THREE soldiers from Ellesmere Port are aiming to help the Cheshire Regiment capture the Army athletics championship crown.
Lance Corporal Robert Muir and Privates Michael Carroll and Adrian Rotherham have all been training hard in Cyprus - where the regiment is currently based - for the semi-finals of the event to be held in Colchester tomorrow.
Robert, 25, will be competing in the 110 metres hurdles, Michael is taking part in the 3000 metres steeple chase and Adrian is in the 1500 and 5000 metres.
To reach the finals in Aldershot next Wednesday, competitors must come first or second in their events.
And athletes from the Cheshires will be going all out for victory following last year's disappointment in the championships when they finished second to 3 Close Support Logistics Regiment.
Robert enlisted in the Army in 1999 and has since been involved in many sporting events and training programmes.
Since joining up his job has taken him to the Falkland Islands and Cyprus.
His father lives in South Africa where Robert used to attend high school in Natal. His hobbies are rugby, cricket and hockey.
Michael, 17, enlisted last year and Adrian in 1998. They have both competed in many sports events.
They have also served in the Falklands and Northern Ireland as well as Cyprus.
Michael used to attend Whitby High School and enjoys football, athletics and boxing.
Adrian is a former Sutton High School pupil whose hobbies include football, snooker and athletics.
While in Cyprus he has taken part in the island's inter-service cross country and road race tournaments.
All three have been training in the Troodos mountain range in the morning and in the afternoon have travelled to the capital, Nicosia, to practice in temperatures sometimes reaching as high as 40F in the city's stadium.