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 15th 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.”

Golf Ball FR & Pilgrims Cross FR

Wednesday, 16th August 2017

Tonight’s fell race in the endurance challenge saw Lee Petch home in 60:27 for 109/150.


It follows last week’s Pilgrims Cross FR, also organised by Rossendale Harriers, which also saw Lee finish, clocking 61:33 for 94/149. Simon Dally’s 47:12 was 20th.


Blackpool Airshow 10K & Preston 10M

Sunday, 13th August 2017

Anthony Valentine’s 33:53 was second of the 247 field along the promenade from Bispham in Blackpool today.


Warm and sunny conditions also greeted John Grimshaw at the Preston 10M. He finished the two-lap course in 1:25:47 for 125th of 291.

NoE Track&Field – Match 4

Saturday, 5th August 2017

The Senior Track & Field team were in action on home turf at Leverhulme Park today in the fourth and final fixture of the Northern 2WC Division.

Awaiting results and report.

Astley Park 4.6M

Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

The sixth round of the CLGP hosted by Chorley this evening was a damp affair (typical British summer!) as the Blue Vests struggled to muster an A Team. Tommy Harrison led the squad by taking bronze, with Tony Valentine following up for fourth. Simon Dally also claimed a top 10 and must appear in all the remaining fixtures to defend his M45 crown. Danny Shaw placed 12th, whilst Paul Mills in 25th took control of the M50 series. Ken Fowler lost the M60 battle for the first time in 18 months, whilst Cecilia Woods’ consistent pacing was excellent for 163rd of the 293 field and lies second in the F55 category.

Bolton slumped in the B Team and Female tables as a result of the small squad, and are left clinging onto second spot in the Vets standing; the lead in the A Team table was cut to a slender 18 points by Leigh.

BUH&AC times: Tommy Harrison 24:40; Anthony Valentine 24:59; Simon Dally 25:58; Daniel Shaw 26:50; Paul Mills 27:53; James Rideout 30:07; Ken Fowler 31:06; Cecilia Woods 36:19


Salford Triathlon

Sunday, 30th July 2017

The mere presence of Nick Howarth on the start line of Salford Triathlons’ Sprint Distance (750m swim, 20K bike and 5K run) was sign of competitive determination, after a couple of months affected first by glute muscle issues and then a freak ankle fracture! Nonetheless, he was buoyed by swimming nearly a minute quicker than last year’s event, whilst the bike and run elements were only 7 minutes slower. His 1:24:16 netted 69th of the 358 field.

In the Sprint Distance race:
Nick Howarth – 1:24:16 (17:43, 40:40, 23:04) 69/358


In the Standard Distance (1.5K/40K/10K) race:
Tom Carson – 2:13:39 (25:10, 1:10:30, 35:50) 11/464
Andrew Doyle – 2:33:18 (26:47, 1:19:17, 44:03) 75/464


Padiham Greenway 5K & NMAC 5000m

Wednesday, 26th July 2017

At the Padiham Greenway 5K, Paul Mills smashed his PB with 18:22 and 20th overall (M50 1st).


Elsewhere, the NMAC 5000m Track Championship saw:
Ken Fowler 20:18.4 (M60 2nd)
Paul Turner 20:53.5 (M55 4th)

YDL Upper – Match 4

Sunday, 23rd July 2017

The fourth and final fixture of the Upper (U17s & U20s) Youth Development League took place at Whitehaven today.

Dedicated Rory McGrath made the long journey as Bolton’s sole representative and competed in the 200m, 400m, Triple Jump and Discus, amassing 23 points. Unsurprisingly, Bolton finished last of the seven teams on the day, but Rory’s efforts ensured Bolton survived relegation from the North’s West 1 Division by a single point (11) compared to Border Harriers’ 10 and Team North Cumbria’s 5.


