Important news about the forthcoming track and field championship hosted by Bury AC, as well as fixture news and a request for volunteers,


As you are no doubt aware, on the weekend of 12th/13th May, Bury AC are hosting this year’s Greater Manchester Track & Field championships. This gives the opportunity to compete as an individual against other club runners from Greater Manchester.  Athletes of all standards compete and it would be great to see a large Bury AC contingent as we have home advantage.

Available events for seniors

Day 1 – Saturday 12th May:  200m / 400m / 1500m / 3000m / 110m hurdles / high jump / pole vault / discus / hammer

Day 2 – Sunday 13th May:  100m / 800m / 400m hurdles / 3000m steeplechase / long jump / triple jump / javelin / shot put

Last year’s results can be seen here:  Day 1     Day 2

Entry: You can enter your chosen event(s) here.  Pre-entry closes on 27th April.  You can also enter on the day, but it costs more.

Volunteering & officials:  As always, to host an event successfully, we are reliant on volunteers – both to ensure that the athletic events run smoothly and also in the clubhouse and kitchen.  If you are available on either day, even for a few hours or before/after your event(s), please make yourself available to help.  The club is run entirely by volunteers and it would be great to see some new faces pitching in.  If you can help, pleas let Helen Vaughan know at


We remain short of officials to support competitions generally, which could have a bearing on our overall team performance because missing officials means that we are docked points.  You can qualify as a Level 1 official through a 4 hour course which are held in various locations throughout the year.    Please speak to Helen Vaughan if you or a family member or friend wishes to get involved.   Some roles do not require qualification: you can combine officiating and competing at events, so if you are competing at Northern or Cheshire League, please consider helping out between your events.


Your annual subscription is now overdue if you haven’t already paid, and you will be charged £3 on the gate if you cannot show a valid 2018/19 membership card, rather then the members’ rate of £2.  This year is £47 total for competitive members (£30 club + £15 England Athletics + £2 Northern Athletics).  Non-competitive members pay £30.  If you haven’t yet paid, please print off and complete a membership renewal form, and bring cash or cheque to the clubhouse on a Tuesday or Thursday evening.


Northern League:  Match 1 is on Saturday 5th May at Blackburn.  Giles Bennett is again team manager.  If you haven’t already responded to his messages regarding availability, please do so asap.   More details of this year’s competition and the other teams involved is here.

Cheshire League: Match 1 is on Sunday 6th May at Trafford.  Brianne Turner is again team manager.  Again, please respond to her messages advising whether or not you are available.  A response is requested either way.


The latest standings following the recent Salford 10k and Radcliffe 10k races, as well as details of remaining fixtures, are here. The next opportunity to score points is in the 3,000m at the Cheshire League on Sunday 6th May. Please let team manager Brianne Turner know if you will be competing. After that, it’s the Cowm 5k trail race in Whitworth on Wednesday 16th May.

Remember, if you want to play your joker and score double points in any race, you need to let either Byron or Lizzi know 24 hours before the race.


The next Grand Prix event is on Wednesday 16th May, starting at a pub, so we will be gathering afterwards – as we did last year – for a drink and some pub grub. Email me () or Facebook message me if you would like to come along.

We are looking at starting a regular pub night once a month, purely for social reasons! Any recommendations for a nice pub in the area would be welcomed.
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Sunday training sessions:   John Conroy is running Speed Endurance Training sessions on Sundays at 10:00am sharp at the track. Usual training fees apply.  The sessions are aimed at seniors, primarily those focussing on 400/800m/1500m and even up to 3000m/5000.  Compared to midweek sessions, training will comprise fewer, faster reps and longer recoveries.  They are designed to accustom you to running aerobically at speed, with the emphasis on lactate/aerobic rather than aerobic/lactate.

Immediately afterwards, at 10:30, is Strength & Conditioning, also with John, so Sundays now give you the opportunity to get two sessions for the price of one.

Bury AC kit:  As you may have noticed in the clubhouse, we now have a range of Bury AC branded bags and clothing available for sale.  These have kindly been provided as part of a sponsorship del with Beechfield Brands and some of the kit is really good.  As well as pursuing the shiny new display in the clubhouse you can see the available kit list and prices here.

Christmas party / Presentation evening:  In 2018, these will be  combined into a single event, to be held on Saturday 15th December at the Masonic Hall in Bury.  Hold the date.

Website:  further details of the key competitions for seniors can be found on the website.  These pages contain information about how the competitions work, future fixtures and past results:

Juniors:  There are clear guidelines for juniors wishing to join the club.  Before attending a training session, a potential new junior member MUST attend an induction session.  There are held at 6pm sharp on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and are by prior arrangement only.  An induction can be arranging by contacting Helen Vaughan on the email address above.


If you have any questions, or there’s anything else that you’d like to see in the newsletter please don’t hesitate to contact Lizzi, Brianne or me by email, Facebook or in person at the track (I’m there most Tuesdays, as is Lizzi).

If there’s anything else that you’d like to see in the Newsletter, please contact:

Byron Edwards, 19th April 2018