Francis Woodcock was Bury AC’s stand out performer in the second of the four Red Rose Cross Country League fixtures. The talented cyclist swapped two wheels for his cross country spikes to win the under 15 boys race at the challenging Astley Park course in Chorley last Saturday. Woodcock proved the stronger out of a group of three athletes who broke clear away from the field and he was supported by team mates Jacob Stevens (30) and Jake Allen (33) giving the team 6th place.

In the under 17 boys race the Bury trio of Oliver Makinson, Marcus Dey and Stefan Kalambouka took first team with their positions of 2nd, 3rd and 8th being good enough to hold off the strong Rossendale team.

In the senior women’s race Caitlin Cole ran well to take 5th but close on her heels was Christie Cook taking 7th place who is rounding into really good form this season. The Bury team consolidated their second place from the first fixture  with good supporting runs from Lauren Booth, Nicola Harland, Sophie Hill and Lizzi Cheshire.

The senior men’s was depleted through injury and absences but Patrick Babb made an excellent club debut taking 40th place, followed by Jack Griffiths (55), Chris Mackay (78), Giles Bennett (102), Matt Grice (137) and Andy Worthington (161) giving the team 11th place.

For the younger athletes Finley Collings (15), Thomas Donnelly (17) and Jake Norton (56) brough Bury home in 7th place in the under 11s race. The girls team of Lola Potts (25), Emily Purdy (29) and Isabel Lawson (34) took 10th place. This place was matched by the under 13 girls with the counting athletes of Grace Gibson (24), Reilly Carson (25) and Katie Rayner (26) finishing within 3 seconds of one another. The under 13 boys fared better, taking 4th place with Noah Carter (12), Oliver Horford (16) and Matthew Lowe (19) all packing well.

The under 15 girls team of Erin Kenyon (22), Lucy Pixton (28) and Charlie Ireland (35) took 5th place. The under 17 women took an excellent 3rd team place with Heledd Rimmer once again showing her strength on the tough course in 10th place, followed by Lucy Alcock in 11th, Ellie Carter in 14th and Jenna Allen-Cartwright in 19th.