The sudden snowfall over the weekend limited competition opportunities for Bury AC members. One of the few events to survive the weather was the Saturday morning Parkrun at Heaton Park, although competitors did have to cope with a snowy and slippery course. Marcus Dey managed to stay on his feet to secure 2nd place behind Altrincham’s Andy Norman. Marcus’s time of 17.35 was over a minute slower than his best, giving an indication of the impact of the conditions.

Byron Edwards took 5th place, despite taking a fall in the race leaving him with gashed knees. His time of 18.38 was also a minute off his best and he was just over 30 seconds ahead of team-mate Giles Bennett whose 19.11 clocking secured him 6th place. Father and daughter pairing of Edward and Pamela Hitchen safely navigated the course with respective times of 25.06 and 26.15.

Pole vaulter Hattie Vaughan made the long trip down to Cardiff to compete in the Cardiff AC Indoor Grand Prix meeting. Hattie took an excellent second place in the competition setting a new lifetime best of 3.42 metres in the process. Always ambitious, Hattie was a little disappointed with her performance, but as coach Matt Cullen stressed, “a pb is a pb!” The vault moves Hattie up to 7th best in the UK in her age group. In addition to her primary event, Hattie also competed in the 60m sprint where she set a new pb of 8.40 seconds.

This weekend will see members competing in the club Christmas handicap races.