Bury AC can now count amongst its ranks 6 county schools champions after a successful day at the Greater Manchester Schools Track and Field Championships held at the Longford Park stadium last Saturday.

Jerel Livingston won the junior boys long jump with a lifetime best leap of 5.92m. Grace Goodsell similarly won the junior girls event with a jump of 5.20m and Hattie Vaughan won the inter girls pole vault equalling her personal best of 3.30m. All three athletes have met the English Schools qualifying standard that makes them eligible to compete in the prestigious event. It is likely they will be joined by Daisy Worthington who has met the standard in the 800m, but who competed in the junior girls javelin to rest an ankle injury.

Ava Leigh won the junior girls shot with a pb putt of 10.28 and Katherine Townsend won the junior girls discus with a throw of 22.05. Popular new club member Jack Olds-Bellucci excelled himself by winning both the 400m hurdles (69.7) and the javelin (28.14) in the senior boys competition.

Patrick Clarke took a silver medal, finishing behind Jerel in the long jump with a best jump of 4.84. Bronze medals went to Brandon Quinton in the junior boys 1500m (4.29.8pb); Amy Garroch in the junior girls 75m hurdles (12.9) and Sophie Whittaker in the senior girls 3000m (10.39.5), her final schools event.

Just missing out on medals, but turning in excellent performances were Charlotte Larkin (4th in the inter girls 100m 13.8); Stefan Kalambouka (4th inter boys 3000m 9.56.5pb) and Catherine Russell (4th in junior girls javelin 18.86). Other Bury athletes competing in the competition included Brandon Wilson (inter boys 100m heats); Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth (junior girls 800m); Oliver Donnelly (pb of 4.44.4 in the junior boys 1500m); Lucy Alcock (inter girls 1500m); Erin Kenyon (junior girls 1500m) and Heledd Rimmer (inter girls javelin).

Ben Coop put an excellent series together in the Rochdale Harriers 3 day event taking second place overall behind Rossendale’s Callum Davidson. The first race was the Norden 6 mile road race held last Friday where Ben took second (33.47) in a strong field. The following day saw competitors running over the Naden Valley 6 mile multi terrain course, with Ben finishing runner up again (39.51). The final event was Sunday’s Knowl Hill race with Ben finishing just seconds behind Davidson (45.38). Sophie Whittaker was first female finisher (54.29) and Benn Heywood finished 19th in the massive field (51.41).