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4th December 2019

In the second Lancashire Sportshall League competition of the season, held at the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, UCLAN, in Preston, the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes competed well again.

The exceptional performances included Rafael Eaton, finishing second overall in the under-15s, following second places in each of the 2 laps, 4 laps and Triple jump (6.98m), before winning the speed bounce with an incredible 85 in 30 seconds.  Will Waters produced an incredible Throw of 12.83 metres, to win by 5 metres in the Under 15 Boys Shot Putt.

In the Under 15 Girls, Mimi Carter performed strongly, with good results in the 2 laps and Long Jump, before coming second in the Shot Putt (7.40m).

Millie Turner was one point shy of winning Athlete of the Match for the under 13 girls, after winning the triple jump (6.18m), 2nd place in the 2 laps and 3rd places in both the vertical jump and 6 laps.  Amara Thorpe also produced excellent performances, finishing 3rd in the vertical jump and triple jump.

Millie Haden-Brown produced good results in the obstacle race, speed bounce and vertical jump.  Polly Kershaw also produced strong performances in the under 11 competition, particularly in the 1 lap, Chest Push and Speed Bounce.

In the Under 11 Boys category, Billy Cook performed well in the obstacle race and speed bounce.  Billy Kershaw also competed strongly in the under 11 boys in the obstacle race, chest push and triple jump, before finishing in an amazing 3rd position in the speed bounce, scoring 50 in just 20 seconds!

The first of the Sale Harriers Open Indoor meetings were held at Sportscity, Manchester.  Five BWFAC athletes took the opportunity to test their form.  In the 60 metres James Nicholas posted a PB 7.57, Leah  Howard 8.84, Chlòe Parsons 9.03 and Charmaine Melson 10.57.  Howard also posted 1.45m in the High Jump and 4.45m in the Long Jump, while Scott Sinclair recorded 5.80m in the Long Jump.  Chlòe Parsons also posted 7.05m in the Shot Putt.

On the parkrun front, at Lytham Hall, Maddison Betmead (U15) was first female in a PB 20:20, while at Blackpool Rafael Eaton (U15) was first across the line in 18:48, with Joshua Mathias-Davey (U17) posting 21:18.  The next day at the Park View 2K Junior parkrun, George Warner aged six, posted a PB 9:46.

30th November 2019

The third fixture of Mid Lancs Cross Country League was held at Sefton Park in Liverpool, as part of the Liverpool Cross Challenge, which also included the Trials for the Great Britain team to go to the European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal next month.

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The Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde Senior AC’s Women’s squad was led by Emily Japp (3rd 30:43) and 37th overall race on the 8.1K course, with Bev Wright (47th 39:52), Laura Lawler (69th 42:03), Karen Dunford (78th 42:27), Dawn Maher (83rd 43:01), Julie Hall (89th 43:24), Basia Pawelczak (97th 43:24), Fran Connolly (128th 47:04), Claire Irons (134th 48:12), Jenny Burtonwood (159th 51:07), Lisa Lambert (160th 51:07) and Cheryl Rickwood (161st 51:20).  The ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams were 13th and 24th, while the V35 team was 9th and the V45 team 2nd.  Chris Wylie was the lone Senior Man for the BWFAC, finishing 204th in 47:34 on the 9.8K course.

There were some good performances from the Junior BWFAC runners.  The best team result was posted by the Under 11 Girls, Polly Kershaw (5th), Aimee Harling (12th), Kristie Leitch (17th) and Jemima Bradburn (32nd), with the team finishing first, while the U11 Boys Billy Kershaw (33rd), Robert Walker-Hindle (46th) and William Walker-Hindle (55th) were 8th team.  The U13 Girls team of Gracie Scott (11th), Louisa Bradburn (25th), Megan Tipler (39th) and Jess Ramsden (53rd) were sixth.  Also running in the U13 Boys race were Wyatt Holford (66th) and Alfie Hall (123rd), while in the U15 Girls race Maddison Betmead (19th) and Olivia Sellars (34th), and Luke Rawcliffe (17th) and Ben Winnemore (21st).

Gordon Ballantyne competed in the British Modern Biathlon Championships held at the Harvey Hadden Sports Centre in Nottingham.  In the Under 12 Boys Biathlon he posted 31.94 in the 50 swim and 2:30.25 in the 800m run, to finish first and win Gold.  Kirsty Holland competed in the Senior Women’s category, recording 4:00.33 in the 200m swim and 8:00.30 in the 1600m run to win Silver.

At the Best 5K held in Preston, Stephen Minto was 45th 24:40.

There were 14 BWFAC runners at the local parkruns, with sub 20 minute runs posted by Ethan McEvoy (19:35) and Rafael Eaton (19:51) at Blackpool.

27th November 2019

75233809_423847468259058_3384612040894054400_nBlackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Gordon Ballantyne travelled down to the Harvey Hadden Sports Centre, in Nottingham to compete in the Under 12 Boys section of the British Modern Championships Biathon (800m run and 50m swim).  He took victory ahead of 46 boys competing, by recording 31.94 for the swim and 2:30.25 in the run, to win with a total of 2618 points.

The third Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture of the season was held as part of the Liverpool Cross Challenge, which also included the Trials for the British Team at the European Championship to be held in Lisbon, Portugal next month.  Inevitably with Christmas and winter illnesses, one or two the Junior Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC runners were missing, however there were still a strong enthusiastic group of young runners.

The first races were the Under 11, over a 2K course.  In the Girls race, Polly Kershaw was 5th with 8:09 in the Mid Lancs section, with Aimee Harling (12th 8:39), Kristie Leitch (17th 8:54) and Jemima Bradburn (32nd 9:44).  These performances were particularly impressive, as all the girls have at least a further year in the U11 age category, after this season, and yet still brought the team home in first place.  In the Boys race the team was eighth with Billy Kershaw (33rd 8:34), with Robert Hindle Walker (46th 9:15) and William Hindle Walker (55th 10:06).

The Under 13 Girls race was on the 3K course, with the BWFAC Team were led by Gracie Scott in 11th (13:12), together with Louisa Bradburn (25th 13:49), Megan Tipler (39th 14:15) and Jess Ramsden (53rd 14:48), brought team home in sixth place, while in the Boys race Wyatt Holford was 32nd (12:34), with Alfie Hall 67th (15:28).

The Under 15 races were also over 3K, and in the Boys race, Luke Rawcliffe was 2nd (10:29), with Ben Winnemore 21st (11:23), while in the Girls race Maddison Betmead was 19th (12:47) and Olivia Sellars 34th (13:42).

On the parkrun front at the Blackpool parkrun at Ethan McEvoy recorded 19:35, Rafael Eaton 19:51 and Luke Jones (U15B) 25:41.
23rd November 2019

Preston Harriers Athletics Club hosted the 38th Preston 10 Mile race, incorporating the North of England and Lancashire 10 Mile Championships, with nearly 400 running in the lanes around Hutton, near Preston.

Emily Japp produced an excellent run, finishing 25th in 56:45, and 2nd woman, behind two times Welsh Commonwealth Games runner, Elinor Kirk (55:51) of Swansea Harriers.  Japp was also North of England and Lancashire womens Champion, while Bev Wright was 121st in 69:73, and won the Lancashire Lady Vet 55 Championship.  Together with Nicola Unsworth (196th 76:29), the three BWFAC women won the first North of England and Lancashire Ladies Team Championship medals.

Other BWFAC runners were Anthony Blight (170th 74:09), Ellen McLachlan (255th 83:17), Lisa Lambert (328th 92:21), Cheryl Rickwood (336th 93:38) and Julie Sinclair (349th 95:35).

Nickola Walker ran the inaugural Blackburn 10K, which started and finishing at the home of Blackburn Rovers, Ewood Park, after a circuit of the town centre, and was 1028th in 61:07.

Five BWFAC runners took to the hills last weekend for the Arnside Knott fell race (6 miles/1093 feet), with Mark Warner 50th (49:03), Fran Connolly 132nd (64:38), Jennifer Burtonwood 146th (69:02), Amanda Fuller 149th (69:25) and Bob Massey 155th (72:22).

BWFAC Athletes of the Month for October were Gina Whiteley and Mark Warner for their running performances, while Luke Rawcliffe was also nominated.

The results of BWFAC November Club Handicap,  on the 3.72 mile course, were: Nick Hume 25:31, Nicola Walker 33:42, Gina Whitley 30:12, Karen Dunford 28:48, Graham Davies 28:46, Peter Gibson 31:49, Mark Warner 24:17, Paul Beech 25:34, Amanda Fuller 33:03, Malcolm Beech 33:25 and Martin Bates 32:22.

There were sixteen BWFAC runners at the local parkruns.  Christopher Wylie was 3rd in 19:29 at Blackpool, with Laura Gillhespy (22:32), Ella-May Leonard (23:09), and Luke Jones (25:19) all posted PBs, while at Fleetwood Promenade parkrun, Trevor Uttley (22:35) and Peter Singleton (22:46) also posted PBs.

The next day at Park View Junior 2K parkrun, the first three Girls were BWFAC runners, Megan Tipler with a PB 8:24, Aimee Harling 8:30 and Ella-May Leonard 8:43.

20th November 2019

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC held their Annual Presentation Awards at the Grand Hotel. For the young athletes the Awards were split into three main sections, Track and Field, Cross Country and Meritorious Awards.

Track & Field awarded were based on Scoring Tables.  They were awarded as follows:
BOYS: U11 1st Otis Leah, 2nd Tom Harper; U13 1st Connor Norman, 2nd Oliver Nunn; U15 Rafael Eaton, 2nd Henry Manson; U17 1st James Nicholas, 2nd Scott Sinclair; U20 1st Andrew Woodhouse, 2nd Bradley Parsons.
GIRLS: U11 1st Emily Ford, 2nd Abbie Ely; U13 1st Kiera Tomes, 2nd Marcia Rutter; U15 Gracie Rutter, 2nd Iona Cossens; U17 1st Mary-Jayne Broomhead and Imogen Reader, 2nd Leah Howard; U20 1st Danielle Whipp, 2nd Olivia Hanby.

Cross Country BOYS: U11 1st Alfie Hall, 2nd Billy Kershaw; U13 1st Rafael Eaton; U15 Max Swarbrick, 2nd Luke Rawcliffe; U17 Jack Tickle, 2nd James Smith.
GIRLS: U11 1st Gracie Scott, 2nd Jess Ramsden, 3rd Ella-May Leonard; U13 1st Betty Kershaw, 2nd Louisa Bradburn, 3rd Holly Tickle; U15 Lucy Tickle, 2nd Bethany Whipp; U17 1st Danielle Whipp; U20 Jess Rogers.

Jasmine Carey, who has enjoyed impressive success during 2019, including representing England at Junior level in the Pole Vault, was awarded the Small Langen Hesson Trophy for most outstanding female athlete, and Centenary Trophy for Best Jumps by a male or female.

There were six trophies awarded for most improvement over three age categories: Age 15 to 17 Nekkisha Wilson (Langen Hesson Plaque), James Nicholas (Chairman Trophy); age 13 to 15 Talia Ball (Southern Trophy), who also won the Sandra Helmn Trophy for best female throws 13 to 15; James Nicholas (Chairman Trophy); age 13 to 15 Luke Rawcliffe (Roland Jones Trophy), 11 to 13 Kiera Tomes (Kennel Trophy), Gordon Ballantyne (Ryan Trophy).

Millie Turner and Alfie Hall jointly won the Under 13 encouragement award, the Brooks Barrel.

Alex Slater was awarded the BAe Trophy for best throws performance by an Under 17 male.  Mary-Jayne Broomhead won the Bernard Berry Memorial Award for best female Under 17 track performance, while Angelo Vinci won the male equivalent, the Jack Pritchard Trophy.  Leah Howard won the Presidents Trophy, awarded for best multi-events by a male or female, while Rafael Eaton won the Ron Helmn Trophy, awarded for the best 800m performance by a girl or boy, aged 14.

The best team award, named after Alf Tysoe, who won two Gold Medals at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games, was awarded to the Under 13/15 squad who won promotion to the first Division of the Youth Development League.  All members also received a spike shoe bag marked ‘YDL League Champions 2019’.

The final award was the O’Hara Family Commitment Trophy, awarded to the Howard family, Paula, Tim, Leah and Keiran.

16th November 2019

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC held their Annual Presentation of Awards for excellence in athletics and running at the Grand Hotel.  The special guest was former International athlete, Jenny Meadows, who had a glittering athletic career, winning Olympic, World Championship, European and Commonwealth medals.  Jenny gave an inspirational talk, directed mainly at the Junior members, concentrating on her early athletic career, with its successes, setbacks, and culminating in her winning a 400 metres Relay Gold Medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships held in Santiago in Chile.

Before the Awards there was the Big Reveal of the money raised as part of the Rock FM Cash For Kids.  The total, including money from Rock FM, was £4554.32.  Many thanks to the coaches, parents and young athletes, led by Sarah Venn, who have worked hard money raising over the last few months.  This money will used for coaching courses, equipment, etc for the Club’s Junior Athletes.

The main three Awards for athletes who have achieved International honours during the previous year, were the Quayle Trophy awarded to Scottish International sprinter, Katy Wyper; the runner-up male and female Trophies, were the Large Langen Hesson Trophy awarded to England Para sprinter, George Fox and the Small Langen Hesson Trophy went to England Junior International Pole Vaulter, Jasmine Carey.

Among the many other important awards, the Peter Smith and the Tony Croft Meritorious Awards, both for Outstanding Service to the Club were awarded to Paula Howard and Derek Newton respectively, while Bev Wright was awarded the Cartmell Dragon Trophy for most outstanding Veteran (male or female).

Prior to the evening’s festivities BWFAC competed in the second Mid Lancs of the season held at Wilson’s Playing Fields in Clayton-le-Moors.  The Junior teams impressed, with the Under 11 Girls team first, U11 Boys 6th, U13 Girls 2nd, U15 Girls 6th and Luke Rawcliffe was first in the U15 Boys race, with the team 2nd.

It was a weakened Senior squad.  In the Women’s race over 6K, the BWFAC teams of Bev Wright (40th), Karen Dunford (65th), Julie Hall (97th), Fran Connolly (109th), Jenny Burtonwood (137th) and Lisa Lambert (138th), were 21st and 33rd, while the men’s squad of Nick Hume (136th), Mark Warner (160th), Peter Bradburn (208th), Chris Wylie (217th) and Paul Eaton (238th) ran on the 10K course, but unfortunately did not finish a full team.

Claire Irons was 274th in the Woman’s race in the Manchester Area Cross Country League.

At the Windmill Remembrance 10K, Ethan McEvoy was 48th (39:55), Nicola Unsworth 263rd (46:32) and Dawn Maher 349th (48:16).

13th November 2019

The second Mid Lancs League fixture took place at a very muddy Wilson Playing Fields in Clayton-le-Moors.  Although wet underfoot, there was no rain, but it was very cold.  Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde fielded a strong group of young runners to contest the testing course.

First up was the Under 11 Girls race on a tough 2K course.  The young team led by Polly Kershaw (4th 9:24), with Aimee Harling (9th 9:49) and Kristie Leitch put in a tremendous team performance to finish first team.  This was made all the more impressive, as all three girls still have two more years in the Under 11 age category, and were competing against some girls that could be upto two years older.  Aimee loves running and twenty one hours later, she was on the start line again, this time for the 2K Park View parkrun in Lytham, where she finished first girl in in 8:31.

Next up was the Under 11 Boys race on the same course, where Otis Leah was 6th (8:55), Robert Walker-Hindle 29th (10:18), Billy Kershaw 32nd (10:24) and Ewan Leitch 48th (11:24), bought the team home in 4th place.

The Under 13 Girls race was over a 2.5K course.  In her first year as an U13, Gracie Scott ran a gutsy race to finish an excellent 5th (11:03), with Louisa Bradburn 12th (12:27), Jess Ramsden 21st (12:54), Megan Tipler 22nd (13:03) and Ella-May Leonard 28th (13:28).  The Team were second.

There were good runs by Gordon Ballantyne who was 6th (11:47) and Alfie Hall 20th (12:59) on the U13 Boys course over 3K.

The Under 15 Girls race was on the same course as the Under 13 Boys.  Maddison Betmead ran a superb race to finish 3rd (12:24), with Olivia Sellars 18th (13:36) and Naomi Wrigley 31st (17:02), bringing the team home in sixth place.

It’s a common term used this football season, in respect to Liverpool, that the team has forgotten how to loose.  This term could also be applied to Luke Rawcliffe, who since August has finished first in all his races on the track, road, cross country, (both Mid Lancs and Schools), as well as finishing first at a recent Lytham Hall parkrun.  It was therefore no surprise that Rawcliffe strided again to first place (13:01) at Wilson Playing Fields in the U15 Boys race over 3.6K.  He was ably supported by Ben Wintermore in 4th (13:39), Rafael Eaton 10th (14:05) and Luke James 40th (17:41).  The team, after a close contest with Blackburn, finished second.

In the U17 Men’s race over 6K, Max Swarbrick was 14th (25:04) and Joshua Mathias-Davey 27th (29:07).

9th November 2019

The main focus again for the local athletic and running clubs this week, was on the Road and Trail.
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Four members of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC travelled to the Lakes, braving the heavy rain in the tough Derwentwater 10 Mile race, which involved a circuit of the lake in the scenic Borrowdale Valley.  Simon Reason was 42nd in 67:33, with Anthony Blight 168th (80:48), Nicola Unsworth 183rd (82:48) and Kevin Woods 263rd (89:09).
Laura Lawler enjoyed her run in Lancaster Half Marathon raced mainly on path and cycleways, before a tough climb to finish in Lancaster Castle.  Lawler was 99th (1:47:02) and had the bonus of winning the Lady’s Vet 50 Prize.

Seven BWFAC runners took on the challenge of the Gisburn 10K Forest Trail race, held in the beautiful north east corner of Lancashire.  Jennifer Burtonwood was 116th in 64:59, with Amanda Fuller 123rd (66:00), Lisa Lambert 133rd (67:14), Cheryl Rickwood 142nd (67:51), Nicole Walker 143rd (68:12), Bob Massey 164th (71:21) and Fran Connolly 167th (71:31).

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In other parkrun performances, at Blackpool, Ethan McEvoy posted 19:23, Mark Warner 19:57, Andrew Simm 20:30, Joshua Mathias-Davey 20:45, Ella-May Leonard 23:36 (U13G), Anthony Blight 24:14, Basia Pawelczak 24:20, Peter Gibson 26:21 and Les Endean 36:07, while at Lytham Hall parkrun, Peter Singleton ran 22:56 and at the Preston parkrun Isaac Ormerod (U13B) ran 25:44.

