BURY AC members celebrated some brilliant performances over the weekend, achieving a string of personal bests.

Freya Potts represented Greater Manchester in the prestigious English Schools Cross Country Championships held at Sefton Park in Liverpool.

Running in the Intermediate Girls race, Freya was Greater Manchester’s second counter finishing in an excellent 54th position, covering the 3,800m course in 13mins 34secs.

Several Bury athletes competed in the Podium 5k races in Barrowford.

The races attract some of the best runners in the country with GB international 1500m runner Jake Weightman winning the A race.

Josh Birmingham continued his run of fine form, taking 22nd place in a pb of 15.30; nearly 30 seconds faster than his previous best.

Young Oliver Donnelly also set a new lifetime best, taking 36th place in 15.57 and beating his previous best by well over a minute.

Jon Evans battled with teammate Andrew Mellor, with Evans taking 51st in 16.30 and Mellor in 52nd in 16.31 – both running pbs. Paul Johnston was 70th place in 17.17. In the B race Lizzi Cheshire smashed her pb with 22.08 run to take 35th place.

Four of Bury’s multi-event athletes competed at the England Athletics Combined Events Championships for Under 17s in Sheffield. Abigail Howard took 33rd in the Pentathlon competition with a new best score of 2,572. Rosella Togo had to settle for 37th with 2,439 points after having a disastrous no height in the high jump. She did have the consolation of setting a new best of 9.61 in the 60m hurdles discipline.

Natan Witkowski and Jay Cook battled it out with the best young combined eventers in the country over the Heptathlon competition.

Natan took 15th place with a best points score of 3782, setting pbs in all seven events. Jay was 17th also setting a new lifetime best point score of 3,702 and a new best in the 60m of 8.17.

Jena Dickinson competed in the North East Pentathlon competition in Gateshead and won silver in the Under 17 women’s event amassing a total of 3,025 points and setting a new best of 8.20 in the 60m.

Grace Gibson and Anna Gisbourne competed at the Sale Indoor Meeting. Both set new pbs in the 600m, Grace second in 1.46.34 and Anna fourth in 1.46.95.

In the 300m Anna won her heat in a pb of 44.64 while Grace was third in her heat in a season-best 45.10.

Byron Edwards extended his number of first-place finishes in the Heaton Parkrun to 20 with a time of 16.34. Sarah Thomas took yet another first place to record 18.51 and she heads the leader board with 49 first places.

The following day Edwards was back on the roads in the Trimpell 20-mile race in Lancaster where he set a pb of 1:57.14 to take sixth place.