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