A WREXHAM athlete has been competing with the very best.

Wrexham AAC’s Thomas Walley joined the competitors at the UK Athletics Championships, which were staged in Manchester.

Walley achieved 4.95 metres as he finished fifth in the senior men’s pole vault.

There is another Welsh champion amongst the Wrexham AAC ranks.

Grace Hughes crossed the line first in the U15 girls’ race at the Welsh junior fell championships, in Abergynolwyn.

The runner-up was clubmate Evie Hughes, while George Hughes finished fourth in the U11 boys’ event.

A clutch of podium spots were achieved by Lucy Jones at the U17/U20 youth development league event at Bebington.

Representing North Wales, Jones was part of the team that finished second with a time of 2-57.9 in the 4x300m relay.

She also claimed third position in the 300m (42.6 seconds), triple jump (9.66m) and 4x100m (54.3 seconds).

There were victories across the board for Wrexham athletes competing at the Northern masters championships, in Leigh.

An effort of 9.18 metres saw Amanda Broadhurst triumph in the W50 shot put, while Ian Broadhurst (48.55) secured first place in the M65 300m hurdles.

Neil Davies (13.94) was the winner of the M55 100m and on a busy day in the M75 class, Paul Brooks won the hammer (14.05m) and discus (20.82m). He was also runner-up in the shot put (6.86m) and javelin (11.02m).

Continuing the positive vibe, there was a Wrexham one-two at the Tilston 10k.

Daniel Weston clocked 33.38 to cross the line in first place, ahead of runner-up James Roberts (34.19).

They were followed by Gareth Chaloner (seventh in 38.07), Amanda Bailey (28th in 42.44), Charles Ashley (99th in 56.13) and Kirsty McKenzie (117th in 58.53).

Matty Williams finished 31st in the Northwich 10k with his effort of 40.24.

Deestrider Andy Wainwright ran an excellent personal best of 53.27 at Northwich.

Further afield, Deestrider Max Dowell won the Skatas parkrun in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 19.53.

Parkruns also proved to be popular ventures for Wrexham AAC members.

Three club racers claimed top-10 spots at Ruthin, spear-headed by fifth-placed John Davies, who achieved 19.37.

He was followed by Glyn Wise (sixth in 19.45) and Steve Jones (seventh in 19.53).

Connor Rogers’ effort of 16.56 saw him finish as the runner-up at Oldham, with Mark Hughes (25.53) crossing the line 69th.

Mike Robbins (24.23) was 13th at Wepre, Charles Ashley (27.28) took 50th place at Llangollen, Linda Jones (25.19) was 71st at Delamere and Rachel Nickerson-Reeves (183rd in 51.00) competed at Upton Court.

Wrexham AAC competitors at Erddig were Karl Moore (73rd in 29.46) and Jennifer Moss (95th in 33.07).

This Saturday sees the Welsh school championships taking place in Cardiff and the Moel Siabod fell race, in Capel Curig.

Upton hosts the Chester 10k and 10-mile races on Sunday, while the Fairy Freckled Cow trail race, at the Alwen reservoir, is also the North Wales championships.