Red Rose Cross Country:  Cross country season is upon us.  If you wish to enter, please ensure that your £5 entry fee for the series is paid by Thursday 28th September.  There is a box in the clubhouse: put your fiver in an envelope with your full name written on it and put it in the box.  You must be a fully paid up club/EA member.   Alison Dale is cross country secretary and will then manage entries.  Numbers can be collected on the day of the first race. 

If you miss this deadline, you can still enter, but the cost rises to £10 and you will need to manage your own entry via the Sportsoft website.  The race dates are
  • Saturday 14th October: Leigh
  • Saturday 11th November: Chorley
  • Saturday 18th November: Bolton
  • Saturday 2nd December: Rossendale

Cheshire League Track & Field:   The final fixture of the Cheshire League at Warrington saw another good turnout, with 68 athletes competing across the age groups.  While final standings are still provisional, we believe that we have finished 3rd in the 21 club league, which is by far our highest finish for over a decade. A large part of this is due to  much greater participation from senior athletes than we have seen previously, so thanks and well done to all of you who turned out.  Congratulations must also go to Brianne Turner for an excellent performance in her debut year as Team Manager.

Road Relays:  The North West and Northern road relays earlier this month saw good turnouts and some excellent performances, especially from our lead-off athletes Ben Coop and Sophie Whittaker.  We have historically struggled to get full teams out, especially for the men It was therefore great to have reserve athletes this time, giving us a select dilemma!

North West Road Relay Results

Northern Road Relay Results – Men

Northern Road Relay Results – Ladies

Good luck to Bury Ladies who have 2 teams running in the National Road Relay on Saturday 7th October

Championship Cross Country Races:  Championship race dates in the new year will be:

  • Greater Manchester:  Saturday 6th January, Heaton Park
  • Northerns:  Saturday 27th January, Harewood House, Leeds
  • Nationals:  Saturday 24th February, Parliament Hill Fields, London

With all events now completed, Ben Coop just retains his title, pipping me to the post by 84 points to 81.  I’ll settle for the Vets title.   In the Ladies event, Katie Geelan is the new club champion, with a clear victory, while Alison Dale wins the Vets title.

The podium positions are as follows, with full results in the links below:

Men:  1.  Ben Coop (84 points);  2. Byron Edwards (81);  3. Andy Worthington (36)

Ladies:   1. Katie Geelan (80 points); 2. Alsion Dale (73);  3. Sophie Whittaker (59)

Final Standings – Men       Final Standings – Ladies


Some important dates coming up, please take note and make an effort to attend.

AGM:   This is your chance to understand more about and have a say in how the club is run.  It tales place this Thursday 28th September at 8pm in the clubhouse after training.

Annual presentation evening:  Always a fun evening, with lots of awards given out, this is being held a new location this year: St Anne’s Parish Hall, Chapel Street, Tottington, BL8 4AP.  It takes place on the evening of Saturday 14th October, the date of the first cross country fixture.

Christmas Party:  Another important date for your diary – also taking place at St Anne’s Parish Hall, Chapel Street, Tottington, BL8 4AP.   The date is Saturday2nd December, as usual on the evening of the final Cross Country fixture.

Christmas handicap race:  A chance for everyone at the club to compete against each other, with the slowest  runners setting off first and the fastest last.  The first to cross the finish line wins!  Held at the track on Sunday 17th December.


Cross Country Training:  In the run up to cross country season, Geoff Little will be running off-road training sessions in Heaton Park on Saturday mornings. Meet at 09:30 by the finish funnel of parkrun. Sessions are free for Bury AC members. You’ll need trail shoes.

London Marathon Place:  We expect to get one club place for the London marathon in 2018.  There will be a draw at the Presentation Evening on 14th October to decide who gets the place.  To be eligible you must (a) be a fully paid up club and EA member and (b) have failed to get a place in the main ballot, results of which are being announced during the first week in October.  If you wish to enter into the club ballot, please forward your rejection email, or send a photo of your rejection letter, to and by Friday 13th October.   Two names will be drawn – the first will get the place and the second as a reserve should the club be eligible for two places.

Greater Manchester Track & Field Championships:  The club have been selected as host of the championships next year.  This is a very prestigious event and our success reflects a brilliant effort by the bid team.  The event is provisionally scheduled for the weekend of 12/13 May.  We will need volunteers to help organise, so if you are interested please see Helen Vaughan or Mark Granby.

100 Club & monthly prize draw:  As part of the club’s strategy to continue improving the facilities at the club we are proposing to start a 100 Club. Proceeds will be used specifically for capital projects (new club house etc).  The proposal is for members to contribute £5 per month by standing order.  50% of proceeds are distributed as prizes in cash and 50% retained for use on improved facilities.   There will a monthly prize draw, plus a Christmas draw, with the prize fund dependent upon the number of club members.   100 members would see an annual prize fund of £3,000.

Sunday Strength & Conditioning Sessions: John Conroy is continuing to run Strength & Conditioning sessions every Sunday at 10:30.   Training costs £2 for members, as usual.

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 or me by email, Facebook or in person at the track (I’m there most Tuesdays, as is Lizzi).

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Byron Edwards, 24th September 2018