A 12-strong team of Bury’s senior men made the trip to Sutton Park, Birmingham, to compete in the prestigious National 12-Stage Road Relay Championships and put in an excellent performance 51st position against the best teams in the country.

The relay comprises of 12 alternating long and short legs. Jack Griffiths ran the first leg, covering the course in 31mins 27secs to hand over to Alexander Hannay in 61st place. Hannay covered his leg in 18:22, the fastest by a Bury athlete, and held the position.

Callum Gaunt moved Bury up to 59th with a 31:03 leg; James Byran moved Bury up one more place with 19:42, handing over to Rob Fowler, who maintained the placing with 30:54. Tim Pockney moved the team up to 56th with 19:59 and was followed by team captain, Byron Edwards, who claimed another place with 31:49.

Jordan Harreld’s 18:48 leg kept the team in 55th and he handed over to brother Luke, who moved the team to 53rd with 30:41, the fastest long stage from the team. Declan Tattersall’s 19:23 saw Bury drop one place, but Leslie Musidi moved them back to 53rd with a 32:04 leg. Pater Barrow’s last leg of 20:23 moved the team up to 51st.

Agatha Wragg represented the North West in the National Sportshall Athletics Championships, in Stoke, and took an excellent eighth place for the team in the six-lap time trial. She also took 10th in the speed bounce event.

There were some excellent performances from Bury’s younger athletes over the Easter weekend. At the Blackpool Winter Warmer meeting, there was a string of personal-best performances. Ethan Statham, running against much older athletes, took third in the 800m in 2:25.80, moving him up to 10th in the UK in the under-13 rankings. Lucy Dent ran against seniors in the 3,000m, crossing the line in a new best of 11:31.60, ranking her 14th in the UK U15s’ category, while Violette Overlunde won her U11s 80m in a PB of 12.5 and set another best of 2:04.90 with second in the 600m.

Hugo Wells had an excellent day, winning his U11s 80m in 12.6, taking third in the 600m with 2:05.00 and winning the long jump in 3.76m. Evelyn McDonald took third in her U11s 80m with 14.5, while Isabella Nott recorded 14.3 in her 80m and 2:20.60 in the 600m.

Matilda Nott, competing as an U13, took third in her 100m (14.3 PB), second in her 200m (31.8 PB) and fifth in the long jump (3.53). Team-mate Claudia Chapman set PBs in the 200m (34.3), 800m (2:52.4) and long jump (3.41).

At the Stretford Medal Meeting, on Easter Monday, Lucy Dent was racing again, setting a new best over 1500m with 5:10.18.

In the U13s category, Kathryn Wolstenholme won her 800m in a new best of 2:57.45, while Agatha Wragg had a superb day, setting three new PBs in taking second in the U15 100m (14.45), first in the 200m (29.52) and third in the 300m (47.29).

Carraghen Spence set season’s bests in the U15s 200m (29.53) and 300m (47.00), while Faye Gribbin set a season’s best of 2:35.94 taking seventh in the U15s 800m.