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12 February 2019
Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC junior members competed at the penultimate fixture of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League was held in the fields around Leigh Sports Village. Storm Eric was still blowing and before running some of the Junior runners helped (with difficulty) successfully to put up the BWFAC tent before the competition began.
On the 2.3Km course, the Under 11 Girls team lead by Gracie Scott, who battled it out at the front of 78 girls, finishing 3rd in 8:13, with Jess Ramsden (22nd 9:17), together the youngest members, aged just 8, Aimee Harling (33rd 9:32), Polly Kershaw (34th 9:33) and Jemima Bradburn (56th 10:17), finished seventh. In the Boys race, over the same course, Otis Leah was 35th (8:52) and Billy Kershaw 47th (9:03). Also over 2.3Km, in the U13 Girls race, Betty Kershaw was 14th (8:17), with Louisa Bradburn 25th (8:39) and Naomi Wrigley 48th (10:55), with the team finishing fifth.
In the other Junior races Rafael Eaton was 3rd (9:28) in the U13 Boys race, Lucy Tickle 19th (11:08) in the U15 Girls race, both over 3Km, with Danielle Whipp 8th (14:15) in the 4Km U17 Women’s race and Jack Tickle 13th (19:44) in the 6Km U17 Men’s race.
The next day, the Park View 2Km junior parkrun celebrated its second Birthday, where Aimee Harling was again running and for the second week running was first Girl and set a further PB of 8:52. First overall was BWFAC’s Forest Leah in 7:48.
At the latest Sale Harriers Open Indoor meeting, held at Sportcity in Manchester, 10 T&F BWFAC young athletes tested out how their training was progressing.
Alex Slater (U17), was pleased with good solid performances in the High Jump, where he was pleased with 1.60m and was 2nd in the Shot Jump with 10.10m. Also in the High Jump, Leah Howard (U17) was 3rd with 1.50m, while Chloe Norman posted 1.35m.
In the Long Jump Natalia Luczak cleared 4.70m, Leah Howard 4.42m and Chloe Norman 4.11m. Howard also posted 10.14 in the 60m Hurdles.
In the sprints the following times were set: George Fox (U23) 60m 7.97 PB; Chloe Norman (U20) 200m 30.14; Georgia Norman (U17) 60m 8.86 PB, 200m 29.49; Natalia Luczak (U17) 200m 29.49; Matthew Poole (U15) 60m 7.83; Iona Cossens (U15) 8.76, 200m 29.82; Holly Brooke (U15) 60m 9.00, 200m 31.24; Joanne Upton Fletcher (U15) 200m 29.48.
The previous Wednesday Jessica Ramsden was 32nd in 22:12 and teammate Ella-May Leonard was 34th in 22:52 At the the Action for Children 5Km evening race held on the Palatine Leisure Centre one kilometre cycle track.
10 February 2019
The inter club fell race on 6 June 2019 Henderson End FR (BM) has been
renamed. Organised by Lostock AC it is now on the FRA website as Leo
Pollard Memorial Race. Hope that avoids any confusion.
It is also worth reminding everyone, especially those not
used to fell races, that you should see the FRA website for complete
information about race rules and kit requirements. Some info below!
10 February 2019
North West Regional Council update and elections
The structure, rules and articles governing Regional Councils remain
unchanged after the recent EA EGM, with a large part of the credit due
to clubs, counties and individuals in this region standing up and
playing their part. Thank you all, it is much appreciated. I also think
it is a positive trend within the sport that more and more people
involved in the grassroots, from all parts of this diverse sport, are
wanting to play a more active role in helping it survive and thrive
into the future. I’ll do all I can to encourage that.
The most immediate consequence is that the normal round of elections
will now take place for people to get involved with our council.
Initial details are contained in this broadcast;
More detail about what it entails, how it works and what you can do are
And I’ve copied below a response I made to someone asking specifically
about the meetings we hold which contains some more information about
“Our meetings in the North West occur 5 times a year (2 months or more
between them). They are held in the evening on a Wednesday and formally
start at 7pm in order to give as many people as possible the chance to
get there from work. I put on a warming meal of hot-pot, curry or stew
from 6:30pm so people are fed properly. Tea and coffee are always
available throughout the meetings. Since I became chair I’ve made it my
policy to rotate the venue among all possible Counties in the region
and normally though not always our meetings are held at clubs. It did
not used to be like that but it gets people to visit places they might
not normally get to and makes our council visible to a wider section of
the sport. That’s important to me. We’ve visited clubs in Warrington,
Trafford, Blackpool, Ormskirk, Wigan and Bury in the last few years and
will continue to do so.”
If you would like to host a Regional Council meeting please get in
touch with me.
The North West Regional Council has 3 posts filled leaving 3 to be
filled at this election. Thankfully one of those three vacancies, Mike
Dooling, a valuable volunteer on this council for the last 4 years,
wants to stand again for the last 4 year term allowed by the rules and
I heartily support this decision as he brings such a wealth of
experience, knowledge of the Merseyside County scene and the English
Schools Association setup that I hope you all vote for him to return.
After the election results there will be a small number of non-voting
co-opted posts filled to complement the areas of expertise which exist
at that point on the council. My intention is that at the end of this
short process every possible County, every branch of our sport (Road
running, T&F, XC etc) and every volunteer role we have (officials,
coaches etc) will be represented. I’ll report back at the end with our
success in achieving this aim.
