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17th April 2018

Senior News

The Ribby Hall Triathlon involved a 400 metre swim, a 10.2 mile bike ride and 5Km run in the countryside between Ribby Hall and Lytham. Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Caroline Betmead was 31st and 1st Vet Lady in a total time of 1:01:28 and teammate Michelle Tickle was 50th in 1:04:22 and 3rd Vet Lady. David Twizell was 167th in 1:18:08.

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Caroline Betmead, David Twizell & Michelle Tickle at Ribby Hall Triathlon

 

At the Three Bridges 10Km in Lancaster, BWFAC’s Steven Simpson was 15th (39:13) with Ian Dawson 16th (40:44), Paul Beech 23rd (42:00), Karen Dunford 109th (48:37) and Malcolm Beech 243rd (58:21).

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Paul Beech, Ian Dawson, Malcolm Beech & Steven Simpson at The Three Bridges 10K

Derek Crane ran with nearly 4000 runners in a wet and windy Great Ireland Run over 10Km held in Phoenix Park in Dublin finishing 1582nd in 53:02.

At the challenging Curleys 5Km Horwich Trail race the BWFAC squad were led by Stephen Dunn in 15th (21:41), with Andrew Simm 26th (22:47), Peter Singleton 37th (24:08), Michelle Tickle 51st (25:07), Simon Scarr 74th (27:37), Alan Wilkinson 90th (29:43), Beverley Gigli 105th (32:25), Andy Hume 107th (33:24), Alan Smart 108th (33:29), Bernard Singleton 109th (33:30) and Amanda Fuller 114th (34:16).

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The BWFAC April Club Handicap was the 400th running of this institution, which started on January 1st 1985 and has been staged on the same 3.72 mile course every month since. This month’s handicappers were: Nick Hume 24:50, Nicola Unsworth 24:53, Chris Rawcliffe 25:27, Clare Clarke 33:24, Malcolm Beech 33:27, Peter Gibson 28:23, Bob Massey 35:03, Anthony Blight 28:05, Rick Wallace 22:06, Karen Dunford 28:20, Tony Airnes 33:34, Ian Dawson 22:35, Andrea Smith 28:52, Reg Smallbone 28:56, Tony Croft 37:02 and Martin Bates 29:39.

Bev Wright led 14 BWFAC runners with a PB of 20:33 (11th) and was also first female at the Blackpool parkrun. Nick Hume recorded 20:33 (12th) and Nicola Unsworth posted a PB of 20:46 (14th) and was 3rd female. At Lytham Hall parkrun Peter Singleton was 19th (21:37). Michelle Tickle visited her home parkrun in Preston, a leg loosener for her Triathlon the following day, finishing in 24:35 (110th).

Junior News

The Lancashire County Combined Events Championships (inc Hyndburn AC Open) was held at Wilson’s Playing Field Athletic track in Clayton-le-Moors last weekend. Although there was not as many competing from Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC as in previous years, seven athletes competed over the two days.

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The first day of competition was dry and there was some warm sunshine. Scott Sinclair and Sebby Holt competed in the Junior Boys Pentathlon. Scott had an excellent competition posting PBs in the first four disciplines: 80m Hurdles 14.3, Shot Putt 8.65m, Long Jump 5.54m and High Jump 1.62m. Before the final event Scott was in second place overall with 1832 points, however despite feeling shattered after giving his all in the High Jump, he managed to drag himself round the two laps of the track to finish the 800m and final event in 2:53.6. Although this had pushed him down to 5th place, Scott finished third in the Lancashire AA and Schools Competition and was delighted to achieve the four PBs.

Sebby Holt was also pleased with PBs in the Long Jump (4.02m) and High Jump (1.47m) and finished 8th overall and 4th in the Lancashire competitions. Both boys will be selected as part of the Lancashire Schools team at the North West Counties competition later this year.

_MG_0488 - CopyThomas Wilkinson also posted good performances in the Under 13 Pentathlon with a 14.8 PB in the 75m Hurdles, 6.79 Shot Putt, 4.15m Long Jump and 1.35m High Jump. Although the 800m is not Thomas’ strongest event, he still finished second overall with 1228 points.

Kieran Howard was fifth in the Year 7 & 8 Boys Quadrathlon, with his best individual event first place in the Long Jump with a PB of 3.57m.

_MG_1913 - CopyThe second day of the competition started fine and sunny, however it deteriorated and there were several heavy showers, which delayed the Junior Girls Pentathlon High Jump for several minutes. Leah Howard was competing in this competition and had an excellent competition scoring well in all five disciplines, with a PB of 9m in the Shot Putt and first place in the High Jump (1.44m). Leah finished the competition second overall and first in the Lancashire Schools Competition and will now be selected for the Lancashire team.

_MG_1028 - CopyWill Holmes competed in the toughest event, the Senior Boys Decathlon, held over the two days days. He started well with a PB of 12.1 in the 100m, scoring his best total of points. He finished on Sunday afternoon with the final event, the 1500m, and finished the weekend with an overall total of 2260 points and will now be selected to represent Lancashire.

In her first Combined Events competition, Keira Tomes had a fantastic start. She finished first in the first three events: 75 metres (11.4), Vortex (22.36m) and Standing Long Jump (1.93m). Although the final event, the 600m, was Keira’s least favourite, she ran with determination to post 2:14.5, which was good enough to maintain her lead and win the Gold medal.

Several Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes took advantage of the electronic timing at the Wigan Harriers Spring Open. Riley Nagle posted a PB of 54.94 to win the 400m. Riley recorded 12.22 in the 100m and 24.74 in the 200m. Bradley Parsons who prefers the shorter sprint distances, tested himself over 400m and recorded a PB of 57.79.

The BWFAC Pole Vault squad tested their early season outdoor form at Wigan. Under 17 Women Jasmine Carey won with 3.30m and Amelia Shearman was 3rd (3.00m). Under 15 Girls Chloe Parsons and Grace Dunn who were competing in their first outdoor competition both jumped 1.85m.

At the Park View 2K parkrun Maximus Nelson was 5th with 8:26 and Aimee Harling 16th in 9:41.

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12th April 2018

BWFAC Athletes of the Month for March are Lucy Tickle for her hard work on the track and cross country which culminated in being selected for the Lancashire team at the English Schools XC Championship and Paul Sparrow for his cross country form.

The Volunteers of the Quarter are Michelle Tickle for her recent revamp of the club website and Danny Smith for his work as an official.

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12th April 2018

It been a busy time for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC members, hosting the first Inter Club meeting at Stanley Park, Track & Field action in the first Mid Lancs meeting at Witton Park, action on the Road and even on the fells.

It was a wet overcast start for the 4 mile, 2 lap race, with 402 runners from BWFAC, Preston, Wesham, Lytham, Red Rose, Chorley and Thornton, starting inside the Stanley Park main gates.

It was the best turnout for several years with 57 runners representing Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC and up against strong Preston and Wesham teams, who finished 1st and 2nd Open teams, The BWFAC team, led by Liam Craine (8th 22:03) and Phil Leybourne (9th 22:41) and first Vet 50, finished third.

In the ladies race, Jess Rogers was 2nd female and first Junior Lady (60th 24:59), and along with Nicola Unsworth (108th 27:04), Liz Lake (120th 27:29), Michelle Tickle (123rd 27:34) and Bev Wright (128th 27:40) led BWFAC Women’s team to first place ahead of Wesham. Unsworth, Tickle, Wright along with Laura Lawler and Alison Titterington led the FV40 Women category to first place. Phil Leybourne, John Wright, David Williamson, Richard Wallace, Paul Beech and Steven Simpson led the Open Vets to third. Leybourne and Wright along with Paul Sparrow and Nick Hume led the Vet 50s to first place, with Hume (96th 26:26), Les Endean and Peter Singleton leading the Vet 60s to 2nd place.

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The first Mid Lancs T&F League meeting was held at a wet and gloomy Witton Park, Blackburn. There were 35 BWFAC athletes competing. Amongst the many excellent results there were wins by BWFAC Seniors Susan Ball in the Discus (25.81m) and Nia Rutter in the Shot Putt (10.76m).

On the road the main event was the Manchester Marathon and Danny Smith had an excellent initial run achieving his sub 4 hour target with 3:56:44. Nearer to home at the Fleetwood 10Km, Nicola Unsworth ran a speedy race finishing 19th and 2nd lady in 42:44.

At the Rivington 10 Mile Trail Challenge, Anthony Blight was 162nd (1:40:58), Simon Scarr 178th (1:43:20) and Kevin Woods 234th (1:53:56).

The Pendle Fell Race was also the Lancashire Fell Championship. BWFAC’s Harry Poole, a relative novice at running on the hills, performed well, finishing 11th on the 4.5 mile 1499 feet race in 36:32.

There were 22 BWFAC runner’s at the Blackpool parkrun led home by Liam Craine in 17:51 and Bev Wright was 2nd lady (13th) and posted a PB 20:45. At Lytham Hall parkrun there were 4 BWFAC led home by Paul Sparrow (17th 21:30).

For the BWFAC Juniors, the first of six Mid Lancs Track & Field meetings, five league and concluding with a Medal Meeting at Blackpool in August, started at Witton Park, Blackburn. The first few outdoor track & field meetings have not been blessed with spring like conditions and Witton Park was no exception, as the action started in heavy rain and although this stopped, it was still bleak and not very warm. However, there were still plenty of sparkling performances to lighten the gloom.

Although not as many in attendance compared with the Blackpool Open a few weeks ago, there were still thirty five Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde AC athletes competing. In the sprints the best performance was posted by U15 Girl Mary-Jayne Broomhead with 2nd (13.2) behind Kayleigh Watson of Carlisle Aspatria (12.1) and she battled it out with Alesha Azonubi of Preston (27.9) in the 200m to win in 27.4. In the male category, James Nicholas, whose principle event is normally the 400 metres, concentrated on the shorter sprints, posting 12.2 (3rd) in the 100m and 24.1 (2nd) in the 200m.

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In the middle distance events, Jake Dudley (U17M), running his first official 800m, ran a mature controlled race to win in 2:04.9, with James Smith 5th in a good 2:14. Jake also tackled the 3000m, finishing strongly in 2nd with 9:39.4. Jack Tickle(U17M) started his T&F season in a confident way with a 6+ second PB in the 1500m recording 4:40.0 (2nd). His sister Lucy, running in the U15 Girls 800m, held on to second place in a close finish with 2:36.4.

