red_rose_logoPLEASE HELP! Our home fixture for the Red Rose Cross Country (RRXC) is on Saturday 10th 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 RRXC@boltonunitedharriers.co.uk.

Volunteers Needed 2018

Monday, 3rd September 2018


Bolton United Harriers & AC is 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 the Coaching Director.

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 events need volunteers, so if you can spare a few hours to help with the RRXC, please let Dean know. Also Paul is coordinating the SELCC and would appreciate help on race days.

Many thanks for your consideration.


Membership Renewal September 2018

September 2018

All BUH&AC Members…

It’s that time of year again – ALL membership fees are due now for the period 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019.

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

Bolton 10K

Sunday, 22nd April 2018

Another slick Bolton 10K took place this morning and whilst the London Marathon may have had record-breaking heat, the perfect conditions forecast for Leverhulme Park gave way to what felt like a monsoon downpour for our northern alternative!

Despite being a couple of minutes off last year’s course records, both the men’s and women’s race winners recorded the largest winning margins of recent times. Leigh’s Neil Pendlebury clocked 34:02 to cross the line at the head of the 514 field – over three and a half minutes in front of Horwich’s Tom Grundy, whilst the 40:45 by Jenny Evans of Sale Harriers Manchester was nearly two minutes in front of Rebecca Lovegrove.

Dom Gavin was the first Blue Vest in seventh, swiftly followed by junior Lewis Aldred dipping under 40 minutes for the first time over 10km. M55 James Rideout and the ever-improving Scott Bracey completed the winning men’s team whilst Rachel Bailey, Zoe Gibson and Mary Cheung made it a double team victory with women’s prize. Notable mentions also go to junior Molly Philbin, dipping under 50 minutes on her debut at this distance, whilst younger sister Lily had earlier crossed the line ahead of nearly 100 entrants in the One Mile Fun Run, held at 9am before the 10K.

Gail Harrison, Race Organiser for the first time, commented “The rain dampened nobody’s spirits, with positive feedback from all the participants. Many thanks to all the volunteers, especially Nicky Cartridge and Frazer Jardine on the organising committee – we’re already looking forward to 2019’s event!”

Full results and links are available via the Bolton 10K website at www.bolton10k.org.

BUH&AC times: Dominic Gavin 38:55; Lewis Aldred 39:39; James Rideout 43:01; Scott Bracey 45:32; Tony Warham 46:55; Paul Rossington 47:19; Rachel Bailey 47:29; Zoe Gibson 47:36; Mary Cheung 48:36; Molly Philbin 49:36; Michelle Philbin 52:35; David Jones 53:29; Gerard Tucker 65:51

Photos (RunningPix) – 10K

Photos (RunningPix) – Fun Run

Trotters 5M

Sunday, 4th March 2018

Sixteen Blue Vests featured amongst the 325 field of the second CLGP fixture of 2018 – the Trotters 5-miler. As per the opening round, two were on the podium, with Tommy Harrison winning the race in a sprint finish with Leigh’s Dave Smith and John Knowles collecting bronze. Simon Dally and Dom Gavin made it four in the top 10, whilst junior Emily Petch made her debut at a senior open race.

BUH&AC results:
1 Tommy Harrison 28:47
3 John Knowles 28:57
5 Simon Dally 30:30
9 Dominic Gavin 30:57
19 Chris Povey 31:50
29 Mark Wolstencroft 33:04
32 David Chrystal 33:33
63 James Rideout 36:14
82 Andrew Gallagher 37:43
93 Zoe Gibson 38:13
97 Rachel Bailey 38:24
102 Scott Bracey 38:35
211 David Jones 46:36
279 Gerard Tucker 53:38
313 Emily Petch 1:02:36
314 Lee Petch 1:02:37



England Athletics Indoor Championships

Weekend, 24-25th February 2018

Sheffield once again hosted the 2018 England Athletics national indoor championships for the U15, U17 and U20 age-groups and five of our best junior athletes made the journey to compete. It is testimony to the quality at the club that several other athletes made the decision not to compete and instead chose to focus on the 2018 outdoor season.

