Greater Manchester HM

Sunday, 15th October 2017

Some excellent times and PBs over 13.1 miles today, though with four variations of our club name entered, no wonder the team prize wasn’t under threat!

BUH&AC times:
32 Karl DARCY 1:13:16
50 Thomas HARRISON 1:14:47
78 John KNOWLES 1:18:07
109 Dominic GAVIN 1:20:50
145 Mark WOLSTENCROFT 1:22:38
241 Jack HEGGIE 1:26:49
225 Stephen BONNEY 1:26:26
2961 John GRIMSHAW 1:55:42


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


National Road Relays

Saturday, 7th October 2017

Birmingham’s Sutton Park was the setting for the ERRA championships over 6 stages for the Senior Men.

All six legs were over 5.88km in what is a tough undulating course with a stiff first uphill mile. With possibly the strongest team assembled for many a year, coordinator Dave Shaw was looking for a good showing in the hotly contested competition. Tom Lancashire, returning from holiday, took the first leg spot and, despite his lack of race fitness showing, came in 20th place to set the team up well. Jonny Kay had a good run to maintain the position before Karl Darcy’s 18.34 launched Tony Valentine in 21st position. Tommy Harrison then stretched the legs that carried him to the CLGP series’ individual title, with John Knowles showing his usual reliability to dig deep and hold on to the Top 30 spot.

The Blue Vests finished 30th of the 83 teams – a 20 place improvement from last year and significantly, seventh of all the Northern teams from the qualifiers a fortnight ago. Superb!

BUH&AC Senior Men 30th of 83 – 1:53:49
Thomas Lancashire (20) 17:57
Jonothan Kay (20) 18:20
Karl Darcy (21) 18:34
Anthony Valentine (25) 19:55
Tommy Harrison (29) 19:19
John Knowles (30) 19:44


Elsewhere, Simon Dally snaffled a silver medal of the 269 finishers in the West Coast Half Marathon at Lytham St Annes, clocking 78:39 despite being sent the wrong way again by marshals, adding a minute to his time!


Gin Pit 5M

Sunday, 1st October 2017

Paul Mills impressively led home the 17-strong squad of Blue Vests at the CLGP finale today, finishing 15th overall and clinching the series’ M50 title in the process. Chris Pickford was hot on his heels whilst endurance coach Dean Johnson was third counter in wet and muddy conditions; junior Rachel Bailey was the first for the women’s team.

The team was boosted by several athletes returning for the first time this season in dedication to Geoff Knowles and it was a hint of what might have been, as BUH&AC finished without the A Team prize for the first time in seven years with Burnden Roadrunners taking a clean sweep of the four titles. Individually, Tommy Harrison claimed the Men’s overall series’ victory, whilst Ken Fowler (M60) joined Mills as category winners.

BUH&AC results: Paul Mills 31:01; Christian Pickford 31:47; Dean Johnson 34:00; Gary Jones 35:10; Nick Howarth 35:44; David Chrystal 35:45; Cameron Donnelly 35:52; Ian Gregory 37:25; Rachel Bailey 38:03; Andrew Gallagher 39:17; John Grimshaw 41:28; Alex Donnelly 41:59; Cath Jones 42:44; Adrienne Fisher 45:38; Gail Harrison 45:47; Gerard Tucker 51:00; Jane Jim 61:46


Swinton 5.25M

Sunday, 24th September 2017

Six Blue Vests completed the penultimate CLGP race at Swinton today. Ken Fowler wrapped up the M60 series by winning the race category, whilst Simon Dally maintained his record of winning the M45 category in every CLGP he has competed in.

A better turnout is anticipated next weekend in the final round at Astley & Tydesley’s popular Gin Pit 5M. Black ribbons are being worn by BUH&AC runners in memory of Geoff Knowles, with donations to Pancreatic Cancer UK.

