Help Raise £5000 to remember our dear friend Darren Maironis

On Saturday 15th July, which is close to second anniversary of our dear friend Darren Maironis’ passing, we have decided to embark on a virtual journey from Lands End to John O’Groats (1,496 km’s), a journey spanning the length of the United Kingdom, symbolizing our love and remembrance of such a special person.

We will complete this challenge in Shacklady’s Gym, which was much more than just a gym to Darren. It was his second home, a place of dedication, strength, and personal growth.

By embarking on this virtual journey, we pay homage to the special connection Darren had with this place and carry his spirit forward.

We will complete the journey on equipment that Darren used e.g. bikes, Concept machines and treadmills.

We are hoping to raise £5000, which will be split and shared with the North West Air Ambulance, and 2 charities local to the Eccles area.

Besides donations, you can also help by sharing the Journey:

Help us spread the word about this virtual journey and the cause it supports.

Share our JustGiving page, along with the details of the ride, with your friends, family, and social networks.

Together we can make a difference! Every kilometre we cover and every pound we raise will support charities close to our hearts. Let’s honour Darren’s memory by helping those in need.

Thank you.


A new year’s message from our club’s president Derek Craynor

Dear Barton AC members,


Happy new year to all you all. 2023 will be a special year in our club’s history. This year we celebrate 70 years of Barton AC. In 1953, Max Shacklady established our much loved sports club naming it Barton Athletic Club after his family’s farm (Barton Grange Farm). It’s been nearly 70 years since I first stepped foot into Max’s family barn – the first home of Barton AC. As we commemorate the club’s 70 years, I am thinking back and remembering being a member of this club. The sense of belonging, the hours trained, the times of laughter and banter, alongside remembering the faces of those who are no longer with us. I thank you all for your commitment to training, commitment to coaching, mentoring, cleaning, and the other tasks and voluntary hours needed to run the gym on a weekly basis for our members. The gym is a special place where old and young can train together and learn from each other. Where champions have been spawn, where dreams and friends have been made, where people keep fit and participate in our sports of boxing, wrestling, weightlifting and road running.

I remember the barn, Barton’s first home, with fond memories. I remember the homes we have has over the years and now smile as I enter our home, here at Franklin Street, and celebrate the years of hard work to create our ambition of a permanent home for Barton AC. The gym, fondly nicknamed Shacklady’s after Max, to me, like others, has been a part of our lives for many years. We have grown in size, in spirit and in sport.

Sport and our members are the heart of our club and I wish to invite you all to the upcoming events celebrating our sports planned throughout the year (all events to be held at the club).


4th February, Boxing Show, Starting at 2pm.

Saturday 10th June

September (date tbc) plus two further Boxing Shows (dates tbc).


Saturday 24th June, Junior Weightlifting Tournament.

December (date tbc), Christmas Lift


Sunday 24th September (at George Carnell ‘Be Active’ Urmston)

World SkiErg Challenge

November (Remembrance weekend)

The last 70 years have seen our club flourish into the place we know today. Like on the mat or in the ring, we have won and lost over the years but we kept raising the bar, we have gone the distance and we continue with our strength to conquer, as our motto says.

So please all join me in raising a glass/a dumbbell/a boxing glove/a skipping rope/your arm and wish our club a very Happy 70th Birthday this year.

Happy Birthday Barton AC. 

Here’s to the next 70 years

Yours in sport,

DerekBarton AC 70 Years Logo

Unsung Hero Award For Barton AC

There was some good news this week when Barton AC’s John Lightfoot was awarded the ‘Unsung Hero Award’ by British Weightlifting.

John (pictured right alongside Barton members Frank Blackburn and Malcolm Moncrieff) was given the award in recognition of his help developing the next generation of coaches and hosting competitions designed to give younger lifters greater opportunities to develop their skills.

John is one of the region’s best known and most experienced volunteers, able to offer incredible insight into sport through his knowledge of different disciplines.

British Weightlifting.

The Annual Achievement awards recognise the hard work and excellence on display throughout the weightlifting and para powerlifting community, with the aim to showcase the very best of the sport from the grassroots gyms, all the way to the international arena. Winners in each category are carefully chosen by a BWL selection panel.

