ATHLETES from Bury enjoyed summer-like conditions when they competed in the Northern Road Relay championships at Stanley Park in Blackpool.
First to start were the under-13s boys with Francis Woodcock bringing the Bury team home in seventh place on the first leg with a brilliant run (11:25). Oliver Donnelly took over on the second leg producing a strong 12:05 leg to hand the team over in 12th place. Jack Andrew ran the last leg and ran well to record a time of 12:53 and bring the team home in 15th place.
Next were the u13s girls team with Charlotte Farnworth finishing the first leg in 17th position (12:52). Charlotte handed over to Daisy Worthington who produced a storming run (12:48) to move Bury up to ninth place. Ella Hall ran the final leg (15:26) to bring the team home in 21st place.
The u15s boys were next to race with Oliver Makinson running the first and competitive first leg in 10:43 to hand over in 11th position to George Yates. George ran strongly to bring the team home in 13th with a leg of 11:28 and hand over to Ben Forrest. Ben, running in his first year as an under-15 took the team back up to 11th place with a 11:31 leg. This was the best Bury team performance of the day.
Lucy Alcock ran the first leg for the u15s girls team, handing over in 24th place (13:12). Heledd Rimmer underlined her current strong form with a leg of 13:18 to maintain the team at 24th and hand over to Hattie Vaughan. Hattie, who is making a return to distance running following a busy season of field events, ran very well to hold onto 24th position with her leg of 13:45.
The senior ladies A team had Katie Buckley on the first leg, running strongly to hand over in 28th position (20:01) to Caitlin Cole. Caitlin, making a flying visit from University in Edinburgh, moved the team up to 23rd place with a leg of 20:31. On the third leg was Nicola Harland who ran really well to come home in 24th place with 22:09. Katie Geelan, making a welcome return from injury took the final stage. Katie moved the team up to 19th with an excellent 20:48. Bury had just one B team runner, Lizzie Cheshire, who ran well in the first leg to take 52nd place out of a field of 72 teams with 22:38.
Sadly the senior men were unable to field a full six man team. Ben Coop ran strongly on the first leg to bring the team home in 55th place with 22:52. Dave Cullen picked up the second leg and produced his usual powerful run to come home in 56th position with 23:19. On the third leg was Byron Edwards who produced a run of 24:17 to hand over in 58th place. Next away was Rob Granby producing a solid run of 25:26 to hand the team over in 64th position to his dad, Mark who found the pace a little hot to handle. He brought Bury back in 74th place with a leg of 28:27.
Facing a harsher terrain, Sophie Whittaker represented England in the Home International match in the World Mountain Racing Championships at Betws-y-coed, Wales. Running in the under 20s race Sophie ran strongly to take 13th place in her category covering the tough 4.7km course in 25:17.
Bury athletes face a return to cross country in a fortnight with the first races in the Red Rose Cross Country League hosted at Leigh.