The first Cheshire Track and Field League meeting of the season took place at the Bebington Oval in bright but breezy conditions. The under 11s team performed well to take 2nd place out of the 7 competing teams. The somewhat depleted men’s and women’s teams came 4th and 3rd respectively. The Bury team recorded several individual victories with many athletes setting new personal bests.

Many of the under 11 athletes were making their track and field debuts for Bury but this was not evident given the maturity of many of the performances.  For the boys Noah Carter had an excellent afternoon, winning the D string 75m (12.6), taking 3rd in the A 600m (2.04.7), winning the A long jump (3.73) and helping the 4 x 100m team to 2nd. Other good performances came from Jacob Bauley (3rd in 75m A in 12.4 and 2nd in C long jump with 2.38), George Clarke (3rd in C 75m and 2nd in B long jump), Harry Yates (2nd in NS 75m and 2nd in B 600m). Other athletes for Bury included Kian Clarke and Finlay Colling.

Connie Potts made an excellent debut notching up 3 wins for the under 11 girls (75m non-scoring in 12.7, 600m non-scoring in 2.09.3 and A soft javelin with an impressive 10.95) and then helping the relay team to victory. Millie Uprichard also had good winning the C 75m (12.0), finishing runner up to Connie in the 600m (2.15.6) and winning the B javelin (6.79). Enya Hartley took 2nd in the A 75m (12.1) and 3rd in the B 600m (2.12.7) and Esther McGrath won the D 600m (2.18.0), came 5th in the ns long jump (2.61) and took 5th in the C 75m (13.3). Reilly Carson ran a strong 2.02.9 to take 4th in the A 600m and she came 2nd in the A long jump (2.73). Millie Yates took 2nd in the C 600m (2.12.2) and 2nd in the B long jump (2.44). Ayva Turner and Georgina Nuttall also performed well in their respective events.

For the under 13 boys Jerel Livingston once again demonstrated his considerable talent, winning the A 200m (28.4) and the A high jump (1.35) before anchoring the 4 x100m team to victory (59.5). The 200m saw all other Bury athletes set new personal bests with Elliott Savage (1st D 30.1), Evan Savage (1st Ns 30.5), Gilbert Vaughan (1st C 32.0) and Jay Cook (5th B 33.8).  Gilbert and Jay also ran in the 800m finishing 6th and 9th respectively in the A and B races. Jay jumped well to take 2nd in the B high jump (1.05).

under 13 relay team

                Gilbert, Jerel, Jay and Evan relay victors

The under 13 girls were rewarded with best times in the 100m. Catherine Russell (3rd A with 15.8), Ella Hall (3rd B in 15.4), Lucy Pixton (4th in C in 16.2), Erin Garroch (3rd in D with 17.4). Erin Kenyon, Lauren Entwistle and Emily Smith competed in the non-scoring races. Erin Kenyon (2.47.1) and Lucy Pixton  (2.59.2) set personal bests in the 800m both finishing 4th in their respective A and B races. In the field Lauren, Erin Garroch, Ella, Lucy. Catherine and Emily competed in the long jump with Ella producing an impressive jump of 3.72. Erin Kenyon and Ella also competed in the discus, both setting new pbs of 11.80 and 10.43 respectively. The girls took 2nd place in the 4 x 100m relay (61.1).

Oliver Donnelly and Patrick Clarke were the only  under 15 boys representing Bury. Oliver took 5th in the A 200m (31.4) and Patrick 4th in the B (28.8). Patrick finished 2nd in the A long jump (an excellent 4.40) and Oliver took 3rd in the B (3.62). Oliver also competed in the 1500m taking 4th in the A race in a new best time of 5.09.9.

The under 15 girls had a better turn out with 9 athletes competing.  They all ran the 100m with Grace Goodsell taking 4th in the A (13.8), Charlotte Larkin (1st B 13.9), Katherine Townsend (2nd C 14.5) and Amy Garroch (2nd D 14.9). Hattie Vaughan won the non-scoring race (14.4) and daisy Worthington, Heledd Rimmer, Ellie Carter and Charlotte Smith all set new personal bests. In the 1500m Heledd  took 10th (5.46.4), one place ahead of Daisy (5.56.0) who was followed by Ellie (5.59.4) with Charlotte 15th (6.25.7). The girls team  produced an excellent win in the 4 x 100m relay (54.3). In the shot putt Katherine took 3rd in the A (6.13) and Daisy was 2nd in the B (6.07). Amy and Charlotte finished 4th and 5th respectively in the non-scoring event (5.81 and 5.48). Hattie took an excellent 2nd in the A high jump (1.40) with Amy 3rd in the B (1.20). Grace and Katherine finished 2nd and 3rd in the non-scoring event with both girls setting new bests (1.35 and 1.30).

Charlotte Larkin

    Charlotte Larkin powers away for the opening leg

Jenna Allen-Cartwright, Lucy Alcock and James Coghlan were the only under 17s who made the journey. Jenna took 4th in the 100m with 14.7 and James took 3rd in his 100m with 12.7. Lucy ran strongly to take 3rd place in the A 1500m race.

For the seniors Iestyn Rimmer set a new pb of 2.42.0 in taking 13th in the 800m and he followed this with an 11.31.6 for the 3000m to take 16th. Matt Alcock made his javelin debut for the club taking 3rd in the A event with 20.67. Ruth Worthington won the women’s javelin with a new personal best of 18.24.