If you wish to be elected you need to submit the form in the link
complete with support from 3 affiliated clubs. Anyone can stand for
election to your Regional Council, we have no barriers to entry on
gender, racial, religious or sexuality grounds, and I’d particularly
urge athletes, coaches, supporters of Road Running, members involved
with Disability Athletics and members involved with the social
deprivation and mental health aspects of the benefits our sport can
deliver to consider standing as we want to make sure those voices are
heard loud and clear on our council over the next few years.
Please include a brief statement of your objectives and skills because
this will be circulated and form the basis for people in the region to
make up their minds who to vote for. Include a picture if possible.
This form must be received by the end of February 2019. Votes will be
collected during March and the result announced by the end of that
month. Good luck to us all as we build a council strong enough to face
the challenges of the next few years.
I’ll be in touch again throughout this exciting process but if you have
any problem with the form, want to chat about whether to stand for
election or any further questions, suggestions or observations please
use the contact details below at any time to have a chat.
North West Regional Council chair
Mobile; +44 (0) 7884 188008
10 February 2019
One of the toughest local road races is the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10Km, starting on the Witton Park track and early on, included a stiff climb up Buncer Lane. BWFAC’s Peter Bradburn was 105th (44:58), with Nicola Unsworth 169th (48:13).
The Southport Mad Dog 10Km has become a very popular race, with over 3000 finishing. The BWFAC runners were Simon Scarr (589th 49:57), Amanda Fuller (734th 53:18), Clare Clarke (967th 53:52), Nickola Walker (2226th 67:43), Laura Raynor (2280th 66:00) and Fiona Little (2857th 81:48).
Last weekend’s icy weather put paid to the Lytham Hall and Preston’s parkruns, however Blackpool parkrun’s 2nd Birthday was able to go ahead after icy patches were cleared. BWFAC’s runners ‘enjoying the party’ were Mark Warner 19:32 PB, Steve Dunn 20:12, Paul Eaton 22:18, Michelle Tickle 22:46, Anthony Blight 23:28, Malcolm Beech 26:46, Bethany Corry 29:01, Bob Massey 29:10, Isabella McNamee 30:30 and George James 31:45.
At the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun, Simon Scarr ran 23:14, Peter Gibson 24:14 and Ellen McLachlan 27:40.
At the Inter Varsity meeting held at Lee Valley, Fiona Hockey was 1st with 3.40m in the Pole Vault.
10 February 2019
There was action on the Track, Country and Road for junior athletes and runners of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC last weekend.
Three BWFAC junior athletes competed in the North of England Under 15 & 13 Indoor Championships held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, with all events taking place over just one day.
Connor Norman (U13B) enjoyed a successful Championships, competing in the 60 metres heats and recording 8.92 to qualify for the Final, where he finished seventh (9.06). In the 200 metres heats he qualified with an electronic PB of 28.90 for the semi-finals, finishing third with 29.24 and qualifying for the Final. In the Final, which was his 5th race of the day he was sixth in 30.26.
Keira Tomes (U13G) was entered in three competitions, recording 9.39 in the 60 metre heats. In the High Jump she reached 1.30m, just 3cm below her PB. Frustratingly, Keira had to leave the competition, whilst in fifth place, to compete in the 200 metre heats, where she qualified for the semi-finals with a PB 31.41. Afterwards Keira discovered that the High Jump Bronze was won with 1.35m, which she would have had a good chance of clearing, but of course we will never know!
Gabriella Bell (U15G) recorded 9.42 and 32.00 in the 60 and 200 metre heats respectively.
The Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championships were held at Witton Park in Blackburn. It was glorious sunny day and underfoot the ground was firm, with a little patchy snow, which made for excellent conditions for running. Six BWFAC runners represented their individual school districts competed.
There were many high class races, however the most exciting contest took place in the Junior Boys Race, which closed the meeting. BWFAC’s Luke Rawcliffe representing Fylde Schools went head to head with Tobias Swarbrick representing Lancaster Schools. Over most of the 3.9Km course, there was never more than a metre between both boys, as they ran shoulder to shoulder, ahead of pack. They were still locked together as they entered the finishing straight, with no quarter being given. At the line, Luke Rawcliffe just edged it from Tobias Swarbrick by inches, with both recording 14:20 and finishing first and second. Fylde Schools also won the Team event and both boys qualified to represent Lancashire in the English Schools Cross Country Championships.
Also in the race was Rafael Eaton representing Wyre Schools, who was 15th in 15:29.
In the younger age category races, Holly Tickle was 21st (10:05) in the Year 7 race over 2Km, with Betty Kershaw 18th (14:59) in the Junior Girls race over 3.2Km. While in the Intermediate races, Max Swarbrick in the Boys race over 5.5Km was 31st (21:45) and Lucy Tickle, who has just returned to running after a foot injury, was 33rd (18:27) in the Girls race over 3.9Km.
The next day also at Witton Park the Winter Warmer 10Km and Junior 2Km races were held. In the 2Km race, four BWFAC Girls competed. Gracie Scott was 12th overall, 3rd girl & 2nd in the 11 to 13 girls category (8:20), with Louisa Bradburn 18th, 5th girl & 4th 11 to 13 girl (8:46), Jessica Ramsden 28th, 8th girl & 5th 11 to 13 girl (9:10) and Jemima Bradburn 41st, 18th girl & 10th 8 to 10 girls category (9:49).
