The 5 points that the Bury AC team secured in finishing runners up to Pendle in the third North of England Track and Field League meeting should guarantee promotion to the Second Division. It was a slightly smaller than usual squad that travelled to Burnley but with several athletes competing in multiple events the team did what was necessary, although they could not beat the very strong Pendle Team.
Ben Coop had a very busy afternoon of competition finishing in 2nd place in the A 400m, A 800m and B 400m hurdles; 3rd in the B long lump and then helping the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relay teams to 2nd and 4th respectively. Benn Heywood won the B 3000m steeplechase, placed 3rd in the B 800m, 5th in the B 1500m and then ran a leg in the 4 x 400m.
Laura Evans and Lizzie Cheshire had busy afternoons. Laura won the B 800m and the B triple jump, took 2nd in the A 100m hurdles and A high jump and then helped the 4 x 400m relay team to first place. Lizzie won the A triple jump, A 400m hurdles and B 100m hurdles, took 4th in the A long jump and 5th in the A 100m and then ran legs in the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays to help the team to 2nd and 1st places respectively.
It was good to get both Hashim Shah and Emmanuel Mufakazi competing together again. Hashim took 3rd in the A 100m and 2nd in the A 200m whilst Emmanuel won the B 100m and took 2nd in the B 200m. Both athletes competed in the 4 x 100m relay and Emmanuel took 3rd in the B high jump whilst Hashim ran a leg in the 4 x 400m relay.
James Coghlan ran an excellent race in the B 400m using his fast pace to edge to victory. He took 4th in the A long jump and 6th in the A high jump and ran a leg in the sprint relay. Jack Griffiths placed 5th in the A 1500m and A triple jump, 6th in the A 5000m and then ran in the 4 x 400m relay.
Paul Horrocks, Paul Stocks and Matt Alcock scored very valuable points in the throws. There were also useful performances from Mike Hunter (2nd A 400m hurdles), Mark Johnson (4th B 5000m) and Giles Bennett (2nd A 3000m steeplechase and 4th B triple jump).
Young Chloe Fairhurst once again notched up crucial points for the team winning the B 400m hurdles, placing 2nd in the B high jump and 4th in the B long jump. Jenna Allen-Cartwright ran superbly to win the B 400m (in a time that would have also won the A race) and took 2nd in the B 100m before competing in both relays. Teegan Brady ran a great race in the B 200m, just being edged into 2nd place and the competed in the sprint relay. Viola Melinghi took 2nd in the A 400m and 5th in the B 200m before running in both relays.
Katie Geelan won the B 3000m, with Sophie Whittaker placing 2nd in the A race. Christie Cook took 2nd in the A 800m and Lauren Booth was rewarded with a new pb when she took 2nd in the A 1500m with Lucy Alcock winning the B race. Jenny Yates, Pam Hitchin and Teegan Brady scored crucial points in the throwing events, with Pam travelling to Burnley having ran in that mornings Radcliffe 5k.
John Conroy, Pete Bates, David Cook, Nigel Brady and Jean and John Simpson also earned vital points for Bury through their officiating duties.
The final fixture is at Macclesfield on 6th August where Bury hope to win both the meeting and the division.