Bury look destined to face relegation into the 3rd division of the North of England Track and Field League despite some excellent individual performances in the third of the four league fixtures on Sunday. The hot temperature clearly suited some athletes at the East Cheshire Harriers track at Ashton Under Lyne but the team finished in fifth place a frustrating 3.5 points behind nearest rivals Spenborough.
One of the highlights of the day came in the women’s 800m A race where Christie Cook took maximum points in winning and setting a new personal best of 2.19 – the first time she has gone under 2.20 in 7 years. Emmanuel Mufakazi was another athlete to set a new best. Generously representing the club on his 18th birthday Emmanuel took second in the A 100m in 11.1 seconds. He also took second in the A 200m in 22.6. Hashim Shah competed in the B races.
Luke Harreld made a welcome return to track racing for the club running in the A 800m (5th in 2.01.2) and B 400m (3rd in 54.2) alternating with teammate Kamili Bell 3rd in the B 800m (2.03.9) and 5th in the A 400m (52.8). Another athlete making a welcome return to the club was Katrina Conroy who competed in the B 800m and 400m hurdles events.
It was again excellent to see several of Bury’s junior athletes representing the senior team and scoring vital points. Daisy Worthington competed in the A 100m, 200m and 400m events, setting new personal bests of 13.0 and 61.0 in the 100 and 400. Charlotte Larkin ran in the B 100m and 200m races and Jenna Allen-Cartwright in the B 400m. Brandon Quinton was 0.3 of a second outside his best in the 1500m taking 5th in a quality field in 4.11.3. Joshua Birmingham displayed great club loyalty, running in the 1500m and 400m hurdles. Hattie Vaughan won the A pole vault with a best vault of 2.40.
Amazingly, in the sweltering conditions Jim Ardin set a new best of 16.22.8 to win the B 5000m with Ben Coop taking third in the A event in 16.12 on his track debut for the distance. Sophie Whittaker and Katie Geelan ran well in the 3000m with Sophie third in the A (11.18.3) and Katie first in the B (11.30.8).
The throwing team of Paul Horrocks, Matt Alcock, Alison Dale, Ruth Worthington and Nicola Quick all performed well notching up vital points. Lizzi Cheshire put in a captains performance, competing in the 400m hurdles, 100m hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump and both relay races. The women finished fourth in the 4x 100 and third in the 4 x 400.
Jack Griffith had a busy afternoon for the men’s team, running in the gruelling 3000m steeplechase with teammate Patrick Babb before scoring vital points in the long jump, high jump and triple jump. In the later event he leapt further than future father-in-law Roger Morley. The men’s relay teams ran well taking fifth in the 4 x 100 and an excellent second in the 4 x 400.
On the previous Tuesday 3 Bury athletes competed in the Rochdale 10k road race. Ben Coop ran superbly to win in an impressive 34.19. Katie Geelan was third women finisher, but won the V45 category in a time of 44.22 with Nicola Harland finishing sixth woman in 48.44. Running in the Trafford Grand Prix meeting on the same night, Kamili Bell set an excellent new personal best of 51.09 in the 400m.