Bury AC hosted the Bury Primary School Sports Association Athletics Championships at their Market Street track on Saturday. The event, organised by Ben Coop a Bury AC member and teacher at Greenmount Primary School, saw over 200 children from 21 schools compete over a range of events. There were sprints for boys and girls from Years 3, 4, and 6 and a 600m race for Year 5 and Year 6 children as well as relay races. On the field there were long jump, shot and javelin competitions.
There were a number of excellent individual and team performances throughout the competition. However, Holly Mount produced consistently high performances and retained their title from 2017. Runners up were Holcombe Brook with Unsworth taking a strong third place. Once again, thanks are extended to all the volunteers who gave up their time to support the event by officiating or helping out with the smooth running of the competition.
Three Bury AC members competed at the North West Schools Combined Events Championships held in Stockport. In the under 17 women’s heptathlon competition Daisy Worthington showed that she is recovering from her troublesome knee operation by taking 6th place overall in a new personal best points score of 3924. Her individual performances were very encouraging and comprised of 200m in 27.27; 800m in 2.31.41; 80 m hurdles in 13.75; a 1.45 high jump; a 4.74 long jump; a9.69 shot putt and 25.98 for the javelin.
Jay Cook competed in the under 15 boys pentathlon competition and took a pleasing 18th place with a new best points score of 1802. He recorded new best marks in the 800m (2.35.84) and high jump (1.53). His other performances were 75m hurdles 15.13; long jump 4.53 and 9.13 in the shot. Ella Hall, competing in the under 15 girls pentathlon amassed a total score of 1900 points. She set new bests in the 75m hurdles (14.75) and high jump (1.21) with other good performances in the 800m (2.59.96); long jump (4.19) and shot (8.74).
It was warm work for competitors in Sunday’s Wilmslow Half Marathon. Ben Coop showed no ill effects from his efforts at the previous day’s schools competition by taking a brilliant 16th place in 1:14.38. Next home was Katie Geelan, taking 2nd place in the F45+ category with a time of 1:36.32. Steve Parker was the next finisher in 1:47.19 followed by Ed Hitchin who took 3rd in the M70+ category with 1:54.16. Next came Pam Hitchin (2:05.12) who with the right conditions can break the 2 hour barrier followed by Nicola Brown (2:12.32).