In the field events, Scott Sinclair posted three impressive performances starting with a win in the Under 15 Boys Long Jump with a PB 5.16m, equalled his PB with 1.60m (3rd) in the High Jump and concluded with 2nd and a PB of 14.9 in the 80m Hurdles. In the U15 Girls Leah Howard posted three good performances, with 2nd places in the Long Jump (4.62m) and High Jump (1.40m) and 3rd in the 75m Hurdles (13.2). Natalia Luczak was also 3rd in the Long Jump (4.45m). In the U13 Boys Long Jump, Thomas Wilkinson was 2nd with a PB of 4.24m.

The best results in the throw events were by Natasha Webster in the U17W Javelin (4th 30.93m), Kacie Calvert in the U15 Girls Javelin (3rd 21.16m), Charlotte Jones in the U15 Girls Hammer (2nd 27.60m) and Kieron Howard, who was 2nd in both the U13 Boys Shot Putt (7.64m) and Discus (18.47m).

IMG_6209Away from the track three Under 17 men made a significant contribution to the BWFAC Open team, which finished third in the first Inter Club race of the season held at Stanley Park. In the 2 lap, 4 mile race, Jake Dudley was 13th (22:41), Danny Fletcher 18th (23:04) and Jack Tickle 28th (23:35). Jess Rogers aged 19 was first Junior lady, 2nd female and was instrumental in helping the BWFAC Ladies team to first team place.

Finally, 11 year old Holly Tickle achieved a 41 second PB at the 5km Blackpool parkrun finishing 48th in 23:51 and Aimee Harling aged 8 was 17th (10:10) at the Parkview 2Km Junior parkrun.

 

 

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9th April 2018

Below is a link to a list of BWFAC members that Nick Hume has affiliated to England Athletics as of now. Could anyone who believes that they have renewed but are not on the list please contact Nick Hume (apart from U11s who are not affiliated).
BWFAC EA Affiliated Athletes as at 08.04.18

8th April 2018

After months of training, Daniel Smith completed his first marathon today at Manchester in a fantastic time of 3:56:44.

Also running today was Nicola Unsworth (42:43 & 2nd female) and Stephanie Wood (1:03:15) who ran the Fleetwood 10K.

Taking on the challenging Rivington 10K were Anthony Blight (1:40:58), Simon Scarr (1:43:20) and Kevin Woods (1:53:56).

Well done to all!

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7th April 2018

Thank you to all OFFICIALS and SUPPORTERS that gave up their time to officiate at the first Mid Lancs Track & Field event at Witton Park, Blackburn today. Your help has not gone unnoticed. If it wasn’t for your valuable services, this event would not be able to go ahead. The new club tent is brilliant! Massive thank you to Tracy Smith for sourcing this for us.
A few items were left in the club tent:-
• purple blanket
• small black umbrella
• black hoodie size L 12-13 years
Please contact Justyna Luczak if anything belongs to you.

The club shop is now open and taking orders! Please click here to order.

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6th April 2018

Thank you to everyone who marshalled and supported at Blackpool interclub on Wednesday evening. It was much appreciated given that the weather conditions weren’t great! Well done to all who ran…a great turnout from BWFAC with 57 runners (which included 4 juniors!) taking part! Lastly, thank you to everyone who provided food for the post run buffet! As always the runners were well fed after their run!
The next interclub is Lytham on Thursday 3 May! Lets keep it going!

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After Wednesday’s interclub, the presentation for last year’s interclub series took place. To view the interclub winners for the 2017 Series please click here.

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5th April 2018

IMG_6103The fourth designated race of the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC Road Race Championship was the Salford 10Km held on a fast and relatively flat two lap course starting and finishing at the Salford Sports Village. It was a high quality race with the winner John Ashcroft (30:17) and eight others crossing the line in under 32 minutes. First lady was Laura Hesketh of Clayton le Moors 37th in 34:38. First BWFAC runner was Amelia Beaman, who was 146th and 16th female in an impressive 38:40 for her first 10Km. The rest of the squad were Michelle Tickle (282nd 44:18), Jeff Wilson (317th 45:51, Simon Scarr (443rd 51:03), Bob Massey (542nd 56:43), Amanda Fuller (552nd 57:03), Nickola Walker (585th 60:52), Andy Hume (606th 63:34) and Fiona Little (630th 69:15). Second claim member Phil Leybourne (Salford Harriers) was 28th and 1st Vet 50 in 33:42.

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Although not feeling at her best, Nicola Unsworth was 69th (68:27) with Jeff Wright (200th 1:45:24) in the picturesque tough Caldervale 10 Mile race.

A couple of days before in the multi terrain undulating Curly’s 5Km Trail Race, Simon Scarr was 79th (28:25), Beverley Gigli 113th (32:53), Amanda Fuller 117th (33:26), Andy Hume 124th (34:56) and Fiona Little 142nd (44:33).

At the Llandudno Easter Dash 5Km Andrew Simm was 25th in 20:04. Javelin thrower Robbie Morris swapped discipline to run as part of the Sheffield University team at the Isle of Man Festival of Running finishing 98th with a total time of 1:35:14 from three races (10Km – 42:13, Multi-terrain 4M – 32:42, 5Km – 20:21).

Connor Norman was in good form at the electronically timed Trafford AC meeting, posting three PBs in the 100m (2nd 14.25), 200m (3rd 29.30) and Long Jump (3rd 3.90m). In the U15 Girls Long Jump Natalia Luczak was first (4.37m) with Georgia Norman 4th (4.17m) and Katie Calvert 9th (3.45m). Natalia was also 5th in both the 300m (49.59) and High Jump (1.20m) and Georgia was 3rd (14.38) in the 100m.

Both local 5Km parkruns attracted large Bank Holiday participation with 212 running at Blackpool and 264 at Lytham Hall Park. Seventeen BWFAC ran at Stanley Park, with Liam Craine leading the way in 2nd with a PB 17:20, James Greenaway (5th 18:29), Adam Callow (8th 19:03), Steve Dunn (15th 20:27), Paul Beech (17th 20:36), Nick Hume (18th 20:39), Nicola Unsworth (28th & 1st F 21:56), Lucy Tickle (30th 22:04), Michelle Tickle (38th 23:05), Peter Gibson (50th 24:10), Holly Tickle (54th 24:32 PB), Alison Titterington (63rd 25:15), David Twizell (109th 27:39), Malcolm Beech (135th 29:10), David Heaton (175th 33:33), Andy Hume (180th 35:38), and Bob Massey (181st 35:39).

At Lytham Hall parkrun, Emily Balshaw was first BWFAC in 23rd (20:54) with Paul Sparrow (29th 21:15), Peter Singleton (36th 21:36), Aimee Harling (122nd 27:48 PB) and Howard Henshaw (166th 30:37). At the 2Km Parkview junior parkrun Otis Leah posted a PB of 8:04.

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26th March 2018

Membership Renewals: If you have not received the email regarding Membership Renewal can you check your Spam, check the EA Portal to ensure your details are
correct and then contact Nick Hume for a form. Athletes will not be registered with EA until the BWF AC Membership is renewed so that could mean that they are not allowed to compete in the first Mid Lancs T&F for example.

BWFAC Interclub numbers can be collected from the clubhouse at Stanley Park Arena this Wednesday 28 March between 6.15pm-6.30pm and 7.15pm ish-7.45pm.

Please click here to view last year’s 2017 BWFAC AGM minutes.

Please click here for details about Jenny Meadow’s Mental Skills Workshop that is taking place on Wednesday 11 April 7pm-9pm. Join Jenny Meadows and Coach Trevor Painter in a workshop where we will look at ways to improve your mental skills so that nerves and anxiety do not get in the way of your performance. Available for Athletes and Sports people of all ages. Please pay on the door.

Please take a look at the Young Athletes Track and Field section of the website and familarise yourself with any key dates for Mid Lancs T & F, YDL, Lancs AA Combined and Schools events and ESSA T & F.

Any queries or if you spot any errors please contact Michelle Tickle

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24th March 2018

The updated trail race championship results are now available to view here.

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20th March 2018 

Senior News

Last weekend, Spring was put on hold as icy winds blew in from Siberia resulting in many athletics events and road races being cancelled. Thankfully West Lancashire missed the worst of the arctic conditions!

BWFAC member, Danny Smith spent the whole of Saturday stood on the Timekeeping Stand at the BWFAC Winter Warm Up exposed to a freezing cold wind and snow showers. Not the best preparation to run 20 miles along the River Lune in the Trimpell 20. However, he was 157th in an excellent time of 2:47:29, well on target for the Manchester marathon in April. Also training for her London marathon was Kirsty Holland who finished 287th in 3:11:57.

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There was bitterly cold wind for the start of the Sweatshop 10 Mile Race on the cliffs at Bispham. The race was won by Rob Affleck of Preston Harriers in 56:21 and first Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC was James Greenaway in 7th (61:50). Paul Sparrow was 18th and 2nd Vet 50 in 69:03 and Bev Wright 25th, 2nd woman and inevitably first Vet 55 in 72:17. The rest of the BWFAC squad were Jeff Wilson (62nd 80:03), John Reason (86th 85:48), Simon Scarr (96th 88:28), Malcolm Beech (117th 95:39), Bob Massey (118th 95:39), Amanda Fuller (120th 96:41) and Fiona Little 159th (2:14:10).

IMG_5398There were 16 BWFAC members at the Blackpool parkrun led by John Wright (4th 18:44) and Adam Callow (6th 19:14), with Nicola Usworth first woman in 21:13. At the Lytham Hall park run Peter Singleton was 21st (22:35) and Club President, Howard Henshaw (111th 31:08). Forest Leah was first at the Park View junior parkrun in a PB 7:29.

Further afield, while over in Leeds to watch the English Schools Cross Country Championships, three members of the Tickle Family took on the ‘Hill of Doom’ at Roundhay parkrun which was hit by snow as well as a biting cold wind. First home was Simon in 25:23 (37th), followed by Michelle in 26:44 (60th) and 11 year old Holly who bravely fought against the weather to finish in 29:35 (101st).

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19th March 2018

Message from Justyna Luczak: Mid Lancs Track & Field 2018

I would like to introduce myself as the Mid Lancs Track and Field League Manager for the 2018 season and provide you with some general information about the league. The Mid Lancs Track and Field League is open to all athletes from Under 13s to Seniors. All athletes that wish to complete must be fully paid members of BWFAC.
A membership application form can be downloaded from our club website here. Completed forms need to be returned to Nick Hume no later than 1st April. If you are currently a member, please ensure your membership is renewed by the 1st April.

