The weekend of the 4th and 5th of June saw Bury athletes competing in two track and field league competitions. On Saturday Salford played host to the second Cheshire League fixture. The women’s team took an excellent first place, whilst the men took third giving Bury second overall. The under 11s also took second place with the Bury team scoring the highest number of points overall. The under 11s secured a number of wins and pb performances. These included Reilly Carson, Connie Potts, Noah Carter, Enya Hartley, Ayva Turner and Millie Uprichard. The girls won the 4 x 100m relay.
For the under 13s Jerel Livingston was once again a star performer winning the 100m and long jump. There were great performances from Jay Cook, Elliott Savage, Evan Savage, Ella Hall, Freya Potts and Erin Kenyon. In the under 15 events there were wins for Charlotte Larkin (B 200m), Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth (800m) and Hattie Vaughan (long jump). The girls also won the 4 x 100 relay. It was good to see senior athletes competing for Bury and Pam Hitchen, Jenny Yates, Alison Dale and Ruth Worthington all played a part in the women’s winning team performance overall.
On Sunday the senior team travelled to Preston to compete in the North of England fixture and maintained their 100% record by winning the fixture, but the 4 point winning margin over Pendle could not have been much closer. The team, depleted as a result of the half-term holidays, once again saw a brilliant spirit with athletes trying new events to maximise the point scoring. Benn Heywood won the B 100m in 12.1 before taking 5th in the B 800m and 4th in the B 1500m and finished his busy day with a leg in the 4 x 400m relay. James Coghlan, competing for his first season against seniors, took 3rd in the A 100m in a new best of 12.0, 3rd in the A 200m, B long jump and the first leg in the 4 x 100m relay.
Ben Coop had an excellent afternoon, taking 3rd in the A 800m in a best of 1.58.5 and winning the A 400m in another best of 51.3 and then running in both of the relays. There were wins for Laura Evans and Chloe Fairhurst in the A and B 400m hurdles; Katie Geelan in the B 1500m and 3000m races; Jenny Yates in the B 800m and Nicola Quick in the pole vault. Young Lucy Alcock ran well to take 2nd in the A 1500m and Sophie Whittaker, having put in all the hard work, was cruelly outsprinted in the A 3000m. The scorching heat made it hard for the distance runners but Byron Edwards and Mark Johnson ran well to take 3rd and 4th respectively in the A and B 5000m. Team Manager Giles Bennett took on the gruelling 3000m steeplechase.
The impact of Bury’s field event athletes has been a massive factor in the team’s success. Paul Horrocks competed in the A shot, discus, hammer (3rd in all) and B javelin (2nd). He was joined by Paul Stocks (2nd in A javelin and B hammer) and Matt Alcock (4th in B shot and B discus). For the women Jenny Yates, Nicola Quick and Ruth Worthington all scored valuable points. In the jumps Roger Morley, Lizzie Cheshire, Mike Hunter, Nicola Quick , Mariella Digioia and Laura Evans all performed brilliantly. The other team members included Jenna Allen-Cartwright, Viola Melinghi, Jack Griffiths and Oliver Kirkby who all scored crucial points to edge to victory.
On Tuesday 7th June a small number of Bury athletes travelled to Longford park to compete in the Trafford Grand Prix meeting. Alex Bennett, won his heat of the 800m setting a new personal best of 2.15.36 in the process. Christie Cook took 4th in her race and was disappointed with her finishing time of 2.26.16.
In the 1500m Ben Forrest took 7th in a very competitive heat with a new pb of 4.31.50. Francis Woodcock also took 7th in his race and was another of the Bury athletes to set a new best time with an excellent 4.47.75. Sophie Whittaker found the pace very testing in a quality 3000m race. She took19th place overall, but was first finisher in her age category with a 10.50.62 performance.
Hattie Vaughan was Bury’s sole competitor in the field events. She took equal 4th in the pole vault with 2.75 just 10cm below her best.