BURY'S Brandon Quinton won silver in the under-15s boys' race at the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships at Heaton Park – just four seconds behind the winner.

His performance will see him selected to represent Greater Manchester in the Inter-Counties Cross Country in Loughborough on March 10.

Sam Kelly was the other Bury competitor in the race and he took 32nd place.

The senior women’s team did well to take the bronze medal. Sophie Whittaker, home on leave from the Royal Navy, led the team home in 10th place, followed by Scotland-based Caitlin Cole in 15th. Christie Cook and Katie Geelan ran pretty much stride for stride and took 24th and 25th places respectively to score vital team points, while Jemma Morley (52nd) and Victoria O’Brien (63rd) were the other Bury competitors in the race.

Freya Potts was Bury’s sole competitor in the u13s girls' race and she had an excellent run to take 11th place.

Gilbert Vaughan ran well in the u13s boys' race, taking 12th place, with Oliver Horford being the other Bury athlete in 26th. Erin Kenyon was Bury’s only competitor for the u15 girls and took 41st place in her first year in the age group.

Lucy Alcock and Heledd Rimmer represented Bury in the u17 women’s race, finishing 15th and 17th respectively.

Andy Norman from Altrincham won the senior men’s title, but he was not far in front of ex-Bury AC athlete Scott Evans, running for his new club of Kingston and Polytechnic Harriers.

His fifth place will assure him of a place in the Greater Manchester squad.

In the absence of Ben Coop, sidelined through injury, Patrick Babb was first home for Bury in 39th place.

Giles Bennett was next home in 85th, followed by Dan Potts (112th), Robert Lawson (116th) and Andy Worthington (124th).

The following day a small squad of Bury athletes competed at the Sale Indoor meeting at SportCity.

Jerel Livingston ran a new personal best of 7.66secs in the 60m sprint, while Jay Cook was another young athlete to bring down his best time in the event with his 9.13 performance.

Abigail Howard continued the trend setting a new lifetime best of 8.67 in her race as did Ella Hall with a new best of 9.11 and Erin Garroch with her new PB of 9.52. Amy Garroch was unable to beat her existing PB, but did set a season’s best time of 8.79.

Daisy Worthington competed over 300m, setting a new season’s best of 44.99, while Jacob Allen set a new PB of 44.20 in his race, as did Erin Garroch in her second race of the day with a new best of 52.33. Jacob also competed over 600m, again setting a new best with a time of 1:41.58.

Jay Cook, Amy Garroch and Abigail Howard all raced over 60m hurdles with Jay and Amy being rewarded with new PBs (11.29 and 10.08 respectively), while Abigail set a season’s best of 10.43.

Jay, Abigail and Amy also competed in the high jump – once again setting new lifetime best performances of 1.40, 1.25 and 1.25 respectively.

Jerel competed in his favourite long jump event, setting an impressive season’s best of 5.72.

Daisy Worthington sharpened up for her combined events by competing in the shot and setting a new PB of 10.75m, while Ella Hall also set a new best performance with her furthest putt of 8.78.