6th November 2019

A relatively quiet week for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes, with no local track and field, or cross country action, however several Junior runners were active on the parkrun front.  The most eye catching performance was from Under 15 runner, Rafael Eaton, who had a spectacular run at Fleetwood Promenade parkrun, smashing his personal best by over half a minute, to finish in a fantastic 18:10 on the 5K out and back course that overlooks Morecambe Bay.  He was also first across the line and set a new Course Record for his age category.

At Blackpool parkrun Ethan McEvoy recorded 19:23 and Joshua Mathias-Davey 20:45, while Under 13 girl Ella-May Leonard posted 23:36.  The next day, at a misty Park View 2K Junior parkrun in Lytham, Under 11, Aimee Harling posted 8:43, and was first girl across the line.


This quiet period looks like ending for runners of BWFAC, as there are two cross country Mid Lancs meetings during November with the second one on the 23rd, also including the prestigious British Cross Challenge at Liverpool, attracting the cream of National runners for the European Cross Country Trials.  Also this month BWFAC are holding the Club Club Championship Awards, and always a glittering affair, with this year being be no exception.

2nd November 2019

Road running was the main focus for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC, with Emily Japp competing in the Jail Break 10K, a mainly flat course, but with a sting in the tail of a climb upto to finish at the former prison of Lancaster Castle.  Japp was 3rd overall and first woman in 36:38, over 3 minutes ahead of the next lady.

Also in Lancaster, Christopher Wylie ran in his 4th Power of 5K, posting his 3rd consecutive 5K PB of 19:01 on the fast oval course.

Simon Reason and Basia Pawelczak competed in the most recent Petzl Night race 10K in the Delamere Forest.  Despite going wrong at 8K, Reason got back on course to finish 30th in 46:17, with Pawelczak 100th in 55:35.

The Fairclough 5 Mile took place on a sunny dry day, following the heavy rain of the previous two days.  However one section of the route was flooded, although this presented little problem, apart from wet feet, with Rob Danson of Wesham RR first in 26:35.  BWFAC’s John Wright was 5th and 1st Vet 50 (30:20), with Christopher Wylie 10th (32:42) and Nick Hume 15th and 1st Vet 60 (33:42).  Other BWFAC runners were Derek Crane (48th 41:19), Gina Whiteley (49th 41:26), Malcolm Beech (71st 45:22), Nickola Walker (86th 48:44) and Elaine Hudson (96th 52:12).  Prior to to the main race, Gracie Scott was 2nd (6:09) and Megan Tipler 4th (6:58) in the one mile Fun Run.

On the previous day Elaine Hudson was 242nd in the Helvellyn 10K Trail race.

Luke Rawcliffe continued his winning form by running as a guest in the 4.1Km Under 15 race in the Red Rose Cross Country League race as a guest, and finishing first in 15:22.

Despite the heavy rain and the Semi-final of the Rugby World Cup, 14 BWFAC runners ran on Saturday morning local parkruns, with Ethan McEvoy first in 9:47 at Blackpool, Anthony Blight (22:37), Laura Gillhespy (23:47), Peter Gibson (26:02), Luke Jones (26:27), Cheryl Rickwood (28:21), Les Endean (31:08), Isabel Mcnamee (31:18) and Linda Marsden (40:37); while at Lytham Hall, Tony Terras was 3rd in 19:36, with Alfie Hall posting a PB 22:19, Peter Singleton (23:22), Julie Hall (25:11) and Debbie Terras (31:24).

30th October 2019

Luke Rawcliffe is currently in excellent running form, and although the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC is not a member of the Red Rose Cross Country League, Luke was keen to run in Saturday’s fixture, as several of his triathlon friends from Chorley Triathlon Club were running on Saturday.  Along with his friendly rival, Dan Valentine of Preston Harriers, they both entered as guests in the Under 15 Boys race on the 4.1 kilometre muddy course at Leverhulme Park in Bolton.  They battled through the mud, with Rawcliffe finishing first in 15:22 and Valentine second in 15:42.


Earlier on Saturday at the local parkruns, Ethan McEvoy, aged 17, battled the rain to finish first at Blackpool parkrun in 19:47, while at the Lytham Hall parkrun, Under 13 Boy, Alfie Hall ran a PB of 22:19.

On Sunday Gracie Scott and Megan Tipler ran in the mile Fairclough Fun Run, with Gracie finishing second (6:09) behind Sophie Bohannon of Lytham St Annes RR, with Megan 4th overall and 3rd girl (6:58).

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26th October 2019

There was a good turnout of 24 Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC runners for the 20th running of the Green Drive 5 Mile.  As well as being it being the Lancashire Five Mile Championship race, it was also the final race of the BWFAC Road Championship.  First BWFAC runner was Luke Minns in 6th (27:00), followed by Emily Japp in 15th and 2nd Woman in 28:31, behind Laura Hesketh of Clayton-le-Moors (28:15), however Japp’s Lady’s Course Record of 27:47 set last year, still remains unbeaten.  Michael Brent-Reid was 29th (30:36), with Greg Seddon 32nd and 2nd Vet 55 (30:40), Mark Warner 40th (31:38), and Christopher Wylie 43rd (31:38 PB).  Bev Wright was 54th (33:36) and collected the Lancashire Vet 55 Medal and Race prize for 1st Vet 55 Woman.

Jonathan Sanderson was 74th (33:32), with Anthony Blight 75th (36:14 PB), Dawn Maher (93rd & 2nd FV35 37:53 PB), Basia Pawelczak (116th 39:05), and Gina Whitley was 130th & 3rd FV50 40:03), after warming up the previous day at the Warrington 5 Mile Trail race with 86th in 44:48.

The other BWFAC runners were Derek Crane (155th 14:02), Alan Wilkinson (172nd 43:09), Malcolm Beech (175th 43:13), Bob Massey (208th 44:50), Julie Sinclair (210th 44:55), Rick Pinches (211th 44:58), Cheryl Rickwood (212th 45:01), Nickola Walker (225th 45:50), Lisa Lambert (239th 46:59), Karen Trent (244th 47:39th), Beverley Gigli (264th 49:51) and John Winters who at nearly 85 was 300th in 53:53.

In the Junior One Mile race, prior to the Green Drive 5, Luke Rawcliffe set a new Boy’s Course Record of 4:59 in winning the race, with Gracie Scott first Girl in 5:49, while together with Betty Kershaw (11th 6:10) and Polly Kershaw (22nd 6:49), they were first Girls Team.  Megan Tipler (25th 6:59) and Billy Kershaw (32nd 7:12) also ran.

There were 18 BWFAC runners at the local parkruns, with the best performance by Christopher Wylie with a PB 19:26, with Simon Reason posting 19:27 at the Blackpool parkrun.

23rd October 2019

The popular Green Drive 5 and Junior One Mile for young runners aged 4 to 15, hosted by Lytham St Annes RRC, were held on Sunday.
407A8325.jpgBlackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Luke Rawcliffe won the Junior Mile in 4:59, breaking the Boys Course record of 5:12, set by Michael Hayes of Lytham St Annes RRC back in 2015, by 13 seconds.  This follows on from his first place in the Wyre & Fylde Schools Cross Country Championship Year 11 Boys race, held at Rossall School.

First girl was Gracie Scott aged just 12, who was 5th overall and won the Girls race with a brilliant 5:49.  Together with Betty Kershaw second girl (6:10) and Polly Kershaw, aged 9, sixth girl (6:49) they formed the First Girls team.  Other BWFAC runners where, Megan Tipler 25th and 7th girl (6:59), while Billy Kershaw was 32nd (7:12).


The first of three fixtures in the Lancashire Sportshall League was held at the UCLan Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre in Preston.   A squad of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC Under 11, 13 and 15 athletes competed and delivered some excellent performances.

In the Under 15 Boys category, Rafael Eaton won the Athlete of the Tournament, following victory in the 4 lap race, Speed Bounce, 2nd place in the Standing Triple Jump with a Personal  Best of 7.08 metres.  Jefferson Kong also produced some excellent performances in the 4 laps (2nd place), Shot Putt and Triple Jump, while Gracjan Wojcik made  his debut for BWFAC, winning the 2 lap race and Long Jump.  The U15B team won the Two lap Relay.

Alfie Hall produced a set of strong performances in both the running and field events for the Under 13 Boys.  Amara Thorpe also made debut for BWFAC in the Under 13 Girls squad, performed very well, notably winning the six lap race and was third place in the Vertical Jump, while Millie Turner produced good performances in both the two lap race and Vertical Jump, before the Girls combined, to finish 3rd in the U15G two lap Relay.

There were very good from the Under 11 sections, with Verity Beaumont-Cooke, Ashlyn Skeet, Oscar Wallace, Evie Thelwall and Abigail Cameron, in their first competition for the Club.

19th October 2019

Fifteen of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC runners went International by competing in the Zafira Palma Half Marathon and 10K, held in baking heat on the island of Majorca.

In the Half Marathon, Stephen Dunn led the way for BWFAC in 544th (1:48:36), while Simon Scarr with 1992nd (2:10:20), posted an amazing performance after just recovering  from a multiple break to his shoulder during a fell race in August.  Amanda Fuller was 2550th (2:20:43), Bob Massey 2552nd (2:20:46), Nickola Walker 2950th (2:31:35), Elaine Hudson 3399th (2:55:14), Laura Rayner 3490th (3:13:46) and Fiona Little 3504th (3:15:54).

While in the 10K, Bev Wright was 104th in an amazing time of 44:13, considering the extreme heat, was 12th woman and first FV55, with Paul Beech 111th (44:24), Ian Dawson 123rd (44:48), Nicola Unsworth 250th (49:32), Derek Crane 506th (55:10) and Jeff Wilson 538th (55:46), Malcolm Beech 937th (57:53).

Version 2Nearer to home, Mark Warner posted 1:29:14 (537th) at the Manchester Half Marathon, with Claire Irons posting 2:20:10, while at the Blackpool Autumn Breaker 10K, held in Stanley Park, Ethan Mcevoy was 8th (40:34) and Christopher Wylie 11th (41:34).

On the Cross Country front, BWFAC Club Secretary Nick Hume ran in the National Civil Service Cross Country Championship, held at Parliament Fields in London.  He was 22nd, 1st Vet 60 in 46:05, and was a member of DWP Team which finished first, while in the first fixture of the Northern Police League held at Bodenwyddan Castle in North Wales, Laura Lawler was 11th (37:01) woman.

Several of the Juniors members competed in an extra cross country as guests in the Red Rose League at Leigh Sports Village.  Gracie Scott was 2nd in the U13 Girls race with Megan Tipler 30th and Jessica Ramsden 33rd, while Polly Kershaw was 8th and Aimee Harling 13th in the U11 Girls race, with Billy Kershaw 31st in U11 Boys race, and in the U15 Girls race, Olivia Sellars was 26th, with Naomi Wrigley 50th.

16th October 2019

Part of  Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Cross Country squad took the opportunity for some further cross country action by competing as guests in the Red Rose Cross Country League, on another gloriously warm sunny day at Leigh Sports Village near Wigan.

It was dry and sunny, although after the recent heavy rain, underfoot it was very muddy.  Gracie Scott loved these tough conditions, and ran with spirit on the 3K course, to finished in the same time of 10:15 as Charlotte Wilkinson of Horwich RMI Harriers who took first place, with Scott second.  Megan Tipler was 30th (12:11) and Jessica Ramsden 33rd (12:12).

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In the earlier Under 11 races over 2K, Billy Kershaw was 31st (9:15) in the Boys race, while in the girl’s race, Polly Kershaw  was an excellent 8th (9:03), with Aimee Harling 13th (9:11).  In the U15 Girl’s race held over 4K, Olivia  Sellars was 26th (15:15), with Naomi Wrigley 50th (18:55).

Local Junior parkrun was severely curtailed as the Queen Elizabeth II Park View Playing Fields were flooded, and the Park View Junior parkrun was forced to cancel.  However  Mark Warner’s young son George ran his 20th parkrun (29:06) at Blackpool, while Rafael Eaton posted 19:51.

12th October 2019

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Bev Wright was 5th woman and first FV55 in 42:53 at the Rochdale 10K, while at the West Coast Half Marathon, run from Preston to Lytham, Simon Reason was in excellent form with 7th in a PB 87:41, with Basia Pawelczak was 81st (1:57:41) and Lisa Lambert 142nd (2:11:30).


On the parkrun front, at Blackpool, Rafael Eaton was 5th in a PB 18:35, with Ethan Mcevoy posting 19:03, Paul Sparrow 20:54, Paul Eaton 21:54, Anthony Blight 22:37, Les Endean 26:21, Peter Gibson 26:39 and Isabel Mcnamee 31:36, while at Lytham Peter Singleton posted 23:04 and Howard Henshaw 32:23.  At the Park View 2K Junior parkrun Isla Macpherson posted a PB of 10:30.

Version 2The Volunteer of the Quarter was awarded to Sharon Holt for her leadership as Team Manager of Youth Development League team, who achieved promotion to Division One of the YDL.

 

Members of BWFAC, led by Coach Sarah Venn, have taken on the Rock FM Cash for Kids Challenge, with several money raising efforts, including sponsorships and a very successful Auction, achieved the target of £2000, which will be matched by Rock FM.  This money will be ring-fenced for various projects to help the BWFAC Juniors achieve their athletic ambitions.

9th October 2019

Two personal bests on the parkrun front, with Rafael Eaton (U15 Boy) posting 18:35 at the Blackpool parkrun and Isla Macpherson (U11 Girl) with 10:30 at the 2K Park View Junior parkrun.

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC Athletes of the Month for September were two of the youngest members.  Under 11 Girl Emily Ford won it for her sprinting and Long Jump successes during the BWFAC Open Medal meeting, posting PBs of 12.3 in the 80 metres and 3.75m in the Long Jump.  Under 13 Boy Jack Richardson won for his sprinting ability, winning both the Under 13 Boys 100 and 200 metres at the BWFAC Open.


The Volunteer of the Quarter was Sharon Holt, who managed the Youth Development League team promotion to Division One, the second promotion in two years.

2nd October 2019

A new Cross Country season started relatively early on the last Saturday of September, with the first of six fixtures in the Mid Lancs League at Ulverston.  Although it has been a wet period of weather over the last couple of weeks, this first series of races was played out in dry warm sunshine, and the young runners from Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC were well represented in all age categories.

407A5306The first action was the Under 11 Girls race over 2.2K.  Polly Kershaw and Kristie Leitch both finished in 9:19 (10th & 11th) together with Aimee Harling (13th 9:27) and Jemima Bradshaw (25th 10:05) they formed the team, which finished second.  The Boys squad of Otis Leah (14th 8:32), Ewan Leitch (41st 9:47) and Billy Kershaw (49th 10:24) were ninth Under 11 Boys team.

The Under 13 Girls squad were led by Gracie Scott, who has this season has moved up from the U11 age category, finished in an excellent 6th (10:11), over the 2.6K course, with Louisa Bradburn (18th 11:03), Ella-May Leonard (34th 11:41), Jess Ramsden (43rd 22:16) and Megan Tipler (55th 14:22), the team were sixth.  The Under 13 Boys race was over 2.8K, and Gordon Ballantyne was 9th in 10:27, with Alfie Hall also running.

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In the Under 15 Girls race, also over 2.8K, the squad of Maddison Betmead (9th 11:07), Olivia Sellars (16th 11:38), Betty Kershaw (20th 12:05) and Naomi Wrigley (35th 14:19) were 4th team.

Among the many good performances posted by BWFAC athletes, probably the most outstanding was by Luke Rawcliffe, who ran an excellent well measured race, to win the Under 15 Boys race over 4.4K by 13 seconds in 15:09, with Rafael Eaton 6th in 16:05.


In the Under 17 Men’s race over 6.4K, Max Swarbrick was 10th (25:33) and Joshua Mathias-Davey was 17th (28:10).

As part of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s fundraising for the Rock FM Cash for Kids Lancashire Sports Challenge, several sprinters, Chloè Parsons, Erika Reid, Millie Harden-Brown, Braydon Marsh, Gilbert Gibson and Maximus Nelson ran a Sponsored Relay around the Comedy Carpet in front of the Tower.

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(Alfie Hall was running, but results used were provisional and he was missing)

28th September 2019

BWFAC’s Simon Reason finished 3rd in 1:33:05 at the RAFBF Spaeaday trail Half Marathon, with John Reason 200th (2:21:01) and Bob Massey 208th (2:22:01).

Fourteen Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC runners and friends ran at the September 3.72 mile Club Handicap, with Simon Reason having the fastest run in a PB 22:11, and Paul Plummer in a PB 24:58, while other times were, Graham Davies 28:39, Tony Airnes 30:33, Nick Hume 25:53, Nicola Unsworth 27:23, Anthony Blight 26:55, Karen Dunford 28:56, Martin Bates 28:56, Phil Lakeland 32:35, Tony Croft 35:09, Gina Whitley 29:56, Peter Gibson 30:42, Reg Smallbone 32:39, Nickola Walker 35:07 and Steve Dunn 29:47.

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There were 24 BWFAC runners at the local parkruns.  For Club Chairman Bob Massey, it was a special day as he celebrated a significant Milestone at Blackpool, by running his 100th parkrun, as well as volunteering (49:19).  Running sub 20 minute were Rafael Eaton (19:33), Steve Dunn (19:44 PB), Christopher Wylie (19:59) and Joshua Mathias-Davey (20:00 PB), while Luke Minns (16:34) and Michael Brent-Reid (18:09) ran their first Fleetwood Promenade parkruns in 1st and 2nd places.

Derek Crane was 431st in 52:09, a season’s best, at the Southport Seaside 10K.  In the final North West Biathle (run/swim/run) of the season Tony Terras won Gold in the A Masters, Debbie Terras – Bronze in the B Masters, Nicola Unsworth – Gold in the A Masters, with Hannah Parkinson – Silver and Kirsty Holland – Bronze in the Senior Ladies categories, while Zachary won Silver in the Under 15 Boys category.

At the Yarrow River Splash 10K, Bob Massey was 127th (1:10:37), with Julie Sinclair and Cheryl Rickwood 178th/179th (1:17:32), while Nickola Walker was 187th (1:20:12), Lisa Lambert and Fran Connolly 223rd/224th both in 1:29:53 and Fiona Little 224th (1:45:40).

Members of BWFAC took the opportunity to raise money to be used for courses and training equipment for Junior athletes of the Club as part of the Rock FM Cash for Kids Sports Challenge, which will match some of the fundraising.

