LOCAL and regional championships were on the agenda for Warrington Athletics Club’s younger members over the weekend.

The club had 26 of its youngsters competing at the Cheshire Schools Championships in Ellesmere Port on Saturday, with another four at the Greater Manchester equivalent in Trafford on the same day.

The Cheshire junior boys events saw a gold medal for Thomas Darbyshire in the 200m, winning his final in 25.5secs, while a personal-best time of 2mins 5.4secs saw Alfie Blizzard claim gold in the 800m.

Oliver Davenport won bronze in the 1,500m in a personal-best 4mins 40.8secs just clear of clubmates Euan Lawton (4th, 3mins 49.5secs) and Joshua Pryor (7th, 4mins 58.3secs PB) while Ruben Evans-Guillen finished sixth in the javelin with a throw of 26.11m.

Jack Marwood was the club’s only intermediate boys winner as he won 1,500m gold in 4mins 11.3secs, with clubmate Tom Welsby winning bronze in a personal-best 4mins 18.4secs

Jake Sands’ personal-best throw of 37.63m earned him silver in the hammer while William Kenwright (25.5secs) and Leon Pritchard (26.0secs) finished fourth and fifth in the 200m heats respectively, with the former placing fifth in the final that followed.

For the girls, Olivia Crawford and Tallie Sze claimed gold medals in the junior age group with Olivia clocking 11.8secs in the 75m hurdles while Tallie leapt 4.83m in the long jump.

There was more success in the throwing events, with Abigail Adelani coming second in the discus (19.03m) and Ruby Danquah placing third in the javelin (24.96m), while Emily Kinsey (5mins 9.5secs) came second over 1,500m ahead of clubmate Evie-May Williams (5th, 5mins 20.4secs).

Hilary Lam (14.1secs) and Hattie Cheung (14.7secs) finished second and third respectively in their 100m heats before finishing fourth and eighth respectively in the final.

Eva Hayes (2mins 37.7secs) was second in her 800m race and fourth overall, with the races being run as time trial finals, while Jaycee Morrison (2mins 57.7secs) was fifth in her race.

Laila Betteley’s time of 32.3secs to finish her 200m heat in fourth was enough to qualify her for the final, but she did not run in it.

In the intermediate girls, Esme Heavey set a new championship best in winning 1,500m gold in 4mins 35.9secs while clubmate Imogen Wharton placed third in 4mins 54.6secs.

Hannah Hull was an easy winner of the 800m, finishing more than 100m clear of her nearest rival in clocking 2mins 23.1secs, while Ellie Barker was third over 300m in 43.8secs.

At the Greater Manchester meet, second-claim member Evie Elliot set a new 300m hurdles personal best by placing second in the intermediate girls in 46.57secs.

Over 800m, Sarah Ashcroft placed third in 2mins 24.94secs while twin sisters Sinead (6th, 2mins 28.98secs) and Cara Gregory (10th, 2mins 38.61secs) both set new personal bests.

Meanwhile, under 20s athlete Lisa Halliday competed in the Northern Senior/under 20 Championships in Middlesbrough on Sunday, missing out on a 400m hurdles bronze medal by just six hundredths of a second as she placed fourth in 65.54secs.

Under 11s runner Tristan Tickle came home from the Pontefract Athletics Club open meeting with a medal of each colour.

He won 75m gold by clocking 11.49secs before bagging silver in the 600m (1min 55.86secs) and bronze in the long jump (3.52m).

Tristan Tickle with his gold, silver and bronze medalsTristan Tickle with his gold, silver and bronze medals (Image: Contributed)

Jack Pilkington did similar while representing Cheshire Police at the Police Championships in Nuneaton – his gold came in the 3,000m steeplechase race (10mins 50.63secs) while he took triple jump silver (10.12m) and high jump bronze (1.45m). He also finished fifth in the 1,500m race in 4mins 32.27secs.

Louise Blizzard took part in two events at the same meet, finishing fifth in the 5,000m (20mins 18.21secs, 3rd masters and 2nd over 45s) and sixth in the 1,500m (6mins 21.34secs, 4th masters and 3rd over 45s).