Sale Sizzler

Thursday, 20th July 2017

Amongst the 526 field at Wythenshawe:
14 Declan Toomey 15:58 MU20 2nd
38 Matthew Walker 16:50 MU20 6th
107 Laura Lombard 18:05 F35 3rd


Horwich Jubilee 5M

Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Three Blue Vests trotted around the Rivington course:
3 John Knowles 28:19 (M45 1st)
5 Simon Dally 29:36 (M45 2nd)
53 Derek Smith 40:43 (M50 3rd)


Ironman UK

Sunday, 16th July 2017

Several Blue Suits were among the 2040 field that undertook ultimate test of athletic endurance today – the Ironman UK competition.

Held on our doorstep in Bolton again – a great exhibition of the town’s best side, the feat involves swimming 2.4M in Pennington Flash’s cold water, biking 112M over two laps in gusty headwinds, and running a full 26.2M marathon in warm conditions along Chorley New Road.

Paul Trainor was the first to cross the finishing line. A steady swim, two sub-10 minutes transitions and just over 6 hours on the bike launched him into the marathon. Remarkably consistent pacing produced a stupendous sub-4 trot to finish in 196th position and a clock of 11:19:36!

Coach Dean Johnson only took up swimming 18 months ago, but showed he’s a quick learner with 1:22 in the water. Ironically, the run was clearly the hardest part, with the metaphorical wall being hit at around 25km. Thankfully, the timely location of the feed station and its gel packs, and encouragement from daughter Abby, who jogged alongside him for a mile or so, saw him recover composure and put the struggles behind him; 345th place was collected in 3 minutes over the half-day mark – which was as predicted for being 35-40 minutes behind Paul!

He commented, “What a day – it makes you proud to be a Boltonian. To the crazy clowns up Sheephouse who provided much support and humour to the Tour de France-style Babylon Lane lot, the hoards of people on Chorley New Road and the masses of folk in the town centre providing much noise and support, I salute you all. Also a massive thanks to Ironman – what an event, just keep it in Bolton…always!”

Ady Fisher stuck to her pre-race plan with a good swim and bike leg just over 8 hours. A well-judged jog saw her take the cheers of the crowd in Victoria Square in 1375th overall (171st in the women’s race).

Other BUH&AC members participated sporting the colours of their tri training groups. Cherry Collison would have placed significantly higher but for a puncture and wheel damage affecting her bike ride, whilst Tony Warham looked at ease on his favoured running element. Congratulations to them all!

BUH&AC times:
Paul Trainor – 11:19:36 (Swim: 1:13:20, Bike: 6:04:00, Run: 3:42:54)
Dean Johnson – 12:03:12 (Swim: 1:22:10, Bike: 6:15:17, Run: 4:08:01)
Adrienne Fisher – 15:04:13 (Swim: 1:25:57, Bike: 8:03:12, Run: 5:10:57
Cherry Collison – 13:01:30 (Swim: 1:14:38, Bike: 6:52:41, Run: 4:36:15)
Tony Warham – 12:23:07 (Swim: 1:30:56, Bike: 6:48:30, Run: 3:44:21)


Sale Medal Meet

Sunday, 16th July 2017

Three junior Blue Vests took part in the open medal meeting at Crossford Park today.

Eden Penketh was the big favourite in the U11 100m field, but a poor start thwarted his chances of gold. He recovered week to snaffle silver, with clubmate Vincent Worthington coming a strong third.

Harvey Kenny then cruised to 800m gold in 2:40 – five seconds clear of second place.

The Long Jump followed with the Bolton lads occupying the entire podium. Harvey grabbed gold with his second jump of 3.93m, whilst Vinny and Eden were second and third respectively, both with PBs.

Last race of the day was the 200m, with all three junior Blue Vests lining up in different heats. The time trial format meant the tension was high but they didn’t disappoint, with Eden clocking the fastest time and Harvey and Vinny in a dead heat for second.

With each athlete collecting three medals each and domination in the long jump and 200m, it was a great day. There’s good potential for the Bolton trio when they move up to the YDL-competitive U13 level next year.

YDL Lower – Match 4

Saturday, 15th July 2017

The fourth and final fixture of the Lower (U13s & U15s) Youth Development League took place at Ashton-under-Lyne today, with Bolton’s NW2 divisional status on the line. In wet and gloomy conditions, BUH&AC’s juniors put their all into the competition, with some entering unfamiliar disciplines.

