Over 40 Bury athletes enjoyed the spring like conditions for the Christmas Handicap races on Sunday morning. The first race was for the under 11s and it saw a close finish between Harry Yates and Freya Potts who had both worked their way through the field on the mile long race, with Harry proving to be stronger in the finishing straight. Third finisher was Scarlett Hamilton who managed the hold off the battling trio of Noah Carter, Rory Pixton and Gilbert Vaughan who finished in that order.

The main race over two miles saw a mixture of junior and senior athletes and handicapper Nick Rimmer set a good challenge to the competitors to keep them motivated. Young Jack Smith ran the race of his life to capitalise on his handicap and hold off the charge of the senior athletes. Fastest on the day was Rob Granby who charged through the field to take second place. Giles Bennett was the next finisher who, like Rob, had cut through the field of over 30 athletes. The next three finishers were Katie Geelan, Siobhan Guy and Dan Potts who all ran strongly. A little further down the field was Roger Morley who ran very well and shrugged off his 61 years and the efforts of setting out the course. A number of competitors really entered into the festive spirit and the spectators were treated to the sight of running Santas, elves and reindeer. Jack’s win was rewarded with the Woodward Trophy and a cash prize generously donated by club member Simon Vaughan.