There was success on both roads and track and field for Bury athletes over the weekend. On the roads Byron Edwards and Lisa Carter competed in the London Marathon. This was the third marathon in as many weeks for Byron who followed his sub 3:30 runs in Manchester and Boston with a stunning 2:28.46 on the streets of London only missing his previous best by a handful of seconds. Lisa ran a personal best of 4:07.23, doing well to cope with the effects of tonsilitus.
Representing the North West team in the London Mini-Marathon Bury had Marcus Dey and Francis Woodcock competing against the very best young runners in the UK. Marcus took an excellent 14th place in the Under 15 boy’s race in 15.33 and was second North West Counter. Francis finished 26th in the Under 13 boy’s event with a time of 17.16 and was third counter for the North West Team.
There were plenty of Bury vests at the hilly Bolton 10k race around Leverhulme Park. First home was Giles Bennett in 21st place in a time of 40.03. Hot on Giles’s heels was Sophie Whittaker who won the women’s race with an excellent 40.23 and was first counter in the Bury women’s team that won the team title. Sophie was joined by Katie Geelan (3rd woman and first V40 in 41.40), Jenny Yates (1st V50 in 45.36) and Lauren Booth (1st U20 in a pb of 46.06). Lauren ran strongly to build on her 4th place in the previous week’s Hawkshead 10k trail run. Other Bury finishers in the Bolton event were Colin Smith (45.03), Dave Carroll (45.48), Edward Hitchin (49.48), Alison Dale (51.54) and Pam Hitchin (52.45).
On the track the Bury team won the first fixture the UK Youth Development League at Stanley Park in Blackpool on Saturday. It was an excellent team effort with young athletes competing in unfamiliar as well as familiar events to score points for the team and they did magnificently well to beat the strong Blackpool and Fylde home team.
The under 15 boys who won their events were Nathan Shepherd (B 100m), Oliver Donnelly (B 300m), Ben Forrest (A 1500m and B High Jump), Patrick Clarke (A 80mH and A High Jump), Dan Matthews (B Discus), Brandon Wilson (A Hammer) and Angus Thornborough (B Shot Putt). The boys also won both relays with Patrick Clarke, Brandon Wilson, Stefan Kalambouka and Nathan Shepherd winning the 4 x 100m and Ben Forrest, Stefan (again), Oliver Donnelly and Angus Thornborough taking the 4 x 300m.
For the under 15 girls the winners were Grace Goodsell (A 100m and A 200m), Charlotte Larkin (B 100m), Ellis Greenwood (B Discus), Hannah Holland (A High Jump) and Hattie Vaughan (B High Jump). The team of Hattie Vaughan, Hannah Holland, Charlotte Larkin and Grace Goosdell won the 4 x 100m relay with Heledd Rimmer, Daisy Worthington, Charlotte Speakman- Farnworth and Charlotte Smith taking third in the 4 x 300m.
The winners for the under 13 boys were Gil Vaughan (B 100m and B 1500m), Elliot Savage (A 800m), Jack Andrew (B 800m, A 75mH and B High Jump) Jerel Livingston (B Long Jump) and Jay Cook (B 75mH and B Javelin). The boy’s team of Elliot Savage, Evan Savage, Jack Andrew and Jerel Livingston won the 4 x 100m relay. The boy’s A 100m saw a photo finish between Finley Savage of Deeside and Jerel Livingston with both athletes being given a time of 13.2 but with the judges placing Finley first. The time ranks both of these talented young athletes as joint 10th in the UK rankings.
The under 13 girls had Ella Hall (A Shot Putt) as an individual winner with the relay team of Catherine Russell, Ella Hall, Lucy Pixton and Erin Kenyon taking third in the 4 x 100m relay.
Coaches Nick Rimmer and Ruth Worthington were really impressed with the team spirit and the collective effort that everyone put in. They made particular mention of the efforts of Charlotte Smith who ran a 1500m at short notice and then with little rest bravely took on the last leg of the 4 x 300m relay; Stefan Kalmbouka who on his track debut ran the 1500m and took part in both relays all within 45 minutes; Dan Matthews who shrugged off injury to win the B discus and take third in the A shot; Lucy Chandler whose 800m clashed with her high jump, but she took an excellent third in the jump event and took 13seconds off her 800m pb and Angus Thornborough in the first time he had competed for Bury but scored valuable points in the 200, 300, shot putt and 4 x 300m relay.
Sunday saw Bury hosting the M60 Athletics Network Young Athletes relays. This saw athletes from six clubs and over five age categories compete over a variety of relay events. The results will be published on the Bury AC website when they are available, and it was rewarding to see so many young athletes proudly wearing their medals.