At the 3-1-5 Lancaster 5Km race Naomi Wrigley aged 13 was 43rd in 31:41. Aimee Harling aged 9 posted a PB of 9:03 and was first Girl in the 2Km Park View junior parkrun.
3rd February 2019
For details of our forthcoming BWFAC Winter Warm-Up please click on the following link…https://bwfac.co.uk/bwfacwinterwarmup2019/
3rd February 2019
It was a busy two days last weekend for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes and runners, with action across Britain.
The North of England Cross Country Championship was held on Pontefract Race Course in Yorkshire. Three BWFAC runners ran in the Women’s race over 8.05Km, with Michelle Tickle 201st (38:29), Laura Lawler 243rd (40:12) and Basia Pawelczak 254th (40:52). Also at Pontefract was senior coach of BWFAC, Stan Taylor in his capacity as President of Northern Athletics.
There were two local road races. There were 50mph cold northerly winds to battle on the Promenade between St Anne’s and Lytham for 335 runners in the St Anne’s 10 Miler. The BWFAC Women’s team of Nicola Unsworth (89th 1:22:01), Gina Whiteley (123rd 1:27:16) and Ellen McLachlan (169th 1:29:08) were second. Also running was Rick Pinches (169th 1:32:38).
At the Hunter 10Km, Fran Connolly was 236th (54:35), with Julie Sinclair (317th 61:16), Isabel McNamee (344th 63:08) and Jennifer Burtonwood (373rd 67:08).
2nd February 2019
Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC juniors were involved in track & field action in both Glasgow and Manchester, whilst outdoors, BWFAC were represented in cross country in Pontefract and at parkrun on the Fylde.
Five BWFAC first year Under 17 Women made the journey to compete in the Scottish Senior and Under 17 Indoor Championships held at the magnificent Emirates Arena. They no doubt took inspiration from Senior BWFAC athlete, Katy Wyper, who was also competing and won Silver and Bronze Medals in the 200 and 60 metres Championship races.
Imogen Reader qualified from the 60 metre heats with a 8.44 PB for the semi-finals, where she recorded 8.52. In the 200m (27.54) Reader again qualified for the semi-finals where she was 5th (27.61). Mary-Jayne Broomhead qualified from the 60 metres heats (8.33) for the semi-finals, where she was 6th (8.28) and in the 200m heats, Broomhead recorded 27.80 in her heat. Ellie Owens recorded recorded 8.44 in the 60m heats and 28.12 in the 200m heats, while Nekkisha Wilson posted 29.83 in the 200m heats.
Leah Howard was pleased to post a PB of 9.98 in the heats of the 60m Hurdles. In the High Jump Howard was 15th with 1.48m and Long Jump 21st with 4.39m.
Nine of the BWFAC Pole Vaulting squad were part of the 112 keen vaulters of all ages, from Under 11 to Vets that gathered to compete at Sportcity Indoor Athletic Arena in the annual Vault Manchester competition, less than 100 metres from the Etihad Stadium, where Manchester City were playing Burnley in the FA Cup.
In the morning session Chloe Parsons posted 2.31m and Grace Dunn was just 4cm short of her best with 2.11m.
There were five competing in the lunchtime session, all of whom posted PBs. George Mackenzie’s (U15) improvement was impressive as posted a 20cm improvement to 2.31m, with teammate Seb Holt (U15) improving from 2.00m to 2.11m.
Talia Armstead (U15) had been playing Hockey in the morning at Wakefield and it looked as though she wouldn’t make the start of the session, however despite the heavy traffic, her mother got her there just in time to compete and Talia had a successful competition posting a 9cm improvement to her best with 2.11m. For Ellise Balshaw (U15) it was her first Pole Vault competition and she posted an excellent 1.91m. The youngest member of the squad, Isabella Chamley (U13), who had only celebrated her 11th birthday recently, improved her best from 1.80m to 1.91m.
The two most experienced members of the BWFAC squad, Amelia Shearman and Jasmine Carey competed in the afternoon session. Amelia, since posting 3.50m at the English Schools, last July hasn’t been able to compete in the Pole Vault competitions due to injury. In this first competition back, she posted 3.01m and this run-out will prove valuable as she strives to return to her best. Jasmine Carey, fresh from winning Gold at the North of England Championship two weeks ago, posted 3.51m.
Betty Kershaw competed at the North of England Cross Country Championships, held at Pontefract, in the Under 13 race over the 3.05 Km course, finishing an excellent 76th out of 202.
Meanwhile back at the Blackpool parkrun Rafael Eaton was the first 11 to 14 junior in 20:28 and at Lytham Hall, Luke Rawcliffe was first junior in 19:09. The next day at the Park View 2Km junior parkrun, Louisa Bradburn was first girl in 8:40, with Aimee Harling second girl in 9:36.
1st February 2019
The third Mid Lancs League CPR, Defibrillator and Heart Start training
session is scheduled for February.
The session will familiarize candidates with the MLL’s defibrillator
and with CPR, as well as taking a wider approach of what to do in
different emergency situations as well as heart attacks.
