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17 December 2018

Still looking for the perfect christmas gift?

I have BWFAC Competiton Vests, Training T-Shirts & Hoodies in stock.
I will be in the clubhouse Monday 17th – Thursday 20th December from 6pm – 7pm. Merry Christmas!

Tracy Smith


17 December 2018

The postal and online entries for the Lancashire Cross Country Championships has been extended to 24 December and you can enter here. You may still enter on the day.

The current list of entries can be viewed here.

If any BWFAC members would be willing to assist in the marshalling of the Lancashire Cross Country Championships on Saturday 5th January at Witton Park Blackburn it would be appreciated. Blackburn Harriers play host to the Championships every year but would be grateful for any offers of assistance next month.
Please contact George Davies:


17 December 2018

The main action for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s young athletes on Sunday, was at Sportcity in Manchester and also at Stanley Park in Blackpool. Twenty BWFAC athletes ranging from Seniors down to Under 13, competed in the final Sale Open meeting before Christmas, which was held at the indoor track at Sportcity in the shadow of the Etihad Football Stadium.

In the most explosive event, the flat 60 metres in the centre of the stadium, the BWFAC junior sprinters posted the following times: Bradley Parsons (U20) 7.47 & 7.55, Charles Utomi (U17) 8.02, Mary-Jayne Broomhead (U17) 8.24 (PB), Imogen Reader (U17) 8.49 (PB), Leah Howard (U17) 8.64 (PB), Ellie Owen (U17) 8.67, Nekkisha Wilson (U17) 8.88 (PB), Daisie-Mae Keane (U15) 8.93 (PB) and Keira Tomes (U13) 9.13 (PB); while in the 60m Hurdles, Gracie Rutter posted 11.04. In the 300m sprint on the 200m banked track, Reader also posted 44.45, Wilson 51.18 and Natalia Luczak (U17) 48.23. On the longest track event available at the meeting, the three lap 600m, Danielle Whipp (U20) was in sparkling form, posting a big PB of 1:40.92, a 1:32 second improvement, with Seb Holt (U15) also posting 1:49.76.

In the field events, Scott Sinclair (U17) cleared 5.35m, Natalia Luczak 4.58m, Mary-Jayne Broomhead 4.48m, Leah Howard 4.28m and Keira Tomes (U13) a 3.82m PB in the Long Jump, while in the High Jump Sinclair jumped 1.60m, Leah Howard equalled her PB with 1.55m and Seb Holt jumped 1.50m.

The Pole Vault was a feature of this meeting and Jasmine Carey (U17) cleared 3.50m, while Chloe Parsons (U17) posted a new PB of 2.40m. Also posting a new PB was Kieran Howard in the Under 15 Boys Shot Putt with 8.02m.


A PB for Chloe Parsons in the U17W Pole Vault

The action was somewhat more relaxed at the Christmas Predictor race, a run around Stanley Park and finishing with a circuit of the athletic track. The runners had to forecast their time, with the male and female nearest to the predicted times winning the main prizes. First across the line was Rafael Eaton in 16:44, with Betty Kershaw first female in 18:12. Both also won the prizes for being the Under 15s nearest their predicted times, with Betty only 12 seconds shy of her predicted time. Betty’s eight year old brother, Billy Kershaw had a fantastic run with 19:11, while Alfie Hall posted 20:18, Polly Kershaw 20:22, Jasper Hall 23:10 and Zac Terras, still recuperating from a nasty athletic injury, was restricted to walking the course in 37:05.

Despite very cold conditions on the Saturday, Aimee Harling had an enjoyable run of 30:44 with her mother at the Lytham Hall parkrun over 5K and the next day Aimee was 2nd girl with 9:20, behind teammate Holly Tickle (9:04) at the Park View 2Km parkrun in Lytham.


10 December 2018

The third Mid Lancs Cross Country League meeting was held at a very muddy and showery Wilson Playing Fields in Clayton-le-Moors after being postponed in mid-November. However, there were problems with the course management and marshalling, which meant delays in some of the races, and in part led to some runners taking the wrong course.

407A6322Because of the change of date and other arrangements, many of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Senior Women were not available and together with injuries, the team was down to the bear minimum of three. However, Michelle Tickle (55th 29:29), Basia Pawelczak (61st 30:08) and Dawn Maher (108th 35:49) ran with purpose and battled the conditions, bringing the team home in 18th place.

407A7065The Men’s team were led by John Wright (61st 42:23), with Stephen Dunn (98th 45:06) in his first cross country in 30 years. The rest of the team were Peter Bradburn (155th 49:20), Chris Rawcliffe (175th 51:11), Paul Plummer (219th 58:34), Paul Eaton (219th 58:34), Simon Scarr (225th 59:48) and Alan Wilkinson (237th 69:33) with the Open Team finishing 22nd, and both the Vet 40 & 50 teams were tenth.

Six young BWFAC girls braved the the thick mud in the Under 11 race over 2Km with smiles on there faces. Gracie Scott battled with Kate Holling of Kendal for first place, finally finishing 2nd, just 4 seconds behind in 8:28 on the two lap course. The rest of the team were Jess Ramsden (19th 9:29), Ella-Mae Leonard (24th 9:40), Polly Kershaw (40th 10:12), Jemima Bradburn (41st 10:14) and Aimee Harling (50th 10:41). The team finished fifth.


407A5801.jpgThe U11 Boys team, with Alfie Hall (26th 8:35), Jack Balshaw (26th 8:35) and Billy Kershaw (61st 9:55), was nineth. The U13 Girls team of Betty Kershaw (9th 11:31), Louisa Bradburn (30th 12:34), Jess Glover (34th 12:40) and Holly Tickle (36th 12:48) was sixth on the 2.5Km course. In the U17 Men’s race over 6Km Jack Tickle was 9th (22:58), with James Smith 12th (23:34) despite running extra distance due to problems in the marshalling, and Bruno Eaves 31st (30:26). The team was sixth. There were not full teams for BWFAC in the other age categories. In the U13 Boys race over 3Km, Rafael Eaton was 7th (10:51) and Forest Leah, who has recently returned to action after a broken wrist was 28th (11:48); while in the U15 Girls race over 3Km, Lucy Tickle was 15th (12:35) and Bethany Whipp 25th (12:35), with in the the U15 Boys Max Swarbrick 8th (9:41) and Luke Rawcliffe 11th (10:16) and in the U17 Women race Danielle Whipp was 4th (10:57), both over 4Km.

The traditional Longridge 7 Mile Christmas Pudding run was held on a bright yet cold day over Longridge Fell near Preston. Ethan McEvoy was 18th and first Junior runner in 46:48, with Nicola Unsworth 70th (53:26) and first FV45. Also running was Michelle Tickle in 99th (56:25) and Nickola Walker in 355th (1:16:51).

BWFAC runners at the Blackpool parkrun were, Paul Sparrow who was 2nd in 20:37 and Nicola Unsworth was 2nd woman in 22:27. Other BWFAC runners were Peter Gibson (24:49), David Twizell (25:59), Naomi Wrigley (28:25), Fran Connolly (28:32), Wayne Norris (29:45), Simon Scarr (30:18), Nickola Walker (31:05) and Fiona Little (39:47). There was no Lytham Hall parkrun due to the windy conditions.

407A0498 (1)BWFAC Athlete of the Month for November is Gracie Scott for her performance at the Liverpool Cross Challenge.

There was excellent success for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC at the 2nd fixture of the Lancashire Sportshall League, held at the Blackpool Sports Centre at Stanley Park.

BWFAC had a number of outstanding performances in the tournament. Rafael Eaton won the Athlete of the Tournament, with an unprecedented five victories in five events. Rafael was part of the under 13 team in the Relay, won the 6 lap running race by 12 seconds, the 4 lap running race by 1.5 seconds and smashed his personal best in the triple jump, winning with 6.58m. He then smashed the Lancashire record in the Speed Bounce, with 91 in 30 seconds, 2 off the British record and 5 off the world record!

The under 13 boys completed the day by winning their age section, pushing Preston Harriers into second place. Jefferson Kong had a successful day, finishing second in the 4 laps, vertical jump and 1 lap sprint, before winning the long jump with 2.10m. Calvin Tijan Sohna made his debut for BWFAC, with an all-round excellent performance- finishing 3rd in the 4 lap race, 4th in the 2 lap sprint and 3rd in the speed bounce.

Jefferson, Rafael, Calvin and Alfie Hall were also victorious in the Obstacle Relay.

In the under 11s, there were good performances from Ella-May Leonard, George Oates, Oliver Nunn, Thomas Oates, Jacob Stock and Jack Balshaw in both track and field events. Dominic Birch produced excellent performances in the 1 lap and triple jump, before winning the speed bounce with an outstanding 56 in 20 seconds. Alfie Hall produced a number of outstanding performances, including an incredible 5.88m to win the triple jump. Millie Turner produced her best performances, finishing fourth in the 2 lap sprint before winning the triple jump, with an amazing 5.98m – winning by 48cm!

Grace Oates continued her improvements with strong performances in the speed bounce, triple jump and 2 lap sprint


4 December 2018

Eight members of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC went international, competing in the 30th International Running Festival held at Club La Santa in Lanzarote. It was a tough challenge of four races over four days, the Vince Regan Memorial Run (10Km), Ridge Run (13Km), Beach Run (5Km) and La Vuelita de Tinajo (21Km) in hot and sometimes windy conditions. Over the four races in the Men’s race, Steve Simpson was 44th (40:32, 58:25, 23:48, 1:27:33), Simon Reason 113th (49:32, 1:08:57, 23:49, 1:47:32), Derek Crane 13th (51:10, 1:16:25, 26:41, 1:52:04), Bob Massey 163rd (1:03:53, 1:34:05, 31:23, 2:14:34), John Reason 164th (1:12:41, 1:40:02, 28:17, 2:16:59) and Bernard Singleton 165th (1:02:41, 1:40:04, 34:29, 2:17:00). In the Women’s race Amanda Fuller was 90th (1:03:50, 1:33:57, 33:45, 2:14:20), with Fiona Little 111th (1:24:05,1:58:23, 44:48, 2:56:28).


Nearer to home in the Myerscough 10 Mile, Nicola Unsworth won the FV45 prize, finishing 103rd overall (80:09) with David Twizell 155th (1:27:23). Meanwhile Claire Irons ran in the Senior Women’s race over 8.4Km at Woodbank Park in Stockport finishing 272nd in 55:02.

The Indoor Track & Field season started for BWFAC at Sportcity and gave an opportunity for nine young athletes to test themselves mainly in the 60 metres, high and long jumps, as well as the 600m, the 60m Hurdles and Shot Putt. In Blackpool the Under 11s and 13s competed in the Lancashire Sportshall League.

407A4609Peter Singleton made his return to running the Lytham Hall parkrun after being trampled by a cow and suffering broken ribs whilst on a training run in the countryside a couple of months ago. He ran the 5Km in 22:29, while Michelle Tickle finished in 22:33. At the Blackpool parkrun Rafael Eaton ran 20:32, Paul Sparrow 20:38, Nicola Unsworth 22:56, Ella-Mae Leonard 24:52, Simon Scarr 25:00, Peter Gibson 25:31, David Twizell 26:44, Malcolm Beech 28:17, Clare Clarke 28:18, Thomas Baron 28:51 and Debra Rodger 29:25. While at the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun Steve Dunn was first home in 20:20.


3 December 2018

On Sunday it was the first of the Sale Harriers Indoor Open meetings, which are held at the Sportcity indoor arena in Manchester. Nine junior Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC members took a break from winter training to compete.

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For many it was their first run over the indoor sprint distance of 60 metres, indeed for some their first experience of competing indoors. In the 60 metres Emily Rigby recorded 9.00, Daisie-May Keane 9.08, Erica Reid 9.21 and Freya Hickson 9.77.

Sebby Holt tested himself over the 600 metres distance for the first time and ran well, finishing first in his heat in 1:46.68. He also cleared 1.40m in the High Jump.

Leah Howard started her first competition as an Under 17W by posting a PB of 10.35 in the 60m Hurdles, whilst in the High Jump she cleared 1.50m and 4.53m in the Long Jump. Also competing in the U17W category for the first time was Chloe Parsons who ran the 60m achieving a new PB of 8.92. Scott Sinclair cleared 1.60m in the High Jump and 5.44m in the Long Jump, with Thomas Wilkinson clearing 4.36m in the Long Jump.

Having moved up to the Under 15 age category, Kieran Howard threw a new heavier weight of Shot (4 kilogrammes) and continued his good progress in the event with 7.32m.

Meanwhile back in Blackpool, some of the Under 11 and 13 members competed at second fixture of the Lancashire Sportshall League competition. The young team performed well, but as yet full results are not yet available, so a fuller report next week.


Away from the indoor athletics, Gracie Scott ran as a guest in the Red Rose Cross Country League on a muddy course in Todmorden and against a strong field in the Under 11 Girls race, where she was 5th (7:32), just two seconds off third place. Meanwhile at the Blackpool parkrun Rafael Eaton (U13 Boy) ran 20:32 (3rd) and the next day at the Park View junior parkrun in Lytham, Aimee Harling completed the 2Km in 9:46.


27 November 2018

The main focus for the Junior athletics last Saturday was the Liverpool Cross Challenge. This is .nationwide competition with cross country meetings in Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Belfast and finishing next March in Loughborough. Liverpool was the third fixture and incorporated the European Cross Country Championship Trials in the Senior races. Consequently the meeting attracted some of the best runners in the country. It also incorporated two local cross country leagues, the Liverpool District League, and Mid Lancs League in which Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s members together with many of the North West athletic clubs were competing. Last year the course was muddy after a wet autumn, however this time the recent weather has been relatively dry and so the underfoot conditons were mostly firm and fast.

407A0317_resizedThe first race was the Under 11 Boys over a one lap 2Km course in Sefton Park. Alfie Hall led the way for BWFAC, finishing 19th in 7:40, with Otis Leah 33rd (8:00), Jack Balshaw 37th (8:06) and 8 year old Billy Kershaw 72nd (8:49). Ten minutes later the Under 11 Girls race started over the same course. Despite having only just recovered from a chest infection, Gracie Scott posted an impressive run to finish 1st (7:47) in the Mid Lancs (and in the overall race was sixth of 152 runners). Jess Ramsden was 24th (8:42), Billy Kershaw’s twin sister Polly was 34th (9:01) and Jemima Bradburn 49th (9:29). Both teams finished in sixth place in the Mid Lancs League competition.

407A0879_resizedThe Under 13 and 15 races were over a large lap of 3Km. In the Under 13 Girls race Betty Kershaw was 18th (12:38), with Louisa Bradburn 32nd (13:30), Olivia Sellers 47th (13:50), Holly Tickle 54th (14:10) and Naomi Wrigley 74th (16:32). The team was sixth. Rafael Eaton was 7th (11:28) in the Under 13 Boys race, with Alex Maud 45th (12:58).

In the Under 15 Girls race Lucy Tickle was 28th (12:42), with Beth Whipp 36th (13:03), and Luke Rawcliffe 16th (10:45) in the Boys race.

Danielle Whipp ran in the Under 17 Women’s race over 4.4Km, finishing 5th in 18:19, whilst in the Under 17 Men’s race over 5.5Km Jake Dudley was 4th (18:19), with James Smith 21st (20:07) and Jack Tickle 25th (20:19) bringing the team home in fourth place.

Away from Cross Country, the first of the indoor track and field meetings at Sportcity takes place next Sunday and BWFAC coach Sarah Venn took some of her training group to the Manchester indoor facility so that they could familiarise themselves with layout and conditions.

Last Saturday was a busy day for members of the local running fraternity, who had to make the choice to run in either the popular Wesham 10Km or the Liverpool Cross Challenge held at Sefton Park in Liverpool. This was a chance to rub shoulders (or in reality – see their backs as they disappeared into the distance!) with the crème of British runners as they strived to achieve qualification for the European Cross Country Champion Championship in Holland next month.

The Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC Women’s team was somewhat weakened due to injury and unavailability, however the rest of the squad ran with spirit and in the Senior Women’s race over 8.1Km, the A team of Jess Rogers (13th 32:21), Bev Wright (28th 34:31) and Michelle Tickle (56th 37:28) were 9th team in the Mid Lancs. The B team of Laura Lawler (69th 38:24), Andrea Smith (85th 39:46) and Claire Irons (148th 47:55) were 29th, with the Vet 35s 7th and the Vet 45s 5th.  Jess Rogers was also first in the Under 20 Mid Lancs competition.


In the Senior Mens race run over 9.8Km, the BWFAC squad were Luke Minns (15th 31:31), Harry Poole (34th 33:16), Paul Sparrow (169th 39:42), Peter Bradburn (225th 42:11), Chris Rawcliffe (226th 42:12), Daniel Smith (275th 45:21), Simon Scarr (303rd 50:04), Alan Wilkinson (318th 54:36) and John Winters (320th 72:00).  The Open team was 23rd, the Vet 40s 17th and the Vet 50s 13th.

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At the Wesham 10Km, won by Wesham RRC’s Rob Danson in 32:22, BWFAC’s runners were Stephen Dunn (46th 41:36), Anthony Blight (89th 44:31), Ellen McLachlan  (168th 48:53), Kirsty Holland (300th 56:14), Julie Sinclair (339th 58:22) and Andrew Hume (447th 68:37).

Laura Lawler took on the challenge of the Kendal 10Km Festival Trail Run finishing in 66:37 (87th).  Afterwards she had a photo with international triathlete and Olympic medallist, Jonathan Brownlee.

Whilst visiting his son in Abu Dhabi, Vet 60 runner Peter Gibson ran in the Striders Half Marathon. Although starting early morning, the conditions were tough with temperatures in the mid 30 degrees centigrade, Peter was 374th in 2:26:36.


25 November 2018


Christmas predictor race Sunday 16th of December 2019. Registration is from 10 am and the run commences at 11.00 am prompt. Entry is by way of a present to the value of three or four pounds suitable wrapped for Christmas. At registration, you declare your projected finish time, the distance is circa 2.5 miles. After the event, we are going to have a Jacobs join so please bring along some food. simple snack foods are ideal. During the run, no one will be allowed the wear a watch or Garmin or any other timing device other than a calendar. After the run, the results will be produced as quickly as possible. The winner is the runner who got nearest to their predicted time. There are prizes for the fastest male and female supplied by our club president Mr Howard Henshaw, as well as other prizes for junior boy or girl. Everybody who took part is called forward in finishing position and can choose a present from those that were brought to enter. Everyone is a winner at Christmas. Margaret will be providing our usual Christmas quiz to keep us occupied while we await the results. The run is open to all members of the club along with relatives and friends of BWFAC. Please spread the word and let’s have a great pre-Christmas social event. Bob Massey

24 November 2018

The next Club Handicap will take place on Sunday 2 December 2018 at New Lane, Thornton at 10.00 am.

23 November 2018

The main local road race last weekend, was the 37th Preston 10 Mile race, which was also the Lancashire AA 10 Mile Road Championship, starting and finishing, after two 5 mile laps at Hutton Grammar School. The race was won by Tim Raynes of Blackburn Harriers in 52:10, with Weshams Rob Danson 2nd and Lytham St Annes RRC’s Liz Abbott first woman in 59:30.

First Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC runner was Steve Simpson, who was 51st (62:28), with Bev Wright 113th (67:58) and 10th woman. Bev was also first female Vet 55 and picked up the Lancashire female Bronze and Vet 55 Gold medals. Other BWFAC runners were Anthony Blight (183rd 73:43), Terry Westhead (200th 75:09), Brandon Willoughby (211th 76:09) and Derek Crane (293rd 83:05).

46463321_150272832634465_6936108991739068416_o1.jpgPhil Leybourne ran as part of the England Vet 50 team at the annual British & Irish Masters Cross Country International, this year held in Swansea. In the bright sunshine of Singleton Park, Phil finished 8th in 28:05 on the 8Km course. The England Vet 50 team won the Team Gold.

At the Northern Police Cross Country League at Wilmslow in Cheshire, Laura Lawler was 4th woman in 43:22.

Paul Plummer ran in the Conwy Half Marathon in North Wales and was pleased with 95:54 (271st).

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC Athletes of the Month for October are Bethany Whipp and Luke Rawcliffe. Bethany performed well at the first Mid Lancs meeting at Ulverston, was 2nd girl in the Green Drive Junior One Mile and 4th in the Year 8/9 of the Fylde & Wyre Schools Cross Country Championship. Luke also performed well at Ulverston, was first at Ulverston, was first at the Green Drive Junior Mile and also won the Year 8/9 Fylde & Wyre Schools Cross Country Championships. Also nominated was Betty Kershaw for her performances in Green Drive Mile (3rd girl) and Lancashire Road Relays.

Winter Training continues at the Indoor athletics track at the Stanley Park Sports Centre and last Thursday Sarah Venn’s training group decided to brighten up the action by wearing onesies or pyjamas for Children in Need. At the the previous Tuesday session they wore odd socks!

46415895_142220876750436_8765315922220023808_nWinter Training continues at the Indoor athletics track at the Stanley Park Sports Centre and last Thursday Sarah Venn’s training group decided to brighten up the action by wearing onesies or pyjamas for Children in Need. At the the previous Tuesday session they wore odd socks!

Laura Lawler ran in the Kendal Mountain Festival 10K, finishing 357th in a time of 1:06:37.

Laura Lawler

_MG_1568There was no Lytham Hall parkrun due to another event at the Hall taking place, however the other parkruns went ahead as usual. At Blackpool, juniors Rafael Eaton ran 20:28 and Lucy Tickle 23:39. Also running were Michelle Tickle (23:39), Nicola Unsworth (24:37), David Twizell (25:02), Rick Pinches (27:04), Bob Massey (28:58) Peter Bradburn (29:21), Thomas Baron (29:23) and Andy Hume (32:38). At Fleetwood Promenade, Gina Whiteley ran 25:15 and at Preston parkrun young Aimee Harling ran 33:48.


23 November 2018

England Athletics have arranged a workshop to support the club’s event organisers.

This introductory session aims to provide clubs with both inspiration and information around setting up a new event or revitalizing an existing one.

Content of workshop:
* guidance for club focused and/or club – driven events
* providing ideas and inspiration for event organisers
* providing information on getting started, resources and support
* sharing ideas and forming local partnerships

Venue: University of Chester, Warrington Campus, Crab Lane, Warrington,
Date: Wednesday 16th January 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm, food and refreshments available from 6.00pm
Cost: FREE to attend
Book: Click Here<;

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Many thanks


Nick Settle – Club Support Manager
Cheshire, Merseyside, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland &
County Durham
Mobile: 07968 498710


18 November 2018

Below is a list of those who will receive medals as part of the Lower YDL Team. Also included is a list of members who did not receive trophies/plaques at the recent BWFAC Presentation Night. The presentation of the medals/trophies will take place on Thursday 22 November at 18:30 at Blackpool Sports Centre so some training sessions may be disrupted.

