The vast majority of Britain’s track and field stars began their athletics careers by competing at the English Schools Athletics Association Championships. It is therefore fantastic news for Bury AC that a record number of four members were selected to compete in the prestigious championships which this year took place in Birmingham on 12-13th July. Competing in the junior boy’s pole vault competition Jay Cook added a massive 14cms to his personal best to take a brilliant 6th place with a vault of 3.15. Brandon Quinton ran in the very competitive intermediate boy’s 3000m shaving 4/10s of his fastest time to cross the line in 8.52.19 in 7th place. In the intermediate girl’s long jump Daisy Worthington was a little below form taking 14th place with a best leap of 5.24. Hattie Vaughan also competed in the long jump but in the senior girl’s event. She experienced problems with her run up and her best jump of 4.96 was some way short of her best and secured her 17th place.
Earlier on in the week Marcus Dey and Oliver Donnelly were rewarded with personal best performances competing in the Trafford Grand Prix meeting. Marcus ran an excellent 8.35.62 to secure 4th place in the 3000m, a time that moves him to 35th in the UK Under 20 rankings. Oliver reduced his best time to 2.08.30 in the under 17s 800m.
On Sunday the Bury senior squad performed brilliantly to make it 3 wins out of 3 in the Northern Track and Field League competition, hosted at Bury. The team’s final score on the day was 465, giving Bury a commanding 78 point lead over second placed Trafford. With one fixture remaining it is looking very likely that Bury will secure promotion to the second division as league champions.
The overall team effort was outstanding but there were some marvellous individual performances from Bury’s athletes. Nathan Shepherd had an amazing afternoon, taking 2nd in the B200 (24.5) and the A 400 hurdles and then winning the B110 hurdles. David Vaughan took 2nd in the B 400m, 3rd in the A long jump and then he won the A triple jump in a lifetime best of 12.28. In the middle distance events there were wins for Ben Coop, who smashed his personal best to set 4.03.9 in the A 1500 and Josh Birmingham in the B 1500 and that was after he had set a new pb of 2.01.6 to take 3rd in the B 800. Paul Johnston and Giles Bennett made it a double win in the 3000 steeplechase A and B and Luke Harreld had an unusual double taking 2nd in the A 800 before winning the B shot. Jack Griffiths won the B long jump and triple jump events and Paul Horrocks had a marvellous series taking 2nd in the A discus and B javelin and 3rd in the A shot and hammer. The young quartet of sprinters Akshay Malhotra, Nathan Shepherd, Jakada Sandiford and Jordan Clarke took 3rd in the 4 x 100 relay.
Hattie Vaughan recovered from her disappointment in the English Schools by winning the A long jump in a new best of 5.33. She then took 2nd in the A100, A200 and A shot. Daisy Worthington won the B 200, the B long jump and the A high jump. Team captain Lizzi Cheshire won the B 100 and 400 hurdles and the B high and triple jumps. Hannah Price put on a fantastic front running display to win the A 3000 with Katie Geelan winning the B before Hannah then went on to take 2nd in the A 1500m with Rachel Marshall making an excellent league debut to take 2nd in the B 1500. Xenia Sawkuycz notched up crucial points winning the B shot, taking 2nd in the A discus and hammer events and 3rd in the B javelin. The 4 x 400 squad of Jenna Allen-Cartwright, Katrina Conroy, Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth and Daisy Worthington just missed out in beating the strong Trafford quartet.