The session will take place in the suite at the back of St. Saviour’s
Church, Church Road, Bamber Bridge PR5 6EP on Tuesday 26th February
starting at 7:30pm and last for about two and a half hours. There
is no charge for the course. There is ample parking in Church Road
which is a wide cul-de-sac.
If any club members would like to attend, please email your name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01253 721514. Please click on the document below for more details.
27th January 2019
The Club Shop is now open to order your kit for the Track & Field Season.
Open from 21/01/2019 until 08/02/2019, delivery 29/03/2019.
26th January 2019
The Inskip Half Marathon provided a good test for local athletes on the relatively flat lanes of the Fylde. Although a bit chilly, conditions were good for running, with little wind and virtually no rain, which helped David Rigby of Salford Harriers to win in 1:12:08. As it was nominated as the second race of the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC Road Championship, ten members ran. First BWFAC runner was Mark Warner (59th 1:32:58), followed by Paul Sparrow (61st 1:33:09), Bev Wright (79th 1:37:20), Nicola Unsworth (87th 1:39:48), Laura Lawler (105th 1:44:43), Simon Scarr (132nd 1:52:36), Ellen McLachlan (135th 1:53:16), David Twizell (150th 1:55:48), Amanda Fuller (168th 2:00:18) and Debra Rodgers (205th 2:16:15).
Fiona Hockey is currently at Cardiff Metropolitan University and there was opportunity for some early season action in the Pole Vault at the Cardiff Mets Grand Prix. Fiona was in good form as she finished second with 3.71 metres, just 9cm below her best. This weekend along with other members of the of BWFAC Pole Vaulting squad, Fiona Hockey is due to compete at the Vault Manchester competition.
At the Blackpool parkrun Steve Dunn posted 20:29, Paul Eaton 22:39, Basia Pawelczak 23:35, Trevor Uttley 28:14, David Twizell 28:44, Malcolm Beech 29:01, Bethany Corry 29:20, Wayne Norris 29:26, Nickola Walker 29:33, George James 33:41, Mark Warner 36:06; while at Lytham Hall parkrun, Tony Terras, after an early morning training swim, posted 19:31. Meanwhile at Fleetwood Promenade parkrun Paul Sparrow ran 20:55 and Peter Simpson 23:51. Meanwhile Simon Scarr ran 26:23 at the Preston parkrun.
25th January 2019
The Lancashire Sportshall Competition saw the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s athletes perform strongly once again. Rafael Eaton (U13 Boys) won the Standing Triple Jump by 74cm, with a personal best of 6.76m. Millie Turner (U11 Girls) also won the Standing Triple Jump, recording 5.84m for her second victory of the season. Turner also finished third overall in the the 1 Lap Sprint. Rafael Eaton also won the 4 Lap and 6 Lap endurance runs, and finished second in the Speed Bounce.
Other personal bests were achieved by Alfie Hall in the One Lap and Javelin; Billy Cook in the One Lap and Balance Test; Leon Cole in the Target Throw and Long Jump; James Blake in the 4 Laps and 6 Laps; Grace Oates in the 4 Laps; Ashleigh Bradshaw in the 4 Laps and Long Jump; Lohan Sparrow in the 4 Laps and Long Jump; Jacob Stock in the Long Jump and Francesca Lane in the Long Jump.
There were also strong performances by Thomas Oates in the High Stepper, Hope Fletcher in the One Lap, Oliver Nunn in the Vertical Jump and Two Laps, Jack Bale has in the Javelin and One Lap and Harrison Booth-Isherwood in the Long and Vertical Jumps.
The Under 13 Boys won the overall age category for the season, the first time BWFAC for many years.
Rafael Eaton was the most successful athlete across all the age ranges in the Lancashire competition this season with the best times for 4 Laps, 6 Laps, Triple Jump and Speed Bounce, and will be leading the Lancashire Team at the Intercity Games at Sportcity in March. Rafael was also the Male BWFAC Athlete of the Month for December for his success in Sportshall and cross country.
After several weeks of no running due to a foot injury, Lucy Tickle decided to test it out at the the weekly 2Km Park View Junior parkrun. Although supposed to be a relatively gently run-out, it was still fast enough to finish first girl (8:23) and thankfully with no pain. Also running was Aimee Harling (9:16), who was second girl, closely followed by Holly Tickle (9:30), who was third girl. The previous day, at the Blackpool parkrun, Rafael Eaton posted 23:17.
22nd January 2019
Race for Life are inviting everyone to join this year’s events (including men!) and currently have 30% off the entry fee until the end of January! Anyone who would be free to volunteer at either event please contact Nick Hume.
19th January 2019
During December Michelle ran two 10K races and won her age category in the Boxing Day 10K at Leyland. She also ensured BWFAC had a ladies team leading the three ladies at the Mid Lancs Cross Country League December fixture at Hyndburn. Michelle reached a significant total of 198 parkruns in December, which was turned into 200 on New Year’s Day, which shows a dedication to running which deserves recognition.
Rafael Eaton at the beginning of December helped BWFAC to win she U13 Boys section of the Lancashire Sportshall League meeting, by winning all 4 individual events and was part of the winning relay team. In the Speed Bounce he recorded 91 in 30 seconds, breaking the Lancashire Record and was only 2 short of the British Record and 5 short of the World Record. He also was Athlete of the tournament. Rafael regularly represents BWFAC on the track and at cross country.
