It was a frustrating fifth position for Bury in the opening Northern League fixture of the year, held at Blackburn, finishing a frustrating 4.5 points behind Spenborough. There are three remaining fixtures and Bury must secure fourth position or above to avoid relegation to the third division.
Notwithstanding the overall result, the day was peppered with excellent individual performances with manyl athletes setting new personal bests. Bury counted just two winners of specific events; Nicola Quick in the pole vault and Daisy Worthington in the triple jump. However new personal bests were achieved by sprinters Emmanuel Mufakazi (100m and 200m), Hashim Shah (200m) and Teegan Brady (100m). Hattie Vaughan recovered from the disappointment in her pole vault to set new bests in the 100m and 100m hurdles. Kamili Bell (400m and 800m), Byron Edwards (1500m and 500m), Beverley McAuley (3000m), Paul Johnston (500m), Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth (100m hurdles and 400m hurdles), Michael Hunter (110m hurdles) and Anthony Hallahan (3000m steeplechase) also set new lifetime bests. In the field events there were new bests for Daisy Worthington (long jump and triple jump), Ella Tyrell (triple jump), Paul Horrocks (shot), Alison Dale (shot, discus, hammer and javelin and, Heledd Rimmer (javelin). Christie Cook showed she is returning to fine form, recording 2.21 in her 800m race.
The next Northern League will be hosted at Bury on 3rd June with the team manager Giles Bennett hoping to make the most of the home advantage.