Alf Tysoe Winners: Presentation Night
Lower YDL team Uncollected
U15 Male
Max Swarbrick John Wright
Seb Holt Luke Rawcliffe
Scott Sinclair Danny Fletcher
Matthew Poole Emily Japp
Joel Elphick Brandon Willoughby
Rhys Sandoval-Roberts Max Swarbrick
Angelo Vinci Grace Blincow
Deejay Jarrett Andrew Simm
Luke Rawcliffe Lauren Gowland
Alex Slater Ciaran Medd
Samuel Howarth Luke Minns
Thomas Fairhurst Kirsty Rushton
U15 Female Fiona Hockey
Mary- Jane Broomhead Matthew Poole
Megan Lewis Alicia Threllfall
Georgia Norman Olivia Hanby
Natalia Luczak Phil Ellershaw
Kacie Calvert Rachel Bashforth
Lucy Tickle
Leah Howard
Charlotte Jones
Imogen Reader
Chloe Parsons
Daisy-Mae Keane
Bethany Whipp
Talia Armistead
Grace Dunn
Talia Ball
Harriet Snelson
U13 Male
Forest Leah
Thomas Wilkinson
Grace Mackenzie
Kieran Howard
Connor Norman
Phelix Kowalski
Jefferson Kong
Rafeal Eaton
Trayden Jarrett
U13 Female
Kiera Tomes
Jessica Roache
Gracie Rutter
Alicia Threlfall
Elise Balshaw
Harriet Medd
Grace Oates
Naomi Wrigley
Holly Tickle
Kitty Mason



18 November 2018

Club Leadership Programme

Please find below information outlining the England Athletics new Club Leadership
programme, along with the application form.

England Athletics are investing into their club infrastructure through a
number of programmes and services and are delighted to share the Club
Leadership programme.

The programme is designed to help those individuals who are either
currently in a club leadership position or those looking to take up a
position in the coming years to aid them within their role.

They are piloting the programme here within the North West. There are
spaces for 2 individuals from the club on the programme.

If anyone would like to chat further about this opportunity, please get in touch through the contact details below.

Emma Davenport
Club Support Manager (Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Lancashire)
Mobile: 07967317341

EA Club Support Application

EA Club Leadership Flyer


12 November 2018

Congratulations to Stan Taylor who has been made President of the North of England Athletics Association for 2018/19 at the AGM on Saturday. Very well deserved!


12 November 2018

To view the full list of award winners from the 2017/18 Presentation Night please click here.


IMG_5778One of the most anticipated social events in the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC calendar is the Club Presentation evening, which was held at the Grand Hotel on the Princess Promenade.  After a delicious hot buffet, BWFAC, had a minute’s silence remembering those who died in the wars and George Kirby a doyen of Blackburn Harriers, who died last week at the age of 95.  After a welcome to the guests which included Gary Roylance, a much loved coach to countless junior athletes over many years, who due to work commitments has been forced to retire from his coaching duties, the awards were made.

The Track & Field Trophies were awarded as follows to the different age categories: U11 Boys; Champion Oliver Nunn, 2nd Alfie Hall; U11 Girls; Champion Millie Turner, 2nd Ruby Linley; U13 Boys; Champion Thomas Wilkinson, 2nd George Mackenzie & Phelix Kowalski; U13 Girls; Champion Alicia Threlfall, 2nd Gracie Rutter; U15 Boys; Champion Scott Sinclair, 2nd Matthew Poole; U15 Girls; Champion Mary-Jayne Broomhead, 2nd Leah Howard & Imogen Reader; U17 Men; Champion Jake Dudley, 2nd James Nicholas; U17 Women; Champion  Danielle Whipp, 2nd Amelia Shearman.


Many of the Meritorious trophies have great historic significance, with some dating back to the 1930s.  The main award, the Quayle Trophy for the most outstanding athlete went to top sprinter, Katy Wyper, with the Large Langen Hesson Trophy, the runner-up to the Quayle, going to George Fox.

The Awards made to the Junior members were as follows. The award for Club Spirit and turning out regardless, the Cocker Trophy went jointly to Leah Howard and Scott Sinclair.  The Vaux Tankard for the most successful male in Track or Cross Country was presented to Jake Dudley.

The following six awards went to the most improved athletes, male and female in the three Junior age categories. The winners were: 15 to 17 Danielle Whipp and Ciaran Medd; 13 to 15 Imogen Reader and Scott Sinclair; 11 to 13 Gracie Rutter and George Mackenzie. The encouragement award, the Brooks Barrelwas for the U13 age group, was awarded jointly to Keira Tomes and Connor Norman.

The Sandra Helme Trophy for the best Throws by a female aged 13 to 15 went to Kacie Calvert and the BAe Trophy for the best throws by an U17 man went to Ciaran Medd.  Ciaran was also awarded the Bob Hope Trophy for the best Throws by a male or female (no age bar).

IMG_5799The Bernard Berry Memorial for the best track female was awarded to Kirsty Rushton and the male equivalent, the Jack Pritchard Trophy went to Bradley Parsons. The Ron Helme Trophy for the best 800 metre runner aged 14, boy or girl went to Max Swarbrick. A brand new award was the 2004 Athens Olympic Shield (inspired by Kelly Holmes 2004 Athens double Gold) for the best 800m and 1500m joint performance by an U15 Girl was won by Lucy Tickle.


IMG_5781The Alf Tysoe Team Trophy was presented to the Lower Youth Development League Team, who won the Lower YDL Division 3 and the Family Commitment Trophy went to the Rutter Family.


The Cross Country Championship winners were as follows: U11 Girls; Champion Gracie Scott, 2nd Grace Oates, 3rd Holly Tickle; U11 Boys; Champion Forest Leah; U13 Girls; Champion Bethany Whipp, 2nd Grace Blincow; Under 13 Boys; Champion Luke Rawcliffe, 2nd Rafael Eaton, 3rd Zachary Terras; U15 Girls; Champion Lucy Tickle; U15 Boys; Champion James Smith, 2nd Max Swarbrick; U17 Women; Champion Danielle Whipp; U17 Men; Champion Jake Dudley, 2nd Danny Fletcher, 3rd Jack Tickle.


The Quayle Trophy for the most outstanding athlete (male or female of any age) was presented to top sprinter Katy Wyper, who also was awarded the Gerard Williams Trophy for pereverance and consistent sprinting, and George Fox received the Large Langen Hesson Trophy (runner-up to the Quayle) for his success in parasport in 2018.

Other senior awards were the Cartmell Dragon Trophy for the most outstanding veteran male or female which was awarded jointly to Laura Lawler and Bev Wright. Emily Japp was presented with  the Pendleton Trophy and Luke Minns the BAe Trophy for the best middle distance runners. Japp also received the Club Road Runner Trophy. Fiona Hockey received the Centenary Trophy for the best jumps.

The Meritorious Awards for outstanding service to the club were awarded to Justyna Luczak (Peter Smith trophy) and popular coach Dezz Reynolds (Tony Croft trophy).

The Road Championship Salvers for the winners of the Club Road Championship were presented to Bev Wright and Paul Sparrow.  Other Age Category awards went to Tracey Sharrock (V35), Michelle Tickle (V40), Nicola Unsworth (V45) and Karen Dunford and Fiona Little (V50) and in the men’s; Ian Dawson (V35), Paul Beech (V40), Anthony Blight (V45), Simon Scarr (V55), Brandon Willoughby (V60),  Malcolm Beech (V65) and Bob Massey (V70).

The Trail Race Champions were Stephen Dunn and Michelle Tickle. Other age category awards went to Nikola Walker (V45), Fiona Little (V50), Andrew Hume (V45), Simon Scarr (V55), Peter Singleton (V60) and Bob Massey (V70).

In the Track & Field Awards, Chloe Norman and Olivia Hanby were 1st and 2nd in the U20 women, Daniel Kearney and Phil Ellershaw 1st and 2nd in the Senior Men and Nia Rutter and Rachel Bashforth were 1st and 2nd in the Senior Women.

IMG_5789The Senior Cross Country Women and Men Champions were Emily Japp and John Wright with Lauren Gowland and Andrew Simm 2nd. Jessica Rogers was Under 20 Champion with Michelle Tickle and John  Wright Vet Champions. Other age category winners were Laura Lawler (V45), Danny Smith (V40), Paul Sparrow (V50), Nick Hume (V60) and Alan Wilkinson (V65).


After the awards the Juniors and Seniors took to the floor and danced until late.  An enjoyable time was had by all.

It was a relatively quiet week on the race and athletic front for BWFAC. At the Windmill Remembrance Day 10Km starting in the shadow of Lytham Windmill, Steve Simpson was 17th (38:36) and Debra Rodgers was 522nd (56:41).

Originally there should have been a Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture, which had been postponed until December. However several juniors decided to run as guests in the Red Rose League at Leverhulme Park in Bolton instead. IMG_5791Gracie Scott was 4th (7:22) in the U11 Girls race (1800m), with Jessica Ramsden 27th (8:15) and Polly Kershaw 48th (8:49). In the U11 Boys race Billy Kershaw was 83rd (9:01). Betty Kershaw was 9th (13:05) in the U13Gs race (3000m), with Naomi Wrigley 64th (17:09).

At the local parkruns, Blackpool, Fleetwood and Lytham Hall there were 17 BWFAC runners. At the Lytham Hall parkrun, Bob Massey, a regular at Blackpool parkrun, finished in 28:41 and was joined by three of his new training group runners, Fran Connolly (28:08), Clare Clarke (28:22) and Isabel Mcnamee (30:54).

Ella-May Leonard and Aimee Harling were busy girls on the parkrun front, with Ella-May running at Blackpool parkrun (24:24) and Aimee at Lytham Hall (33:36). Both ran at the Park View junior parkrun, with Ella-May recording 9:05 and Aimee 9:32. Other junior parkrun times were Rafael Eaton (20:45) at Blackpool and Lucy Tickle (23:37) at Lytham Hall.


12 November 2018

Date for your diary!

At the Presentation Night on Saturday the Lower YDL Team won the Alf Tysoe Trophy for the Outstanding Team Performance. Nick Hume now has the medals that the club agreed to present to all those who competed for the Lower YDL BWFAC Teams in 2018. The plan is to present them on Thursday 22nd November at 18.30 at the Sports Centre along with any trophies that were not collected on the night.

A list of names will be released in due course!


8th November 2018

London Marathon 2019 Club Place

VMLM-2019.9070644e4cc9Applications for the BWF AC London Marathon Club place need to be with Nick Hume by 30th November and include the following details:

-How the criteria has been met

-Proof of rejection for the 2019 race.

Please click here to view the criteria.


7th November 2018

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Emily Japp along with 8156 other runners took part in a high quality field at Leeds Abbey Dash, where the first nine across the line recorded under 30 minutes. Unfortunately for Japp, she picked up an injury a couple of weeks before the race, which required intense physiotherapy. Despite not being fully fit, she still finished 293rd and 15th woman in 35:46. Also from BWFAC, Rick Pinches was 4336th in 56:02.

Version 2At the Derwentwater 10 Mile, Bev Wright was 73rd and 1st female vet 55 in 1:10:53 and Anthony Blight was 135th in 1:17:53. David Twizell ran in the undulating 8.67 mile Through the Villages race at Wheelton, near Chorley finishing 261st in 1:19:14.

In the final week of the Blackpool Illuminations, 30 members of BWFAC had an enjoyable social run through the lights starting from Red Bank Road, thankfully finishing before the rain started and afterwards enjoyed a fish and chip supper.


At the Blackpool parkrun, Paul Sparrow was 11th in 21:07 and Paul Bradburn 12th in 21:11, with Jeff Wilson (35th 23:17), Ella-May Leonard (60th 24:47), Louisa Bradburn (64th 25:01), Debra Rodgers (109th 28:45), Debbie Terras (117th 28:59), Andy Hume (148th 31:57) and Bob Massey (152nd 35:15), whilst five miles north at the Fleetwood parkrun Rafael Eaton was 13th in 22:15, with Karen Dunford (21st 23:22), Ellen McLachlan (25th 24:35) and David Twizell (30th 25:19).

407A4429At the local parkruns, Forest Leah was first at the 2Km Park View junior parkrun in 7:41, whilst Ella-May Leonard ran 24:42 at the Blackpool parkrun, Rafael Eaton was 12th with 22:15 in the Fleetwood 407A4721parkrun.

Meanwhile at the Lytham Hall parkrun, Nicola Walker was 159th in 30:03 and Howard Henshaw 169th in 30:38. Michelle Tickle (66th 23:14) and daughter Lucy (69th 23:19) ran at Preston parkrun.

The first fixture of the Lancashire Sportshall League was held at the Blackpool Sports Centre. Sportshall is a way of continuing many of the elements of athletic disciplines in the confines of a sport hall, especially for the youngest of athletes.

Most successful of the BWFAC Under 13 boys was Rafael Eaton, who won the 30 second Speed Bounce with an amazing 83 bounces. In the Standing Long Jump he was 2nd with 2.12 metres, as he was in the 2 lap (23.6) and 6 lap (2:01.5) races. In the overall U13 boys individual competition Eaton was just one point behind James Ince of Preston Harriers. James Boak was 3rd in the 4 lap race (55.5) and 4th in the 6 lap (2:10.2). Jefferson Kong won the 4 lap race (52.2) and was 3rd in the Standing Long Jump (2.07m). Kong competed in the Shot Putt for the first time and despite his inexperience posted 6.13m to finish third. Overall the U13 Boys team finished 2nd behind Preston Harriers.

In the Under 11 competition, Alfie Hall, Maximus Nelson, Thomas Oates, Jacob Stock and Jack Balshaw competed in the one and two lap races, the 20 second Speed Bounce, Standing Long Jump, Chest Push and Target Throw. Best results were Alfie Hall, who was 3rd in the 2 lap race (24.8) and 9th in the Chest Push, whilst Maximus Nelson was 10th in the 2 Lap race (25.6) and 7th in the Target Throw.

The Under 11 boys, Jack Balshaw, Alfie Hall, Maximus Nelson and Thomas Oates combined together to win the U11 Relay and then combined, with Jefferson Kong substituting for Thomas Oates, finished second in the Under 13 Boys Relay.

Under 13 girl Grace Oates, who has been out of action for several months due to a leg procedure, made a gentle return to action in the Standing Long Jump, scoring points with 1.53m, Vertical Jump and Shot Putt. Rubie Linley, Hope Fletcher and Lily Ryan formed the Under 11 team, competing in Speed Bounce, Chest Push, Vertical Jump, Target Throw and High Stepper. Linley scored points in both the Chest Push and Target Throw.


6th November 2018

England Athletics registered athletes can now apply for a guaranteed entry into the 2019 Brighton Marathon. Entry into the Brighton Marathon costs £75 and entries must be applied for through your Club Secretary. If you are interested in entering the Brighton Marathon via the England Athletics Club entry, please speak to your Club Secretary. The organisers can only accept requests to enter from Club Secretaries. England Athletics Club entries are available until 1st March 2019. Race packs will need to be collected by the runner or a friend / member of family from the Brighton Marathon Exhibition held on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th April.


31st October 2018

Two weeks ago there was the Green Drive 5 race, and like buses, there was another 5 mile race last Sunday, the Fairclough 5, starting and finishing in the Wyre Estuary Country Park.

Having won the Green Drive 5 the previous week, Rob Danson of Wesham RRC added the Fairclough 5 in 26:08. Luke Minns of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC, in his first road run for a couple of years, was 2nd in 26:34, with Steve Simpson (11th 31:15) and Bev Wright was 18th and 3rd woman in 33:48. Other BWFAC runners were Chris Rawcliffe (30th 36:04), Dawn Maher (38th 37:36), Jeff Wilson (41st 38:18), Derek Crane (43rd 38:24), David Twizell (53rd 40:35), Amanda Fuller (81st 46:47), Clare Clarke (82nd 47:07), Julie Sinclair (85th 47:46), Nickola Walker (88th 48:42), Elaine Hudson (89th 48:53), Bob Massey (94th 51:30), Howard Henshaw (97th 52:44) and Andrew Hume (54:25). Former BWFAC athlete Bianca Pedersen was first woman in 31:22.

407A2315Just before the Fairclough 5 in the one mile Thornton Fun Run, BWFAC junior runners, Gracie Scott was 6th and 2nd girl in 6:22, with Maximus Nelson 10th (6:39), Jessica Ramsden 18th (7:18) and Naomi Wrigley 21st (7:38). Earlier the same morning at the 2Km Halloween themed Park View parkrun in Lytham, Aimee Harling, dressed in a red devil costume, was first girl in 9.63.



Basia Pawelczak took on the challenge of the Delamere Forest Night Runner 10Km along the muddy and undulating forest trails marked with reflective signs. Basia was 105th in 55:14. Nearer to home at the Jail Break 10Km in Lancaster Ellen McLachlan finished 110th in 53:12.

Laura Lawler ran in the Stroud Half Marathon finishing 579th (1:46:47) out of over 1700 runners.

At the Blackpool parkrun Adam Callow was 8th in 21:24, with Peter Bradburn 12th (21:24), Simon Scarr 40th (24:43), Peter Gibson 41st (24:45), Derek Crane 48th (25:20), David Twizell 69th (26:40), Debra Rodgers 90th (28:09) and Naomi Wrigley 96th (28:35).

At Lytham Hall parkrun, Lucy Tickle was 36th (23:21), with Michelle Tickle 38th (23:25), Simon Tickle 41st (23:33) and Howard Henshaw was 137th in a PB 29:40.


30th October 2018

The main local road race was the Green Drive Five (mile), starting and finishing on the tree-lined Green Drive in Lytham.


407A9171After missing a major part of the 2018 athletic season due to a leg problem, Emily Japp is making up for lost time.   Emily set the Women’s course record of 28:08 back in 2016 and was unable to run 2017’s race due to injury.  However she proved that she has returned to her best by finishing fifth overall, first woman and smashing her own course record by posting 27:47.

The Green Drive 5 was the final race of BWFAC’s Road Race Championship and behind Japp were Paul Sparrow (39th 32:00), Nick Hume (77th 35:01), Chris Rawcliffe (89th 35:28), Michelle Tickle (91st 35:45), Dawn Maher (117th 37:28), Basia Pawelczak (118th 37:30), Simon Scarr (39:02), Peter Gibson (172nd 40:05), David Twizell (190th 41:16), Ellen McLachlan (204th 42:21), Malcolm Beech (231st 44:04), Gary Ford (272nd 45:43), Jeff Wright (283rd 46:26), Bob Massey (296th 47:16), Nickola Walker (304th 47:44), Beverley Gigli (309th 48:06), Fran Connolly (311th 48:08), Julie Sinclair (314th 48:30), Tracey Sharrock (343rd 50:11), Andrew Hume (371st 54:09) and Fiona Little (399th 67:08).


The Junior One Mile race, which started in 2013, for young runners aged 4 to 15 has also become a popular feature. The race is run along the length and back of the tree-lined Green Drive in Lytham, a pedestrian lane of nearly one kilometre.

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC young runners have always had good record in this race, and 2018 was no exception, as Luke Rawcliffe (aged 13) finished first boy in 5:16 and Lucy Tickle (aged 14) was first girl and 3rd overall. Lucy together with Bethany Whipp (4th 5:59) and Betty Kershaw (5th 6:03) won the first girls team prize. Second in 5:27 was George Denye (aged 12) of Preston Harriers. Gracie Scott, who only recently celebrated her 11th birthday, had a scintillating run to finish 11th in 6:14 and Jessica Ramsden was 28th in 6:51. Betty Kershaw’s two young siblings, Billy and Polly (aged 8), both had excellent runs for their age, posting 6:51 (30th) and 7:18 (44th) respectively. Also running well were Naomi Wrigley (51st 7:28) and Aimee Harling (53rd 7:29).

There were thirteen BWFAC members at the Blackpool parkrun with Steve Dunn (10th 19:47), Adam Callow (11th 20:12), Peter Bradburn (17th 21:05), Paul Sparrow (20th 21:19), Peter Gibson (56th 24:14), Jeff Wilson (60th 24:31), Rick Pinches (84th 26:42), David Twizell (86th 26:44), Debra Rodgers (103rd 28:08), Nickola Walker (123rd 29:22), Simon Scarr (175th 34:58), Bob Massey (177th 34:58) and Sarah Peacock (205th 42:41).  At Lytham Hall parkrun, Simon Tickle (32nd 22:58), Michelle Tickle (41st 23:28) and Howard Henshaw (124th 30:42).


29th October 2018

Please take a look at the documents below regarding the Mid Lancs Association. They are also looking for a new treasurer and a Cross Country assistant.

AGM Notice 2018

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Lancashire Cross Country Championships

The Lancashire Cross Country Championships will take place at Witton Park on Saturday 5th January 2019. The entry form for the championships can be downloaded here.

There is a slight change to the rules for 2019; Senior Women’s teams
will require four counters as opposed to three in previous years.
This change has been made to reflect the growth in numbers in the women’s
race and to add interest further down the field. This will be reviewed
before next year’s championships. The championships are also the trial races for the Inter Counties Championships at Loughborough in March.
Online entry is also available via


20th October 2018


Illumination Run – Wednesday 31st October -Starts 6pm prompt

This year’s Illumination run will take place on Wednesday 31st October. Meeting in Sainsbury’s car park, Bispham for the run to start at 6pm prompt. It will be the usual run out for 25 minutes, turn round and run back. All abilities welcome, then for those who want to, a quick change and across the road to the Middle Chippy for something to eat. I need numbers for the chippy, by 29th October. Please can you let me know if you are eating, either in person or on 07891 068151.  It is limited seating in the chippy, so if more than they can cater for turn up it could be take out!

Thank you
Karen Dunford


20th October 2018

The first fixture of the Cross Country season for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC was the Mid Lancs League meeting, held at Ulverston on the wet and windy shoreline of Morecambe Bay, as Storm Callum swept across Britain.

On the 6.4Km course there was a strong Women’s squad, with the A team of Emily Japp (2nd 25:13), Jess Rogers (11th 28:36) and Laura Gilderdale (17th 30:28) finishing first, and the B team of Michelle Tickle (45th 33:32), Basia Pawelczak (49th 33:59) and Laura Lawler (56th 34:17) were 14th overall. The other members of the squad were Karen Dunford, Andrea Smith (88th 36:36), Debra Rogers (135th 43:26) and Debbie Terras (136th 43:28). Jess Rogers was also first Under 20 Woman.


