IT was a marathon weekend for three Bury AC members with two taking part in London and one in Blackpool.

In the capital, Byron Edwards once again broke the three-hour barrier, albeit as this was his fifth race of 20 or more miles over the last two months it was hardly surprising he had to pace himself carefully.

Nevertheless, while his 2hrs 54mins 10secs performance was 14 minutes slower than his recent best in Tokyo, Edwards enjoyed the event hugely.

Irfan Qureshi, running to raise money for equipment for the athletic club, completed the course in 4:31:53, running a well-judged race.

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Luke Harreld ran in the Blackpool Marathon where he took an excellent ninth place, setting a new personal best for the distance in 3:05:58.

The previous weekend saw a number of Bury’s younger athletes competing in the Trafford Medal meeting with plenty of personal-best performances produced.

In the under-15 girls' events, Rosella Togo set a new best of 13.23 to take second in the 100m, a new best of 12.41 to win the 75m hurdles and produced a 8.47 putt to take fifth in the shot.

Millie Uprichard took fourth in her 100m race in a new best of 14.19, while Reilly Carson took fifth in the 300m (49.64) before setting a new best of 5:24.56 to take fifth in the 1500m and another best in the javelin of 21.12 in 11th.

Connie Potts set new bests in the 300m (fourth in 48.36), the shot (ninth with 7.44) and discus (13th with 14.84).

For the u15 boys, Jay Cook set new lifetime bests in the 80m hurdles (third in 12.86) and javelin (fifth with 29.48). Young Ben Gardner was Bury’s only u11 but he maintained the quality of performances by taking second place in his 600m race in a new best of 2:01.38.

Bury hosts the first of it’s popular Mini League meetings next Wednesday at the Market Street track, starting at 7pm with track and field events for u13s, u11s and u9s.