THERE were impressive displays by four Warrington Athletics Club members on their return to action on Saturday.

Joe Buckley, Paul Bagan, Steve Watmough and David Gill travelled to Barrowford for the Podium Series 5km race and all came out on top in their respective age groups.

By clocking 14mins 49secs in his race – designed for anyone hoping to complete the course in under 15mins 15secs – Buckley smashed his personal best as well as recording the meeting’s fastest time by a runner aged under 20.

Bagan ran the under 17mins 20secs race and was the fastest over 40s athlete on the day, clocking 15mins 59secs to finish second while in the same race, Watmough came home 14th in 16mins 41secs – a time good enough for him to be the fastest runner aged over 55.

Gill came 22nd in the over 19mins race as he clocked 20mins 38secs – the fastest over 60s time of the meeting.

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From left, Steve Watmough, Paul Bagan and David Gill at the Podium 5km

On the same day, Chris Stanford performed well in much younger company at the latest Trafford Open meeting at Longford Stadium.

As a runner in the over 40s age group, he was the oldest in his 800m series race with the rest of his competitors being either under 17s or under 20s.

Nevertheless, he still managed to finish sixth in a time of 2mins 5.93secs.

The previous week’s Trafford Open also featured Warrington Athletics Club success as Lewis Shaw came away with two personal best times over sprint distances.

Shaw, who competes in the under 13s age group, won the 75m hurdles in 13.48secs and also recorded the fourth-fastest boys’ time in the 75m as he ran 11.22secs.