THERE were medals galore for Bury athletes at the Greater Manchester Track and Field Championships, hosted by Leigh Harriers, last weekend.

It was a particularly productive weekend for the Cook family with Jay taking golds in the under-15 boys' shot (12.01m) and high jump (1.60), silvers in the 80m hurdles (12.73secs) and pole vault (2.60), while sister Christie took gold in the senior women’s 800m (2:21.75).

Natan Witkoski also had a successful weekend, taking golds in the u15 boys' 80m hurdles (12.64) and long jump (5.00) and silvers in the 100m (12.29) and 300m (40.26).

Pole vaulter Hattie Vaughan took a rest from her primary event but still claimed gold in the u20 women’s long jump (5.10), silver in the high jump (1.50) and bronze in the shot (8.20), as well as finishing fifth in the 100m (13.06).

Daisy Worthington took silver medals in the u17 women’s long jump (5.31), 80m hurdles (12.70), high jump (1.50) and a bronze in the javelin (22.62).

The u17 men’s 3,000m saw a Bury one-two with Brandon Quinton taking gold in 9:20.26 and the rapidly-improving Oliver Donnelly winning silver in 9:25.01. There was gold in the senior men’s 3,000m for Bury’s recently recruited Nathan Hilditch (9:43.78), while women’s team captain Lizzi Cheshire retained her county title in winning the senior long jump (3.96).

Newcomer David Vaughan made an excellent county debut in winning the u17 triple jump (11.64) and taking fourth in the 400m (57.19).

Adam Warren took gold in the u13 boys' 75m hurdles (17.71), while Abigail Howard secured silver in the u15 girls' competition (11.92).

In the same age group, Freya Potts ran a brave 1500m to take silver (4:57.66), while bronze medals went to Rashaun Currie (u17 men 200m 24.15) and Evie Elliott (u11 girls' 75m 12.07).

Other results: Connie Potts (fourth – u15 hammer, fifth – 800m); Grace Gibson (fourth – u15 800m); Erin Kenyon (fourth – u17 javelin); Heledd Rimmer (fourth – u20 javelin); Joe Hamer (fourth – u15 300m, fifth – 800m); Reilly Carson (fourth – u15 javelin, 10th – 1500m); Jena Dickinson (fourth – u15 shot, seventh – 100m, 10th – javelin); Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth (fourth – u17 800m); Finley Collings (fourth – u13 long jump, fifth – 800m).

The other Bury athletes who competed over the weekend included Rosella Togo, Kamili Bell, Jenna Allen-Cartwright, Erin Garroch, Lola Potts, Blessing Idoko, Jemima Miles, Rocksan Minkeng, Enya Hartley and Albert Cottam.

The previous Wednesday, six Bury seniors competed in the Hollingworth Lake 5k as part of the club’s Grand Prix series.

Josh Birmingham produced another confident performance to win in 16mins 21secs, with Luke Harreld third in 17:07 and Patrick Babb ninth in 18:13.

The other placings were Paul Johnson (11th 18:39), Jack Griffiths (13th 18.55) and Giles Bennett (17th 19.22).

Babb is still in the overall lead in the Grand Prix, but Birmingham has closed the gap to a single point.

This weekend sees Bury AC's younger athletes seeking to take home advantage in the second Youth Development League (Lower) meeting on Saturday, while the seniors travel to Carlisle to compete in the opening Northern League fixture.