ATHLETICS: WITH eight athletes in the squad, Mid Cheshire is not just a main contributor to the county squad for the English Schools Championships on Friday and Saturday, the district carries several medal hopes as well.

A place on the podium at the International Stadium, Gateshead, is a possibility for MORGAN BROWN, who lives at Winnington and attends St Nicholas RC High.

She runs in the junior girls' 200m and has clocked 25.40 - 2/10ths of a second outside the record at the Cheshire Championships, which she won. It needed a time of 24.06 to win her event last year, so Morgan could well be in contention.

HANNAH HEWITSON has a leap of 5.01m behind her for the junior long jump. The Winsford-based Verdin schoolgirl is aiming for a top-10 place.

Hartford High's LAURA LAMBERT, who lives at Darnhall, should reach the inters 800m final. She'll be looking to improve on her time of 2:17.10 in the final.

The Grange School's VIRGINIA MOORHOUSE contested the inters 80m hurdles last year, was fifth in her heat and returns having improved her time to 11.99.

Verdin High's LEE DAVENPORT runs in the junior 800m and goes shoulder to shoulder with Adam Green (Lymm) who has been selected for the same event.

There is so little between them that they could be fighting it out with each other, certainly for a place in the final.

Last year's inter boys' 800m was won in under 1:53.00, which should spur on JAMES GRIFFITHS (St Nicholas), whose personal best is 1:59.60.

Mid Cheshire College student WILLIAM LOWNDES, who lives at Tarporley and is a former Vale Royal AC member, is Cheshire's best shot putter and his 15.22m ability may maintain his interest in the competition to the death, though it was won last year in 15.64m.

There are others in the Cheshire squad with local connections, most notably BECKY ELLIS who made her international debut at the weekend for Great Britain against Australia in an Under 20s steeplechase match.

She lives at Wincham, attends South Cheshire College and is one of Vale Royal's most prominent athletes.

She has been picked for the 1,500m and her pb of 4:30.00 would have won the event with more than elbow room to spare last year.

As with all the athletes mentioned here, they could come up against a good crop of opponents or a poor one. Certainly, if the inters 100m field is indifferent then HAYLEY JONES, a Vale Royal sprinter who attends Malbank, Nantwich, could be among the medals. She has done 12.10, good enough for second place in 2003. VALE Royal AC has been chosen to take part in Sport Relief on Saturday.

The cinder Knight's Grange track will host the event, which invites serious and fun runners to complete a mile to aid the national charity drive.

There are hourly runs starting at 11am with athletes being time trialled in between. The entry fee of £7.50 includes a donation.

Details from Shaun McGrath on 01606 592746 or at