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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).

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!