ATHLETICS: Vale Royal AC athlete Nicky Archer is fast becoming one of the top road runners in the country.
The 22-year-old long distance specialist was called into the England team for the Welsh Under 23s 5k Championship at Cardiff.
Archer finished second in a personal best 15 mins 51 secs and England claimed the first three places and gold medal.
She has been selected after a series of top-class performances and was thrilled with her form.
“It’s a shorter distance than I’m used to but I am delighted with the result and very proud to be asked to run for England for a second time,” she said.
Already this year Archer has won two races – the Helsby Half-marathon (in 76:5) and the Alsager Five Miler (27:51).
The Birmingham University graduate, under the stewardship of GB endurance coach Bud Baldaro, is now in the top rankings for UK road running hopes to continue her rise with forthcoming races at Trafford 10k and Bath Half Marathon over the next two weeks.
RUGBY UNION: The Winnington Park-Northwich derby at the end of the month is fast turning into a battle for survival.
Both were beaten again at the weekend and with Broughton Park due at Burrows Hill and Stockport at Moss Farm on Saturday, things don’t get any easier for the beleaguered neighbours.
Winnington look certain now to drop out of North Two West during their centenary year unless they can win all their remaining four games – and even then they need rivals Vale of Lune to pick up only two more points at most.
Northwich look safe in third from bottom, but the RFU may decide three will go down!
But there could be a lifeline for Winnington or even both clubs if proposals to restructure the league system spares them.
Stars launch season
MOTORSPORT: Top racing car and bike stars helped Oulton Park launch their 2008 season on Wednesday.
Demonstrations were given at the Little Budworth circuit by GT Championship drivers Steve Clarke, Paul O’Neill, Alex Mortimer, Andrew Howard, Jamie Smyth and British Superbike rider Scott Smart.
Oulton is helping three golden anniversary celebrations – British Touring Car Championship; car manufacturer Lola at the track’s Gold Cup and the 50 years since Mike Hawthorn became Formula One world champion.
Oulton owners Motorsport Vision have taken over the rights to the British Superbike Championship and the circuits stages two rounds.
Highlights of the 2008 calendar are: March 22-24, Formula 3, British GT; May 3-5 BSB Championship; May 26 Clubcar and Superkart Championships; June 14, Vintage Sports Car Festival; July 18-20, BSB; July 26-27, British Touring Cars; August 24-25, Gold Cup.