First up was Ben To, who was competing at his first U17 national finals. Having just moved up age-groups, it was always going to be tough but he marked his intent in his heat by storming through 60m in a new PB of 7.35 seconds. He duly qualified for the semi-final and ran close to this time, recording 7.39s which unfortunately wasn’t quite fast enough to make the final.

Julia Winogrodzka and Georgia Lever were competing in the Long Jump on the Saturday, although neither came close to their best. U13 Julia finished 12th with a best of 4.91m and U20 Georgia was 17th with 5.07m. Both were a little disappointed but knew they had events on the Sunday and had a chance to make amends.

Georgia next competed in the Triple Jump, which is quickly becoming her favoured event. She had a much better day and came a magnificent 5th with a leap of 11.58m in round 6 – only 10cm behind her PB. Porscha Johnson, in her first national championships, competed in the U15 Girls 60m hurdles. Nerves slightly got the better of her but she still recorded 10.07s to finish 6th in her heat. Porscha had also gained the qualifying standard for the 60m flat, but had decided to concentrate on the hurdles.

Hannah Kelly, competing for the first time since her British Senior Championships exploits, once again raced over 200m. She looked smooth in her heat (1st in 24.62s) and the semi, which she also won in a Season’s Best 24.40s. In the final, she lined up outside her friend and fiercest rival, Georgian Adam, knowing that it would take a mammoth effort to take the title. Silver was never in doubt and coming into the last 30m she was neck and neck with her opponent. It wasn’t quite to be and Georgina won by 0.11 seconds, however Hannah recorded her fastest time ever, 24.22 seconds, to take second. This sets her up nicely to target sub-24 seconds on the outdoor track where times are always quicker. The qualifying standard for this year’s World Junior Championships is 23.70s – it may be a big ask, but there is a possibility of a place on the relay team. Hannah has been invited to be a part of the relay squad but knows that she will need to perform amazingly well early season to stand a chance of selection for the championships. Her reward for second place wasn’t just a silver medal, but she was also selected to compete for England again, this time for the U20s. She will travel to Cardiff this weekend to compete against the best of the home countries in the Welsh International.

Julia Winogrodzka also had a good day. She easily won her 60m hurdles heat in 9.38 seconds to record a massive new PB. In the semi-final she went even faster finishing 3rd in 9.34s, and in the final quicker still to take 4th spot in 9.28s. Although disappointed not to take a medal, she should be very proud as she was the only lower-aged athlete to make the final.

For most athletes this will be the last indoor competition of the indoor season. All will go back to a period of hard training in readiness for the outdoor season.


Lostock 6M

Sunday, 25th February 2018

It was a Blue Vest 1-2-3 at the Lostock 6-miler, with other good results among the 342 field, not least 8 finishers in the top 21.

1 Jonothan Kay 29:57
2 Karl Darcy 30:01
3 Tommy Harrison 31:42
12 Dominic Gavin 35:12
14 Chris Povey 36:04
17 Christian Pickford 36:28
20 Lewis Aldred 36:49
21 Craig Kenny 36:56
71 Ken Fowler 41:38
236 David Jones 51:44


Karl Darcy and Jonny Kay enjoyed a great battle from the off with the pair building up a sizeable lead by the mile point. Karl edged ahead at the 3 mile point with Jonny having to dig deep in the last 2 miles to make up ground. The 6 mile race came down to a sprint finish with Jonny edging it by 4 seconds and in doing so, breaking 30 minutes, finishing in a time of 29:56 with Karl just missing the barrier with a 30.01 clocking – both pleasing performances for coach Dave Shaw.

Tommy Harrison then made it a Bolton 1-2-3, out-battling Leigh’s Neil Pendlebury in the closing stages to finish in 31:42. The finish from Harrison at the end of 6 miles bodes well for his upcoming half marathon at Wilmslow.

The good performances continued with the next finisher being Dom Gavin in 12th (35:12), followed by a flood of blue athletes, all coming in within a minute of each other with Chris Povey 14th (36:04), Chris Pickford (36:28), Lewis Aldred 20th (36:49) and Craig Kenny 21st (36:56). Ken Fowler was next home in 71st (41:38) with David Jones rounding off the team in 236th (51:44).