25th September 2019

The final outdoor track & field meeting was held last week and now the young athletes are looking to start winter training, possibly interrupted by some Indoor meetings, whilst some middle distance runners are preparing for the Cross Country season, which starts at the end of this month.

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC Coach Sarah Venn and several of the Junior athletes are in the process of raising extra funds to enable the Club’s young athletes achieve qualifications in officiating positions and procure extra athletic equipment, as part of the Rock FM Cash for Kids Lancashire Sports Challenge who will match some of the Fund raising.

As part of the fund raising they have packed bags at Booths Supermarket in Poulton, will running a Sponsored Relay at the Comedy Carpet on the Promenade, this evening at 7pm and having an Auction at Marton Institute.

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In the final North West Biathle (run/swim/run) series fixture, Zachary Terras won Silver in the Under 15 Boys category,  while at the Blackpool parkrun, Rafael Eaton posted 19:33.

21st September 2019

The final Open track & field Medal meeting of the season was hosted by Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC at the Stanley Park Athletic Arena.  Upwards of 260 Athletes from across the North West competed, with a fifth from BWFAC.

Susan Ball was pleased with a PB of 29.32m (3rd) in the Hammer Throw, and Golds in both the Discus (23.67) and Shot  Putt (7.98m).  George Robinson made his first appearance on the track this season, winning Gold and posting a PB of 2:03.7 in the Men’s 800m, while Will Critchley also won Gold (53.6) in the 400m.  There were many excellent Junior performances, with double Golds by both Emily Ford (U11G) in the 80m (12.3 PB) and Long Jump (3.74m PB), and Jack Richardson (U13B) in the 100 and 200 metres, standing out.


Laura Lawler took on the challenge of the Worcester City Half Marathon, finishing 327th in 1:49:52, despite an ankle injury, while in the Lancaster Castle 10K, Bev Wright was 12th and 2nd Woman (first FV55) in 43:03.  At the Fairhaven Flyer 10K, Stephen Dunn was 12th (40:56), Christopher Wylie 20th (41:35) and Nicola Unsworth 55th and 4th Woman (first FY45).  Christopher Wylie also posted PB of 19:03 (13th) at the latest Lancaster Power of 5K fixture.

At the Yarrow River Splash, Bob Massey was 127th (1:10:37), with Julie Sinclair (178th 1:17:32), Cheryl Rickwood (179th 1:17:33), Nickola Walker 187th (1:20:12, Lisa Lambert 223rd (1:29:53), Fran Connolly (224th 1:29:53) and Fiona Little (244th 1:45:40)

Several BWFAC runners took on the challenge of the September Pennine Trail series of races, each of about three miles and held in the early evening.  The first race was the Gorple Rocks on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border, where Simon Reason was 14th (40:13), Amanda Fuller 103rd (61:15), Bob Massey 110th 65:41, Nickola Walker 120th (68:19) and Fiona Little 131st 1:22:15.  In the Switchback Valley race held along the Pennine Bridleway, partly alongside the Hurstwood Reservoir,  Simon Reason was 12th (37:12), John Reason 73rd (52:04), Ellen McLachlan 75th (52:12), Amanda Fuller 102nd (56:30) and Bob Massey 104th (57:27 and Fiona Little 128th 1:25:15, while in final race, the Hurstwood Hill Trail, Simon Reason was 12th (21:06), John Reason 83rd (29:56), Amanda Fuller 105th (32:22), Nickola Walker 117th (33:06 and Bob Massey 123rd (35:09).

Overall Simon Reason was seventh man overall and Bob Massey was first Vet 70, while Amanda Fuller was 21st woman.

Seventeen BWFAC ran at the Blackpool and Fleetwood Promenade parkruns.  First in his first ever parkrun at Blackpool was Michael Brent-Reid in 18:03, with Ethan Mcevoy (18:32), Christopher Wylie (19:59) and Joshua Mathias-Davey (19:56) posting sub 20 minute times.

17th September 2019

Outdoor track and field is a summer sport and as autumn takes hold, the final meetings are being held.  Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC held its final Open Medal meeting at a warm and sunny Stanley Park Athletic Arena, attracting athletes, aged 7 to nearly 60, from across the North West of England.  By far the largest contingent, with 55, was from the home club, BWFAC and here are some of the best performances.

407A2750One of the youngest was a smiling Esmè Rutter, aged 7, who despite having some problems hitting the take off board, still posted a fantastic 2.91 metres to win the Under 9 Girls Long Jump.  Among the other excellent performances by some of the youngest members of BWFAC was a double Gold by Emily Ford in the U11 Girls 80m (12.3) sprint and Long Jump with 3.74m, improving markedly from the BWFAC Open held in March.

In the U9 Girls 600m Polly Kershaw won Silver (2:15.4), behind Marnie Nelson of Pendle AC, while her twin brother Billy was 4th (2:11.4) in the equivalent boys race.  Annabella Kay was 3rd (2:04.0) in the U11 Girl race, with Aimee Harling 5th (2:07.1).

Jack Richardson posted a double Gold in the U13 Boys 100m (13.8) and 200m (29.0), while Millie Turner (U13G) was 4th (14.5) in the 100m and won Bronze (3.94m) in the Long Jump.  Also in the U13 category Harriet Medd won Bronze in both the Shot and U15G Javelin, while winning Gold with a PB of 20.59m in the Discus.  U13 Boy Phelix Kowalski was 2nd in the U15B competition using 500gm Javelin with a PB 27.67m.

Gracie Scott is an accomplished Triathlete and Cross Country runner, however although she had never run an official track race, took on the challenge of the U13 Girls 1500m.  The race soon developed into a contest with Saffron Meade (5:34.1) of Stockport, with Scott finishing 2nd in 5:36.6 – a good debut.  Gordon Ballantyne was 3rd (5:12.0) in the Boys 1500m.

The sprint U15 Boys squad have been exceptional all season, and this continued in this final meeting with William Riley winning the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles (12.4) and winning Silver (12.2) in the 100m.  Matthew Poole was 3rd (12.5) in the 100m, 2nd (25.2) in the 200m, with Henry Manson 3rd (25.3), while Elliot Serella won Bronze with 41.1 in the 300m and was 5th in the 200m with 26.4, both PBs and Thomas Fairhurst was 6th (26.7 PB) in the 200m and 4th (41.5) in the 300m.  In the U15 Boys 800m Luke Rawcliffe was 2nd (2:10.4), ahead of Rafael Eaton (2:19.4), who also posted a PB 40.9 in 2nd in the 300m.
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In the U15 Girls Joanne Upton-Fletcher won Silver (45.9) in the 300m and was 4th (28.5) in the 200m, while Betty Kershaw posted a PB 5:25.5 (3rd) in the U15 Girls 1500m.  In the U17W 100m, Mary-Jayne Broomhead won (13.3) Bronze and James Nicholas won (23.7) Silver in the U17M 200m.  Leah Howard (U17W) won (13.3) a closely fought 80m Hurdles, and was 2nd in both the Shot Putt (8.73m) and Javelin (27.12), just behind Kacie Calvert with 28.23m.

One of the best improvements was posted by George Mackenzie (U15B) in the Pole Vault, posting a 15 cm PB of 2.80m, while Jefferson Kong was 2nd (2.20m).  Grace Dunn was first (2.20m) and Talia Armstead 2nd (2.00m) in the U15 Girls, while Chloe Parsons won Gold (2.30m) in the U17W Pole Vault, as well as Silver in the Shot Putt.

14th September 2019

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC were well represented in the North West Road Relays held at Edge Hill University, near Ormskirk.  On a 5K course, the Women’s teams finished as follows in the Lancashire section: ‘A’ 9th in 1:14:29 (Laura Lawler 24:29, Fran Connolly 25:06, Gina Whiteley 24:54); ‘B’ 11th in 1:21:15 (Kirsty Holland 26:07, Amanda Fuller 26:49, Julie Sinclair 28:19); ‘C’ 13th 1:29:13 (Deborah Terras 30:12, Jennifer Burtonwood 27:40, Nickola Walker 31:12) and an incomplete D team of Cheryl Pollitt 27:28 and Dianne Denney 30:13.  The Men’s team of Gregg Seddon (19:34), Steve Dunn (19:59), Chris Wylie (20:01) and Mark Warner (19:38) was 11th (1:19:12) Lancashire, while Nick Hume (21:45) and Bob Massey (27:53) were an incomplete team.

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Earlier in the Junior races the U11, U13 and U15 Girls teams all won Lancashire Silver Medals, U11 Boys team was 4th and the B U13 Girls was 5th.

The final Inter Club of the season was hosted at Wordon Park in Leyland, on a two lap 4.2Km course.  The BWFAC Open and Vet teams were both sixth, with the Vet 50s 3rd, all led by John Wright (22nd 24:17), while the Vet 60s led by Nick Hume (28:14) was second.  Bev Wright (89th 28:03) led the Ladies team to fifth and the F40 team to third, while Ethan Mcevoy, aged 17 (32nd 24:55), was the first Junior Male.


At the Derwentwater Lakeland Trail Runs, Anthony Blight was 99th (1:29:21), Nicola Unsworth 132nd (1:36:27) and Basia Pawelczak 137th (1:37:07) in the 15K race, Kevin Woods (171st 1:43:07), while in the 10K race, Dawn Maher was 152nd (1:03:56).

The Lytham Hall parkrun was chosen as the 14th fixture of the BWFAC Trail Championship.  First BWFAC in 5th, was Steve Dunn (19:37 PB), followed by Paul Sparrow (19:56), Joshua Mathias-Davey (20:36), Peter Singleton (22:49), Fran Connolly (25:11 PB), Mark Warner (26:04) running with George 6 year old son, Jennifer Burtonwood (26:34), Amanda Fuller (26:30 PB), Bob Massey (27:09 PB), Julie Sinclair (27:29 PB), Rick Pinches (28:28), Cheryl Rickwood (28:36), Nickola Walker (29:10 PB), Lisa Lambert (29:30), Howard Henshaw (31:49), Fiona Little (49:07) and Simon Scarr (49:07).

The major National race was the Simplyhealth Great North Run, where BWFAC’s Chris Lloyd ran 93:26 (1266th), David Twizell 2:07:20 (15896th) and Claire Irons 2:12:18 (18051st).

Laura Lawler in the Police 10 Mile race held in Lynham, Wiltshire, finished 188th (4th FV50) in 1:19:05, while Derek Crane ran the City of Salford 10K in 52:42 (667th).

At the Trafford Grand Prix Will Critchley posted 2:04.18 in the 800m, while in the 1500m, Emily Japp recorded 4:45.20 and Andrew Simm 5:09.72.

BWFAC August Athletes of the Month are Leah Howard and Ethan Mcevoy, with Luke Minns also nominated

11th September 2019

The North West Road Relays were held in the extensive grounds of a mostly sunny Edge Hill University, near Ormskirk.  Included in the overall North West competition, were the individual Country Championships of Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC had teams entered in both the Junior and Senior races.  The first fixtures were the Under both 11 races run over a 1.5Km run.

IMG_0579The Under 11 Girls team of Aimee Harling (8:18), Kirsty Leitch (8:47) and Polly Kershaw (8:32) was 11th overall and 2nd in Lancashire with 25:37.  They were just 7 seconds behind the Gold winning team from Trawden AC and one second ahead of the Bronze team from Lancaster & Morecambe.   Aimee Harling ran the 2nd fastest Lancashire leg time of 8:18.

The Under 11 Boys team of Otis Leah (8:06), Ewan Leitch (8:52) and Billy Kershaw (8:35) was 18th overall and 4th Lancashire team in 25:33.

407A1135The Under 13 and 15 Girls races were run over 2.8Km.  In the Under 13 Girls race the A team of Ella-May Leonard (12:55), Jessica Ramsden (12:27) and Gracie Scott (11:41) was 21st overall and 2nd Lancashire team in 37:03, while the B team of Megan Tipler (12:56), Eve Hannaway (12:40) and Katy Nicholson (13:08) was 32nd overall and 5th Lancashire team.  Gracie Scott was also joint fastest Lancashire runner.

The Under 15 Girls team of of Maddison Betmead (10:56), Olivia Sellars (11:22) and Betty Kershaw (11:30) was 13th overall and 2nd Lancashire in 33:48.

Joshua Mathias-Davey also ran the first leg of the Under 17 Men’s race, posting 20:15.

For the Junior teams it was an overall success, with three of the girls teams winning Silver Medals, and all BWFAC runners performing well.  More importantly all the young runners enjoyed the occasion, with the youngest members cheering on their older teammates.

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7th September 2019

69758256_720671281689565_7759224385797357568_nBWFAC’s Jasmine Carey travelled to Bedford to compete in the U17W Pole Vault at the England Athletics U15/U17 Championships.  Both Carey and Sophie Ashurst of Sale Harriers both reached 3.71 metres, with Carey just missing out on Gold, which went to Ashurst, because of countback.

At the Southport Waterloo Open Medal Meeting, BWFAC U11 Girl athletes Abbie Ely posted 12.3 in the 75m, was 6th (3.12m), in the Long Jump and won Bronze in in the Vortex with 19.62m, while Tillie Calvert posted 13.2 (PB) in the 75m and 2.69m (PB) in the Long Jump.  Kacie Calvert (U17W) continued her good form in the Javelin with Silver (26.58m).

The Golden Ball 10 Mile race was one of BWFAC Road Championship races.  Simon Reason was 5th (63:28), with Ian Dawson 7th (64:01), Anthony Blight 31st (75:41), Nicola Unsworth 36th (77:30), Basia Pawelczak 49th (1:21:19), Fran Connolly 50th (1:21:48), Jennifer Burtonwood 75th (1:35:39) and Cheryl Rockwood 76th (1:36:04).

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At the Harrock Hill race (5.2 miles/902 feet) Stephen Dunn was 43rd (41:35), Amanda Fuller 180th (62:49) and Nicola Walker 192nd (67:08).

The Terras family competed in the latest GB Biathle fixture in York, with Tony winning Gold in his Vet category, Deborah Silver in her Vet category, and Zachary was 4th in the U15 Boys category.  Tony also competed in the Race the Train 10K Quarry race, finishing 44th and first Vet 45in 51:25 held at Tywyn in Mid Wales.

Seventeen BWFAC runners ran in the local parkruns, and at Blackpool, Mark Warner posting 19:57, Rafael Eaton 20:17, Paul Eaton 22:36, Basia Pawelczak 23:35, Emily Balshaw 26:10, David Twizell 26:23, Nickola Walker 28:40, Wayne Norris 29:12, Les Endene 29:58 and Linda Marsden 32:56, while at Lytham Hall, Steve Dunn 20:04, Caroline Betmead 21:16, Paul Sparrow 21:59, Peter Singleton 23:06 and Howard Henshaw 32:24.  At the Park View Junior 2K parkrun Otis Leah was 2nd in 8:05, while Aimee Harling was first girl in 8:36.

31st August 2019

407A6869The Mid Lancs League Medal Meeting was held at the Stanley Park Track, attracting 50 Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes.  One of the most exciting races of the meeting was the U15 Boys 1500m, which turned into a duel between Luke Rawcliffe and Preston’s Dan Valentine, who set the early pace, until Rawcliffe took the lead in the final lap to win in a PB 4:25.7, with Valentine 2nd in a PB 4:27.9.

Other eye catching performances were by Scott Sinclair with double Gold in both the Triple Jump (13.09) and Long Jump (5.95m), while James Nicholas was also victorious in both the 100m (11.8) and 200m (23.6 PB).  Golds were also won by Olivia Hanby (SW Triple Jump 9.17m), Mary-Jayne Broomhead (U17W 100m 13.1), Natalia Luczak (U17W Long Jump 4.79m), Leah Howard (U17W Javelin 29.08m PB), Max Swarbrick (U17M 1500m 4:51.1), Kieran Howard (U15B Javelin 23.06m) and Marcia Rutter (U13G 70m Hurdles 12.8).

Katy Wyper competed in the British Championships held in Birmingham.  In the 100m heats she qualified for the Semi-finals, where she was 6th (12.9) and in the 200m heats she was 5th (25.20).

The final local outdoor track & field season is the Blackpool Open Medal Meeting at Stanley Park on Saturday September 14th, entries via the Sportsoft Website.

At the Riversway Half Marathon, Paul Sparrow was 45th (1:30:10), Basia Pawelczak 191st (1:48:53), Brandon Willoughby 194th (1:48:59) and Laura Lawler 264th & 2nd female Vet 50 (1:56:18).

Ian Dawson led the way for BWFAC at the Pilling 10K in 5th (38:33), followed by Simon Reason (7th 39:18), Natasha Armstead (42nd 48:01), Laura Lawler (50th 52:20), Basia Pawelczak (51st 52:24) and Dawn Maher (53rd 53:40).

In memory of PC Andrew Harper (PC7605), who was recently killed on duty, BWFAC runners joined other runners to run 7.605 Km at Stanley Park and raise money for COPS, the charity for families of police officers, who have died on duty.

There was sad news for BWFAC with the recent death of longterm member Peter Knott, who joined Blackpool &Fylde AC in 1965 from Portsmouth.  He was particularly good at Steeplechase, winning the Lancashire title several times during the 1960s and 70s.  In one of his final competitive races in 2005 he won the British Masters Vet 65 2000m Steeplechase.

24th August 2019

Version 2Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC sprinter, Katy Wyper was again in International action for Scotland at the Manchester International, held at Sportscity.  In the 100 metres she was 3rd in 11.88, just behind Rebecca Jeggo (11.87), representing BAL/UKWL and Kimberly Baptiste who was 1st in 11.61 (representing England).  Next stop was Grangemouth in central Scotland, to defend the Scottish 100 metre title, which Wyper has won the previous two years. After qualifying from the heats, she won Gold in a season’s best 11.85, and her father Robert Wyper also received a Medal as Coach.

T37 athlete George Fox was invited to compete in the T35-38 100 metres at the Diamond League meeting held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.  He finished sixth in 12.60, and enjoyed mixing with some of the World’s top athletes, such as Yohan Blake and Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

Fifteen BWFAC athletes competed in the Northern Under 13/15/17 Championship, held at the Wavertree Athletic Stadium in Liverpool.  Scott Sinclair (U17M) has made phenomenal progress in his first season competing in the Decathlon, crowning it with Silver (13.10m) at Liverpool, and in the Long Jump he was 9th in 5.67m.

Although warm and sunny, there was a gusty wind, which was particularly strong on the back straight, where Pole Vault was positioned.  Despite this difficulty, the BWFAC Vaulters performed well, with Jasmine Carey winning Silver (3.70m) in the U17W competition, with Chloè Parsons 4th (2.30m).  In the U15 Girls competition Talia Armstead was 6th (2.20m).

