LiveBritish Transplant Games - Day 3

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  • Live updates from day 3 of the British Transplant Games in Bolton.
  • Today's events include:
  • Table tennis at Bolton Lads and Girls Club 8.30am – 12pm
  • Soft cricket at Bolton Arena 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Children’s swimming at Bolton One 9.30am – 12pm
  • Lawn Bowls at Bolton Flat Green Bowling Club 9.30am – 5pm
  • Walk at Queen’s park 2pm – 4pm
  • Adult 5-a-side football at Bolton Arena 1.30pm – 5pm
  • Table tennis at Bolton Lads and Girls Club 1.30pm – 5pm
  • Adult swimming at Bolton one 1.30pm – 5pm
  • Children’s 5-a-side football 2pm – 5.30pm
  • Mini marathon at Leverhulme Park 6pm – 8.30pm
  • The Bolton News donor run at Leverhulme Park 6pm – 8.30pm


Ok that will have to be all on the live blog for today as I have to go and take my place on the starting block for The Bolton News donor run!
I will be back tomorrow (barring any serious injury) to report on the final day of the games which consists of athletics at Bolton Arena.

Thanks for following.



Local superstar alert! We have featured 18 year old Beth Morris in The Bolton News many times before for her amazing success at both British and World Transplant Games, and she is at it again!

yesterday Beth, from Stoneclough, picked up 2 gold medals in cycling for the 5k time trial and the 10k road race and she has continued where she left off in the pool today with a gold in the 100m front crawl and a silver in the 200m front crawl.

She still has the swimming 4 x 50 relay to go tonight and could top off an incredible weekend withstood he 4 x 100m relay race at e athletics tomorrow

Beth had a life saving bone marrow transplant when she was just five and look at what she has achieved, phenomenal!

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Just bumped into my mate Rob Hodgkiss, who is from Bromley Cross, He has been very busy at the games and just picked up a fourth place in the 50m freestyle in the pool, he is hoping to go one better in the upcoming backstroke event.

Rob had a heart transplant in 1996, he said the atmosphere at the games today, in particular here at Bolton One is 'amazing'.

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This is the scene at a buzzing Bolton One, the place is packed to see a variety of swimming events.

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Ahead of running the 5k donor runt his evening, Ia m nursing a bit of an ankle injury, picked up during a bruising football encounter.

In preparation I have made his quick purchase, hope it sees me through...

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Here are the chaps in walking action, but I can't hang around, I am off to Bolton One for some splashing good action at the swimming.

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The winner of the ladies walk is 36 year old Ruth Medcroft, from Bristol, who finished the course in about 22 minutes, very well done.

Ruth, who had a kidney transplant in 2008 has competed in the walk at 6 transplant games and reckons the Queens Park course is the best yet, high praise indeed.



One young man taking part is 19 year old Connor O'Neill from Urmston, he had a. Heart transplant when he was two years old, here he is with his dad Chris.

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This was the starting line as the women began their 3 kilometre walk in Queens Park, the men are doing 5k and they begin at 2.30

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Just an update from one of our local athletes, Rob Hodgkiss, who had a heart transplant in 1996 was taking part in volleyball yesterday for the Newcastle Freeman side.

He informed me today that his team won a bronze medal, which he was delighted to pick up at his home town.

Well done Rob and team!


Well the bats and balls are now in full swing as the children's table tennis gets under way.

Just to remind you of what else is going on at the moment:
The lawn bowls is continuing at Bolton Flat Green Bowling Club near Leverhulme Park, the footballers are about to kick off for adult 5-a-side over at Bolton Arena and adult swimming is just about to begin at Bolton One.

We are going to head over to Queen's Park soonish to talk to those people who are taking part in the walk.


I have heard such a large amount of incredible stories about people having to endure incredible hardships only to come through and prosper at these games.

7 year old Connie Taylor from Belfast is one such person.

At just 13 months old, she had to undergo transplants of her liver, stomach, pancreas and bowel because of a condition she was born with.

Her mum Anna told me the doctors predicted she would have 6-9 months to live and yet here she is 6 years later at the games n Bolton, where she has already scooped a silver medal in the badminton and is about to take tot he table tennis arena, what an incredible young lady.

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Just been chatting to 18 year old James Whitcombe from Somerset who has been a busy boy at these games, taking part in archery, darts and table tennis.

James had a kidney transplant two years ago and said before it he would come home from school and go straight to bed because he had no energy at all, looks like he has plenty of energy since his transplant.

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Impressive table tennis set up here at Bolton Lads and Girls club...

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So already this morning athletes have been taking part in table tennis at the lads and girls club, soft cricket at the arena and the kids have been making a splash over at Bolton One.

There is also an all day lawn bowls event going on at the Bolton Flat Green Bowling Club.

Quick mention of this evening's Donor Run which starts at 6pm at Leverhulme Park.

It is for anyone to join in and you can turn up and pay on the day to run a distance of either 3k or 5k but you need to be there and registered before 5.45pm.

Hmm, how does he know all these details you ask? Well its because I will be running the 5k race in honour of a young lad who I donated bone marrow to last year, so far the news I have had is that although he is still really ill, the donation has kept him alive 6 months on, fingers crossed.

To read a bit more about how I came to be a donor, have a read below...

Anyway that is far too much about me, I am off over to the Lads and Girls club to speak to some truly heroic individuals.




Hello and welcome to day three of the British Transplant Games, we have another packed schedule of fun and games taking place across the borough and I will be bringing you updates from a range of different events.



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