A depleted team of young athletes made the journey to Connah’s Quay for the second of the four UK Youth Development League fixtures. What the team lacked in numbers they made up for in spirit as many athletes competed across multiple events to maximise the team score.  The youngsters did themselves and the club proud and won the fixture with 575 points ahead of second placed Menai AC with 532points. At halfway point the victory gives Bury a very strong overall position with the next fixture being at Market Street track on 19th June. The excellent performance of the athletes was matched by the energy of the adults who volunteered to officiate at the meeting, with Helen Vaughan and Ruth Worthington working really hard to contribute to the overall score.

For the under 13 boys there was a string of excellent performances. Jerel Livingston (100m, 200m and long jump), Gil Vaughan (100m, 1500m and shot), Evan Savage (200m, 800m and javelin), Elliot Savage (1500m and shot), Jay Cook (75mH, javelin and high jump), Jack Andrew (800m, 75mH and high jump) and Rory Pixton (long jump) covered all the events and delivered many individual victories. Elliot, Evan, Jack and Jerel also teamed up to take 2nd in the 4 x100m relay.

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        Jerel Livingston in the sprint relay

The under 15 boys had even fewer Bury athletes but they did enough. Brandon Wilson (100m , discus and hammer), Jack Knowles (200m and 300m), Francis Woodcock (200m and 800m), Stefan Kalambouka (300m, 1500m and 80mH), Patrick Clarke (80mH, long jump and high jump) and Dan Matthews (javelin, discus and shot) kept the points ticking over and recorded some fine victories and personal best performances. Stefan, Brandon, Dan and Jack took 4th place in the 4 x 100m relay.  However, in the 4 x 300m relay, Jack, Stefan, Francis and Patrick dominated the race coming home over 30m ahead of the second placed team.

The under 13 girls also scored massively important points. Ella Hall (75m, shot and long jump), Catherine Russell (75m, 150m and high jump), Erin Garroch (150m and 800m ), Lucy Pixton (800m, 70mH and long jump), Erin Kenyon (1200m and javelin), Freya Potts (1200m and javelin) and Lucy Chandler (70mH, shot and high jump) all performed brilliantly. Catherine, Ella Lucy Pixton and Erin Kenyon combined to take 2nd in the 4 x 100m relay.

The same team effort ran through the performances of the under 15 girls. Grace Goodsell (100m, 200m and long jump), Amy Garroch (100m, 75mH and high jump), Katherine Townsend (300m and discus), Rebecca Froggatt (300m and 800m), Heledd Rimmer (1500m,  javelin and shot), Charlotte Smith (1500m), Daisy Worthington (800m, 75mH and long jump), Ellis Greenwood (discus, hammer and shot), Hannah Holland (hammer and high jump) and Hattie Vaughan (javelin and pole vault) produced several victories and pbs. The team of Hattie, Katherine, Amy and Grace won the 4 x100m  relay and then in the 4 x 300m Hattie, Daisy, Rebecca and Katherine trounced the opposition finishing more than 50m clear of the runners up.