The first fixture is at Witton Park in Blackburn on Saturday 7th April 2018. Please click here for the full fixture list. In preparation, please would all athletes wishing to take part in any of the Mid Lancs Track & Field events, come and register at the track this week. We have been asked to declare athletes that are likely to participate. If you would like to compete at the Mid Lancs T&F competitions please register with me. I will be at the track on Tuesday 20th March at around 6pm and Thursday 22nd March at around 7pm. I should be at the track on Sunday 25th March between 12.30 – 1.30/2.00pm. I will need your England Athletics number.

In addition, BWFAC is required to provide 5 officials for each meeting (3 of which must be graded to a minimum level 2 and at least 1 should be graded in a track discipline). Please can officials or volunteers inform me in advance of their availability.
The Field Duties list can be viewed here along with the
rules of competition here. To be allowed to compete for a medal in the last Medal Meeting the athlete must compete in at least two Mid Lancs T&F League events.

The Order of Events for 2018 can be viewed here. Hammer starts at 11am and all other events at 12pm however events are not always announced on the day. Please allow plenty of time to collect your number from me and inform me on the day which events you would like to do – maximum 3 plus relay. Please note there will be limited numbers in some events.

You must wear a club vest to be able to compete. Vests are available to purchase at £18.50 for child size and £22.50 for adult size from Tracy Smith (07981 005383).

Please note that car parking charges have been introduced at Witton Park – £1.50 per day and 50p per 2 hours. The Blackburn Easter Fun Fair will be on site on Saturday 7th April so car parking may be difficult on that day. There are surrounding streets across from Witton Park; Tower Road (free car parking). The main car park and football pitches car park, both will be subject to charges. The machines should take coins and cards but please prepare some change if you are thinking about parking there.

Below are some useful links:
Mid Lancs Track and Field website    BWAC website     Membership fees

If you have any queries please contact me on 07802 588 940 (if possible by text) and I should be available for one hour between 12.30 – 2.30pm from Monday to Friday and I will be able to respond to queries / questions.
I will hopefully see you at the first meeting and wish you all a great season!

Kind Regards
Justyna Luczak (Natalia’s mum)

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19th March 2018

Junior News

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The first outdoor Track & Field meeting of the season, the Winter Warmup took place on Saturday 17 March at Stanley Park Arena. Although it was sunny, it lived up to its name with a bitterly cold wind and sweeping snow showers across the expanse of the stadium, as the ‘Beast From the East 2’ hit Britain. With over 450 athletes entered, it was a busy day despite some deciding against travelling to compete or not staying for some of the later events. The officials have to be complemented on enduring the extreme weather conditions, often with smiles on their faces. With over 80 Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC young athletes from 8 to 16, as well as several seniors, they have to be admired for competing with tenacity in the tough conditions. Mary-Jayne Broomhead performed well in the Scottish Age Indoor Championship by reaching the final of the Under 15 Girls 60 metres. She continued this good form by finishing third (14.1) overall out of 30 girls in the 100 metres and first (27.5) in the 200m. BWFAC girls Megan Lewis (4.42m), Natalia Luczak (4.38m) and Georgia Norman (4.34m) took the first three places in the U15G Long Jump and Leah Howard won the High Jump (1.39m) in difficult windy conditions. Scott Sinclair was second in the U15B Long Jump with a PB of 5.13m and was first in the High Jump (1.56m) and Joseph Smalley second (13.3) in the 100 metres. In the Under 17 age category Kate Jenkinson won the 200 metres (27.5) and even won the Discus – after just one training session! Also in the Under 17 category Bradley Parsons won the 100 metres (12.00) with James Nicholas third (12.3) and Ciaran Medd second in the Discus with 33.60m. New member, Jefferson Kong impressed in the Under 13 Boys Long Jump with second place (4.20m) and was also second in the 200 metres (30.1). Kieran Howard won the U13B Shot Putt with a PB of 7.91m, with George MacKenzie second (7.22m) and Thomas Wilkinson won both the High Jump (1.25m) and 75m Hurdles (15.6). In the youngest age category, the Under 9s, Aimee Harling and Otis Leah, who are regulars at the Junior Park View parkrun, both impressed in the girls and boys 600 metres with 2:23.8 and 2:12.5 respectively.

BWFAC’s Jake Dudley and Lucy Tickle, both coached by Stan Taylor, travelled across the Pennines to represent Lancashire in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Temple Newsam in Leeds. As at Blackpool, conditions were very tough with a biting cold wind on the undulating and muddy course. Jake ran in the Inter Boys race, finishing 83rd (19:16) out of 339 and was part of the squad who finished in an excellent third place. For Lucy, who ran in the Junior Girls race, saying it was the best experience of her athletic life so far, represented Lancashire for the first time. Lucy was 182nd (13:02) out of 342 and the team was 22nd overall.

Forest Leah competed at the Winter Warm-up, but decided not to stay in the cold for the 1200 metre and competed the next day at Parkview Junior parkrun, as it was his last opportunity to improve his PB before his eleventh birthday. Forest was successful, finishing first in a PB 7:29.

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19th March 2018

The results from Saturday’s BWFAC Winter Warmer are now available to view on Power of 10. Please click here to view.

16th March 2018

IMG_5376The inter-club series starts on Wednesday 4 April with BWFAC hosting the first event at Stanley Park, with the race starting at 7pm.
After the race, the presentation of trophies to our 2017 inter-club winners will take place at Blackpool Cricket Club. BWFAC members provide the refreshments for all those that attend this race (every club that hosts a race in the series provides refreshments after their race).
Therefore we have two requests:-
Please can all BWFAC runners/marshals bring some refreshments with you to the race; sandwiches, pies, sausage rolls, crisps, desserts, biscuits, etc, all will be welcome as we usually have to feed a lot of runners! If you can bring them to the cricket club before the start of the race that would be great.
If you are not running in the interclub race on Wednesday 4 April then please can you consider marshalling? If you are available to marshal can you please contact
Karen Dunford on 07891 068151
or Andrea Smith 07754408463

Many thanks in advance for your support!

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13th March 2018

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Nicola Unsworth was 3rd woman and 1st female Vet 45 (33rd 43:24) at Mothers Day 10Km in Lancaster. Other BWFAC runners were Ellen McLachlan (79th 52:20), Clare Clarke (137th 58:32), Tracey Sharrock (190th 64:57) and Nickola Walker (193rd 65:50).

Paul Plummer and Kirsty Holland took on the challenge of the tough 20 mile Irwell Valley trail race finishing 38th (2:35:06) and 197th (3:25:09) respectively.

29103651_1608931919188384_2738638522805125120_nThere was a good turnout at the first designated Club Trail Championship at the 9Km Roddlesworth Roller Trail race, held in Abbey Village, with Peter Singleton (69th 44:26) leading the way for BWFAC, Michelle Tickle (76th 45:17), Simon Scarr (134th 51:32), Gina Whiteley (172nd 55:04), Clare Clarke (208th 58:49), Beverley Gigli (214th 59:43), Jeff Wright (220th 60:13), Alan Smart (226th 60:52), Bernard Singleton (227th 60:53), Bob Massey (232nd 61:38), Amanda Fuller (233rd 61:39), Nickola Walker (245th 66:22) and Fiona Little (265th 79:20).

image1 (1)Four young Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes travelled to the Glasgow Emirates Stadium for the Scottish Age Group Championships. Amelia Shearman won Gold in the Under 20 Pole Vault 3.02m. Mary-Jayne Broomhead qualified for the Final of the U15G 60 metres and was 7th in the final with a PB 8.32 and also qualified for the 200m semi-final. Leah Howard was 6th with a PB 4.65m in the Long Jump and 8th in the High Jump (1.43m), with her brother Keiran 5th with a PB 7.14 in the U13B Shot Putt.

received_1633019830121614Representing Lancashire at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships held in Loughborough Jess Rogers was 64th (30:15) in the Under 20W race (6Km) Danielle Whipp was 182nd (27:54) in the U17W race (5Km) and Danny Fletcher 167th (24:32) in the U17M race (6Km).

BWFAC Athletes of the Month for February are Under 11 athletes Grace Oates for her performance in Cross Country, Sportshall and support of teammates and Forest Leah for his Cross Country and parkrun performances. Also nominated were Fiona Hockey, Lucy Tickle, Rafael Eaton and Danny Fletcher.

At the Blackpool parkrun Rafael Eaton was 9th (21:31), with Michelle Tickle 1st female (19th 22:46), Lucy Tickle (20th 23:01), Peter Gibson (34th 24:16), Alison Titterington (48th 25:37), Malcolm Beech (86th 29:57), Andy Hume and at Lytham Hall parkrun Paul Sparrow posted 22;00 (15th).

It was very appropriate that as International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day were being celebrated, that BWFAC’s Lucy Tickle finished first in 7:32 at the Parkview Junior parkrun in Lytham. Maximus Nelson was 4th, Holly Tickle 5th with a PB of 8:28 and Aimee Harling 15th in 9:40.

The following time were posted at the March Club Handicap: Nick Hume 26:24, Peter Gibson 29:37, Graham Davies 32:15, Gina Whiteley 32:15 and Tony Croft 36:23.

11th March 2018

Stan Taylor

Following on from Stan Taylor’s Lifetime Achievement Award last week for his commitment to athletics as a coach, we thought we would share the piece from the awards programme, written by John Blackledge.

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Stan Taylor

Stan is recognised for not only his long time commitment and involvement in Athletics, being a coach for in excess of five decades now, but also as an internationally renowned athlete, who achieved a ranking as high as 6th in the world in 1962 for the mile, running 3.58.01, a major achievement in itself!
He has been recognised by the House of Lords having received the British Citizens Award for his outstanding commitment and dedication, where his wisdom, undoubted knowledge and ability to support many athletes, has earned him great respect in the sport.
From the local track scene to the International stage, Stan has coached at all levels, be it rain or shine he has been there on track side, in the country or road side supporting athletes to achieve their best. His experience and his ability to encourage others to reap the benefits of simply running for fun and health is as equally valuable in the community. Stan’s care, passion and his undoubted dedication to athletics cannot be overstated and again his recognition is fully merited.

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9th March 2018

20180301_223006The Blackpool Community Sports Awards sponsored by Story Homes were held at the Winter Gardens and Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC were delighted to receive the ‘Club of the Year’ Award. Individual awards received were: Coach of the Year – Katy Wyper; for her support and for teaching good practice and skills to the club’s young athletes, whilst still training on a daily basis. Katy was also runner up for the Wilkinson Sword Award, which recognises the achievements of an elite athlete. Both Stan Taylor and Derek Newton were recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award for their long time commitment to athletics as coaches, along with Sandra Stephenson and Ian Howson of Blackpool Bears Disability Sports Club.