Volunteer of the Quarter is Andrea Smith for all her hard work over many years keeping the finances of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC in good order as Treasurer.
15th January 2019
Below is the ‘New Members Membership Form’ for anyone wishing to join BWFAC from now on.
Existing Members will be sent a Renewal Form in due course (late Feb/early March).
14 January 2019
The North of England Indoor T&F Senior, U20 & U17 Championships were held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield and twelve Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes competed.
Katy Wyper competed in the Senior Women’s 60m, where she was defending Champion; along with two of her training partners, Sophie Riley of Wigan & District Harriers, who has only recently returned to competition after a break of four years, and Ash Colvin of Liverpool Harriers, both former members of BWFAC. All three are coached by Donald Moss of Wigan and also Bob Wyper at Blackpool. Wyper, Riley and Colvin were in the same heat and all qualified for the final, where Katy Wyper won Gold in 7.58, Sophie Riley Silver (7.71) and Ash Colvin was 7th (7.94). Both Riley and Colvin ran the next day in the 200m, where Sophie Riley won Bronze (25.36).
The fourth fixture of the Mid Lancs League was held at a muddy and windy Towneley Park in Blackburn. On the 5.8K course, the Women’s Open team of Bev Wright (20th 22:34), Laura Gilderdale (32nd 23:30), Michelle Tickle (48th 24:16), Laura Lawler (60th 25:07) and Debra Rogers (153rd 30:44) were 9th, with Vet 35 team 8th.
Over a 9.8K course Luke Minns (6th 31:12), John Wright (73rd 36:24), Paul Sparrow (158th 39:48), Peter Bradburn (217th 42:22), Nick Hume (220th 42:24) and Paul Eaton (240th 44:13) were 22nd team the 16th Vet 40 team and 6th Vet 50s.
The main local road race was the Garstang 10K won by Matthew Lalor of Ribble Valley 10K. First BWFAC runner was Ian Dawson (24th 39:52), with Nicola Unsworth (78th 44:55), Gina Whiteley (165th 50:25 PB), Amanda Fuller (268th 55:33 PB), Malcolm Beech (283rd 57:08), Bob Massey (321st 58:54), Nickola (387th 64:08), Laura Raynor (442nd 68:39) and Fiona Little (478th 77:43).
Last week was the first Cross Country Championship of 2019, with the Lancashire’s, and this weekend, Track and Field took to the stage with the North of England Indoor Track & Field Senior, U20 & U17 Championships, held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Seven Under 17 and two Under 20 Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes took on the challenge.
Jasmine Carey returned as defending Champion in the Under 17 Women’s Pole Vault competition. Also competing was teammate Chloe Parsons in her first visit to these Championships, and first competition as an Under 17. Chloe had an excellent debut, clearing up to 2.40m, just 2cm below her PB and she had three good attempts at 2.50m to finish in fourth place.
Jasmine started her Championship at 3.30m and cleared 3.50m to win the 2019 Under 17 Pole Vault North of England Championship. Interestingly her clearance of 3.50m bettered the winning marks in the Senior and U20 Women’s Championships.
In the track events, five first year Under 17 runners competed. Mary-Jayne Broomhead qualified for the semi-finals of the 60m competition with 8.37 and in the semi-final was 7th with 8.36. In the 200m heats, Broomhead posted 27.73. Megan Lewis recorded 8.70 in the 60m and 28.78 in 200m heats, while Ellie Owen posted 8.86 in the 60m. Leah Howard recorded 29.18 in the 200m and 10.23 in the 60m Hurdles heats, while Imogen Reader posted 27.99 in the 200m heats.
Leah Howard was 5th (1.50m) in the ‘B’ Final of the High Jump and also 5th (4.69m) in the ‘B’ Long Jump competition, while Megan Lewis was 14th (3.76m).
In the Under 20 competitions, Bradley Parsons just missed out qualifying for the semi-finals of the 60m heats with 7.49, while Will Critchley posted 53.26 in the 400m heats.
Meanwhile at a muddy and windy Towneley Park in Burnley, 18 junior BWFAC runners ran at the fourth fixture of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League meeting.
The Bronze Medal Under 11 Girls winning team from last week’s Lancashire Cross Country Championships, were in action again, with Gracie Scott in third (7:10) leading the team on the two lap 2Km course to third place. The other members of the team were Jess Ramsden (16th 7:47), Ella-May Leonard (23rd 7:59), Polly Kershaw (26th 7.59), Aimee Harling (38th 8.20) and Jemima Bradshaw (58th 8:43). In the Under 11 Boy’s race Billy Kershaw was 92nd (8:40).
The Under 13 Girls team of Betty Kershaw (14th 9:58), Louisa Bradburn (34th 10:46) and Naomi Wrigley (56th 13:04) were 7th on the 2.7Km course.
In the other age categories, Rafael Eaton (5th 10:19) and Alex Maud (36th 11:36) ran in the U13 Boys race over the 3.2Km course, whilst on the same course Bethany Whipp was 31st (12:22) in the Under 15 Girls race. Max Swarbrick was 7th (13:16) and Luke Rawcliffe 30th (15:11), while Danielle Whipp was 8th (15:46) in the Under 17 Women’s race on the 4Km course. In the Under 17 Men’s race over 5.8Km, Jack Tickle was 7th (19:36) and James Smith 15th (20:09).