Central Lancashire 5K

Sunday, 18th February 2018

Bolton United Harriers fielded a 20-strong squad in the opening Central Lancashire Grand Prix – the home fixture of the CL5K at Bolton’s Leverhulme Park. An early morning start for the volunteers and marshals was no doubt appreciated by the 309 finishers, as the race unfolded in cool but dry conditions.

Horwich’s Mike Cayton won by the smallest of margins – 1 second, after having upped the pace from 4km to take the sprint finish out of Bolton’s Jonny Kay (15:42), who had led until that point. Karl Darcy collected a deserved bronze. Three of the first five in the women’s race were Blue Vests, with Katie Oakley and Rebecca Kay being led home by winner Laura Lombard (18:38).

Other notable results were John Knowles in 11th and first CLGP veteran, Lewis Aldred’s top 20 despite being possibly the youngest in the field, and several well-placed age-group results including Chris Povey (2nd M40), Mark Wolstencroft (3rd M50), Ken Fowler (1st M65) and Mary Cheung (3rd F35). Asad Maslah and David Jones also made their competitive debuts.

In the CLGP, it would appear as though newcomers Ramsbottom RC (55) will battle Burnden RR (70) for the largest squad, whilst Radcliffe (34) and Swinton (35) could challenge overall with good-sized teams.

BUH&AC results: Jonothan Kay 15:42; Karl Darcy 16:03; John Knowles 17:34; Dominic Gavin 18:14; Lewis Aldred 18:18; Chris Povey 18:35; Laura Lombard 18:38; Craig Kenny 18:54; Mark Wolstencroft 18:54; Stephen Bonney 19:10; Katie Oakley 19:21; David Chrystal 19:33; Rebecca Kay 20:51; Ken Fowler 21:37; Asad Maslah 22:03; Scott Bracey 22:06; Rachel Bailey 22:15; Zoe Gibson 22:21; Mary Cheung 23:29; David Jones 25:44


Photos (RunningPix)

British Athletics Championships

Sunday, 18th February 2018

Bolton sprint star Hannah Kelly debuted at Senior British Championships this weekend after an amazing 2017, which had brought her an invitation to compete despite being only 17 years old.

The list of entrants for the 200m was enough to make anyone nervous – Olympic athletes, the European U23 champion alongside British champions, but Hannah took it all in her stride. One of the youngest athletes at the meeting, braving the TV camera pointed directly at her was the first challenge as she lined up in lane 6 for her heat.

Obviously nervous, she didn’t get her usual blistering start. However she accelerated hard off the first bend to hold her position. GB international hurdler Megan Beesley and Northern U20 champion Georgina Adam started to pull away but Hannah worked hard for third place in a time of 24.53s, just 0.03s outside her indoor PB, and secure a semi-final spot.

Coach Les Hall said, “Luck wasn’t on her side when she was drawn in lane 1 for the semi, but she just got on with it”. Quite often lane 1 is left empty as it is so tight to race in. It was always going to be a massive challenge for Hannah who is nearly 6 feet tall but she was up for it. Now accustomed to her surroundings, a much better start was made – her reaction time was over 0.1 seconds quicker than her heat. Working incredibly hard in the inside lane, she overtook Mair Edwards in lane 2 after 70 metres. She couldn’t quite reel in any of the other athletes and finished fifth in a time of 24.63 seconds.

This sets Hannah up nicely for next weekend’s EA U20 championships in Sheffield, where she will attempt to win another medal to add to her growing collection.


SELCC Chorley

Saturday, 17th February 2018

The first hints of Spring were in the air as the final South East Lancashire Cross Country League race took place at Chorley’s Astley Park. Glorious sunshine and milder conditions appeared to suit the young Harriers as a number posted their best results of the series.

