Three of Bury’s talented multi-event athletes competed at the National Championships at Sportcity over the weekend.

In the under-17 men’s decathlon competition Jay Cook took an excellent bronze medal with a total points score of 5,502 points.

Just 34 points behind in fourth was Cook’s Bury team-mate Natan Witkowski.

As first and second athletes from the North of England they were also awarded with gold and silver medals respectively.

Both produced a number of personal best performances through the competition with Cook setting new bests in the 100m (12.63), long jump (6.06) and 400m (57.27).

Witkowski’s came in the 100m (11.70), 400m (52.11), pole vault (3.12) and javelin (35.66).

In the under-17 women’s heptathlon competition Rosella Togo took sixth place with a new personal best total of 4,419 points, but secured a silver medal as second-placed Northern athlete.

Togo set new lifetime bests in the javelin (23.82) and 800m (2.34.80).

There were 11 Bury athletes in action at the Mid Cheshire 5k in Kingsley.

First home in a Bury vest was Josh Birmingham in 25th place with an excellent 14.57.

Next was Ben Coop who clocked 15.27 which gave him 45th place. Jack Griffiths set a new lifetime best of 16.06 in 88th with young Sam Smyth also setting a new best of 16.31 as did Matt Garside with his 17.14. Hannah Lucas was 17th female finisher in 17.31, a little slower than she had hoped for.

The other Bury finishers were Curtis Simpson (18.21), Rachel Marshall (18.36), Sarah Thomas (18.54), Giles Bennett (19.13) and Brian Thomas (20.43).

Bury AC also hosted their 10,000m track race.

Bolton’s Anthony Valentine and Blackburn’s Marc Hartley soon had a commanding lead before Valentine exerted his authority and broke away to win in 33.56.0.

Hartley remained clear in second place (34.39.5) with Rochdale’s Christopher Merchant third (35.06.0) and Prestwich’s Martin Clark fourth in 35.19.1.

Salford’s John Seed finished fifth in 35.44.4 ahead of Daniel Cottle from Prestwich (37.13.1).

The spectators were then treated to a battle between Lewis Whittaker and Bury’s Craig Sykes with Whittaker prevailing to cross the line in 37.45.2 with Sykes finishing in 37.45.6.

Paul Richardson from Prestwich took ninth in 37.55.7 with Bury’s Hannah Lucas next in 38.02.6.

Ramsbottom’s Ryan Walker took 11th in 41.07.5 with Bury’s Matt Garside next finisher in 41.36.0. Guided runner Danny Clarke from Ramsbottom was next in 44.07.0 followed by Bury’s Curtis Simpson (45.00.5).

Two Bury athletes competed in the Run Media City races. In the 5k race Luke Harreld was victorious in 16.49, his first race in the V35 age category.

In the 10k George Booth took ninth in a new PB of 36.26.