BURY'S cross country relay teams earned two bronze medals in the Greater Manchester section of the North West and County Championships, which were held at Stanley Park in Blackpool on Saturday.

The senior women and under-13s girls led the way for the club on a day when there was also a number of fine individual performances.

Freya Potts ran a storming last leg of 12mins 27secs – the fastest of all the Greater Manchester teams – to help the u13s girls clinch third place in the county competition and sixth in the region.

They were 20th overall after Grace Gibson's (13:45) lead-off leg and moved up seven places after Reilly Carson completed the second leg in 13:33.

Sophie Whittaker put the senior women in fourth place overall after a strong first leg of 20:22 and while Christie Cook's second leg of 23:06 saw them drop down to 12th, Katie Geelan (21:10) moved through the field on the last leg to leave them ninth overall and seal the county bronze.

Brandon Quinton was the only Bury runner on the day to produce a fastest regional time, putting the u15s boys' team in first place after completing his lead-off leg in 10:31.

Bury were third after Oliver Donnelly finished the second leg in 11:33, but the pace was too hot for young Sam Kelly on the anchor, with his time of 13:20 leaving them 14th overall and fifth out of the Greater Manchester teams.

The senior men’s A quartet of Ben Coop (20:57), Luke Harrold (22:34), Byron Edwards (24:11) and Chris Mackay (25:18) finished 19th overall and sixth in the county on the 6km course, while the B team of Matt Grice (25.58), Andy Worthington (28.56), Iestyn Rimmer (28.10) and Pete Bates (26.44) were 60th overall.

The u13s boys team of Gilbert Vaughan (12.18), Adam Coxon (14.41) and Noah Carter (14.56) were 27th in the region and eighth in Greater Manchester, while the u11s girls of Isabel Lawson (7:29), Jemima Miles (7:51) and Lola Potts (7:20) were 26th overall.

Patrick Clarke was the club's star performer at a regional combined event meeting for junior athletes at Stockport.

He won the u15s boys' pentathlon with a best ever score of 2,076, claiming personal bests in the 800m, 80m hurdles and shot put.

Jay Cook also finished on the podium, winning bronze in the u13s pentathlon, setting a new best height in the high jump.

There were great performances from sisters Amy and Erin Garroch. Amy, competing in the u15s pentathlon, shrugged off a disappointing run in the hurdles to set new lifetime bests in the long jump, high jump and shot putt to finish fifth overall.

Erin was sixth in the u13s quadrathon, setting a new best in the long jump.

Thomas Halford finished fourth in the u13s boys' quadrathon with new best performances in the long jump and shot putt.

Lucy Pixton was 10th in the u15s pentathlon, setting pbs in the 800m, 75m hurdles and long jump, while Abigail Howard was also 10th in the u13s pentathlon.

Daisy Worthington, Grace Goodsell and Erin Kenyon competed in the open events.

Goodsell won the long jump with a leap of 5.28m and set a lifetime best of 19.56m in the javelin.

Kenyon won the 1500m and finished just behind Goodsell in the javelin with a throw of 16.98m.

Worthington was runner-up in the shot putt with a throw of 8.43m.