THREE Cheshire Dragons runners have achieved international success recently.

David Norman led the way with a silver medal at the World Masters Championships half marathon in Tampere, Finland.

He finished in ninth place overall in 1hr 26mins 3secs, and with Great Britain teammates Steve Watmough finishing in fourth and Simon Le Mare in 10th, as a collective they won the team silver medal, with Ireland having won gold.

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A week earlier David had been one of three Dragons who ran for their respective countries in a masters road international in Tenby.

David and Sara Avery competed for England, while Bernie Jones represented Wales.

Bernie should have been joined by Emma Crowe in the Welsh team but unfortunately Emma came down with Covid a few days before the race and had to withdraw.

All three Dragons took part in the 5k race which was part of a new international masters event.

Sara was first home in the W55 age group, running a superb 18.23 on the tough hilly course, while David and Bernie had a great race-long tussle in the M55 category with David just getting the better of Bernie by four seconds in 18.48.

Sara and David helped England to overall victory in the first match of this kind.

Bernie, who is acting chairman of Cheshire Dragons, is also chair of the Welsh Athletics Masters Advisory Group who were responsible for putting on the event in Tenby.

Over 250 athletes represented England and Wales in the match and Bernie is hoping that the event will become a firm fixture in future years with other countries joining the international match.

Cheshire Dragons is based in Cuddington but train across Cheshire and have athletes from across Cheshire and North Wales.

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