ONE of Great Britain’s best race walkers has double reason to cheer.
Wrexham Athletic Club’s Stephen Walker won the silver medal at the Welsh Senior Race Walk Championships in Carmarthen in 16.58mins to follow his fine performance at the British Masters 5k Road Championships, where he was the second-fastest V50 man and 10th overall in 54.30.
The 50-year-old, who is coached by Olympian Martin Bell, is now in the GB top-10 rankings for 2008.
Maelor School student Megan Rogers was the winner of the middle girls pentathlon at the Welsh Schools Combined Events Championships in Carmarthen with a personal-best 3,195 points while Ysgol Brynhyfryd’s Lydia David was 20th in the junior girls pentathlon with a PB 1,997.
Their Wrexham clubmate David Blower finished eighth in the Under 15s boys 800m Welsh Championships on the same day in Carmarthen in 2.17.98mins.
Wrexham’s long-distance Kiwi ace Anna Frost was the first lady home, and fourth overall, in 78.21 at the UK Championships Trail Race in Aberystwyth. That followed her winning performance at the Wincle Trout Fell Race in Macclesfield, where she was the first female past the post and sixth overall in 43.00.
Her clubmate Amanda Wale, representing Great Britain, raced to second in the Veteran Women’s 100m hurdles in 17.02secs at the Masters International in Kent.
Peter Norman won the M70 title at the English Fell Running Championships in Littleborough in 45.53mins.
Robyn Purchase claimed second in the U20s women javelin at the UK Challenge Throws Fest in Birmingham in 38.81m while fellow rising Wrexham star, James Mills, posted 3.52.46mins in the 1,500m at the BMC Grand Prix in Solihull.
Daniel Weston led Wrexham’s charge at the Capenhurst 10k Road Race in second in 34.49. Tony Parry was ninth and the top M50 in 38.44 while Tim Bent was 19th in 40.48.
Wrexham Special Olympics Club powered to podium places at the Yorkshire & Humberside Special Olympics.
Wrexham’s men’s results were: Gareth Hopwood (2 – 100m, 3 – soft ball Division One), Richard Turner (2 – 400m, 1 – 800m), Philip Casling (3 – shot), Michael Evans (1 – soft ball Division One), Neil Morris (3 – soft ball Division Four, 2 – 400m walk), Damon Hughes (1 – soft ball Division Six, 3 – soft javelin Division Four, 3 – 100m walk), Billy Roberts (3 – soft ball Division Six), David Bellis (2 – soft ball Division Seven), Greg Vickers (3 – standing long jump).
And their women’s results were: Laura Watson (1 – 50m walk, 2 – 50m sprint, 2 – shot), Gaynor Jones (2 – soft ball Division Four, 3 – soft javelin Division Three).