Bury’s senior team competed in the second North of England League fixture of the season at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday where the somewhat depleted team battled to take a commendable third place.

There were individual victories from Ben Coop (A 800m 1.57); Jack Griffiths (A 3,000m steeplechase 10.34.4); Patrick Babb (B steeplechase 11.33.0); David Vaughan (A triple jump 12.49); Rosella Togo (A 200 26.5); Freya Potts (A 1,500m 4.52.7); Sarah Thomas (B 1,500m 5.11.4) and Reilly Carson (A javelin 29.63).

Bury’s under 20s and under 17s athletes really made a big difference and none more so than in the relays where the women took second in the 4x100m (Mae Gardner, Rosella Togo, Connie Potts and Nicole Palmer) and the 4x400m (Reilly Carson, Grace Gibson, Sarah Thomas and Freya Potts).

The men’s quartet of David Vaughan, Gil Vaughan, Jay Cook and Rashaun Currie took fifth in the sprint relay (49.0), while the 4x400m squad of Ben Coop, Jack Griffiths, Matt Garside and David Vaughan took third in 3.44.8. Vaughan had made his return to Leigh where the previous week he had taken the bronze medal in Northern under 20 triple jump with PB of 12.61.

Club vice-chairman Roger Morley ran in his old event of the 400m hurdles, where the evergreen 66-year-old took second in 88.3.

His son-in-law Jack Griffiths was probably the busiest athlete of the day who over and above his steeplechase victory competed in the 400m, long jump, triple jump and the long relay.

There were points won in the men’s throws events by endurance athletes Michael Arain, Dan Potts, Paul Johnston and Matt Garside. For the women it was youngsters Connie Potts, Halle Davies-Ferneyhough and Mae Gardner who competed in the throwing events. Andy Mellor doubled up in the 5,000m and 1,500m.

Nine members competed in the Sale Sizzler 5k road race. First home was Luke Harreld in 31st (16.18), followed closely by Jack Griffiths in 43rd (16.28) with Byron Edwards taking 47th (4th V45) in 16.34. The other Bury competitors were Ian Warrington (17.59), Jordan Harreld (17.59), Craig Sykes (18.19), Nicola Ryan (19.21PB), Sarah Thomas (19.39) and Liam Kelly (22.45).

Multi-eventer Jay Cook competed in the Manchester Pole Vault Invitational where he took seventh place in a PB of 3.73.

A number of Bury athletes also competed at the Trafford Grand Prix meeting.

Coop won the B 800m race in a PB of 1.56.35. In the field events, Michael Arain was fifth in the shot (8.19) and sixth in discus (25.17). Young multi-eventer Natan Witkowski set new PBs in the under 17 shot and discus of 11.28 and 30.12 for fifth and fourth places. There was also a new personal best for under 20 Ella Hall who won the shot with 9.10.