Only 5 Bury athletes travelled to Harewood House in Leeds to compete in the North of England cross country championships. The strongest performance of the day came from Sophie Whittaker in the Under 20 women’s race. Competing against the best athletes in the North, Sophie took 21st place in a time of 25:44 for the tough 6k course. Two of Bury’s other competitors were in the Under 15 girls’ race. Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth produced her customary brave run to take 120th position with committed club competitor Erin Kenyon a little further down the field in 166th place. Their times for the demanding 4k course were 20.08 and 21.13 respectively. Making it a girls only turn out for the club, the final 2 competitors appeared in the Under 13 girls’ race. Freya Potts had a brilliant run to make the top 50, finishing 46th in a time of 12.41 and Grace Gibson also performed well to take 143rd place with a time of 13.51 in a field of nearly 250 starters.

Pole Vaulter Hattie Vaughan was back in competition over the weekend at the Vault Manchester event at Sportcity. Hattie performed very well again, winning her competition pool and adding a further centimetre to her lifetime best with a vault of 3.53. Hattie now ranks as number 3 in her Under 17 age category in the UK. Making his debut at the event Jay Cook demonstrated his clear potential with an excellent vault of 2.33 to give him second place in his pool. This vault places Jay in the top 25 nationally for the event in his Under 15 age category and this is in his first year in this age group. This is a positive reward for this very committed young athlete.

Luke Harreld raced in the Lytham St Anne’s 10 mile road race, leading a group of athletes he trains as part of his PT Fitness Group. Luke took 5th place in a time of 61.00 minutes. Chris Mackay took 45th position in the field of over 350 runners, covering the course in 68.46.