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Last weekend many athletic events across the country were affected by the unseasonably cold and snowy weather. Although there were doubts expressed about the advisability of holding the final Mid Lancs fixture at Ulverston, it successfully went ahead and although chilly, conditions were good and ironically probably the best of the season. For Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC it proved a very successful day. In the first race of the day, over a tricky 2.2Km course, the Under 11 Girls team of Gracie Scott (8th 9:17), Grace Oates (10th 9:30, Holly Tickle (15th 9:43) and Louise Bradshaw (35th 10:46) put in an excellent performance to secure first place and the Under 11 Girls Championship. The Under 17 Men’s team had already secured the Championship, however, the team turned out on the 6.9Km course, with Jake Dudley (1st 23:07), Danny Fletcher (2nd 24:56) and Jack Tickle (3rd 25:09) winning individual Mid Lancs Gold, Silver and Bronze and Joe Lund (5th 25:32).

_MG_3009The Senior Lady’s race was on the same course. Emily Japp was unable to run due to injury, however was there to offer support. Several other members of the Squad were also unavailable, however, the team led by Bev Wright (16th 18:09), with Michelle Tickle (25th 32:02), Laura Lawler (53rd 35:03) and Alison Titterington (62nd 35:39) were the second team on the day in League One, having already secured the League title at the previous meeting in Lancaster.

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The Men’s team have been struggling for most of the season, however, at Ulverston the squad of Phil Leybourne (6th 33:49), John Wright (5th 38:56), Andrew Simm (84th 41:00), Paul Sparrow (89th 41:21), Nick Hume (93rd 41:27), Daniel Smith (142nd 47:13), Simon Scarr (155th 52:11) and Alan Wilkinson (161st 56:47) were second team on the day in their division and have finished in third place, just one point off promotion. Leybourne was also first Vet 50 and with Wright and Sparrow were the first Vet 50 team and have won the Bronze Award in the Vet 50 League.

image1Nicola Unsworth ran in the inaugural Vitality Big Half Marathon held in London which was won by Mo Farah. She finished 1601st in 98:26 and at the 3-1-5 Lancaster 5Km, Emily Balshaw (U15G) was 22nd in 22:20.

The majority of parkruns over the country were cancelled, however nine BWFAC members led by Steve Dunn (9th 20:21) satisfied their parkrun fix at Blackpool and Otis Leah set a 8:17 PB (2nd) with Aimee Harling (8th 9:50) at the 2K Junior Park View parkrun in Lytham the following day.

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4th March 2018

The final Cross Country Championship results are now available to view here . If athletes/parents notice any errors please contact Nick Hume asap.

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1st March 2018 – Senior News

Harry PooleThe English National Cross Country Championships were held this year at Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath, London on a cold, but sunny day. The men’s ‘virtually mud free’ course was over 12Km and contested by over 2300 runners and was won by Adam Hickey of Southend. Harry Poole, who is returning to fitness after a period out with injury, was the lone Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC runner and finished 445th in 48:26. Also running were former BWFAC members Stuart Robinson (108th 43:37) and second claim member Phil Leybourne, both members of Salford Harriers, which finished the 9th club overall.

The Stanley Park 10KM double took place over the weekend. On Saturday, Stephen Dunn finished 21st in 41:46 and picked up the Vet 40 prize, with Nicola Unsworth 26th and 3rd lady in a PB 42:25. On Sunday, Ellen McLachlan finished 14th in 50:02.

At the Blackpool parkrun first BWFAC was Adam Callow (9th 20:04), Paul Beech (10th 20:11), Nick Hume (11th 20:25). Stasia Bligh was first female (23rd 22:13), Peter Gibson (40th 24:08), Malcolm Beech (105th 28:16), Bob Massey (105th 28:16), Nickola Walker (110th 28:42), Andy Hume (124th 30:40 PB), Amanda Fuller (132nd 30:40) and Fiona Little (199th 37:03).

At Lytham Hall parkrun, Simon Tickle was 19th (21:15) and Peter Singleton 29th (22:04).

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27th February 2018

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Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC fielded 27 athletes at the Lancashire Sportshall Competition, the third and final fixture of the season. The best individual performances belonged to Grace Oates in winning the under 11 Girls 2 lap race for the second time this season, second place in the Speed Bounce and fifth in the triple jump. Millie Turner also secured top 5 finishes in the Vertical  Jump and Javelin. Dominic Birch won the Under 11 Speed Bounce and followed this with two top 5 finishes in the in the Triple Jump 2 lap race. Jonathan Fielding won the Under 11 Target Throw event in his first competition for BWFAC and second place in the Speed Bounce. Other notable Under 11 performances included top 5 finishes for James Boak (Speed Bounce and 2 lap) and Oliver Hargreaves (Speed Bounce and 3rd place in the Foam Javelin).  Harrison Booth-Isherwood took third places in the the Vertical Jump and Balance Test.  The boys Under 11 Speed Bounce was a particular success for BWFAC with 6 of the top seven being from the  team. For the Under 13 Boys, Jefferson Kong produced four times 5 finishes in the two lap, six lap, Vertical Jump and Long Jump.  Rafael Eaton posted three top 5 finishes, including second place in the Speed Bounce and third place in the six lap race.  In addition, there were top 10 finishes for Alfie Hall, Tom Wilkinson, Lohan Sparrow,  Gracie Rutter and Ruby Linley.

It was an excellent team effort,  and the athletes were really supportive of each other and really enjoyed  the afternoon.

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26th February 2018 – Junior News

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC young athletes were involved in indoor athletics, parkrun and Sportshall last weekend.

The competition was tough for BWFAC’s Jasmine Carey and Bradley Parsons at the England Indoor Age Group Championships held in Sheffield. Jasmine was fifth in the U17 Women Pole Vault with 3.35 metres and Bradley reached the Semi-Final of the U17 Men’s 60 metres with 7.40.

At the regular Sale Open, held at the indoor track at Sportcity, five Under 15 young athletes honed their skills for the outdoor track & field season. Imogen Reader ran 8.81 in the 60 metres and 28.65 in the 200 metres, whilst Mary-Jayne Broomfield concentrated on the shorter distance, sprinting 8.43 and 8.46, a fraction below her best in the 60m.

Leah Howard posted 10.59 in the 60m Hurdles and in the High Jump cleared 1.40m. Also in the High Jump, Scott Sinclair equalled his best with 1.60m and was close to his best with 4.90m in the Long Jump. Sebby Holt also equalled his best in the High Jump with 1.45m and ran 30.21 in the 200 metres.

Several BWFAC juniors warmed up for the final Mid Lancs meeting of the season at Ulverston next weekend and the first outdoor Track & Field Meeting of 2018 at Blackpool on March 17th by running at the local parkruns.

Forest Leah aged 10 ran in his first Blackpool parkrun and posted an impressive 20:39 on the 5K course!

Meanwhile at Lytham Hall parkrun, Danielle Whipp ran a PB 20:11 (9th) and was for most of the course the leading female, before experienced parkrunner Joanna Goorney (LSARRC) overtook her just before the end. Emily Balshaw also posted a PB 20:27 (12th), as did Lucy Tickle with 20:47 (18th). Bethany Whipp ran 22:47 (36th) and Holly Tickle aged 11 in her first solo run at Lytham, posted a PB of 25:20 (66th).

The final Lancashire Sportshall of the season was held at Blackpool Sports Centre on Sunday. A full report will follow next week.

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25th February 2018

Inter Club Series 2018

Below is the proposed list of names that will be initially registered for the 2018 Inter Club Series.  If your name is missing and you intend to compete please let Nick Hume know by Wednesday 28th February. Numbers will be allocated based on the list but runners can still register and obtain a number of the night of the race. All competitors MUST BE 15 or over on the day of the race to comply with EA Regulations.

BWFAC Inter Club 2018 Runners Names

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Hambleton Fun Run Committee  hold a family fun day incorporating a 5K run each year. The event this year is being held on the 27th May 2018 and we have been contacted to see if we would be interested in sending a team to compete in the event. There is an entrance fee of £4 per head for adults and £2 for children. All proceeds go to various charities. For more information please contact John Donaldson 

24th February 2018

Mid Lancs XC, Ulverston – Saturday 3 March – Final Details

Glaxo Hoad Hill have kindly sent full details for parking and
directions to next week’s final cross-country fixture at Ulverston (see link below). As you will see, parking is very handily sited close to the competition area. There is also a link below for the course maps. Thank you to Glaxo for their very efficient organization and good luck to all for the final event.

Directions and Site Plan for Mid Lancs Ulverston XC

MID LANCS ULVERSTON CROSS COUNTRY – INDIVIDUAL RACE MAPS

20th February 2018

There was action in track & field, cross country and on the road for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes last week.

Having already won 60m Golds at the Northern and Scottish Championships, Katy Wyper’s Indoor Season moved onto Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena for the British Championships. Having comfortably qualified from the heats for the 60m semi-final, Katy posted yet another PB of 7.47 in 4th place to qualify for the final, where despite false starting, Katy was still ecstatic to reach the final.

Meanwhile in the British University & Colleges Championships in Sheffield, Fiona Hockey competed in the Pole Vault competition and put in a strong performance clearing heights from 3.40 to 3.70 metres at her first attempt and after three good attempts at 3.80m won the Silver Medal with 3.70m.

The penultimate Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture of the season was held at a muddy Ryelands Park on a beautiful sunny spring day. For the Senior Women’s squad it was the strongest team performance of the season, ensuring that they won the team championship for the third year running. Emily Japp had a battle with Junior International, Scarlet Dale of Lancaster, for two laps, before Dale pushed away to finish 10 seconds ahead, with Japp 2nd (21:40). There were strong runs by Amelia Beaman (7th 24:04), Lauren Gowland (10th 24:37) and Jess Rogers who had her best finish of the season (11th 24:48 and 3rd Under 20). Jess along with Elizabeth Whittaker (37th 28:12) and Michelle Tickle (43rd 28:40) formed the B team, which was second in Division Two. Team Captain Laura Lawler (59th 30:32) and Alison Titterington (70th 31:34) made up the rest of the squad.

