Brandon Quinton produced an outstanding performance to take the silver medal in the under 15 5k road running championships staged as part of the English National Road Relays on Saturday. Brandon clearly found the undulating course in Sutton Park in the West Midlands to his liking and only missed out on the gold medal to Aldershot and Farnham’s Ryan Martin by a tantalising 3 seconds. For context, Brandon’s time of 16.44 would also have won second place in the under 17s race and underlines his talent and the work he and his coach Geoff Little are investing.
Sunday saw a large number of Bury AC runners competing in the Radcliffe AC Multi Terrain 10k race, the 5th in Bury’s Senior Grand Prix race series. Ben Coop was the first local runner home, taking 4th place in 37.44 and making a welcome return to competition following injury. Byron Edwards was next to finish, his 8th place (38.36) being good enough to move him into the lead in the Grand Prix and a good last piece of speed-work before next Sunday’s London Marathon. Hot on Byron’s heels was Patrick Babb in 9th place (39.00), followed by Paul Johnston in 14th (40.24) and Giles Bennett, 23rd (43.06). It was hardly surprising that Bury’s men took the team prize. Katie Geelan was the second women to finish, with her 45.06 making her victor in the F45 age catgory. The other Bury finishers included Anthony Hallahan (44.12); Steve Parker (51.32); Lizzi Cheshire (52.39); Pam Hitchin (57.17); Nicola Brown (62.19) and Harvey Wiseglass (64.48).
The weekend also heralded the start of the track and field season. 6 Bury athletes competed in the Lancashire Combined Events Championships on Clayton-le-Moors with them all setting new personal bests. In the under 17 girls hetathlon competition, Amy Garroch took second place overall with a new best point score of 3147, which makes her currently 2nd in the UK rankings. Amy set new event personal bests in the 200m and 80m hurdles during the course of the competition.
In the under 15 boys pentathlon competition Jay Cook took 6th place with a pb point score of 1592, with new best performances in the 80m hurdles and long jump. Jena Dickinson took 5th place in the under 15 girls pentathlon with a new best of 1975 points, with lifetime bests in the 800m, 75m hurdles and high jump. Ella Hall took 9th place with a lifetime best score of 1596, setting a new best in the hurdles and Erin Garroch finished 12th with a new best score of 1242 and new pbs in the hurdles and the long jump.