The men’s course was 9.1Km and the squad of John Wright (60th 39:45), Paul Sparrow (98th 52:26), Chris Rawcliffe (147th 45:22), Nick Hume (161st 46:03), Peter Bradburn (204th 51:04), Daniel Smith (205th 51:14), Simon Scarr (221st 54:00), Alan Wilkinson (246th 61:48) and Rick Pinches (249th 63:43) were 17th, with the Vet 40 team 11th and Vet 50s 4th.


Six BWFAC tackled the popular Manchester Half Marathon with Amanda Fuller 6395th (PB 2:07:49), Claire Irons 8628th (2:24:35), Tracey Sharrock 8689th (2:25:07), Nickola Walker 9531st (2:38:10) and Fiona Little 10313rd (3:16:36). At Alder Hey Children Hospital 10Km, Derek Crane was 90th out of 629 (48:32).


Meanwhile in Majorca at the Zafiro Palma 10Km, Ian Dawson was 50th (40:49), Bev Wright 112th and 1st female Vet 55 (44:16), Paul Beech 121st (44:56) and Malcolm Beech 920th (70:10). In the Half Marathon, Steve Simpson ran 1:36, Nicola Unsworth 1:45 and Jeff Wilson 2:00.

Back in Blackpool at the Autumn Breaker 10Km, Adam Callow was 23rd (chip time 41:13) and Stephen Dunn 24th (chip time 39:46).

With Lytham Hall parkrun cancelled because of a fallen tree, most BWFAC parkrunners ran at Blackpool, with Adam Callow posting 20:57, Peter Singleton 22:56, Peter Gibson 24:40, Andy Hume 33:03 and Simon Scarr 33:05. David Twizell ran at Footscray Meadows parkrun in Sidcup in London in 25:46.


15th October 2018

It was a wet and windy start to the Cross Country season on Saturday, as Storm Callum battered Britain and on the coast of Morecambe Bay at Ulverston, it rained through all the races, varying from heavy to torrential. Typically it only stopped as the final race was ending. However, it did not phase the young runners of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC who, on a testing undulating course, ran with purpose.

In the first race, the Under 11 Girls ran on a 2.2Km course, with Gracie Scott finishing third (8:48) and with Ella-May Leonard (12th 9:48), Jess Ramsden (15th 9:58), Polly Kershaw (23rd 10:24) and Jemima Bradshaw (26th 10:24) the team also finished third. The next day Ella-May Leonard still had plenty of energy left to finish 5th and 1st girl in 8:51 at the 2Km Park View junior parkrun.

On the same course the Under 11 Boys team of Alfie Hall (7th 8:44), Otis Leah (14th 9:03) and Billy Kershaw (40th 10:16) were the fifth team.

The Under 13 Girls race was run on a 2.6Km course. The team of Betty Kershaw (9th 10:33), Olivia Sellers (27th 11:35), Louisa Bradburn (29th 11:40), Holly Tickle (34th 12:17) and Naomi Wrigley (38th 13:08) were seventh.

In the Under 13 Boys and Under 15 Girls races both ran on the same course of 2.8Km, with Rafael Eaton 5th (10:42) in his race and Lucy Tickle 6th (11:54) with teammate Bethany Whipp 12th (12:15). The Under 15 Boys and Under 17 Women’s races were run on a 4.4Km course, with Luke Rawcliffe finishing 12th (16:46) in his race and Hollie Winstanley 8th (21:11) in her race.

The Under 17 Men’s team last season won the U17M League team Shield and two of its members, Jake Dudley and Jack Tickle were joined by James Smith for this season’s campaign. On the 6.4Km course Jake Dudley was 3rd (23:33), with Jack Tickle 9th (26:00) and James Smith, despite suffering a stitch, 13th in 26:36.


13th October 2018

It was a relatively quiet week for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC.

IMG_4510Nicola Unsworth ran in the West Coast Half Marathon and was pleased to finish third woman (33rd) in 1:38:34.  Meanwhile Paul Plummer was also satisfied with a chip time of 3:29:13 (722nd) in the Chester Marathon.

43253565_2091916200819231_2710663274797465600_o.jpgThe High Woodland parkrun in Wigan was used as the final fixture for this year’s BWFAC’s Trail Championship.  Peter Singleton was first BWFAC runner in 24th (22:30), with Simon Scarr 41st (24:06), Bob Massey 111th (29:22), Amanda Fuller 118th (29:22), Alan Smart 123rd (29:43), Bernard Singleton 124th (29:43) and Fiona Little 195th (40:18).

The overall winners of the Trail Championship are Stephen Dunn and Michelle Tickle.

After a frustrating time sidelined by injury, Emily Japp demonstrated that she is getting back to full fitness by recording 17:37 (2nd) at the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun and is on target for the highly regarded Leeds Abbey 10Km Dash at the beginning of November.  Howard Henshaw ran his first Fleetwood Promenade parkrun in 32:51 and John Bradley posted a PB 38:00.

At the Blackpool parkrun, Rafael Eaton recorded 21:12 (8th), Peter Gibson 24:03 (37th), Ella-May Leonard 24:42 (45th), Adam Callow 57th (25:55), Gina Whiteley 26:12 (61st), Rick Pinches 26:54 (68th), David Twizell 27:07 (71st), Malcolm Beech 28:07 (85th) and Wayne Norris 29:09 (104th).

IMG_4121Michelle Tickle with 21:51 (16th), Lucy Tickle 23:08 (33rd) and Simon Tickle 23:50 (42nd) ran at the Lytham Hall parkrun.

Fifteen ran in the Club’s October Handicap. First across the line was Anthony Blight in 26:07, with Mark Warner (24:04) and Gina Whiteley (31:03) posting handicap best times and Paul Sparrow ran the fastest time of 23:34 on the 3.72 mile course.

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC Athletes of the Month for September are Jess Rogers for her support of the Club on the Track, in the Inter Club competition and in the Autumn Relays and George Mackenzie who posted PBs in the Hurdles, Long and High Jumps. Volunteer of the Quarter is Justyna Luczak for her excellent organisational skills at this season’s Mid Lancs Track and Field and Youth Development League fixtures.


12th October 2018

The long awaited cross country season starts next Saturday in Ulverston, by the shore of Morecambe Bay. Last season Ulverston was the final fixture of the Mid Lancs League season and proved to be a popular location with a surprisingly interesting course, with plenty of short, but testing climbs and many twists and turns.

Several of Blackpool, Wyre & AC young runners tested their stamina at the local parkruns, with Rafael Eaton 8th in 21:12 at the Blackpool parkrun and Lucy Tickle 33rd in 23:08 at Lytham Hall parkrun. Two of the younger members of BWFAC ran at the 2Km Park View junior parkrun, with Ella-May Leonard finishing 6th and first girl in 8:43, (after running Blackpool parkrun the previous day in 24:42) and Aimee Harling was 6th in 8:43. At the Avenham Park junior parkrun in Preston, Forest Leah was first in 8:05 and his younger brother Otis was third in 8:21.

The Track & Field season has ended and, with the Indoor season soon starting, the winter strength training has now started, which also included sessions running on the sand dunes. BWFAC young athletes are certainly a dedicated bunch. Chloe Norman, despite it being her 18th Birthday, still did a sand dunes session in the morning before the celebration.


12th October 2018

Handicap time keepers needed!

John Bradley (Handicap Time Keeper) is moving away from the area on 18th October and Tony Croft is looking for someone to help out with the Monthly Handicap from November. The more people prepared to give up an hour a month to assist, the fewer occasions you will have to do (unless you really wish to)!!

Please contact Nick Hume if you can assist!

Wesham 10K

Less than 100 places left for the Wesham 10K taking place on Saturday 24 November. For more details please go to

Please note this takes place the same day as the next Mid Lancs XC fixture at Liverpool.


11th October 2018

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Volunteer Experience Workshop
We are holding a workshop around volunteering at the Village Hotel,
Bury on the 19th November 2018.
This two hour workshop is completely free of charge for you to attend.
It is designed to help clubs and groups to create greater experience
for volunteers, make it easier for volunteers to carry out their roles,
and easier for people to get involved.

I have attached a poster here which I hope you will share to your club
Coaching Development Opportunities

LIRF_CIRF workshop
3-hour workshop, for those thinking about moving on to the Coaching in
Running Fitness qualification.  This workshop will look at the areas
that the coaching qualifications will cover, and the pre-learning that
individuals might wish to undertake before embarking on their next
stage in their coaching journey.

I have attached a poster here which I hope you will share to your club

Movement Skills and Physical Preparation
A series of three progressive workshops open to all Leaders and Coaches
that focus on movement patterns that underpin all athletics events.
More information can be found at—central-to-successful-athletics/coach-development/movement-skills-for-running-jumping-and-throwing-workshops

Dates for upcoming North West workshops;
Movement Skills 1 – 17th November
Movement Skills 2 – 26th January
Physical Preparation – 2nd March
Note – although we would recommend attending the workshops in sequence,
however leader and coaches can book on to individual workshops.

Regional Coach & Athlete Technical Workshops.
There are a number of workshops covering speed (sprints and hurdles),
endurance (800-3000m), Jumps (long, triple and high) and Throws
(hammer, shop put). These workshops are aimed at coaches qualified to
Athletics Assistant but also those qualified to Athletic Coach level.
Coaches are encouraged to bring athletes with them. More information
can be found—central-to-successful-athletics/coach-development#Event%20Development%20Activity

Dates for upcoming North workshops;
Leeds, 14th October
Sheffield, 11th November
Edgehill, 3rd March

I have attached a poster here which I hope you will share to your club

If I can be of any help or you wish to discuss any of the above
opportunities, please do get in touch.

Emma Davenport
Club Support Manager (Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Lancashire)
Mobile: 07967317341


7th October 2018

The first Mid Lancs XC fixture of the season takes place at Ulverston next Saturday 13 October 2018. It would be great to have a good turnout from BWFAC! Please click on the links below for travel info/parking and course map info!

Please click here to view a list of BWFAC members registered to date for the forthcoming Mid Lancs XC season. Please contact Nick Hume to register in advance or this can also be done on the day of the first fixture at the Mid Lancs tent.

Mid Lancs Ulverston XC Info

Mid Lancs Ulverston XC Course Maps


7th October 2018

The Online Club Shop is now open 05/10/2018-26/10/2018 for delivery on 07/12/2018.
Just in time for Christmas!



6th October 2018

10th NOVEMBER 2018
(Formerly the HILTON HOTEL)
BUFFET 19.30

TICKETS £12.00 PER PERSON (Adult or Child)
(Subsidised by BWF AC)
Please order from Andrea Smith

Tickets will only be forwarded upon payment and limited to 150

Dress Code: Smart


5th October 2018

Start Fitness have invited BWFAC to become part of their UK Athletics and running club loyalty scheme.

For those who are not aware of their history, they are one of the largest fitness retailers in the UK. Their great choice of brands, specialist knowledge, combined with high standards of customer service and great value really sets them apart from their competitors. Founded by runners, and staffed almost entirely by fitness enthusiasts, Start Fitness prides itself on being different from your average sports retailer. Over the course of two decades they’ve worked tirelessly to cultivate valuable relationships with athletic associations up and down the country and take pride in supporting grassroots sports whenever they can.

They would like to offer our club members an exclusive online loyalty discount code that will allow a saving of 10% off the current selling price on all items from their online store. Our exclusive online code for BWFAC club members is BlackpoolWFACSF10 and can be used in the Discount Code box at the checkout.

Please share this information with our BWFAC members!


5th October 2018

On Saturday Evening at Midnight, myself, Geoff Kenyon and Dave Walton will be cycling from Manchester to Blackpool Tower.


wilfieMy 5 year old son, as some may know, has a complex heart condition which has required 3 ‘Open Heart’ surgeries to create a hearth which functions effectively. Thankfully these operations have been successful and has enabled him to have a life, some children sadly have not from the same condition.

In support of the organisations (Alder Hey, British Heart Foundation, Little Hearts Matter) which have made this possible, and to show our love and support to Wilfred, the 3 of us will make this journey on Saturday.

We have set an amount of £1000, and currently 50% of the target has been met! AMAZING!!!

If you would like to show your support through the link below then we would be very grateful. Every little helps, as they say….

Thanks in advance, Mick / Geoff / Dave


3rd October 2018

The road was the main focus for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC this week and the biggest local race, with over 1400 running, was the City of Preston 10Km. Derek Crane represented BWFAC, finishing 321st in 50:52. Nicola Unsworth travelled to Nottingham for the Robin Hood Half Marathon. She finished 569th in a chip time of 1:39:26.


42697466_2328633423814965_986710981830770688_oThe majority of BWFAC runners chose the Pilling 10Km, which was the penultimate designated race of this year’s club Road Race Championship. There was a good turnout with John Wright first BWFAC in 6th place (36:19), Steve Simpson 9th (37:47), Bev Wright 22nd and 2nd women (41:48), Anthony Blight 29th (44:15), Laura Lawler 49th (47:35), Dawn Maher 54th (47:58), Jeff Wilson 57th (48:20), Simon Scarr 60th (49:02), Basia Pawelczak 61st (49:38), Ellen McLachlan 66th (51:24), Malcolm Beech 80th (56:36), Amanda Fuller 89th (57:58), Nickola Walker 105th (63:40) and Fiona Little 119th (77:42).

Before the start of the race Simon Scarr warmed-up by running the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun along with teammate Bob Massey in a steady 27:59.

In other local parkruns, Under 13 athlete Rafael Eaton was 5th in a PB 19:40, with Paul Sparrow 7th (19:50), Traydon Jarrett (U13) 11th (21:00), Peter Gibson 46th (24:34) and Wayne Norris 105th (29:22). At Lytham Hall parkrun, Michelle Tickle was 26th (21:59) and Howard Henshaw was 157th (30:49).

Further afield at the Frimley Lodge parkrun near Aldershot, David Twizall along with nearly 500 runners, ran the picturesque 5Km route in 25:46 (180th).


1st October 2018

received_153873535549383It was with a heavy heart, that Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC last week said thank you and goodbye to long standing coach, Garry Roylance, who held his last training session. He has been a consistent and popular member of the coaching team at Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC for over eleven years, which included helping several athletes to achieve the pinnacle by competing at the English School’s Athletics Championships. He has also assisted the Club in many other ways, in particular by helping to officiate at many track & field meetings. However a change in work commitments mean that Garry is unable to devote the time required to run coaching sessions several times a week. At the final coaching session Garry’s athletes gave him several gifts and cards thanking him for his long service. His assistant coach, Sarah Venn, who recently received her full Coaching qualification will take over running Roylance’s group.


407A4505Lucy Tickle finished 2nd overall and 1st girl in 7:51 at the Park View 2Km junior parkrun and her sister Holly was 8th (9:02). Interestingly it is a year since Lucy celebrating having completed a hundred 5Km parkruns. Currently she has run 119 parkruns and 20 junior 0 and Trayden Jarrett was 11th in 21:00.





26th September 2018

The Autumn Northern Relays were held at Sportcity in the shadow of the Etihad Stadium. Although this year Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde had no representation in the men’s event, there were two women’s teams. The women’s race was over a 2 lap course of 5400 metres. The ‘A’ team was led out by Emily Japp, who finished third in her leg in 20:46 and was 6th fastest overall; with Bev Wright (24:56), Lauren Gowland (25:06) and Jess Rogers (24:18) anchoring the team across the line to 21st place in 1:35:06. The ‘B’ team was led out by Basia Pawelczak (30:10), with Laura Lawler (28:49), Gina Whiteley (31:49) and Kirsty Holland (32:42) bringing the team home to 88th place in 2:03:15.

Hyndburn parkrun had been designated as the penultimate competition of the BWFAC Trail Race Championship. Steve Dunn was 9th in 21:10, with Paul Sparrow (13th 21:49), Peter Singleton (23rd 24:18), Amanda Fuller (71st 30:25), Bob Massey (75th 31:34), Clare Clarke (81st 32:17), Andy Hume (91st 36:52), Fiona Little (108th 43:33).

Club President Howard Henshaw, on holiday in the Far East, ran in the Taman Sudo Ulu parkrun in Kuala Lumpur. He finished 30th in 29:10. Post run Howard was informed that he had set a Malaysian parkrun age category record for Over 75s.

Paul Plummer celebrated his 200th parkrun at Sale Water Park parkrun in 23:20 (37th).

Other BWFAC runners at the local parkruns were as follows: Blackpool parkrun: Rafael Eaton (10th 20:57), Nicola Unsworth (20th & 1st female 22:23), David Twizell (44th 25:22), Naomi Wrigley (82nd 28:42) and Nickola Walker ((119th 31:44). Lytham Hall parkrun: Lucy Tickle (22nd 21:58), Michelle Tickle (24th 22:07) and Simon Tickle (37th 23:20).

There was good news for the coaching squad as Sarah Venn received her full athletics coaching licence.

A new race, Blackpool Music Run 10K, saw runners entertained by musicians along the Blackpool promenade run route. Among the BWFAC runners enjoying the music were Nicola Unsworth, who was 28th and 3rd woman in 45:30, Ellen McLachlan (67th 50:57), Jeff Wright (291st 63:47), Nickola Walker (326th 65:20) and Fiona Little (108th 82:35).


23rd September 2018

Please click here to view a list of BWFAC members registered to date for the forthcoming Mid Lancs XC season. Please contact Nick Hume to register in advance or this can also be done on the day of the first fixture at the Mid Lancs tent.


22nd September 2018

Presentation Night

It is now time to return the Trophies that you were awarded at the 2017
Presentation Night on Saturday 10 November.

Can you please make arrangements to either return them to the Club House
by Thursday 4th October and ensure that they are locked away in the
Store Room or contact Nick Hume ( to discuss an
alternative delivery. Nick lives in Thornton if that helps.

He does not wish to chase you for them given the number involved.

Thank you!


21st September 2018

Nicola Unsworth was 19th and 3rd woman in 44:40 at the inaugural Fairhaven Flyer, with Laura Lawler 39th and 1st Vet Woman in 48:16 and Gina Whiteley was 112th (54:44).

41927436_1870759409680987_6639988047700033536_nMichelle and Simon Tickle took on the challenge of the English Half Marathon weekend of events in Warrington with various distance options. Both opted to run the 5Km night race on the Friday night. Michelle was 30th and 2nd lady in 22:17 and Simon 68th in 24:16. On the Sunday, Michelle completed the 10Km race in 45:21 to finish 9th lady.

The latest designated fixture of the club’s Trail Race Championship was Yarrow River Splash 10Km. It involved running along woodland paths and crossing the Yarrow River. Eleven BWFAC runners had great fun on the run, as they tried to pull themselves out of the river. The results were Paul Sparrow (15th 48:36), Simon Scarr (86th 61:19), Clare Clarke (171st 71:46), Bob Massey (175th 72:28), Beverley Gigli (202nd 74:54), Tracey Sharrock (203rd 72:28), Amanda Fuller (222nd 78:58), Nickola Walker (223rd 79:01), Andy Hume (257th 87:27), Laura Raynor (268th 94:21) and Fiona Little (269th 96:01).

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At the Arnold Seddon Medals Open, held in Wigan, Natalia Luczak was 2nd with 4.83m, just 1cm shy of equalling her PB and was 3rd (47.0) in the 300m, with Alicia Threfall 3rd (47.0) in the U13G 70m Hurdles and 9th (3.84m) in the Long Jump.

Blackpool and Lytham Hall parkruns were cancelled due to other events taking place. Several BWFAC members ran at the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun as an alternative, with John Wright 3rd in a PB 18:02, Adam Callow 8th (19:32), George Robinson 10th (19:32), Bev Wright 14th and 1st female (20:18 PB), Rafael Eaton 17th (20:56 PB), Nicola Unsworth 39th (22:56), Peter Gibson 45th (23:41), Ella-May Leonard 48th (23:45), Reg Smallbone 55th (24:11), David Twizell 64th (25:05), Fran Connolly 108th (28:52) and Jeff Wright 113th (29:14). At the testing Witton parkrun Steve Dunn was 3rd in 21:11.

IMG_3610At the Park View junior parkrun, Lucy Tickle (7:52) and Ella-May Leonard (8:50) were 1st and 2nd girls.








16th September 2018

As the outdoor Track & Field season comes to an end, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC held a successful Open Medal Meeting, which attracted nearly 300 athletes from across the North West of England, including over 80 Blackpool, Wrye & Fylde AC members.

407A9996Star performer for BWFAC in the youngest age category, the Under 9s, was Otis Leah, who won all three of his events. Otis posted 13.2 in the 80m, 2:09.4 in the 600m and 3.26m in the Long Jump. Teammate Jacob Stock was 4th in both the 80m (15.6) and 600m (2:43.7) and 2nd in the Long Jump (2.53m). One of the youngest competitors Esmè Rutter, aged 6, was 4th in the Long Jump with 2.61m which is an excellent achievement for an athlete of such tender years. Other BWFAC U9s competing were Cheroken Reigo, Aimee Harling, Tillie Calvert, Poppy Booth-Isherwood and Hamna Ahmed.

407A9279In the Under 11 category, Millie Turner was 2nd in the 80m (12.3) and won the Long Jump with 3.56m, Rubie Linley was 4th in the 60m (12.4) and 5th in the 600m (2:13.1), Marcia Rutter was 5th in 80m overall with a PB 12.8 and 4th in the Long Jump (3.42m). Maximus Nelson was 3rd in the 80m (12.4) and 4th in the 600m (2:08.4), whilst Oliver Nunn was 4th in the 80m (12.5). BWFAC’s Ella-May Leonard, Hope Fletcher, Isobel Mellor, Isaac Ormerod, Leon Cole and Jack Ford also competed.


Most impressive in the Under 13 category was Kieran Howard’s performance in the Shot Putt, who in winning with a throw of 9.19m, was only a few centimetres short of a grade one performance. Thomas Wilkinson and Jefferson Kong fought out an excellent race in the 75m Hurdles, both posting the same time of 13.6, with Wilkinson getting the nod for first place and George Mackenzie a close 3rd in 13.7. Wilkinson had an excellent day overall, winning both the Long Jump (4.46m) and High Jump (1.43m). George Mackenzie also competed in the Long Jump jumping 4.46m (finishing 2nd on count back) and was 3rd in the High Jump (1.40m). Kong was 4th in the Long Jump (4.40m) and 2nd in the 200m. Oliver Hoskisson was 2nd in the 100m (12.7 – a 2 second improvement in 6 months) and 5th in the 200m (30.1). Connor Norman was 6th in the 100m (14.2). Rafael Eaton won Bronze in the 200m (29.1) and Gold in the 800m (2:33.2) with James Boak 6th (2:56.7), while Forest Leah won Bronze in the 1500m (5:28.4)

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Alicia Threlfall was 2nd in the U13G 70M Hurdles (12.7), with Gracie Rutter 7th (14.2). In the Shot Putt, Kitty Mason won Bronze (6.06m) and Keira Tomes was 5th 5.99m. Mason also won Bronze in the 200m (30.5) and Tomes posted a PB 1.33m, finishing 5th and missing out on third on count back.


