ROWING: ROWER Val Edwards is still making waves - out of the water.
She has won a second successive bronze medal at the AXA PPP Healthcare British Indoor Championships.
And through her success, the Runcorn Rowing Club member is continuing to mix with the stars.
Last year, Val was presented with her medal by Sir Steve Redgrave, a gold medallist at five successive Olympics and patron of the annual indoor event.
And after this latest success - again in the women's 40-44 heavyweight category - she collected her prize from James Cracknell, a twice Olympic winner.
However, Sir Steve was again at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena for the largest participatory indoor sporting event in Europe.
Val, who lives in Frodsham and works at Frodsham Science and Technology College, rowed the Olympic regatta distance of 2,000m on a Concept 2 Indoor Rower.
In clocking 7:38.5 she beat her time from the 2003 event by almost seven seconds.
Val said: 'This time, I was only 200ths of a second off second place.
'Gold is still a long way off - mind you so too was silver last year.
'Unlike last year I had trained for it, but I went off far too fast and had nothing left at all at the end.
'It was hard but I was very pleased with a new personal best.'
The national event attracted a 7,000 crowd and 2,000-plus entrants aged 10-81, including competitors from other sports.
The entry list included nine youngsters from Helsby High School and two from Frodsham College.
Both are linked to Runcorn RC through the Amateur Rowing Association's Project Oarsome scheme.
Val only took up rowing in March last year, largely because her daughter Toni, now 16, was with the Clifton Village club.
Toni was delighted with her sixth place in an Under-18s competition at this year's championships while her brother Sam, 12, finished 42nd from an 80-plus entry.
The junior rowers have to row as far as they can in three minutes and Sam finished just 13 metres off the winning pace.