A WREXHAM Athletic Club duo proved why are they are up their with the best youngsters in Britain at the Schools' International Athletic Board (SIAB) International.
Rubbing shoulders with rising stars from England, Scotland and Ireland, Hannah Thomas and Megan Rogers won a host of medals for Wales at the Bedford International Stadium.
St Joseph’s Catholic High School pupil Hannah powered to girls 200m victory in a personal best 24.34secs as well as claiming second in the 100m in 11.98, another PB.
Maelor School’s Megan was too fast for the field in the girls 300m hurdles as she raced home in a PB 44.54 to add to her PB time of 12.07 in coming sixth in the 80m hurdles.
The aces then teamed up to help the girls 4x300m relay team to a third-placed finish.
Hannah, second and fourth in the UK rankings for U17s women’s 200m and 100m respectively, and Megan, third in the UK rankings for U17s women’s 300m hurdles, will compete for Wales at next month’s UK School Games along with Wrexham clubmate Tom Cusworth.
Maelor School student Tom, who is in Wales’ squad with captain Hannah for Saturday’s Celtic Games, was fourth in the boys 200m at the SIAB event in a PB 22.35 as well as sixth in the 100m in another PB of 11.29.
Neil Davies was a triple gold medal winner at the Welsh Masters Championships in Newport.
He won the M35 400m (58.8), javelin (31.76m) and triple jump (8.70) while Steve Spires took top spot in the M35 200m (26.1secs) and 100m (14.9) as well as third in the 400m (61.5). Another Wrexham veteran, David James, was third in the M40 400m (64.1) and 200m (28.3) and fourth in the 100m (13.2PB).
Daniel Weston led Wrexham’s charge at the Packwood 10k in Salop by passing the post in fifth in 36.35mins. He was followed by: 22 Stuart Wolstenholme (41.03); 27 Geoff Richards (41.32 – first M55); 42 Phil Walker (44.49 – second M55); 43 Alison Whitelaw (44.54 – first W50); 80 Nigel Williams (50.04); 118 Ray Billington (62.59 – first M70).
Peter Norman was the fastest M70 in 84.07 at the Waun Fach Fell Race in Powys and 44th overall, Charles Ashley was 37th in the Tal y Fan Fell Race in Conwy in 88.28, while Mike Edwards was 73rd in 85.19 at the Moel Siabod Mountain Race in Capel Curig.
Wrexham finished second at the final UKA Young Athletes Northern One West match at their Queensway Stadium.
Kieran Cooper produced a grade one performance in winning the U13s boys long jump A (4.71m) while Chloe Jones turned in a trio of grade two displays in tasting U15s girls 100m A (13.0secs), 200m A (26.8) and long jump A (4.84m) triumph.
There were also grade two victories for Daniel Williams, in the U15s boys 100m A (12.1), James Roberts, in the U15s boys 800m A (2.11.6minsPB), Manon Edwards, in the U13s girls shot A (7.55m), and Hannah Browning, in the U13s girls high jump A (1.36).