The past weekend has seen some excellent performances from Bury athletes in a variety of settings. The Club was well represented in the Greater Manchester Team in the National Sportshall Athletics Championships at Sportscity.
Grace Goodsell won the standing long jump with a spectacular leap of 2.46m and took a very respectable 5th place in the 2 lap race with 21.5. This was an impressive performance with Grace beating some of the best young athletes in the UK. Daisy Worthington was 5th in the standing long jump (2.34) and took 12th overall in the 4 lap race (46.9). Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth ran very strongly to finish 4th in the 6 lap race and she produced an impressive 6.30m effort in the standing triple jump. Katherine Townsend took 21st place in the shot putt (6.43) and Amy Garroch finished 22nd in the speed bounce with a height of 6.43. The girls combined to form the relay team, surging from 3rd to 1st in the heats to make the final where they ran well to bring the Greater Manchester team home in 4th place.
Patrick Clarke, Jerel Livingston and Jack Andrew were in the boys team. Patrick produced an amazing jump of 67cm in the vertical jump to take 2nd place. His performance equalled that of the gold medallist but he lost out on countback when earlier efforts were taken into consideration. Jerel Livingston set a new personal best of 20.3 in taking 5th place in the 2 lap race, just 0.3 seconds faster than Patrick who finished 12th. Jack competed well in the standing triple jump (21st in 5.89) and the 4 lap race (22nd in 48.8).
Sophie Whittaker finished in an excellent third place in the first of the English Fell Running Under 18 races in Ambleside. The Todd Crag fell race has a very harsh climb that severely tests athletes followed by a technical but speedy decent. Taking third place in the first event of the junior championships is an excellent start for Sophie.
A small number of Bury athletes travelled to Trafford to compete in the Trafford AC Medal Meeting. Competing as an under 15, Brandon Wilson recorded a new personal best of 13.1 in placing 4th in the 100m. He followed his sprint with a 2nd place in the discus (17.84) and 4th place in the shot (6.92), both season’s best performances. Evan Savage set a new personal best of 30.5 in the under 13 200m taking 2nd place. He matched this placing in the javelin, again setting a new personal best with a throw of 20.69 metres. Elliot Savage ran in the very competitive under 13 800m race, taking 4th place in a new personal best of 2.25.6. This time ranks Elliot as 15th fastest nationally in his age group for the event.