BURY Athletic Club members faced up to a test of endurance last weekend and passed it with flying colours, turning in some impressive results in the International Snowdon Race and Ironman UK.

Ben Coop and Sophie Whittaker took on a host of top international fell runners in north Wales to complete the gruelling 10-mile race up to the Snowdon summit and back.

Coop was 30th overall, despite suffering with crippling blisters, finishing in 1hr 17mins 32secs to claim third place in the senior men’s open category.

Whittaker was first finisher in the under-20s female category, coming home strongly to record a time of 1:37:14.

The Ironman UK in Bolton took the stamina test to a whole new level, with its 2.4-mile open water swim, 112-mile bike ride and full marathon to finish.

Experienced Ironman competitor Tony Cullen won the male 40-44 age category and finished 18th overall after covering the course in a brilliant time of 9:42:29.

Tony’s brother David was the next Bury athlete to finish, coming 42nd overall and eighth in the 35-39 age category in a time of 10:05:39.

Nigel Brady completed his third Ironman in 15:08:03 to finish 138th place in his age category.

Bury’s younger athletes had some decent results in the final meeting of the Young Athletes Development League season in Ashton-under-Lyne.

The team of under-15s and u13s athletes were fifth on the day, which left them third overall in the league, just missing out on promotion.

Earlier in the week, Bury AC hosted the third and final Young Athletes Mini League meeting of 2017.

Medals were presented by Bury's own Roger Morley, recently crowned national Masters triple-jump champion, and Cllr Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council.