John Lightfoot, member at Barton AC for over 60 years said he was ‘delighted and honoured to receive the award.’

For full details of all the award recipients please visit British Weightlifting here.


COVID-19: An update

Please note: Following UK Government guidelines regarding COVID-19, Barton AC will be closed from Wednesday 18th March 2020 until further notice.

Please follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.

Please click here for more advice and help from Sport England on how to stay active at home. or look online for a wealth of free content to help you get active using #StayInWorkOut.

Thank You.

Barton AC

Members Take Records In Aid Of Royal British Legion

This Remembrance Day weekend saw Barton AC members pulling together to compete in the 1000 meters Ski Erg World Challenge. It was a fantastic weekend at Barton, with 48 members posting times in the challenge, including 1 World record and 2 British records, all while raising money for the Royal British Legion. A brilliant effort and congratulations to all involved.

Royal Recognition For Barton AC

Barton AC are incredibly proud to have received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service,  awarded on the 28th August 2019 by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.

Pictured receiving the award on behalf of Barton AC are Club President Derek Craynor, (70 years of volunteering) and Club Chairman Malcolm Moncrieff (40 years of volunteering), an amazing achievement within the community and something everyone at Barton AC were delighted to receive.

Mario Takes Bronze

Congratulations to Barton AC wrestler, Mario Stankov, on winning Bronze medal in the English Senior Championship 72 Kilo in Manchester, 23 February 2019.


Join us at Barton AC, 37 Franklin Street, Eccles, Manchester, M30 0GY, as we host the Junior and Junior Cadet Boxing Championship Finals on Saturday 2nd March 2019.

Weigh-in 10am – 12pm. Boxing starts at 12.30pm.

Spectators entry fee £10 on the door.

Please contact Barton AC or visit England Boxing for more information.


Junior Cadets

38 – 40kgs  Jordan Ryan (Border City) v Zac Adams (Leigh ABC)

40 – 42kgs Jaydon Johnson (Collyhurst & Moston) v Lewis Carter (Larches & Savick)

46 – 48kgs Ryan Hughes (Jennings) v Abdul Khan (Oldham ABC)

48 – 50kgs Samuel Eastwood (Larches & Savick) v John Dugdale (Leigh ABC)

54 – 57kgs (John McDonagh (Ardwick Lads) v Thomas Smith (Jennings)

57 – 60kgs Wade Griffin (Spartan ABC) v Nathan Linfoot (Blackrod ABC)

60 – 63kgs Matt Knipe (Moss Side Fire) v Curtis Davies (Blackburn Cobras)

70 – 75kgs Patrick Gavin (Larches & Savick) v Joe Harris (Technique)


44 – 46kgs Reece Parkinson (Beartown) v Toro Croft (Senor Ribble Valley)

46 – 48kgs Rhys Ellis (Border City) v Casey Scott (Jimmy Egan’s)

54 – 57kgs Ethyn Weaver (Bowden All Powers) v Lewis Hand (Wigton ABC)

57 – 60kgs Jake Abrol (Sharpstyle) v Mason Ward (Blackrod ABC)

60 – 63kgs Kieran McDaid (Jimmy Egan’s) v Kian Winstanley (Metro)

63 – 66kgs Michael Melly (Manx) v Aeron Maddocks (Hamer)

75 – 80kgs Jack Thurnbull (Border City) v Kyle Parr (Leigh ABC)

Barton AC – A.G.M

Barton AC’s A.G.M (Annual General Meeting) will be held on Saturday 24th November at 11 a.m at Barton AC, 37 Franklin Street, Eccles. M30 0GY

All members welcome.

With Sadness, Barbara Johnson

It is with great sadness, Barton AC announce the passing of Barbara Johnson, the wife of our late boxing coach Roy Johnson.

Barbara passed away at home on the 2nd August, aged 83 years.

A devoted and valued member of our Barton AC family, Barbara gave 30 years voluntary service helping with our banking, bookkeeping, balance sheet recording and maintaining our membership system, with a service to the community second to none.

The funeral service will take place on Tuesday 14th August 2018 at Christ Church, Liverpool Road/Nelson Street, Patricroft at 1.45PM, followed by committal at Peel Green Crematorium and a celebration of her life at Patricroft Conservative Club.

Family flowers only. Donations to The Christie.