It was the best performance of the season by the Men’s team, finishing first of the Division 3 teams and ensuring the team won’t be relegated. The squad comprised of Harry Poole (22nd 36:37), John Wright (38th 38:32), Paul Sparrow (86th 41:55), Nick Hume (93rd 42:52), Paul Plummer (142nd 47:23), Daniel Smith (145th 47:29), Simon Scarr (171st 53:22) and Alan Wilkinson (176th 57:02).

In the Junior ranks the best results were by the Under 17 Men who won the fixture and League with a 1,2,3 finish by Jake Dudley, Danny Fletcher and Jack Tickle and the Under 11 Girls team, which finished second.

It was perfect weather for the Great North West Half Marathon along Blackpool Promenade, where Nicola Unsworth was 199th (1:37:52), Jeff Wilson 437th (1:50:15), Basia Pawelczak 475th (1:52:49), Rick Pinches 785th (2:07:16) and Kirsty Holland 841st (2:09:49)

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19th February 2018

Advance Notice of the BWFAC AGM and details of how to nominate Committee Members and raise motions for discussion

Please click here for more information.

Weekend’s Action – BWFAC Juniors

It was back to the ‘country’ for the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC young runners at the penultimate Mid Lancs Cross Country League held at Ryelands Park in Lancaster last Saturday. After a couple of rain showers, it turned into a beautiful early spring day reflecting many good team and individual performances.

First up on a 2km muddy course was the Under 11 Girls team led by the indomitable Gracie Scott (7:42), who fought it out at the front, finally finishing third behind Emily Dean of Southport Waterloo and Eva Karalius, a non counter from Sale. Holly Tickle, with her best position since the first meeting was 12th (8:11), with Grace Oates 19th (8:24), Louisa Bradburn 43rd (9:06) and Maria Smith 48th (9:35). It was a magnificent team performance and they finished on the same points as a strong team from Burnley, however frustratingly as their final counter was ahead of BWFAC’s, meaning Burnley finished ahead in first place. BWFAC still remain top of the League ahead of Burnley and the final fixture at Ulverston will decide who are Champions. Forest Leah has been improving throughout the season and had his best finish at Ryelands Park of fourth (7:15) in the Under 11 Boys race.

In the Under 13 races, Bethany Whipp was 32nd (9:52) and Grace Blincow was 30th (10:10) in the Girls race over 2.4km and in the Boys race over 3.4km, Luke Rawcliffe was 13th (12:21).

Lucy Tickle has had an excellent February, finishing 5th in the Lancashire School’s Championship, thus qualifying for the Lancashire team at the the English School’s Championship next month. Lucy backed this form up with her best Mid Lancs finish of third (12:45) in the Under 15 Girls race over 3.4km. In the Boys race over 4km Max Swarbrick was 16th (15:27) and James Smith was 21st (16:09).

Danielle Whipp ran strongly to finish second (15:46) behind Rosie Woodhams of Kendal-Helm Composite in the Under 17 Women’s race over 4km.
It has been an impressive performance throughout the season by the Under Men’s 17 team and in the 6km race they confirmed winning the League with a 1,2,3 finish, with Jake Dudley (20:45), Danny Fletcher (21:08) and Jack Tickle (22:00), with Joe Lund 8th (25:58).

He might have had a hard run at Ryelands Park, however Forest Leah was back running the next day at the Parkview Junior parkrun and obviously still had plenty of energy as he crossed the line first, equalling his PB of 7:36 and his younger brother Otis was third in 8:31.

Mid Lancs XC Presentation Evening – Friday 20th April 2018

A new venue for this year’s Mid Lancs Cross Country Presentation night on Friday 20th April 2018! Blackburn Rovers FC, Ewood Park! Arrive 7pm for 7.30pm Supper in the Premier Suite overlooking the pitch!
Seniors £11
Juniors (up to U20) £9

The application form for tickets can be downloaded here

Lancashire Fell Running Championships 2018

Dear all,
I am writing to you as the contact for your Lancashire Athletic
Association affiliated club with news and details of the 2018
Lancashire Fellrunning Championships.

This year’s Championships Senior and Junior will be held at the
Pendle Fell race at Barley Village on Saturday the 7th of April. Many
thanks to the race organisers Mark Nutter and Alan Dorrington and
Clayton-le-Moors Harriers for staging the race and agreeing to have the
Lancashire Championships as part of their races.

There are races for all of the Junior age groups from Under 9s
to Under 19s and Under 23s as part of the Senior race. Details of the
Championships and the selection criteria for the Junior and Inter
Counties Fellrunning Championships are outlined below.

The race entry form will include a “ tick box “ for
Lancashire eligible athletes to fill in so that we can identify
eligible runners from those from other counties. This is important and
needs to be relayed to your club runners. We will also post notices on
the day to remind everyone.

Hopefully the races will be well attended by Lancashire athletes
from all age groups and we can have a successful Championships and a
great days sport.

We are still several perpetual trophies outstanding, if
they are in the possession of someone from your club please let us know
so that we can arrange to have them returned before this years race.

My contact details are below if you need to contact me on
any subject relating to this years Fellrunning Championships.
Graham Wright
Lancashire fell Secretary
email rossendaleharriers@sky.com
Tel 07764 949199

2018 Lancashire Fellrunning Championships.
The 2018 Lancashire fell Championships (Senior and Junior) will be held
at the Pendle Fell race at Barley Village on Saturday the 7th of
April. (A big thank you to the race organisers and Clayton-le-moors
Harriers )
Details of the races can be found on their club website.
http://www.claytonlemoors.org.uk/races/pendle-fell-races/
Junior Races
Medals will be awarded to the first 3 finishers in each category-U/9,
U/11, U13, U15, U17, and U/19 boys and girls.
Seniors/Under 23s
Lancashire County Championship medals will be awarded to:
First 3 Seniors men and women.
First 3 Under 23s.
First 3 Vets men and women Over 40, Over 50, Over 60 and Over 70.
First team men and women 4 to count made up of Seniors, Vets and Under
23s
( Clubs must be affiliated to Lancashire AA to qualify for the team
award )

The Lancashire fell Championships are open to all eligible athletes who
qualify by :
1. Birth
2. By 9 months continuous residence in the County of Lancashire
immediately prior to the race date ( 7th of April )
Its important that all eligible athletes Senior and Junior tick the
Lancashire County box on the race entry form.

Inter Counties
Senior Inter Counties
The UKCAU Senior & U23 Inter-Counties Championships – Saturday 19th May
at the Lads Leap race, Crowden Campsite, nr Woodhead, off A628. 9.5
k/518m. Ladies 12noon & Men 13.15pm. Details :
http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=5758
Selection-5 men including at least one MU23 and 5 female including at
least one FU23. (The minimum age for Senior competitors is 19 on 31st
December 2018)
The Lancashire county team will comprise of the first 3 from the
Selection race at Pendle on the 7th of April plus one Under 23 and one
other to be chosen at the team managers discretion.

Junior Inter Counties.
The Junior U17 & U19 Inter-Counties Championships – Saturday 30th June,
Up the Nab, 6.4k/365m, 1pm, Glossop Rugby Club, Hargate Hill Lane,
Charlesworth, SK13 5HG Details :
http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=5773
Thr Lancashire county team will comprise of the first 2 finishers in
the Under 17s and Under 19s races boys and girls at the selection race
at Pendle on the 7th of April plus one other in each cat/age group to
be chosen at the team managers discretion.

Details of the Fell Inter-Counties Senior and Junior can be found on
the link below.
https://britishintercountiesfellrunningchampionships.wordpress.com/

Lancashire County vests will be provided unless the chosen athletes are
in possession of one from previous events.
For queries or further details contact Graham Wright at
rossendaleharriers@sky.com
Tel 07764 949199

Northern Athletics Proposal

The links below relate to the proposal by Northern Athletics for Clubs to affiliate to NA from 1st April. In short EA has reduced the grant to NA and in order to survive as a
Championship provider NA has decided to charge those clubs who affiliate £2.00 per registered EA athlete. The BWF AC Committee has discussed and debated the implications for us and will be recommending to the AGM in April that we affiliate to
Northern Athletics and ask that you support this motion.

For further information please follow the links below to the Northern
Athletics website.

https://www.northernathletics.org.uk/2018/02/16/consultation-review/

https://www.northernathletics.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/NA-Funding-Booklet-31st-October-2017-PDF.pdf

If you have any questions please send them to Nick Hume

Courses at Witton Park

A reminder that these are taking place before the start of the T&F
season at Witton Park, Blackburn on Sunday 11th March 2018. There is a
link from the county officials page at

http://www.lancsaa.co.uk/page22.html

So far the field course is just viable but the track and timekeeping
courses are in danger of being cancelled. The deadline is 1st March.

The details and entry form are available on the England Athletics
website if you follow

http://www.englandathletics.org/courses.aspx?siteSectionId=33&postCode=Postcode&distance=5&region=000100010002001300020003&keyword=&courseType=0001300000030013

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18th February 2018

BWFAC Tent!

Unfortunately when Andrew and Emily came to take the tent down at Lancaster on Saturday they also had to clear up a lot of litter that had been left behind. Please could we ask that before people leave the event they are responsible for their own litter and not leave it for those left at the end to sort. This has happened at a few events this year and doesn’t reflect well on the club.

Thank you in advance for everyone’s support with this.

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18th February 2018

GNW Half Marathon (Chip times)
Nicola Unsworth 199th 1.37.52
Jeff Wilson 437th 1.50.15
Basia Pawelczak 475th 1.52.49
Rick Pinches 785th 2.07.16
Kirsty Holland 841st 2.09.49

Well done to all!!

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17th February 2018

Mid Lancs XC – Ryelands Park, Lancaster

The full results can be viewed here.

