There were medal winning performances from Bury athletes at the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships held at the testing Woodbank Park course at Stockport. Oliver Makinson took the bronze medal in the under 17 men’s race, holding off the challenge from team-mate Marcus Dey who finished just 3 seconds and one place behind. Both athletes will be selected to run for Greater Manchester in the forthcoming Inter Counties Championships. Sadly Bury did not have any other competitors in the field which ruled out any likelihood of a team prize.
Sophie Whittaker also took the bronze in the under 20 women’s race with Lauren Booth running strongly to take 7th place. Again, the performances will secure selection for the county team.
In the under 15 boy’s race, Brandon Quinton ran brilliantly to take 4th place in his first championship event and will also secure county selection. Stefan Kalambouka ran well to take 14th and with the support of Oliver Donnelly (26th) and Jacob Stevens (32nd) the Bury team took 4th place. The under 15 girl’s took 10th team place with solid runs from Charlotte Farnworth (30th), Heledd Rimmer (40th) and Charlotte Smith (41st).
In the senior women’s race Katie Geelan ran strongly to take 14th place ahead of Christie Cook (23rd), Alison Dale (50th) and Pamela Hitchin (53.21). The team took 7th place and Bury missed the impact of a number of athletes.
For the senior men the stand out performance came from Ben Coop taking an excellent 14th place following his recent 10k personal best at the Ribble Valley race. Second counter was Pierre-Louis Statsenko who ran well to take 67th followed closely by Chris MacKay in 69th and Giles Bennett (72nd). The other Bury finishers were Andrew Worthington (89th) and Nigel Brady (114th) with the Bury team taking 14th position.
Running as solo competitors in their respective age groups were Lucy Allcock (11th in the under 17 women’s race), Iestyn Rimmer (9th in the under 20 men’s race), Erin Kenyon (32nd in the under 13 girl’s race) and Jay Cook (37th in the under 13 boy’s race).