BUH&AC results: Simon Dally 29:49; David Chrystal 34:53; Dean Johnson 35:09; Ken Fowler 35:30; Gary Jones 35:47; John Grimshaw 42:42

Bury 10K

Sunday, 17th September 2017

Amongst the 1626 field, Blue Vest finishers were:
53 Craig Kenny 40:56
68 David Chrystal 41:45
209 Cameron Donnelly 44:59
277 Mary Cheung 47:51
382 John Grimshaw 50:36
406 Alex Donnelly 49:53
1200 Gerard Tucker 1:03:54


Northern Road Relays

Saturday, 16th September 2017

SportCity was once again the setting for the Northern Athletics 6-Stage, 4-Stage and 3-Stage relays – the regional road championships. Post-race disqualifications seemed to be a prominent feature of this year’s edition, but Bolton was not affected in any categories and laddered up. The senior men followed up their strong showing in the County road relays, with the A team finishing in the top 10% and qualifying for the nationals.

BUH&AC Senior Men ‘A’ – 13th of 130 starting teams- 2:07:03
Jonothan Kay (9) 19:55
Karl Darcy (4) 20:05
Anthony Valentine (9) 21:12
Tommy Harrison (15) 21:21
Declan Toomey (17) 22:28
John Knowles (17) 22:02

BUH&AC Senior Men ‘B’ – 82nd of 130 – 2:32:35
Mark Wolstencroft (94) 24:03
Stephen Bonney (92) 24:16
Chris Povey (86) 24:02
Chris Pickford (81) 24:14
Joshua Sabery (92) 28:10
Paul Turner (93) 27:50


The BUH&AC Senior Women were one of the 83 starting teams, but lacked the four members to form a complete team. Performances:
Katie Oakley (21) 22:30
Rebecca Kay (24) 23:51


There was strong opposition for the juniors, but they were not deterred with both the girls’ teams finishing well:

BUH&AC U17 Girls – 17th of 25 – 47:29
Maddie Erzan-Essien (21) 15:15
Francesca Fordham (21) 16:42
Molly Philbin (18) 15:32

BUH&AC U13 Girls – 38th of 58 – 45:20
Millie Bracey (47) 15:00
Lily Philbin (34) 14:16
Hannah Swales (40) 16:04

The BUH&AC U15 Boys featured just one competitor:
Ben Pickford (41) 12:17


Blackleach 5M

Sunday, 10th September 2017

Ten Blue Vests completed the latest round of the CLGP hosted by Manchester YMCA Harriers:

BUH&AC times:
2 Tommy Harrison 29:04
21 Christian Pickford 33:10
31 Craig Kenny 34:16
41 Dean Johnson 34:52
51 David Chrystal 35:17
52 Ken Fowler 35:20
57 Cameron Donnelly 36:05
85 Andrew Gallagher 39:13
112 John Grimshaw 41:45
181 Gerard Tucker 51:32


Elsewhere, Dom Clarke clocked 1:42:19 (3479th) over the half marathon distance of the Great North Run.

North West Road Relays

Saturday, 9th September 2017

Bolton’s team of four returned victorious from Blackpool’s Stanley Park, where the North West Road Relay Championships, which incorporated the county championships of Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside, were being held.

Jonny Kay was first up, though the anticipated four miles of his leg was cut short slightly when the lead bike took a wrong turn. Still, a strong 20:34 put the team fifth and less than 20 seconds off the lead. The other legs followed the ‘correct’ route, with Karl Darcy (21:09) moving up to third before Tommy Harrison (22:06) maintained the top five positioning. Tony Valentine (21.32) used his experience to retake fourth overall and hold off any Greater Manchester challengers – seeing the team home to be County champions. Bravo!


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


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

Hades Hill FR

Thursday, 7th September 2017

The five miles, cat B race held at Whitworth, near Rochdale, saw three Blue Vests compete:

11 Paul Mills 41:43
28 Dean Johnson 44:48
64 Lee Petch 50:41


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 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.

Geoff Knowles Funeral Arrangements


The club is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Geoff Knowles after a courageous battle this year.

