The bank holiday weekend proved to be a very successful one for Bury’s young athletes with many personal-best performances.

On Monday, two club members represented Greater Manchester in the Northern Inter Counties Championships at Blackpool. Oliver Cooper, stepping up to the Under-17 age group, took third in the pole vault in a new PB of 3.60m - the height ranking him joint second in the UK in his U15 age group currently. He also took fourth in the 80m hurdles with 12.26secs. while Jemima Miles won her heat in the U17 80m hurdles with 12.32.

Trafford AC also hosted their medal meeting the same day and Ben Clarke won the U15 javelin with another massive throw of 44.71. U15 Agatha Wragg won her 300m heat in a PB of 45.87 and then took third in the 200m (28.77 PB) and 75m hurdles (14.38 PB). Also running in the U15s, Lucy Dent set a new PB of 5.02.47 to take second in the 1500m.

For the U11s, Niamh Murray won her 600m heat (2:07.32 PB), placed second in her 75m (11.87 PB) and 10th in the long jump (2.80). Violette Overlunde won her 150m (22.49 PB) and 75 m (11.43 PB) and took sixth in the 600m (2:00.74 PB), while Mylah Collier won her 150m heat (23.96 PB) and took second in her 75m (11.93 PB). U13 Kathryn Wolstenholme took second in her 800m with 3:06.08.

Peter Gardner was the sole Bury competitor at the Trafford Grand Prix meeting the next day, finishing second in the 400m hurdles, smashing his old PB with a blistering 57.11 - a time that ranks the U20 as 16th in the UK in his first year in the age group.

Ethan Statham travelled to compete in the British Milers Club meeting in Loughborough where the U13 competed over 800m in the seventh heat and took second place against much older athletes, but he was disappointed with his time of 2:27.84, over two seconds outside his current best.

Jemima Miles travelled to Deeside over the weekend to compete in the North West Combined Events Championships and was delighted to take a superb silver medal in the U17 girls’ heptathlon. She amassed a total of 3,562 points, setting new bests in the long jump (4.71) and the shot put (10.19) in the process.

Lucy Dent was the fastest junior girl at Stretford Parkrun, ducking under the 20-minute barrier for the first time with 19:53. There was also a Bury one-two at Heaton Parkrun, with Martin Clark first in 16:36 and Conor Wilkinson second with 17:50.