It was a busy weekend for Bury AC members with the third Red Rose Cross Country League taking place at Bolton’s Leverhulme Park on Saturday and the 13 Arches Half Marathon on the Sunday. Ben Coop and Patrick Babb ran well in both races, with Ben once again being the first Bury athlete to finish in the senior men’s Red Rose Race in 4th place before running out as the clear winner of the Half Marathon the following day. Patrick continued his excellent development as a new member of the club by taking 20th in the cross country and 3rd in the Radcliffe AC event on the Sunday. Men’s team captain Byron Edwards took 14th place in the Half Marathon.

The senior men took 4th place overall in the Red Rose with Ben and Patrick supported by Jack Griffiths (32), Chris Mackay (54), Giles Bennett (65) and Andy Worthington (118).

The performance of the day in a Bury vest came from young Nyah Coates in the under 11s race, winning by an 8 second margin. Nyah lead the Bury team to 5th place on the day, with support from Lola Potts (29) and Evie-Mae Mackay (32). There was a good turn out from the under 11 girls with Anna Gisbourne, Emily Purdey, Isabel Lawson, Katelyn Hearne, Jemima Miles, Annie Hurst, Tia Buckley, Lily Crow, Olivia Hearn and Darcey Fowler-Gibbs competing. The boy’s team finished one place lower than the girls with Finley Collings (11), Thomas Donnelly (12) and Euan McGrath (40) taking 6th place. Also competing were Jake Norton, Ethan Holt, Jaydon Barlow, Tom Gibson, Noah Millington, Albert Cottam, Benjamin Ugborogho, Jaiden Porter. Archie Hall and Dexter Fowler-Gibbs.

The under 13 boys team of Gilbert Vaughan (7), Noah Carter (17) and Oliver Horford (20) took 4th place with supporting runs from Matthew Lowe, Idris Dawson and Nathan Ardin. The girls had to settle for 8th place with Grace Gibson first home in 25th , followed by Reilly Carson (28) and Esther McGrath. Holly Crow, Summer Whitfield, Katie Rayner, Nicole Palmer and Rosa Purdey were the other Bury finishers.

Esther, Reilly and Grace – still smiling

Francis Woodcock couldn’t repeat his winning performance from Chorley and had to settle for second place in the under 15 boys race. He lead the Bury team to 4th with Jake Allen (25) and Jacob Stevens (30) being the other counters and Sam Kelly the other finisher. The girls took 5th place with Erin Kenyon (18), Lucy Pixton (25) and Catherine Russell scoring points.

Oliver Makinson lead the under 17 boys to second place, finishing as runner up again. Stefan Kalambouka took 7th and Jack Smith 11th. The girls took 3rd team lead again by Heledd Rimmer in 10th, just ahead of Lucy Alcock (11) and Ellie Carter (12) with sprinter Jenna Allen Cartwright taking 14th.

The senior women were missing Sophie Whittaker, Caitlin Cole and Christie Cook but still managed to take 2nd team place. Katie Geelan took an excellent 10th place  with Lauren booth showing consolidation in her return to form in 17th and Nicola Harland scoring vital points in 21st. Sophie Hill (26) and Lizzi Cheshire (35) were the other Bury finishers.