A small team of 7 athletes travelled to Ellesmere Port to compete in the final YDL Upper meeting of the track and field season. Collectively they were rewarded with 7 personal bests and brought Bury home in 5th place overall. All the under 17’s did the maximum 4 events and some reached the graded standards in their respective events.
It is recognised that it is difficult to get under 20s and under 17s out to compete as there is often conflict with exams and summer jobs. However, Team Manager Donna Cartwright has worked really hard in persuading athletes to take part in the league. A special mention should go to Hashim Shah, Jenna Allen-Cartwright, Teegan Brady and Chloe Fairhurst who competed in all 4 fixtures, doing the maximum 4 events. The team spirit was fantastic and all the athletes supported each other throughout the competition.
For the under 20s, Christie Cook won the 800m in 2.25. Mariella Digioa took 5th in the 100m in 13.9 and repeated her placing in the 200m (28.7). She then did the long jump,
Hashim Shah, in the under 17s 100m, won in 11.7. He was just edged into 2nd place in the 200m but was rewarded with a pb of 23.7. He then competed in the javelin. Oliver Kirby took 4th in the B 200m in a new pb of 27 and then set a new pb of 59.8 in taking 6th in the 400m. He also set a new pb in the javelin.
Hurdler Chloe Fairhurst took 4th in the 80m hurdles race (18.1) and 4th in the 300m race (57.2) before competing in the long jump. Jenna Allen-Cartwright won the A 300m in a new best of 44.2 and took 4th in the 200m in 28.6 and competed in the discus. Teegan Brady was rewarded with a brace of pbs, winning the B 300m race in 44.7 and the B 200m in 27.5 and also threw in the discus competition.
Jenna, Teegan and Chloe stepped up to join Mariella in the under 20s relay race and the quartet won by a large margin.
Jean and John Simpson together with Ken Smith volunteered to officiate, contribution to vital team points.
This is the first year that Bury has entered a team in the league and the athletes have set a good baseline for next year.