Four Bury AC athletes competed in Greater Manchester representative vests at the British Athletics Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships at Crofton Park, Birmingham last Saturday. Running in the under 13 boy’s race Francis Woodcock ran very well to take 31st place (12.09) in the high class field. He was the first Greater Manchester counter to finish.

Marcus Dey once again produced the best run from a Bury athlete taking 16th (16.37) in the under 15 boy’s race. Like Francis, he was the first Greater Manchester counter in a very classy field.

In the under 17 women’s race Sophie Whittaker produced another strong run to take 79th place (22.32) to underline the great cross country season that she is having.

Lauren Booth, making her debut at the Inter-Counties, ran really well to finish 101st (26.18) in the under 20 women’s race, demonstrating the continuous improvement she is showing in her running.

Ex-Bury AC member Scott Evans finished a brilliant 38th place in the quality senior men’s race and was the first Greater Manchester runner home.

Shrugging off the effects of her previous day’s efforts, Sophie Whittaker competed in Sunday’s Trafford 10k. This is one of the highest quality races in the land, illustrated by the fact that the first 29 finishers broke the 30 minute barrier. Sophie ran brilliantly to be the first under 17 women finisher, setting a new personal best of 38.33. Her day was made complete when she had her competition number signed by marathon legend Ron Hill.

Sophie Whittaker Traford

Sophie Whittaker – first u17 lady at the Trafford 10k

Lisa Carter made the journey over to Leeds to compete in Sunday’s Canal Canter Trail run. Lisa was rewarded for her hard work in training as she took 2nd place in her age category for the race.

Bury had a small number of competitors in the local Parkrun events. At Heaton Park Byron Edwards ran well to take 5th place overall and was the first M40-44 finisher with a time of 17.51, his fastest for over 12 months. In Bolton Ben Forrest took 4th place overall and was first M11-14 finisher with a very respectable 18.49. Not far behind Ben was Oliver Donnelly whose person best of 19.49 secured 3rd M11-14 place. Another athlete to set a personal best was Ben’s dad Duncan Forrest making the top 50 with a time of 21.56.