In the U13 girls, great effort was put in by the whole group amassing a whopping total of 131 points, well above any other team in this category. Impressive results include Julia Winogrodzka and her clean sweep of a maximum 30 points winning all her A string events (20.5s for 150m, 11.6s for 70m hurdles and 5.07m in the long jump) and Porscha Johnson winning her B hurdles race with a time of 12.3s, subsequently finishing second in the B 150m (21.9s) and another second place in the A high jump (1.25m). Also noteworthy was Abigail Steele-Lesh’s 3.80m winning the B long jump (new PB) and 1.25m in the B high jump for Ruby Erzan-Essien, securing first place and a new PB. By throwing the 2.72kg shot to a distance of 6.18m, Lucy Gettinby claimed a new PB and third place in the A string, whilst Elizabeth Williamson’s 5.78m was enough to win the B group. It was all topped up by a win in the 4x100m relay with a time of 57.2s. (Steele-Lesh, Williamson, Johnson, Winogrodzka).

For the U13 boys, sprinting duo Jack Kingdon and Jake Harwood managed a double-second place in the 100m A & B races with 13.9s and 14.2s respectively – an achievement duly repeated in the 200m with times of 28.7s and 29.9s. In the shot put, Luke Greenhalgh got a new PB with his 7.87m long throw, only narrowly – by 9cm – missing out on a win.

The heavily depleted U15 girls’ team (sadly only 4 athletes whilst at least 8 are needed to seed all events) have put in all they got in order to get as many points as possible. Ciara Gettinby and Beryl Maffo Nghogeh both got new PBs in the 100m sprint with times of 13.6s and 14.0s accordingly – enough for fourth and second place in A and B strings. Ciara also finished second in the A 75m hurdles race, timing 12.3s. Natasha Robinson finished second in the A shot put (8.59m) and a PB of 20.22m in the A discus was enough for fourth place. Heather Cade won the B discus with a throw of 15.57m.

In the U15 boys’ category, similar to the younger male team, it was the sprinters that led the way. Benjamin To and Eniola Adedotun together put in a quadruple win by winning A and B races in both 100m and 200m – 11.7s + 24.2s for Ben in A races and 12.2s + 25.7s for Eniola in B heats. Ben also added a silver in the A discus (25.15m, new PB) and Eniola was third in the A 80m hurdles race (13.6s). Hakeem Oguneye won the B hurdles with 14.2s whilst Jack Horrocks’ 18.20m in the B discus got him second place. Unsurprisingly with having such great sprinters, the 4x100m relay team (Ruairi Behan, Adedotun, Horrocks, To) finished first with a time of 51.0s.

Unfortunately Bolton finished sixth on the day, which means a tie with Macclesfield in league points on 11 points each. However, a difference of 24 on match points (1755 for BUHAC and 1779 for Macclesfield) means relegation to the lower league. Blackburn and Menai achieved promotion to NW1 whilst today’s hosts – East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside AC finished last and were relegated alongside Bolton.

Team Manager Kamil Winogrodzki was nonetheless proud of the team’s efforts and congratulated the whole team:
U13 Girls: Phoebe Alston-Forrester, Ruby Erzan-Essien, Lucy Gettinby, Porscha Johnson, Amy Rossington, Abigail Steele-Lesh, Elizabeth Williamson, Julia Winogrodzka
U13 Boys: Oisin Behan, Joshua Bentley-Hughes, Luke Greenhalgh, Jake Harwood, James Horrocks, Jack Kingdon, Jason Scaife, Ethan Wallace
U15 Girls: Heather Cade, Ciara Gettinby, Beryl Maffo Nghogeh, Natasha Robinson
U15 Boys: Eniola Adedotun, Logan Alston-Forrester, Ruairi Behan, Jack Horrocks, Hakeem Ogunneye, Ben Pickford, Benjamin To


SIAB T&F International

Saturday, 15th July 2017

Bolton United Harriers’ sprinting golden girl, Hannah Kelly, once again competed for England at the Schools International Athletic Board’s international today.

