BURY Athletics Club are celebrating team and individual success after the third of the four Red Rose Cross-Country League fixtures at Centre Vale Park in Todmorden.

With league titles being decided on the best three out of four performances a number of Bury athletes have already been confirmed as champions.

Emily Purdy is the under-15 girls’ champion with her winning margin on Saturday in excess of two minutes. Chloe Ardin took second and with Lola Potts in 11th the Bury team are also the new league champions. The other u15 finisher was Corinne Newton in 13th.

In the senior women’s race, Hannah Lucas once again dominated proceedings and crossed the line 20 seconds clear of the runner-up. The win confirms Lucas as league champion.

Rachel Marshall took fifth with Caitlin Cole in sixth. Caitlyn Johnson finished 19th and was also second u20. This completed the scoring runners and once again gave Bury the team win and league title.

The other finishers were Harriet Griffiths (19th), Nicola Ryan (21st), Susan Wheeldon-Gorst (30th), Fran Pearson (46th), Beverley McAuley (48th) and Afroditi Kalambouka (60th).

Lucy Dent took second in the u11 girls’ race, however the winner was guesting in the league and the performance confirmed Lucy as league champion. Erin Hudson took 11th and Isabella Robinson 16th to give Bury second team place. The other Bury finishers were Maisie Wright (35th), Ella Straffon-Finch (39th), Sophia Reaves (40th), Lois Green (48th), Maisy Battersby (49th), Seren Gibbons (50th), Sienna Jackson (51st) and Rudy Dent (53rd).

Maintaining the clean sweep for the women, Freya Potts won the u17 women’s race with her victory margin at 10 seconds. She missed the first race of the series and will therefore need to compete in the final race at Rawtenstall to secure league victory.

In the u11 boys’ race, Ethan Statham showed continuous improvement by taking fourth place. Harrison Burgess was 18th and Fionn Hunt 20th giving Bury fourth team place. The other competitors were Max Sayers (23rd), Sammy McBride-Duerden (38th), Rory Hunt (40th), Zac Buckley (41st), Jacob Richardson (43rd), Eoin Hunt (44th) and Ryan Leigh-Kumawu (45th).

The u13 boys trio of Edison Marsden (sixth), Patrick Yates (18th) and Kian Bleakley (21st) took fifth team place.

The u13 girls did not field a complete team but there was a good individual performance from Faye Gribbin in ninth place.

The u15 boys team took second with great runs from Adam Warren (ninth), Finley Collings (11th), Thomas Donnelly (15th) and Samuel Gooddy (21st). Sam Smyth took an excellent fourth place in the u17 men’s race in which he was Bury’s sole competitor.

The senior men’s team was once again depleted through some unfortunate injuries and illness but there were some excellent individual performances. Josh Cole ran strongly to take fourth place, with Jack Griffiths, returning from a back injury, claiming an excellent 12th. Luke Harreld was 15th, Paul Johnston 26th, Declan Tattersall 32nd and Ian Warrington 34th. This gave Bury third team place. Peter Barrow finished in 97th.