BRANDON Quinton put in the best individual display of the day in a strong opening to Bury Athletic Club's Red Rose Cross Country League campaign.

He dominated the under-15s' boys race, finishing almost 100m clear of the field at Leigh Sports Village.

Bury also had two runners-up – Sophie Whittaker finishing second in the senior women's event and Marcus Dey earning silver in the men's u17s race – while Ben Coop was third in the senior men's category.

The squad of almost 70 athletes, led by manager Alison Dale, also had some positive finishes in the team events.

Bury were second in the women's race, with Caitlin Cole (seventh) and Katie Geelan (ninth) the club's other two counters behind Whittaker.

They also won the u20s women's race, with Sophie Hill and Lauren Booth joining Whittaker on the podium.

Dey inspired the u17s men to a third-place finish, with Stefan Kalambouka (fifth) and Alexander Bennett (16th) making up the bronze-medal winning team.

The u17s women’s team of Heledd Rimmer (10th), Lucy Alcock (13th) and sprinter Jenna Allen-Cartwright (18th) took fourth place, mirroring the achievement of the men's seniors, for whom Jim Ardin (19th), Ben Jones (21st), debutant Patrick Babb (27th), Matt Grice (58th) and Giles Bennett (61st) backed up third-placed Coop for a strong showing.

The u13s girls were also fourth. Freya Potts led them home, taking sixth, and was followed by Reilly Carson (16th) and Grace Gibson (19th).

Quinton missed out on an u15s boys' team medal, despite winning his race. He was well supported by Jake Allen (22nd) and Oliver Donnelly (24th) but they had to settle for fifth in a strong age category.

Bury's u15s girls team of Erin Kenyon (14th), Lucy Pixton (19th) and Charlie Ireland (27th) were also fifth.

Gilbert Vaughan ran a storming race for the u13s boys to finish fifth, with Noah Carter (18th) and Oliver Horford (21st) the other counters as the team took sixth place.

While young Finley Collings (ninth) led the Bury team to fifth in the u11s boys' race. He finished just ahead of team-mate Thomas Donnelly (10th), with Jake Norton (45th) the final counter.

Amelia Hancock (19th) was the first home for the u11s girls, who finished eighth in the team event.

A group of eight Bury runners competed in the Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday over a flat, fast course in Trafford.

Mark Johnson was first home for the club in 1hr 28mins 46secs, a time that earn him 12th place in the V50 age category.

Other finishers: Victoria O’Brien 1:44:11, Irfan Qureshi 1:45:19, Mark Simkins 1:48.52, Nigel Brady 1:56:42, Mark Ascroft 2:02:31 and Alison Stanley 2:27:35.