Sportshall success

Bury’s under-11s have followed up their outstanding cross country exploits with superb performances in the Greater Manchester Indoor Sportshall League.

Across the three fixtures at SportCity, Manchester, the boys’ team finished second overall and the girls were fifth overall.

Both are oustanding performances given that the league covers the whole county and includes several top clubs that usually compete at national level.

For the boys, the top individual performances came from James Coghlan, who won the standing long jump and finished fourth in the one-lap sprint.

Others to achieve top six finishes were Ben Forrest, who was third in the vertical jump, and Ollie Simpson, who was sixth in the three-lap race.

The success of the the boys’ team, who were second in all the relays, was their strength in depth, with Cian Herdson, Ben McCrae, Ben Williams and George Yates all contributing across a number of events.

The u11s girls also demonstrated good teamwork with several high-placed finishes in the relays.

Teegan Brady finished fourth in the three-lap race, Jessica Carroll was fourth in the vertical jump and Paige Sellers sixth in the speed bounce.

In the older age groups, there have been strong, consistent performances from Chelsey Fell and Niamh Herdson, with Iestyn Rimmer taking third in the u13s boys’ speed bounce.

Bury are preparing for the Greater Manchester Championships at SportCity to compete for regional and national final places.

Jan Rigby built on an outstanding performance in the cross country league the previous week with an impressive run at the Lynne Edmondson Memorial Cowm Reservoir Race.

The Bury Athletic Club runner took the uncomfortable shortest route at every opportunity to get as far up the field as possible in snowy conditions and maintained her impressive form with a top-30 finish.

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