Kacie Calvert for the second year running won Bronze in the U17W Javelin with a PB 31.55m, and was 8th (20.80m) in the Discus Throw.


Leah Howard was pleased to post a PB 1.60m in the U17W High Jump, with 5th, while in the Long Jump she was 14th (4.68m), and posted 13.81 and 13.51 in the heats of the 100m and 80m Hurdles respectively.  Her younger brother Kieran Howard was 8th with a PB 25.16m in the U15 Boy’s Discus, 9th in the Javelin (21.97m) and 12th (8.08m) in the Shot Putt.

Sebby Holt was 5th (1.55m) in the U15 Boys High Jump, while George Mackenzie was 8th (1.45m), and in the Pole Vault he was 4th with a PB 2.65m.

Daisie-May Keane was 13th (3.68m) in the U15 Girls Long Jump and posted 15.02 and 31.11 in the 100m and 200m heats, while Iona Cossens posted 14.25 and 29.68.  In the U17W sprint heats Mary-Jayne Broomhead posted 13.17 in the 100m and 27.60 in the 200m, while Imogen Reader posted 13.55 and 29.36.  In the U17M sprint heats James Nicholas posted 12.14 and 24.24 in the 100m and 200m, while in the 400m heats, Riley Nagle ran 56.11.

67888844_1143448339180300_5769723091076775936_nThe penultimate Inter Club of the season was held at Astley Park, near Chorley on a hilly 4.5 mile course.  A weakened Open team, led by Luke Minns (3rd 26:26) finished sixth, while the Lady’s and F40 Women’s teams were fifth and fourth respectively, with the Vets team 6th, the Vet 50s 7th and Vet 60s 4th.

The Run The Lights 10K was held along the illuminated lit Promenade.  BWFAC Simon Reason was 7th (39:03), Ethan Mcevoy 10th (39:24), Basia Pawelczak 116th (48:21) and John Reason 205th (53:06), while in the 5K, Joshua Davey was 5th (21:47).

Seventeen BWFAC runners ran in the local parkruns, with the star performance by Luke Rawcliffe, who was first, posting a PB of 18:12 at Lytham Hall parkrun, while at the 2K Park View 2K Junior parkrun, Aimee Harling was first girl and also posted a PB of 8:13.

17th August 2019

The final fixture of the 2019 Northern League Championship was held at a very windy and showery Stanley Park Athletic Arena.  It was a strong team of 30 Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes that finished in first place, scoring 429 points, ahead of Preston (385 pts), although in the final Division 2 West rankings, BWFAC finished 2nd to Preston.

407a0528.jpgNia Rutter was in amazing form, winning the 100 Hurdles (15.6), 400 Hurdles (67.9 PB), Triple Jump (10.96m), B Long Jump (5.04m) and 2nd in the Shot Putt (11.33m).  Others who took on multiple events were Jon Rutter, who competed in the B 110m Hurdles (1st 23.09), Triple Jump B Long Jump (3rd 5.03m), as well as High Jump and Javelin, with Claire Irons who picked up valuable points in the B 400m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m races.

In the Throws Rachel Bashforth competed in the B Shot Putt (1st 9.94m), B Discus Throw (2nd 24.51m), while Susan Ball was 2nd (25.91m) in the Discus, 2nd in the B Hammer and 1st (21.12m) in the B Javelin.  In the Mens Throws, Jamie Thomson and Andy Bragg secured valuable points.

Emily Japp warmed-up earlier in the week with a season’s best 9:51.01 at Stretford, impressively won both the 3000m (10:13.7) and 1500m (5:01.0). Among the other wins were Katy Wyper (200m, 24.9), Leah Howard (High Jump, 1:53m), Natalia Luczak (Long Jump 5.06m), Olivia Hanby (B Triple Jump 9.23m), Fiona Hockey (Pole Vault 3.50m), with Chloè Parsons (B Pole Vault, 2.10m), whilst in the Men’s, Michael Brent-Reid won both the B 400m (56.6) and B 800m (2:13.7), with Will Critchley (800m  2:06.5), Scott Sinclair (Triple Jump, 12.64m) and Louis Walker (Javelin, 47.56m).  Second places of note were by Natasha Webster (Javelin, 29.91), Danielle Whipp (800m, 2:31.1) and Daniel Stanley (Pole Vault, 3.70m).

In the Relays, Hanby, MJ Broomhead, Rutter and Wyper won the Women’s 4x100m (51.7), with the Men 4th (48.5), while in the 4x400m, the Women were 4th (4:57.2) and the Men, 2nd (3:48.3).

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At the Warrington Medal meeting, Emily Ford (U11G) won Silver (11.9) in the 75m and 6th overall (2:09.8) in the 600m, while Layla Wholey won Bronze in both the 200m (31.2) and Shot Putt (6.31m) and was 4th (14.3) in the 70m Hurdles.  George Mackenzie and Sebby Holt were 2nd and 3rd in the High Jump, while in the Long Jump they were 2nd (4.70m) and 7th (4.49m) respectively.

At the regular Catforth Canter 5K, BWFAC’s Simon Reason was 13th (18:14), Nicola Unsworth 41st (22:20, Peter Singleton 47th (23:12), Derek Crane 60th (26:10) and Bernard Singleton 62nd (28:42).

The Terras family competed in GB Series Biathle in Weymouth, with Debbie female 2nd Masters, Tony 3rd male Masters and Zachary 8th Under 15.

As part of the BWFAC Trail Championship, Hyndburn parkrun was chosen as the 12th fixture.  Joshua Mathias-Davey was first BWFAC in 12th with 23:34, followed by Fran Connolly (25:41), Bob Massey (30:23), Jennifer Burtonwood (30:49), Nickola Walker (32:23) and Cheryl Hopkins (33:52).

There were 11 BWFAC runners at the Blackpool and Lytham Hall parkruns, with Ethan Mcevoy fastest in 18:24.

BWFAC Athletes of the Month for July are jointly Joanne Upton-Fletcher and Claire Irons, with the male recipient, Matthew Poole.  Also nominated were Chloe Parsons, George Mackenzie and Luke Minns.

10th August 2019

Two Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes achieved International Honours last week. At the Belfast International, held in the Mary Peters  Stadium, Katy Wyper was part of the Scotland 4x100m Relay team, that broke the 1986 Scottish Relay Record with 45.30.  Wyper also finished 2nd (11.97) in the B 100 metres.

Jasmine Carey represented England at the Youth Nations Cup held in Dublin in the Pole Vault winning with 3.75m, just 6cm below her best, and 30cm ahead of the other competitors.

Leah Howard competed in the England Under 15/17 Combined Championships held at Sportscity.  Howard performed well in all seven disciplines of the Heptathlon, with a PB 1.56m in the High Jump the highlight, finishing 20th with an overall PB of 3776 points.

Bad weather at the Lee Mills Fell Race (10.7K climb, 332 metres) near Rossendale, caused treacherous underfoot condition.  BWFAC’s Mark Warner finished 41st (63:26), however Simon Scarr was not so lucky, suffering a nasty fall, breaking shoulder bones.  BWFAC thank Wesham RRC, Lytham St Annes RRC and other clubs who help him off the fell.

At the Badger 10K Trail race in Cuerden Country Park, Simon Reason was 5th (39:57), with Nicola Unsworth 23rd and 3rd woman (47:12), Basia Pawelczak 40th (50:17) and Elaine Hudson 93rd (70:21), whilst at the Power 5K in Lancashire,  Andrew Simm was 45th (19:27), Christopher Wylie 56th (20:08) and Brandon Willoughby 79th & 2nd M60 (21:56 PB).

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The final regular Mid Lancs League meeting of the season was held Litherland Sports Park last Saturday, (the Mid Lancs Medal meeting is on August 24th at Blackpool).  Although numbers  were less than in the previous meetings, there were still 32 BWFAC athletes competing.  Best results were posted by Joel Elphick (U15B), won both the Long Jump (5.28m) and High Jump (1.70m PB), Scott Sinclair (U17M) was 1st (13.13m) in the Triple Jump and 2nd (5.84m) in the Long Jump, Georgia Norman (U17W) 1st (9.56m) in the Triple Jump, Max Swarbrick 1st in U17M 1500m, while Charlie Auty was 1st (12.6) in the U15B 100m and 2nd (25.6) in the 200m.  There were good 2nd places for Keira Tomes (Long Jump – 4.07m), Betty Kershaw (1500m – 5:25.5), Charlotte Jones (Hammer – 34.00m), Katie Calvert (Javelin – 25.87m), Natalia Luczak (Long Jump – 4.81m), Mary-Jayne Broomhead (100m – 12.8), Susan Ball (Shot – 7.63m).


Kirsty Holland in her first Biathle (1500m run, 200m swim, 1500m run) at Salford Quays finished 4th in 21:24.

Competing for Wigan in the UK Women’s League, Katy Wyper was 4th (12.19) in the 100m, while Fiona Hockey was 1st (3.60m) in the Pole Vault.

Whilst on holiday in Australia, Rafael Eaton ran the Airlie Beach parkrun finishing 1st in 19:48, while dad Paul posted 22:34, and later Rafael won 50 dollars and skydive, by finishing first in the Great Barrier Reef Festival Magic Mile; while near to home in the North East at the Herrington Country parkrun, Debbie Terras ran 30:11.

Twelve BWFAC runners competed in the local parkruns, with Steve Dunn fastest Fleetwood Promenade with 20:31 and Aimee Harling was first girl in 8:35 at the 2K Junior Park View parkrun.

3rd August 2019

The England Athletics UK CAU & AAA’s Championships including Disability Championships was held at a very wet Sportscity in Manchester last weekend, and three Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes competed.  In the heats, Katy Wyper qualified for the final of the 100 metres in 1st place (12.16) and was 2nd (24:66) the 200m heat.  In the Finals, Wyper was 6th (12.25) in the 100m and 5th (24.66) in the 200m, while Nia Rutter was pleased to have qualified for the Championships in the 100m Hurdles.  Unfortunately Rutter had been confined to bed with a bout of tonsillitis for the previous couple of days, however was still determined to compete despite being below par, and recorded 15.66 in the heats.  T37 athlete George Fox competed in the Ambulant 100m, recording 12.73 and 12.72.


67232096_10162332296700624_371330081999552512_oOn the road at the Pilling 10K, BWFAC’s Nicola Unsworth (31st 46:27), Basia Pawelczak (37th 48:55) and Dawn Maher (39th 49:40) won the first Woman’s Team Prize; while at the Caldervale Summer 10 Mile, Ian Dawson was 16th (65:27), with Elaine Hudson 151st (1:59:02).

The Village of Beetham near Milnthorpe held their annual Sports Day, and last weekend it celebrated its 100th birthday.  One of the races is the Beetham Fell Race over 9.3K, with a climb of 283 metres, and this was used as part BWFAC Trail Championship.  Steve Dunn was 23rd (48:41), followed by Fran Connolly 52nd (55:58), Bob Massey 73rd (65:48) and Jenn Burtonwood 79th (76:14).

Several BWFAC tested out their middle distance form on a warm evening at Stretford.  In a Gold Standard 800m race Luke Minns posted a season’s best 3:53.2, whilst in the Grand Prix races Will Critchley posted 2:00.90 and Michael Brent-Reid a 2:03.57 PB in the 800m races.  Andrew Simm ran 5:09.24 in the 1500m, and Emily Japp 10:12.73 in the 3000m.

At the local parkruns, Ethan Mcevoy was again first in 18:13, at Blackpool, with Paul Sparrow recording 20:22, David Twizell 24:47 PB, Linda Marsden 32:41, while at Fleetwood Promenade parkrun Peter Gibson ran 25:24, Mark Warner with his son George 29:10 and Nickola Walker 31:59.  Peter Bradburn ran 21:14 at the Lytham Hall parkrun, who welcomed the deputy Mayor and Mayoress of the Fylde, Richard and Sheila Redcliffe as guests.

27th July 2019

67417440_693812567708770_4917885476888641536_nBlackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Jasmine Carey, aged 16, represented England in the Women’s Pole Vault at the SIAB (Schools International Athletic Board) Home International held in difficult windy conditions in Swansea.  It was a tough competition with only 30cm separating the top five vaulters.  Carey won Bronze with a jump of 3.56m, the same as the Irish athlete, Orla Coffey, who claimed Silver on countback, while England’s other athlete, Sophie Ashurst (Sale Harriers) won Gold with 3.76m.  Carey has also been selected to represent England at the Under 18 Youth Nations Cup in Dublin early next month.

The Youth Development League team of U13 and U15 BWFAC athletes secured the Division 2 West League title and promotion to Division One, at the final fixture at Macclesfield, by finishing first in the 8 club League, having already won the first three meetings, making a clean sweep of victories.

James Nicholas tested out his speed at Trafford AC Grand Prix, in the 100 and 200 metres posting PBs of 11.81 and 23.79, whilst T37 athlete George Fox posted 12.76 in the 100m at the Grand Prix and 25.67 in the 200m at the Welsh Senior Championship.

407A6093.jpgThe fifth Inter Club race was hosted by Wesham RRC on a 4.5 mile course in the country lanes around the Salwick on a pleasant warm evening.  The BWFAC’s Open Team of John Wright (20th), Ethan Mcevoy (22nd and first Junior), Ian Dawson (31st), Greg Seddon (39th), Mark Warner (46th), Simon Reason (47th), Paul Sparrow (62nd), Paul Beech (63rd), Steve Dunn (75th) and Paul Plummer (87th) was fifth; while in the Women’s squad of Bev Wright (98th), Nicola Unsworth (142nd), Laura Lawler (152nd), Basia Pawelczak (159th), Fran Connolly (165th), Andrea Smith (174th) and Gina Whitley (199th) brought Ladies team home in third and the F40 team in second.  The Vets, Vet 50s and Vet 60s all finished third.

IMG_5650At the Scorton Supper 4.75 mile Run Simon Reason was 6th (29:16), Mark Warner 17th (31:18), Nicola Unsworth 142nd 38th (35:06), Anthony Blight 41st (35:18), Basia Pawelczak 45th (35:47), Fran Connolly 55th (36:40), Kevin Woods 65th (37:58), Bob Massey 106th (42:17), Amanda Fuller 118th (43:32), Julie Sinclair 138th (45:55) and Elaine Hudson 141st (46:15).

Lytham Hall parkrun was cancelled, so Blackpool parkrun attracted 324 runners, where thirty BWFAC members took on the volunteer roles, while 14 ran, with Ethan Mcevoy leading the way in 18:19 and Simon Reason posting a PB of 19:02.  Simon Scarr did a bit of parkrun tourism at Durham running 26:26, as did Tony and Liz Airnes who ran at Morecambe Promenade posting 25:37 and 33:00, while Aimee Harling was first Girl in 8:22 in the Junior 2K Park View parkrun.

24th July 2019

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Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Under 15 and Under 13 teams have been in supreme form in this season’s Youth Development League Division Two West, winning the first three fixtures held, first at home in Stanley Park, Bury and Ashton-under-Lyne, and on Saturday the final fixture was held at Macclesfield.  BWFAC were five League points ahead of the second team Macclesfield, and bar some unprecedented disaster, had secured promotion to Division One and the League Title.  Inevitably with the start of the holiday season and other end of term activities, some personal were unavailable.  However it was still a very strong squad, except perhaps for the Boys Under 13s, where circumstances resulted in just three boys, able to compete, Connor Norman, Oliver Nunn and Phelix Kowalski, all competing well, winning many points in the Sprints, Javelin, Long and High Jumps .

Last year the 2018 team won promotion from Division Three, winning the first three fixtures and were 2nd in the final  fixture.  This time, despite a slightly weakened squad, and being at the home of the second placed club, Macclesfield, who needed a good performance to assure promotion, BWFAC still finished first team and therefore completed a clean sweep of victories, finishing 74.5 match points ahead of Macclesfield on the day, and with a total of 1975 match points were over 400 ahead of the rest of the League over the whole of the season.

407A5474Although there are strengths in various disciplines throughout the squad; sprinting is a particularly strength in all gender and age categories, with the performance of the Under 15 Boys outstanding.  At the penultimate fixture at Ashton-under-Lyne they set new BWFAC Club 4x100m and 4x300m Relay Records, while at the Macclesfield the U15 Boys team of Matthew Poole, Rhys Sandoval-Roberts, Henry Manson and Will Riley again improved Club 4x100m Relay Record to 49.00, equalling the 1984 Blackpool & Fylde AC Record.  In the other relays, BWFAC won both the U15 Girls and U13 Girls 4x100m.

Will Riley recently reached the Final of of the 80m Inter Boys Hurdles of the English Schools Championships in Birmingham, while at Macclesfield he inevitably won the U15B 80m Hurdles in 12.0 as he has done throughout the season.

Among the special performances on Saturday, was one by a new recruit, Will Waters, who won the Under 15 Boys Shot  Putt with a massive PB and Grade One of 13.24m, 1.76m better than the other club throws on the day, as well as 2nd in the Discus with a PB 33.72m.  What was gratifying was a comment afterwards by one of the Officials in the Shot, who complimented Will on his good sportsmanship in helping other participants with their technique.  Teammate Kieran Howard also posted a PB of 8.39m winning the B Shot competition.

 

George Mackenzie and Joel Elphick both jumped PBs of 1.60m in the U15B High Jump, winning both the A and B competitions, while Mackenzie also won the the Pole Vault with a PB 2.55m and Elphick won the B 80m Hurdles with a PB 12.5.  Also in the Pole Vault, Grace Dunn won the U15 Girls Pole Vault with a PB 2.62m.

 

This has an outstanding season by an exceptional group of young athletes, who did themselves proud in every meeting sometimes filling in, in unfamiliar disciplines, as well as supporting and encouraging their teammates.  Not forgetting their coaches, who often came to support and give advice, as well as the Team Managers, Sharon Holt and Nicola Tomes, who did a splendid job of organising the teams.

20th July 2019

BWFAC’s Chris Rawcliffe took on the ultimate challenge of the Bolton Ironman, completing the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and full marathon in 14:09:01 (707th).  Afterwards Chris said it was an amazing experience, with great support.

407A4377The third fixture of the North of England Division 2W was held at Leigh Sports Village.  There were many impressive performances both in quality and hard graft.  In the sprints Katy Wyper was 1st (24.6) in the 200m, with Nia Rutter 1st in both the B 200m (26.6) and 100m Hurdles (15.5) and Mary-Jayne Broomhead was 2nd (12.9) in the B 100m.  Together with Olivia Hanby, the four won the 4×100 Relay by over a second with 49.9, just two tenths outside the BWFAC Club Record – particularly impressive as they’d never practised the relay together before.  