7 January 2019
The Lancashire Cross Country Championships were held at an overcast Witton Park in Blackburn.
Jess Rogers was 17th (26:50) and won the Junior Women’s Bronze Medal and Laura Lawler was 45th (32:08) in the Senior Women’s race over 6.7Km, while in the Men’s race over 9.8Km, Luke Minns was 16th (32:28), Harry Poole 47th (34:31), Paul Sparrow 122nd (41:11) and Nick Hume 162nd (45:11).
At the Cheshire Cross Country Championships, Claire Irons was 88th in the Senior Women’s race.
Katy Wyper, practicing her sprinting technique for the Northern Indoor Championships, were among seventeen BWFAC athletes at the Sale Open meeting.
At the January Club Handicap (3.23 miles), Gina Whiteley was first home in a PB 29:57, with Ian Dawson runningŕ 22:21, Peter Gibson 29:47, Nick Hume 27:27 and Jeff Wright 34:00.
At the Blackpool parkrun, BWFAC members ran as follows, Nicola Unsworth 22:08, Paul Eaton 22:34, David Twizell 25:07, Malcolm Beech 28:15, Amanda Fuller 28:34, Nickola Walker 29:45, Wayne Norris 30:52 and Paul Sparrow 53:48, while at the Fleetwood Promenade, Bev Wright ran 20:11, Peter Gibson 23:55 and Bob Massey 28:03.
Meanwhile at Lytham Hall parkrun, Michelle Tickle ran 21:46, Caroline Betmead 22:32, Peter Singleton 22:35, Simon Tickle 23:06, and Howard Henshaw 31:11, while at Preston, Simon Scarr ran 26:23. The next day Ella-May Leonard was 1st girl in 9:05 at the Park View junior 2Km parkrun.
It was a busy weekend for the junior athletes of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC in both the Lancashire Cross Country Championships, held at Witton Park and Track & Field meeting at Sportcity.
The star team for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC at the Cross Country was the Under 11 Girls team, who ranged in age from 8 to 11, showing a maturity and talent far beyond their tender years to win medals. Gracie Scott (pictured below top right) took an early decisive lead in the race on the 1.8Km course, which she held to the line, winning in 6:58 to claim the individual gold medal. Together with Jessica Ramsden (18th 7:35), Ella-May Leonard (22nd 7:43), Polly Kershaw (33rd 8:02) and Aimee Harling (36th 8:05), the team won the bronze team medals (pictured below). The next morning Ella-May Leonard was running again at the Park View junior 2Km parkrun, finishing first girl in 9:05. In the equivalent boy’s race, 8 year old Billy Kershaw was 49th in 7:53.
In the Under 13 Boy’s race over 3.2Km, Rafael Eaton was 16th (12:24), with Trayden Jarrett (28th 13:06) and Alex Maud (40th 14:07), while in the girls race, Betty Kershaw was 11th (13:08) and Jessica Glover was 42nd (15:12). Deetray Jarrett was 20th (14:04) in the Under 15 Boy’s race over the 3.8Km course.
In the Under 17 races over 5.5Km, James Smith was 17th (19:53) in the mens race and Danielle Whipp (pictured left) was pleased with her run, where with a a strong finish, she was 5th in 22:36 and qualified to represent Lancashire in the Inter Counties Championships in March.
Seventeen BWFAC members travelled to Sportcity Indoor Athletic Centre to test their winter training and, for some, to prepare for the Northern Indoor Championships in Sheffield this coming weekend.
In the 60 metre heats the times were as follows: Bradley Parsons (U20) 7.52, Andrew Woodhouse (U20) 7.64 PB, Mary-Jayne Broomhead (U17) 8.29, Imogen Reader (U17) 8.65, Megan Lewis (U17) 8.68 PB, Ellie Owen (U17) 8.74, Daisie-Mae Keane (U15) 9.03, Emily Rigby (U15) 9.06, Nekkisha Wilson (U17) 9:07, Erica Reid (U15) 9:19 and Gabriella Bell (U15) 9.23. While in the 200m heats the times were: Mary-Jayne Broomhead 27.92, Imogen Reader 28.26, Megan Lewis 28.53, Leah Howard (U17) 29.41, Nekkisha Wilson 29.52, Natalia Luczak (U17) 29.91 and Gabriella Bell 31.94. In the 60m Hurdles Leah Howard set a new PB of 10.22 in the 60m Hurdles.
Alex Slater was in good form in the field events, with a PB of 1.70m in the High Jump and 11.16m in the Shot Putt, whilst Scott Sinclair also posted a PB of 5.89m in the Long Jump and cleared 1.60m in the High Jump. Other Long Jump performances were: Leah Howard 4.46m, Natalia Luczak 4.43m, Mary-Jayne Broomhead 3.98m and Megan Lewis 3.53m.
6 January 2019
The main local road race to conclude 2018 was the Ribble Valley 10K, starting and finishing in Clitheroe. It also included the North of England 10k Championships, which attracted a glittering elite entry among the 1306 runners. Conditions were good for fast times and the spectators weren’t disappointed, with the first nine across the line breaking 30 minutes. Internationals Marc Scott of Richmond & Zetland (28:58) who won for the third consecutive year, and First Lady Beth Potter of Shaftesbury Barnett (32:07), both received an extra £200 for breaking the course records.
First Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC runner was Super Vet, Bev Wright (322nd 41:28), who won the prize for first Female Vet 55. Other BWFAC runners were Michelle Tickle (486th 45:35), Andrea Smith (561st 47:20), David Twizell (690th 50:21), Simon Scarr (758th 51:14), Rick Pinches (848th 54:00) and Bob Massey (1139th 62:21).
At the Boxing Day 10K run in Leyland, Stephen Dunn (43rd 42:23) was first BWFAC runner, with Michelle Tickle (76th 45:22) winning first FV40 prize, Nicola Unsworth (88th 46:08), Gina Whiteley (162nd 50:36) and Bob Massey (287th 57:50).
Although there were no Track & Field competitions, training did not stop, even on Christmas Day, as Derek Newton ran session outside Blackpool Sports Centre.
Running off the excesses of Christmas, parkruns proved a popular option, with BWFAC runners. John Wright was 2nd (18:27) at the Blackpool parkrun, with Steve Dunn (20:00), Paul Sparrow (20:44), Amanda Fuller (27:41), Rick Pinches (27:42), Malcolm Beech (28:23), David Twizell (29:00), Nickola Walker (29:30) and Wayne Norris (29:56), while at Lytham Hall, Club President Howard Henshaw ran 31:25. At the Fleetwood Promenade, Liam Craine ran 21:13, with Rafael Eaton (21:48), Paul Eaton (23:47), Peterson Gibson (24:32), Gina Whiteley (26:53) and Simon Scarr (27:08).
Further afield at a muddy Abingdon parkrun, four members of the Tickle Family ran, with Jack posting 19:01, Michelle 24:08, Simon 24:08 and Holly 27:56.
At the Park View junior 2K parkrun, Ella-May Leonard (8:55) and Aimee Harling (9:29) were 1st and 2nd girls.
New Year’s Day gave the opportunity to run two extra parkruns in one day with Blackpool parkrun starting at 8:30 and Lytham Hall at 10:00. For Michelle Tickle it was of particular significance, as Blackpool (22:48) was her 199th parkrun, Lytham (22:30) her 200th and also her ninth competitive run over the Christmas and New Year period.
Others running both parkruns were Rafael Eaton (20:44/24:28), Simon Reason (21:37/22:23), Paul Sparrow (22:02/20:28) who also ran in between the parkruns, Les Endean (20:44/24:01), Simon Tickle (24:20/24:38), Peter Gibson (24:37/25:24), Fran Connolly (27:05/27:37), David Twizell (27:39/27:18), Simon Scarr (28:34/26:29), Amanda Fuller (29:39/27:57), Bethany Corry (30:54/30:40), Debbie Terras (31:00/29:36), Nickola Walker (31:41/31:59), Bob Massey (33:23/28:50), Callum Cruickshank (33:44/32:28) and Fiona Little (39:23/39:52).
Running just one parkrun on New Years Day at Blackpool, Jack Tickle was 2nd in a PB of 18:11, with Emily Balshaw (22:41), Nicola Unsworth (24:20), Holly Tickle (25:18), Basia Pawelczak (25:29) and Tracey Sharrock (33:32), while at Lytham Hall, Julie Sinclair ran 28:16, Aimee Harling (aged 8) 31:49 and Naomi Wrigley 32:30.
Meanwhile at the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun, Liam Craine ran 20:14, the Kershaw young runners, Betty 22:01, Billy 26:49 and Polly 26:51, with 28:30 for Malcolm Beech.
6 January 2019
The Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC women were in seasonal mood as Mother Christmas, Laura Lawler and her seven Red Nose Reindeers, Debbie Terras (179th), Kirsty Holland (180th), Dawn Maher (181st), Claire Clark (182nd), Michelle Tickle (183rd), Basia Pawelczak (184th) and Debra Rodgers (185th) completed the five mile road trail Rudolph Red Nose race in 56:15.
However first BWFAC runner was Simon Reason in 10th (36:08), with Peter Singleton 24th (37:46) and Bev Wright was 34th and 1st FV55 in 38:25. Also running was Ellen McLachlan (65th 41:40), John Reason (73rd 43:04), Rick Pinches (86th 45:50), Alan Smart (119th 47:40), Jeff Wright (143rd 50:20), Bernard Singleton (156th 51:18) and Isabel McNamee (196th)
With the Vault Manchester and Northern Athletics Indoor Championships next month the BWFAC Vault group took the final opportunity of 2018 to practise their vaulting technique at the Manchester Christmas Pole Vault Open which was held at the Indoor Track at Sportcity in Manchester. The most experienced member Jasmine Carey (U17W) cleared 3.52 metres, while Chloe Parsons (U17W) with 2.42m and George Mackenzie (U15B) with 2.12m both posted PBs. In their first Pole Vault competitions, Jefferson Kong (U15G) with 2.12m and Talia Armstead (U15G) with 2.02, both had encouraging starts.
As the runners of BWFAC prepared for the Christmas holidays, they took time out to run the local parkruns. At the Blackpool parkruns Steve Dunn ran 20:09, Rafael Eaton 20:27, Paul Sparrow 20:32, Paul Bradburn 21:11, Trevor Uttley 23:28, Peter Gibson 24:32, Malcolm Beech 28:28 and Simon Scarr 29:59. Meanwhile at Lytham Hall parkrun Jack Tickle set a new PB of 18:46, with Peter Singleton running 22:32, Michelle Tickle 22:41, Simon Tickle 23:38 and Howard Henshaw 34:22; while at the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun Laura Lawler ran 23:32 and David Twizell 25:14.
