It was a clean sweep for Bury AC at the Cowm 5k in Whitworth on Wednesday. Byron Edwards was first across the line in 17.20, followed by Ben Jones (17.53) with Paul Johnston (18.21) making it the one-two-three. Maintaining the winning streak, Lizzi Cheshire was the first senior woman in 22.29. As the event formed part of the senior’s Grand Prix series a number of other Bury athletes competed and this included Steve Parker (22.16), Colin Smith (22.43), Susan Ward (24.27), Alison Dale (24.31) and Nicola Brown (25.59).
Byron, Ben and Paul were on the roads again on Sunday, this time in the Great Manchester Half Marathon. Byron demonstrated that he is in the form of his life by taking an excellent 6th place in a new personal best of 78.34 and finishing first in the MV40 age category. Ben took 17th place in 80.52 with Paul setting a new personal best of 84.52 in taking 39th position. Katie Geelan ran strongly to finish as first FV45 finisher in 93.17. The other Bury finishers were Phil Makin (1:45.22), Mark Simkins (2:06.15), Mark Ascroft (2:07.23) and Jennifer Smalley (2:18.52).
Sophie Whittaker was Bury’s first finisher in the 10k race, won by Sir Mo Farah. Sophie, completed the course in 41.28 with Chris Barrow hot on her heels in 42.14 as Bury’s second finisher. Vicky O’Brien was next home in 50.33, followed by Marcus Dey, Danny Potts, Paula Gears, Lucy Alcock and Nicola Quick.
The day before a depleted junior team made the journey to Litherland to compete in the Youth Development League (Lower) fixture. They finished in a disappointing 5th place, dropping from 2nd to 5th in the league and placing them in danger of relegation. In the under 15 boys, Rashawn Currie took two victories in the B 100 (12.2) and B hammer (13.80). Gilbert Vaughan, Jay Cook, Natan Witkowski, Jacob Allen, Oliver Rostron, Luke Mayle and Ben Redmond all competed in several events. The sole Bury victory for the under 15 girls came from Rosella Togo in the B shot. The other team members included Erin Garroch, Alice Lawson, Abigail Howard, Grace Gibson, Freya Potts, Catherine Russell, Charlie Ireland and Erin Kenyon.
Sadly the under 13 boys team was so depleted they could not even field a relay team. Noah Carter had a busy afternoon competing in several events, with Finley Collings also working hard to score points. Owain Tyrrell was the only other Bury competitor. The under 13 girls turned in some excellent performances. Mae Gardner, Enya Hartley and Devonne Samuels all ran well in the 75m, setting AAA standards. Millie Uprichard and Connie Potts ran well in the 150m, with Connie also running as a non-scorer in the 800m with team-mates Esther McGrath and Isabel Lawson. Reilly Carson and Lola Potts competed in the 1500m and the girls also ensured that every field event was covered. Mae, Connie, Devonne and Millie took an excellent third in the sprint relay.