Luke Minns won the 800m (3:54.3), while Emily Japp won the 3000m (10:06.3) and 2nd (4:47.9).

In the Hammer, Discus and Shot, Rachel Bashforth and Susan Ball, while Jamie Thomson and Andy Bragg in the Men’s throws, had worked hard, always finishing in the top three in both the A & B competitions and picking up many valuable points.


Notable were Leah Howard and Natalia Luczak who with 4.83m and 4.69m won both the A and B Long Jump competitions, whilst Scott Sinclair, despite having not long recovered from a bout of illness, won the Triple Jump (12.77m) and was 3rd (5.57m) in the Long Jump.

At the English Schools Championships in Birmingham Jasmine Carey won Silver (3.40m) in the Inter Pole Vault, while Will Riley qualified for the Final of the Junior 80m Hurdles with a PB 11.73.

As part of the BWFAC Trail Championship, the Haig Woodland parkrun was chosen as one of the events.  Paul Sparrow was 7th in 19:37, with Steve Dunn (15th 20:28), Fran Connolly (55th 24:36), Simon Scarr (77th 25:51), Bob Massey (122nd 28:28) and Jennifer Burtonwood (177th 31:13).

In other parkruns, Fiona Little, on a business trip to New York, took time out to run in the Delaware & Rarotan parkrun in New Jersey, recording 40:37.  At the three local parkruns 15 BWFAC ran, with the most impressive performance by Ethan Mcevoy, who was first across the line in a PB 17:43, while Paul Eaton with 21:59 and Julie Sinclair with 27:40, both  posted PBs.

One of the most enjoyable social runs of the of the season, is the evening 4 mile Super Run in the pretty mill village of Caldervale.  Ten BWFAC had a lovely run, with Simon Reason 4th (24:50), Nicola Unsworth 35th (29:32), Anthony Blight 37th (29:44), Basia Pawelczak 38th (29:57), Fran Connolly 52nd (31:06), Kevin Woods 62nd (31:46), Ellen Mclachlan 65th (31:53), Simon Scarr 73rd (33:18), Bob Massey 99th (36:49) and Elaine Hudson 132nd (40:41).

17th July 2019

A team from Lancashire competed in the Under 17/15 Northern Inter Counties Championship held in Middlesbrough and the team finished 2nd to the Yorkshire team. Eight Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC members were part of the team.

Jefferson Kong was first in the Junior Boys 100m with 11.67, while teammates James Nicholas and Riley Nagle ran in the Inter 400m finishing 8th (53.31) and 11th (54.38).

In the U17 Men’s age category Scott Sinclair was 5th with 5.75m in the Long Jump, while Alex Slater, despite a wrist injury finished 6th with 11.12m in the Shot Putt.

In the U17 Women’s Pole Vault, Chloe Parsons was 6th (2.30m), with Ellise Balshaw 7th (2.00m). Also in U17 Women’s, Leah Howard was 5th with 1.55m in the High Jump, and because the girl chosen for Long Jump was unable to compete, Howard also took this on, jumping 4.85m for 5th place.

Two BWFAC athletes qualified for the pinnacle of Junior Athletics, by representing Lancashire Schools at the English Schools Championships, which was held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Jasmine Carey won joint Silver Medal in the Inter Girls Pole Vault with 3.40m. Will Riley, in his first English Schools Championships, performed very well, by qualifying for the final of the Junior Boys 80m Hurdles with a PB 11.73. In the Final the next day, Riley was 8th (12.07).

Keira Tomes competed for Kirkham Grammar School at English Schools Cup Final held at Chelmsford, where she was 9th in a PB 14.2 in the 100m and was 21st (1.26m) in the High Jump.

Eight Junior BWFAC athletes helped the Senior squad to third place in the most recent North of England Division 2C fixture at the Leigh Sports Village stadium. Bravest of all was Scott Sinclair (U17M), who suffered a bout of sickness a couple days previous. Despite not being at his strongest, he was able to win the Triple Jump with 12.77m, come 3rd (5.57m) in the Long Jump, as well as finish 5th (12.6) in the B 100m.

In her first Senior meeting, Mary-Jayne Broomhead (U17W) had an excellent debut, finishing a close 2nd (12.9) in the B 100m, as well as helping the 4x100m Women’s team to an excellent victory, whilst Angelo Vinci U17M ran 12.0 for 5th place in the A 100m and Chloe Norman was 3rd (65.7) in the 400m.

In the jumps Leah Howard was 1st (4.83m) in the Long Jump, as was Natalia Luczak (U17W) in the B competition with 4.69m, while Howard also was 2nd in the High Jump with 1.54m. Chloè Parsons (U17W) was 1st in the Pole Vault with 2.20m and Olivia Hanby (U20W) was 5th with 8.94m in the Triple Jump as well running in both the 4x100m and 4x400m Relays.

At last Wednesday’s Race for Life along Blackpool Promenade, Rafael Eaton was first back across the line and Aimee Harling was first Girl in a PB 8.21 at the Lytham Park View Junior parkrun.

13th July 2019

After a break of one year, the St Annes Carnival 5K made a successful return to the schedule. The race was won by Wesham’s Rob Danson (15:33), with Luke Minns 2nd (16:03) leading the BWFAC contingent of Paul Beech 18th (20:02), Brendon Willoughby 34th (22:30), Gina Whiteley 52nd (24:41), Alan Wilkinson 61st (26:16), Malcolm Beech 63rd (26:53), Rick Pinches 68th (27:10) and Howard Henshaw 85th (31:34).

407A2656.jpgMeanwhile at the Blackpool Summer 10K, Mark Warner was 10th (40:53), with Nicola Unsworth 56th and 3rd woman in 47:22 and Rab Green 265th (68:36), whilst at the Lostock Hall Carnival 5K Simon Reason was 13th in 18:50, with Basia Pawelczak 69th in 23:23.

At the 14K Ultra Lakeland Trail, starting and finishing in Ambleside, Ellen McLachlan was 102nd in 1:55:27.

Simon Scarr was 97th (55:08), Bob Massey 144th (61:50) and Fiona Little 242nd (91:58) at the Northwich 10K Trail race whilst at the fun 5K (ish) Lytham Beer Run, BWFAC’s Amanda Fuller, Fiona Little, Gina Whitley and Nickola Walker were part of the nearly 300 runners who ran/jogged between 5 pubs in Lytham drinking one third of a pint at each.

Twenty runners ran the 3.72 mile Club June Handicap. In their debut handicaps, Fran Connolly posted 32:23, Julie Sinclair 34:06 and Cheryl Rickwood 36:53, while PBs were posted by Basia Pawelczak with 27:03, Kate Lakeland 27:36, Dawn Maher 27:47 and Tracey Sharrock 34:32, with Anthony Blight running the fastest overall time of 26:31.

407A1349The 4th Mid Lancs League meeting of the season was held at the Salt Ayre stadium, near Lancaster, with nearly 50 BWFAC competing. Amongst the many good performances were, Nia Rutter’s double win and PBs in the Senior 100 (13.1) and 200 metres sprints and Natasha Webster won the the Senior Javelin with 32.07 metres. In the Junior ranks Matthew Poole’s comprehensive victories in the 100m (11.9 PB) and 400m (58.3), Mary-Jayne Broomhead 2nd (12.6) in the 100m and 1st (26.4) in the 200m and Luke Rawcliffe stylish win in the U15B 1500m (4:35.4) stood out.

At the last fixture UK Women’s League BWFAC’s Katy Wyper (competing for Wigan) was 2nd in both the 100m (12.10) and 200m (24.76), while at the Trafford AC Grand Prix Will Critchley posted a PB 2:00.75.

The BWFAC male June Athlete of the Month was awarded to Will Riley, with the female award going jointly to Nia Rutter and Basia Pawelczak. Also nominated were Dawn Maher, Gracie Rutter and Millie Turner. The Volunteer of the Quarter was awarded jointly to Sharon Holt, Nicola Tomes and Sarah Parsons, who have done excellent and sometimes difficult job of managing the Youth Development teams to success this season.

10th July 2019

Nearly 50 Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes competed at the Mid Lancs League fixture held at the Salt Ayre track near Lancaster on a sunny warm breezy day. Following are the pick of many good and encouraging performances.

One of the best races of the day was the U15 Boys 1500 metres. BWFAC Luke Rawcliffe led from the start, closely followed by his great rival, Lancaster & Morecambe’s Tobias Swarbrick, who in the last lap took the lead. However Rawcliffe still had something in reserve and powered passed Swarbrick in the final straight. to win by a second in 4:35.4. It was also a good race for Rafael Eaton, who despite a gusty wind posted a big PB of 4:36.3 in 3rd place. There was also a good race in the U13 Boys 800m, where Gordon Ballantyne was 2nd with 2:30.0.

407A1739In the U15 sprints, Matthew Poole was in storming form, winning with a PB of 11.9 in the 100m and he also made his debut in the 400m which he won by nearly 3 seconds. Will Riley also posted 11.9 in 2nd place in the 100m, whilst in the U17W 100m Mary-Jayne Broomhead was 2nd (12.6) and 1st (26.4) in the 200m. Imogen Reader was 2nd (27.0) in the 200m and 5th overall (13.1) in the 100m, with Megan Lewis in 3rd (27.7) in the 200m.

In the Throws events, a new member William Waters was in good form, winning the U15B Shot Putt with 12.14 and in the Discus was 2nd with 31.92m, whilst Harriet Medd in the U13 Girls Discus was 1st (19.17) and 3rd in both the Shot (6.40m) and Javelin (19.82m). Kacie Calvert won the U17W Javelin with 26.17m and Charlotte Jones won the U17W Hammer Throw with 34.42m.

In the U15 Boys High Jump Joel Elphick and Rafael Eaton both cleared 1.50m, finishing 3rd and 5th respectively, whilst in the U15 Girls Long Jump, Gracie Rutter was 3rd (4.16m) and Iona Cossens was 4th (4.13m). Natalia Luczak was 2nd in the U17W Long Jump with 4.85m.

At the Park View 2K Junior parkrun four BWFAC runners all posted PBs with Betty Kershaw first in 7:47, her younger brother Billy posting 8:15, his twin sister Polly 8:22 and Aimee Harling ran 8:28.

6th July 2019

Endurance was the name of the game for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC members. Mark Warner took on the challenge of the Lakeland 55K, starting and finishing in Ambleside. Over 500 started and Warner was pleased to finish 67th in 8:37:27.

Laura Lawler and Kirsty Holland competed as team ‘Thelma and Louise’ in the Endure 24 Relay held at Bramham Park in Leeds. They finished 5th of 11 teams, each running 10 five mile laps in 23:43:06, making a total of 100 miles, a real effort of endurance, and they lived to tell the tale, unlike their non de plumes!

Version 2The Preesall Fire 10K was run along an out and back course, along the pretty coastal path, starting on the Knott End slipway, with the turn-around at Preesall. BWFAC Super vet Bev Wright was in good form, as she completed the course in a speedy 43:27, despite strong winds on the return leg, finishing 9th and first woman.

At the Darren Jones Clougha Pike (7.9K/400m) Stephen Dunn was 96th (58:15), Mark Warner 97th (58:17), Amanda Fuller 156th (86:29) and George James 157th (89:27).

The final fixture of the season for the Youth Development League for Under 17/20 was held at the Stanley Park Athletic Arena. The team were 4th and in the League final position are fifth in the eight Club League.

Several members of the Pole Vault group were able to get some valuable competive experience at the Manchester Pole Vault Open at Sportscity. It was a good useful day for all, particularly Grace Dunn (U15G), who cleared a PB 2.61m, while Senior athlete Daniel Stanley posted 3.81m, George Mackenzie (U15B) 2.41m, Keira Tomes (U13G) 2:01m and Ellise Balshaw (U15G) 1.91m.

Version 2At the same venue two BWFAC juniors competed in their first Combined Events competition, the Stockport Young Athlete Quadrathlon, featuring electronic timing. In the U15 Girls competition Iona Cossens posted 13.81 in the 100m, PBs of 4.34m in the Long Jump and 7.42m in the Shot Putt, while in the final race, the 800m, 2:49.89, and finished 16th of 34, with 228 points. In the U13 Girls competition, Layla Wholey posted 15.00 in the 100m, 3.58m in the Long Jump, 5.42m in the Shot Putt and 2:53.79 in the 800m, finishing with 160 points in 21st out of 36.

Also at Sportscity, in a special 200 metre race, Katy Wyper renewed competition with Danielle McGifford of Wigan & District, (Wyper at the Northern Championship’s, at the beginning of June, was beaten by McGifford in the 100m, but then Wyper beat McGifford in the 200m). The race couldn’t have any closer, with both recorded the same time of 24.75. McGifford was judged first and two talented junior athletes Abigail Pawlett (Stockport) and Julia Winderadzka (Bolton) were 3rd and 4th.

Eleven BWFAC runners ran in the local parkruns, with the highlights, Ethan Mcevoy 2nd in 18:06 and Simon Reason posting a PB of 19:40 at Blackpool, while Ella-May Leonard was first girl in 8:48 at the 2K Park View parkrun.

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1st July 2019

The final fixture of the Youth Development League for Under 17/20 athletes was held at the Stanley Park athletic track. Unlike the YDL Under 13/15 team, who look certain to win their League and achieve promotion to the Division One, this team, although performing well individually, does not have the depth of squad to challenge for the top of the League, and in this final fixture finished fourth of eight teams. The final League position was fifth, but more importantly, has provided a good level competition for these Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC individual young athletes.
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407A0228In the U20W sprints, Kirsty Rushton posted double first in the 100m (11.7) and 200m (28.0), with U17W athlete Nekkisha Wilson running as an U20W in the B races, with 1st (13.8) in the 100m and 2nd (28.4) in the 200m. In the U17W sprints Mary-Jayne Broomhead was 3rd (13.0) in the 100m and 2nd (26.8) in the 200m, with Imogen Reader 4th (14.0) in the B 100m and 2nd (28.9) in the B 200m, whilst in the 300m Ellie Owen was 2nd (46.3), with Megan Lewis 1st (47.5) in the B 300m.

In the Male Sprints, Bradley Parsons was 4th (11.7) in the U20M 100m and 6th (24.4) in the 200m, with Charles Utomi 5th (12.6) in the B 100m, whilst in the U17M Angelo Vinci was 5th (12.1) in the 100m and 6th (24.6) in 200m, with Joseph Smalley 2nd (12.5) in the B 100m and Riley Nagle was 2nd (25.0) in the B 200m. Ruben Shaw was also 5th (55.0) in the U20M 400m.

Danielle Whipp continued her good form by winning (2:20.4) the U20W 800m and 400m (63.4), as well as 4th (1.40m) in the High Jump, with Chloe Norman was 1st (65.4) in the B 400m, while Max Swarbrick ran the U17M 1500m was 2nd (4:41.0) as well as 2nd (6.79m).

Scott Sinclair, after 2nd (5.72m) in the U17M Long Jump, again demonstrated his class in the Triple Jump by winning with a brilliant 13.07m, whilst Georgia Norman was 2nd (9.45m) in the U17W Triple Jump. Natalia Luczak was also in good form in the U17W Long Jump, winning with a PB 5.07m, with Leah Howard 1st (4.63m) in the B competition, while Megan Lewis competing as an U20W was 4th (4.21m) in the Long Jump. In the vertical jumps, Chloè Parsons took full points in the U17W Pole Vault with 2.30m and Leah Howard was 2nd (1.50m) in the U17W High Jump, and also was 2nd (13.3) in the 80m Hurdles.

In the Throws Alex Slater (U17M) was 1st (11.77m), 2nd (37.55m) in the Discus and 3rd (24.33m) in the Hammer, whilst Charlotte Jones was 2nd (35.03m) in the U17W Hammer and 1st (13.96m) in the B Javelin.

In the Relays Broomhead, Lewis, Reader and Owen were 1st (52.2) in the U17W 4x100m Relay, while in the other Relays U20W 4×100 was 4th (54.5), U17M 4x100m was 4th (50.3) and U20M 4x400m was 2nd (4:02.0).

Also competing were Beth Vaziri, Jack Raddon and Harry Snelson.

Four of the BWFAC Pole Vault squad travelled to the Manchester Pole Vault Open, held at Sportscity. The biggest success was posted by U15 Girl Grace Dunn who posted an 11 centimetre PV of 2.61m, sending her to the top of the North West rankings. Teammates George Mackenzie (U15B) jumped 2.41m, with Keira Tomes (U13G) jumping 2.01m and Ellise Balshaw 1.91m.
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26th June 2019

407A7891.jpgThe fourth Inter Club race of the season was hosted by Thornton Cleveleys Running Club on the Cleveleys cliffs and Promenade on a still cloudy evening. Rob Danson of Wesham was first of 329 at the five mile race in 25:09, with Luke Minns 2nd in 26:27, leading the BWFAC Open Team to third place, with Phil Leybourne (14th), Emily Japp (15th), John Wright (23rd), Ethan Mcevoy (27th), Simon Reason (47th), Paul Sparrow (49th), Mark Warner (55th), Andrew Simm (60th) and Liam Brown (63rd). The Women’s Team was second with Emily Japp (who finished 2nd (28:54) behind Liz Abbott (28:35) of LSARRC), Bev Wright, Nicola Unsworth, Basia Pawelczak and Laura Lawler, while F40 Women’s team were 4th, the Open Vets team 4th, the Vet 50s 2nd and the Vet 60s 3rd.

In the Sabden Trail hilly 6 mile race, which is part of the BWFAC Trail Championships Steve Dunn was 72nd (47:57), Amanda Fuller 218th (69:12) and Tracey Sharrock 234th (74:30), while at the hilly Hawkshead 10K Phil Leybourne was 8th & 1st Vet 50 (37:02) and female Vet 50 (43:45).

At the Crazy Cow 10K held in Avenham, Preston, Anthony Blight was 50th (47:43), with Basia Pawelczak 54th (47:47), Nicola Unsworth 68th (49:49) and Elaine Hudson 283rd (70:39).

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At the June Club 3.72 mile Handicap Anthony Blight was fastest with 26:31, while the following recorded PBs: Basia Pawelczak 27:03, Kate Lakeland 27:36, Dawn Maher 27:47 and Tracey Sharrock 34:32.

