OLIVER Atkinson was the standout performer for Crewe and Nantwich Athletics Club at Cheshire Track and Field Championships over the weekend.
He set the under 13s age group alight at the two-day event at Warrington’s Victoria Park, bringing home five gold medals and a silver.
Atkinson dominated the track events, winning the 100m, 200m, 800m and 1500m titles.
As if that was not enough, he also took gold in the javelin with a throw of 32.27m, which is a new competition record.
The one race he did fall short of winning, the 75m hurdles, was won by Crewe and Nantwich clubmate Drew Bradley in a time of 12.88secs.
This meant almost one fifth of the medals won by the club at the championships came from Atkinson’s performances.
As a whole, Crewe and Nantwich athletes won 29 medals, including 18 golds.
Under 20s athlete Emma Fowler was also a top performer all round, bringing home four gold medals.
After coming home first in the 100m hurdles and 400m races on the track, Fowler switched to the field and took gold in the javelin and shot events.
Ben Basten and Ruby Bowie were also double winners for the club, with Basten winning the under 15s 100m and 200m races, the latter of which saw clubmate Joshua Williams scoop bronze.
Bowie was successful in the under 13s 150m race on the track and the high jump in the field.
Amelia Atkinson returned from Warrington with a medal in each colour after winning the under 17s shot, coming second in the 80m hurdles and third in a high jump event won by Crewe and Nantwich’s Evie Shorthouse.
Esther Wilding and Louise Elleray both picked up a gold and a silver, with Wilding winning the under 13s 75m and picking up a silver in the 150m.
Elleray’s leap of 2.1 metres was enough to take under 17s pole vault gold, with clubmate Shorthouse taking the silver, while she came second in the high jump.
Will Kesteven was the club’s other gold medal winner, winning an under 17s 1500m race in which Daniel Lloyd also picked up a bronze.
Silver medallists for Crewe and Nantwich were Lewis Palin, under 20s 100m, Matthew McCormack, under 20s 5000m, and David Naylor, under 15s 80m hurdles.
The club picked up more bronze medals as well thanks to Ellie Grinnell in the senior women’s 3000m and Rosie Meakin in the under 15s 75m.