During a lull in the competition calendar this weekend, a number of Bury athletes kept themselves ticking over by competing in local Parkrun events despite the abysmal weather. Men’s team captain Byron Edwards won the Worsley Woods event and set a new personal best of 17.52 in the process. A little further down the field Jessica Simmons made a promising debut in 24.26.

At Heaton Park 14 year old Brandon Quinton made an excellent debut, taking 2nd place in 17.22 and holding off Luke Harreld who took 3rd in 17.29. Stefan Kalambouka set a new best for the 5k course taking 5th in 17.37. Jack Griffiths and Paul Johnston made it 5 Bury AC runners  in the top 10, taking 7th and 8th in 19.00 and 19.04 respectively. Women’s captain Lizzi Cheshire completed the course in 22.22, followed by Ed Hitchin (24.56), Alison Dale (26.10), Pam Hitchin (26.25), Jennifer Smalley (26.54), Dave Carroll (28.26) and Peter Henderson (29.18).

Brianne Turner competed at the Run through Tatton Park 10k, completing the course in 54.56 in torrential rain.

The previous weekend a small team of 3 Bury athletes travelled up to Scotland to compete in the Scottish National Combined Events Championships, held at the Emirates arena. All 3 competed in the Pentathlon competition for Under 15s with Jay Cook taking 8th place in the boys’ competition, with a new best point score of 1412. Abigail Howard took 9th in the girls event (2406) and Ella Hall finished 18th (2135), both new lifetime best scores. The competition saw each athlete compete over 800m, 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot.  The youngsters set a number of personal bests for the events as part of the overall competition. Abigail set new lifetime bests in the 800m (2.42.93), 60m hurdles (9.99), high jump (1.34), and long jump (4.27). Jay set personal bests in the high jump (1.43) and long jump (4.37). Ella recorded new bests in the hurdles (10.57), high jump (1.16), long jump (4.42) and shot (8.80). Their performances speak volumes about their dedication to training with coach Matt Cullen.