With just one fixture left, BWFAC secured a third successive victory in the Youth Development League (Division 2 West for U13/U15 athletes and with a lead of 5 points and just one further fixture, it looks likely the team will confirm the title next time. Among the many excellent performances were the U15 Boys victories in the 4x100m Relay of 49.2 by Matthew Poole, Jefferson Kong, Henry Manson and Will Riley and the 4x300m of 2:56.0 by Thomas Fairhurst, Elliott Serella, Rafael Eaton setting new Club Records.

Leah Howard was 9th with PB 3787 points and part of the Lancashire Heptathlon team, which finished 3rd at the North West Regional Combined Events Championship, whilst at England Under 20/23 Championships Fiona Hockey was ninth in the U23 Pole Vault.

There were 12 BWFAC runners at the local parkruns, with Ian Dawson the fastest with 18:53 in 2nd place at Fleetwood Promenade. Also at Fleetwood were long term members Tony and Liz Airnes in their first ever parkrun with 25:35 and 34:09.
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24th June 2019

Leah Howard was part of the Lancashire Inter Girls Heptathlon team at the North West Regional Combined Events Championship. She was 9th overall and 2nd counter for the Lancashire team, which finished third, posting three PBs in the Shot Putt (9.30m), 200m (28.2) and 800m (2:38.2), as well as overall in the full Heptathlon with 3787 points. The Lancashire team overall in all the various competitions finished first.

The third fixture of the Youth Development League for U13 and U15 athletes Division 2 West was held in Ashton-under-Lyne. Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC had won the first two fixtures and victory at this penultimate match, would all but confirm the League Title and promotion to Division One. The 39 strong team of young athletes did not disappoint as they won by over 120 match points with 669, and in the eight club League, are 5 league points ahead of the next club.

It was warm, mostly sunny day, perfect conditions for good performances, and the BWFAC Relay squads did not disappoint. The U13 Girls team of Rubie Linley, Millie Turner, Marcia Rutter and Keira Tomes ran an immaculate 4x100m relay to finish 1st in 58.0, while in the U13 Boys relay, despite it not being the full regular team, Oliver Nunn, Connor Norman, Braydon Marsh and Jack Richardson finished 4th (58.0). The U15 Girls team of Iona Cossens, Jasmine Loveridge, Kitty Mason and Holly Brooke were 4th (57.1), while the star performance was by the U15 Boys team of Matthew Poole, Jefferson Kong, Harry Manson and Will Riley who won with 49.2, over 10 seconds ahead of the next team. It also broke the long standing Club U15 Boys 4×100 Relay course record and was just a fifth of a second outside the 1984 Blackpool & Fylde AC record.

In the 4x300m Relays the U15 Girls team of Jasmine Loveridge, Gracie Rutter, Erica Reid and Joanne Upton-Fletcher were 2nd (3:08.3), while the U15 Boys team of Thmas Fairhurst, Elliot Serela, Rafael Eaton and Henry Manson was first with 2:49.2, which also broke the U15 Boys 4x300m Relay 2012 Club record (2:56.0).

BWFAC has a strong squad of sprinters, especially in in the U15 Boys category, with Will Riley winning the A100m (12.2) and Matthew Poole the B100m (12.6). Poole was 2nd (25.7) in the A200m, while Henry Manson was 1st (25.9) in the B100. Thomas Fairhurst (41.3) and Elliot Serela (42.3) were both 2nd in the A and B 300m races. Riley also won the 80m Hurdles in a grade 1 time of 11.9. The U15 Girls sprint team performed well with Holly Brooke 3rd (13.9) and Iona Cossens 1st (13.8) in the A and B 100m, while Joanne Upton-Fletcher 3rd in the 200m (28.6), with Iona Cossens 1st (28.5) in the B race. Upton-Fletcher was again 3rd (45.2) in 300m, with Jasmine Loveridge 1st (45.9) in the B race.

There is also a strong group of sprinters in the U13 Girls, where Millie Turner was 2nd (11.1) in the A75m, with Rubie Linley 1st (11.1) in the B race. Linley was also 1st (21.9), in the B150m, with Keira Tomes 3rd (22.1) in the A race. Tomes also won (1.35m) the High Jump, and posted a grade one time of 11.9 in winning the 70m Hurdles, with Marcia Rutter 1st (12.9) in the B race. Jack Richardson (A100m 3rd 13.9 and A200m 1st 28.2) and Connor Norman (B100m 2nd 14.5 and B100m 4th 29.7) shared the sprint duties for the U13 Boys

The warm conditions weren’t totally welcomed by the middle distance runners. Gordon Ballantyne battled it out with Leon Wilson of Lancaster in the U13 Boys 1500m, finishing 2nd (5:04.7), while in the 800m races Braydon Marsh (2:59.2) and Alfie Hall (2:45.7) ran. In the U13 Girls 1200m Jessica Ramsden was 5th (4:45.4), while in the 800m races Lisa Perry was 5th (2:44:4) in the A race and Layla Wholey 1st (2:44.3) jn the B race. Betty Kershaw was 6th (5:28.8) in the 1500m, with Erika Reid and Kitty Mason running in the 800m races, whilst in the U15 Boys 800m, Rafael Eaton posted a PB 2:14.2 in 2nd in the A race, with Zac Matadigo 5th (2:51.3).

Pole Vault is a strong event for BWFAC, with Jefferson Kong 2nd on countback with 2.50m, with Seb Holt 1st (2.20m) the B competition, whilst Talia Armstead (2.20m) and Ellise Balshaw (2.10m) won the A and B U15 Girls Pole Vault. Armstead was 3rd (1.38m) in the U15 Girls High Jump, with Kitty Mason 1st (1.25m) in the B, competition, whilst in the U15 Boys High Jump Holt was 2nd (1.55m), with Kong 1st (1.30m) in the B competition.

Henry Manson (5.08) and Jefferson Kong (4.95m) were first in the U15 Boys A and B Long Jump’s, whilst Gracie Rutter was 2nd (4.50m) in the A U15 Girls Long Jump, with Alicia Threlfall 1st (4.41m) in the High Jump. Millie Turner (4.12m) and Marcia Rutter (3.76m) won full points in the U13 Girls Long Jump, with Oliver Nunn jumping 3.63m in the U13 Boys competition.

Talia Ball again was the mainstay in the throws with 3rd (7.73m) in the Shot, with Kitty Mason also 3rd (7.11) in the B competition, whilst in the Hammer, Ball was 4th (18.31) and 5th in the B Discus (13.15m), with Upton-Fletcher 7th (13.39) in the A competition. In the U15 Boys Throws, Thomas Fairhurst was 3rd (7.73m) in the Shot, with Matthew Poole 4th (5.84m) in the B Shot, whilst in the Discus Will Riley was 2nd (21.56), with Seb Holt 2nd (17.70m) in the B Discus, and in the Javelin Zac Matadigo was 5th (16.12m), with Rafael Eaton 2nd (14.11m) in the B Javelin. Braydon Marsh (7th 4.80m) and Oliver Nunn (8th 3.90m) shared the duties in the U13 Boys A an B Shot, with Connor Norman 6th (21.69m) in the Javelin.
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19th June 2019

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The third Inter Club race of the season was hosted by Preston Harriers on an overcast and showery evening, on a two lap course over 4 miles by the River Ribble. For the first lap BWFAC’s Luke Minns ran along with Wesham’s Rob Danson, until the second lap when Danson moved ahead to finish 1st in 19:27 of 340, with Minns 2nd in 20:03. Early on Liz Abbott of Lytham St Annes RRC led the Women’s race with Emily Japp tracking her, but with 500 metres to go Japp took took the lead to finish first woman in 21:25.

Overall the BWFAC team of Minns (2nd), Japp (10th), John Wright (18th), Ethan Mcevoy (22nd), Ian Dawson (37th), Paul Sparrow (49th), Mark Warner (56th), Steve Dunn (59th), Andrew Simm (61st) and Chris Wylie (81st), finished sixth, while the Women’s team of Japp, Bev Wright, Natasha Armstead, Basia Pawelczak and Nicola Unsworth were second, with the F40 team of Wright, Armstead, Unsworth, Andrea Smith and Laura Lawler, first. The Vets team was fifth, the Vet 50s third and the Vet 60s fourth.

IMG_5951The Freckleton Half Marathon is the oldest in the UK and four BWFAC runners took on the challenge, with Paul Sparrow completing the course through the Fylde countryside in 45th (1:30:10), with Basia Pawelczak 191st (1:48:53), Brandon Willoughby 194th (1:48:58) and Laura Lawler 261st (1:56:18), while the previous day at the Pilling 10K, Anthony Blight was 22nd (45:39), with Basia Pawelczak 3rd woman in 24th (46:23) and Dawn Maher 1st Vet 35 in 30th (48:48).

Derek Crane took on the tough Tour of Tameside, four races in four days, recording the following times: X Trail 10K – 57:18, Hell on The Fell 6 mile – 67:03, Hero Half Marathon Trail – 2:11:10 and the Dr Ron Hyde 7 mile road run – 65:47, making a total time of 5:21:36 and an overall position of 296th out of 413 finishers.

The 2nd Senior North of England T&F League meeting was held at the Litherland Sports Park, with the team finishing a fine 2nd to Preston, with many excellent individual performances. Amongst outstanding results there were several double victories by Katy Wyper in the 100 (12.1) and 200 (24.6) metres, and also anchoring Olivia Hanby, Nia Rutter and Natalia Luczak to victory in the 4x100m Relay; Nia Rutter in the 100m Hurdles (15.0) and B 200m; Emily Japp in the 3000m (10:01.0) and 1500m (4:50.8); and Scott Sinclair in the Long Jump (6.24m) and Triple Jump (13.11m).

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Ethan Mcevoy, having finished first at the Blackpool parkrun the previous week, was also first at the Lytham Hall parkrun with a PB of 17:46. There were also PBs by Joshua Mathias-Davey of 21:27 at Blackpool and Gina Whitley of 24:24 at Fleetwood Promenade
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12 June 2019

The main athletic fixture featuring Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes last week, was the Lancashire Schools AA Championship held at Stanley Park, where they represented their individual School Districts. Wind and rain dominated the day, making life difficult for all, especially in the Pole Vault and High Jump competitions. An important element of the competition is to achieve a high level of performance. The National Standard and the Entry Standard which qualifies the athlete for the supreme Schools competition, the English Schools Championships and the lower level County Standard. The most impressive BWFAC performance was by William Riley who achieved Entry Standard with a PB of 11.8 in winning the Junior 80m Hurdles; while County Standards were achieved by Mary-Jayne Broomhead, Bradley Parsons, Andrew Woodhouse and Angelo Vinci in the 100m sprints; James Nicholas in the 400m; Leah Howard in the High Jump; Scott Sinclair in the Long Jump; and by both George Mackenzie and Jefferson Kong in the Pole Vault.

BWFAC’s top lady sprinter Katy Wyper competed for her second claim club, Wigan & District Harriers in the Division One fixture of the UK Women’s League, finishing 3rd with 12.08 in the 100 metres A race and 5th (25:25) in the A 200 metre race.

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The Civil Service National 10K Championship Race was held at the Olympic Park in London, where BWFAC Club Secretary Nick Hume finished 59th in 43:56 and was first Vet 60.

Four BWFAC competed in the Leo Pollard Memorial Fell Race, also part of the Inter Club Fell Championship, battling heavy rain, hail and mud. Steve Dunn was 47th (1:03:36), with Mark Warner 72nd (1:08:39), Simon Scarr 129th (1:25:20) and Amanda Fuller 148th (1:38:32).

At the local parkruns Ethan Mcevoy was 1st in 18:17 at Blackpool, with Joshua Mathias-Davey recording 22:19, Basia Pawelczak 22:36, Paul Eaton 22:43 and Linda Marsden 31:52, while at Lytham Hall, Paul Sparrow posted 20:10, Peter Singleton 23:09 and Howard Henshaw 32:53, and at Fleetwood, Steve Dunn ran 21:25, with Aimee Harling posting 8:46 at the 2K junior Park View parkrun in Lytham.

BWFAC Athletes of the Month for May are Talia Armstead for her progress in both the High Jump and Pole Vault, where she recently posted a PB of 2.50m, while Harry Snelson showed exemplary sportsmanship in stopping to help an injured competitor during a track race. Also nominated where Grace Oates, Phelix Kowalski and Scott Sinclair.
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4th June 2019

Track & Field dominated the action last week for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC.

The Northern Athletics Under 20 & Senior Championships were held the Sportcity Athletic Track in Manchester. Katy Wyper was 2nd to Wigan’s Danielle McGifford in the heats of the Senior Women’s 100 metres and in the final again was 2nd in 11.96, with McGifford first in 11.78. The next day the roles were reversed, with Wyper winning Gold in the 200 metres (24.36), and with McGifford 2nd in a PB 24.50.

Nia Rutter’s recent tough regime of training paid-off, as she won Bronze in the Senior Women’s Shot Putt with a PB of 12.03 metres and was 4th in the 100m Hurdles, again with a PB of 14.89.

Daniel Stanley won Silver in the Senior Men’s Pole Vault with a PB 3.90 metres, while George Fox (T37) was 4th with 12.71 in the Ambulent 100 metres.

Under 17 athlete Scott Sinclair was 6th with 6.11m in the U20 Men’s Long Jump, while Bradley Parsons posted 11.42 in the U20M 100m heats, with U17s James Nicholas and Riley Nagle posting 52.55 and 54.36 in the U20M 400 metre heats.

There was also a Mid Lancs League meeting at the UCLan track in Preston, where over 40 BWFAC athletes competed, with in the Senior ranks, Danielle Whipp 2nd (2:26.3) in the 800m, Chloe Norman 2nd (65.6) in the 400m and Susan Ball 2nd (7.65m) in the Shot Putt and 3rd (25.77m) in the Discus. The stand out results in the junior categories were Alex Slater’s double victories in the Shot Putt (11.32m) and Discus (35.60 PB), Rafael Eaton triple PBs in the 1500m of 4:50.7 (2nd), the 400m of 59.3 (3rd) and 200m of 26.6 (4th); while in the U17 Men and U15 Boys 800 metre races, there were big PBs by Max Swarbrick of 2:10.6 (3rd) and Luke Rawcliffe of 2:14.9 (1st) respectively.

David Twizell took on the challenge of the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Sprint Triathlon, involving 750m swim, 19.8K bike and 5.4K run in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, and finishing 2312th of 4082 in 1:46:25.

The Penyghent Fell Race over 10.5K with a total climb of 564 metres was the challenge for Peter Singleton, which he completed in 1:15:29 (154th), while Kirsty Holland ran the 17K Grasmere Gallop in 2:13:36 (198th) and at the mid-week Levens 10K held near Kendal, Phil Leybourne (2nd claim) was 6th and first Vet in 36:39.

There were 16 BWFAC runners led by Simon Reason (18:14) in 3rd at the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun, while at the Blackpool parkrun there were four BWFAC runners.
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28 May 2019

Katy Wyper was again chosen to represent Scotland at the Loughborough International, where in the 100 metres she was 6th (12.05) and was part of the Scottish 4x100m Relay team, which were 4th in 46.64.

Version 2The BWFAC Under 20s and 17 team finished fourth at the 2nd fixture of the Upper Youth Development held at a windy Ellesmere Port.  There were several very good performances, including in particular victories by Danielle Whipp (U20W) in a testing double of 400m (62.5) and 800m (2:29.1), Ellie Owen’s win (45.5) in the U17W 300m and Alex Slater 11.55m PB win in the U17M Shot Putt.

Six U15 and U13 BWFAC athletes competed at Trafford Medal meeting, where George Mackenzie and Seb Holt were 2nd and 3rd in the High Jump, while U13G Millie Turner was 2nd (10.97) overall in 75 metres and 3rd of 29 with 3.87m in the Long Jump.

Version 2Ian Dawson was 6th (18:03) in the Catforth 5K with Paul Beech 13th (19:34), Basia Pawelczak 25th (21:39), Dawn Maher 38th (23:09 PB) and Kirsty Holland 53rd (26:53).  Not satisfied with just one race, Holland later then took on the challenge of the Hutton Roof Fell Race (7miles/1302 feet) where she was 172nd in 2:08:48.  Peter Singleton was 94th (1:15:29) and Ian Close 148th (1:29:22), while at the Blackpool Promenade 10 Miler, Ethan McEvoy was 4th with 61:16.

At the popular Wesham 10K, Mark Warner was first BWFAC runner in 66th (41:36) with Christopher Wylie (69th 41:48 PB), Stephen Dunn (76th 42:09), Anthony Blight (106th 44:05 PB), Basia Pawelczak (144th 45:52 PB), Andrea Smith (163rd (47:04), Dawn Maher (177th 48:06), Simon Scarr (193rd 49:18), Rick Pinches (274th 53:83), Kirsty Holland (296th 55:14) and Tracey Sharrock (361st 63:24), while at the Blackpool Promenade 10 Miler, Ethan Mcevoy was 4th in 61:17.

In other road races, Gina Whitley was 69th (52:41) at the Pilling 10K, while at the Worden Park 10K, Fran Connolly was 169th (58:08) and Lisa Lambert 200th (58:58).

407A6694At the local parkruns, at Blackpool Rafael Eaton posted a 18:57 PB, Paul Sparrow 19:34, Anthony Blight 21:35, Paul Eaton 22:35, Danielle Baines 24:46, Lisa Lambert 28:07 and Cheryl Rickwood 32:29, while at Fleetwood Ellen McLachlan recorded 24:07 and Kate Chandler 29:41.  At Lytham Hall Anne Bradshaw posted 21:15 in her first ever parkrun, with Howard Henshaw 31:56, while at Park View 2K junior parkrun Aimee Harling ran 8:48.

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27th May 2019

The second fixture of the of the Youth Development League NW 2 for U17s and U20s was held at Ellesmere Port. After some early light rain it was mainly dry, although there was a very gusty wind.

It was a good test for the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC sprinters, who recorded the following results in the U20 age category races: Bradley Parsons A100m 5th (12.1), B200m 1st (24.9); Andrew Woodhouse B100m 2nd (12.2), A200m 4th (24.7); running as an U20 Nekkisha Wilson A100m 4th 13.8 and A200m 3rd (29.0 PB). In the Under 17 category: James Nicholas 100m 5th (12.2), 200m 4th (23.9); Joseph Smalley B100m 2nd (12.5), B200m 2nd (25.4); Mary-Jayne Broomhead A100m 3rd 13.2, A200m 2nd (27.1 PB) and Natalia Luczak in the A300m was 2nd 48.5, while Ellie Owen in the B race was 1st (45.5). Leah Howard was also 3rd (13.4) in the 80m Hurdles.