The next day at the Park View 2Km junior parkrun, Gracie Scott was 1st in 7:54, with Otis Leah 2nd in 8:04 and Ella-May Leonard 9th in 9:17. Jack Tickle (20:01), Ted Romney (22:19), Michelle Tickle (23:53) and Holly Tickle (26:00) made room for Christmas Pud by running the Preston Christmas Day parkrun.
6 January 2019
BWFAC Membership Fees Update
The Committee has agreed that Membership Fees for 2019 – 20 will remain at the same levels as the last few years.
For new Members who join the club during January – March they will receive 15/14/13 months for the price of 12.
The Membership Fee includes the England Athletics individual registration fee (£15.00) and the affiliation fee to Northern Athletics (£2.00).
Current members will be sent a reminder about renewing in late February/early March.
Vacancy for Treasurer
After 8 years Andrea Smith will be stepping down as Treasurer at the AGM and the club requires someone to volunteer to take on this vital role within the club. If anyone is interested please contact Nick Hume.
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!
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: email@example.com
17 December 2018
The main action for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s 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 held at the indoor track at Sportcity.
Katy Wyper and Nia Rutter competed in their first indoor competition of the winter season. Katy Wyper showed consistency by recording the same time of 7.61 in both heats of the 60 metres she ran. Nia Rutter ran 9.50 in the 60m Hurdles. Other 60m times were: Bradley Parsons (U20) 7.47, 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 (PB), 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. And in the 600m, Danielle Whipp (U20) was in sparkling form, posting a big PB of 1:40.92, with Seb Holt (U15) 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, Alex Slater (U17) jumped 1.60m, while Sinclair cleared 1.60m, Leah Howard equalled her PB with 1.55m and Seb Holt jumped 1.50m.
In the Shot Putt in the U15 Boys Kieran Howard posted a PB 8.02m, and Alex Slater also posted an outstanding PB of 10.96m in the U17Ms.
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 while Fiona Hockey competed at the Cardiff Met Christmas Classic Grand Prix clearing 3.50m.
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. Overall, the nearest to her forecast time was Nicola Eaton, whose forecast time was only 6 second out from her finishing time of 27:40, with Simon Scarr winning the male senior prize. 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.
Defying the cold windy conditions at the Blackpool parkrun, the BWFAC runners were: Peter Bradburn (20:46), Paul Beech (21:33), Rafael Eaton (22:09), Nicola Unsworth (22:48), Michelle Tickle (23:04), Paul Eaton (23:15), Simon Tickle (23:38), Peter Gibson (25:12), Amanda Fuller (27:34), Malcolm Beech (28:31), David Twizell (28:49), Nickola Walker (29:08), Bob Massey (29:16), Bethany Corry (29:34), Wayne Norris (29:35) and Jemima Bradburn (29:56). 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. Also running at Lytham were Peter Singleton (22:43) and Simon Scarr (25:34).
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.
Because 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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.
Peter 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.
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.
The 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.
The 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.
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).
Phil 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!
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!
Laura Lawler ran in the Kendal Mountain Festival 10K, finishing 357th in a time of 1:06:37.
There 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<https://goo.gl/RR15Ui>
If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Nick Settle – Club Support Manager
Cheshire, Merseyside, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland &
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|
|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|
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
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.
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.
One 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).
The 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.
The 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.
The 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. Gracie 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.
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
Applications 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.
At 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).
At 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 parkrun.
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.
Just 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.
After 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.
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 www.race-results.co.uk/results/2019/lancsxc19e.php
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!
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.
Nicola 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.
The 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).
Michelle 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! firstname.lastname@example.org
Less than 100 places left for the Wesham 10K taking place on Saturday 24 November. For more details please go to http://www.wesham10k.co.uk/
Please note this takes place the same day as the next Mid Lancs XC fixture at Liverpool.
11th October 2018
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
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 https://www.englandathletics.org/coaching—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 https://www.englandathletics.org/coaching—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.
Club Support Manager (Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Lancashire)
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.
7th October 2018
6th October 2018
BLACKPOOL WYRE & FYLDE AC
ANNUAL PRESENTATION NIGHT
10th NOVEMBER 2018
(Formerly the HILTON HOTEL)
DOORS OPEN 19.00
TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE ANNUAL
DISCO UNTIL LATE
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.
My 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.
The 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
It 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.
Lucy 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
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 (email@example.com) 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.
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).
Michelle 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).
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.
At 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.
Star 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.
In 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)
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.
Jasmine 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.
Nick Settle – Club Support Manager
Cheshire, Merseyside, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland &
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.midlancs.org.uk
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
The 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.
One 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.
A 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.
Syd 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
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.
Riley 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.
Chloe 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.
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
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.
Laura 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).
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).
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).
Unfortunately 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
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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
Five 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.
Basia 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
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: email@example.com
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
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.
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: https://www.active.com/warrington-cheshire/running/distance-running-races/birchwood-10k-2018
Full race info at: http://www.spectrumstriders.org.uk/our-races/birchwood-10k/race-info
Last 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 – http://www.ribblewayrun.com
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