Following on from the buzz following the North of England victory – it’s been a busy week for club members.

At Monday’s Committee meeting a decision was made to establish new award categories of ‘Athlete of the League’ for each of the 4 leagues the club competes in (North of England; Cheshire; YDL Upper and YDL Lower).  The award winners will be chosen by the Team Manager for each league (Giles Bennett; Joanne Brown, Donna Cartwright and Nick Rimmer).

Wednesday saw the club host the first of it’s Mini League fixtures. Track and field events were put on for athletes under 9, under 11 and under 13 with some great performances from athletes from Bury, Bolton, Salford, Stockport, Trafford, Altrincham, Rochdale and beyond. The Lady Mayor of Bury, Cllr Stella Smith and her consort, husband John, were the guests of honour and took great delight in presenting the medals to the young athletes. A detailed update will be published soon.

On Thursday the senior’s put on a surprise birthday party in the club house for coach Dave Cole. Dave is about to embark on a 630 mile hike along the South West coastal walk. John Conroy will pick up responsibility for the senior distance group in Dave’s absence.

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Bury’s seniors wishing coach Dave Cole a happy birthday

On the subject of endurance, multi-marathon runner and Men’s Team Captain Byron Edwards has announced that he has raised nearly £5000 for his chosen charity, the Manchester Children’s Hospital, from his Manchester, Boston and London Marathon efforts. A great outcome, completely overshadowing his initial target of £1000 – well done Byron, we’re proud of you!

This weekend saw the Greater Manchester AA Track and Field Championships at Macclesfield. The full results are not yet available on Power of 10 but medallists include Hattie and Gilbert Vaughan, Daisy Worthington and Katherine Townsend.

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Katherine, Hattie and Daisy with their GM medals

Marcus Dey won the Heaton Parkrun on Saturday with Giles Bennett and Katie Geelan both top 20 finishers. Katie was once again the first woman finisher, bringing her record number of victories up to 26. Young Stefan Kalambouka set a new pb (19.23) and Jenny Yates and Alison Dale were also rewarded with new best times (21.26 and 22.53 respectively). Pam Hitchen wore the Bury vest with pride in the Last Drop Loop Fell Race, taking the first female finisher prize in her age group.

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Pam proudly displays her medal