The eye catching performance in the Under 15 age category was posted by Scott Sinclair who cleared 1.72m to achieve Grade One performance. Training partners Alex Slater was 2nd (1.65m), Samuel Howarth 3rd (1.55m PB) and Seb Holt 6th (1.45m). Sinclair was 2nd (5.60m) in the Long Jump, whilst Slater was 2nd (10.60m) in the Shot Putt. Howarth was 2nd with a PB 2.60m in the Pole Vault and 5th in the Long Jump (4.85m), whilst Holt was 3rd in the Pole Vault (1.90m) and 6th in the Long Jump (4.48m). Matthew Poole was 3rd in the 300m (42.7), with Thomas Fairhurst 3rd in the 200m (28.0 PB) and Samuel Potts was 4th (29.7).


Mary-Jayne Broomhead won Gold in the Under 15 Girls 100m (13.2) with Megan Lewis claiming Bronze (13.6). There were 11 more BWFAC U15G trying out their 100m sprint speed: Ellie Owen 13.7 PB, Imogen Reader 14.0, Iona Cossens 14.0 PB, Chloe Smith 14.1, Georgia Norman 14.2, Holly Brooke 14.2, Gabriell Bell 14.6, Emily Rigby 14.7, Daisie-Mae Keane 14.8, Hannah Eccles 14.9 PB, Harriet Snelson 15.1, Hollie John 15.2 and Talia Ball 16.8. Broomhead also won Silver in the Long Jump with a PB 4.76m, just 2 cm behind Leah Howard. Howard was also 2nd (1.45m) in the High Jump and set a PB 28.4 in winning her heat of the 200m. Natalia Luczak was 4th (4.68m) in the Long Jump and was 3rd (46.9) in the 300m. Megan Lewis added to her 100m Bronze with Silver in the 200m with a PB 27.6.


Kacie Calvert collected Gold in the U15G Javelin with a PB 28.69m, with Keira Tomes (U13G) winning Bronze. Calvert also won Silver in the Discus (19.51m). Charlotte Jones won Silver in the U15G Hammer (30.03m) and Talia Ball was 5th with a PB 18.53m.

407A8895Jasmine Carey was first in the U17W Pole Vault (3.40m) whilst in the U15G competition, Chloe Parsons equalled her PB of 2.30m to win Gold, Grace Dunn Silver with 2.10m and Isabella Chamley (U13G) Bronze with 1.80m.

Ciaran Medd won Golds in both the Shot (9.40m) and Discus (36.24m). In the U17M 100 and 200 metre sprints, Ruben Shaw was the fastest with 11.7 and a PB 23.9. Riley Nagle also won Bronze in both with 11.9 and a PB 24.1, as well as Gold in the 400m. James Nicholas was 5th in the 100m (12.0) and 4th in the 200m (24.4) Other times in the 100m Max Ambery 12.4 and Charles Utomi 12.6.

In the U17W sprints Nekkisha Wilson won Gold in the 200m (29.5) and Bronze in the 100m (14.0). Other U17W 100m times were Amelia Shearman 14.1, Yasmin Goldthorpe 14.4 and Maddison Riley 15.5.


14th September 2018

Junior & Senior News

Six Junior and Senior BWFAC runners competed at the North West Road Relays, which were held on the trails of the Delamere Forest in Cheshire, where for most of the competition the rain was very heavy. Early on in the Under 11 Girls Relay (3 x 1.2Km), the team of Ella May Leonard, Jessica Ramsden and Gracie Scott won Lancashire Gold (14:49) and the Under 13 Girls Relay (3 x 3.1Km) team Naomi Wrigley, Olivia Sellers and Betty Kershaw, were 4th (42:52).

In the Senior Women’s Relay (3 x 6.2Km) the BWFAC A team of Emily Japp, Lauren Gowland and Jess Rogers were 7th (1:15:29) North West team and won Lancashire Silver. Japp ran the fastest women’s leg of 22:22. The B team of Bev Wright, Basia Pawelczak and Karen Dunford were 5th (1:26:00) and the C team of Andrea Smith, Laura Lawler and Debbie Terras were 10th (1:37:05) Lancashire teams.


In the Men’s Relay (4 x 6.2Km) the team of Andrew Simm, Tony Terras, Steve Simpson and Rick Pinches were 15th (1:49:42) Lancashire team.

The the main National Road race last weekend was the Great North Run, which again was won by Sir Mo Farrah. Four BWFAC runners competed in this celebration of running. David Williamson was 817th (1:33:33), with Chris Lloyd (3009th 1:45:37), Ellen  McLachlan (12083rd 2:07:47), David Twizell (16451st 2:15:34), Claire Irons (21949th 2:24:34) and Andy Hume (38108th 3:00:38) who ran to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Dawn Maher ran the Stratford’s Big 10k finishing 336th in a time of 50:40 while Nickola Walker (10K 258th 1:06:06, HM 445th 2:40:58) and Amanda Fuller (10K 248th 1:05:35, HM 444th 2:40:50) both ran the Auchterarder Double Dare 10K and Half Marathon.

It was tough, windy conditions for the Fleetwood Sprint Triathlon (400m swim, 20K bike and 5K run). BWFAC’s Caroline Betmead was first Vet Woman in 1:16:21.80 (S 7:32, B 45:32, R 23:16) and Michelle Tickle was 2nd vet in 1:17:10.85 (S 8:02, B 45:19, R 23:49). Having both completed all three events in the series (Ribby, St Annes and Fleetwood), Caroline was the ladies series winner and Michelle 1st Lady Vet 40.

Following their performance at the relays the day before, Gracie Scott and Louisa Bradburn competed in the Junior Fleetwood Triathlon, with Gracie, despite falling off her bike, winning and Louisa a close second.

Derek Crane ran his fastest time of the season, 49:11 (452nd) at the Salford 10Km and at the Ribble Way Run Half Marathon, Bob Massey was 90th (2:28:00) and Fiona Little was 118th (3:28:24).

Laura Lawler represented Lancashire Police at the 2018 Police 10 Mile Championship race held in Bangor. Lawler was 31st (81:33), 4th Vet 50 and a member of the 2nd placed Lancashire Ladies team.

Athletes of the Month for August are Kacie Calvert for her recent medal success in the Javelin and George Fox for his three Silver Medals in the sprints at the CPISRA (Cerebral Palsy) World Games. Both were in action at the Medals meeting with Calvert winning Gold with yet another PB of 28.69m in the Javelin and Fox experimented in the Shot and Javelin.

The final Inter Club fixture of the season was hosted by Red Rose Runners in Leyland’s Worden Park on a 4.5 mile course. The Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC Open Team led by Phil Leybourne (8th 25:17) was sixth. The Women’s team led by Jess Rogers (first junior) was second, as was the F40 Woman led by Bev Wright. The overall Vets were 5th, Vet 50s 3rd and Vet 60s 5th. After seven fixtures BWFAC Open squad finished 6th, the Women’s team 2nd, the F40s 1st, the Vets & Vet 60s 5th and the Vet 50s 3rd.



9th September 2018

Blackpool Open Meeting

Thank you to everyone who helped make today’s event such a huge success and to all the athletes who competed today. We hope you all enjoyed the day!

The final results are now available to view here


3rd September 2018


Volunteer ‘Ambassadors’ Workshop – Friday 7 September

This brand new training and support programme is for people who
recruit, co-ordinate or manage volunteers with-in a athletics and
running club setting.

Benefits from attending:

* You will get practical ideas and examples to take away to improve
your volunteer experience.
* Quick and easy tips and examples to make your volunteers feel
* Be able to understand what motivates volunteers at your club.
* Discuss and share ideas with like minded people from the
athletics and running family.

Date and time: Friday 7th September 10am-4pm
Venue: Holiday Inn Warrington, Woolston Grange Avenue, WA1 4PX. Click
Cost: Free (lunch will be provided)

We have a couple of places left and it would be great to see a
representative from your club.

If you have any further questions or would like to attend, please feel
free to contact me direct.

Many thanks


Nick Settle – Club Support Manager
Cheshire, Merseyside, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland &
County Durham
Mobile: 07968 498710


3rd September 2018

Mid Lancs Cross Country 2018 – 2019

Team Managers and athletes please note the following rule change that was passed at the August Meeting of the Mid Lancs Association:

All runners, including guests, must be registered with their National Association on the day of competition. (There is no 7 day period for athletes to be registered as in previous years.)

Nick Hume will be submitting names to the League for Cross Country very shortly. All those who competed last year should be on the list but anyone who did not and wishes to compete should email Nick at as soon as possible. This will mean that a number will be available at the first XC fixture you attend but please note
that registration is available on the day if you decide to compete at the last minute or have just joined the club.

If anyone wishes to volunteer to team manage a Junior Cross Country Team,
please let Nick know as all help is welcome.

For more information please go to

BWFAC Monthly Handicap

BWFAC is seeking volunteers to assist with timekeeping at the Monthly
Handicap held once a month starting and finishing in New Lane Thornton.
April – October generally first Wednesday in the month from 19.00 and
November – March the first Sunday in the month from 10.00. The time
commitment is less than an hour per month. If anyone is interested
please contact Nick Hume at

Cancer Research Pretty Muddy

On September 22nd Pretty Muddy takes place at Lawsons Field Blackpool.
This is organised by Cancer Research and they are seeking volunteers to
assit the competitors enjoy the experince and help them to het muddy!

If you would like to volunteer the time commitment is from 08.30 to
between 12.00 – 13.00 depending upon the numbers taking part. If this
appeals to you and you wish to help a good cause please contact Nick
Hume at


3rd September 2018


The main focus for members of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC was in the hills and mountains of Wales and the Lakes. Steve Simpson competed in the Mountain v Man event which involves starting at sea level and finishing on top of Snowdon, an arduous route of 22 miles and 5055 feet, which he completed in five hours.

A group of 13 travelled to the Northern Lakes to compete in the Derwentwater Lakeland Trails as part of the Club’s Trail Championship. Ian Dawson was the first BWFAC runner home in the 15Km Challenge finishing in 9th place (1:18:02), with Mark Warner 36th (1:28:01), Jeff Wilson 115th (1:38:49), Beth Correy 319th (2:04:29), Clare Clarke 320th (2:04:29), Bob Massey 321st (2:04:29) and Kirsty Holland 361st (2:12:36). In the 10Km trail race, Michelle Tickle was 37th in 53:28, with Basia Pawelczak 51st (55:00), Ellen McLachlan 142nd (62:55), Tracey Sharrock 74 (problem with chip result), Amanda Fuller 311th (1:24:37), Laura Raynor 353rd (1:39:16) and Fiona Little 355th (1:40:05).


On the Road, Bev Wright was 7th and first Woman at the 315 Golden Ball 10 Mile race in 1:11:51 near Lancaster.

The outdoor track & field season is fast coming to an end, with the final local meeting tomorrow at the Stanley Park Athletic Track. Last week, several BWFAC junior athletes competed at the Southport Waterloo Open Medals meeting. Kieran Howard (U13B) competed in his first ever Hammer Throw competition and won with 19.85m. He also won Gold in the Shot (8.52m) and was 7th in the Javelin. Teammate George Mackenzie (U13B) continued his excellent form with a PB of 13.5 (2nd) in the 75m Hurdles and Gold in the High Jump with 1.48m. Riley Nagle won Silvers in the 100m (11.9), 200m (24.3) and 400m (54.2). At Trafford Jess Rogers posted 4:59.76 in the 1500 metres and at the Burnley Under 11 meeting, Tilly Calvert was fourth in both the Under 9 Girls 50m (9.6) and Long Jump (2.48m) both PBs.

Junior athletes and brothers Deetray (10th 20:22) and Trayden Jarrett (12th 20:56 PB) ran at the Blackpool parkrun, with Andy Hume (143rd 35:19). Meanwhile at the Lytham Hall parkrun, Deborah Terras was 131st (29:57) and Howard Henshaw 157th (31:39). John Wright was 2nd in 18:15, with Rafael Eaton 30th (23:49), Ella May Leonard 47th (24:45) and David Twizell 48th (24:46) at the Fleetwood parkrun.

The next day at the Park View 2Km junior parkrun, Ella May Leonard was 6th and 1st girl in 8:50 and Aimee Harling was 10th and 2nd girl in a PB 9:08. Gracie Scott, aged 10, on a visit to York, was first of 78 boys and girls at the Knavesmire junior parkrun in a time of 7:57.


28th August 2018

Isaac Towers was part of the British team at the World Para European Championships in Berlin. In the T34 400 metre wheelchair race, Isaac was 4th in 56.32, just missing out on 3rd place by a 100th of a second.

Three BWFAC athletes travelled to Bedford for the England Athletics U17/U15 Championships. Unfortunately Jasmine Carey and Amelia Shearman were defeated by atrocious weather, which caused the cancellation of the U17W Pole Vault competition on safety grounds. However, Natasha Webster was able to compete in the U17W Pole Vault, posting a PB of 37.45 metres in seventh place and rising to 36th in the UK U17W rankings. This was after winning Gold at the Mid Lancs Medal Meeting the previous day at Blackpool.

Over 40 BWFAC athletes competed at the Blackpool Medal Meet. Other good performances in the U17 category were by Danielle Whipp, who won Gold in the 800m, Bradley Parsons Gold in the 100m and Silver in the 200m with a PB 23.6.


In the Senior category, Nia Rutter won Gold in the Shot Putt, Long and Triple Jumps, and Olivia Hanby claimed Silver in the 100 and 200 metres and Triple Jump. Jon Rutter was also 2nd in both the Long and High Jumps and was 3rd in the Triple Jump.

The pick of the performances in the U15 age category were by Mary-Jayne Broomhead, who equalled her PB of 12.7 to win Gold in the 100m and was 2nd in the 200m; Natalia Luczak won Gold with a PB of 4.84m in the Long Jump and Talia Armstead won Bronze with a PB 1.50m in the High Jump.

Also in the U15Gs, Leah Howard was 2nd in both the High Jump (1.50m) and 75m Hurdles and Kacie Calvert won Bronze in the Javelin. Both these girls competed at the Trafford Medal meeting the next day, with Howard again winning Silver in the High Jump (1.50m), as did Calvert with a PB 27.99m in the Javelin.

Angelo Vinci was in top form in the U15B sprints winning both the 100m (11.9) and 200m (24.2), both PBs and Scott Sinclair was 2nd in both the High and Long Jumps.

In the U13Bs, Jefferson Kong ran his first 75m Hurdles race and won the heat (2nd overall) just pipping teammate Thomas Wilkinson and was 3rd in the Long Jump with a PB 4.73m. George Mackenzie was in supreme form winning the High Jump at both Blackpool and Trafford posting PBS of 1.47m and 1.50m and also won the Discus. Wilkinson was 2nd in High Jump with a PB 1.44m. Similarly Kieran Howard was 1st in the Shot, 2nd in the Discus and 3rd in the Javelin at Blackpool and had the same results at Trafford.

At the most recent Club Trail Championship held as part of the Harrock Hill fell race (5.2 miles/902 feet), Stephen Dunn was 42nd (41:27), with Peter Singleton (93rd 46:49), Simon Scarr (136th 53:27), Alan Smart (190th 63:54), Bernard Singleton (191st 63:55) and Andrew Hume (196th 69:14).

Nicola Unsworth was 3rd FV45 (81st) in 45:41 at the Illuminations 10Km, with Basia Pawelczak (126th 48:21), Ellen McLachlan (184th 50:02), Dawn Maher (189th 50:44) and in the 5Km race, Emily Balshaw was 27th in 24:23.

On the parkrun front there were 14 BWFAC members at the local venues, leading the way for BWFAC at Fleetwood was George Robinson (10th 19:15), Paul Sparrow (11th 20:54) at Blackpool and Peter Singleton (29th 22:24) at Lytham. Michelle Tickle (33rd 23:03) and Lucy Tickle (51st 25:23) did some parkrun tourism at Pennington Flash in Greater Manchester. The next day Lucy (8:11) led the way at the Park View 2Km Junior parkrun.


25th August 2018

Red Rose Interclub – Wednesday 5 September

Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 5th September at Worden
Park. Start time is 7pm and its the same route as last year.
However buffet afterwards is at The Priory Club, Broadfield Walk, Leyland
PR25 1PD. The car park isn’t enormous but there are places to park on the road nearby and only a few minutes from the Worden Park itself.

Lets have a good BWFAC turnout for the last interclub of the season!


22nd August 2018

A reminder about the The North West Road Relays which take place at Delamere Forest on Saturday 8 September 2018. If any Senior Ladies would like to take part please contact Laura Lawler and Senior Men please contact Michelle Tickle. Juniors are also encouraged to enter if a team can be formed.

For the U11 Age Categories the Minimum Age on the day for the
Lancashire Relays is 8. If an athlete is 11 on 31st August or has their 11th birthday between 31/8/18 and the day of the race they compete in the U13 Races.

Please click here for full details. Closing date for entries is Sunday 2 September. No late entries!

22nd August 2018

Following on from her win in the 100 metres at the Scottish Championships, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Katy Wyper’s successful season continued at Manchester International, held at the Manchester Regional Arena in the shadow of the Etihad Stadium. The competition involved athletes from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, GB Juniors, Iceland, Denmark and a combined BAL/UKWL League team. Wyper was competing for Scotland in the 100 metres, where she was 3rd (11.66), behind Kristen Awuah (11.37) representing GB Juniors and Kimberley Baptiste (11.63) representing England, and was 2nd (23.87) behind Baptiste (23.39) in the 200 metres. In the final race of the meeting Katy Wyper represented the BAL/UKWL League, anchoring the team to 3rd place (48.03) in the 4x100m Relay.

Bev Wright ran in the 25th Birchwood 10Km near Warrington, finishing 113th and first FV55 in 42:02, winning the the female age related prize for the highest age related percentage in the race.

Meanwhile at the Fleetwood Half Marathon, there were problems as some runners were mis-directed during the race, causing some to go short or long and as a result the race will only count as an unknown distance in the official records. BWFAC’s Nicola Unsworth was 39th (3rd woman) in 99:25, Ellen McLachlan (149th 1:58:06) and Jeff Wright (315th 2:26:43).

At the Trafford Open Grand Prix Open Jess Rogers posted 5:23.24 in the C mixed 1500 metres, while Luke Minns was 1st (4:01.33) in the A 1500 metres and a few days later at the BMC Grand Prix, also at Stretford, posted 1:55.18 in the 800 metres. And at the Warrington Open Bradley Parsons was 2nd with 11.7 behind a Welsh International, with Scott Sinclair recording 13.1 and Chloe Parsons 14.9.

BWFAC July Athletes of the Month are Laura Lawler for her magnificent completion of the Lakeland 100 Ultra Marathon in 37 hrs 46 min and Riley Nagle for his excellent progress in the 400 metres, recording 53.49 PB at the Northern Inter Counties. Also nominated were Basia Pawelczak and Phil Leybourne.


Laura Lawler – July Female Athlete of the Month

Fastest of the eighteen who ran in the 3.72 mile August Club Handicap was Ian Dawson in 22:51 and there were four PBs: Paul Sparrow 23:14, Mark Warner 24:36, Basia Pawelczak 27:50 and Natalie Tanner 30:05.

Adam Callow was 4th (19:55) and Deetray Jarrett (aged 13) 6th in a PB 20:14 at the Blackpool parkrun, with Paul Beech (8th 20:51), Trayden Jarrett (13th 21:42), Reg Smallbone (33rd 23:50) Simon Scarr (50th 25:30), Clare Clark (92nd 30:03), Malcolm Beech (93rd 30:03), Nickola Walker (102nd 30:45) and Andy Hume (121st 32:04). At the Fleetwood parkrun Steve Dunn was 3rd (20:17), Karen Dunford 9th & 2nd female (23:12) and Peter Gibson (11th 23:41). And Howard Henshaw was 137th (32:49) at the Lytham Hall parkrun, with Paul Plummer 23rd (23:51) at the Stockport Woodbank parkrun.

In the Junior 2Km parkrun, at Avenham Park Ella May Leonard was 3rd in 9:10 and Aimee Harling was 12th and 2nd girl (9:28) at Park View.


20th August 2018

Green Drive 5 and Junior Mile event is now open for entries! The 5 mile race is part of our club Road Race Championship and also incorporates the Lancashire 5 mile Championships. Please enter early to avoid disappointment! Link below to enter…


13th August 2018

Whilst the European Championships were taking place in Berlin, BWFAC’s T37 athlete George Fox was successfully representing England in the athletics section of the World CPISRA (Cerabral Palsy) World Games in Barcelona. Over three days Fox won three individual Silver medals in the 100m (12.48), 200m (25.23), 400m (63.96) and was part of the England 4x100m team which won Silver with 51.83.

Katy Wyper continued to add to her medal collection at the Scottish Senior/U17 Championships held in Grangemouth, successfully defending the 100 metre title she won last year and winning again (11.88).

The Northern Athletics U17/U15/U13 Championships were held at the Wavertree Sports Centre in Liverpool. There was was much success for BWFAC Junior athletes over the two days. There were Gold medals for Kieran Howard in the U13 Shot Putt with 8.85m and Jasmine Carey in the Pole Vault with, despite the blustery conditions, a PB of 3.61m.

Kacie Calvert in the past has been 4th and missed out on medals, so it was a popular Bronze (PB 27.93m) in the U15G Javelin and in U17M 100m final, Bradley Parsons in a tight finish, Bradley Parsons posted 11.86, the same as the 2nd runner, to win Bronze.

Just missing out on medals were Thomas Wilkinson, who was 4th with a PB 4.61m in the U13B Long Jump and Scott Sinclair 4th (1.65m) in the U15B High Jump and 7th (5.54m) in the Long Jump. In the U15G High Jump, Leah Howard equalled her PB of 1.55m and although this was the 2nd place mark, Leah was judged 6th on countback. Chloe Parsons was 5th in the U15G (2.10m) Pole Vault. In the heats of the Long Jump Howard posted 4.58m and in the 75m Hurdles 13.41.

Also in the U15G Long Jump, Natalia Luczak posted a PB 4.70m, just missing out the final eight and a further 3 jumps. Riley Nagle posted a PB of 53.29 (6th) in the U17M 400m and Natasha Webster was 6th (33.54m) in the U17W Javelin. After missing training because of injury James Nicholas recorded 12.54 and 24.40 in the heats of the 100 and 200 metres.