Always happy-to-chat and encouraging, his friendliness and understated wit made him a key figure in the ‘endurance’ training group and he will be greatly missed.

The funeral will be 3pm, Thursday 14th September at Overdale Crematorium (West Chapel).

Any donations (in lieu of flowers) are to Pancreatic Cancer UK, which may be given to the funeral director.

It is hoped all fit senior members can honour his memory and love for racing by turning out in force at the Gin Pit 5M on Sunday, 1st October (CLGP’s final race meeting hosted by Astley & Tyldesley) – one of his favoured races.

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

West Lancs Triathlon

Sunday, 26th August 2017

The Summer edition of the West Lancs Tri from Edge Hill University campus in Ormskirk saw seven Blue Suits among the 423 finishers in warm conditions.

Debutant Rhys Francis led the squad courtesy of a barnstorming run – sub-17 minutes for 5K. Nick Howarth, still working his way back to fitness, demonstrated his mastery of the ‘fourth discipline’ – transitions, whilst being the filler in a Doyle sandwich, with Andrew just ahead following his sub-7 minutes for the 400m swim and Frazer just behind after clocking under 20 minutes for the run. Steve Houghton’s prowess on the bike was evident over the 18.5K distance – squad quickest by over 2 minutes, before the second father-son combo followed, with Alex Donnelly improving by over 4 minutes in the run from his last outing at Pendle, and U18 Cameron lowering his swim by over a minute and run by nearly five!

BUH&AC times:
36 Rhys Francis 1:05:51 – (8:37; 36:37; 16:58)
39 Andrew Doyle 1:06:11 – (6:54; 36:10; 19:47)
61 Nick Howarth 1:08:50 – (9:03; 36:09; 21:02)
67 Frazer Doyle 1:09:19 – (7:33; 37:11; 19:54)
81 Steve Houghton 1:10:46 – (8:21; 34:06; 24:41)
126 Alex Donnelly 1:14:59 – (7:56; 38:02; 24:20)
131 Cameron Donnelly 1:15:32 – (8:24; 41:32; 20:48)


Pennington Flash 5M

Sunday, 26th August 2017

The seventh round of the CLGP hosted by Leigh brought four age category wins as well as Tommy Harrison leading the Blue Vests with a podium spot – he remains on course for the senior men’s title.

However, with only seven counters in the squad – affected by the bank holiday weekend, summer vacations, injuries and involvement in events elsewhere, the teams’ rankings in the series have plummeted. It is hoped the Blackleach 5M in a fortnight’s time will see a change in fortune.

BUH&AC times:
2 Tommy Harrison 28:41
7 Simon Dally 30:46 – M45 1st
14 Paul Mills 31:59 – M50 1st
16 Dominic Gavin 32:21
45 Ken Fowler 35:45 – M60 1st
57 David Chrystal 36:38
102 Rachel Bailey 39:48 – FU20 1st



BMC Tipton

Saturday, 25th August 2017

Four Blue Vests ventured to Tipton, West Midlands to compete in the BMC event.

In the 1500m, Jonny Kay won the A race in 3:52.8 – a PB by 3 seconds, kicking clear at the bell with a 58s last lap. Karl Darcy, in the same race, clocked 4:05.0 for a PB by 7 seconds.

In the 800m, Katie Oakley ran a PB of 2.20.8 in the same D race as Sarah McDonald, the 1500m semi-finalist at the recent World Championships.

In the open 400m, Joshua Sabery also ran a good time, clocking 55.5 seconds. Considering he only started running seriously in the last year and only broke the minute barrier for the first time this summer, his improvement is evident.

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.


BMC Grand Prix

Saturday, 19th August 2017

Stretford saw several athletes compete over a range of distances, with Karl Darcy snaffling a PB:
800m – 2 Jonothan Kay 1:53.29
1500m – 14 Tom Lancashire 3:47.45
10000m – 4 Karl Darcy 31:35.24 PB