VALE Royal returned a record-breaking medal haul from the Cheshire track and field championships at Warrington.
Leading the Mid Cheshire club’s achievements, that saw 46 medals won over the weekend at Victoria Park, was England international Rebecca Craigie who claimed a hat-trick of golds in the junior ladies’ 400m, 800m and 1,500m.
Following closely behind with two golden displays was James Griffiths who won the 400m and 800m in the senior men’s event.
Other gold-medal winning Vale Royal athletes were James Stringer (400m), Ruth Howard (long jump), Eleanor Owen (triple jump), Megan Huxley (1,500m) and Charlotte Mills (3,000m).
Vale Royal also grabbed a huge pot of silver with Victoria Anderson claiming a treble in the 300m hurdles, high jump and triple jump.
Also gaining silvers were: Kathy Stringer (1,500m, 800m), Zach Bamber (1,500m, 800m), Nikki Meadows (3,000m), Jack Seddon (100m), Eleanor Owen (long jump), Ruth Howard (triple jump), Lucy Whittick (1,500m), Megan Huxley (800m), Nathan Sherrard (discus), Nathan Tipping (800m), Richard Tranter (long jump), Jade Evans (1,500m), Tim Morris (800m, 1,500m) and Jessica Parsons (1,500m).
Bronze medalists were: Andrew Miles (3,000m), Claire Perry (1,500m), Hannah Paver (800m), Lewis Healey (1,500m) Hannah Carlin (100m) and Louise Towers (1,500m).
Coach Sean McGrath was proud of his squad’s achievements and said: “We didn’t win as many golds as last year but certainly more medals which was not expected.
“Zack Bamber finished second but that was a dramatic improvement, he actually fell over during the race and had to battle past half the field to get back into his position.”
McGrath added that the results would have been even better if there were facilities built in Mid Cheshire that would maximise the potential of Vale Royal athletes.
He said: “What the results do show is that other clubs that have got track and field facilities are getting scores of medals in event such as the high jump and throwing events.
“We are the only major club in the area without a track and we’ve got problems at Winsford and Hartford. It’s ridiculous.”