At the City of Preston two lap 10 Mile race, Ian Dawson was 38th (71:50), with Adam Callow (39th 71:41), Darren Lewin (61st 77:42), Nicola Unsworth (62nd 77:49), Basia Pawelczak (96th 84:11), Ellen McLachlan (112th 87:42), Rich Pinches (146th 96:53) and Malcolm Beech (15th 97:42) and at the associated 5 mile race, Stephen Dunn was 12th in 33:31.

407A3860Version 2The sixth Inter Club fixture was held at Astley Hall, near Chorley on a 4.7 mile two lap course, one of the toughest in the series with several testing climbs. First was Rob Danson (24:42) of Wesham RRC, with Danny Fletcher (18th 29:20) leading the BWFAC Open team of John Wright (21st 29:23), Ian Dawson (37th 31:10), Steve Simpson (45th 31:35), Jess Rogers (52nd 32:20), Paul Sparrow (58th 32:40), Mark Warner (76th 33:58), Bev Wright (78th 34:03), Nicola Unsworth (113th 36:01) and Brandon Willoughby (119th 36:28) to sixth place.

Better results were achieved by the female section of BWFAC, with Jess Rogers, Bev Wright, Nicola Unsworth, Karen Dunford, Basia Pawelczak, Andrea Smith and Natalie Tanner winning both the Women’s Open and F40 competition. BWFAC were also 5th in the Vets, 3rd in the Vet 50s and 5th in the Vet 60s.

In the higher level UK Women’s League, 2nd Division, competing for Wigan Harriers, Katy Wyper was 2nd in both the 100m and 200m with 11.77 and 23.19 respectively and Fiona Hockey was 2nd (3.60m) in the Pole Vault.

Over 20 BWFAC members competed in the local parkruns. Pick of the runs were at Blackpool where parkrun ‘virgins’ Daniel Kearney (3rd 19:18) and James Unsworth (4th 19:21) participated for the first time and Ella May Leonard (aged 10) ‘collected’ another parkrun by running Fleetwood Promenade (4th F 23:55) and Betty Kershaw was 2nd (7:56) in her first Park View run.


6th August 2018


It has been a disappointing season for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC in the Northern Athletics League Division 2W, and at the final fixture, were bottom with just 6 League points, just two years after winning the League. However despite several members being unavailable, there was still hope as they were just one point behind the next two clubs.

407a2667.jpgOne of the mainstays of the team is the multi-talented Nia Rutter, who cheered on by her four daughters, pulled out all the stops with, seven events: 400m Hurdles (2nd 73.0), 100m Hurdles (1st 16.5), Shot Putt (1st 10.02) and Jumps, Long (1st 5.18m), High (3rd 1.45m), Triple (1st 11.17m).

Rachel Bashforth in the Hammer was 3rd (32.92m), Discus (3rd 26.23m) and B Shot (1st 10.02m) and Susan Ball, B Hammer (1st 28.72m), Discus (2nd 19.69m) and B Javelin (2nd 20.69m) with Natasha Webster 2nd in the A Javelin (27.69m), secured many valuable points.

407A3097.jpgA big bonus was the return of Emily Japp to bolster the middle distance after a long term injury. Although nervous in her first track races since injury, she easily won both the 3000m (10.09.1) and 1500m (4:49.2), with Jess Rogers first in the B 1500m (4:55.8) and Emily Balshaw was 2nd in the 800m (2:31.1), with Kirsty Holland 4th in the B race.

Fiona Hockey (3.60m) and Jasmine Carey (3.40m) secured full points in the Pole Vault. Olivia Hanby in the 100m (6th) and 200m (5th), also was 2nd in the B Triple Jump with Faith Hill in the B 100m was 4th, Kirsty Holland 3rd in both the B High Jump (1.25m PB) and B 400 Hurdles and Debbie Terras (4th in the B 3000m).

Prolific in men’s events were Phil Ellershaw in the 200m (5th 24.6), 110m Hurdles (2nd 18.4), 400 B Hurdles (2nd 69.2), High Jump B (3rd 1.50m), B Long Jump (5th 4.49m) and B Discus (3rd 19.06m), with Jon Rutter in the B 110m Hurdles (2nd), B Javelin (4th 24.49m) and Jumps, High (4th 1.55m) Long (5th 5.45m) & Triple (5th 11.38m).

Harry Poole competed in his first Steeple Chase winning in 10:28.4, with Steve Simpson 2nd (11:31.0) in the B race, who also ran in the 5000m (6th 18:52.3). Poole was also 4th (4:17.1) in the 1500m, with Danny Fletcher 2nd (4:29.3) in the B race.

407A2945Syd Bashforth was the main competitor in the Throws with in the Hammer (2nd 27.40m), Discus (4th 24.49m), Javelin (4th 24.97m) and B Shot (4th 7.78m), with Andy Bragg in the A Shot (5th 9.08m) and B Hammer (2nd 23.99m).

Other members of the team were Brent Starkie 400m Hurdles (2nd 62.4), Bradley Parsons 100m (4th 11.5), Ruben Shaw 100m (3rd 11.6) and 200m (5th 24.5), Daniel Kearney 400m (5th 54.7) and 800m (4th 2:01.8), Will Critchley B 400m (2nd 52.4), George Robinson B 800m (4th 2:10.6) and Mark Warner B 5000m (6th 20:17.8). And in the relays (4x100m & 4x400m) the women were 3rd in both and the men 4th in both.

At the end of the match, BWFAC finished 2nd team and moved up to fourth in the League, thus performing the ‘Great Escape’ and avoiding relegation.

On the road, Nicola Unsworth was 75th and 5th woman (77:57) at the Lancaster Riverside 10 Mile, with Ian Dawson (19th 41:57) and Mark Warner (41st 46:11) in the Cuerden Valley Badger 10K.

At the inaugural Fleetwood parkrun, John Wright was 1st (18:06) and Bev Wright 1st woman (20:30), with Alison Titterington (25:56), Malcolm Beech (27:44) and Bethany Correy (28:25).

In the 2Km parkruns, Gracie Scott was 2nd (1st girl) in a PB 8:06 at Avenham Park and in Lytham Aimee Harling was 1st girl in 9:22.

In other parkruns at Lytham Hall, Peter Singleton posted 22:05 and at Blackpool, Reg Smallbone 23:47 and Nickola Walker 32:46.


31st July 2018

Junior News

The heat wave broke with heavy gusty showers of rain at the final Mid Lancs League fixture held at a relatively poorly attended Barrow track. However 20 BWFAC athletes put in some some excellent performances despite the tough conditions.

407A9881Riley Nagle (U17M) posted an excellent time of 53.8 (2nd) in the Senior Mens 400m. In the Under 15 Boys events, Angelo Vinci posted an exciting double win in the 100m (12.4) and 200m (26.0), with Matthew Poole 5th in the 100m (12.8) 1st in the 2nd heat by a long way in 27.0 and was 3rd overall. Scott Sinclair was 1st (66.1) his heat of the 400m (2nd overall). He was 1st (5.06m) in the Long Jump and 4th (1.55m) in the High Jump. Seb Holt was 2nd (70.8) and 3rd overall in his heat of the 400m. He was also 3rd (4.01m) in the Long Jump and 6th (1.40m) in the High Jump. In the 4x100m Relay the U15B team of Vinci, Sinclair, Holt and Poole won in 54.6.


407A9827Chloe Howard (U20W) was 1st (15.1) in the Senior Women’s 100m and in the U17W, Nekkisha Wilson was 2nd (14.3) in the 100m, with Maddison Riley 3rd (15.1) and Nekkisha was 3rd (31.2) in the 200m. In some of the worst weather, Emily Balshaw ran in a combined SW and U17W 100m, finishing 1st (5:31.7) in the U17W race.


In the Under 15 Girls sprints the times were as follows: Megan Lewis 100m 13.3, 200m 28.4; Imogen Reader 100m 13.5, 200m 28.0; Natalia Luczak 100m 14.2; Kacie Calvert 100m 14.7; Talia Armstead 100m 15.2 and Georgia Norman 200m 39.3. Because of the lack of officials the Triple Jump was cancelled and so several BWFAC girls opted to change to the Long Jump. The results were as follows: Leah Howard 1st (4.69m), Georgia Norman 3rd (4.51m), Natalia Luczak 4th (4.35m), Imogen Reader 6th (4.27m), Talia Armstead 7th (3.91m) and Kacie Calvert 8th (3.46m).


In the U13 Boys, Connor Norman won the 100m in 14.1. Kieran Howard posted a PB of 8.90m (2nd) in the Shot, won the Discus with 21.69m and was 3rd (21.85m) in the Javelin. George Mackenzie was 1st (4.30m) in the Long Jump and in the High Jump and 2nd (20.89m) in the Discus. Kitty Mason posted (U13G) PBs of 14.7 (2nd) in the 100m and 30.8 (1st) in the 200m.

With the wet weather on Sunday, numbers at local junior parkruns were lower than usual, however, after posting 25:25 at the 5Km Blackpool parkrun, Ella May Leonard was 4th and 1st girl at the Park View parkrun.

Senior News


Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Laura Lawler was inspired to compete in the Lakeland 100 (miles) after completing the 2016 Lakeland 50 in 250th place. Last year’s Lakeland 100 was very wet and Lawler reached the 12th checkpoint, where she was forced to retire after suffering from trench foot, just 4 checkpoints short of the finish at Coniston. This year conditions were again tough, with nearly half the competitors failing to finish. Lawler started at 6pm on Friday in hot, muggy conditions, which made for hard going up Blacksail Pass and Coniston Old Man. On Saturday afternoon the weather turned cold and wet and Lawler had to speed up to keep warm. She finished 165th (2nd FV50) in a total time of 37hr 46mins.

At the other end of the distance spectrum, Katy Wyper was a double medal winner at the UK CAU & England Athletic Championships held at Manchester Regional Arena, qualifying for the finals of both the 100 and 200 metres, where she finished third in both with wind assisted PBs of 11.47 and 23.39 respectively. T37 athlete George Fox qualified for the seeded finals of the Ambulant 100 and 200 metres, where he posted wind assisted PBs of 12.56 and 25.37 respectively. After the different disability classifications are taken into account, Fox was awarded Bronze in the 200 metres. Wheelchair athlete Isaac Towers competed in the 400 metres and in windy conditions posted 58.36 and after disability classification consideration, was awarded Gold.

At the Lytham Hall parkrun, which also doubled as the BWFAC 10th trail race, Jack Tickle was 4th (18:48), Paul Sparrow 6th (19:18), Steve Dunn 7th (19:40), Michelle Tickle 28th (22:09), Lucy Tickle 37th (22:54), Simon Tickle 51st (24:08), Simon Scarr 65th (24:51), Bob Massey 125th (28:41), Amanda Fuller 129th (28:41) and Andy Hume 177th (34:27).


Ian Dawson was 4th (66:30) and Adam Callow 8th (71:28) at the Caldervale 10 Mile race, while at the Pilling 10Km, Anthony Blight was 30th (48:48 PB), Basia Pawelczak 44th (49:15), Kevin Woods 48th (49:51) and Dawn Maher 51:44. At final race of the 3-1-5 Lancaster 5Km series, Emily Japp was 7th (17:28) and 1st woman, with Andrew Simm 15th (19:26) and Robbie Trecarichi 35th (24:11), while at the Beetham Fell Race (9.3Km/928m) Peter Singleton was 48th and 1st Vet 60 (51:05), Simon Scarr 79th (63:22) and Bob Massey 84th and 1st Vet 70 (69:28).

At Trafford Luke Minns posted 1:55.29 and Jess Rogers 2:22.23 in the 800m and Harry Poole 4:14.66 in the 1500m.


28th July 2018

Senior News

It was a hot, muggy evening for the fifth fixture of the Inter Club series run over 4.5 miles on the country lanes around Salwick and hosted by Wesham Road Runners Club. First across the line was Wesham’s Rob Danson in 22:52. First for BWFAC was Phil Leybourne (5th 24:57) leading the Open team to to 5th, the Vets to 4th and V50s to 3rd. The Vet 60s were 5th. The Open Ladies team led by Bev Wright, who was 4th female (30:52) were second and she also led the V40 Ladies to first place.


The final fixture of the Youth Development (Lower) League for under 15 and 13s was held at Leverhulme Athletic Track in Bolton. It has has been a very a successful season with the the enthusiastic talented squad of young athletes winning the first three fixtures at Carlisle, Leigh and Blackburn. At Bolton, the BWFAC team was not as strong as in the previous meetings, however they finished second to the main rivals and 2nd team in the league, Bolton United Harriers. However it could not prevent the club winning the third Division North and gaining promotion to the next tier. Apart from this success, the season has been beneficial to their athletic development and has encouraged teamwork.

At the Elswick Express 10 Miler, Adam Callow was 32nd (74:52) and Anthony Blight 38th (77:16). Nicola Unsworth who was 21st (77:31), was awarded the lady vet 45 prize and together with Basia Pawelczak (50th 1:23:27) and Laura Lawler (88th 1:40:29), also won the Ladies team prize. At the North Wales Half Marathon, Paul Plummer was 93rd in 1:56:42.

cdb27e79-881b-44a6-95e6-d588cf92e460Laura Lawler was a member of the Lancashire Police Ladies team in the challenging Snowdonia Seven Fell Race over 22 miles and 7 peaks with a total height gain of nearly 8,000 feet. The team, despite the hot conditions, which caused the several teams not to finish, were first Ladies team in 9 hours and 24 minutes. This will be great preparation as Laura embarks this weekend on the Lakeland 100 (mile) ‘Ultra Tour of the Lake District’.

At the evening Scorton Supper 4.75 mile road and trail race Anthony Blight was 17th (36:14), Ella May Leonard (aged 10) 25th (37:45), Kevin Woods 31st (38:34), Malcolm Beech 65th (44:23), Amanda Fuller 67th (45:43) and Nickola Walker 77th (50:09, Tracey Sharrock 85th (52:25) and Fiona Little 94th (60:11).

parkrun news

The Witton parkrun which was used as the 10th fixture of BWFAC’s Trail Championship with Paul Sparrow was 4th (20:52), Stephen Dunn 6th (21:09), Jack Tickle 8th (21:49), Peter Singleton 18th (24:00), Michelle Tickle 19th (24:13), Simon Scarr 32nd (27:30) and Bob Massey 53rd (31:32).


In other parkruns, at Blackpool Ella May Leonard was 43rd & 2nd female (23:56), Peter Gibson 44th (24:04), Reg Smallbone 45th (24:10 and Malcolm Beech 89th (29:00) and at Lytham Hall, Emily Balshaw was 16th & 2nd female (8:46) and Howard Henshaw 148th (32:47). Peter Bradburn was 36th (21:41) and Amanda Fuller 181st (30:32) at the Fell Foot parkrun in the Lake District. At the junior Park View 2Km parkrun Holly Tickle was 3rd (8:21), Ella May Leonard 9th (8:46) and Aimee Harling 13th (9:22).

Junior News

The final fixture of the Youth Development (Lower) League for under 15 and 13s was held at Leverhulme Athletic Track in Bolton. It has been a very successful season with the enthusiastic talented squad of young athletes winning the first three fixtures at Carlisle, Leigh and Blackburn. At Bolton, the BWFAC team was not as strong in the previous meetings, however they finished second to the main rivals and 2nd team in the league, Bolton United Harriers. However it could not prevent the Club winning the third Division North and gaining promotion to the next tier. Apart from this success, the season has has been beneficial to their athletic development and has encourage teamwork.

In the U15 Boys sprints Angelo Vinci was 2nd in both 100m (12.4) and 200m (24.8 PB), while Matthew Poole was 1st (12.8) in the B 100m and was 2nd with a PB 40.6 in the 300m and Thomas Fairclough was 2nd (44.6 PB) in the B 300m. Joel Elphick was was 4th in the B 200m with a PB 27.1 and was 1st (13.5) in the B 80m Hurdles, whilst Scott Sinclair won the A 80m Hurdles in a PB 13.5. Max Swarbrick was 3rd (5:01.4) in the A 800m.

Sinclair was in splendid form particularly in the Long Jump where he won, equalling his PB of 5.63m, more than a metre ahead of the rest of the competitors. Teammate Sam Howarth won the B competition with 4.50m and he went onto win the High Jump with a PB 1.51m, with a Seb Holt clearing the same height and winning the B competition. Having only recently started training in the Pole Vault, Howarth enjoyed his first competition by clearing 2.50m and claiming full points.

The relay squad of Vinci, Sinclair, Elphick, Haworth, Holt and Fairhurst were second in both the 4x100m relay (53.3) and 4x400m (3:02.8).

Megan Lewis was 3rd in the Under 15 Girls 100m with a PB 13.4 and won the 200m in 27.1, while Imogen Reader won both the B 100m (13.6) and B 200m with a PB 27.1 and Georgia Norman posted a PB 13.8 in the non scoring 100m and a PB 6.80m in the Shot Putt. Lucy Tickle was 3rd (48.2) in the A 300m and Natalia Luczak won the B race in 47.9. Lucy Tickle was also 4th (2:35.1) in the 800m.

Leah Howard was 3rd (13.0) in the 75m Hurdles, 2nd (4.57m) in the Long Jump and 1st (1.55m) in the High Jump, with Talia Armstead 1st (14.0) in the B 75m Hurdles and 1st (1.45m) in the B High Jump. Natalia Luczak won (4.44m) the B Long Jump. Grace Dunn cleared 2.00m in the Pole Vault to claim full points. Kacie Calvert was 2nd with a PB 27.71m and was also 4th in both the Shot Putt (6.88m) and Discus (15.20m).

IMG_1559Unfortunately in the 4×100 relay Natalia Luczak fell at the change over, however bravely got up so that the baton was brought home so that 6th position points were scored and then together with Lucy Tickle, Georgia Norman and Leah Howard won the 4x300m Relay in 3:11.5, 25 seconds ahead of the 2nd team.

In the Under 13 Boys category Connor Norman was 4th in both the 100m (14.2) and 200m (29.4) and won the Long Jump (3.98m). Rafael Eaton was 2nd in both the B 100 (14.3) and 800m (2:37.1) and won the B 100m.

George Mackenzie won the A 75m Hurdles with Thomas Wilkinson winning the B race, both in the same time of 14.7. In the High Jump, Wilkinson was 2nd (1.30m) in the A competition and Mackenzie 1st (1.25m) in the B. Wilkinson was 2nd (22.57m) in the Javelin with Kieran Howard 1st in the B competition. Howard was also 1st in the Shot Putt with a PB 8.42m and Mackenzie was 1st (7.76m) in the B.

Wilkinson, Norman, Mackenzie and Eaton combined together to finish 2nd (56.6) in the 4x100m Relay.

In the Under 13 Girls 75m sprint Keira Tomes was 4th (11.7), while in the 150m was 3rd (23.0) and was 2nd (1.25m) in the High Jump. Kitty Mason contested the B sprints finishing 2nd in the 75m with 11.1 and 1st in the 150m, both PBs. Kitty also scored a PB of 5.45 with 2nd in the Shot Putt and Holly Tickle was 2nd in the B with a PB 5.45m. Holly was also 5th (4:43.6) in the 1200m. Ellise Balshaw was a comfortable winner of the 800m in a PB 2:40.5 and 4th (10.46m) in the Javelin. Gracie Rutter won the 70m Hurdles in 14.1 and was 5th (3.48m) in the Long Jump.


21st July 2018

BWFAC September 2018 Open Meeting

Entries are now being taken for our BWFAC Open Meeting on Sunday 9 September 2018.

Please click here for more information



20th July 2018

The address for tomorrow’s Lower YDL Match at Bolton is as follows:

Leverhulme Park, Long Lane, Bolton, BL2 6EB

Good luck to all competing!


19th July 2018

407A2933Five Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC junior members were chosen to represent Lancashire Schools at the English Schools Track & Field Championships held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Jasmine Carey won Bronze in the Inter Girls Pole Vault with a PB of 3.60m and teammate Amelia Shearman was 7th (3.25m). Ciaran Medd was 12th (37.50m) in the Inter Boys Discus. Bradley Parsons (Inter Boys) and Mary-Jayne Broomhead (Junior Girls) posted 11.52 and 13.10 in the heats of the 100 metres.

Competing in the higher level British Women’s League for Wigan Harriers, Katy Wyper won both the 100m (11.82) and 200m (24.45) and Fiona Hockey won the Pole Vault with 3.60m.

407A5579Basia Pawelczak was 135th (1:52:27) in the Windmill Half Marathon and Kirsty Holland was 38th (59:25) at the Pendle Leisure 5 mile Trail Race.

Caldervale is a picture postcard mill village east of Garstang and home of several attractive road races including the 4 mile Supper race. Several young and slightly more mature runners took on the challenge. Forest Leah aged 11 was first across the line for BWFAC in 24th (26:26), with Gracie Scott aged 10, 38th (28:49) and Naomi Wrigley 57th (31:49). Amanda Fuller was 109th (38:34) and Fiona Little 145th (31:49).


BWFAC Athletes of the Month for June are Natalia Luczak (U15G) and Thomas Wilkinson (U13B) for their efforts on the track and Volunteer of the Quarter is Paula Howard for efforts as a field official, having gained her level two qualification.

On the parkrun scene, Bev Wright ran the Northallerton parkrun, was 5th in 21:05 and first female. At Blackpool Adam Callow was 5th in 20:03, Peter Bradshaw 11th (21:32), Paul Sparrow 15th (21:32) and 10 year old Ella May Leonard 42nd and 1st female in 23:54. Peter Gibson 47th (24:14), Rick Pinches 54th (24:55), Malcolm Beech 108th (28:23), Nickola Walker 134th (31:12) and France Connolly 143rd (32:03). Howard Henshaw was 171st (34:19) at Lytham Hall.


16th July 2018

The North West Road Relays have now been confirmed and will take place at Delamere Forest on Saturday 8 September 2018. If any Senior Ladies would like to take part please contact Laura Lawler and Senior Men please contact Michelle Tickle.
Once the full event details are released we will be looking to pull together some junior teams too! Watch this space!!


16th July 2018

Junior News

The pinnacle of School Athletics is the English Schools AA Track & Field Championships, which was this year held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, in baking temperatures.To be chosen to represent your county is a great honour and five Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes were selected to represent Lancashire.

On the Friday, the first day of the Championships, Mary-Jayne Broomhead competed in the heats of the Junior Girls (U15) 100 metres finishing 8th in 13.10 and Bradley Parsons ran in the Inter Boys (U17) 100 metres heats finishing 6th in 11.52.

The next day, Ciaran Medd competed in the Inter Boys Discus final finishing 12th with 37.50 metres.

Jasmine Carey and Amelia Shearman both represented Lancashire last year in the Junior Girls Pole Vault final. This year they were both back again, competing in the Inter Girls competition and both performed well. Amelia recently made good progress, having been stuck on 3.15m, achieved at last year’s English Schools Championships. After improving to 3.30m at a league meeting, Amelia cleared 3.40 metres at the Lancashire Schools Championships. After reaching 3.25m, Shearman came close to clearing the next height of 3.40m. Despite missing out, Amelia finished in joint 7th place.