Well done to all who ran…

U11 Girls: Gracie Scott 3rd 7:42 –  Holly Tickle 12th 8:11 – Grace Oates 19th 8:24 – Louisa Bradburn 43rd 9:06 – Maria Smith 48th 9:35 (finished 2nd team)

U11 Boys: Forest Leah 4th 7:15

U13 Girls: Bethany Whipp 32nd 9:52 – Grace Blincow 38th 10:10

U13 Boys: Luke Rawcliffe 13th 12:21

U15 Girls: Lucy Tickle 3rd 12:45

U15 Boys: Max Swarbrick 16th 15:27 – James Smith 21st 16:09

U17 Women: Danielle Whipp 2nd 15:46

U17 Men: Jake Dudley 1st  20:45 – Danny Fletcher 2nd 21:08 – Jack Tickle 3rd 22:00 –       Joe Lund 8th 25:58 (finished 1st team)

U20 Women: Jessica Rogers 3rd 24:42

Senior Women: Emily Japp 2nd 21:40 – Amelia Beaman 8th 24:04 – Lauren Gowland 10th  24:37 – Jessica Rogers 11th 24:42 – Elizabeth Whitaker 37th 28:12 – Michelle Tickle 43rd 28:40 – Laura Lawler 59th 30:32 – Alison Titterington 70th 31:34 (finished first ladies open team)

Vet 70 Men: John Winters 7th 44:13

Senior Men: Harry Poole 22nd 36:37 – John Wright 38th 38:32 – Paul Sparrow 86th 41:55 -Nick Hume 93rd 42:52 – Andrew Simm 97th 43:14 – Paul Plummer 142nd 47:23 – Daniel Smith 145th 47:29 -Simon Scarr 171st 53:22 – Alan Wilkinson 176th 57:02

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17th February 2018

Stainland Lions, a running club based in Halifax, have contacted our club regarding some running assistance during their weekend away in Blackpool, specifically Saturday 3rd March at 10:30am. They will be doing a run starting at Stanley Park Sports Centre and making their way through the park, around de Vere’s golf course and Marton Mere. This is 6.35 miles. They are obviously not familiar with the route and need guidance. The run will be at a fairly leisurely pace and some of their runners are also doing the Parkrun beforehand. They intend to have a buffet at Stanley Park café afterwards to which BW&FAC helpers are invited. I know there is XC the same day, but if you’re not doing that and can help out by running with us, can you text me or leave a message on 07967 241029.
Alternatively, speak to Bob Massey.

Thank you in advance!
Terry Westhead

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16th February 2018

Please click here for information about Lancashire Sports upcoming courses in Lancashire through March – July 2018. For more information, please contact the email address within the PDF document.

Let Me Play Ltd are getting prepared for their Residential Summer Athletics Camp which is held at Loughborough University. Last year they had 120 participants and expect to sell out once again.You can find out more information at http://www.letmeplay.co.uk/athletics-camps/ or book a place at https://letmeplay.campbrainregistration.com/

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15th February 2018

Gait Analysis Day – Saturday 24th February – Ribby Hall Activate Store

Have you seen our most recent event on our Facebook page? We are
launching our first ever Gait Analysis Day on the 24th of February! All
day our fantastic team of experts will be dedicated to making sure that
you can find the right trainers for your feet which can help with
injuries, motivation and speed!

And on top of that we are offering 15% off all full price items for
anyone who gets their Free Gait Analysis done!

There is no need to book, simply pop into store and one of our team
members will be happy to help!

Regards
Sophie (Activate)

Sophie Warden | Activate-Sales Assistant | The Health Club | 01772
674555 | Sophie.Warden@ribbyhall.co.uk

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13th February 2018

January’s Athletes of the Month are Emily Japp for her performance in Cross Country,  1st at the Mid Lancs in Burnley and 13th at the Northern XC Championships and Nick Hume who made his reappearance at Cross Country after almost 10 years in the Lancashire Cross Country Championships and Mid Lancs League finishing 4th M60 in both and scoring counter in the A teams. Nick also ran in two parkruns on New Years Day, as well as the Club Handicap.

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12th February 2018

It was a quiet weekend after a busy January on the Indoor track & field and cross country fronts. However there was still action on the road and trail for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde runners.

The Caldervale Muddy Shoes 11 and 5 Mile races are famous for there muddy courses and after the wet weather over the last few months, conditions were swamp like in places and the most difficult that anyone could remember in the fields around Caldervale. For Kevin Woods and Anthony Blight it is an annual outing and this time they completed the 11 Mile race in 18th and 19th places in 2:15:37. Jeff Wright took on the 5 Mile race, finishing in 24th (69:33).

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Paul Beech, Simon Scarr, Tracey Sharrock, Nickola Walker, Amanda Fuller, Michelle Tickle and Fiona Little at the start line of the Valentine’s 10K in Lancaster.

 

 

 

IMG_4006The second Club Championship race, the Valentine’s 10K, was run in very windy conditions in Lancaster, which was especially difficult in the first half of the race. Paul Beech led the way for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC finishing 28th (42:01), with Michelle Tickle 49th (44:57) and Simon Scarr 92nd (51:20). In such tough conditions Nickola Walker (167th 58:46) and Amanda Fuller (170th 59:39) did well to post 10Km PBs, with Tracey Sharrock (192nd 65:38) and Fiona Little (264th 82:55) completing the BWFAC contingent.

 

At the Blackpool parkrun, Nicola Unsworth was first woman in 21:53 (7th), with Peter Gibson (27th 25:06), John Reason (33rd 26:09), Clare Clarke (58th 28:43), Bob Massey (70th 30:21), Andy Hume (72nd 30:46) and Thomas Baron (84th 32:18).

The same day, a week after qualifying for the Lancashire team at the Lancashire Schools Cross Country, Lucy Tickle kept her legs ticking over nicely by completing a very wet and muddy Lytham Hall 5k parkrun in 24:03 (30th). She was joined by Paul Sparrow who was 6th in 20:20 and mum, Michelle Tickle (24th 22:57).

At the Parkview 2km Junior parkrun, BWFAC young runners Forest Leah (1st 7:36), Bethany Whipp (3rd & 1st girl 8:19), Otis Leah (4th 8:24) and Jack Ford (13th 9:57) all achieved best times on the course.

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7th February 2018

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BWFAC’s Mollie Mason is celebrating after being selected for the 2018 England U18 Hockey Squad. Mollie had her first taste of international hockey playing for England U16 last season and was keen to continue up the England Hockey Player pathway towards her ultimate goal of selection for the senior side. Well done, Mollie!!

 

 

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6th February 2018

Track & Field Officials Courses – Sunday 11th March 2018 at Witton Park, Blackburn

A reminder that these are taking place before the start of the T&F
season. There is a link from the county officials page, please click here.

There will be courses for track & field officials in timekeeping, track
judging, field judging and H&S at Witton Park, Blackburn on Sunday 11th
March 2018.

The details and entry form are available on the England Athletics
website…please click here to view/download.

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6th February 2018

It was another busy weekend for members of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC!

The British University & Colleges Sport held their National Cross Country Championships at Hillingdon House Farm, near Brunel. In the Women’s race over a 6.5Km muddy course won by European Under 20 champion Harriet Knowles-Jones (22:40), with BWFAC Lauren Gowland (Lancaster University) 144th in 27:17 and Jess Rogers (Central Lancashire Uni) was 169th in 27:39.

IMG_3857Three BWFAC Women took on the challenge of the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10Km and the daunting steep climb up Buncer Lane. Michelle Tickle led the way finishing 120th and 8th woman in 45:11, with Amanda Fuller in 483rd (62:52) and Nickola Walker in 501st (63:12).

Fiona Hockey continued her good early season for in the Pole Vault at the Cardiff Met Grand Prix by clearing 3.70m just 10cm below her best. Meanwhile at the Sale Open in Manchester Katy Wyper sprinted 24.70 in the 200 metres and is currently 10th in the 200m 2018 UK rankings.

There were nine members running in the February Club Handicap over the 3.72 mile course. First back was Nick Hume in 25:44 and fastest was Bev Wright in 25:38.

It was the one year anniversary and 52nd running of the Blackpool parkrun last Saturday and 11 BWFAC runners took part, led by James Greenaway (2nd 18:25), Adam Callow (5th 20:27) and Steve Dunn (6th 20:27).

At the Lytham Hall parkrun Paul Sparrow was the first BWFAC runner in 20:39.

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5th February 2018

It was a busy weekend for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC young athletes at cross country, track and road.

The Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championships was held at a very muddy Witton Park. The skies were leaden and there was light rain.

The best results for BWFAC were posted by Jake Dudley who finished 4th (20:52) in the Inter Boys Race and Lucy Tickle who finished 5th (15:02) in the Junior Girls Race. Both Jake and Lucy qualified to represent Lancashire at the English Schools Cross Country Championships which takes place at Temple Newsam, Leeds in March. Lucy’s older brother, Jack was 13th in the Inter Boys Race (22:02) and is a reserve for the English Schools.

Luke Rawcliffe had a busy morning having competed at the Lancashire Swimming Championships in Manchester, before travelling to Witton Park to compete, finishing 8th (16:35), and with Max Swarbrick (15th 16:42) are reserves for the Lancashire team. Deetray Jarrett was 23rd (17:12).

In the Inter Girls race, Danielle Whipp was 9th (18:32) and qualified as a reserve for Lancashire. Hollie Winstanley was 21st (20:08) and Emily Balshaw was 29th (21:29). Bethany Whipp was 40th (16:59) in the Junior Girls Race and Rafael Eaton was 11th (9:29) in the Year 7 race. In the Inter Boys race, James Smith was 39th (24:27) and was closely followed across the finish line by Joe Lund who was 40th (24:36).

On Sunday, nine Under 13 and Under 15 athletes experienced their first major Regional Championships at the Northern Indoor Under 15 & 13 Championships held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

It was a close contest in the Under 15 Boys High Jump competition with the winning height 1.65m. Three boys were on 1.60m including Scott Sinclair, who missed out on a medal on count back and was very close to clearing 1.65m, just clipping the bar with his heel. Scott was also 9th (4.81m) in the Long Jump. In the U15 Girls High Jump, Leah Howard was 5th with 1.45m and 14th (4.48m) in the Long Jump.

Mary-Jayne Broomhead qualified from the heats (8.52) for the semi final of the U15G 60 metres and in the 200m qualified for the quarter finals with a PB of 28.57.

Also in the Under 15 Age category, Imogen Reader in the 60m posted 8.97 and a PB of 28.63 in the 200m heats. Georgia Norman recorded 9.03 in the 60m and a PB of 29.36 in the 200m heats.

In the Under Age, Kieran Howard just missed out on a medal with 4th place in the Shot Putt with a PB of 6.84m.

Connor Norman posted 8.88 in the 60m and a PB 29.50m in the 200m heats. Keira Tomes recorded 9.50 in the 60m and 32.82 in the 200m heats. Jessica Roache ran 9.60 in the 60m heats and was 20th with 3.56m in the Long Jump.

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On the same day, five BWFAC competed at the latest regular winter series of Sale Open meetings. Bradley and Chloe Parsons 7.47 and 9.33 in the 60 metres and whilst there, met up with International 800 metre runner, Michael Rimmer, who was trying out his 600m form. Alex Hughes posted a 7.44 PB in the 60m and 23.74 in the 200m and Andrew Woodhouse recorded 7.84 and 24.89 in the 200m.

