STEVIE Stockton and team-mates Charlotte Roach, Kate Spilsbury and Rachel Clews won Vale Royal AC's first ever medals at the National Cross Country Championships held at Sunderland on Saturday.
'This a milestone for the club. Stevie was brilliant and all the girls were brilliant,' said coach Shaun McGrath.
'Charlotte finished ahead of internationals and between them they brought us our first team medal in a massive event and put Vale Royal on the map.'
Stockton was runner-up in the Under 20s race and all four ran to the team bronze. The winner was Essex girl Jessica Spark.
Middlewich High School's Megan Huxley was 10th in the Under- 13s and Claire Perry 44th in a field of 268.
In the U15s race Kathy Stringer finished 34th, Hannah Paver 55th, Emily Furber 64th and Nicci Meadows 140th out of 248 finishers.
Vale Royal were an impressive seventh in the team event. Kate Howard was 99th of 155 in the U17s.
Andy Clews was 34th and Andy Perry 201st in a field of 266 U15s finishers. U17s Zach Cross and Chris Perry claimed positions 83 and 94 of 188.
Vale Royal wish to recruit new athletes in all events.
'Some of our best athletes now were at the back when they started. All are welcome,' said McGrath, who can be contacted on 01606 592746 for further details.
Meanwhile, Nicky Archer helped England to an international triumph in Barcelona.
The 21-year-old Kingsley-based athlete is the latest Vale Royal AC member to win an international vest.
She joined three other elite runners in the England team that won the Barcelona 10k event.
Archer herself ran well, clocking 35mins 34secs. Though a minute short of her personal best, she finished sixth in a race won by Welsh-woman Tracey Morris in 33.33.
As well as fitting in her final year of studies in sports and fitness science at Birmingham University, Archer aims to lower her marks in 10k and half-marathon at Eastleigh and Edinburgh over the next few weeks.