BURY AC’s under-15s and u13s athletes competed in the first of four UK Youth Development League (Lower) meetings at Blackpool's Stanley Park as the track and field season got under way.

Despite being low on u15 competitors, the squad performed well to take second place overall with a total of 551 points.

In the sprints, Jayden Barlow, Millie Uprichard, Peter Gardner, Albert Cottam, Erin Garroch, Ben Redmond and Matthew Lowe all set new lifetime bests.

In the 800m, there were individual victories for Scarlett Hamilton and Nyah Coates.

Freya Potts and Reilly Carson made it a double victory in the 1500m, while there were also wins for Adam Warren, Rosella Togo, Jay Cook and Natan Witkoski in the hurdles and the u15 girls' 4x300m relay team also proved to be unbeatable.

In the field events, Jay was victorious in the high jump  as were Finley Collings and Albert Cottam in the long jump.

Proving their talents as multi-eventers Jay and Natan won their shot competitions.

Gil Vaughan, Reilly Carson and Erin Garroch all won their javelin events, while there were personal-best performances in the throws for Adam Warren, Connie Potts, Scarlett Dewar, Jemima Miles, Lucy Hill, Tom Gibson, Tom Donnelly and Lola Potts.

The following weekend it was the turn of the u20s and u17s to compete in the first YDL Upper meeting hosted at Blackburn’s Witton Park track.

The team, albeit somewhat depleted, took third place with 332 points.

In the 100m, Rashaun Currie achieved his AAA grade four standard with his 11.8 performance.

There were PBs from Ben Forrest, Rocksang Minkeng, Katherine Townsend, Amy Garroch and Catherine Russell in the sprint events, while  Kamili Bell was a clear winner of the 400m (52.1) with top-three performances from Oliver Donnelly and Jemma Allen-Cartwright.

In the middle-distance events there were wins for Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth (800m), Oliver Donnelly (1500m) and Heledd Rimmer (3,000m).

Daisy Worthington achieved her AAA grade four standard in the 80m hurdles (12.9) and there was a runners-up place for the u20 men 4x100m relay team.

Vital points were secured in the field events with several athletes claiming victories, new PBs and achieving AAA standards.

Hattie Vaughan had a great afternoon winning her high jump, long jump and javelin competitions as well as setting a new PB in the shot.

David Vaughan continued his progression in the triple jump and there excellent performances from Catherine Russell, Daisy Worthington, Ella Hall and Erin Kenyon in the throws.