Four Junior runners travelled to Witton Park on Sunday to run in the Junior 2Km Winter Warmer race. Forest Leah was 5th overall and 2nd 8-10 year old boy and Gracie Scott was 11th overall, 2nd Girl and 1st 8-10 year old girl. Otis Leah was 12 overall and 1st 5-7 year old, Naomi Wrigley 5th in 10:28 and Louisa Bradburn 4th 8-10 year old in 9:17.

Finally at the One Year Anniversary of the Park View junior parkrun Emily Balshaw was 5th in 8:06.

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2nd February 2018

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Katy Wyper is in a rich vein of form that continued at the Scottish Senior and Under 17 Championships, held at Glasgow’s Emirates Indoor Championships. Katy, after qualifying from the heats fastest with 7.53, collected her second Gold medal of 2018 by winning the Senior 60 metre Championship Final with another PB of 7.51.

At the other end of the distance spectrum, Emily Japp ran in the Northern Cross Country Championships. It was a tough 8km course for the 435 women in the Senior Ladies race at Harewood House, Leeds and Emily finished strongly in 13th place (32:45), with Michelle Tickle 211th (41:56).

Kirsty Holland and Rick Pinches used the St Annes 10 Mile race, staged on the out and back course on the windy promenade between St Annes and Lytham, as part of training for the London Marathon. Both finished in 1:36:38 in 251st/252nd places.

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It was also tough conditions, especially the final two miles into the wind, for Nicola Unsworth in the Hunters 10km near Preston. Nicola completed the course in 44:57 and won the Lady Vet 45 prize.

At the Blackpool parkrun, Steve Dunn was first BWFAC runner in 11th (20:43), with Nick Hume (13th 20:48), Jeff Wilson (29th 22:47), Karen Dunford (36th 23:48), Derek Crane (44th 24:35), Peter Gibson (48th 24:35), Ellen McLachlan (52nd 25:11), Jeff Wright (88th 28:07), Nickola Walker (94th 28:54), Amanda Fuller (119th 30:44), Andy Hume (123rd 30:54), Kirsty Holland 122nd (30:53), Rafael Eaton (137th 32:53) and Fiona Little (165th 37:48).

Paul Sparrow was 8th (20:51) at the Lytham Hall parkrun, with Peter Singleton (24th 22:21), Clare Clarke (88th 28:15), Bob Massey (100th 28:43) and Howard Henshaw (136th 31:57).

Four girls of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Pole Vault squad went to Sportcity for the annual festival of pole vaulting at Vault Manchester with nearly 100 vaulters competing. Jasmine Carey fresh from winning Gold at the Northern Indoor Championship, was again in good form clearing 3.43m, just 3cm below her best. Amelia Shearman was just 2cm below her best with 3.13m. Minnie Rogers cleared 2.73 to post a new best and Chloe Parsons (U15) in her first pole vault competition made an excellent start with 2.23m.

 

Lucy Tickle travelled to Harewood House in Leeds for the Northern Cross Country Championships to compete in the Under 15 Girls race over 4000 metres. It was a tough undulating course with plenty of mud underfoot and Lucy finished 104th in 18:50. Her coach was keen that Lucy should do a recovery run the next day so she was back out at ParkView Junior parkrun in Lytham. Clearly still full of energy, Lucy finished first overall in a PB of 7:28.

Gracie Scott aged 10 was third, also with a PB of 8:17 and along with Lucy Tickle, both now hold age category course records for ParkView Junior parkrun. Holly Tickle also ran and finished seventh in a PB of 8:51.

23rd January 2018

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For Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes it was a break from cross country action with the main focus being the Inskip Half Marathon. There was a possibility that it might be cancelled, due to the ice, however the temperature overnight stayed above freezing and over 350 set off around the country lanes of Inskip, battling very tough conditions, with rain turning to snow and a blizzard ensued!

The winner was Stuart Robinson, a former BWFAC member and now of Salford Harriers, in 70:59. First BWFAC runner was Ian Dawson in 33rd (83:36), with James Unsworth 55th (86:42) and Bev Wright 105th, 8th lady (92:55) and 1st Vet 55. Other BWFAC runners were Paul Beech (107th 93:12), Nicola Unsworth (161st 1:41:56), Daniel Smith (166th 1:42:29), Jeff Wilson (29th 1:49:34), Simon Scarr (248th 1:55:02), Mark Wright (258th 1:57:04), Bob Massey (308th 2:08:07) and Clare Clark (309th 2:08:21).

Fiona Hockey celebrated her 20th birthday by competing in Vault Cardiff, clearing 3.52 metres in the pole vault. Meanwhile nearer home, sixteen young athletes tested their winter training by competing in the Sale Open meeting at Sportcity in
Manchester. Katy Wyper, fresh from her gold medal success in the 60 metres at the Northern Indoor Championships, tested out her form over 200 metres by posting an encouraging 24.91 (7th in 200m UK rankings at this early stage of the 2018 season). Faith Wood (U20F) returned to competitive action, after nearly 18 months, by sprinting in the 60 metres (8.79). Amongst the standout performances were PBs by Mary-Jayne Broomhead (U15) in the 60m (8.41) & 200m (28.66) and Alex Hughes (U20) in the 60m (7.47) & 200m (23.42). In the High Jump, Under 15 athletes Leah Howard (1.50m) and Sebby Holt (1.45m) both equalled their PBs.

During a visit to Birmingham, the Tickle family were part of 736 runners at an icy Cannon Hill parkrun, with Jack (27th 18:40), Michelle (125th 22:59), Simon (132nd 23:07), Lucy (142nd 23:21) and Holly (283rd 26:20).

At Blackpool parkrun, Paul Sparrow was 6th with 20:38 and Nicola Unsworth 10th with a PB 21:12. Other BWFAC runners were Danielle Baines (36th 25:08), Rafael Eaton (48th 25:08), John Cardwell (111th 32:26), Andy Hume (112th 32:34p), Nickola Walker (113th 32:34) and Fiona Little (146th 38:20). And at
Lytham Hall parkrun, Peter Singleton was 28th (22:15) and Howard Henshaw 153rd (31:40).

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It may still January but it is less than two months to the start of the outdoor track & field season with BWFAC Winter Warm-up meeting on Saturday March 17th, members are deep in training. Sixteen BWFAC athletes tested out their training at the most recent Sale Open Indoor meeting held in Sportcity.

Among the highlights for BWFAC was the return to competitive action of Faith Wood, who was out of action for the latter part the 2016 season and the whole of 2017, in the 60 metres posting 8.79. Other encouraging performances with PB times in the 60 metres were posted by Alex Hughes (7.47), Mary-Jane Broomhead (8.41) and Megan Lewis (8.75).

For some it was a first experience of the hustle and bustle of an Indoor track in particular for Keira Tomes and Jessica Roache who are in their first year as an Under 13 athletes. Both posted 9.46 and 9.55 respectively in the 60m.

Both Leah Howard and Sebby Holt equalled their High Jump PBs with 1.50 and 1.45 metres respectively and Natalia Luczak (1.35m) and Kacie Calvert (1.25m) were close.

At the recent 2Km Park View parkrun BWFAC’s Forest Leah was first across the line in 7:43.

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20th January 2018

This year’s BWFAC Winter Warmup Open Meeting will take place on Saturday 17th March 2018. Please click here for more details.

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18th January 2018

The Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC shop is now open allowing all club members to order directly! The current ordering window is WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY 2018 until THURSDAY 25 JANUARY 2018 with EXPECTED DELIVERY DATE 16 MARCH 2018.

Please click here for more information.

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16th January 2018

It was a successful competition for BWFAC at the Northern Indoor Championships held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Katy Wyper, who has won 60 metre bronze twice previously, has started 2018 in excellent form and qualified first (7.62) in her heat in the Senior Women’s 60 metres and in the final, Katy blew the competition away as she won in a whirlwind 7.54 (PB) to be crowned champion.

All the hard work of the last few months in returning to full fitness after injury last year came to fruition for BWFAC’s Emily Japp. Running away from the rest of the field, Emily won by 75 seconds (19:23) in the Senior Women’s 5.8km race at a cold and windswept Towneley Park in Burnley! The rest of the ladies squad were Amelia Beaman (6th 21:12); Jess Rogers (13th 21:54), who was also first Under 20W; Michelle Tickle (52nd 25:04) and Debbie Terras (131st 31:18). The team finished first ahead of Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton. On the same course John Winters was 7th Vet 70 in 44:14.

The Senior Men’s squad was somewhat stronger than at previous fixtures and were led home by Phil Leybourne (15th & 1st Vet 50, 34:08) on the 9.8Km course. The rest of the squad were John Wright (53rd 37:21), Darren Tremble (85th 39:09), Paul Sparrow (113th 41:00), Nick Hume (123rd 41:28), Andrew Simm (136th 42:07), Peter Singleton (181st 43:01), Daniel Smith (187th 45:22), Simon Scarr (227th 53:48) and Alan Wilkinson (229th 54:24). The Open team was 15th, the Vet 40s 6th and both Vet 50s and Vet 60s were both second.

BWFAC runners were involved in two road races. Bev Wright was 43rd, 2nd female and 1st Vet 55 out of 534 runners at the East Lancashire Hospice 10Km. At the hilly Garstang 10Km, Stephen Dunn was 66th in 42:33 and Nicola Unsworth 79th, 6th lady and 3rd Vet 45 in 43:17. Also running were Amanda Fuller (340th 60:11 PB), Nickola Walker (346th 60:32) and Fiona Little (441st 78:25).

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Sportshall (Match 2) – Sunday 14 January

Blackpool fielded 28 athletes in the second Sportshall, which was a significant improvement. All the age group teams finished in the top 5 overall, with the Under 13 boys finishing second overall. The best individual performances belonged to Grace Oates in winning the under-11 2 lap event and finishing in the top 10 for all four events, and Max Nelson who wont he under 11 Target throw event. Other notable performances included 2 top 5 finishes for Dominic Birch (speed bounce and triple jump), James Boak (speed bounce and 2 lap) and Oliver Hargreaves (speed bounce and javelin) in the under 11s, third place in the vertical jump for Harrison Booth-Isherwood. Millie Turner (vertical jump), Marcia Rutter (triple jump) and Grace Cholmondeley (1 lap) also secured top 5 finishes. For the under 13 boys, Finlay Pollard (4 lap, 6 lap, speed bounce and triple jump) produced four top 5 finishes, Rafael Eaton (speed bounce, 2 lap and 6 lap) produced three top 5 finishes, while Seb Holt (shot putt), George Mackenzie (Shot putt) and Deetray Jarrett (6 lap) all produced one top 5 finish. In addition, there were top 10 finishes for Alfie Hall, Tom Wilkinson, Lohan Sparrow, Gracie Rutter and Ruby Linley. It was an excellent team effort, and the athletes were really supportive of each other and really enjoyed the afternoon. Well done to all!

