The Greater Manchester AA Track and Field Championships were hosted at Macclesfield over the weekend of 14th and 15th May. A relatively small number of Bury athletes made the journey to compete and several were rewarded with medals and new best performances.

Gil Vaughan with GM medal

Gil Vaughan proudly displaying his gold medal

In the sprints there were medal winning performances from Gil Vaughan in the u13 boys 100 and 200m. He took 3rd in the 100 with a time of 15.08 and bettered that by winning the 200 in a new personal best of 31.08. Ella Hall took 6th in the u13 girl’s 150 m final with a new best of 22.56, following her 22.7 performance in her heat. Ella also took 4th in her 75m heat (11.6). Grace Goodsell ran a nippy 13.26 in the u15 girl’s 100m final. This followed her 13.34 heat. Also competing in the heats Charlotte Larkin, Hattie Vaughan, Daisy Worthington and Katherine Townsend all ran respectable times with 13.72, 13.71, 14.00 and 14.29 respectively. Charlotte Larkin also took 7th in the u15 girl’s 200m final with 27.92. Amy Garroch set a new pb of 29.70 in her heat. Patrick Clarke took 5th in u15 boy’s 200m in a new pb of 28.41.

I the u17 age category Jenna Allen-Cartwright posted a time of 14..36 in her 100m heat but then went on to take 7th in the 200m final with a 28.41 performance, having qualified with a heat time of 28.41.  Teegan Brady took 5th in the 300m final with a new pb of 46.10. Hashim Shah just missed out on medal taking 4th in the u17 men’s 100m with a time of 12.3. Viola Melingi, running in the u20 women’s 400m final took 6th place (68.8).

In the sprint hurdles Patrick Clarke took bronze in the u15 80mH with a new pb of 14.61. For the u15 girls, Daisy Worthington took 5th in the 75mH final in a new best of 12.96. Amy Garroch ran 15.40 to take 5th in her heat.

In the middle distance events Gil Vaughan was back on the track to take 5th in the u13 boys 800m in a new best of 2.40.99. Daisy Worthington also ran a new pb in the u15 girl’s 800m, also finishing 5th in 2.28.95.  Erin Kenyon competed in the u13 girl’s 1200m, taking 10th place in the final in 4.23.7.  Top distance performance of the day came from Christie Cook who won a bronze medal in the senior women’s 800m in a season’s best of 2.24.2.

In the field events Gil Vaughan was back to winning ways taking gold in the u13 boy’s discus with a throw of 14.19. Jay Cook made it a family bronze medal double when he finished 3rd in the u13 boy’s javelin (18.48).  For the u13 girls, Ella Hall took 5th in the shot (6.18) and 7th in the long jump (3.75).

Hattie Vaughan demonstrated how her training is paying off by winning gold in the u15 girl’s pole vault with a new pb of 2.70. She then went on to take 5th in the high jump (1.35).Hannah Holland and Amy Garroch were also competing in that high jump final, finishing 6th and 8th respectively although both athletes cleared 1.30, which was a new pb for Amy.

Hattie, Daisy Katherine GMs

Katherine, Hattie and Daisy

It was a 1-2-3 for Bury in the u15 girl’s discus. Katherine Townsend took gold (17.92), Daisy Worthington silver (17.40) and Hattie Vaughan added to her gold with a bronze throw of 17.47. In the long jump Grace Goodsell and Daisy Worthington both set new bests in taking 4th (5.04) and 9th (4.51). Heledd Rimmer took 4th in the javelin (24.05) ahead of Daisy in 6th (19.69) and Ellis Greenwood 10th (16.40). Ellis also threw in the hammer and shot competitions; winning a gold medal in the hammer (20.87) and taking 4th in the shot (7.34). Patrick Clarke recorded a season’s best leap of 4.42 to take 5th in the u15 boy’s long jump.

Club coach Ruth Worthington set a positive example to her young athletes by putting together a string of great performances in the senior women’s throwing events. Ruth took silver in the javelin (16.64), bronze in the shot (6.07) and 4th in the hammer (25.86).

Ben Forrest

Ben Forrest

On Tuesday 3 Bury athletes competed in the Trafford Grand Prix event at the Longford Park stadium. Running in the u15 boy’s 800m, Ben Forrest ran really well to take 4th place and reduce his pb to 2.11.89. Daisy Worthington also recorded a new best time in winning her race in 2.24.47. These times place both young athletes in the top 100 nationally in their age category and both have a further year in the category. Sophie Whittaker competed in the 3000m race and was first woman U20 finisher in a respectable time of 10.46.41.