Bury AC hosted the Bury Junior Schools Athletics Championships at their Market Street track last Saturday morning. The event was organised by Ben Coop a Bury AC member and teacher at Greenmount Primary School. Well over 100 young athletes competed, representing 19 schools with Holly Mount running out as the champions with Christ Church Ainsworth finishing as runners up. The spectators were treated to some brilliant performances with all the youngsters doing themselves and their schools proud. Special mention must be made to all the volunteers from Bury AC who made the event possible by officiating and supporting the event.
Daisy Worthington had a busy weekend representing Greater Manchester at the English Schools North-West Combined Events Championship held in Telford and amassed a total of 2997 points to take an excellent bronze medal in the junior girl’s pentathlon. Daisy performed consistently well over the five events comprising of 75m hurdles, shot, high jump, long jump and 800m, setting lifetime bests in the hurdles (12.1) and for her overall points score. The 800m is Daisy’s strongest event, but an ankle injury prevented her from performing at her very best which could have potentially secured her the gold medal. This was however a brilliant overall performance from the young Bury athlete.
On Sunday a small but highly motivated team from Bury competed in the YDL Upper Second Division meeting at Warrington. The squad showed real mettle in taking 5th place overall. There were individual victories in the Under 20s men’s events for Jack Olds Bellucci (A 400m hurdles and B 100m), Sam Pakes (A 800m , B 400m hurdles and B javelin) with the 4 x 100m team taking second place. Hashim Shah had to settle for two third places in the A 100m and 200m events. In the under 17 men’s competition Stefan Kalambouka won the 3000m race with some excellent supporting performances from Fahad Iqbal, Brandon Wilson, Michael Thornton and Dylan Buckley.
Lauren Booth was the sole Bury athlete in the Under 20 women’s events, taking2nd place in the A 400m race. The under 17 women’s team comprised of Charlotte Larkin, Teegan Brady, Lucy Alcock, Heledd Rimmer and Hannah Holland with all the girls competing in multiple events. The four of them combined to form a 4 300m relay team and they took 3rd place. The final league meeting is on 23rd July at Blackpool where a strong performance could secure sixth place in the division.