SELCC Oldham

Saturday, 16th December 2017

Bolton United Harriers’ first participation as an affiliated club to the South East Lancs Cross Country League saw a great effort by those involved.

The fixture at Oldham’s Tandle Hill was in arctic conditions, with a number of top 5 places achieved. Leading the way in the U11 boys’ race was Harvey Kenny’s third place, with Sam Philbin 11th, Sam Liptrott 15th, Alfie Dodds 28th and Joseph Rossington 33rd helping the team secure bronze overall. Scarlett Thompson battled hard to gain 16th place in the U11 girls, with Cloe Bentley-Hughes well placed too in 24th.

Laurence Britton, building on his strong performances in the Red Rose XC, races gained an impressive third place in the U13 boys race, with Oisin Behan in 12th, Ethan Wallace in 16th and Joshua Bentley-Hughes in 18th, helping the team gain silver. Lily Philbin put in a strong performance to finish 8th in the U13 girls and a brave performance from Hannah Swales saw her finish 18th, despite feeling under the weather.

In the U17 ladies, Molly Philbin enjoyed her run, finishing 3rd. Rachel Bailey also continued her good form, placing 2nd in the U20 ladies. Lastly, Paul Mills finished 22nd overall in the men’s race and second in the V50 category, just one second off first.

Team Manager said, “It was an outstanding effort by all representing the club – it was pretty cold with tough underfoot conditions!”

U11 Boys Team 3rd – 29 pts
Harvey Kenny 9:40; Sam Philbin 10:48; Sam Liptrott 11:04; Alfie Dodds 12:03; Joseph Rossington 13:50

U11 Girls
Scarlett Thompson 12:41; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 13:53

U13 Boys Team 2nd – 29 pts
Laurence Britton 15:55; Oisin Behan 17:24; Ethan Wallace 19:18; Joshua Bentley-Hughes 19:46

U13 Girls
Lily Philbin 17:57; Hannah Swales 23:03

U17 Girls
Molly Philbin 22:22

U20 Women
Rachel Bailey 32:58

Senior Men
Paul Mills 51:12



CL5K 2018 Details


The next Central Lancashire 5K gets the CLGP season underway on Sunday, 18th February 2018 at Leverhulme Park.

As part of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix, it is expected to reach capacity, so runners are advised to enter early and avoid disappointment (cost is £7 for those affiliated to a running club, or £10 for unaffiliated). Entry is available on the day to CLGP-club members only, SUBJECT TO THE RACE LIMIT. Please note it does not form part of the NMAC Championships this season.

Entry and race details are on the link below:

To check if you are registered to race, click the link below:

BUH&AC look forward to seeing y’all there for the start of the 2018 series. We’ve ordered up some nice weather (allegedly)!


BUH&AC members – if you cannot race but can spare 3 hours of your time to volunteer with marshalling, registration and finish area duties, please get in touch with Richard Clegg ASAP!

Myerscough 10M & Lancaster HM

Sunday, 3rd December 2017

From Bilsborrow, near Preston, the Myerscough 10M saw Tommy Harrison finish second in 54:02.

In the 315 Lancaster Half Marathon, Matthew Walker clocked 1:18:23 for fifth, whilst Simon Dally’s 1:19:57 was eighth.

Results (10M)

Results (HM)

RRXC Rossendale

Saturday, 2nd December 2017

The fell-ish Marl Pits hosted the Red Rose finale as usual, with wet conditions underfoot and muddy steep descents as expected. As Team Manager Dean Johnson says, “If you can run through mud and rain and hills, you can take on and conquer whatever else may come along.”

Today, John Knowles’ 14th saw him second in the veteran’s series and seventh overall in the open men’s – a sterling result, whilst Rachel Bailey’s 24th saw her finish third in the U20 series’ standing and 20th overall. Their podiums meant they join Jonny Kay and Katie Oakley, who did not race but had already clinched the series first and third spots respectively. Bolton’s Men also took the series’ Team runners-up spot.

