TWO rising stars of athletics - at opposite ends of the age range - were among the national medals at the weekend.
Rudheath-based Mike Weedall won his second British veterans title in eight days on Sunday, just 24 hours after triple jumper Hanna Hewitson collected her first All England Schools Championship reward.
The 16-year-old Vale Royal AC member, won the bronze at the International Stadium, Gateshead.
The English Schools' intermediate event was won by Kayley Alcorn with 11.86m which, on another day, Hanna might easily have topped. She was third in
11.63m, a modest performance by her standards.
Her coach at Vale Royal AC, Neil Templeman, said: 'Many athletes who now compete for Great Britain won medals at these championships in their youth, so this shows Hanna is an athlete of true quality.'
Mid Cheshire provided seven of the county team and the next best performance came from inters sprinter Morgan Brown (St Nicholas TRC) who was seventh in the 200m final in 25.81.
Stevie Stockton (Sir John Deane's College), a bronze medallists last year, was 15th in the senior 3000m in 10-23.00.
Peter Morgan (Grange) ran seventh in his inters 100m heat in 11.43 and did not qualify. Lee Davenport (Verdin) suffered the same fate fourth in his 400m heat (52.21s) while James Griffiths (St Nicholas) also bowed out early having finished sixth in the senior 800m heat.
Senior shot putter Louise Burton (Mid Cheshire College) was 13th throwing 10.42m. nThough he turned 50 earlier this year postman Mike Weedall is still a rising star.
Having secured his first ever individual British title last week when winning the Half Marathon Championship at Mansfield in 16mins 33secs, Vale Royal AC runner and coach Weedall quickly doubled his titles by winning the 10,000 metres at the British Masters Track and Field Championships at Birmingham.
Weedall dominated the race from start to finish. His lead was not only unassailable he lapped all his opponents at least three times! Weedall is now established at one of Britain's top M50 runners.