Last updated: 15th May 2022
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 Byron Edwards. Athletes compete for the club across the full range of track & field disciplines:
Sprints: 100m, 200m, 400m, 100m hurdles (Ladies), 110m hurdles (Men), 400m hurdles, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay
Endurance: 800m, 1500m, 3000m (Ladies), 5000m (Men), 3000 steeplechase (Men)
Jumps: High jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault
Throws: Hammers, discus, javelin, shot
The league was restructured in 2021 to provide a more regionalised competition and minimise travel. The league is now split into 3 regions: West, East and Northeast, with Bury AC in the West region. Within each region, there is a Premier Division, two division 1s (West North and West South in our region) and a variable number of divisions 2s, depending on the number of clubs in the region. There are normally six teams in a division, and there will be four fixtures in the season. There is also a Grand Final, contested by the top 2 clubs in each Premier division to determine the Northern champion.
A flowchart showing this in more detail, along with how promotion and relegation works, is here (note that there was no promotion or relegation in 2021 due to COVID). The teams in each division for 2022, and the overall fixture list, can be seen here.
Fixtures & Results – 2022
There was no competition in 2020 due to COVID. After relegation from Division 2 in 2018, we finished 2019 as champions of Division 3WC, winning all four fixtures and thus securing promotion to what was then Division 2. Following the restructure, we are now in Division West 1N, along with Trafford AC, Leigh Harriers & AC, Seaton AC, Bolton United Harriers & AC, and Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC. Update 15/5 – Seaton have withdrawn so there are now only 5 teams in the division. The winner will be promoted, 5th place will be relegated.
This year’s fixtures are as follows:
Match 1 Saturday 30th April 2022 Leigh (Sports Village, WN7 4GX). Results – Bury 2nd place.
Match 2 Sunday 12th June 2022 Blackpool (Stanley Park Arena)
Match 3 Sunday 10th July 2022 Trafford (Longford Park Stadium, M21 9TA)
Match 4 Saturday 6th August 2022 Trafford (Longford Park Stadium, M21 9TA)
There are 6 clubs in the division, and 4 fixtures. At each fixture, a club can field 2 athletes in each of the sprint, endurance, throw and jump events listed above. There will be an “A” athlete and a “B” athlete, with points as follows, for positions 1-6: “A” athletes: 9 / 7 / 6 / 5 / 4 / 3 “B” athletes: 7 / 5 / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1. The club with the most overall points wins the fixture.
The winning club in each fixture then gets 6 league points, second place 5 points and so on, and the final league table is decided after the four fixtures.
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
More details and the full set of rules for 2022 can be found here.
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.