VALE Royal Athletics Club retained a title they won 12 months earlier during the 2019 edition of the British Masters 5k Road Championships on Sunday.

Liz Renondeau, Sarah Murphy and Carolyn Dooley collected another gold medal in the women’s 35-44 age-group category at Horwich, pipping Newcastle (Staffs).

They enjoyed individual success too after Renondeau (women’s over 40) and Dooley (women’s over 45) both took bronze.

Club chairman Stuart Doyle ranked 13th overall and fifth in the men’s over 45 class.

Chloe Broad improved a lifetime best when she represented Cheshire during the Stone St Michael’s 10k, also on Sunday.

The Vale Royal Athletics Club member was first counter for her team, and third female to finish overall, after completing two laps of a course through the Staffordshire town in 38:41.

Her previous best for the distance, set during the Great Manchester Run last month, was 39:46.

Katie Olliver took first prize in the women’s over 35s age-group category in 40:20.