First up were the U11s and after an injury lay-off, Harvey Kenny bounced back to secure fourth place, which was enough to enable him to finish an excellent joint second in the series. Next home was Sam Philbin in 18th (14th overall), then Alfie Dodds in 32nd (23rd overall), closely followed by Joseph Rossington in 34th as the boys team secured fourth (also overall). Once again, Scarlett Thompson battled hard for 16th (14th overall) and she will be looking forward to the next two seasons in this age group to improve her position even further. Cloe Bentley-Hughes worked hard as ever to finish 26th on the day and 21st overall.

In the U13s, Laurence Britton saved his best performance of the series for this race, capturing an impressive second place and third overall. Oisin Behan also posted his best performance with an excellent 10th place (11th overall) and Josh Bentley-Hughes gave his all to finish a credible 15th (14th overall). The boys team were third on the day but will be pleased to have secured second overall. In the girls’ race, Lily Philbin finished strongly to capture 10th place (10th overall) with Hannah Swales in 21st (18th overall).

Not to be outdone by his younger brother, U15 Ruairi Behan also ran well to secure 10th.

Over a challenging 4.8km course, Molly Philbin bounced back from her recent illness to run well for fifth place (4th overall).

In the U20s, Rachel Bailey continued to impress – she was the 15th finisher overall in the women’s place, but this translated into second U20, meaning that she secured 2nd overall in the series.

It has been a great effort by the Blue Vests taking part in this series of races, doing the club and Team Manager, Paul Philbin, proud in the process. To have three young athletes capturing series podium places and the U13 boys’ team achieving silver in the first year of affiliation to the SELCC is a deserved bonus.


County Sportshall Championships

Sunday, 28th January 2018

It was an amazing day at Manchester’s SportCity for our young Blue Vests at the Greater Manchester Sportshall Championships, with Team Manager Gwylim Jones very happy as a result. Both the under-11 boys and girls had two teams in the relay – the boys retained the title from last year (with the B Team finishing sixth), whilst the U11 girls came second.

Notable individual podiums included Eden Penketh winning a silver medal at the 1 lap run and Sam Hazelwood winning the speed bounce for the second year running. Also in the speed bounce, Isobel Oxley gained a bronze medal at her first outing for the club.

BUH&AC athletes:

U11 Girls
Cloe Bentley-Hughes
Mia Makin
Poppy Dunne
Summer Eden
Kirsten Scaife
Vesta Drevinske
Isobel Oxley
Isobel Hall

U11 Boys
William Lacey
Eden Penketh
Vincent Worthington
Jamie Greenhalgh
Connor Gettinby
Alfie Dodds
Sam Hazelwood
Herbie Kay
Noah Pickford

U13 Girls
Idowu Taiwo

U13 Boys
Luke Greenhalgh
Oisin Behan
Jason Scaife

U15 Boys
Ruairi Behan

Northern Athletics XC Championships

Saturday, 27th January 2018

Among those Blue Vests at Harewood House in Leeds giving their all against the best of the region:

U13 Lily Philbin 142/235
U13 Laurence Britton 64/232
U17 Molly Phiblin 78/93
U20 Rachel Bailey 42/60
SFLaura Lombard 41/435
SM Tommy Harrison 82/761
SM Karl Darcy 86/761
SM John Knowles 151/761
SM Stephen Bonney 364/761



BUH&AC Awards – Tickets & Shortlist 2018

The BUH&AC Awards Presentation Evening will be held on Friday 2nd February.

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.

The tickets, priced £6 for Adults and £4 for under-16s, can be purchased from the indoor track foyer on Club nights from Frazer Jardine, Ian Jakeway and Lesley Harwood. Due to the anticipated strong turnout, shortlisted athletes will have the chance to purchase tickets exclusively until 22nd January. If nominated athletes cannot get to the track to purchase tickets by this date, please contact Frazer to confirm your intentions. Tickets will then go on open sale from Tuesday 22nd January on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

The judging panel would like to thank all those members that responded to the request for nominations. Most categories had several strong contenders and it was exceedingly tough to narrow down, nevermind select one winner.

The shortlist for all categories can be downloaded by clicking on the image below. The names are in no particular order.


