Northern 12&6-Stage Relays

Saturday, 25th March 2017

Bolton’s recent run of strong showings in the Northern Athletics’ 12-Stage road relays continued with an overall 13th place which, although one place lower than last year, still represented an improvement considering there were 19 more starting teams (69). The women’s showing in the 6-Stage was equally significant – a sterling SEVENTH of the 59 starters. That the men’s squad also managed to field a full B Team is surely evidence that the club is moving in the right direction.

The venue was back in the North West at Blackpool following 2016’s visit to Sunderland, though there were a few ‘cobwebs to be blown away’ for those that had attended the previous evening’s Awards Presentation! Team Manager Dave Shaw assigned Jonny Kay to the starting ‘long’ leg again before handing over to international star Tom Lancashire, who duly recorded the fastest ‘short’ leg by half a minute and lift the team to third position. The team retained a top ten position until the final two legs, with excellent debuts at this senior level from the U20 trio of Declan Toomey, Rhys Francis and Michael Rushton. Bolton edged CLGP rivals Horwich into 14th, with Leigh (21) and Burnden also behind.  Mark Wolstencroft led off for the B team, with Paul Trainor and Shaun O’Dwyer clocking the quickest long and short legs respectively. From 59th, the team gradually improved over the legs, edging into the top 50 on the penultimate, before 51st was settled upon.

The women’s team also saw three U20s debut at this level, alongside seniors Catherine O’Dwyer and Nicky Cartridge, whose quality shone through as they posted the 12th and 14th quickest times of the 112 participants on the ‘long’ leg. Their top ten position is the finest return this century and will only improve in the coming years.

Both results secured comfortable qualification for the Nationals in Birmingham in a fortnight, where it is hoped a strong showing can be made. Salford Harriers & AC (4:09:16) retained the men’s title ahead of Liverpool by just 8 seconds, whilst Rotherham deposed reigning champs Leeds in the women’s 6-stage event (2:24:11).

Earlier, in the U15’s 5K Road Race Champs over the same ‘short’ course, Molly Philbin clocked 21:06 for a creditable 16th.

Bolton United Harriers & AC ‘A’ – 4:27:31 – 13th
Jonothan Kay (12) 30:12
Tom Lancashire (3) 14:49
Karl Darcy (3) 30:42
Frazer Jardine (5) 16:55
Tommy Harrison (7) 31:55
Declan Toomey (7) 17:30
John Knowles (8) 32:11
Dom Gavin (10) 18:07
Chris Povey (10) 18:27
Andrew Crickmore (10) 18:34
Rhys Francis (11) 18:24
Michael Rushton (13) 19:45

Bolton United Harriers & AC ‘B’ – 5:10:58 – 51st
Mark Wolstencroft (59) 36:16
Adrian Costello (61) 21:43
Stephen Bonney (57) 36:38
Craig Kenny (56) 19:53
Paul Trainor (54) 35:31
Chris Pickford (54) 19:30
Daryl Bentley (55) 38:23
Shaun O’Dwyer (53) 18:54
Tom Lucas (52) 19:52
Pete Kearney (50) 20:03
Nick Howarth (48) 21:26
Paul Turner (51) 22:49

Bolton United Harriers & AC – 2:38:16 – 7th
Nicola Cartridge (8) 36:22
Katie Oakley (7) 20:14
Rebecca Kay (7) 20:34
Catherine O’Dwyer (6) 36:20
Olivia Kearney (7) 22:06
Mercedes Mercer (7) 22:40

Results (12-Stage)
Results (6-Stage)
Results (U15)

Roddlesworth Roller

Sunday, 12th March 2017

Tommy Harrison galloped to victory by exactly a minute in the Roddlesworth Roller from Abbey Village on a clear, still morning. The 5.59 miles scenic course was tough due to the hills, but the ever-improving Dom Gavin and Simon Dally swiftly followed Harrison to seal the senior team prize. With Paul Mills and Pete Kearney also powering in amongst the 217 field, the vets team prize was also snaffled – a great team effort all round!

BUH&AC results:
1 Tommy Harrison 32:23
6 Dominic Gavin 35:13
12 Simon Dally 36:17
22 Paul Mills 38:30
38 Peter Kearney 40:10


The associated Daffodil Doddle saw many junior Blue Vests compete for their schools, with Jason Scaife (M12) and Molly Philbin (F14) being the first to finish.


Elsewhere, amongst the 271 field of the Sweatshop 10 Miler from Bispham near Blackpool, Bolton finishers included:
40 James Rideout 1:10:05
43 Gary Jones 1:10:29
189 Stephen Zlotty 1:34:05


European Indoor Athletics Championships

Sunday, 5th March 2017

International star Tom Lancashire was fifth in 1500m in Belgrade today – a position he was “gutted” with after a “messy race”.

His 3:46.57 was some way off his PB, but in a cagey slow race after getting ‘boxed in’, he surged to second with two laps to go as the pace began to increase. Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski (3:44.82) worked his way through to the front and led out for a last lap victory. Despite the lack of a medal, it’s great to see the Bromley Cross man back competing at the highest level after years of injury niggles.

Scottish National Combined Events Champs

Saturday, 4th March 2017

Julia Winogrodzka took part in the Scottish Athletics Indoor Combined Events Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow today, competing in the U13 Girls Pentathlon as a ‘visiting athlete’.

In the high jump, she managed to clear a height of 1.32m giving her sixth place after the first event. New friend, Mya McMahon from Dunfermline Track & Field Club, jumped an impressive 1.56m, which currently tops the 2017 UK rankings. Putting her 260 points behind, Julia had a difficult task ahead.The next event was the 60m Hurdles and, although Mya managed to clock a very respectable 9.86s, Julia dashed like the wind and crossed the line with 9.62s, which is not only a new Personal Best, but is second on the all-time best results for U13 Girls.

Next up was Julia’s favourite – the Long Jump. After a trial run-up ended over the board, she moved her marker back by half a foot. This resulted in a perfect take off on her first jump and a PB-breaking distance of 5.34m. This put her on the all-time lists again, but more pertinently, was only the second U13 girl to do so in this century. McMahon still led in the overall scores after leaping 4.79m for second.

Julia then finished second in the shot put with a throw of 7.87m and overtook McMahon in the standings by barely 20 points, which translated to approximately 2 seconds’ advantage in the final event – the 800m. Both girls clocked new PBs in it – 2:41.89 for Julia and 2:55.30 for Mya.

The time difference meant that Julia won the event with 2810 points overall. McMahon collected silver (2649 points) with another guest, Saidhbhe Byrne, from Enniscorthy AC in Ireland, collecting bronze with 2495 points. The victory was cause for celebration enough, but the entries on the all-time records list marks her out as another top Blue Vest prospect for the future.


Lostock 6M

Sunday, 26th February 2017

The Blue Vests won the men’s team prize at the 35 Lostock 6M courtesy of Tommy Harrison’s silver behind Horwich’s Michael Cayton, M45 leader John Knowles and M40 bronze Chris Povey edging teammate Dom Gavin. Junior Lewis Aldred continues to impress with 22 of the 274 field, whist Ken Fowler collected M60 silver.

BUH&AC results:
2 Tommy Harrison 32:15
5 John Knowles 32:46
14 Chris Povey 35:26
15 Dominic Gavin 35:30
22 Lewis Aldred 37:02
65 Kenneth Fowler 40:34


Elsewhere locally, the Terry Nortley Radcliffe 10M showed Tom Carson inching his way back to fitness with silver (1:01:06). Stephen Bonney’s 1:09:20 was 45th of the 244 field.