Bolton 10K

Sunday, 22nd April 2018

Another slick Bolton 10K took place this morning and whilst the London Marathon may have had record-breaking heat, the perfect conditions forecast for Leverhulme Park gave way to what felt like a monsoon downpour for our northern alternative!

Despite being a couple of minutes off last year’s course records, both the men’s and women’s race winners recorded the largest winning margins of recent times. Leigh’s Neil Pendlebury clocked 34:02 to cross the line at the head of the 514 field – over three and a half minutes in front of Horwich’s Tom Grundy, whilst the 40:45 by Jenny Evans of Sale Harriers Manchester was nearly two minutes in front of Rebecca Lovegrove.

Dom Gavin was the first Blue Vest in seventh, swiftly followed by junior Lewis Aldred dipping under 40 minutes for the first time over 10km. M55 James Rideout and the ever-improving Scott Bracey completed the winning men’s team whilst Rachel Bailey, Zoe Gibson and Mary Cheung made it a double team victory with women’s prize. Notable mentions also go to junior Molly Philbin, dipping under 50 minutes on her debut at this distance, whilst younger sister Lily had earlier crossed the line ahead of nearly 100 entrants in the One Mile Fun Run, held at 9am before the 10K.

Gail Harrison, Race Organiser for the first time, commented “The rain dampened nobody’s spirits, with positive feedback from all the participants. Many thanks to all the volunteers, especially Nicky Cartridge and Frazer Jardine on the organising committee – we’re already looking forward to 2019’s event!”

Full results and links are available via the Bolton 10K website at

BUH&AC times: Dominic Gavin 38:55; Lewis Aldred 39:39; James Rideout 43:01; Scott Bracey 45:32; Tony Warham 46:55; Paul Rossington 47:19; Rachel Bailey 47:29; Zoe Gibson 47:36; Mary Cheung 48:36; Molly Philbin 49:36; Michelle Philbin 52:35; David Jones 53:29; Gerard Tucker 65:51

Photos (RunningPix) – 10K

Photos (RunningPix) – Fun Run

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