CHESHIRE Dragons Athletics Club appear to have taken to championships like a duck to water.

Saturday's North West Road Relays was the first championships entered by the newly-formed, Cuddington-based club – and the senior women's team ensured they marked it in style.

Club captain Liz Renondeau teamed up with Carol Parsons and Hannah Cowley to bring the team home first, earning a North West gold and a Cheshire Relay Championships gold – the first titles won by the club.

The men's team found their debut at the same race much harder – the team of Danny Lightfoot, Tommy Armstrong, Gary Richardson and Paul Clutterbuck brought the team home sixth in the Cheshire rankings.

Earlier in the day, Sara Avery became the first Dragon to represent her country and moved top of the British rankings over four distances.

She was the first woman over 55 home at the Masters International 10km race at London's Kew Gardens, with her time of 37mins 23secs a new lifetime best.

She now tops the UK rankings for her age group over 5km, 5 miles, 10km and 10 miles.

Sara Avery

Sara Avery

The club was also well represented at Sunday's Sandstone Trail Race.

In the 17-mile A race, Sean Merryweather was second in the men's race while his partner Jess Haney was third in the women's race, just behind clubmate Olivia drake who secured second.

Ali Cole also finished third in the B race over 10 miles.

Anyone interested in joining Cheshire Dragons should contact head coach Bernie Jones on 07919 043117.