Four Bury athletes were selected to represent Greater Manchester in Saturday’s Inter Counties Cross Country Championships held in the grounds of Prestwold Hall in Loughborough. Sophie Whittaker was a counter for the under 20s team who took an excellent silver medal. Sophie took an excellent 31st place in what was arguably the best run of her cross country career to date. Further down the field came Lauren Booth in 168th place.

Oliver Makinson ran well in the under 17 men’s race to take 50th place in a high quality field and Lucy Alcock ran in the same age group for the girls and took 259th place.

       Amy, Daisy and Ella

Three of Bury’s under 15 athletes competed in the England Athletics Combined Events Championships hosted at Sheffield and running over the weekend.  Daisy Worthington, Amy Garroch and Ella Hall all set new personal best point scores in the pentathlon which saw them compete over 800m, 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot. Daisy took an excellent 6th place overall (3061 points) and won the bronze medal in the Northern Championships incorporated into the meeting. Unsurprisingly, as the current National champion, Daisy recorded the fastest 800m of the day of 2.23.83. She also set a new pb in the high jump (1.46) and a seasons best in the long jump (4.75). Amy took 35th place (2104) setting new lifetime bests in the 800m (3.10.59) and shot (7.02) and a seasons best in the high jump (1.37). Ella took 42nd place (1350) and set a pb in the 60m hurdles (11.63) and a season’s best in the 800m of 2.54.03. It is excellent that the three young colleagues are competing at the highest level in the country.

Hattie Vaughan made the long trip to Cardiff to compete in their vault competition which brings together the best pole vaulters in the country. Hattie once again went well over the 3.00 metre mark with a best vault of 3.13 but was frustrated not to better her current best of 3.25. Hattie still ranks 9th in the UK in her age group.

   Oliver and Noah weighing up the competition

Bury had 6 under 11 athletes representing Greater Manchester in Sunday’s North West Fun in Athletics Sports Hall Championships. Reilly Carson, Matilda Brett, Enya Hartley and Leah Hancock helped the GM team to 4th place with a winning performance coming in the target throw from Leah. Noah Carter and Oliver Horford scored valuable points to help the boys’ team also take 4th place.

It was a busy weekend for the under 11s as a large group travelled to East Cheshire to compete in the open cross country races. For the under 9s there were great runs in the boys race from Theo Nuttall (10), Jake Norton (18), Haris Bachoo (24), Daniel Garland (25) and Louis McGoldrick-Wroe (31). For the girls Leah Bergin (18), Isabelle Chadwick (38) and Alina Iqbal-Willan (41) all ran well. In the under 11s race for boys Jai Bachoo (11), Finlay Collings (27), Oliver Booth (28) and Kieran Chadwick (37) had strong runs. Rosa Murphy (29), Summer Whitfield (30), Lola Potts (37) and Olivia Mayo (43) ran well in the girls’ race.

The club recognises and appreciates the commitment from the young athletes and their coaches and parents in supporting them in competition.