It was a busy weekend of competition for Bury’s athletes. The star performance came from Jerel Livingston, competing in the Northern indoor championships for athletes under the ages of 15 or 13 over in Sheffield. Jerel took silver medal in the long jump with a new lifetime best of 6.02 metres. This enormous jump also moves Jerel up to second place in the national rankings for his age category at the event. Demonstrating his stamina as well as his strength and speed, Jerel also made the finals of the 60m and 200m, taking 6th and 5th places respectively. In his qualifying heat for the 200m, the young Bury athlete also set a new personal best of 24.76. Erin Kenyon and Freya Potts also made the journey across the Pennines to compete at the championships. Both were rewarded with season’s best performances in their respective heats of 800m, with Erin recording 2.39.24 to take 5th in her heat whilst Freya was just a margin slower stopping the clock at 2.40.30 to take 6th in her race.
Saturday saw a large number of Bury athletes running in the Greater Manchester Schools Cross Country Championships on a very muddy Heaton Park course. Bury ran out as team winners of the senior and intermediate boys races. Oliver Makinson (running for his school town of Oldham) took 3rd place in the senior boys’ race with Bury athletes Patrick Watson (6th), Kamili Bell (14th) and Jack Smith (15th) securing vital team points. Top performance of the day came from Francis Woodcock, who took 2nd place in the intermediate boys’ race, which will see him represent Greater Manchester in the English Schools Championships in March. Stefan Kalambouka ran very well to take 10th place in a high quality field. Heledd Rimmer was Bury AC’s only competitor in the intermediate girls’ race, running strongly to take 39th position. For the junior girls Freya Potts ran extremely well to take 11th place, supported by Scarlett Hamilton (35th), Grace Gibson (42nd) and Rebecca Jones (45th). In the junior boys’ race Luke Gisbourne took a strong 27th place, with Jacob Allen not far behind in 38th. Reilly Carson showed great form in the minor girls’ race, taking 11th, with the other counters being Katie Rayner (18th), Esther McGrath (38th), Summer Whitfield (41st) and Pearl Porter (68th). For the minor boys Noah Carter (25th ) and Oliver Horford (33rd) both ran well.
Heaton Park also provided the venue for a Half Marathon on the Sunday, with the undulating course providing a stiff challenge for the competitors. Bury’s Patrick Babb dealt with the course very efficiently and ran out as winner in a very credible time of 1:19.44. In 4th place, and first in the M40 category, was Bury men’s team captain Byron Edwards. His time of 1:23.15 indicating that his training is progressing well for his marathon exploits later on in the year.
Ben Coop was the sole Bury competitor in the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k where he took an excellent 4th place in 34.42.
5 Bury athletes competed at the Sale Indoor Open Meeting at Sportcity. Multi-event athlete Daisy Worthington competed over the 60m hurdles, long jump and shot disciplines, taking 3rd, 10th and 4th places respectively and with a pleasing season’s best of 4.96 in the long jump. Coach Alison Dale made her indoor debut and competed at 200m (34.16 season best) and 600m (2.10.69 personal best). Patrick Clarke made his pole vault debut, taking an excellent 5th place in his competition pool with 2.40m. Hattie Vaughan produced a best vault of 3.30 in her competition to take 5th, a little off her best. She also took 5th in her heat of the 60m with a season best sprint of 8.51. Brother Gilbert competed in the 600m race and set a new personal best of 1.46.22 in taking 5th place.