Northern League

Last updated:  22nd August 2018

The Northern League is the premier track & field event in which Bury AC compete and is open to Senior and U20 athletes.  U17s can also compete in some events.  Our team manager is Giles Bennett.

Fixtures & Results – 2018

Results from the 2018 fixtures are below.  Overall final standings are here.  Bury AC were relegated from Division 2WC after finishing 5th and will compete in Division 3 next year.   In 3 of the 4 fixtures, results were very close and we suffered from a lack of entrants in hurdles and field events.  Early in 2019 we will look to provide some specialist training with a view to securing immediate promotion back to Division 2 in 2019.

  • Match 1   Saturday 5 May 2018          Blackburn   Results
  • Match 2   Sunday 3 June 2018            Bury AC    Results
  • Match 3   Sunday, 8 July 2018             East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside AC  Results
  • Match 4   Saturday, 4 August 2018     Spenborough & District AC @ Cleckheaton  Results

League structure

There is a single Division 1 and then Divisions 2, 3 and 4 are each split into four regional Divisions.  Each division contains six teams, although some regional division 4s contain more.   Bury will compete in Division 2WC in 2018,  after finishing 4th in the division in 2017 to retain our position in the league following our promotion from Division 3WC in 2016.   The other teams in the division in 2018 are:  Blackburn Harriers & AC, Bolton United Harriers, East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside AC, Holmfith Harriers AC and Spenborough & District AC.

Scoring, Promotion & Relegation

6 clubs compete across 4 fixtures, with points awarded in a wide variety of events for “A” and “B” athletes as follows, for positions 1-6:    “A” athletes:  9 / 7 / 6 / 5 / 4 / 3        “B” athletes:  7 / 5 / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1

It is important to field athletes in all available events to ensure that no available points are missed, so please be willing to “have a go” in events that may not be your favoured choice.

The winning club in each fixture then gets 6 league points, second place 5 points and so on.  At the end of the season, the bottom two teams are relegated while the winning team goes to a playoff match with the winners of the other three regional Division 2 winners and the bottom two clubs from Division 1.

Officials

As well as athletes, every club has to provide a team of officials to support the event.  A significant number of points are also scored for provision of officials, and if we are short of officials, this can greatly reduce the points that we score.   Not all officials need to be qualified – roles include, for example, raking the long jump pit, collecting the discus after each throw etc – so if you are unable to compete, please make yourself available to officiate.

Past results

2017  Final Standings (Division 2WC)

2017 Match 1 results           2017 Match 2 results          2017 Match 3 results          2017 Match 4 results