Bury AC members were amongst the medals in the Greater Manchester Schools Track and Field championships held at Trafford on Saturday. Brandon Quinton was Bury’s sole gold medallist, he demolished the field in the intermediate boys 3000m, winning by over 100m in a new personal best time of 9.06.49. He should soon be under 9 minutes as he goes from strength to strength and a faster time could qualify him for the English Schools championships. Stefan Kalambouka took 4th place in the race, missing his pb by a frustrating 0.2 seconds with 9.53.71.
There were 4 silver medals in total. Amy Garroch ran well to take second in the intermediate girls 80m hurdles (13.04). In the same age group Daisy Worthington produced a fine leap of 5.22 to finish as runner up in the long jump and Hattie Vaughan vaulted 3.20 to take silver in a very competitive pole vault competition. Jay Cook, competing in the junior boys pole vault produced an outdoor best of 2.30 to take a much deserved medal.
Bronze medals went to Kamili Bell in the senior boys 400m (52.10), Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth in the intermediate girls 300m hurdles and Abigail Howard in the junior girls 75m hurdles (12.48).
The other Bury AC competitors at the competition were Heledd Rimmer (4th intermediate girls javelin 28.27); Ella Tyrell (5th intermediate girls triple jump 9.73); Rashawn Currie (5th junior boys 200m 24.94); Jacob Allen (7th junior boys 800m 2.16.4); Nathan Witkowski (5th junior boys 80m hurdles 13.29); Erin Kenyon (5th junior girls 300m 46.86); Grace Gibson 7th junior girls 800m A race 2.31.99); Scarlett Hamilton (11th junior girls 1500m 5.29.13); Erin Garroch (8th junior girls javelin 18.11) and Jena Dickinson (8th junior girls shot 7.78).
On Sunday Ben Coop competed in the Knowl Hill fell race, organised by Rochdale Harriers. He went one place better than his runners up position the previous year, running out as a convincing winner in 45.36. A number of other members competed in the ‘Race the Train’ event following a trail route along the side of the East Lancs railway from Bury to Rawtenstall. First Bury runner home was Colin Smith in 1:33.48, followed by Steve Parker (1:38.08); Ed Hitchin (1:42.27); Pam Hitchin (2:01.41) and Harvey Wiseglass (2:05.08). Giles Bennett competed in the Edgeworth 10k trail race, finishing 8th overall in 46.05.