Saturday, 20th January 2018

The third edition of the South East Lancs Cross Country League at Leigh was a cold and wet affair, with muddy conditions underfoot. Still, several podiums were clinched across the age range to delight Team Manager Paul Philbin, including Harvey Kenny (U11 2nd), Laurence Britton (U13 3rd), Rachel Bailey (U20 2nd), Karl Darcy (MSen 3rd) and Paul Mills (M50 1st).

First up were the U11s and leading the way was Harvey Kenny, building on his impressive run in the county championships with a fantastic second place, just 5 seconds off first which he’ll be aiming for next time. Sam Philbin was next home in 19th, with Alfie Dodds in 27th place resulting in sixth place for the team. In the U11 girls Scarlett Thompson ran well again, achieving 14th place with Cloe Bentley-Hughes in 29th.

In the U13s, Laurence Britton ran superbly again to finish third, with Oisin Behan in 14th and Josh Bentley-Hughes in 17th, meaning the team secured fourth overall. For the girls, Lily Philbin battled hard for 14th, with Hannah Swales in 23rd.

For the U17 girls, Molly Philbin ran well for 5th place over a challenging 5K course, whilst Rachel Bailey continued her impressive form in the Women’s race, finishing 12th overall and an excellent second place in the U20 category.

Next up were the men, with the 10K course well and truly churned up. In the top ten, Karl Darcy’s bronze was joined by Tommy Harrison in sixth. Paul Mills finished 19th overall and in doing so managed to reverse the standings from Oldham and secure first place in his vet category, whilst Craig Kenny was unfortunately unable to finish.

U11 Boys Team 6th – 48 pts
Harvey Kenny 8:10; Sam Philbin 9:48; Alfie Dodds 10:17

U11 Girls
Scarlett Thompson 10:01; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 11:50

U13 Boys Team 4th – 34 pts
Laurence Britton 10:37; Oisin Behan 11:58; Joshua Bentley-Hughes 12:57

U13 Girls
Lily Philbin 11:55; Hannah Swales 13:34

U17 Girls
Molly Philbin 24:50

U20 Women
Rachel Bailey 30:59

Senior Men
Karl Darcy 35:01; Tommy Harrison 35:28; Paul Mills 39:25




Northern Athletics Indoor Championships

Weekend, 13-14 January 2018

Every championship has a silver lining, or so it seemed at this year’s Northern Athletics U17/U20/Senior Indoor Championships. Taking place at the English Institute of Sport, Bolton United Harriers had a strong contingent who made the long journey to Sheffield.

The first Harrier to win a medal was U17 long jump star Lydia Hodgson. Competing for the first time at the Northern Indoors, she leapt to a new PB of 5.42m to take a well deserved silver medal. This puts her seventh in the national rankings for 2018 so far.

This was quickly followed by Olivia Kimbowa, who was competing in the U17 300m. She lined up in the semi-final with high hopes of making the final. She ran the perfect race and stormed around the final bend to win in style. She was determined to perform at her best in the final, but with 100m to go she was looking down and out in fifth place. However, a storming finish saw her move through the field to take a well deserved bronze medal.

Georgia Lever decided to compete in the triple jump rather than her usual long jump. In only her fifth TJ competition, she added to Bolton’s medal haul with another silver medal, taking second with her last jump of 11.38m.

The final medal of the Saturday was won by sprint sensation Hannah Kelly. Renowned for her 200m running, she lined up against the best 60m runners in the North of England. Qualification for the final was never in doubt but there were five athletes realistically chasing the three medals. As ever, Hannah’s acceleration was fantastic and she was neck and neck with the leaders going into the last few metres. She stormed to second place in a season’s best time of 7.66 seconds to gain another silver medal for the Harriers.

There were three other male Bolton sprinters competing in the 60m. U20 Josh Povey ran a PB in his semi-final to finish fifth, whilst Kehinde Taiwo also ran 7.60s for a new PB in the U17 60m for sixth place in his heat. Ben To also competed in the u17 60m. He couldn’t repeat his PB of 7.40 seconds set the week before at Sportcity but still ran this time close. He came a magnificent fourth in his semi-final, recording a time of 7.45 seconds to narrowly miss out on a place in the final.

