ATHLETICS: ANDREW Spence blazed a trail to double gold and a silver at the Cheshire Athletics Championships.
And the quality of his performances provided the Liverpool Harrier with the highlight of his career to date.
He won the U15s' 100m at Warrington in 11.8 and the 200m in 24.1, while finishing second over 400m in 53.9.
These are all grade-one times, each of which made the 14-year-old eligible for July's English Schools Championships.
Now comes the difficult task of deciding which event to run at Gateshead.
Strangely, the discipline in which he came second at the weekend is his likeliest choice.
Andrew, a Tower College student from Ellerton Close, knocked two and a half seconds off his 400m best to finish runnerup.
This was despite the one-lap showdown following hot on the heels of the 100m heats and final.
Mum Barbara said: 'It was Andrew's fifth race of the weekend.
'He said coming off the final bend and into the straight, he had tried to pick it up but his legs had just gone. But I am convinced that when he's fresh, he will run faster again.'
Andrew's winning 100m and 200m times were each six tenths faster than he had run last year.
Mrs Spence added: 'You can only do one event at the English Schools and I think we're going to plump for the 400m.
'We had already planned for that, thinking maybe it was his best chance of getting into a final.'