Danielle Whipp after finishing first (62.5) in the U20W 400m, convincingly won (2:29.1) the 800m; while in the U17M 800m, James Smith was 2nd (2:12.0), and in the 1500m Max Swarbrick was 3rd in a PB 4:36.9.

Scott Sinclair continued his good form in the linear Jumps, with 2nd (5.66m) in the Long Jump and 1st (12.40m) in the Triple Jump, while Andrew Woodhouse was 4th (5.25m) in the U20M Long Jump. In the U17W Long Jump, Leah Howard was 2nd (4.81m), while in the B competition, Natalia Luczak was 1st (4.80m).

The strong gusty wind made life tough for the vertical jumpers, especially in the Pole Vault, with Chloe Parsons (1st) and Sam Howarth (4th) jumping the minimum heights for the points, while Jasmine Carey, who has important competitions soon, decided not to risk injury. In the High Jumps, Danielle Whipp 4th (1.35m) in the U20W and Leah Howard was 3rd (1.45m) in the U17W competition, while Sam Howarth was 4th (1.55m) in the U17M.

In the U17W Throws, Charlotte Jones was 4th (29.72m) in the Hammer, while Kacie Calvert was 4th (22.35m PB) in the Discus and 2nd (27.51m) in the Javelin. In the U20W Javelin Natasha Webster was 2nd (31.55m). Alex Slater was first in the U17M Shot Putt with a PB 11.55m, 3rd (29.68m) in the Discus and 4th (23.74m) in the Javelin, while Beth Vaziri was 6th (7.52m) in the U17W Shot Putt.

In the 4×100 Relays the U20 Women’s team was 4th (55.3) and the U17M team was 2nd (51.3), while the full team as a whole, despite many gaps in personal, finished an encouraging fourth.

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On Bank Holiday Monday there was a chance for the Under 13s and 15s to compete at the Trafford Medals meeting, where there was the added benefit of electronic timing. Under 15 boy team mates George Mackenzie and Seb Holt both jumped 1.55m winning Silver and Bronze respectively, with Holt also winning Bronze in the Discus with 15.82m.

In the Under 13 Girls category, Millie Turner enjoyed a good day winning her heat (joint 2nd overall) of the 75m with 10.97, was 3rd of 29 (3.87m) and 6th in the Shot Putt with a PB 4.75m; while Marcia Rutter posted 13.55 in the 70m Hurdles, 23.17 in the 150m and was 16th in the Long Jump with 3.62m.

In the Under 15 Girls, Gracie Rutter posted 13.42 in the 75m Hurdles and 14.35 in the 100m, while Alicia Threlfall posted 13.80 in the 100m Hurdles and 15.02 in the 100m.

Away the Track at the parkruns, Rafael Eaton was 4th with a PB 18.57 at Stanley Park and at the Park View junior 2K parkrun, Aimee Harling was first girl in 8.48.

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21st May 2019

Last weekend was a busy on both the Track and Road for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC.

Liam Craine in his first race of the year, ran the tough Windermere Marathon, involving a complete circuit of the lake, with many testing climbs, finishing 42nd in 3:21:14.

IMG_4988.jpgAt the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run Half Marathon, Paul Plummer was 204th in 1:33:06, with Basia Pawelczak recording 1:51:19, Ellen McLachlan 1:52:44, Beverley Gigli 2:21:58 and Sarah Gigli 2:24:35, while at the Essar Cheshire Half Marathon, Chris Lloyd was 274th, with Amanda Fuller recording 2:00:12, Nickola Walker 2:19:01 and Fiona Little 3:03:26. Laura Lawler was 284th in 2:03:25 at Worcester Half Marathon.

Nearer to home Caroline Betmead was 3rd lady (30th overall) in 1:06:51 at St Annes Triathlon, with David Twizell 166th in 1:23:15.

As part the BWFAC Road Championship, the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun is was chosen as the sixth fixture. There was great turnout by club members, who also celebrated with Simon Scarr and Rick Pinches as they both reached 50 parkruns.

IMG_4949.JPGJohn Wright was 2nd overall and 1st BWFAC in 18:21, with George Robinson in 19:55, Steve Dunn 19:57, Paul Beech 20:01, Joshua Mathias-Davey 20:12, Bev Wright 20:13, Peter Bradburn 20:41, Brandon Willoughby 21:48, Basia Pawelczak 22:01, Paul Eaton 22:43, Peter Singleton 22:55, Fran Connolly 23:21, Simon Scarr 23:30, Ellen Mclachlan 24:08, David Twizell 25:37, Amanda Fuller 25:39, Rick Pinches 25:44, Bob Massey 26:32, Julie Sinclair 26:49, Mark Warner (who ran son George) 27:18, Jennifer Burtonwood 27:24, Nickola Walker 27:28, Isabel Mcnamee 28:15, Lisa Lambert 28:16, Cheryl Rickwood 29:32, Howard Henshaw 30:28, Rafael Eaton 31:15, Clare Clarke 35:28, Fiona Little 37:48 and Andy Hume 42:27.

The BWFAC Under 13 and 15 track & field squad competed at the second fixture of the held in Bury Youth Development League Division 2 West and secured a second victory.

The next day the Senior team competed in the first fixture of the North of England League Division 2 West with the team finishing third of six, unfortunately due to lack of officials, points were deducted and the team was relegated to fifth place.

However there were still many good performances, with these particularly standing out: Nia Rutter victory in the 100m Hurdles, also her amazing PB of 26.9 PB win in the B 200m; Emily Japp 3000m win (10:19.3) also her 2nd (4:54.1) in the 1500m; Rachael Bashforth Discus win (28.20) and Louis Walker win with 49.80m PB in the Javelin. The final race was the Men’s 4x400m Relay and there was quiet confidence of a good result, even against the might of Preston and Bolton. Luke Minns led off and was just behind Bolton at the changeover to U17 James Nicholas, who passed to Riley Nagle (U17) then level with Bolton. Nagle took lead and then Michael Brent-Reid anchored the team to victory in 3:35.5.

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19 March 2019

54517193_10211872365878432_2791530104457527296_nAt the Fleetwood Rotary Daffodil 10K, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Ian Dawson was second in 37:10 behind Paul Muller of Northern Vets, with BWFAC’s Malcolm Beech 24th in a PB 54:18 and Jeff Wright 33rd in a 60:33.

Paul Sparrow took on the challenge of the Trimpell 20 (mile) finishing 71st in 2:27:43. Paul used the 20 mile run, an out and back course along the River Lune, as preparation for his run at the London Marathon in April. At the Bath Half Marathon Amanda Fuller recorded 2:04:31, Nickola Walker 2:23:18 and Fiona Little 3:03:03.

First across the line at the 3.72 mile March Handicap was Malcolm Beech in a PB 31:32. Other handicappers were Paul Beech in 31:33, Tony Croft 34:18, Amanda Fuller 31:53, Graham Davies 32:47, Martin Bates 32:48, Tony Aires 32:48, Nicola Unsworth 27:02, Peter Gibson 29:33 and Ian Dawson 23:00.

There were tough conditions with wind and rain at last Saturday’s parkruns. Running at Blackpool parkrun was Mark Warner (20:04), Peter Bradburn (21:38), Paul Eaton (23:31), Simon Scarr (24:41 PB), Peter Gibson (24:55) and Malcolm Beech (26:53).

img_0670.jpgAt the Lytham Hall parkrun, the BWFAC runners were, Paul Sparrow (20:17), Caroline Betmead (20:25), Peter Singleton (23:27) and Debbie Terras (31:55), while Michelle Tickle (23:12) and Simon Tickle (23:17) did some parkrun tourism at Long Eaton in Derbyshire.

Athletes of the Month for February are Jasmine Carey, who was Silver Medallist in the Pole Vault at the National U17W Age Group Championships and Malcolm Beech who has achieved a number of PBs in parkruns and at the Stanley Park 10Km.

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18 March 2019

54432262_10158325884832782_886363636509966336_nBlackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Luke Rawcliffe was part of the Lancashire squad at the New Balance English Schools Cross Country Championships, held at Temple Newsam Park, near Leeds. Luke ran in the Junior Boys race and was 62nd (14:40) out of 343 runners and the first counter back for the Lancashire team, which finished 27th overall on a tough muddy course.

It was very wet and blustery day for the Saturday parkruns. At the Blackpool parkrun Ethan McEvoy aged 16, finished first in 18:48 and Rafael Eaton aged 13 was 5th in 20:44.

At the Sunday Park View 2Km junior parkrun, the run started in bright sunshine, however half way round, a heavy hailstorm started, which proved to be very uncomfortable for the young runners. BWFAC’s Lucy Tickle was 2nd and first girl in 7:39, with Holly Tickle 2nd girl in 9:10, and Aimee Harling 3rd girl in 9:22.

On Saturday, BWFAC are hosting their early season Winter Warm-up meeting at Stanley Park. Blackpool young members will be able to test how well their winter training has progressed whilst competing against other athletes from across the country. Last year took place when the ‘Beast from the East’ had deposited snow across the country. Although there wasn’t any lying snow in Blackpool, a few flurries did sweep across the track and it was very cold – not track & field weather at all! Everyone at BWFAC are keeping their fingers crossed that this year, the weather on Saturday will be much more spring-like. Opportunities are available for anyone interested in helping experienced officials at this UKA licenced meeting. For more information please contact Charles Garrett by email at charlesgarrett079@gmail.com

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13 March 2019

Despite the stormy weather last weekend, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC runners were involved in races across the country.

One of the biggest races was the Vitality Big Half held in London, won by Sir Mo Farah, with Charlotte Purdue first Woman. After missing out on competing in the Malta Half Marathon, which was cancelled due to the horrific weather, Nicola Unsworth finished the Big Half in an excellent 1:41:35 (2697th), despite 40mph winds!

Version 2One of the major local races was the Trafford 10K, where Luke Minns was 47th in a PB 32:24, with Harry Poole 91st in 33:53 (PB). At the Dentdale 14, held in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Ian Dawson was 21st in 1:37:53.

54411808_10216999858482335_102947535701671936_nThe first race of the Club’s 2019 Trail Championship was the 9Km Roddlesworth Roller, held in Abbey Village near Chorley. First BWFAC runner home was Simon Reason in 38th (40:59), with Simon Scarr 113th (48:52), Fran Connolly 163rd (53:25), Amanda Fuller 177th (54:54), Bob Massey 207th (58:06), Beverley Gigli 214th (59:39), Julie Sinclair 223rd (63:15), Isabel Mcnamee 225th (63:17), Nicola Walker 229th (63:47), Jennifer Burtonwood 241st (65:43), Kim Blake 250th (69:01) and Fiona Little 253rd (68:16).

On the Track & Field front, Leah Howard was 37th with 2463 points in the Pentathlon at the England Combined Events Championships held in Sheffield, while at Vault Cardiff, Fiona Hockey recorded 3.53m in the Pole Vault and six young athletes competed at the final Sale Indoor Winter Series.

The Blackpool Winter Warm-up track & field meeting will take place at the Stanley Park Arena next Saturday, March 23rd. Opportunities are available for anyone interested in helping experienced officials at this UKA licenced meeting. For more information contact Charles Garrett by email on charlesgarrett079@gmail.com

At the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, held in Loughborough, Danielle Whipp was 165th (23:25) on the 5Km Under 17 Women’s race.

On the fells, Peter Singleton ran the 16.7Km Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round, with a total climb of 590 metres, completing the route in 1:35:54 (146th).

Steve Dunn was 2nd in 21:16 at Fleetwood Promenade parkrun, while at Lytham Hall parkrun, Peter Singleton posted 23:06 and Howard Henshaw 32:01.

At Blackpool parkrun, Rafael Eaton ran 20:42, Peter Bradburn 21:35, Paul Eaton 22:43, Peter Gibson 24:40, Basia Pawelczak 25:30, Simon Scarr 25:35, Alison Titterington 27:16, David Twizell 27:26, while Mark Warner ran with his young son George in 29:12, with Wayne Norris posting 29:27 and Fiona Little 41:19.

At the Fell Foot parkrun in Newby Bridge Amanda Fuller posted a PB 28:49 and Nickola Walker 31:53.

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12 March 2019

IMPORTANT INFO – PLEASE READ BELOW

  • The Senior Women’s team still require two runners for the 6 Stage Northern Road Relays on Sunday 24 March. Choice of two distances either 4.9 miles or 2.8 miles. Please contact Laura Lawler for more information. Closing date for entries Friday 15 March.
  • A Mid Lancs Track & Field Co-ordinator is required URGENTLY. If anyone is interested in discussing this post further please contact Nick Hume.
  • If anyone is able to help out at the forthcoming BWFAC Winter Warm Up on Saturday 23 March, please contact Charlie Garrett
  • To view the list of runners already registered for this year’s Inter Club Series please click here.  Blackpool Inter Club takes place on Wednesday 3 April, please contact Nick Hume or Bob Massey if you are able to volunteer/marshal from 6.30 pm. Race starts at 7.00 pm.
  • An email has been sent to all members regarding membership renewal and the forthcoming AGM. Proposals have to be submitted to the committee at least one week before the AGM which takes place on Wednesday 24 April 2019. Please click here to view the AGM Agenda. If you haven’t received an email, you can download the relevant forms/letter below or contact Nick Hume:
  • Letter to Members 2019
  • AGM Agenda 2019
  • BWFAC Renewal Application Form 2019 – 2020

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12 March 2019

Junior News

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes were competing in the Indoor Athletic meetings in Sheffield and Manchester and also the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships in Loughborough.

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The England Athletics U15 and U17 Combined Events Championships were held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. In her first season as an Under 17, Leah Howard took on the challenge of the Indoor Pentathlon, with five events being completed in one day. Leah posted 10.20 in the 60m Hurdles, jumped 1.47m in the High Jump, recorded 7.49m in the Shot Jump, jumped 4.46m in the Long Jump and in the final event, the 800m, ran 2:54.73. Howard was pleased with a total of 2463 points placing her 37th overall.

53389159_10217539439708117_3682939657525395456_nMeanwhile at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough, Danielle Whipp was part of the Lancashire Under 17 Women’s team. The previous Saturday, Danielle had suffered a heavy fall at the final Mid Lancs League meeting of the season. However Whipp had recovered enough to compete on Saturday and finished 165th in 23:25 on the 5Km course, with the Lancashire team finishing 19th overall.

With the outdoor track & field season imminent, six BWFAC young athletes took the opportunity to compete in the sixth and final fixture of the 2018/19 Sale Harriers Winter Series. In the 60 metre sprints, Matthew Poole equalled his PB with 7.83, Joanne Upton-Fletcher posted 8.99, Iona Cossens recorded 8.77 in the 60m and 47.92 in the 300m, while Katie Welles ran 2:01.54 in the 600m. Alex Slater recorded 1.55m in the High Jump and 10.15m in the Shot Putt.

At the local parkruns, Under 13 runner, Rafael Eaton, was 10th in 20:42 at Blackpool and in heavy driving rain at the Park View junior parkrun, Aimee Harling was first girl in 9:34.

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Senior News

Despite the stormy weather last weekend, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC runners were involved in races across the country.

One of the biggest races was the Vitality Big Half held in London, won by Sir Mo Farrar, with Charlotte Purdue first Woman. After missing out on competing in the Malta Half Marathon, which was cancelled due to the horrific weather, Nicola Unsworth finished the Big Half in an excellent 1:41:35 (2697th), despite 40mph winds!

One of the major local races was the Trafford 10K, where Luke Minns was 47th in a PB 32:24, with Harry Poole 91st in 33:53 (PB).

The first race of the Club’s 2019 Trail Championship was the 9Km Roddlesworth Roller, held in Abbey Village near Chorley. First BWFAC runner home was Simon Reason in 38th (40:59), with Simon Scarr 113th (48:52), Fran Connolly 163rd (53:25), Amanda Fuller 177th (54:54), Bob Massey 207th (58:06), Beverley Gigli 214th (59:39), Julie Sinclair 223rd (63:15), Isabel Mcnamee 225th (63:17), Nicola Walker 229th (63:47), Jennifer Burtonwood 241st (65:43), Kim Blake 250th (69:01) and Fiona Little 253rd (68:16).

On the Track & Field front, Leah Howard was 37th with 2463 points in the Pentathlon at the England Combined Events Championships held in Sheffield, while at Vault Cardiff, Fiona Hockey recorded 3.53m in the Pole Vault and six young athletes competed at the final Sale Indoor Winter Series.

At the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, held in Loughborough, Danielle Whipp was 165th (23:25) on the 5Km Under 17 Women’s race.

On the fells, Peter Singleton ran the 16.7Km Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round, with a total climb of 590 metres, completing the route in 1:35:54 (146th).

Steve Dunn was 2nd in 21:16 at Fleetwood Promenade parkrun, while at Lytham Hall parkrun, Peter Singleton posted 23:06 and Howard Henshaw 32:01.

At Blackpool parkrun, Rafael Eaton ran 20:42, Peter Bradburn 21:35, Paul Eaton 22:43, Peter Gibson 24:40, Basia Pawelczak 25:30, Simon Scarr 25:35, Alison Titterington 27:16, David Twizell 27:26, while Mark Warner ran with his young son George in 29:12, with Wayne Norris posting 29:27 and Fiona Little 41:19.

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7 March 2019

Lancashire Fell Championships

The Lancashire Fellrunning Championships for both Juniors and Seniors will once again be held in conjunction with the Pendle fell race at Barley Village on Saturday 6 April 2019.
Many thanks to Mark Nutter and Alan Dorrington and Clayton le Moors Harriers for once again agreeing to incorporate the Lancashire Championships into the Pendle races.

It’s important that your members understand the Lancashire qualification criteria and tick the Lancashire box on the entry form if eligible. Several people were unsure about this last year.

Lancashire eligibility:
1. By birth ( ie born in Lancashire)
2. By residence ( ie 9 months continuous residence in the County of Lancashire on the date of the race, 6th of April )

(For Juniors please be aware that the Under 23s and Under 19s run with the main Pendle fell race at 2.00 pm)

Details of the Pendle fell races can be found via the link below:

http://www.claytonlemoors.org.uk/races/pendle-fell-races/

Full details of the Lancashire Fell Championships can be found on the Lancashire Athletic Association website on the link below. This includes Lancashire eligibility qualification, Intercounties team selection criteria and links to the Intercounties website and both the Senior (and Under 23s) and Junior (Under 17s and Under 19s) Inter Counties races.

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

If there are any questions or queries please contact Graham Wright on the email address below.

