Bury AC had four young athletes representing Greater Manchester Schools at the Mason Trophy in Birmingham on Saturday. Competing against some of the best young athletes in the country the Bury contingent did themselves proud. Grace Goodsell set a new lifetime best in the long jump with a leap of 5.49 to take the silver medal in the under 15 girls event. Her performance moves her up to fourth place in the national rankings. Ava Leigh also took a silver medal in the shot, with her putt of 10.19 displaying her consistency of bettering the 10m mark. Katherine Howard took 7th in the discus with a best throw of 23.93 and Amy Garroch recorded the 14th fastest time of the day in the 75m hurdles, with a 13.07 performance, consolidating the excellent progress she is making.

The following day Bury’s young athletes competed in the third of four Youth Development League meetings. The fixture was help at Bury’s Market Street track with plenty of club volunteers helping with the organisation in the stifling heat. The team took second place in the competition, holding off Menai by one critical point and consolidating Bury in second place in the division.

For the under 15 boys there were individual victories for Brandon Quinton (A 1500m), Jerel Livingston (A 80m hurdles) and Patrick Clarke (B long jump). All three boys competed in other events supporting the team that comprised of Josh Saylor, Oliver Rostron, Sam Whelan, Jacob Allen, Jacob Stevens and Oliver Donnelly. The boys took 5th in the 4 x100 m relay and 3rd in the 4 x 300m relay.

The under 15 girls events saw individual victories for Grace Goodsell (A 100m) and Daisy Worthington (A 300m) with valuable points being scored by Amy Garroch, Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth, Ella Hall, Charlotte Smith, Erin Kenyon, Lucy Pixton and Catherine Russell. The team secured 3rd in the 4 x 100m relay and 4th in the 4 x 300m.

There were two individual victories for the under 13 boys. Natan Witkowski won the B long jump and Noah Carter won the B javelin. Jay Cook had an excellent afternoon for the club, finishing as runner up in the A long jump, B high jump and B javelin. Gilbert Vaughan, Adam Coxon, Oliver Horford and Thomas Halford all worked hard to support the team and Bury took an excellent second in the 4 x 100m relay.

Freya Potts (A 1200m), Reilly Carson (B 1200m), Abigail Howard (A 70m hurdles) and Jena Dickinson (B high jump) were the individual event winners for the under 13 girls. There were excellent supporting performances from Connie Potts, Enya Hartley, Erin Kenyon, Matilda Brett and Millie Uprichard. The girls matched the boys in taking second in the 4 x 100m relay.

Team manager Helen Vaughan was glowing with pride  about the efforts from the Bury youngster. The final league meeting is on 15th July at Ashton under Lyne where a strong team performance from Bury should secure promotion to the first division. This would be the third promotion for the club in as many years.

In a weekend off from serious competition for the seniors, Ben Coop took second in the Heaton Park parkrun, with Sophie Whittaker once again coming in as first female finisher; extending her tally of wins to 25. A group from Bury also guested in the Witton Parkrun over in Blackburn with Byron Edwards taking second place. The other Bury runners included Ed Hitchin, Alison Dale, Brianne Turner, Pam Hitchin, Sarah McGrath, Nicola Brown and Deborah Cliff.