It was a Garroch family 1-2 in the Bury AC Christmas Handicap race held at the Market Street track on Sunday. Fran Garroch was first away and held onto her lead over the 2 mile race to take the Woodward Tankard and the prize for the first lady finisher. Hot on Fran’s heels was daughter Erin, taking second place and winning the girl’s prize. In third place, and winner of the men’s prize was club chairman Mark Granby, capitalizing on the kind handicap he had been given.

Stefan Kalambouka won the boy’s prize running strongly and working his way through the field to take 7th place overall. Scratch runner Byron Edwards nearly caught team mate Giles Bennett and was fastest on the day with Sophie Whittaker posting the second fastest time of the day from the field of 30 competitors.

Freddie Worthington was the winner of the under 11s competition with Charlotte Froggatt in second. Club members enjoyed a well-earned mince pie and a hot drink at the presentation immediately after the event in the clubhouse. Prizes for the category winners were generously donated by the Vaughan and Cook families. Men’s team captain Byron Edwards thanked the officials and the handicapper, Nick Rimmer, for making the event such a success.

Grace Goodsell notched up two victories in the Sale Indoor meeting at Sportscity. In the under 15 girls’ 60m Grace ducked under the 8 second barrier with a new pb of 7.99 before going on to finish first u15 in the long jump with an impressive leap of 5.14.

Daisy Worthington travelled to the Lee Valley indoor arena for the South of England combined events competition where she performed really well setting new personal bests in all five events and scoring a total of 3017 points to take an outstanding fourth place in the under 15 pentathlon. Daisy was fastest 800m runner of the day with a time of 2.20.66 and she won her heat in the 60mH in 9.69. Her high jump was 1.36 and long jump 4.84 and she putted the shot 8.20 metres.

On the Saturday Bury runners were rewarded with a series of personal bests at the Heaton Park Parkrun. Oliver Makinson continued his winning form in the 5k time trial and set a new best of 16.42. Giles Bennett took 10th place with a new best of 18.24 indicating the fine form he is currently enjoying. Sophie Whittaker was once again the first women finisher in a new best of 18.49 with Matt Grice the next Bury finisher in 19.01, only 4 seconds off his best time. A little further down the field was Andrew Worthington, setting a new best of 20.35.

The next competition for Bury athletes after the Christmas break will be the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships which will take place on Saturday 7th January at Woodbank Park in Stockport.