Last weekend Bury hosted the Greater Manchester track and field championships for the first time in the clubs history. The perfect weather heralded a number of medal winning performances from Bury athletes. It was also excellent to see so many Bury athletes testing themselves in the county competition and performing well and making finals. The club pulled out all the stops to make the competition a success, with members volunteering hundreds of hours to deliver the championships. Alan Johnson, the Chairman of the Greater Manchester Athletic Association wrote an open letter to the club praising the organisation.
The most prominent performance on the track came from Brandon Quinton, running in the 3000m. The officials had combined the under 17s, under 20 and senior athletes into one race, with Brandon, as an under 17 running against far more experienced athletes. He nevertheless held is head and stalked the leaders and then hit the front before the bell and extended his lead to win in a personal best of 9.12.05.
Jay Cook had a busy weekend, winning four medals. The silver in the pole vault (2.10) and bronzes in the 80m hurdles (15.10), discus (23.89) and javelin (23.76) evidencing his growing skills as a multi-eventer.
The 400m proved to be Bury’s most successful event with Michael Hunter taking a gold in the senior mens competition (56.60) and Kamili Bell gold in the under 20 men’s race (53.25). Bronze medals went to Oliver Kirby (under 20 58.12), Nicola Harland (senior women 68.54) and Jenna Allen-Cartwright (under 20 66.22).
Lizzi Cheshire, Bury’s women’s team captain, made it a double gold in the long jump (4.66) and triple jump (9.58) and Katie Geelan was a very popular winner of the gold in the women’s 3000m (11.54).
Silver medals went to Hattie Vaughan in the under 17 women’s pole vault, returning to form with a 3.40 clearance; Ben Coop in the senior 800m (1.59.38); Rocco Goosen in the under 11 75m (11.79) and long jump (3.77); Mariela Digiola in the women’s 200m (28.92); Ella Hall in the under 15’s shot (9.04) and Oliver Rostron in the under 15’s hammer (21.55).
Bronze medals went to Thomas Donnelly in the under 11’s 600m (2.07); Christie Cook in the women’s 800m (2.22): Joshua Birmingham in the men’s 1500m (4.33.64); the Bury under 15 girls’ relay team; Ruth Worthington in the women’s hammer (21.59); Emily Chadwick in the under 15’s hammer (19.43) and Reilly Carson in the under 13’s javelin (16.38).