The results from the Sportshall event and the current overall standings can be viewed here.

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15th January 2018

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It was a busy weekend for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC both on the track & field and cross country front. A small group travelled to the English Institute of Sport Indoor Stadium in Sheffield for the two day Northern Senior, Under 20 and Under 17 Indoor Championships. The outstanding field competition for competitive and tense action was the Under 17 Women’s Pole Vault. Training partners Jasmine Carey and Amelia Shearman both competed for the first time in the Under 17 age category. Amelia finished 6th by clearing 3.10 metres, her best since the 3.15m she posted at the English Schools U15 competition. Sophie Ashurst of Sale finished in the Bronze Medal position with 3.20m. This left both Jasmine and Harriet Vaughan of Bury level on 3.30m, both having failed three times at 3.40m. A jump-off starting at 3.40m and going down 5cm each time came into play to decide the winner. However it was decided on the first jump as Jasmine cleared 3.40m and Harriet failed. James Nicholas qualified from the heats of the Under 17M 400m with a PB of 53.37 and in the final finished 4th (54.09). Later, he posted 7.66 in the 60m heats. Alex Hughes also qualified with a PB of 52.38 in the heats of the U20M 400m and in the final was 6th, improving his PB to 52.33. The next day, Alex posted a PB of 23.04 in the heats of the 200m. Bradley Parsons qualified with 1st place (7.44) in the heats of the 60m for the semi final, where he he posted a PB of 7.38 in 3rd place. In the final, Bradley was 8th with 7.41. The next day, Bradley posted 23.58 in the 200m heats. Kirsty Rushton posted a PB of 8.48 in the heats of the U17W 60m and in the 200m heats ran 27.97. Danielle Whipp qualified with 2:26.10 in 3rd place of the U17 800m and in the final was 4th with 2:25.07. The fourth fixture of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League took place at Towneley Park near Burnley. Conditions were good underfoot, although there was a cold wind sweeping across the the park! The best result for BWFAC was in the Under 17M race over 5.8K. Jake Dudley was first (18:33) with Danny Fletcher 3rd (19:04), Jack Tickle 5th (19:48) and Joe Lund 6th (20:22). The team easily finished first in the league. On the 2Km course, the Under 11 girls team of Gracie Scott (9th 7:47), Grace Oates (20th 8:04), Holly Tickle (29th 8:13) and Maria Smith (47th 8:49) finished in 6th place. On the same course Forest Leah was 11th (7:01) in the U11 boys race. The U13 girls race was over 2.7Km and Bethany Whipp was 28th (10:35), with Grace Blincow 5th (14:43). Luke Rawcliffe (11th 11:08), Rafael Eaton (14th 11:13) and Zac Terras (51st 18:03) brought the Under 13 boys team across the line in fifth place on the 3.2km course. On the same course in the U15 girls race Lucy Tickle was 7th (11:34) and Hollie Winstanley 16th (12:30). The U15 boys race was run over a 4Km course. James Smith was 24th (14:28) and Max Swarbrick 28th (14:54) and in the U17W race over the same course, Taylor Holland was 4th (15:31). The next day at the Garstang 2 Mile race Luke Rawcliffe was 1st (10:53) with Forest Leah 4th (11:54) and Gracie Scott 6th and first girl (13:14).

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11th January 2018

The first major Championship of the season was the Lancashire Athletic Association Cross Country Championships held at sunny Witton Park.  Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC had runners in all age categories and there many good performances, however despite several fourth places there was only one team medal. Last year Emily Japp, although suffering with a heavy cold, was runner-up in Senior Women’s Championship.  After being out of action for three months last summer with injury, Japp has been training hard, however again she had a heavy cold.  Despite this she ran with determination, finishing sixth (25:28) and qualified to represent Lancashire at the Inter Counties Championships on March 10th.  Lauren Gowland also had an excellent run finishing ninth (26:55) and will be a reserve for the Inter Counties Senior Women’s team.  Jess Rogers was 20th (28:52) and completed the team which won the team Bronze Medal.  Jess was also 4th Under 20 and qualified for the Under 20 Inter County Team.  The rest of the BWFAC team were Karen Dunford  (45th 33:38) who was also 4th Vet 50, Laura Lawler (58th 38:55) and  Debbie Terras (68th 44:24).  They were also the 7th Vet team. In the Men’s race sadly there wasn’t a full BWFAC team.  Darren Tremble was 86th (40:37), Paul Sparrow 106th (42:12), Nick Hume 119th and 4th Vet 60 (43:21) and Andrew Simm 120th (43:40). In Junior races the best results were achieved by the U11 Girls team and U17 Men’s who despite each losing a member due to injury both finished fourth.  There was also success for Danielle Whipp who finished sixth (23:01) and qualified for the Under 17 Women’s Iner County team. Several BWFAC athletes competed at an Indoor track & field meeting at Sportcity and Katy Wyper showed she is in excellent form prior to the Northern Indoor Championship in Sheffield as she equalled her 60 metre PB with 7.62 and 7.61. Away from the Country Jeff Wright was 203rd in 1:54:50 in the Central Lancashire Half Marathon.  For the first Club Handicap of 2018 the format was as a Predictor race and the winner was Nick Hume, who ran the fastest time of 25:59 and predicted 26:05 over the 3.72 mile course. The first three BWFAC runners at the Blackpool park run were Luke Minns (1st 16:58), Steve Dunn (12th 21:04) and Nicolas Unsworth (26th & 2nd F 22:56).  At the Lytham Hall park run Peter Singleton was 21st in 22:34.

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10th January 2018

BWFAC Cross Country Championship results as at 10.1.18 can be viewed here, please notify Nick Hume of any errors asap.

All age groups are best of 4 out of 7 races to count, so with 3 races left, there is still time for some runners to complete a total of 4 races!

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9th January 2018

The first major championship of 2018 was held at Blackburn’s Witton Park, bathed in beautiful winter sunshine. Conditions were good for both runners and spectators. Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC had runners in all of the age categories. The first Championships were the Under 11 races over 1.8Km. In the boys race, Forest Leah, a regular on the junior parkrun front, was 17th (6.38) and Alfie Hall in his first cross country in BWFAC colours, was 42nd (7.52). In the girls race there were five BWFAC girls on the line, however Gracie Scott, who normally leads the team, received an elbow in her ribs and was unable to continue. Holly Tickle stepped up to the mark with her best cross country run to date finishing 7th (7:43), followed by Grace Oates 8th (7:44), Louisa Bradbury 28th (8:26) and Maria Smith 30th (8:28). The team just missed out on Lancashire medals finishing fourth. The next day, Forest Leah and Gracie Scott still had enough energy to run in the Park View Junior 2Km parkrun, Forest finishing first in 7:49 and Gracie 9th and first girl in 9:16. Both also received the ‘Half Marathon Award’ based on the number of parkruns they have completed. The under 13 races were over 3.2Km and included an ascent of the famous Saucer hill. Luke Rawcliffe ran well in the boys race, finishing 12th (12:29) and Rafael Eaton was 18th (12:53), despite having his shoe sucked off in the morass at the bottom of the Saucer and having to carry it for the rest of the race. Zac Terras was 45th (20:41). Bethany Whipp was 31st (14:08) and Grace Blincow 51st (16:00) in the girls race. The Under 15 races were over 3.8Km, with James Smith 21st (14:38) in the boys race and Lucy Tickle was 15th (16:19) in the girls race. In the Under 17 races the course was 5.5Km over two laps. For the first time in many years BWFAC fielded a full team in the U17 men’s race. Sadly, as in the U11 girls race, Jake Dudley, who was first at the last Mid Lancs XC meeting, was forced to drop out because of injury, however Danny Fletcher (9th 19:19), Jack Tickle (15th 20:21) and Joe Lund (17th 21:20) brought the team home in fourth place. Danielle Whipp was pleased with her race, finishing 6th (23:01) and qualifying to represent Lancashire at the Inter Counties.

There was also an indoor track & field meeting at Sportcity and several BWFAC athletes competed, some preparing for the Northern Indoor Championships this weekend. In the 60 metres Alexander Hughes (U20M) posted 7.56 and in the 300m 37.27. Other 60 metre times were Bradley Parsons (U17M) 7.56, James Nicholas (U17M) 7.68, Kirsty Rushton (U17W) 8.58, Mary-Jayne Broomhead (U17W) 8.56 & 8.60 and Chloe Parsons (U15G) 9.26. Scott Sinclair jumped 4.62m in the Long Jump and 1.50m in the High Jump. Leah Howard jumped 4.80m in the Long Jump, 1.40m in the High Jump and 10.86 in the 60m Hurdles. Jasmine Carey and Amelia Shearman prepared for the Northern Indoor Pole Vault competition with 3.25m and 2.80m respectively.

David Wood

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Athletes of the Month & Volunteer of the Quarter for December 2017

Congratulations to AotM Jake Dudley (1st U17M) and Bev Wright for their performances at the Leigh Mid Lancs and Volunteer of the Quarter, Neil Salanki, for his work with Junior  Coaching and his involvement with setting up the new Lancashire Sportshall competition.

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New Website

Well, after a few little ‘teething’ problems with certain browsers etc, the brand new BWFAC is now up and running! It is still work in progress but the main information from the old site should now have been transferred over (or is in the process of being transferred!)  If you notice a link that isn’t working or some information from the old site that has been missed please do let me know! If you have any information you would like adding, again let me know! Many thanks for your support! Michelle Tickle x

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January 2018 Handicap

The results from today’s ‘predictor’ handicap are now available to view here.

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Results from today’s Christmas Predictor can be viewed by clicking the link below. Thank you to everyone who took part and those who came along to assist and support. It was good to see a number of new runners and we hope you enjoyed the occasion!

Xmas Predictor 2017 Results

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Monthly Handicap – Sunday 7 January 2018

Please note that the Monthly Handicap run on Sunday 7 January will be a ‘predictor race’. Predict your finishing time and run without a watch!

 

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