Whilst the best athletes in the world have been competing in the IAAF championships in London, Bury’s athletes have also been turning in some excellent performances. On 30th July, Bury hosted a third round fixture of the Cheshire League. Benefitting from a good turnout in numbers, Bury actually won the fixture, the first time the club has achieved this in several years. Team manager, Brianne Turner, was delighted with the team spirit and expressed her hope for the team to repeat the performance at the final league meeting on 3rd September at Warrington.
On 5th August a depleted senior team travelled to Bolton to compete in the final North of England track and field meeting of the season. Following promotion last year, it was always the intent of team manager Giles Bennett to seek to consolidate the team’s position in the second division. The team did just that, but it was close with Seaton AC pulling out all the stops to try and push Bury into a relegation position. Individual wins from Emmanuel Mufakazi, Sophie Whittaker and Nicola Quick together with many brave performances secured sufficient points to avoid relegation. The bravest performance of the day came from Paul Stocks in the men’s javelin competition who broke his leg during the first throw.
This weekend has seen two of Bury’s talented young athletes competing in the England Athletics Combined Events Championships held at Sportcity. Daisy Worthington and Amy Garroch both produced a string of personal bests over the six events that make up the hexathalon and took 3rd and 20th places respectively competing against the very best young athletes in the country. Amy set new bests in the shot (7.53), long jump (4.43), javelin (22.18)and 800m (3.01.79) to secure a total score of 2483. Daisy produced lifetime bests in the shot (9.44), long jump (5.17) and javelin (25.74) and in an exciting final event she ran her 800m in 2.18, which was enough to move her into the bronze medal position in both the national and northern competitions.
Sprinter Jenna Allen-Cartwright competed at the Warrington AC open meeting, her first competition in 2 months following a hamstring injury. She showed that she is returning to fitness by completing her 300m time trial event in 45.9 seconds.