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The previous weekend saw a large contingent of young Bury athletes competing in the Greater Manchester Sportshall Championships at Sportscity. Bury AC can now proudly boast of a number of county champions! Sole local competitor in the under 15 boys events was James Coghlan who blew away the competition in all three of his events, winning the 2 lap race, the standing long jump and the vertical jump.

The under 13 girls proved to be strongest in depth on the day. Grace Goodsell won the 2 lap race, the standing long jump and the standing triple jump. Daisy Worthington was 4 lap champion as well as taking 2nd in the standing long jump and 3rd in the shot putt. The girls ‘A’ team won the 4 x 2 lap relay. Other top 4 finishers included Katherine Townsend (2 lap and standing long jump), Amy Garroch (speed bounce and vertical jump) and Charlotte Farnworth (6 lap and standing triple jump).

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The under 13 boys also took a number of county titles. Jerel Livingstone won the 2 lap and 4 lap races and took 2nd in the vertical jump. Patrick Clarke won the standing long jump and vertical jump and took 2nd in the 2 lap race.  The boys also won the 4 x 2 lap relay. Top 4 finishers also included Jack Andrew (4 lap and standing triple jump) and Oliver Donnelly (8 lap and speed bounce).

Brothers Evan and Elliott Savage were both county title holders in the under 11 boys competition. Elliott won the standing long jump and took third in both the 1 lap and 3 lap races. Evan won the 3 lap race finished top ten in the turbo javelin. Jay Cook was 2nd in the vertical jump and 6th in the turbo javelin and the boys took 2nd in the 4 x 2 lap relay. There were also good performances from Mikey Carling and Cian Donnelly.

Bury had a large number of under 11 girls competing and whilst none of the girls won county titles their performances show the clear potential that is coming through. Abigail Howard took 2nd in the vertical jump and 3rd in the 1 lap race. Matilda Brett finished 4th in the 3 lap race and Erin Garroch took 5th in the verical jump.

The strength in depth is a clear indicator of the success of coach Joanne Brown’s hard work and the support of the parents in getting the young athletes to training and competition.