For the juniors, there were multiple series counters (those who have completed at least three of the four races) – an impressive achievement, with top ten positions being taken by Harvey Kenny (U11), Laurence Britton (U13) and Lewis Aldred (U17); U11 Scarlett Thompson’s 13th was very close. Congratulations to all.

The BUH&AC squad today included:

U11 Boys Team 7th – 123 pts
Harvey Kenny 7:08; Sam Philbin 8:16; Alfie Dodds 8:42; Joseph Rossington 9:24 

U11 Girls Team 10th – 102 pts
Scarlett Thompson 8:14; Poppy Dunne 9:26; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 9:41

U13 Boys Team 6th – 53 pts
Laurence Britton 10:05; Jason Scaife 10:44; Harry Aldred 11:01; Joshua Bentley-Hughes 12:25

U13 Girls
Lily Philbin 11:29; Hannah Swales 12:41

U15 Boys
Ben Pickford 16:59; Sam Aldred 18:56

U17 Boys
Lewis Aldred 20:26

U17 Girls
Molly Philbin 26:17

U20 Women
Rachel Bailey 25:31

Men’s Team 8th – 423 pts
John Knowles 33:39; Paul Mills 37:13; Nicholas Howarth 40:35; Craig Kenny 40:39; Andrew Doyle 41:07; Lee Petch 46:56

Results (Race)
Results (Series)

Photos – Juniors (RunningPix)
Photos – Seniors (RunningPix)


Elsewhere, Karl Darcy’s 33:32 was sixth of the 416 field at the Manchester Area Cross Country League fixture at the University Playing Fields.


BUH&AC 2018 Awards

Here’s a 2018 date for your diary. Don’t worry, there’s no special training required for this – it’s a social!

The BUH&AC Awards Presentation Evening will be held on Friday 2nd February 2018.

Please can ALL WINNERS from last year RETURN THEIR MAIN TROPHY to Becca O’Keefe, Ian Jakeway or your coach by the end of December.

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.

Tickets, priced £6 for Adults and £4 for under-16s, can be purchased from the indoor track foyer on Club nights. Those shortlisted for awards have priority on availability (1 plus 1 guest) from 4th January, with the remaining tickets going on open sale from Thursday 11th January.

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

Nominations for awards can be done using forms obtained from the track or online below. We’d like to receive as many suggestions as possible to do full justice to the many great performances and successes in a blue vest this year.

A shortlist of potential recipients in each award and age-group class will appear ahead of the ceremony.

There are a few conditions to nominating:
– Any BUH&AC member can nominate, but nominees CANNOT be family relatives.
– Members can nominate different potential winners in the same category
  e.g. Jack and John in u15 Male Athlete of the Year
– Members can nominate the same potential winners in different qualifying categories
  e.g. u15 Male Athlete of the Year AND Male Thrower of the Year
– The nomination period will run till the last Thursday before Christmas.

There are a total of 32 awards – 16 each for males and females, in the following categories:
Senior athlete of the year
Veteran athlete of the year
Under 17 athlete of the year
Under 15 athlete of the year
Under 13 athlete of the year
Under 11 athlete of the year
Under 9 athlete of the year
Under 7 athlete of the year
Most Improved U17 athlete of the year
Most Improved athlete of the year
Sprinter of the year
Distance Track athlete of the year
Thrower of the year
Jumper/vaulter/hurdler of the year
Road runner of the year
Cross Country runner of the year

Award Nomination FormA BUH&AC Annual Awards Nomination Form can be downloaded by clicking on the image (right). Some will also be available to pick up at the Front Desk. It contains two forms and a list of categories, but please use one form per nominee and post it in to the nominations box with the BUH&AC Front Desk team or give it to Becca O’Keeffe, Frazer Jardine or Ian Jakeway.

Alternatively, you can email your nominations, which must include the four fields as on the physical form, to: Frazer Jardine at

The voting deadline has been set to Thursday, 21st December 2017.

This is one BUH&AC event you will not want to miss – we hope to see you there!