It was a weekend of endurance for several members of the Bury AC senior section. Ben Coop and Sophie Whittaker competed in the International Snowdon Race on Saturday, competing against athletes from the UK and overseas. Ben took 30th place overall in the gruelling event over 10 miles up to the summit of the mountain and back. Despite suffering with crippling blisters he beat several international athletes and his time of 1:17.32 gave him 3rd place in the senior men’s open category. Sophie was the first finisher in the under 20 female category, finishing strongly to record a time of 1:37.14.
Sunday saw 3 Bury senior athletes competing at the Bolton Ironman event, comprising of a 2.4 mile open water swim; a 112 mile bike ride and ending with a full marathon. Tony Cullen was the first home, covering the course in a brilliant time of 9:42.29 finishing 18th overall and winning the male 40-44 category. Tony’s brother David was the next Bury athlete to finish, taking 42nd place overall and 8th in his 35-39 age category in an overall time of 10:05.39. Next finisher for Bury was Nigel Brady, competing in his 3rd Ironman event. Nigel’s overall time was 15:08.03 which gave him 138th place in his age category.
Elsewhere, Bury’s younger athletes were competing in the final Young Athletes Development League meeting of the season at Ashton under Lyne. The team of under 15 and under 13 athletes took fifth place on the day to hold the team in third place overall, just missing out on promotion. There were excellent performances from Jay Cook, Natan Witkowski, Noah Carter, Gilbert Vaughan, Thomas Halford for the under 13 boys. For the under 13 girls Enya Hartley, Jena Dickinson, Millie Uprichard, Abigail Howard, Grace Gibson, Constance Potts and Freya Potts all scored crucial points. The under 15 boys had Patrick Clarke, Francis Woodcock, Jacob Allen, Sam Whelan, Jacob Stevens, Oliver Donnelly and Oliver Rostron working hard for the team. Daisy Worthington, Amy Garroch, Katherine Townsend, Catherine Russell, Erin Kenyon, Charlotte Smith and Grace Goodsell combined as the under 15 girls team.
Earlier on the week Bury AC hosted the third and final Young Athletes Mini League meeting of 2017. Medals were presented by Roger Morley, the National Masters triple jump champion and Leader of Bury council, Councillor Rishi Shori.