The last week has seen some magnificent performances from Bury athletes at a variety of venues and meetings.
On 25th May on the fells, Ben Coop took an excellent 3rd place in the Fo(e) Edge race recording a time of 31.42 for the demanding course and taking the scalps of several local class opponents. On 28th May Ben was racing on the fells again, this time in the Hutton Roof Crags race where he took 10th in 56.22 in the classy field.
Down at a meeting in Exeter pole vault specialist Hattie Vaughan set a new pb of 2.85m and in doing so achieved the much sought after English Schools qualifying height.
At Loughborough Daisy Worthington and Heledd Rimmer competed in the UK Javelin Carnival. Both athletes set new personal bests with Daisy recording a throw of 20.29, whilst Heledd launched the javelin out 27.43.
At the YDL Upper League meeting at Blackburn on 29th May team manager Donna Cartwright was very pleased with the spirit demonstrated by the small number of Bury athletes who travelled to the fixture. For the under 20s Iestyn Rimmer won his 3000m race (11.10.6) and Christie Cook set a new season’s best of 2.23.1 in winning her 800m. For the under 17s James Coghlan was rewarded with new pbs in the B 100m (12.1) and B 200m (24.2) . Teammate Hashim Shah won both sprint A races with times of 11.8 and 24.1 respectively.
Girls’ team captain Jenna Allen-Cartwright took 6th in the A 100m (14.2) but was sadly disqualified from the 200m for a false start. She showed great leadership in putting the disappointment behind her and moving on to score points in the discus and in the 4 x100m relay. Boy’s captain, Alex Bennett set a new pb of 55.8 in the 400m and Lucy Alcock set a new best time of 5.18.9 in winning the 1500m. Teegan Brady and Chloe Fairhurst performed well in their events (100m, 200m and 300m) before teaming up with Jenna to take 3rd in the sprint relay. All of the young athletes, who are primarily runners, took part in a number of field events with the star performance coming from James Coghlan with a 31.98 throw in the javelin.
At the Trafford Medal meeting at Stretford on the Bank Holiday Monday a small group of athletes set a number of personal bests. Under 13 Jerel Livingston had a magnificent afternoon, winning the 100m in a new pb of 13.08, the 200m (27.40 another pb) and thenmade it three bests in a row winning the long jump with an amazing leap of 5.04 moving him up to third in the UK rankings. Grace Goodsell was another athlete to set new bests, taking 2nd in the 100m (12.89) and long jump (5.10) in the under 15 events. Hattie Vaughan set a pb of 13.49 in her 100m. Daisy Worthington set a new best of 43.8 in her 300m race and in her 12.6 75m hurdles. Brother Freddie set a pb of 3.00m in his long jump. Elliot and Evan Savage ran well in their 800m races, Elliott winning his in 2.27.43 and Evan taking 3rd in a new best of 2.32.22. The brothers also competed in the 200m with Gil Vaughan taking 3rd, 4th and 5th. Evan also set a new pb of 21.54 in the javelin.
Last weekend saw athletes competing in Cheshire and Northern League fixtures and there will be more detailed reports next week.