Best Wishes
Graham Wright
Lancashire Athletic Association fell Secretary.
Email: rossendaleharriers@sky.com

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6 March 2019

Crazy Cow 10K and Fun Run

Entries are now open for the Crazy Cow 10k and Crazy Calf Fun Run in Preston taking place on Sunday 23 June with a cowbell medal for all finishers.

Details and entry at https://racebest.com/races/2xgy3

Hambleton 5K

Family fun day incorporating a 5K run around the village of Hambleton on Sunday 26 May starting at 10.50 am

Details can be found here.

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4 March 2019

Senior News

The final Mid Lancs Cross Country League fixture of the season was held at Cuerden Valley Country Park.

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC’s Jess Rogers had an excellent run, finishing 2nd (22:17) on the 5.5Km hilly course, three seconds behind Clare McKeown of Border Harriers. Rogers was also first Under 20 Junior woman, securing the Under 20 Women’s Championship. Together with Bev Wright (25th 26:21) and Basia Pawelczak (33rd 27:15) they were the 4th Women’s team. Laura Lawler (55th 28:29), Dawn Maher (75th 30:11), Fran Connolly (77th 30:15), Amanda Fuller (100th 32:40), Debbie Terras (118th 37:45), Julie Sinclair (125th 38:51) and Jenny Burtonwood (127th 39:35) formed the rest of the ladies squad.

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On the same course in the Vet 70 race, Bob Massey was 7th (34:46) and John Winters was 10th (46:46) with the team finishing 3rd.

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407A6307Finishing 21st in the Men’s race over 10Km, the BWFAC team were Mark Warner (103rd 44:17), Paul Sparrow (108th 44:40), Nick Hume (146th 47:23), Peter Bradburn (157th 48:43), Paul Eaton (207th 55:24), Simon Scarr (211th 57:02) and Alan Wilkinson (225th 67:56), with the Vet 40 team 13th and Vet 50s 9th.

Despite the monsoon conditions at the elite Podium 5Km A Race in Barrowford, Luke Minns posted a PB 15:40 to finish in 25th place.

Peter Singleton was 70th (37:01) in the Kendal Winter League Sedbergh School Fell Race over 6.4Km with a 145 metre climb.

Caroline Betmead was first woman at the Lytham Hall parkrun in 20:12, while at the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun, Peter Gibson posted 23:45 and Ellen McLachlan 24:56.

At the Blackpool parkrun, Steve Dunn posted 19:55, Nicola Unsworth 22:17 (PB), Rick Pinches 24:32, David Twizell 25:02, Malcolm Beech 26:06 (PB), David Heaton 33:36 and Fiona Little 38:44. Also running were Amanda Fuller 26:21, Mark Warner 29:59 and Bob Massey 38:48, who also later ran in the Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture at Cuerden Valley.

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2 March 2019

Junior News

The final Mid Lancs Cross Country meeting of the season was held at Cuerden Valley Country Park. Although blustery, apart from one short shower of rain, the weather conditions were on the whole, relatively kind. The park is hilly providing a good test of cross country ability and for the young runners, it was a tough test.

Version 2The Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC Under 11 Girls team team have enjoyed an excellent season, led by Gracie Scott, who was 4th (6:16) on the 1.8Km course. Ella-May Leonard was 22nd (7:08), with Polly Kershaw 30th (7.18), Jemima Bradburn 39th (7:26) and Aimee Harling 43rd (7:33). The team finished sixth overall and fifth in the final league standings. This is an excellent result as the majority of the girls in the team are only 8 years of age and competing against girls that are in some cases more than two years older. Gracie Scott will pick up the individual Under 11 Girls Bronze Medal at the Mid Lancs Awards Presentation next month.

In the U11 Boys race, the team of Alfie Hall 35th (6:33), Jack Balshaw 36th (6:34) and Billy Kershaw 68th (7:17), finished 10th overall and 9th in the final league standings.

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The Under U13 Girls race was over 2.7Km, with Betty Kershaw 13th (11:25), Louisa Bradburn 31st (12:10), Olivia Sellers 38th (12:30), Holly Tickle 46th (13:24) and Naomi Wrigley 52nd (14:28). The team finished seventh overall and sixth in the league standings.

407A5326In the U13 Boys race over 3.6Km, Rafael Eaton was 4th (13:11), while in the U15 Boys race over 3.7Km, Max Swarbrick was 12th (13:22) and Luke Rawcliffe 20th (13:57), after sprinting in against Sé Loughlin of Liverpool Pembroke Sefton who finished 21st. Lucy Tickle started in the U15 Girls race, as did Danielle Whipp in the U17 Women’s race, however both girls had nasty falls and were unable finish. Latest news is that both girls are recovering well.

Under 11 Girl, Ella-May Leonard ran the next morning in the Park View 2Km junior parkrun, and still full of energy, posted 8:48, just a few seconds outside of her best, finishing first girl.

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1 March 2019

NORTH EAST COUNTIES TO HOST NA 10,000m CHAMPIONSHIPS

As you may have seen on our website we have announced that Northern Athletics are collaborating with the North East Counties to stage the Northern 10K track championship within the North East Counties event on the 24th April.

After its absence in 2018 and a few years of looking for a suitable home we hope that this collaboration will be a long term arrangement for the fixture. Over the last few years the provision of quality 10,000m races has seen a massive decline and although NA has tried to ensure that a Championship event has always been available it hasn’t always been possible.

The invitation from NECAA to host the event is the perfect fit. The race has already proved popular with the North East distance athletes and the introduction of an NA Championship will hopefully widen the appeal even further.

Since launching our NA affiliation scheme (now supported by 190 clubs) NA are keen to introduce new ideas and re-launch some events which have had to be shelved in the past. This is the ideal opportunity to host what should be a good quality 10K track race and we hope that athletes from throughout the North will take advantage of the opportunity and the welcome that is always to be found in the North East. Thanks to Keith Willshire and the NECAA for organising and hosting the race.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday 24th April at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow starting at 18.00.

An entry form can be downloaded here or online entry is available at http://www.race-results.co.uk

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1 March 2019

Jasmine Carey’s early season Pole Vault success continued, as she added to her Northern Indoor Gold by winning a Silver Medal in the U17W Vault with a PB 3.65 metres at the England U15, U17 and U20 Indoor Championships, held in Sheffield.

At the English National Cross Country Championships held at Harewood Park near Leeds, Jess Rogers was 63rd (24:24) in the 6Km Junior Womens race, while Claire Irons was 968th (53:25) in the 8Km Senior Women’s race.

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The main event for the BWFAC road runners was the Lostock 6 Mile race, which was the third designated fixture of the Club Road Championship. Bev Wright was 56th (41:06), 3rd female and collected the FV55 prize. The other BWFAC runners were Chris Rawcliffe (115th 44:27), Laura Lawler (120th 44:50), Brandon Willoughby (142nd 46:00), Andrea Smith (143rd 46:05), Simon Scarr (170th 47:30), Fran Connolly (207th 49:43), David Twizell (219th 50:12), Amanda Fuller (269th 53:05), Bob Massey 325th 56:07), Bethany Corry (342nd 57:10), Isabel McNamee (369th 59:15), Cheryl Rockwood (373rd 59:30), Julie Sinclair (385th 60:44), Jennifer Burtonwood (386th 60:51) and Fiona Little (428th 77:47).

52846299_925144671027439_4766660052058636288_oLast weekend saw the Stanley Park 10k take place on Saturday and Sunday. At the Saturday event, 16 year old Ethan McEvoy produced an impressive 10km debut finishing 4th in 37:24. He improved this on the Sunday finishing the same course in 36:57 and 6th place. Also running on the Saturday was Malcolm Beech aged 68 who achieved a PB 54:58. On Sunday, Ian Dawson finished 40th in 43:45, with Beverley Gigli 259th in 60:08.

Nicola Unsworth travelled to Malta to compete in the GIG Malta Half Marathon, however whilst Blackpool was bathed in Maltese weather, Malta suffered storm force winds and driving rain resulting in the race being cancelled. However, with all entrants received their finishing medal and event t-shirt, BWFAC’s Nicola Unsworth decided she could only earn the right to wear these by running the 13.1 miles the following day.

At Lytham Hall parkrun, Luke Rawcliffe was 5th in a PB of 19:03 while Lucy Tickle posted 22:33, Michelle Tickle 23.09, Amanda Fuller 27:13, Simon Scarr 27:14 and Howard Henshaw 33:22. At the Blackpool parkrun, Peter Bradburn posted 21:18, Anthony Blight 22:37, Louisa Bradburn 23:37 (PB), Peter Gibson 24:34, Rick Pinches 25:12, Basia Pawelczak 25:25 (PB), Ellen McLachlan 26:26 and Wayne Norris 29:06, while at Fleetwood Promenade parkrun Ella-May Leonard aged 8 ran a 23:00 PB. Mark Warner did a little parkrun tourism at Ormskirk with his son George recording 30:05.

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22 February 2019

The nomination criteria for Athlete of the Month has been updated and can be viewed on the ‘Recognition’ section of the website here.

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22 February 2019

At the British Universities & Colleges Indoor Championships held in Sheffield, disability T37 athlete George Fox was 5th overall with a PB 7.96 in a mixed ability 60 metre para final, and based on a points system for the level of ability, George won the silver medal. In the women’s Pole Vault, Fiona Hockey was 10th with 3.60m.

The main local road race was the Great North West Half marathon held along Blackpool Promenade. Natasha Armstead, who has been training with BWFAC, was 182nd in 1:43:12, while Laura Lawler was 234th and 4th FV50 in 1:44:58, with Gina Whiteley 470th in 1:58:23 and Rick Pinches, who used it as part of his training for the London Marathon, was pleased with 2:01:03 (533th).

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At the Blackpool parkrun, former BWFAC athlete Tom Cunningham, back on a visit, was first in 17:01. The times of the BWFAC runners were as follows: Steve Dunn 20:03, Peter Bradburn 21:09, Nicola Unsworth 21:56, Anthony Blight 22:39, Amanda Fuller 25:44 (PB), Derek Crane 25:44, Julie Sinclair 28:02 (PB), Mark Warner, who ran with his son George, 32:13, and Rick Pinches completed the course as the tail-walker.

After the cancellation of Lytham Hall and Fleetwood Promenade parkruns because of the previous week’s stormy weather, they were both back on. At Lytham, BWFAC parkrunners were Seniors Caroline Betmead 20:57, Michelle Tickle 22:27 and Simon Scarr 24:27; while at Fleetwood parkrun, Ian Dawson was 3rd in 18:41, with Peter Gibson posting 23:48, David Twizell 25:13 and Malcolm Beech 26:55.

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19 February 2019

Dates for your diary…

Bury AC 10K Track Race for Seniors and U20s only on Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 7pm. Please click on the link below for more details…

Bury AC 10K Track Race – Entry Form

Lancaster & Morecambe AC Open Meeting

The second annual Lancaster & Morecambe AC Open Meeting is being held on Monday 6 May 2019 and entries are now open for athletes to sign up.

Athletes can sign up by going to:
https://sites.google.com/site/lmacopenmedalmeeting/home/enter-here

If you have any queries please contact the Meeting Manager, Conor Bennett, at conor.athletics@gmail.com

6 & 7 April 2019 – Lancs AA Combined Events Championships at Hyndburn

6 April 2019 – Lancashire Fell Championships, Pendle

1 March 2019 – Entries open for Lancashire Track & Field Championships taking place Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 May 2019.

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18 February 2019

The fifth Sale Harriers Winter Indoor Track & Field series meeting was held at Manchester Regional Centre on the SportCity complex. Competition was quieter than at the previous four meetings, possibly due to the major Indoor Athletic Championships having now been completed.

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Just five Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC junior athletes competed. Alex Slater (U17) again had a good meeting, despite both his events taking place at the same time. In the Shot Putt, Alex probably had his longest throw in the warm-up, however he produced a 2cm PB on his last throw of 11.18m. Slater went straight to the High Jump, already at 1.60m, which he cleared and was then successful at 1.65m. Unfortunately he was unsuccessful at 1.73m, which would have been a new PB.

Having not had the facilities to practise his long jump over the winter months and having grown significantly since last season, Scott Sinclair (U17) struggled with his run-up and was left disappointed with 5.38 metres.

In the 60 metre sprints, Bradley Parsons (U20) posted 7.58, Daisie-Mae Keane (U15) 8.99 and Chloe Parsons (U17) 9.03. Gabriella Bell (U15) posted PBs of 9.16 and 30.94 in both the 60 and 200 metres.

BWFAC Athletes of the Month for January are Imogen Reader for her impressive progress in sprinting having reached the semi-finals of the 60 and 200 metres at the Scottish Indoor Championships, and Seb Holt for his progress particularly in the Pole Vault, posting at PB of 2.11 metres at January’s Vault Manchester.

At the Park View junior parkrun, Ella-May Leonard and Aimee Harling were first and second girls in 8:42 and 9:05 respectively, with Maximus Nelson posting 8:46.

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15 February 2019

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC currently requires new coaches and volunteers to continue the development and growth of Junior athletes. Anyone who is interested in completing a coaching course with BWFAC, should get contact the Club via its website http://www.bwfac.co.uk All that is required is that you can dedicate a minimum of two hours per week and the club’s coaches will mentor you through your England Athletics Level One course and assist with Course Fees depending upon your commitment to BWFAC over a period of time.

The penultimate Mid Lancs Cross Country League was held in the fields around Leigh Sports Village. The BWFAC Women’s team on the 6Km course were led to 10th place overall by Jess Rogers, who finished 6th and 2nd Under 20 (21:02), with Michelle Tickle 42nd (24:09), Laura Lawler 53rd (24:49) and Andrea Smith 66th (25:29).

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Luke Minns battled it out with Wesham’s Rob Danson during the first half of the 10K Men’s race. Danson won in 32:02, with Minns 2nd in 32:23. Together with John Wright 56th (38:01), Nick Hume 151st (43:44), Paul Plummer 176th (45:12), Paul Eaton 200th (47:22), Simon Scarr 232nd (51:13), Rick Pinches 243rd (54:38) and Alan Wilkinson 248th (57:44).

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Having won medals in the Northern and Scottish Championships during the previous two weekends, Katy Wyper travelled to Birmingham for the British Championships reaching the semi-final of the 60 metres, where she finished 5th in 7:55 and only just missing out on the final.

The Muddy Shoes 11 Mile held in the fields around Caldervale, saw Ian Dawson complete the route in 8th (1:35:44), with Anthony Blight 20th (1:57:19) and Kevin Woods 22nd (1:57:54). Peter Singleton was 87th in 32:39 at the Barbondale Fell Race (part of the Kendal Winter League) over 2 miles and 1175 feet.

Ellen McLachlan was 104th in 50:13 at the Lancaster Valentine 10K. While at the Action For Children 5Km evening race held on the Palatine Leisure Centre one kilometre cycle track, Rick Pinches ran 24:54.

At the BWFAC February Monthly Handicap, Nick Hume posted 26:05, Graham Davies 32:24, Malcolm Beech 32:24, Gina Whiteley 29:26, Tony Airnes 32:29, Peter Gibson 29:45 and Tony Croft 37:52.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

FRA Requirements for Runners 2019

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10 February 2019

North West Regional Council update and elections

Dear All,
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;

https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/news/regional-council-elections-2019/

More detail about what it entails, how it works and what you can do are
here;
https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/board-and-national-council/regional-councils/

And I’ve copied below a response I made to someone asking specifically
about the meetings we hold which contains some more information about
those;
“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
below;
https://d192th1lqal2xm.cloudfront.net/2019/01/ea-regional-council-nomination-form-2019.pdf

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.
Regards
Allan Wort
North West Regional Council chair
Mobile; +44 (0) 7884 188008
Email; ajw01@cyteenfoundation.com
Skype; allan.wort

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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).

IMG_9366Last 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.

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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.

51255430_1001453510043768_6147160852794441728_nKeira 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.

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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.

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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.

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3rd February 2019

For details of our forthcoming BWFAC Winter Warm-Up please click on the following link…https://bwfac.co.uk/bwfacwinterwarmup2019/

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3rd February 2019

It was a busy two days last weekend for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC athletes and runners, with action across Britain.

IMG_8823The 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).

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2nd February 2019

Junior News

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.

51064595_423833635021758_4565687631651799040_nThe 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.

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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 dawnlock@tiscali.co.uk or telephone 01253 721514. Please click on the document below for more details.

Mid Lancs League CPR, Defibrillator and Heart Start Training

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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.

https://bwfac.co.uk/club-kit/

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26th January 2019

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

2019 Race for Life January Sale – Toolkit

Blackpool Race for Life – Launch Release 2019

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19th January 2019

BWFAC Athletes of the Month for December are Michelle Tickle and Rafael Eaton.

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.

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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).

BWFAC New Members Application Form – January 2019 – March 2020 (PDF)

BWFAC New Members Application Form – January 2019 – March 2020 (Word Doc)

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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.

407a9279.jpgKaty 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.

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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).

Junior News

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.

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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).

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407a8856In 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).

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7 January 2019

Senior News

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.

Junior News

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.

Version 2In 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.

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6 January 2019

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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.

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BWFAC members at Ribble Valley 10k which saw both the male and female course records broken by Marc Scott & Beth Potter

407a2682First 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).

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48421363_157681685204355_2713015353507577856_n.jpgAlthough 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.

407a4125New 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).

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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.

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6 January 2019

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Tickle Family at Preston parkrun on Christmas Day

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.

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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.

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17 December 2018

Still looking for the perfect christmas gift?

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

Tracy Smith

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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: georgedavies48@sky.com

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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.

48389557_10214564712372150_3221830392373837824_oKaty 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.

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A PB for Chloe Parsons in the U17W Pole Vault

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Christmas Predictor

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.

407a9286Defying 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.

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10 December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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).

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

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

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

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3 December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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27 November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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25 November 2018

CHRISTMAS PREDICTOR

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

24 November 2018

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

23 November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Details:
Venue: University of Chester, Warrington Campus, Crab Lane, Warrington,
WA2 0DB
Date: Wednesday 16th January 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm, food and refreshments available from 6.00pm
Cost: FREE to attend
Book: Click Here

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Many thanks

Nick

Nick Settle – Club Support Manager
Cheshire, Merseyside, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland &
County Durham
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Mobile: 07968 498710
Email: nsettle@englandathletics.org
Website: http://www.englandathletics.org

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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.

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

18 November 2018

Club Leadership Programme

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

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

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

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

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

Emma Davenport
Club Support Manager (Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Lancashire)
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Mobile: 07967317341
Email: edavenport@englandathletics.org
Website: www.englandathletics.org

EA Club Support Application

EA Club Leadership Flyer

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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!

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12 November 2018

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

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

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

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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.