Gilbert Vaughan made it three wins in a row to secure the South East Lancashire Cross Country League under 11 boys title at Boggart Hole Clough last Saturday. In very heavy conditions Gilbert dominated the field to come home 11 seconds clear of the runner up, Kieron Brindle from Salford Met.
Bury had two other athletes competing in the league fixture with Donna Cartwright and Lauren Booth both running in the senior ladies race. Donna battled through the mud to take an excellent third place in 33.30 and was second L35 finisher. Lauren displayed her current strong form to finish 8th overall (35.19) but was first in the L20 category. Lauren’s brave run secured her the runners up spot in the overall league.
Bury had a small number of runners in the local 5k Parkrun events on the Saturday morning. At Heaton Park Byron Edwards was 4th place finisher (19.09), whilst young Oliver Donnelly finished 20th overall in a new pb of 20.25 and was the first JM11-14 runner home. Other Bury finishers were Pamela Hitchin (26.15), Michael Corcoran (28.24), Sophie Sasimovicz (28.35) and Dave Flood (28.39). At Leverhulme Park Bolton, Greater Manchester School’s champion Ben Forrest took an easy run round to take 5th place (20.54) and was first JM11-14 finisher. Next Bury runner home was Ben’s dad, Duncan in 30th (23.20). Further down the field Graeme McDonald and Dave Carroll ran round together in 31.28.