Trotters 5M

Sunday, 4th March 2018

Sixteen Blue Vests featured amongst the 325 field of the second CLGP fixture of 2018 – the Trotters 5-miler. As per the opening round, two were on the podium, with Tommy Harrison winning the race in a sprint finish with Leigh’s Dave Smith and John Knowles collecting bronze. Simon Dally and Dom Gavin made it four in the top 10, whilst junior Emily Petch made her debut at a senior open race.

BUH&AC results:
1 Tommy Harrison 28:47
3 John Knowles 28:57
5 Simon Dally 30:30
9 Dominic Gavin 30:57
19 Chris Povey 31:50
29 Mark Wolstencroft 33:04
32 David Chrystal 33:33
63 James Rideout 36:14
82 Andrew Gallagher 37:43
93 Zoe Gibson 38:13
97 Rachel Bailey 38:24
102 Scott Bracey 38:35
211 David Jones 46:36
279 Gerard Tucker 53:38
313 Emily Petch 1:02:36
314 Lee Petch 1:02:37



Lostock 6M

Sunday, 25th February 2018

It was a Blue Vest 1-2-3 at the Lostock 6-miler, with other good results among the 342 field, not least 8 finishers in the top 21.

1 Jonothan Kay 29:57
2 Karl Darcy 30:01
3 Tommy Harrison 31:42
12 Dominic Gavin 35:12
14 Chris Povey 36:04
17 Christian Pickford 36:28
20 Lewis Aldred 36:49
21 Craig Kenny 36:56
71 Ken Fowler 41:38
236 David Jones 51:44


Karl Darcy and Jonny Kay enjoyed a great battle from the off with the pair building up a sizeable lead by the mile point. Karl edged ahead at the 3 mile point with Jonny having to dig deep in the last 2 miles to make up ground. The 6 mile race came down to a sprint finish with Jonny edging it by 4 seconds and in doing so, breaking 30 minutes, finishing in a time of 29:56 with Karl just missing the barrier with a 30.01 clocking – both pleasing performances for coach Dave Shaw.

Tommy Harrison then made it a Bolton 1-2-3, out-battling Leigh’s Neil Pendlebury in the closing stages to finish in 31:42. The finish from Harrison at the end of 6 miles bodes well for his upcoming half marathon at Wilmslow.

The good performances continued with the next finisher being Dom Gavin in 12th (35:12), followed by a flood of blue athletes, all coming in within a minute of each other with Chris Povey 14th (36:04), Chris Pickford (36:28), Lewis Aldred 20th (36:49) and Craig Kenny 21st (36:56). Ken Fowler was next home in 71st (41:38) with David Jones rounding off the team in 236th (51:44).

Central Lancashire 5K

Sunday, 18th February 2018

Bolton United Harriers fielded a 20-strong squad in the opening Central Lancashire Grand Prix – the home fixture of the CL5K at Bolton’s Leverhulme Park. An early morning start for the volunteers and marshals was no doubt appreciated by the 309 finishers, as the race unfolded in cool but dry conditions.

Horwich’s Mike Cayton won by the smallest of margins – 1 second, after having upped the pace from 4km to take the sprint finish out of Bolton’s Jonny Kay (15:42), who had led until that point. Karl Darcy collected a deserved bronze. Three of the first five in the women’s race were Blue Vests, with Katie Oakley and Rebecca Kay being led home by winner Laura Lombard (18:38).

Other notable results were John Knowles in 11th and first CLGP veteran, Lewis Aldred’s top 20 despite being possibly the youngest in the field, and several well-placed age-group results including Chris Povey (2nd M40), Mark Wolstencroft (3rd M50), Ken Fowler (1st M65) and Mary Cheung (3rd F35). Asad Maslah and David Jones also made their competitive debuts.

In the CLGP, it would appear as though newcomers Ramsbottom RC (55) will battle Burnden RR (70) for the largest squad, whilst Radcliffe (34) and Swinton (35) could challenge overall with good-sized teams.

BUH&AC results: Jonothan Kay 15:42; Karl Darcy 16:03; John Knowles 17:34; Dominic Gavin 18:14; Lewis Aldred 18:18; Chris Povey 18:35; Laura Lombard 18:38; Craig Kenny 18:54; Mark Wolstencroft 18:54; Stephen Bonney 19:10; Katie Oakley 19:21; David Chrystal 19:33; Rebecca Kay 20:51; Ken Fowler 21:37; Asad Maslah 22:03; Scott Bracey 22:06; Rachel Bailey 22:15; Zoe Gibson 22:21; Mary Cheung 23:29; David Jones 25:44


Photos (RunningPix)

Northern Athletics XC Championships

Saturday, 27th January 2018

Among those Blue Vests at Harewood House in Leeds giving their all against the best of the region:

U13 Lily Philbin 142/235
U13 Laurence Britton 64/232
U17 Molly Phiblin 78/93
U20 Rachel Bailey 42/60
SFLaura Lombard 41/435
SM Tommy Harrison 82/761
SM Karl Darcy 86/761
SM John Knowles 151/761
SM Stephen Bonney 364/761



BUH&AC Awards – Tickets & Shortlist 2018

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

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.

The tickets, priced £6 for Adults and £4 for under-16s, can be purchased from the indoor track foyer on Club nights from Frazer Jardine, Ian Jakeway and Lesley Harwood. Due to the anticipated strong turnout, shortlisted athletes will have the chance to purchase tickets exclusively until 22nd January. If nominated athletes cannot get to the track to purchase tickets by this date, please contact Frazer to confirm your intentions. Tickets will then go on open sale from Tuesday 22nd January on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

The judging panel would like to thank all those members that responded to the request for nominations. Most categories had several strong contenders and it was exceedingly tough to narrow down, nevermind select one winner.

The shortlist for all categories can be downloaded by clicking on the image below. The names are in no particular order.