She flew out with the England team from Birmingham, accompanied by many of her Greater Manchester team mates after many sterling performances from the team at last week’s English Schools’ national championships. The meeting this year was held in Dublin and it pitted the two best U17 athletes from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales in each event.

Hannah once again lined up in her favoured 200m cheered on by numerous family members who travelled in from other parts of Ireland, as well as dad Chris and granddad Bill, who flew over from Bury.

After her recent exploits in the EA U20 championships and the English Schools, it was always going to be a big ask to run a PB but Hannah gave it everything. As ever, she ran a fantastic bend and smashed the 25 second barrier yet again to finish a fantastic third in 24.59 seconds. The winner was Kiah Dubarry-Gray, who recorded 24.13s to move ahead of Hannah in the rankings and second was Irish athlete, Rhasidat Adeleke.

It was Hannah’s second international bronze medal after her debut in the same event last year. However, the quality of the field was much stronger this time around and she clocked an incredible 0.6 seconds quicker.

The England team followed this up with a solid silver medal in the 4x100m relay where Hannah ran a blistering second leg.

Hannah will now focus on the Northern Athletics Championships in Leigh where she will compete over the 100m. Coach Les Hall hopes that she will come close to breaking the 12-seconds barrier in August.


Welsh Athletics International

Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Having discovered that the Triple Jump is an event that Blue Vest Georgia Lever appears to have taken to like a duck to water, it was fantastic news that she was invited to represent England North in Cardiff today. The evening event was a competition between five teams: England North, England South, England Midlands, Wales, and a Welsh National schools team.

The competitors in each event were chosen from the retrospective area champions, so provided a true reflection of some of the best U20 athletes in the country. Bearing in mind Georgia has only just started learning this discipline, it was a great privilege to take part in such a prestigious event. On collecting her England kit, she went about the process of preparing for her event which began at 19.15 in front of the main grandstand and, after being introduced to the crowd, the competition began.

It was a close affair throughout the rounds but all the athletes were down on their best performances, possibly due to the English Schools’ Championships at Bedford the weekend before, or in the case of Georgia, perhaps the six-hour car journey hadn’t helped. Georgia’s best jump came out at 11.27m, which earned her third place behind the ESAA Champion and the Welsh Champion, so a result she can be happy with.

Though primarily a jumper, Lever is also quite used to filling the 100m sprint events at YDL and Senior level for the Harriers as well as being an integral member of the 4 x 100m relay squad, so when the chance to compete in the England North 4 x 100m team arose, she jumped at the opportunity. Georgia took the first leg and didn’t disappoint with a faultless handover. The rest of the team, all sub-12 second runners, went on to smash the opposition by more than a second – it was a fitting end to a long day.

Though this was Georgia’s first event in an England Vest, it surely it won’t be her last.


Northern Veterans League

Tuesday, 11th July 2017

Ilse Hemming and Allen Parkinson, two coaches from Bolton United Harriers competed at Spenborough in the Northern Veterans League, recording high age-group national rankings.

Ilse competed in three F60 events and registered Seasons Bests in them all: 15.9s for 100m (UK rank 8th), 34.1s for 200m (UK rank 9th) and 7.33m in the Triple Jump UK rank 3rd).

Although carrying an injury, Allen competed in the Triple Jump, breaking his PB three times and finishing with a new lifetime best of 9.56m. It currently ranks him second in the M65 category and 13th on the All-Time age-group list.


We Love Manchester 10K

Sunday, 9th July 2017

John Grimshaw and Ged Tucker competed in sweltering conditions earlier today at the Etihad Campus. John’s time was 51:53 whilst Ged posted his best time of the year – 61:49.

Tucker also closed his fundraising for the National Autistic Society at an incredible £800.51 after completing the Great Manchester Run for back in May. He expressed his appreciation for all the support from Harriers, both with donations and training.


NoE Track&Field – Match 3

Sunday, 9th July 2017

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

Awaiting results and report.

