ONLY a few months after coming into existence, Cheshire Dragons have won its first ever British title.

At the British Masters Cross Country Relays at Long Eaton on Saturday, the Dragons' over 35s women's team led from start to finish to beat Bristol and pre-race favourites Charnwood into the minor places.

Following a recent 10k personal best, Joanna Marsden led off the team gaining a couple of seconds advantage firing in 11mins 21secs.

Late replacement Helen Harrington increased the team's lead to 16 seconds with a 12.28 effort, leaving club captain and BMAF cross country champion Liz Renondeau to increase the victory margin to 22 seconds at the end.

The Women’s over 45s team just missed out on a medal, finishing in a fantastic fourth place.

With two over 50s and one over 55 runner in their team they showed a lot of younger runners a clean pair of heels.

Debbie Broad, fresh from qualifying for her first international vest, ran 12.46 on the opening leg; Lisa Meadows kept the team in fourth place with her 13.50 effort while Sara Avery’s 12.39 was the second quickest over 55 women's time of the day.

No doubt the women will be determined to gain even more medals next time out at the BMAF 5k Championships.