TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular Warrington Athletics Club member who has lost his battle with cancer.

Nick Jones, who lived in Grappenhall, passed away on Tuesday morning aged 45 after a brave fight against the illness.

He leaves behind wife Caroline, son Jordan and daughter Jasmine.

Caroline posted the following tribute to her husband on social media.

Warrington Athletics Club followed up with a tribute of their own.

Jones ran for Great Britain on several occasions, competing in the World Half Marathon Championships three times in the early 2000s.

In the Warrington vest, Jones was a regular winner at masters events.

Even during his cancer treatment, Nick continued to run and even clocked a sub-20 minute Parkrun time as recently as January.

We profiled the Jones family in our 'Sporting Lives' feature in 2018 - read their story here

Our thoughts are with Caroline, Jordan, Jasmine and the rest of Nick's family at this desperately sad time.