ATHLETICS: CHESHIRE Tigers opened their new season with a series of impressive performances last weekend.

Under 20s athletes from Macclesfield, Crewe & Nantwich, Vale Royal and West Cheshire AC clubbed together for the first round of the National Junior Track and Field League Mersey Division fixture staged at Bolton's Leverhulme Park.

Michelle Robbins secured the athlete-of-the-match prize after achieving an impressive 10.98m triple jump.

And sprint sensation Hayley Jones stunned onlookers with her pace to grab a 100m win in a time of 12.2 seconds.

Fiona Rudkin (4:59.4) and Stevie Stockton (10:52.7) celebrated successes from the 1,500m and 3k respectively.

Chester's Sam Appleby produced success in the 400m hurdles with a time of 66.8 seconds.

Team Results: 1 Wigan Harriers 239 points; 2 North Wales 234; 3 Cheshire Tigers 215; 4 Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton 173; 5 Warrington 136; 6 Southport Waterloo 126; 7 Sutton St Helens 104; 8 Wirral 71.

Cheshire Tigers boys' squad finished fifth in their match at Bolton.

West Cheshire AC sprinter Tom Price opened his season's account with two new bests after posting 11.5 (100m) and 24.0 (200m).

Vale Royal's Stephen Butterfield returned to action after injury and boosted his confidence with a 100m time of 11.5 seconds.

Multi-eventer Simon Sloan produced a string of pleasing results: 16.3 for the high hurdles; high-jumping 1.75m, and long-jumping 5.89m.

And Andrew Ellis dominated the 2k steeplechase to record an easy victory, despite running further than the necessary distance.

Team results: 1 North Wales 294½ points; 2. Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton 203; 3 Southport Waterloo 188; 4 Sutton St Helens 161; 5 Cheshire Tigers 151; 6 Bolton 144½; 7 Warrington 118; 8 Wirral 114½; 9 Wigan 86½.

Fixtures for West Cheshire AC this weekend include the opening round of the Northern Track and Field League at Woodbank Park, Stockport, tomorrow and the first round of the Cheshire Track and Field League on Sunday, at Deeside Stadium, Connah's Quay.

Mike Whiteside represented Tattenhall Runners in the North Wales 10-mile championship at Wrexham, picking up the male Vet 55 prize in 67 minutes 20 seconds.

Nick Holmes and Mark Smith completed the 50th running of the Three Peaks race at Horton-in-Ribblesdale with 4,750 feet of climb.

On the hottest day of the year, Holmes was 235th in 4:32:31 and Smith 301st in 4:44:12

Entries are still open for the Christleton 5k race on May 14. See the Tattenhall Runners website for details and entry form.