Bury AC hosted the first fixture of the UK Youth Development League this season a rain soaked Market Street Track on Sunday. Team Manager Donna Cartwright was delighted with the effort and spirit of the athletes who competed at the meeting. The Bury AC was rewarded with fifth place overall with the potential to improve upon that as the season progresses.

In the sprints there came a number of first place performances. Hashim Shah won the U17 A 100m in a season’s best of 12.2 and Emmanuel Mufakazi won the B event in a new personal best of 12.3. Jenna Allen-Cartwright took third in the A 100m with a pb of 13.8, with Chloe Fairhurst also setting a new best time of 16.7 in the B event. Emmanuel matched his result in the 100 by winning the A 200m in a new pb of 24.4 a time matched by James Coghlan in winning the B race. Mariela Digioia took 2nd in the A U20 200m (29.7) and Chelsey Lee won the B in 34.6. Jenna took 4th in the A U17 200m (28.6) with Chloe also taking 4th in the B event (34.7). Teegan Brady ran a season’s best 300m to take 2nd in the U17 A race (46.9) and Mariella set a new pb in the 400m taking 3rd in the A race with 69.0.

The middle distance events also saw a number of Bury wins. Christie Cook ran a well-judged race to win the U20 800m A race in 2.28.7. Benn Heywood set a new pb of 4.29.2 in winning the U20 1500m A race and Lauren Booth also set a new best in winning the women’s race in 5.22.7. Sophie Whittaker led from the gun to the tape in the U20 3000m to win in a new pb of 10.40.0. Iestyn Rimmer won the men’s U20 3000m in a new best of 11.02.4. Lucy Alcock took 2nd in the U17 A 1500m in a pb of 5.24.1. Oliver Kirkby battled hard to take 5th in the U17 800m and was rewarded with a pb of 2.26.9. Teegan Brady took 4th in U17 800m A in 2.53.7.

In the sprint relays the U17 quartet of Oliver, Hashim, James and Emmanuel won their race in 49.5. The U17 girl’s team of Teegan, Lucy, Jenna and Chloe took second place in their race.

Several athletes also earned extra points for the club in taking on field events, amny for the first time. Lucy Alcock took 5th in the A long jump (3.27) and Chloe Fairhurst took 3rd in the B event (3.06). Hashim Shah set a new pb of 7.57 to take 4th in the A shot putt, a position equalled by Teegan Brady in the U17 women’s event  who also pb’d with 5.49. Jenna Allen-Cartwright took 5th in the discus (12.19)  and Emmanuel Mufakazi and Oliver Kirby took 3rd and 2nd respectively in the A and B U17 javelin competitions (28.20 and 5.40).

On Saturday Byron Edwards took 7th place in the Piece of Cake 10k at Boggart Hole Clough in a time of 38.37. Given his previous three marathons in three weeks this was almost a well-earned rest for the Bury athlete.

Byron Piece of Cake

Byron Finishing the Piece of Cake 10k

Duncan Forrest took on the Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday. A mammoth event over the Yorkshire Peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-Gent and Whernside with a dusting of snow remaining on the summits. Duncan ran strongly to complete the course in 5:25.25.

Duncan 3 Peaks

Duncan Forrest descending in the snow

Bank holiday Monday saw four Bury athletes competing in the Coiners Fell race near Mytholmroyd. Ben Coop demonstrated he has recovered from the set-back from his foot injury by storming round the course in 50.14. His win was a new course record. Les Smalley finished a little further down the field in 24th place recording a time of 1:02.37 for the demanding course. In the junior race Ben Forrest ran strongly to take second place in the U16 competition (26.05) with Lucy Alcock winning the U16 girl’s race in a time of 37.52.

Ben Forrest Coiners

Ben Forrest at the Coiners

A small number of athletes competed at the Trafford Medal Meeting at the Longford Park Stadium. Gilbert Vaughan took 5th in the U13 boy’s 100m in 15.75 and followed this with a pb of 2.41.23 to take 6th in the 800m. Gilbert’s sister Harriet set a season’s best of 13.9 in the taking 4th in the U15 girl’s 100m. Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth was another athlete to set pbs; recording 47.61 in the U15 girl’s 300m and 2.36.98 in the 800m. Daisy Worthington also had a busy afternoon. She set a new pb of 4.48 in the U15 girl’s long jump, ran 13.6 for the 75m hurdles and had a best throw of 12.13 in the discus.

Monday also saw Jenny Yates and Alison Dale competing in the Avenham Park 5k in Preston. Both athletes were rewarded with personal bests. Jenny was second women finisher with a very respectable 21.29 and Alison was delighted to break the 23 minute barrier with her 22.58 performance.

On Monday’s Terry Nortley Relay’s at Close Park in Radcliffe the Bury AC ‘Carter Clan’, comprising of Lisa Carter and her three children; Ellie, Noah and Fleur finished 3rd mixed team. They completed the 4 x 2 mile relay in 1:05.06.

Marcus Dey was the only Bury athlete competing in Tuesday’s Trafford Grand Prix meeting. Running in  a quality 3000m field Marcus set a new personal best of 9.10.38.