ESAA English Schools’ Championships

Weekend, 7-8th July 2017

Four Bolton athletes travelled down to Birmingham to compete at the 2017 English Schools national championships. Ben To, Taiwo Taiwo and Hannah Kelly were all selected to compete for Greater Manchester Schools and Georgia Lever was to pull on the vest of neighbours Lancashire since moving to a college across the border last year.

Ben To was competing over 100m in the Junior boys category in his first ever English Schools’ competition. The fast starting Harrier blasted away and ran powerfully despite a slight stumble at 40m and managed to finish fifth in a time of 11.64 seconds. This was an agonising 0.01 seconds outside the qualifiers for the semi-final but Ben is determined to qualify again for next year. He later ran the first leg of the 4x 100m relay which saw the Greater Manchester team qualify for the final on Saturday. Unfortunately luck wasn’t on their side and in the final, whilst the team was closing in on a medal, the Manchester last leg runner suffered a cramp and was unable to finish.

Inter girl Taiwo Taiwo has promised much this year but her season’s preparations have been interrupted by sore knees. Despite this she lined up in the semi-final with high hopes. She ran a fantastic bend but slowed in the last 50m. Despite running 25.51s (only 0.14s outside her PB) and finishing fourth, she missed out of the final.

16-years-old Hannah Kelly, fresh from her new PB at the England Athletics U20 championships, also lined up in the Inter girls 200m. In her heat, she ran her usual perfect bend, transitioned into the straight and cruised to the line in the fastest SF time of 24.47s. For the final, she lined up in lane 6 with her main competitors inside her; she came off the bend running strongly but Kiah Dubarry-Gray finished a little stronger to finish first and push Hannah into second place. Hannah was delighted, finishing one place higher than last year, and has now been selected to run for England again at next weekend’s SIAB school international in Dublin.

Senior girl Georgia Lever has been a revelation this year. Still a novice in the Triple Jump, she won the silver medal at this year’s Northern Championships which saw her selected in the Lancashire team. After a no jump in the first round, she got a safe jump in the second round. This gave her the platform to push for a bigger jump and try to qualify for the final three attempts. She didn’t disappoint and in the third round leapt to 11.38m to record a PB. Georgia didn’t waste any of these three extra jumps and went on to finish with a massive 11.68m, earning her fourth place on the day. Many athletes would be disappointed to get so close to a medal but she was delighted, commenting “To jump four PBs in one competition and to record a National Standard in only my sixth ever Triple Jump competition is amazing”. Georgia has also been selected to compete for the North of England against the best jumpers from the South, the Midlands, Wales, and Welsh Schools next Wednesday in Cardiff.

Taiwo and Hannah made up half of the Greater Manchester 4x 100m relay team. In the semi-final, they were pipped into second by a very strong Surrey team, but Surrey were later DQ’d for a faulty changeover. Confidence was high going into the final knowing that the silver medallist from the 100m individual event, Trinity Powell, was on last leg. They ran a fantastic race but just missed out on the gold medal to London. However winning a medal of any colour is any junior athletes’ dream at the English Schools. Both girls were delighted to come away with a silver medal and it rounded off a fantastic day for the Greater Manchester team who won so many medals.

Coach Les Hall, who was at the finals supporting his athletes was delighted – “All four athletes performed at National level and did themselves and Bolton United Harriers proud. They will all work hard to be selected next year and push for even more medals.”

Bull Hill FR

Thursday, 6th July 2017

Daryl Bentley clocked 46:26 on his way to 58 of 221 in this evening’s race from Hawkshaw.

In yesterday’s Astley Park 4.6M trail race (third in the series) in Chorley, two senior Blue Vests were on the podium out of the 111 field:
1 Anthony Valentine 24:21
3 Simon Dally 26:12
Toby Coop also completed the juniors’ race in 5:38.

Meanwhile, Tuesday’s Rochdale 10K saw several Blue Vests compete on the roads:
21 Christian Pickford 38:24
65 Ken Fowler 43:29
185 John Grimshaw 53:59
262 Ged Tucker 1:05:45