FOUR of Bury’s under 17s athletes competed for the composite M60 Nomads team at the Upper Youth Development League meeting at Tameside.

Making his debut for the club Harvey Rossington-Rose competed in the sprints, winning the B 100m in 12.4 and taking second in the B 200m (26.1).

Jay Cook took third in the long jump (5.58) before setting two new personal bests in winning the high jump and shot events with performances of 1.84m and 13.43m respectively. His performance in the shot also secured him his Grade 2 AAA standard award.

In the B shot, Gil Vaughan achieved 7.44 before setting new bests in the hammer and javelin competitions placing third (15.25) and second (36.40) respectively. Rosella Togo made it three straight wins in the 100m (13.00), the long jump (5.33 PB) and shot (12.69).

To mark the quality of these performances, Togo secured AAA Grade 2 in the long jump and Grade 1 in the shot. Cook, Vaughan and Togo also competed in the sprint relays.

Elsewhere, four club members competed in the Race the Train event .

The 11-mile race follows the route of the East Lancs Railway, starting in Bury and ending in Rawtenstall.

Sam Smyth was the club’s first finisher taking 11th place overall, the 16-year-old not only beating the train but also finishing as second junior with a commendable time of 1:10.55 for the demanding course.

Matt Garside was also proud to beat the train, the primary school teacher finishing 15th in 1:11.43. Curtis Simpson was Bury’s next finisher, taking 24th in 1:14.16, followed by Matt Grice who came in 38th in 1:18.42.

The day before saw the national return of the Parkrun events.

At Heaton Park Bury’s women made it a 1-2-3 for the club with Rachel Marshall fastest women (20.12), ahead of Sarah Thomas (20.42) and Katie Geelan (21.16).

Other Bury finishers included Anthony Hallahan (21.00), Brian Thomas (22.37), Irfan Qureshi (23.13), Colin Smith (23.19), Susan Wheeldon-Gorst (24.26), Afroditi Kalambouka (28.10) and Dave Flood (28.12).

Three Bury athletes also raced in the Sale Sizzler 5k. In the fourth of a series of five races, Craig Sykes took sixth in the V50 category in an excellent 18.33 with Rachel Marshall fourth in the FV40 category (19.20) and Sarah Thomas eighth woman finisher overall in 19.42. The Race the Train and Sale Sizzler events are elements of the seniors’ Grand Prix competition, currently led by Ben Coop for the men and Sarah Thomas for the women.

On Sunday Bury hosts the final North of England Track and Field League fixture, with Bury currently in third position.

A good home performance could secure the runners-up position for the club.