Jasmine Carey serenely cleared up to 3.50 metres. After a first failure at 3.60 metres Jasmine cleared it at her second attempt to secure the Bronze medal and a new best.

Away from Track and Field, sisters Lucy and Holly Tickle, for the third consecutive year, joined 3000 children for the Ironkids event in Bolton. The event, which took place the day before the main Ironman event, involved the girls running a 1.2km course, with their respective age groups, before receiving the much prized finisher’s medal and            t-shirt.

It was a warm morning for the weekly Park View junior park run. Lucy Tickle was 4th (8:00) and 1st girl, with her younger sister Holly 6th in a 8:13 personal best. Ella May Leonard was 9th in 8:43 (one second outside her best) and Aimee Harling 12th in 9:27. The previous day Ella May Leonard had run in the Blackpool 5Km park run and was first female in 23:54!


13th July 2018

It was stifling hot conditions for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde who competed on road, trail, fell and track last weekend.

At the Blackpool Summer 10K, Nicola Unsworth was 4th lady and 1st FV45 (26th) in 45:46.
Over 1600 ran in 28C temperatures at the We Love MCR 10K, with BWFAC’s Derek Crane finishing 302nd in 50:37.

At the Northwich Festival of Running 10K Trail Race, Michelle Tickle was 26th (48:13) and picked up a prize after finishing 4th lady and first V40. Other BWFAC runners were Simon Scarr (76th 57:17), Bob Massey (150th 68:33), Amanda Fuller (207th 78:46), Nickola Walker (218th 81:36), Andy Hume (228th 85:24) and Fiona Little (232nd 87:49.

At the Don Ashton Memorial Tockholes Fell Race, part of the Inter Club Fell Race competition, Mark Warner was 74th (51:16), Simon Scarr 109th (59:04) and Alan Wilkinson 126th (63:38).

There were good performances at the Northern Inter Counties from the BWFAC athletes: Mary-Jayne Broomhead, Bradley Parsons, Riley Nagle, Danielle Whipp, Jack Dudley, Emily Balshaw, Leah Howard, Scott Sinclair, Jasmine Carey and Amelia Shearman, who were part of the Lancashire team which finished second behind Yorkshire.

The next day, BWFAC Senior track & field team hosted the 3rd fixture of the Northern League Division 2 West. The season has not gone well and sadly the team did not fare much better finishing fifth. However, there were many good individual performances. Nia Rutter won the 100m Hurdles (16.1), Shot Putt (10.84m) and Triple Jump (10.87m) and her husband Jon collected valuable points in the B 110m High Hurdles (1st 22.8) Shot Putt B 7.19m, B Long Jump (3rd 5.52m), High Jump (4th 1.55m) and B Triple Jump (10.99m). Declan O’Hara won the Pole Vault with 3.80m, while in the Triple he was 3rd (11.34m). Louis Walker was 2nd (43.28) in the Javelin. Brent Starkie won the 400m Hurdles (63.1), Daniel Kearney was 2nd (1:59.4) in the 800m and Olivia Hanby was 1st (9.56m) in the B Triple Jump.

Duncan Shaw, who now lives in Japan but is currently on holiday in England, bolstered the throwing squad finishing 3rd in both the Hammer (43.26m) and Shot (9.50m). Syd Bashforth was 2nd (27.27m) ìn the B Hammer and 4th (25.14m) in the Discus. In the female throws, Rachel Bashforth was 4th (31.27m) in the Hammer, 2nd (25.49m) in the B Discus and 1st in the B Shot. Susan Ball was 3rd (26.31) in the B Hammer, 3rd (26.31m) in the Discus and 2nd in the Javelin. Others returning to action for BWFAC after a break were Faith Hill in the 100m (5th 13.8) and Alex Obiorah in the 100m (4th 11.4) and 200m (5th 23.3).

Steve Simpson took part in the Manchester to Blackpool Cycle ride during the morning and then ran the 3000m Hurdles finishing 4th (12:36.0).

The young athletes had good results with Jess Rogers winning the 800m (2:25.8) and 2nd (65.6) in the B 400m. Three members who competed the previous day at the Inter Counties contributed; Danielle Whipp won the B 800m (2:25.6), Riley Nagle 3rd (54.6) in the B 400m and Emily Balshaw who together with Chloe Norman, Rogers and Whipp won the 4x400m Relay in 4:18.0. Nagle combined with Kearney, Phil Ellershaw and Starkie finished 2nd (3:44.7) in the 4×400m Relay. Others contributing were Chloe Norman, Michelle Tickle, Kirsty Holland, Claire Irons and Mark Warner.


11th July 2018

Congratulations to Natalia Luczak and Thomas Wilkinson, our ‘Athlete of the Month’ and our ‘Volunteer of the Quarter’, Paula Howard.



Due to a number of BWFAC coaches moving on over the coming months, would any parents be interested in taking their Level 1 Coaching Qualification? Please contact Nick Hume for more information:
Thank you




10th July 2018

Ten Under 15 and Under 17 Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes were chosen to be part of the Lancashire team at the Northern Inter Counties Championship held at a very hot and sunny track at the Leigh Sports Village complex. Lancashire were competing against teams representing Yorkshire, North East Counties, Cheshire, Humberside, Greater Manchester, Lincolnshire and Cumbria.

In the sprints, Bradley Parsons had an excellent run in the U17M 100 metres finishing 3rd in 11.35. In the Girls U15 100 metres, Mary-Jayne Broomhead was 4th in 12.97 and in the 200m was 5th in 26.39. Broomhead was also part of the 4x100m Relay Lancashire team which finished 4th in 51.77. Riley Nagle posted a 53.49 PB in finishing 3rd in the B 400 metres.

Danielle Whipp gave her all in the U17W 1500 metres, posting a PB of 4:55.68 to finish fourth, however in the U17M 1500m, Jake Dudley, when in 3rd place, was forced to stop at the end of the third lap with cramp, possibly brought on by the hot conditions. It was particularly tough for those contesting the 3000 metres race at probably the hottest part of the day. Emily Balshaw represented Lancashire and finished 5th in the A race with 12:12.65.

Scott Sinclair competed in both the U15 and U17 age categories. In the U17 Boys High Jump, he cleared 1.65m for 5th place and in the U15 Long Jump, Scott was 6th with 5.27m. Leah Howard equalled her best of 1.55m in the U15G High Jump.

Two of BWFAC Pole Vault squad, Jasmine Carey and Amelia Shearman, represented Lancashire, winning both the A and B competitions with 3.50m and 3.30m respectively. Carey also came close to setting a Championship record when she attempted 3.61m.

As a whole the Lancashire team performed well, finishing second with 643 points behind Yorkshire with 695 points.

The next day Danielle Whipp, Emily Balshaw and Riley Nagle competed for the BWFAC in the Northern Track and Field League.

Away from track & field at the Park View junior parkrun Lucy Tickle was 2nd and 1st girl in 7:53 and Holly Tickle was 4th and equalled her PB of 8:17 with Aimee Harling 15th in 9:26.


8th July 2018

Senior News

The pinnacle of domestic British Athletics, for many senior athletes, is the British Championships (including the European Trials) held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. For Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Katy Wyper, this was her 6th consecutive visit to the Championships. In the 100 metres, Katy qualified for the semi-final after finishing first in her heat in a time of 11.92. In the semi-final she finished 6th in 11.92, behind Dina Asher-Smith who went on to win in the final in a Championship Best of 10.97. Qualification in the 200 metres was the first two and next two fastest from the three heats. Although 3rd in her heat (24.40), Wyper was not quite fast enough to reach the final, where Scottish teammate Beth Dobbin won in 22.59.

Nearer to home, thirty six BWFAC athletes competed in the fourth fixture of the Mid Lancs League held at Litherland Sports Park. Nia Rutter was first in the Long Jump (4.92m), Triple Jump (10.65m) and Shot Putt (10.41m). Nia’s husband, Jon, was 2nd in both the Long Jump (5.48m) and Triple Jump (11.02m).

Middle Distance runner, Daniel Kearney, competed in a sprint triple finishing second in the 100m (12.5), 200m (24.6) and 400m (52.5). Throw specialist, Susan Ball, finished second in the Hammer (24.93m), Shot Putt (7.98m) and Discus (24.15m).

Amongst the Junior ranks there were several excellent performances, especially in the Under 15 age category. Mary-Jayne Broomhead finished first overall of 35 Under 15 Girls in the 100 metres with 12.8. In the Under 15 Boys, Angelo Vinci also finished first overall in the 100m (12.7) and the same in the 200m (25.5). Leah Howard continued her form in the jumps, winning both the High Jump with a PB 1.55m and the Long Jump (4.71m).

A very under-strength Under 20 & 17 team were 5th in the final Youth Development League match held at Ashton-Under-Lyne.

It was a quiet week in road running for BWFAC, possibly because of the heat. Rick Pinches enjoyed the Trawden 7 Mile Trail race, finishing 28th in 74:26.

There were fourteen BWFAC runners at the Blackpool park run, led by Adam Callow 4th 19:17, Paul Sparrow 5th 19:21 PB, Max Swarbrick (U15B) 6th 19:55 PB and Steve Dunn 7th 19:56. Nicola Unsworth was 25th and 1st female in 22:50 and Under 11, Ella May Leonard was 43rd and 2nd female in 24:06.

At the Lytham Hall parkrun, Emily Balshaw was 19th and 2nd female in 22:05, with Michelle Tickle 24th in 22:41 and Trevor Uttley 4th in 26:28.

Junior News

The heat was on this weekend for the young athletes of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC with Track & Field meetings in Litherland and Ashton-Under-Lyne and junior parkruns in Preston and Lytham.

There were over 30 young athletes went to Litherland for the the fourth Mid Lancs League meeting.

Mary-Jayne Broomhead (U15G) is competing next Saturday for Lancashire in the Inter Counties and so restricted her events to the 100 metres, which she won in a speedy 12.8, despite a headwind and the Long Jump 12th (4.23m). Other U15/U17 female 100m times were: Megan Lewis 13.7, Leah Howard 14.1, Natalia Luczak 14.3, Chloe Parsons 14.7, Maddison Riley 15.6 and Talia Ball 16.5. In the longer sprints Megan Lewis was 2nd (6th overall) in her heat of the 200m with a PB 27.8 and Imogen Reader and Ellie Owen both had a successful initial competitions in the 300 metres finishing 1st (43.8) and 2nd (44.6) respectively.

Bethany Whipp contested 3rd place in the 1500 metres with Maddy Markham of Lytham St Annes RRC, finally winning out with 5:29.9, with Maddy 4th (5:31.0).

Leah Howard has had an impressive month of athletic success during June and crowned it with double victory in the Long Jump (4.71m) and High Jump with a PB 1.55m. Natalia Luczak was 6th in the Long Jump (4.40m) and 8th in the High Jump (1.25m), with Megan Lewis 14th in the Long Jump (4.18m).

In the throws Talia Armstead was 3rd (16.87m) in Discus, with Chloe Parsons 5th (15.0m) and Talia Ball 8th (11.61m). In tough gusty conditions, Kacie Calvert was pleased with 24.48m (3rd) in the Javelin.

Under 13 Girl 100m and 200m sprint times were: Kitty Mason 15.1 & 30.9, Gracie Rutter 15.5 & 33.8, Gracie Oates 16.3 & 33.8 and Keira Tomes 15.5. Ellise Balshaw won her heat of the 800m and was 6th overall in 2:47.3. Harriet Medd won the Discus with 19.48 and was 4th (19.48) in the Shot Putt.

In the U17 Men Riley Nagle won his heat of the 200m in 24.8 and was 4th overall and Ciaran Medd was 2nd in both the Shot Putt (9.47m) and Discus (35.32m).

Angelo Vinci (U15B) was in superb form in the sprints, winning both the 100m (12.7) and 200m (25.5). Scott Sinclair posted 13.3 and Samuel Howarth 13.4. Deetray Jarrett was 8th (2:34.7) in the 800m and posted 34.0 in the 200m. Seb Holt experimented with the 400m finishing 2nd (68.7).

Scott Sinclair won the Long Jump (5.51) with Samuel Howarth 4th (4.85m) and Seb Holt 7th (4.19m). In the High Jump Seb Holt was 3rd with a PB 1.55m, with
Samuel Howarth 4th (1.45m).

In the throws Alex Slater won the Shot Putt (11.04) and was 7th (24.10) in the Discus.

In the Under 13 Boys Rafael Eaton won her heat of the 100m and was 5th overall with 14.4, 4th 29.2 in the 200m and 3rd (3.97m) in the Long Jump. George Mackenzie won the Discus (22.36m), was 2nd (7.63m) in the Shot Putt and 4th (3.96m) in the Long Jump. Thomas Wilkinson posted 15.9 in 100m and 3:19.1 in the 800m and 4th (3.96m) in the Long Jump. Zachariah Matadigo posted 31.0 and 10th (3.34m) in the Long Jump. Trayden Jarrett was 7th (5:39.1) in the 100m and Zach Terras posted 3:48.9 in the 800m and 6th (5.52m) in the Shot Putt.

It was a threadbare squad who competed for BWFAC Youth Development League for Under 20 and 17 at the final fixture in Ashton-Under-Lyne. In the Under 20 age category Olivia Hanby was 2nd (14.0) in the 100m, with Danny Fletcher was 2nd (4:42.4) in the 1500m. Taylor Holland scored full points in the 400m Hurdles (80.1), High Jump (1.40m) and Triple Jump (9.70m).

Under 17 Bradley Parsons was third in the 100m (11.8), 200m (24.7) and Shot Putt (9.08m), with Riley Nagle 4th (55.1) in the 400m. James Smith was second in both the 800m (2:15.2) and High Jump (1.50m). Amelia Shearman won the U17W Pole Vault with 3 metres and was 5th (14.7) in the 100m. Despite the lack of numbers the team finished 5th of 8 teams.

Away from Track & Field at the Avenham Preston junior parkrun Forest Leah was first (7:57), Gracie Scott was 3rd with a PB 8:27 and Otis Leah was 4th with 8:27. At the Park View Lucy Tickle was 2nd (7:39), Holly Tickle was 6th (8:29) and Ella May Leonard was 10th (8:52). The previous day at the 5Km Blackpool parkrun Ella was 2nd female (43rd) in 24:06.


1st July 2018

A reminder that the club shop is now open until 20th July 2018 for ordering. Please click here for more information.


30th June 2018

Save the date!

The North West Road Relays which incorporate the
Championships for Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater
Manchester will take place in September. It is hoped these will take place at Delamere Forest on Saturday 8th Sept but this still needs to be confirmed.

The North of England Relays cover the whole of the North and are 6
Stage Men and 4 Stage Women. These will be on 23rd September at Sport
City in Manchester.

29th June 2018

The ever popular Birchwood 10K Road Race from Spectrum Striders takes place this year on Sunday August 19th 2018.

The race always attracts a large number of entries from club runners from all over the North west and further afield, so make sure you don’t miss out on this great summer race, now in its 35th year. The race is fast and fairly flat, using closed roads and pathways and has great PB potential. For the current course, the records are: male 31.27, female 36:52. There’s bling for all finishers; the “Leafy Green for 2018” medal and a quality technical t-shirt. New for 2018! – The 10K Club Colonnade. Clubs can bring their free-standing banner flags and position them beside the final 200m finishing straight, where fellow club members, family and supporters can rally and shout their runners home. Enter online at:
Full race info at:


IMG_0811Last year was the first year of our Ribble Way Run, a trail run along the rural and very beautiful Ribble Way. I know many of you joined us last year and we would love it if you could share our event with your members. All proceeds from the event are donated to charity and remember you could also arrange your own sponsorship to raise money for your own chosen charity. All the details are on our website –

Come and join us on 9th September 2018, we would love to see you. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Neil Fletcher (Race Director – Preston Guild Rotary Club)


28th June 2018

Senior News
35728678_10155908964568089_2766966580901314560_nThe Inter Trust Athletic Games held in Guernsey was a high class Track & Field meeting, featuring Scottish Academy and England Under 20 teams, against a combined Guernsey and Jersey team, together with invited high class guest athletes. Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Katy Wyper a posted season’s best 11.74 to win the Women’s 100 metres race ahead of U20 England athletes Cassie-Ann Pemberton (2nd 11.85) and Amy Hunt (3rd 11.92)

Under 15 BWFAC athletes, Leah Howard and Scott Sinclair were part of the Lancashire Schools Junior Pentathlon teams in the North West Combined Events Championships in Stockport, helping both teams to third places. The Lancashire squad as a whole finished first of six county teams.

In the Sabden 6 Mile Trail Race Peter Singleton was 104th (51:12), with Simon Scarr 161st (59:36), Alan Wilkinson 185th & 2nd V65 (63:25) and Andrew Hume 220th (76:32). Kirsty Holland ran in Whinlatter 10Km on the trails in the Whinlatter Forest near Keswick finishing 96th in 67:37. George James tackled the 4.9 mile Clough Pike fell race with a climb of 1312 feet and finished 86th (1:29:06).

The weather forecast for the fourth Inter Club fixture was for stifling heat last Tuesday evening, however a cooling sea breeze on Cleveleys Promenade made for more reasonable running conditions although still warm. BWFAC fielded a stronger team led by Phil Leybourne (4th), with John Wright (11th), Danny Fletcher (20th), Ian Dawson (32nd), Jack Tickle (38th), Paul Sparrow (49th), Paul Beech (50th), Steve Dunn (59th), George Robinson (60th) and Bev Wright (66th). The provisional results indicate they finished 5th, only 2 points off 4th. With several regulars missing from the Ladies squad led by Bev Wright, the Open Ladies team were 4th and the FV40 team were 2nd.

The best results was by the Vet 50s, led by Leybourne who were first and Vet 60s led by Nick Hume, were second. The Vets were third.

Over 20 runners enjoyed the annual BWFAC training run at Garstang, followed by sandwiches and chips at a local pub.

Fourteen BWFAC runners ran at the Blackpool parkrun, with Adam Callow 7th in a PB 19:01, Phil Sutcliffe 8th in 19:06 and Bev Wright 12th in a PB 20:34. Other PBs, were Karen Dunford with 22:44, David Twizell 25:25, Malcolm Beech 26:53 and Bob Massey 26:53. At the Preston parkrun, Michelle Tickle was 118th in 24:57.

Junior News

After nearly three months of Track & Field meetings from the Lancashire AA and Schools Championships through to Mid Lancs League and Youth Development League meetings, there was a week free of events – except for Leah Howard and Scott Sinclair. Back on a showery weekend in April at the Lancashire Combined Events Championships, they both qualified to represent Lancashire at the ESAA North West Schools’ Combined Events Championships at the Woodbank Stadium in Stockport.

Leah Howard had an excellent competition in the Junior Girls Pentathlon, posting a PB of 4.90m in the Long Jump, equalled her best in the High Jump with 1.51m and also performed well in the 75m Hurdles (12.94m), Shot Putt (8.68m) and 800m (2:48.61). Leah finished 9th overall and improved her best in the Pentathlon by a massive 300 points to 2694 points and together with Macy and Eleanor Noblett of Preston Harriers and Ella Hall, the girls led the Lancashire Schools team to third place.

Scott Sinclair was the third counter of the Junior Boys team and together with Jacob Taylor and Harry Burrow, both of Preston Harriers and Jack Newton of Lancaster & Morecambe, finished third. Scott recorded 13.80 in the 80m Hurdles, 7.85m in the Shot Putt, 5.12m in the Long Jump, 1.53m in the High Jump and a PB of 2:45.70 in the 800m, finishing 16th with 1857 points.

Overall, the Lancashire squad, which also included the Junior Girls and Boys competitions, the Inter Girls and Boys and Senior Girls results, finished first, ahead of Cumbria, Cheshire, Shropshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Staffordshire.

It was a beautiful, warm sunny morning for the 70th Park View junior parkrun in Lytham. Three BWFAC girls were in excellent form. Jayden Richardson of Lytham St Anne’s RRC was first over the line with BWFACs Holly Tickle second and first girl in 8:27. Ella May Leonard posted yet another PB of 8:42 on her 26th Park View parkrun. Since her first junior parkrun, Ella has improved her time over the 2Km distance by nearly two minutes. Aimee Harling is even more of a prolific parkrunner, as this was her 55th junior parkrun, having run her first Park View run in February last year and Aimee also posted a PB of 9:15 in 13th place and was third girl. Since she started, Aimee has improved her time by over four minutes!

Meanwhile Gracie Scott, a regular at Park View, ran for the first time at the Avenham junior parkrun in Preston, where she posted 8:27 on the hilly course. She was second overall, first girl and her time was an Age category (JW10) record.

At the Blackpool 5Km parkrun the previous day, Rafael Eaton was 3rd in 22:43.


19th June 2018


Congratulations to our U15 Girls 4 x 300m relay team who broke a 2 year club record last weekend at the penultimate YDL fixture at Witton Park. Lucy Tickle, Natalia Luczak, Georgia Norman and Leah Howard knocked 4 seconds off the existing record to finish in 3.07.5! Well done, girls!

The U15 Boys 4 x 300m relay team of Angelo Vinci, Sebby Holt, Matthew Poole and Rhys Sandoval-Roberts equalled the existing club record of 2.56.00! Well done, boys!


18th June 2018

Thornton Interclub – Tuesday 26th June.

The start, finish and buffet locations are exactly the same as in previous
years. The only change is the public toilets on the promenade nearest the
start/ finish are CLOSED due to refurbishment.The nearest public
toilets are 1 mile south of the start on the top promenade at Red Bank

2018 TCRC Interclub information

Thornton Cleveleys Interclub Race

Interclub instructions.psd


17th June 2018

Senior News


Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC runners tackled the Freckleton Half Marathon, the oldest half in the UK. The race was won by John Mason of Border, with first BWFAC runner Paul Sparrow (31st 88:10). Michelle Tickle, who ran the race to raise money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, finished 111th with a PB of 1:43:06, with Brandon Willoughby 133rd (1:44:51), Laura Lawler 266th (2:01:41), Bob Massey 303rd (2:10:16) and Clare Clarke 314th (2:10:16).
On a lighter note, BWFAC coach, Sarah Venn, won the Wellie throwing competition and her son Bradley was 2nd in the Egg catching at Freckleton Club Day Sports.

At the Father’s Day 10Km, held in Lancaster, BWFAC’s Bev Wright was 12th and first woman (42:00) and Nicola Unsworth was 28th and 2nd woman (44:55). At the Crazy Cow 10K at Avenham Park in Preston, Nickola Walker was 393rd (393rd), Stephanie Wood 455th (68:35) and Fiona Little 533rd (81:10). Paul Plummer ran in the Marple Carnival 10Km Trail race finishing 5th (47:14).

