The fourth and final Red Rose cross country league fixture took place at the testing Marl Pitts course in Rossendale on Saturday. The under 17 men’s team produced a strong performance with Oliver Makinson running strongly to take 2nd place, ahead of Marcus Dey (4th) and Stefan Kalambouka (12th) to give them second team place overall behind a strong Rossendale team. The under 17 women’s team of Lucy Alcock (10th), Heledd Rimmer (11th) and Ellie Carter (12th) also took second place. Jenna Allen-Cartwright ran well in support of the team and took 13th place.

Francis Woodcock was another runner-up, taking second in the under 15 boy’s race. Francis was supported by Jacob Stevens (24th) and Jake Allen (27th) to secure 6th place for the Bury team. The girl’s team of Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth (23rd), Erin Kenyon (24th) and Charlie Ireland (32st) took 4th team place.

Caitlin Cole made the long trip from her home in Edinburgh to run in the senior ladies race. She showed great strength to take 6th place holding off Christie Cook hot on her heels in 7th place who has put together her best series of races over the country as a senior athlete. Katie Geelan was the final scoring athlete in 22nd to give the team third place on the day, but second overall in the series. Other Bury senior athletes in the race included Sophie Hill (36th), Lizzi Cheshire (42nd), Beverley McAuley (51st) and Susan Ward (68th).

The senior men’s team was missing Ben Coop who was side-lined through injury. First home was Jim Ardin in 12th place, followed by Luke Harreld (25th), Josh Birmingham (43rd), Chris Mackay (55th), Giles Bennett (78th) and Rob Lawson (141st).  This brought the team back in 6th place.

In the younger age groups, the under 11 boys took 6th place. The counters were Thomas Donnelly (23rd), Euan McGrath (36th), Jake Norton (40th). They were supported by Jaydon Barlow, Tom Gibson, Glyn Dawson, Albert Cottam, Ethan Holt and Dexter Fowler-Gibbs.  The girls’ team finished in 11th place. The scoring runners were Evie-Mae Mackay (25th), Katelyn Hearne (31st) and Jemima Miles (46th) with Olivia Hearn, Lily Crow, Tia Buckley and Darcey Fowler-Gibbs also finishing.

The under 13 boys’ team took 5th place, led by Gilbert Vaughan who ran very strongly to take 4th place. Next counter was Noah Carter (17th) followed by Matthew Lowe (25th).  The other finishers were Idris Dawson, Nathan Ardin, William Merrick and Adam Coxon. The girls team took 8th place with Freya Potts taking 17th place, followed by Reilly Carson (30th) and Katie Rayner (36th). Esther McGrath and Summer Whitfield were the other Bury finishers.

A small team of athletes travelled to Sheffield to compete in the Northern Athletics Indoor Open Meeting. Abigail Howard set a new pb of 8.87 in the 60m, winning her heat. Ella Hall set a season’s best of 9.22 and Jay Cook also set a new lifetime best of 9.19 in his race. The three young athletes also competed over 150m and 60m hurdles, with Ella setting a new pb of 21.85 over 150, Abigail posted a very nippy 21.53 and new pb of 10.26 over the hurdles. Jay set another pb of 22.77 a feat he also achieved in the hurdles where he set a time of 12.22.