Your annual membership is due, news of additional Sunday sessions, and your club needs you.  Read on …


The club is desperately short of officials to support competitions.  This has been identified as our biggest priority and a major risk to competition in 2018.  Officials are as important as athletes for events such as Northern League and Cheshire League.  If we don’t provide the required officials for each event, we are docked points. EA are taking a hard line on provision of officials this year: in the Northern League in particular, this can mean the difference between staying in the division and relegation.

You can qualify as a Level 1 official through a 4 hour course which are held in various locations throughout the year.    Please speak to Helen Vaughan if you or a family member or friend wishes to get involved.   Some roles do not require qualification: you can combine officiating and competing at events, so if you are competing at Northern or Cheshire League, please consider helping out between your events.


It’s that time of year again: your annual subscription is due on 1st April.  This year is £47 total for competitive members (£30 club + £15 England Athletics + £2 Northern Athletics).  Non-competitive members pay £30.

Please print off and complete a membership renewal form, and bring cash or cheque to the clubhouse on a Tuesday or Thursday evening.

New membership cards will be available quickly and will be checked on the gate on track nights; from Tuesday 17th April, anyone without a 2018/19 membership card will be charged the non-members’ rate of £3 for training rather then the members’ rate of £2.


After the Northern road relays this weekend, the Nationals are being held on Saturday 14th April.   We then move into track & field season.

Northern League:  Match 1 is on Saturday 5th May at Blackburn.  Giles Bennett is again team manager. More details of this year’s competition and the other teams involved is here.

Cheshire League: Match 1 is on Sunday 6th May at Trafford.  Brianne Turner is again team manager.

County Championships:  Bury are hosting the Greater Manchester County Championships on the weekend of 12th & 13th May.  We are looking for a strong turnout of both athletes and volunteers so please keep the date free. Available events in which seniors can compete will be:

  • Endurance:  800m, 1500m, 3000m, 3000m steeplechase
  • Sprints:  100m, 200m, 400m, 100/110m hurdles, 400m hurdles
  • Jumps:  High jump,  Long jump, Triple Jump, Pole vault
  • Throws:  Discus, Javelin, Shot, Hammer

The latest standings following the recent Terry Nortley 10 miler and last weekend’s Heaton parkrun, as well as details of remaining fixtures, are here.  The next two races are:

Friday 30th March:  Salford 10k.  SOLD OUT (you were warned!)

Sunday 15th April:  Radcliffe multi-terrain 10k.  Enter here.

Remember, if you want to play your joker and score double points in any race, you need to let either Byron or Lizzi know 24 hours before the race.

It was great to see so many people staying for the social after the Grand Prix event at Heaton parkrun on Saturday. I hope lots of coffee and cake was had by all!  More socials like this will be taking place after some of the other Grand Prix events later in the year.
Look out for information on a Bury parkrun tourism social event. These will never clash with club events, and are open to all members, competitive or not.
Any suggestions of social get togethers away from running events are also always welcome and would be great for creating more of a social culture at the club.
Follow Bury AC on Twitter and Facebook for photos and information.

Sunday training sessions:   With track season almost upon us, John Conroy is running Speed Endurance Training sessions on Sundays at 10:00am sharp at the track. Usual training fees apply.  The sessions are aimed at seniors, primarily those focussing on 400/800m/1500m and even up to 3000m/5000.  Compared to midweek sessions, training will comprise fewer, faster reps and longer recoveries.  They are designed to accustom you to running aerobically at speed, with the emphasis on lactate/aerobic rather than aerobic/lactate.

Immediately afterwards, at 10:30, is Strength & Conditioning, also with John, so Sundays now give you the opportunity to get two sessions for the price of one.

Bury AC kit:  As you may have noticed in the clubhouse, we now have a range of Bury AC branded bags and clothing available for sale.  These have kindly been provided as part of a sponsorship del with Beechfield Brands and some of the kit is really good.  As well as pursuing the shiny new display in the clubhouse you can see the available kit list and prices here.

Christmas party / Presentation evening:  In 2018, these will be  combined into a single event, to be held on Saturday 15th December at the Masonic Hall in Bury.  Hold the date.

Website:  further details of the key competitions for seniors can be found on the website.  These pages contain information about how the competitions work, future fixtures and past results:

Juniors:  There are clear guidelines for juniors wishing to join the club.  Before attending a training session, a potential new junior member MUST attend an induction session.  There are held at 6pm sharp on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and are by prior arrangement only.  An induction can be arranging by contacting Helen Vaughan on the email address above.


If you have any questions, or there’s anything else that you’d like to see in the newsletter please don’t hesitate to contact Lizzi, Brianne or me by email, Facebook or in person at the track (I’m there most Tuesdays, as is Lizzi).

If there’s anything else that you’d like to see in the Newsletter, please contact:

Byron Edwards, 22nd March 2018