Derek Crane took on the challenge of the Tour of Tameside which involves four races in four days. Derek’s times in the races were: X-Trail 10K 55:09, Hell on the Fell 63:14, Hero Half Marathon (Trail) 2:05:07 and the Dr Ron Hyde 7 Mile 64.01. Crane’s total time was 5:07:31 and he was 242nd.

The Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC women’s teams had a good evening at the Preston Inter Club, held on a two lap course in Avenham and Miller Parks. The Open Women’s team of Jess Rogers (63rd 27:11), Bev Wright (98th 28:58), Nicola Unsworth (107th 29:12), Laura Lawler (138th 31:05) and Basia Pawelczak (139th 31:16) finished first, as did the F40 team of Wright, Unsworth, Karen Dunford (142nd 31:22) and Natalie Tanner (181st 32:57).

However, for the Open team as a whole it was a disappointing result as the team of Phil Leybourne (5th 22:56), Danny Fletcher (27th 24:56), Paul Sparrow (48th 26:21), Steve Dunn (59th 27:03), Jess Rogers, Paul Beech (68th 27:37), Bev Wright, Nicola Unsworth, Mark Warner (108th 29:30) and Brandon Willoughby (127th 30:22) finished in sixth place. Jess Rogers was first Junior woman and Phil Leybourne was first Vet 50 and together with Sparrow, Wright and Willoughby, they were the third V50 team. The Vets team were 6th and the Vet 60 team 5th.

On the Track & Field front Fiona Hockey was 4th (3.50m) in the Pole Vault at the England Athletics U20/U23. The U13 and U15 BWFAC squad secured a third straight victory in the Youth Development League at Blackburn and look nailed to win the Division 3 North and secure promotion with one fixture remaining.

On the fells, at the Settle Hill race (7 miles/1312 feet), Mark Warner was 112th (1:23:23), Basia Pawelczak 125th (1:28:45), Simon Scarr 137th (1:34:00) and Alan Wilkinson 149th (1:49:25).

There were nine BWFAC runners at the Blackpool parkrun with Peter Bradburn leading the (17th 21:56) and Ella May Leonard aged 10 was 50th (24:44). The next day, Ella was 8th and 1st girl with a PB of 8:48 at the Park View 2Km junior parkrun.

Simon Tickle was the solo BWFAC runner at Lytham Hall parkrun finishing 42nd in 23:54.


Junior News

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC competed in the third fixture of the U13 & U15 Youth Development League held at Witton Park Arena, a superb scenic location. The talented squad of athletes, who support each other and have fun, have had excellent results in the first two fixtures at Carlisle and Leigh Sports Village. These previous results meant the squad travelled to Witton full of confidence and they certainly didn’t disappoint!

407A3713BWFAC started strong in the first race of the fixture with Alicia Threlfall winning the U13 Girls A 70m Hurdles (PB 12.3) and Gracie Rutter the B race (13.2). Other hurdles results, which meant the team got off to an excellent start were: U13B 75m A Hurdles Thomas Wilkinson 1st (14.3) and in the B race, Forest Leah was 2nd (16.2); U15 Girls 75m, Leah Howard was 2nd in the A race (12.7) and Georgia Norman 1st in the B race (14.5) and in the U15 Boys 80m race, Joel Elphick was 1st in the A race (13.4) and Scott Sinclair 1st in the B race (13.5).

There were many good and fighting performances. Here are a few of the outstanding ones. The Under 15 Boys sprint squad ensured good points with Matthew Poole 3rd in both the 100m (12.4) and 300m (41.9), Angelo Vinci first in both the 200m (24.8) and B 100m (12.5) and Rhys Sandoval-Roberts first in both the B 200m (26.3) and 300m (42.0). The squad with the addition of Joel Elphick and Seb Holt ensured a clean sweep in the 4x100m and 4x300m Relay team with times of 50.9 and 2:56.0 respectively.

The same was true of the Under 15 Girls sprint squad, with Imogen Reader 2nd in the 100m (13.6) and 3rd in the 200m (27.9), Megan Lewis 1st in the B 100m (13.4) and Georgia Norman 3rd in the B 200m (28.8). Lucy Tickle was 4th in the A 300m (46.9), after winning the 800m with 2:32.0, and Natalia Luczak a comfortable winner of the B 300m (47.0). The five girls with the addition of Kacie Calvert, Leah Howard and Chloe Parsons also ensured full points in the 4x100m and 4x 300m Relays with 54.8 and 3:07.5 respectively.

407A5194The Under 13 Boys sprint squad picked up valuable points with Connor Norman 3rd in both the 100m A race (14.0) and 200m A race (29.3) and Jefferson Kong 1st in the B 200m (28.3). Rafael Eaton won the B 100m (14.1) after also winning the 800m in 2:34.6. In the 4x100m Relay with Kieran Howard substituting for Jefferson Kong they finished 2nd (60.9). The Under 13 Girls 4x100m Relay team of Jessica Roach, Alicia Threlfall, Grace Oates and Keira Tomes were 3rd (59.6).

In the Field Events there were several impressive performances. Kacie Calvert posted a 2.74m PB to record 25.79m to win the U15 Girls Javelin, with Lucy Tickle 1st in the B event (16.79m). New recruit Alex Slater started with a superb throw of 11.64m in the Shot Putt, placing 3rd in the North West rankings, and won the High Jump with an excellent 1.63m. In the Under 13 Shot Putt, Kieran Howard won the A event with a PB of 8.40m and teammate George Mackenzie won the B competition with 7.75m as well as winning the U13 Boys Long Jump (4.42m).

Under 13 Boy Thomas Wilkinson had a perfect day. As well as winning the Hurdles, he also won the High Jump (1.38m) and Javelin (25.66m) and teammate Phelix Kowalski collected full B points in the High Jump (1.25m) and Javelin (23.30m). Under 13 Girls won the High Jump (1.25m) and Jessica Roach was 4th in the Long Jump with a PB 3.91m.

Scott Sinclair won the U15 Boys Long Jump (5.48m) and B Shot Putt (8.04m) and Jefferson Kong won the U13 Boys B Long Jump (4.41m). Natalia Luczak was 2nd in the U15 Girls Long Jump with a PB of 4.62m, with Leah Howard collecting full B points with 4.55m.

In the Middle Distance races there were several gritty performances, with Holly Tickle 2nd in the U13 Girls 1200m with a PB of 4:38.7, Grace Oates 2nd (2:56.8) in the U13G 800m, Max Swarbrick 4th (4:51.3) in the U15B 1500m and Luke Rawcliffe 3rd (2:22.7) in the U15 800m.

It was a very successful day for the BWFAC YDL team who finished first with 665 points, more than 200 points ahead of the next club and all but guarantees the Division 3 North Championship.


13th June 2018

Junior News

The Lancashire Schools Track & Field Championships were held at the Stanley Park Arena. The Junior and Inter Boys and Girls age categories can only enter one event, those in the Senior age category are able to enter two events. It was a busy schedule which started at 8:30 in the morning.

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC members at their home track experienced significant success competing for their individual School Districts.

In the Inter Boys sprints, Parsons won the 100 metres in 11.4, with James Nicholas winning the 400 metres with a PB and Riley Nagle was in 3rd place (53.8). In the Senior Boys 400 metres, Will Critchley won with a PB 51.5. Rhys Sandoval-Roberts in his first year in the Junior Boys ran a PB 41.3 in the 300 metres to finish fourth. Chloe Norman was 3rd (63.9) in the Senior Girls 400 metres and was 2nd (4.34m) in the Long Jump. Her sister Georgia was 3rd (28.4) in the 200 metres. Harriet Snelson posted a PB 15.6 in the Junior Girls 100 metres, as did Maddison Riley in the 200 metres with 29.8.

Jake Dudley has been in good form in the middle distance and won by a long way in the Inter Boys 1500 metres to take the Championship finishing in 4:10.4. However, he was disappointed that he didn’t set the English School’s qualification time of 4:06. Danielle Whipp was 3rd in the Inter Girls 800m with 2:22.9 and Lucy Tickle was 7th (2:29.1). Bethany Whipp set a PB 5:29.9 in the Junior Girls 1500 metres.

Natalia Luczak’s hard work and perseverance in the Long Jump, having had to change her take-off foot due to a problem with her original take-off foot, has paid-off as she won the Junior Girls competition with Imogen Reader 3rd. Scott Sinclair was 2nd in the Boys Long Jump with 5.40 metres.

Leah Howard posted an excellent 1.53m PB to finish 3rd in the Junior Girls High Jump and in the Boys competition, Seb Holt was also 3rd with 1.43m. In the Junior Girls Pole Vault, Chloe Parsons won with a PB 2.30m and training partner Grace Dunn was 2nd also with a PB of 2.15m. Jasmine Carey won (3.50m) the Inter Girls Pole Vault, with Amelia Shearman 2nd with a another PB of 3.40m, her 3rd in two weeks.

In the Junior Girls Hammer, Charlotte Jones was first with 30.38m and Ciaran Medd won the Inter Boys Discus with a PB 40.42m, just below English Schools standard.

At Sunday’s Park View junior parkrun, Lucy Tickle finished second overall and first girl in 7:37, behind Morgan Pritchard (7:28) of LSARRC, with younger sister Holly 4th and 2nd girl in a PB of 8:17. Ella May Leonard was 12th in 9:14.

Senior News

The Northern Athletics U17/U20/Senior Championships were held at Sportscity in Manchester. Four Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes took on the challenge. Katy Wyper focussed on the 100 metres, qualifying through to the final with 11.88. In the final, Katy collected the Gold medal, however, with a strong 3.1 headwind her winning time of 12.01 was slower than she would have liked.

Luke Minns reached the final of the 800 metres with 1:54.11. In the final as he came into final straight, Minns looked strong and was handily placed 2nd, when he was knocked by another athlete, which caused him to stumble and lose momentum, trailing across the line in 7th (1:56.43).

Jess Rogers was 5th (4:53.52) in the U20 Women’s 1500 metres, with T37 athlete George Fox second in both the Parallel 100 (12.69) and 200 metres with a PB 25.62.

Bev Wright was third lady (29th 42:59) and Nicola Unsworth was first Vet 45 (18th 50:04) at the Catforth 10Km. Brandon Willoughby was 68th (50:14) in the Cuerden Valley 10K Trail Race.

BWFAC Athletes of the Month for May are Nicola Unsworth for her performance on the road and Steve Simpson for an excellent run at his first marathon in Edinburgh and also for his successful return, after 20 years, to Track & Field in the 3000m Steeplechase and 5000 metres. Also nominated for their athletic excellence during May were Natalia Luczak, Gracie Rutter and George Mackenzie.

It was a beautiful, sunny morning for Blackpool and Lytham Hall parkruns who were both celebrating the 70th Birthday of the National Health Service. At Stanley Park, Steve Dunn led the way for BWFAC runners in 7th with a PB 19:47, with Michelle Tickle 47th and 2nd female (23:49) and Under 11 girl, Ella May Leonard was 49th and 3rd female (23:51). Other BWFAC runners were Peter Gibson (55th 24:25), Simon Scarr (72nd 25:32), Simon Tickle (75th 25:36), David Twizell (77th 25:43), Wayne Norris (106th 27:26), Bob Massey (112th 27:54), Derek Crane (113th 27:54), Bethany Corry (126th 28:29), Jeff Wright (133rd 28:48) and Andy Hume (190th 33:22). Paul Sparrow was 6th in 19:00 at Lytham Hall. Adam Callow did a spot of parkrun tourism, running at Salisbury parkrun (10th 19:38).


10th June 2018

Garstang /Scorton Trail Run- Wednesday 20th June

Meet 6.30pm High Street car park, Garstang – 8 miles plus shorter route. Food at Royal Oak Pub afterwards. Small contribution for food. Please let Anthony Blight or Bob Massey know if you can attend.


10th June 2018

Junior News

The second fixture of the Youth Development League for the Under 17 and 20 athletes was held at a warm but breezy Stanley Park Athletic Track. The Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC team consisted of 20 athletes and although strong in many aspects, it had big weaknesses in the Under 20 age category, especially in the U20 Men, were there was just one athlete. There were 7 other teams, with two of them composite teams made up of several clubs and therefore strength in numbers. This means that BWFAC are unlikely be challenging for league honours, however, the main purpose of the Upper YDL fixtures is to give individual BWFAC athletes extra competitive action.

BWFAC has several classy sprinters. Bradley Parsons won the 100m (11.8) and was 2nd in the 200m (24.4), with Andrew Woodhouse winning both the B 100m (12.2) and 200m (24.9). Although not as big as some of the other throwers, Parsons is quite a talented Shot Putter and he won the B competition with a PB of 9.67m. Woodhouse also picked up extra points by finishing 1st in the B Javelin.

PBs were a rare commodity due to the windy conditions that prevailed at the Stanley Park track, however, improving athlete, James Nicholas defied the conditions to post a 52.3 PB in 2nd place, with Riley Nagle comfortably winning the B race in 55.3.

In the U17W sprints, Kirsty Rushton was 2nd (13.4) in the A 100m, with Amelia Shearman winning the B race (14.1) in good style. Olivia Hanby was 2nd (13.6) in A 100m and 1st (28.8) in the B 200m. Kate Jenkinson was a clear winner (27.5) in the U17W A 200m, while Chloe Norman was 2nd (28.2) in the U20W 200m and 3rd (64.8) in the 400m.

Both Danielle Whipp and Hollie Winstanley contested the U17W 300m, with Danielle 3rd (43.8) in the A race and Hollie 3rd (46.9) in the B, before both running in the 800m, where Whipp ran an excellent race in gusty conditions to win in 2:23.5, and Winstanley finishing 2nd (2:36.0) in the B race. Emily Balshaw was a clear winner by nearly 10 seconds with 5:10.0 in the U17W 1500m.

Jake Dudley continued his impressive early season form, by winning both the U17M 800m (2:03.9) and the U17W 1500m (4:17.7). James Smith also won the B 1500m with 4:44.7 and also collected points in the High Jump (4th 1.40m) and Javelin (3rd 21.45m). Will Critchley won the U20M 800m with 2:04.5.

The gusty wind made life difficult for the 400m Hurdlers and Taylor Holland was pleased to finish 2nd (79.2). Taylor was also 2nd in both the U20W High Jump (1.41m) and Long Jump (4.02m), while in the U17W 80m Hurdles Natasha Webster was 3rd (13.5). In her primary event, Webster won the U17W Javelin with a PB of 35.35m and the Discus with 21.91m.

Danielle Whipp was rusty in her first High Jump competition of the season three weeks previous, however, she was back in the groove at Blackpool, winning the U17W High Jump with 1.47m. Chloe Norman was jumping well in the U20W High Jump before she had to leave to run the 200m and had to be satisfied with 1.30m and 1st place in the B competition.

In the other jumping events, Jasmine Carey won the U17W Pole Vault with 3.40m, but was defeated by the wind in her efforts to post a PB of 3.60m and teammate Amelia Shearman finished 1st (2.90m) in the B Pole Vault. Olivia Hanby was 2nd (10.05m) in the U20W Triple Jump and Caitlin Dickinson 6th (3.81m) in the U17W Long Jump.

Ciaran Medd was second in both the Discus (39.54m PB) and Shot Putt (10.53m).

The final track action of the match were the relays in which the BWFAC teams won the U17W 4x100m (55.1) with Balshaw, Carey, Webster & Shearman; the U17M 4x100m (48.5) Parsons, Woodhouse, Nagle & Dudley and the U17G 4x300m (3:05.6) with Balshaw, Winstanley, Jenkinson & Whipp.

Seven Under 13s and 15s went for some extra athletic action at the Trafford AC Medal open meeting. Kieran Howard (U13B) was in good form achieving golds in the Discus with a PB of 22.61m and Javelin (21.65m). Kieran also collected a silver in the Shot Putt (8.00m). His sister Leah (U15G) won bronze in both Javelin with a PB of 28.84m and High Jump (1.45m).

Natalia Luczak won gold in the (U15G) Long Jump (4.37m) and was 5th (1.20m) in High Jump. Georgia Norman was 4th (4.17m) in the Long Jump and her brother, Connor, was 3rd (3.90m) in the U13B Long Jump.

Gracie Rutter posted a PB of 13.02 in the U13G 70m Hurdles and Kacie Calvert was 5th (22.88m) in the U15G Javelin and 9th (3.45m) in the Long Jump.

Away from the track, BWFAC’s Lucy Tickle led the way at the 2Km Park View Junior parkrun in 7:56, with Maximus Nelson 2nd in 8:15. Holly Tickle was 7th equaling her best with 8:26, Ella May Leonard was 11th in 8:52 and Aimee Harling posted a new best of 9:24 in 15th.

Senior News

IMG_8645The seventh designated event of the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC Trail Championship was the Cuerden parkrun. First BWFAC runner was Stephen Dunn, 10th (21:06) with Paul Sparrow 11th (21:11), both PBs, Michelle Tickle 28th (24:19), Clare Clarke 30th (30:12), Bob Massey 87th (31:32), Nickola Walker 102nd (34:00) and Andy Hume 108th (35:12).

Ellen McLachlan competed in the tough off road Coniston Half Marathon finishing 134th (2:26:28). At the Morecambe 10Km Bev Wright was 45th, 3rd lady and 1st Vet 55 in 42:50, with Dawn Maher 118th in 50:04, while at the Grasmere Gallop off-road 10Km Kirsty Holland was 141st in 60:14. Fiona Little did some parkrun ‘tourism’ at Congleton with 35:49.

The second fixture of the Northern AA Track & Field League Division 2 West was held at Leigh Sports Village. The season started poorly for BWFAC in Liverpool last month with 5th place and it didn’t improve at Leigh, as further injuries and other factors weakened the team even further and the squad finished sixth.

_MG_1567However there were still many excellent individual performances. One of the most popular was Amelia Shearman in the Pole Vault, where for the first time since last year, she improved her best from 3.15m to 3:20m and then 3.30m to win the competition, with teammate Jasmine Carey first B (3.30m) and Declan O’Hara won (3.50m) the Men’s Pole Vault.

Men’s team captain Brent Starkie has been injured and wasn’t ready to return to his main running events, however he picked up points in the Hammer, Discus, Javelin, Shot, and Triple Jump.

_MG_1698There were several three testing doubles in hot conditions; Harry Poole with 1500m (2nd 4:18.2) and 5000m (4th 16:52.8), Steve Simpson with the A 3000m Steeplechase (2nd 11:32.1) and B 5000m (6th 18:18.5) and Jess Rogers with the 800m (2nd 2:23) and 3000m (4th 11:34.6). A few other noteworthy results were O’Hara’s 2nd (11.75m) in the Triple Jump, Luke Minns in the A 800m (2nd 1:55.9), Jake Dudley in the B 800m (1st 2:00.1), Danielle Whipp in the B 800m (1st 2:28.2) and Rachel Bashforth with second in both the Hammer (34:28) and Discus (25.86m). There was an exciting finish in the 4x400m Women’s Relay with the young BWFAC team (all under 20) of Emily Balshaw, Chloe Norman, Jess Rogers and Danielle Whipp who held off a strong team from Leigh Harriers to win in 4:15.9.

In the higher level UK Women’s League Division 2 two members competed for and helped Wigan Harriers to first place at Bedford. Katy Wyper posted a sprint double victory with 12.07 in the 100m and 24.60 in the 200m. Fiona Hockey won the Pole Vault with 3.60m and competed for first time in the 2000m Steeplechase (6th 9:52.71).



9th June 2018

Mental health matters! There is an abundance amount of research to say exercise, belonging, friendships and learning new things aids our mental wellbeing. One in four will visit their doctor with mental health symptoms so if you think about who we meet in the club that’s a lot of people.
I am the welfare officer for the club and a mental health nurse. Please do not suffer in silence, I am happy to support and guide, find me at the track, competitions, through this website or Facebook (please be mindful if there are safeguarding issues I will have to break confidence). Below is a link to local support, you will find contacts for various health and social care.

Susan Ball (BWFAC Welfare Officer)


31st May 2018

Final information for the Preston Inter Club race on Wednesday 13 June.
Please note it is from a new venue. The course is the same 2 laps as
last year with the start and finish moved to be closer to the new
venue. If you have any queries please contact Sean Sweeney.
Preston Inter Club Car Park Information 2018

Preston Inter Club Car Park Map 2018

Preston Inter Club Race Map 2018

Preston Inter Club Race Runners Instructions 2018

30th May 2018

Junior News

The third fixture of the Mid Lancs T&F League was held at a mainly warm and sunny Wilson Playing Fields in Clayton le Moors. Although the weather was warm, there was a strong gusty breeze that made competition difficult and PBs a rare commodity.

