Four Bury athletes competed in the National Athletics Championships for under 17s and under 15s down in Bedford. Hattie Vaughan, in her first year as an under 17, performed very well to take 5th place in the pole vault final with a best performance of 3.31. Whilst disappointed in not making the medal podium, Hattie can reflect on a very successful season at the event.

Hattie at the Nationals

Another athlete who has had an excellent season is Brandon Quinton and he built on his successes by taking a brilliant 7th place in the under 15 boys 1500m final in 4.18.3. In the under 15 girls 800m, Daisy Worthington won her heat in 2.16.4 to progress to the final. However, in the very physical final Daisy had to settle for 7th place recording 2.19.97. Grace Goodsell competed in the 100m, triple jump and long jump competitions. In her heat in the 100m Grace took 4th place in 12.92, but was unable to make the improvement necessary in the semi-finals where she took 6th place in 12.96. In what was only her fourth competition in the triple jump event, Grace had a best jump of 10.67, a new lifetime best performance, and it secured her in fourth place, only 11cm short of the bronze medal position. In the long jump final Grace had to settle for 13th place, with a best jump of 4.88.

Two of Bury’s multi-event athletes travelled to Cudwoth to compete in the Yorkshire Combined Events Championships. Patrick Clarke returned five excellent personal bests in the under 15 boys pentathlon to take the bronze medal with a total score of 2037. His individual performances were; 80m hurdles 13.29; shot 6.00; long jump 5.30; high jump 1.62 and 800m 2.32.36. Charlotte Speakman- Farnworth set thee personal bests in the under 15 girls pentathlon, with her total score of 2373 giving her 4th place overall. Charlotte’s individual performances were; long jump 4.38; 75m hurdles 13.87; shot 6.49; high jump 1.40 and 800m 2.31.7. Coach Ian Halliday was massively proud of the performances of both of the young athletes.

As the track and field season draws to a close a number of Bury’s senior athletes prepared for the forthcoming road relay season by taking part in the very popular Heaton Park Parkrun. Luke Harrold celebrated his first wedding anniversary by winning the race in a personal best time of 16.34. Sophie Whittaker was the first woman finisher recording a time of 19.36 and notching up her 30th win taking her level with Katie Geelan, who was 2nd women finisher on the day with 20.16. Other Bury top 20 finishers included Stefan Kalambouka (12th in 19.01) who held off a spirited challenge from Giles Bennett (13th in 19.02). Women’s team captain Lizzi Cheshire took 6th place in the women’s rankings (23.07).