It was Bury AC’s under 20 women and under 17 men who were the stars of the day in the fourth and final Red Rose Cross Country League held at the demanding Marl Pitts course in Rossendale. Sophie Whittaker took 4th place overall in the senior women’s race and was the first u20 finisher to take the league title. Next, and producing a fantastic run, in 10th place was Christie Cook (5th under 20) followed by Lauren Booth in 20th (6th under 20). These placings were enough to retain the women’s senior team title and take the under 20s team title. Katie Geelan was below her best form but nevertheless her 23rd place on the day was enough for her to finish as 1st V40 competitor. Jenny Yates had a strong run in 34th place and was rewarded with 2nd placed V50 athlete overall with the Veteran’s team taking the runners up team place.

For the under 17 men it was good to see Marcus Dey back to winning ways but having to work hard to hold off fellow triathlete Oliver Makinson. Their performances were enough to secure them 2nd and 3rd overall league places. Alexander Bennett supported them taking 11th please giving Bury the team title. Lucy Alcock was Bury’s only competitor in the under 17 women’s race taking a creditable 5th place.

In the senior men’s race Ben Coop produced the race of his season to date to take 4th place which secured him 4th place in the league overall for him. Next finisher was Benn Heywood in 19th but then there was a gap due to absences to Giles Bennett (64th), Matt Grice (72nd), Byron Edwards (73rd) and Chris Mackay (7th) bringing the team back in 5th place.

The under 15 boys ran well to take 2nd team place in the league. Brandon Wilson showed the great potential he has by taking 3rd place with the ever improving Stefan Kalambouka in 7th and Oliver Donnelly the final scorer in 17th place. The under 15 girls took 3rd team place in the league, with Daisy Worthington leading them home in 5th place supported by Heledd Rimmer (16th) and Ellie Carter (22nd).

The under 13 boys took 4th place in the league with great runs on the day from Jacob Allen (10th), Gilbert Vaughan (19th) and Jay Cook (29th). The under 13 girls had to settle for 5th team place with strong runs from Freya Potts (6th), Erin Kenyon (14th) and Grace Gibson (26th) to secure valuable points.

The under 11 girls took the team runner up spot on the day with great runs from Reilly Carson (4th), Katie Raynor (11th) and Millie Yates (17th). This performance moved them up the third place in the league, missing the runners up position by just 2 points. The under 11 boys had to settle for 5th team place but this should not detract from an excellent series from Noah Carter whose 6th place on the day earned him 4th place in the league. The other scoring athletes were Harry Yates (15th) and Oliver Horford (17th).

The league awards for individuals and team performances will be made on 3rd March at the Horwich RMI social club.

Other Bury finishers on the day were:

Senior Men – Andy Worthington (143), Iestyn Rimmer (150), Dave Flood (175) and Edward Hitchin (177).

Senior Women – Lizzie Cheshire (36), Lizzie Howard (39), Alison Dale (67) and Pam Hitchin (76)

Under 17 Men – Jack Smith (14)

Under 15 Boys – Jacob Stevens (20)

Under 15 Girls – Charlotte Smith (27)

Under 13 Girls – Ella Hall (36), Catherine Russell (39), Rachel Alcock (47), Abigail Howard (56) and Holly Crow (57)

Under 11 Boys – Jay Baicho (18), Adam Coxon (23), Finlay Collins (29), Joe Gould (46), Cian Donnelly (49), Jacob Baurley (53), Dylan Harris (54) and Sam Gould (61).

Under 11 Girls – Rosa Murphy (18), Connie Potts (21), Esther McGrath (32), Summer Whitfield (44), Lola Potts (48), Nicole Palmer (49), Fleau Carter (50), Isabel Lawson (59), Lily Crow (60) and Georgia Nuttall (67).