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC were well represented especially in the younger age categories. The most exciting race was the Under 13 Boys 800 metres first heat. Frankie Ball of LSARRC and Theo Watson of Blackburn led the way down the home straight when BWFAC’s Rafael Eaton powered past the two boys to take a dramatic victory in 2:35.5. James Boak posted 2:51.0 and Zac Terras 3:40.4. Forest Leah was 3rd (5:30.1) in the 1500m. The U13 Boys Long Jump competition this season has been of a high quality with many producing over 4 metre jumps, reaching its peak at the Lancashire Championship. Although the jumping wasn’t quite as long, possibly because of the gusty wind, it was still competitive with James Ince of Preston again winning with 4.55m. BWFAC’s Jefferson Kong was 2nd (4.23m), with George Mackenzie 3rd (4.17m), Phelix Kowalski 6th (3.81), Connor Norman 7th (3.76m) and Forest Leah 10th (3.52m). Kowalski was also 2nd (1.30m) in the High Jump. In the U13 Boys throws, Phelix Kowalski was 2nd in the Javelin with 25.51m, with Thomas Wilkinson 3rd (24.74m) and Keiran Howard 4th (19.30m). Wilkinson was also 3rd (17.05) in the Discus and 6th (6.53m) in the Shot Putt. Howard was 2nd (20.17m) in the Discus and 3rd (8.39m) in the Shot Putt. In the Under 13 Girls category, Jessica Roache and Keira Tomes both had an excellent High Jump competition. Roache improved her PB to 1.20m to finish 9th. Keira Tomes best jump before this competition was 1.01m and she started with 1.05m and kept on clearing heights up to 1.30m, to finish 5th – an amazing improvement of 29cm. Ellise Balshaw was 6th (2:49.0) in the 800m, Naomi Wrigley was 4th (6:31.4) in the 1500m and Grace Oates 10th overall (33.3) in the 200m. Again U15 Boy, Scott Sinclair was in impressive form winning the Long Jump with 5.47m. In the High Jump Scott was 3rd (1.65m) and Sebby Holt 6th (1.45m). Luke Rawcliffe and Max Swarbrick were both 7th (2:27.2) and 8th (2:28.0) respectively in the 800m. In the 100 metres, Angelo Vinci was 6th (12.9), Rhys Sandoval-Roberts 8th overall (13.0) and Thomas Baron 16th overall (13.5). Lucy Tickle was 2nd (5:23.3) in the Under 15 Girls 1500m and Bethany Whipp 5th (5:30.8). The BWFAC sprinters were out in force with Imogen Reader leading the way with 13.5 in 4th overall in the 100m. Other 100m and 200m times were: Natalia Luczak 14.0, Daisie-Mae Keane 14.7 and 29.3, Chloe Parsons 14.9 and Lohan Sparrow 15.5. In the 300m, Megan Lewis was 3rd (45.3), Georgia Norman 4th (48.1), Natalia Luczak 8th overall (48.4) and Mary-Jayne Broomhead 9th overall (48.7). The team of Georgia Norman, Leah Howard, Mary-Jayne Broomhead and Megan Lewis were 2nd (52.8) in the 4x100m Relay. Leah Howard was 2nd (4.55m) in the Long Jump, with Talia Armstead 11th (3.96m) and Kacie Calvert 13th (3.69m). In the High Jump, Howard was 5th (1.50m) and Armstead was 6th (1.45m). Both Megan Lewis and Georgia Norman moved up to the U17W age category to compete in the Triple Jump finishing 1st (9.13m) and 2nd (9.05) respectively. In the throws, Charlotte Jones was 3rd (25.15m) in the Hammer Throw. Leah Howard demonstrated her versatility by finishing 5th (23.19m) in the Javelin with Kacie Calvert 6th (20.43m) and Lucy Tickle 7th (18.23m). Despite the windy conditions, Danielle Whipp was in dominant form in the Under 17 Women’s 1500m winning in 5:13.3, with teammate Emily Balshaw 2nd in 5:24.3. Natasha Webster was 2nd (36.52m) in the Javelin, Maddison Riley 12th overall in the 100m and Bradley Parsons 2nd (9.04m) in the U17M Shot Putt.

Away from track & field at the Park View 2Km junior parkrun, there were PBs for Gracie Scott who was 2nd and 1st girl with 7:52 and Otis Leah who was 3rd in
8:01. Holly Tickle was 6th in 8:34, Ella May Leonard 13th in 8:58 and Aimee Harling was 16th in 9:32. Ella May Leonard had run the previous morning in the 5Km Blackpool parkrun recording 24:49.

Senior News

edinburgh marathon 2018

Steve Simpson – Edinburgh Marathon 2018

Blackpool & Fylde runner Steve Simpson ran the Edinburgh Marathon at the weekend. He completed the 26.2 mile course is 3 hours 20 minutes finishing in 645 out of 7667 runners. This was his first attempt at the distance.

Paul Plummer took to the roads of the challenging and hilly, yet picturesque, Buxton Half Marathon, with a total climb of 1580 feet, finishing 97th in 1:50:06.

The Wesham 10Km held in November has always been a popular event. This year a spring mid-week 10Km on the same course was added to the race calendar. On a warm evening, Ben Fish of Blackburn won in 31:23 with Tessa Robinson (37:49) of Salford Harriers, first lady. First BWFAC runner was Stephen Dunn in 54th (42:01) with Nicola Unsworth (79th 44:53), Simon Scarr (117th 51:10), Debbie Terras (165th 57:54), Amanda Fuller (180th 59:40), Nickola Walker (196th 64:22), Kirsty Holland (197th 65:00), Tracey Sharrock (202nd 66:22) and Fiona Little (218th 77:52).

At the Blackpool 10 Miler held on Blackpool North Promenade over the Bank Holiday weekend, Harry Poole was 4th in 60:21, with Nicola Unsworth 38th in 75:38 and 3rd female. Basia Pawelczak was 84th (1:24:30) and Stephen Dunn 124th (1:34:02).


BWFAC runners at Catforth 5K

At the first of three Catforth 5Km evening races, taking place over the summer, Ian Dawson was 11th (18:48), with Paul Sparrow 14th (19:09), Paul Beech 15th (18:48), Chris Rawcliffe 29th (22:06), Brandon Willoughby 31st (22:24), Laura Lawler 40th (23:15), Derek Crane 48th (24:41), Simon Scarr 51st (25:13) and Tracey Sharrock 78th (28:23).

The second Inter Club designated Fell Race was the tough Austwick Amble over 8.1 miles with a total climb of 1197 feet. It was a good turnout by BWFAC on a hot Bank Holiday Monday, starting in the pretty Yorkshire village of Austwick, with Peter Singleton 78th (1:09:45), Mark Warner 132nd (1:21:46), Simon Scarr 145th (1:26:40), Alan Wilkinson 159th (1:32:56), Jeff Wright (178th 1:44:28) and Rick Pinches 133rd (1:45:54).


Kirsty Holland at Bowley Hill Trail Race

Kirsty Holland was the lone BWFAC runner at the Bowley Hill Trail Race over 5.8 miles, where she finished 61st (1:12:44).


Nickola Walker, Amanda Fuller and Fiona Little at Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon

At the Liverpool Rock and Roll Half Marathon, Amanda Fuller 5657th 2:24:34, Nickola Walker was 6639th (2:33:51) and Fiona Little 8560th (3:09:23).

It was a busy weekend on the Track & Field front. The third Mid Lancs fixture of the season was held at the warm, but windy Wilson Playing Fields. Among the many good performances were victories by Danielle Whipp in the U17W 1500m (5:13.3), Daniel Kearney in the Senior Men’s 800m (2:03.6) and Rafael Eaton’s last gasp dramatic win in the U13B 800m (2:35.5). In the field events there was also wins by Megan Lewis in the U17W Triple Jump (9.13m) and Scott Sinclair in the U17M Long Jump (5.47m). The second fixture of Youth Development League for Under 20/17s was held at the Stanley Park Athletic Stadium and the team finished fourth.


Michelle Tickle – Lytham Hall parkrun

At Lytham Hall parkrun, Michelle Tickle was 19th and 3rd female in 22:05 and Howard Henshaw 149th in 30:08.









30th May 2018


20 Barriers Race – Tuesday 3 July 7pm

£5 entry on the night. Runners must be 16 or over on the day of the race.

For more info please go to…


22nd May 2018

Senior News

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC and Scotland’s Number One 100 metre lady sprinter, Katy Wyper represented Scotland against teams from England, Wales, GB Juniors, Loughborough and BUCS. In the 100 metres Katy finished 6th in 12.05.

From one extreme to another, following his run at the London Marathon last month, Liam Craine ran in the tough Windermere Marathon and was delighted to finish in 7th place in a time of 2:59:01.

_MG_2185.jpgAt the St Anne’s Triathlon, comprising a 400m swim, 20Km bike and 5km run, Caroline Betmead finished in a total time of 1:09:48 (5th female) and was 1st 40-59 woman. Michelle Tickle was 12th female in 1:14:12. Chris Rawcliffe was 51st man in 1:12:54 and David Twizell was 181st in 1:31:12.

At the Simplehealth Great Manchester Run Half Marathon, Basia Pawelezak was 863rd (1:50:18) and Ellen McLachlan was 965th(1:58:26). At the associated 10km, Claire Irons was 9389th in 65:89. The previous week, Claire won Silver (21.65m) in the Hammer Throw and was 4th in the 3000 (16:08.8) at the Cheshire County Championships.

Club President, Howard Henshaw, ran in the 3-1-5 Lancaster 5km finishing 24th (32:47) and at the Pilling 10km, Ian Dawson was 10th (39:14), Rick Pinches 66th (56:19) and Jeff Wright 84th (63:09).

There were ten BWFAC athletes at the Blackpool parkrun, led by Adam Callow (10th 20:38), Nick Hume (11th 20:43), Paul Sparrow (12th 20:45) and Nicola Unsworth (15th 21:39 and 1st lady).

Kirsty Holland ran at the Anderton Boat Lift 10K in Cheshire, finishing 80th overall in a time of 59:35.

At the Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon, BWFAC runners, Amanda Fuller (5657th) finished in 2:24:34,  Nickola Walker (6639th) 2:33:51 and Fiona Little (8560th) completed the course in 3:09:23.

Junior News

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The first fixture of the Youth Development League was held on one of very few warm sunny spring days last month at Carlisle and Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC had a very successful day. The second fixture took place on Saturday at an equally warm and sunny Leigh Sports Village. The question was: Would the team be as successful? However, there was no need to worry, as a squad of BWFAC talented young athletes stepped up to the plate and increased the total points scored at Carlisle by 91 to 682.

In the Under 13 Boys category there were many good performances. Phelix Kowalski was joint winner in the High Jump with a PB of 1.30, however the most impressive event for him was the Javelin, where after just one training session he threw 22.95m to win the competition, which places him in the top 10 in the North West. Kieran Howard collected full B points with 20.74m. Kieran also won Shot Putt with a PB of 8.22m.

In the sprints, Connor Norman was 2nd (13.7) in the A 100m and 3rd (28.5) in the A 200m. Teammates Rafael Eaton won the B 100m (14.3) with Jefferson Kong first in the B 200m (28.5). Rafael Eaton dominated the 800m (2:30.2), with Forest Leah 2nd (2:34.3) and collecting the full B points. The team of Eaton, Norman, Leah and Kong won an exciting 4x100m Relay.

At the Carlisle YDL meeting, the Under 13 Girls category was the one section which was under strength with only three girls competing. Although still inexperienced, with eight girls it was much stronger. Star performances were by Keira Tomes, who in her first Shot Putt competition won with 6.07m, Alicia Threlfall who was 2nd (12.5) in the 70m Hurdles and Gracie Rutter who hit the take-off board in the Long Jump perfectly and sailed to 4.03m PB, a big improvement of 34cm and secured 3rd place. Teammate Jessica Roach also posted a PB of 3.73m to finish 2nd in the B competition.

In the Sprints, Keira Tomes was 5th (11.7) in the B 75m and 3rd (23.2) in the B 150m, with Jessica Roach 5th (11.8) in the A 75m and 4th (23.1) in the A 150m.

Ellise Balshaw was 2nd in the 800m and Alisha Threlfall was 2nd in the B race. Balshaw was 2nd in the Javelin, with Harriet Medd 2nd in the B competition.

It was warm for the 1200m and Holly Tickle was 3rd (4:40.7) and Grace Oates scored full B points (4:47.1) Tickle was 3rd in the B Shot Putt and Oates 4th (1.20) in the High Jump.

In the 4x100m Relay the team of Tomes, Threlfall, Rutter and Roach were 4th (60.0)

In the Under 15 Sprints, Matthew Poole was 2nd (12.8) in the 100m and 1st (41.7) in the B 300m. Rhys Sandoval-Roberts was 3rd (26.0) and 2nd (42.3) in the 300m. Angelo Vinci was first in both the B100m (12.6) and B200m (25.2). In the 4x100m Relay the three boys together with Joel Elphick as the only team, carried the baton around the track to claim full points (50.4). Poole and Vinci joined with Sebby Holt and Deetray Jarrett to win a hard fought 4x300m Relay against Bolton.

Luke Rawcliffe was 2nd (4:42.7) in the 1500m and Max Swarbrick was 2nd (4:43.4) in the B 1500m.

Scott Sinclair was 1st (1.60m) in the High Jump and 2nd in the Long Jump and 1st in the 80m Hurdles. Sebby Holt collected full points in the Pole Vault and won the B High Jump.

Leah Howard was in splendid form, winning the High Jump in a PB of 1.51m and the Shot Putt (8.71m) and was 2nd in the 75m Hurdles. Talia Amstead won (1.45m) the B High Jump was 2nd in the B 75m Hurdles. Natalia Luczak was 2nd in the Long Jump (4.56m) and won the B 300m (46.6). Megan Lewis won the B Long Jump (4.50m).

Grace Dunn and Chloe Parsons both cleared 2.10m in the Pole Vault with Dunn posting a new PB.

In the throws, Kacie Calvert was 2nd in Javelin (21.11) and Lucy Tickle was 1st in the B Javelin. Talia Ball was 3rd in the Hammer Throw, 6th in the Discus and 2nd in the B Shot.

Lucy Tickle was 2nd (2:29.6) in the 800m and 4th (47.0) in the 300m, with Bethany Whipp 5th (5:24.6) in the 1500m.

In the sprints, Mary-Jayne Broomhead was second in both the 100m (12.9) and 200m (26.9), with Megan Lewis 1st in the B 100m and Georgia Norman 2nd in the B 200m.

The BWFAC Relay teams won both the races, with Norman, Broomhead, Parsons and Lewis in the 4x100m and Tickle, Luczak, Howard and another in the 4x300m.

_MG_1568At the junior 2km Park View Junior parkrun, Emily Balshaw was first in 8:26, Ella May Leonard 8th in 8:58 and Aimee Harling 11th in a PB of 9:26. The previous day, Aimee ran her first Blackpool parkrun (5Km) in 26:08.

At the St Anne’s Triathlon, the Tri Stars 2 category for 11/12 years (200m swim, 6000m bike & 1800 run) saw Gracie Scott finish 1st girl in 28:40 and Forest Leah 1st boy in 27:40. In the Tri Stars 3 category for 13/14 (300m swim, 8000m bike & 2400m run) Luke Rawcliffe was first boy in 32:33, with Maddison Betmead (35:02) and Felicity Barnes (37:47) 1st and 2nd girls.

BWFAC Athletes of the Month for April are Mary-Jayne Broadhead for her sprinting achievements and Scott Sinclair for his efforts in Long and High Jump.


21st May 2018



18th May 2018

There were two local open track & field meetings on the May bank holiday which gave BWFAC athletes the opportunity to practise for the Lancashire Championships.

At the Trafford AC Medal Open, Connor Norman competed in the U15B’s 100 metres, finishing 3rd (14.38). In the 200m he was first in 29.74 and 5th in the Long Jump (3.76). Kieran Howard (U13B) was first (7.85m) in the Shot Putt, 2nd (21.63m) in the Javelin and 4th in the 100m in a PB of 16.68. Scott Sinclair was 6th overall in the 100m in a PB of 13.19 and 2nd (5.42m) in the Long Jump. Georgia Norman was 12th (14.53) overall and 14th (14.53) in the Long Jump. Chloe Parsons was 9th (15.38) overall in the 100m and 7th (6.17m) in the Shot Putt. Rhys Sandoval-Roberts was 2nd 42.21 in the 300m.

In the High and Long Jumps Leah Howard was 2nd (1.48m) and 9th (4.51m), Natalia Luczak was 12th (1.25m) and 11th (4.45m and Kacie Calvert was 14th (1.20) and 19th (3.72m). Leah Howard also won (8.43m) the Shot Putt and Kacie Calvert was 8th (22.36m) in the Javelin.

Meanwhile at the Lancaster & Morecambe AC Open Medal Meeting, the Rutter family were collecting medals and PBs. Nia collected Golds in Triple Jump (10.65m), Shot Putt (10.97m) and 100m Hurdles 16.9). Daughter Gracie Rutter, won Golds in both the Long Jump (3.69m PB) and the High Jump (1.15) and Silver (13.7 PB) in the 70m Hurdles. Marcia Rutter (U11G) was 6th overall in the 80m in a PB 12.9 and won Bronze (3.47m) in the Long Jump. Gracie and Marcia’s younger sister, Esme, who at the age of six was two years younger than the other U9Gs Long Jump competitors posted an impressive 2.42m for 5th place.

Riley Nagle won Bronze in the 100m with a PB of 12.2, Silver in the 200m (24.8) and Gold in the in the 400m (55.8)


15th May 2018

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14th May 2018

Junior News

Full results from the Lancashire Track & Field Championships are now available to view below and on Power of 10

Lancashire Track & Field Results – Day 1  – 12.05.18

Lancashire Track & Field Results – Day 2 – 13.05.18

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It was a busy weekend for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC the Lancashire AA Track & Field Championships held at a mainly sunny Witton Park Arena on the outskirts of Blackburn over both days.

It was a close race in the U15 Girls 100 metre final with both Mary-Jayne Broomhead of BWFAC and Halle Ferguson of Trafford AC both recording 12.7. Broomhead got the nod for the Gold medal. Megan Lewis was 7th (13.6). However the next day positions were reversed as Ferguson won the Gold, with Broomhead winning the Silver. Other BWFAC girls in the heats of the 100m and 200m were Imogen Reader (13.7), Chloe Parsons (14.3), Georgia Norman (14.0 & 200m), Kacie Calvert (15.0), Leah Howard (13.7), Ellie Owen (13.8 & 28.3) and Daisie-May Keane (14.6). Kirsty Rushton was 7th 13.3) in the U17W 100m and 4th (26.8) in the 200m. In the U13 Girls 100m heats the following times were recorded Keira Tomes (15.0), Alicia Threlfall (14.7), Jessica Roach (15.0). Lucy Tickle was 5th (45.4) in the 300m Final and posted a PB 2:28.9 in the 800m heats. In the male sprints, Bradley Parsons won the U17M 100m in 11.2 with Riley Nagle 6th (12.0) and was 3rd in the 200m (23.6), behind James Nicholas, who was 2nd (23.6), with Ethan Tibbs of Preston 1st (23.3). James Nicholas was first in the U17M 400m (52.4) with Riley Nagle 3rd (53.7). Rhys Sandival-Roberts was 4th in both the U15 Boys 200m (26.1) and 300m (41.7) with Matthew Poole 5th (42.8). In the 100m heats BWFAC U15M 100m times were Matthew Poole (12.6), Samuel Pott (13.5) and Joel Elphick (13.0). Connor Norman was second in both the U13 Boys 100m (13.5) and 200m (28.2) with Jefferson Kong 3rd (28.3). Both boys also competed in the Long Jump, with Kong winning Silver with 4.59m and 8th (4.04). Also in the Long Jump were George Mackenzie (4th 4.51), Phelix Kowalski (5th 4.34m) and Kieran Howard (13th 3.24m). Leah Howard was 5th (12.5) in the U15G 75m Hurdles, with Talia Amstead posting 14.4 in the heats. Alicia Threlfall was 2nd (14.4 in the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles and Gracie Rutter 7th (13.6). Thomas Wilkinson was 4th in both the U13 Boys 75m Hurdles (14.9) and High Jump (1.40m). There were several impressive BWFAC middle distance performances at the Championships. Jake Dudley won the U17M 1500m (4:09.9) with James Smith 9th (4:34.8). James Smith was also 9th in the 800m with a PB 2:09.3. In the U17 Women’s 1500m Danielle Whipp won her first Lancashire AA Gold medal in 5:01.0, with teammate Emily Balshaw 3rd (5:05.2). Whipp was also 3rd in the 800m (2:18.5). Balshaw also won Gold in the U17M 3000m )11:32.4. Scott Sinclair won the U15 Boys High Jump with a PB 1.70m and looked as though his jump of 5.63m in the Long Jump would be good enough also to win gold was bettered by Taylor Jacob of Preston with 5.75m. Sebby Holt was 4th in the High Long Jump. In the Girls U15 Long Jump, Mary-Jayne Broomhead was 4th (4.73m), Megan Lewis 7th (4.54m), Imogen Reader 8th (4.47m), Natalia Luczak 9th (4.45m), Talia Armstead 17th 4.06m and Kacie Calvert 18th (3.78m). The following distances were recorded by BWFAC Under 13 Girls in the Long Jump, Keira Tomes and Jessica Roach both 3.63m and Gracie Rutter 3.62m. Gracie was also 7th in the High Jump with 1.20m. Ciaran Medd won both the Under 17 Men’s Shot Putt (10.23m) and the Discus (34.30m), while in the Under 13 Boys Kieran Howard won the Javelin (24.28) and was 2nd in both the Shot (8.10m) and the Discus (19.94m). Charlotte Jones was 3rd (32.05m) in the U15 Girls Hammer, Leah Howard 5th (8.20m) in the Shot Putt and Kacie Calvert 5th (21.12m).

Away from Track & Field it was a one two finish, as well as new PBs, at a very sunny and warm Park View Junior parkrun for BWFAC athletes Maximus Nelson (8:18) and Holly Tickle (8:26)! Ella Leonard finished 8th in a new PB of 8:51 and Aimee Harling finished 14th in 9:45.


10th May 2018

Senior News


For Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC the last week has been busy both on the road, track and fell.

The second Inter Club race of the series was a 5 mile race along the St Anne’s Promenade, around Fairhaven Lake and back on a somewhat overcast evening. The BWFAC Open team of Liam Caine (4th), Danny Fletcher (17th), Jack Tickle (25th), Ian Dawson (29th), Steve Simpson (30th), Jim Unsworth (55th), Joe Gigli (56th), Daniel Kearney (61st), Jess Rogers (64th) and Adam Callow 66th finished in fifth place. The Ladies team of Jess Rogers (3rd F & 1st Jun F), Bev Wright (12th F), Nicola Unsworth (12th F), Michelle Tickle (17th F) and Laura Lawler (24th F) was third. The FV40 Women’s team, who with Karen Dunford instead of Jess Rogers finished first. The Vets team were sixth, the Vet 50s fourth and the Vet 60s fifth.


It was a somewhat disappointing start to the Northern Track & Field League season at the first fixture at Liverpool, with the team finishing fifth of six teams. Unfortunately there were to many gaps in personnel. However there were some excellent individual performances. Katy Wyper scored a brilliant double first in the 100m (12.0) and 200m (24.7). Nia Rutter did even better with triple victories in the 100m Hurdles (17.1), Shot Putt (11.49m) and Triple Jump (10.53m). Jasmine Carey posted a PB 3.50m in the Pole Vault which took her up to joint fourth in three U17W rankings and Declan O’Hara was 2nd (3.80m) in Men’s Pole Vault. Luke Minns was 2nd (1:57.59) in the 800m and 3rd (52.61) in the 400m. In his first senior competition U17 Jake Dudley impressed, winning the B 800m with 1:58.79 and 2nd (52.82) in the B 400m. Steve Simpson hasn’t run a Steeple Chase for over twenty years since he was a junior athlete, however he ran well to finish 2nd (11:56:12) in the 3000m Steeplechase and was 6th (18:15:18) in the 5000m.

In the blistering heat at the British University & Colleges Outdoor Championships held in Bedford, both Fiona Hockey of BWFAC/Cardiff Met Uni and Tilley Hooper of Sutton & District/Loughborough Students contested the Gold Medal in the Pole Vault. Both equalled their PB of 3.80m but failed at 3.90m. Hockey missed out on the Gold on count back and as well as winning the Silver was invited to compete at the Loughborough International at the end of May.