A RECORD-BREAKING young starlet from Sandbach is making a name for himself as an up-andcoming athlete.
Sprinter Rob Blake, of Abbey Road, Elworth, smashed the records at the Cheshire Schools Track & Field Championships, winning the junior boys 100m with a new record of 11.3 seconds.
And the 14-year-old added a personal best of 23.7 seconds, winning the 200m race in the Mason Trophy competition at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium on Saturday. He also won the 100m final in 11.5 seconds.
These are just the latest in a long line of achievements for the Sandbach School pupil, who also plays rugby for the school, for Sandbach and in the under 14 Cheshire Development Squad.
His father Paul said: 'Myself and the rest of the family are equally chuffed and impressed with Rob's achievements. He only started running prop-erly two years ago and has looked good ever since.
'His talent became obvious when Sandbach School awarded him the athlete of the year trophy in Year Seven. The school has never presented the trophy to a pupil in Year Seven before.
'He went on to win it in Year Eight as well, so he's hoping to complete the treble this year. He wants to be a professional athlete or at least teach sport when he's older.'
The Macclesfield Harriers athlete also competes in shot put and long jump events, but saves his best for when he's out on the running track.
He was Athlete of the Day at an event earlier this month in Macclesfield and won both the 100m and 200m races at the South Cheshire schools event at Cumberland Sports Ground in Crewe.
He repeated that feat at Sheffield in May in addition to a win in the 4x100 relay race.