The Sunday brought a host of different events and this gave an opportunity to two of our long distance track stars. Katie Oakley lined up in the senior women’s 3000m still recovering from a heavy cold. She came an agonising fourth, narrowly missing out on a medal but there was some good news as she ran more than a minute quicker than her previous fastest time.

Jonny Kay competed in the equivalent men’s event. He ran a perfectly paced race and he reeled in the leading athletes in the closing laps. With 100m to go, he was fourth but put in a big sprint finish to edge into third. Coming off the last bend, he saw a gap on the inside and kicked to take yet another silver medal.

Hannah Kelly also competed in the U20 women’s 200m – her favoured event. It was always going to be tough as she was racing against Georgina Adam, fellow England international and winner of the previous days 60m. Coming off the last bend Hannah and Georgina were side by side but the Blue Vest wasn’t able to take the title. However, she ran yet another season’s best and won the clubs fifth silver medal of the weekend in a time of 24.60 seconds.

Hannah had received a massive boost before the championships. Despite only just moving up to the U20 age group she has been invited to compete at this year’s British senior indoor championships in Birmingham. She will be up against the very best female athletes in the country and may line up against the likes of Dina Asher-Smith.

GMXC Championships

Saturday, 6th January 2018

The county cross-country championships, held at a crisp and clear Heaton Park, saw Bolton’s young athletes test themselves against the leading athletes covered by the Greater Manchester Athletic Association .

First up was the U13 boys and over a challenging 3K course, Laurence Britton was the first blue vest home in 17th place, followed closely by Jason Scaife in 21st and Harvey Kenny – only recently turned 11 and still able to compete in this age-group for the next two years, in an impressive 22nd. This resulted in the boys’ team taking a credible sixth place overall.

Over the same course in the U13 girls, Lily Philbin battled hard to secure 27th place and will have her eye on next year’s race, in which she will be eligible for, to improve on. Similarly, Hannah Swales will also benefit from her experience for next year, gaining 49th place.

In the U15 boys over 3.8K, Ben Pickford continued to pick up valuable experience against the strong athletes in this field, achieving 30th place.

The U17 and U20 girls raced together over a 5K course that tested runners to the limit, with Molly Philbin achieving an excellent ninth place overall in the U17s and Rachel Bailey a similarly impressive tenth in the U20s. Both gave themselves an opportunity to be selected to represent Greater Manchester at the forthcoming Inter Counties Championships in Loughborough.


Ribble Valley 10K

Sunday, 31st December 2017

Doubling as the North of England 10K road-running championship, eleven Blue Vests finished the final race of the year from Clitheroe. In a high-class field of 1286 where Olympic triathlete Jonny Brownlee was second, Tommy Harrison gained a very creditable top 50 position as Bolton’s first counter.

In the M45 rankings, Simon Dally was fifth whilst Stephen Bonney paced well for Bolton’s third counter. David Chrystal overtook Craig Kenny in the final 500m as both went sub-40 minutes, before U20 Katie Oakley crossed the line 18th in the women’s race.

Ken Fowler became M65 champion – a fantastic achievement and first accolade at such a level. In the process, he eclipsed teammate Nick Howarth on ‘gun-time’ after trading ‘tuck-ins’ on several occasions, though good-natured banter followed when their ‘chip-time’ positions were shown to be reversed over the course; James Rideout improved to within 3 seconds of the duo after taking 42 seconds to cross the start-line. A similar discussion could be had between Mary Cheung and Scott Bracey, who both went sub-50 and ensured all BUH&AC participants were in the top half of the field. Well done to all.

With that, Bolton United Harriers’ final act of 2017 is to wish you all the best of luck for the coming New Year.


BUH&AC times:
110 SIMON DALLY 37:03
196 CRAIG KENNY 39:58
218 KATIE OAKLEY 40:37
325 KEN FOWLER 43:15
328 NICK HOWARTH 43:12
610 MARY CHEUNG 48:24
612 SCOTT BRACEY 48:14