Youngsters from Bury Athletic Club acquitted themselves well in the Greater Manchester Primary Schools Cross Country Championships at Heaton Park on Saturday 19th March.  For the boys Evan Savage produced a brilliant run, taking an outstanding second place. Noah Carter was next finisher in 16th, just holding off Harry Yates in 17th. The next Bury finisher was Reece Cotterill in 26th giving the Bury team 3rs place overall, with several athletes having another year in the age group.

In the girls race Reilly Carson ran very well to finish 13th with Milly Yates (39th) and Enya Hartley (49th) the next finishers for Bury. Other competitors included Francsesca Cullen (80th), Esther McGrath (99th) and Abigail Howard (107th) with the girls’ team taking 8th position.

Good Friday saw a number of Bury runners competing in the Salford 10k – a fast two lap course from the Salford Sports Village. First Bury runner home was Jim Ardin in 26th place with a very respectable 33.53. Next home was Byron Edwards taking 66th overall but being rewarded with a new personal best of 36.30. Another athlete to set a new personal best was Giles Bennett (121st) with a time of 38.55. Colin Smith also setting a new best finished in 43.21 to take 221st position. Jenny Yates set an excellent new personal best of 44.38 to finish 39th in the women’s competition.  Next Bury woman finisher and also setting a new personal best of 48.25 was Lisa Carter in 60th place, smashing the 50 minute barrier for the first time.  Alison Dale, returning from injury, ran well to take 75th place in 51.24. The results place Jim Ardin as the new men’s leader of the Bury AC Grand Prix race series whilst Jenny Yates consolidates her position in the women’s series.

Lisa, Jenny and Alison

Alison, Jenny and Lisa

Byron was back running the following day at the Heaton Park Parkrun taking 5th place in a relaxed 18.48. Sophie Whittaker maintained the Bury winning streak, finishing as first woman in 19.18. One athlete to be rewarded with a new best for the 5k event was Stefan Kalambouka finishing first JM11-14 in 19.34. At the Bolton event young Oliver Donnelly was also the first JM11-14 finisher producing a 20.40 performance on the undulating course.

On the same day Ben Forrest was competing in the Rivington Pike Fell Race Under 16s event, running away from the field and smashing the course record. Ben has another year in this age group and to dominate the field so completely bodes well for this talented young athlete.