AFTER an award-winning season in America, Nicky Archer has hit the ground running on her return to the UK.
The 23-year-old from Kingsley is halfway though a two-year scholarship at the University of New Mexico and has been earning regional and national acclaim for her performances on the track and in cross country.
And in her first competitive event back on home soil since she left Cheshire for the States, Archer stormed to a sensational success wearing Vale Royal Athletic Club colours at the City of Manchester 10k.
She was the first female across the line in a time of 35.26mins.
Tattenhall Runners’ Simon Ellis has added his name to the list of successful challengers to complete the Paddy Buckley Round Challenge in Snowdonia.
The event is the equivalent of the high-profile Bob Graham Round in the Lake District and covers more than 60 miles, 28,000 feet of ascent and 47 summits.
Ellis crossed the line in the fantastic time of 22 hours and 36 minutes.
Peter Taylor led the 12-strong Tattenhall team home in the second race in the Moel Famau series by finishing fourth.
Dave Sykes and Mark Smith were hot on Taylor’s heels followed by road-running captain Andy Blair, who just edged out Kath Scott, the third lady home. Next up were Dave Oldfield and Tim Charmley before Alistair McAuliffe, the second-fastest Under 23s finisher, passed the post.
Nick Watkins, Dave York, Sharon Basford, in her debut fell race, and Jen Chambers completed the set. Smith and Watkins won spot prizes.
Cross-country captain Mike Whiteside was the only Tattenhaller to enter the Llyn Alwen Trail Race – but that did not stop him from coming home with a prize. He was the first M60 in 47.34mins.
Kath Bennett posted 26.58mins in the Spectrum Striders Forest Park Ladies 5k.
She was joined by West Cheshire AC team-mate Kathleen Osborne, who won the L60 award with a new club age-group best performance.