Bury Athletic Club had 5 starters in Sunday’s Greater Manchester Marathon. Patrick Babb, making his debut over the distance in a Bury vest, was first local home in an impressive 2.47.37 giving him 112th place out of the field of over 9500 starters. This was over 7 minutes faster than his previous best time for the distance and illustrates the improvements he is making as part of Dave Cole’s endurance group. Next to finish was Byron Edwards, using the Manchester race as a training run in preparation for the London Marathon on 22nd April. Byron covered the course in 3.11.33 maintaining an even and comfortable pace throughout.

Irfan Qureshi was Bury’s next finisher, breaking the 4 hour barrier with a time of 3.56.59. He was 278th finisher in the MV50 age category. Coach Ali O’Brien completed the course in 4.37.36 in her debut over the distance and demonstrating good pace judgement. Natasha McDonald, another of Bury’s coaching team was sadly forced to pull out of the race at the 19 mile mark with an injury.

Sophie Whittaker competed in her first 10 mile race over the weekend. Running in the Cathedral to Castle multi-terrain event Sophie finished 15th overall and was second women in a time 1.06.31.