Chorley athletes returned from a Mid Lancashire medal meeting in Wigan with an impressive medal tally.

Chorley Athletics Club members returned from the meeting with five golds, four silvers, one bronze medal and six personal best times.

Paralympian Graham Ballard produced an excellent performance in his heats to clock 13.9 secs for 100 metres, but star performances have to go to Kelly Hilton (gold in the Triple Jump), Luke Betts (gold in the U17 men 1500 metres), Ryan Sciacca (gold in 800 metres), Adam Sciacca (gold in 1500 metres) and Rhian Beaumont (gold in Javelin).

Rhian's coach Alan Morris was delighted by her overall performance and believes it won't be long before she will be challenging the club's international thrower Eloise Manger.

John Payn, chairman of the club, said: “The strength of this group to achieve five gold, four silver and one bronze medal as well as six personal bests highlights how talented they are.

“This is down to excellent coaching and dedication to training, and we at the club are extremely proud of their achievements.”

It was also a successful week for John, who devastated the field in the 30k British Masters Race Walking Championships at Warwick University.

In very warm conditions John led home competitors to take gold yet again in a very creditable time of 3 hours 48 mins.

John felt he could have gone faster but was happy just to take gold given the conditions.