Sunday, 21st May 2017
John Grimshaw clocked 50:31 today – his best of 2017, as he finished 182nd of the 733 runners.
Earlier in the week, he completed the first of Horwich’s Jubilee Series races with 42:02 (66) for approximately 5 miles. Dom Gavin was fourth in 29:47.
Friday, 19th May 2017
Nine Blue Vests enjoyed a suitably ‘smashing’ Friday evening at the Christleton 5K, with lifetime bests collected by all. Hosted by Chester Tri, the renowned pan-flat fast course saw Jonny Kay second of the 421 field, with age-group podiums for John Knowles (bronze M45) and Katie Oakley (silver FU20). Personal Best improvements ranged from Karl Darcy’s 4 seconds to Stephen Bonney’s minute-and-half+! Mentor Dave Shaw commented, “Great night’s work for the guys and girl!”
Kay and Darcy settled in the lead group for the first 2K, as the eventual winner Dejene Gezimu from Liverpool Harriers via Ethiopia, got a gap of about 20 metres. All pushed on at the 4K mark in a bid for a sub-15 time; Jonny went into second place with about 50m to go and Karl was close behind in fourth – both achieved their sub-15 objective.
2 Jonothan Kay 14:56 (PB by 20s)
4 Karl Darcy 14:58 (PB by 4s)
20 Tommy Harrison 15:43 (PB by 57s)
41 John Knowles 16:18 (PB by 18s)
69 Scott Crompton 16:54 (PB by 65s)
112 Chris Povey 17:32 (PB by 52s)
140 Stephen Bonney 17:55 (PB by 95s)
143 Chris Pickford 17:55 (PB by 74s)
176 Katie Oakley 18:37 (PB by 94s)
Monday, 15th May 2017
Bolton United Harriers & AC is still in great need of volunteers to help with:
– Coaching athletes.
– Committee roles and running of the club.
– Organising/volunteering upcoming events.
The club is looking to organise some coaching courses in the very near future for those interested in becoming coaching assistants, Level 1 and Level 2 coaches. Please register your interest with Coaching Directors Joanne Edgar and Mark Plant.
If you can spare some time to aid with the club’s running and organisation, please feel free to approach the Front Desk Team to discuss opportunities. Various roles on the club’s General Committee are in need of filling/assistance which require as little as a couple of hours per month. Please, please, please come forward if you have some time available.
The club’s upcoming hosted T&F events need volunteers, so if you can spare a few hours on Sunday 25th June or Saturday 5th August, please let Mark, Joanne or Scott know. Also, new Race Organisers are sought for 2018 events, so please approach a member of the Committee if you fancy undertaking any of the RO roles.
Many thanks for your consideration.
Weekend, 13th-14th May 2017
Stretford witnessed some great results from Blue-Vested competitors at the Greater Manchester county championships (GMAA) this week. There was at least one winner in each age-group and several new PBs.
Hannah Kelly raced to the top of the national rankings with 12.16s in the final of the 100m. She clocked 12.22s in the semi-final and beat last year’s national medallist Trinity Powell in both races. Training partner Taiwo Taiwo claimed bronze in 12.50s – a new PB and a ranking of 28th. Hannah followed this up with another stunning performance in Sunday’s 200m. There were only ever two athletes competing for gold – Hannah and Taiwo. Both eased through their heats and in the final both were dominant. Hannah took gold with a time of 24.77s and Taiwo silver with yet another PB of 25.37s.
It was a great weekend for all Bolton sprinters. There were gold medals for Georgia Lever in the U20 100m and Edan Penketh in the U11 75m, two silver medals for Ben To in the U15 boys 100m and 200m races, silver for Jack Dickinson in the senior men’s 400m and bronze for Olivia Kimbowa in the U17 300m and Herbie Kay in the U11 boys 75m.
All the other Bolton sprinters performed fantastically well with numerous PBs and all made their finals.
Multi-eventer Julia Winogrodzka had an amazing weekend, winning golds in both the 70m hurdles and Long Jump, bronzes in the 75m and 150m, before topping it off with silver in the U13 girls’ 4x100m relay with training partners Elina Velikaite, Idowu Taiwo and Elizabeth Williamson. There is clearly strength in depth in the relay squad, with Porscha Johnson unable to compete due to knee injury.
Harvey Kenny won the 600m at a canter in 1:53.68 and finally got over 4 metre mark in the long jump with 4.29m, which places him third on the U11 national rankings.
The seniors also had good outings, with PBs and medals being taken by those in the longer distances and field events.
Elsewhere, the hot and humid conditions at the Worden Park 10K in Leyland saw John Grimshaw post 51:49 (162nd) and Ged Tucker 64:08 (300th) amongst the 370 runners.
Wednesday, 10th May 2017
Nineteen Blue Vests completed the 4 mile loop of Haigh Hall this evening in the third CLGP fixture hosted by Wigan Phoenix. Tommy Harrison showed a clean pair of heels to the 266 field, winning by 12 seconds, whilst John Knowles was first veteran and fifth overall. Scott Crompton edged into the top 10 and, with Dom Gavin in twelfth, the race team collected 27 points – not enough to beat Leigh’s 19. For the A team (first 10 counters), Paul Mills showcased his continued improvement by finishing 21st and second M50, whilst M60 winner Ken Fowler bookended the group that saw the race result replicated – Bolton’s 269 eclipsed by Leigh’s 110.
The B Team was led by Liv Kearney, with Rachel Bailey and Cecilia Woods among the next 6 counters. Bolton maintain a slender lead in the veterans’ standings, but are now playing second fiddle to Burnden and Leigh in the other team tables.
BUH&AC times: Tommy Harrison 22:44; John Knowles 23:42; Scott Crompton 24:50; Dominic Gavin 25:01; Paul Mills 26:22; Chris Pickford 26:43; Dean Johnson 27:49; Peter Kearney 27:59; James Rideout 28:41; Ken Fowler 29:32; Olivia Kearney 30:46; Ged Bretherton 32:18; Rachel Bailey 33:10; Simon Thorne 33:42; David Morrison 34:32; Cecilia Woods 34:35; John Grimshaw 35:24; Gerard Tucker 42:35; Richard Clegg 49:46