On Saturday Sophie Whittaker travelled to Lancaster to compete in the 3-1-5 10k race, having celebrated collecting several trophies at the Red Rose cross country presentation the night before. Sophie demonstrated that she had not celebrated too enthusiastically by winning the women’s race and setting a new personal best of 38.54 in the process.

Sunday saw Bury athletes competing in a wide variety of competitions. Ben Coop and Giles Bennett competed in the very competitive Trafford 10k and despite the cold and wet conditions both were rewarded with new personal bests. Ben took 136th place in 33.05 and Giles finished 323rd taking one second off his previous best with 38.54. The race was won by GB international Chris Thompson.

Four members ran in the Irwell Valley 20 mile trail race, using the course as marathon preparation. Benn Heywood ran strongly to finish in 13th place overall with a time of 2:19.54. Next home was Byron Edwards in 18th (2:24.24) with Jenny Yates following and winning the FV50 category in 2:46.10. Colin Smith finished 98th out of a field of 250 finishers and ducked well under 3 hours with a time of 2:56.52.

It was excellent to see a larger number of young athletes competing in the Sale Indoor meeting at Sportcity. Bury had 9 athletes running in the 60m sprint events with Grace Gibson winning her under 15 race in 8.00. Other under 15 competitors were Catherine Russell (9.42PB) and Jerel Livingston (8.04). In the under 17s there was Charlotte Larkin (8.41), Hattie Vaughan (8.54), Amy Garroch (8.90), Ella Tyrell (9.02), and new members Michael McNeill (8.19) and Juba Lawal (8.25).

Eight athletes competed in the 200m with great additional runs from Jerel (25.68PB), Michael (26.43), Hattie (27.70), Charlotte (27.78), Ella (30.39) and Catherine (31.40). They were joined by under 15s Katherine Townsend (29.04) and Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth (29.50).

Three athletes competed in the 60m hurdles with a winning performance and new pb from Amy Garroch (10.45) and pbs from Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth (10.76) and Ella Hall (13.03).

In the field events Grace Goodsell produced an excellent victory in the long jump with a leap of 5.21m. Jerel Livingston recorded a jump of 5.27 in his long jump event and Jack Hutson made a debut for Bury with a jump of 3.63. Amy Garroch competed in the high jump and took the bar up to 1.35 whilst Hattie Vaughan equalled her pb in the pole vault with a 3.25 effort.

Three athletes competed in the shot putt with Ellis Greenwood putting a seasons best of 7.38. Ella Hall produced a throw of 7.20 whilst Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth set a new best of 5.65.