NANTWICH star hurdler Katey Read makes her full outdoors England debut in Norway today.
The 20-year-old, from Wrenbury, won her first international vest in an indoor meeting in Norway in February, when she took 60m hurdles gold in a personal-best time of 8.33 secs.
Her stunning form has continued and, outdoors, she has bettered her fastest time for the 100m hurdles in every race. Her current pb of 13.68secs places her sixth on the GB senior list and second in the GB U23 ranks.
Now she has been selected for today's meeting in Stavanger. Her coach, Graham Knight, said it is a tough assignment for the trainee midwife.
'Katey will face the classiest field of her life, including world indoor champion Derval O'Rourke from Ireland, two world championship finalists in Canadian Angela White and Adrianna Lamalle, from France, and Sara McGreavy, who is ranked first in GB indoors in 2007, and is Katey's training par tner.'
Meanwhile, young athletes representing South Cheshire Schools returned with armfuls of medals from the Cheshire Schools Champion-ships on Saturday.
One of the highlights of the event at Macclesfield saw Liam Clowes comfortably beat the English Schools qualifying time when he clocked 23:20secs to win gold in the 200m sprint, in the Junior Boys section.
Other top performers were: G Cooper (shot-put gold, 11:90m); D Beatty (shot-put silver, 11m); D Houston (javelin bronze, 29:39m), J Smith (hammer gold, 19:41m).
In the Inter Boys, Rob Blake battled hamstring and calf problems to win his heat and grab silver in the 100m final, clocking 11:40secs.
Other successes were: L Edgar (100m bronze, 11.70sec); J Gammage (400m silver and English Schools qualifying time, 52.60secs); J Kinch (800m bronze, 2mins 5secs); A Clews (1,500m bronze, 4mins 28.20 secs); R Crookes (high jump gold, 1.68m); M Rolling (long jump gold, competition record, 6.78m); J Barrard (long jump silver, 5.87m); J Gardner (triple jump silver, English Schools qualifying distance, 13.17m).
In the Junior Girls section, Katie Garner achieved the English Schools qualifying time as she won gold in the 200m, in 26:40secs. Team-mate Jade Bramall (27:30secs) earned bronze in the same event.
Other top performers were: E Simmons (100m silver, 13:40secs); C Mathers (long jump silver, 4.55m); E Creswell (long jump bronze, 4.49m).
Good displays in the Inter Girls events were from C Grisedale (300m bronze, 47:90secs); R Howards (triple jump gold, 10.33m); L Wilson (javelin bronze, 25.83m).
In the Senior Girls, Katy Phipps grabbed gold in the 100m (13:00secs) and 100m hurdles (16:10secs). A bronze medal was won by S Tovey in the 100m (14:40secs).
Elsewhere, Crewe and Nantwich AC enjoyed a superb day in round two of the Cheshire Track and Field Championships at Deeside.
More than 60 athletes helped the club to overall victories in the Senior Men, Senior Women and U11 sections.
Chairman Stephen Matthews said: 'Many personal bests were achieved.
The next round is a home fixture at the Cumberland Arena on Sunday, August 12.'