City of Salisbury athletes acquitted themselves well at the Wiltshire road relays in the unusual surroundings of the Castle Combe motor racing circuit.
The men’s vet team of Ian Stott, Dave West and Michael Brewster took first place in their category and third overall in the senior men’s race, each running two laps of a 3k loop on fast tarmac.
In the senior women’s event, vet Nicky Yevko used her pacing experience to good effect to help her team-mates Anna Lever and Alex Mundell to a well-earned second place overall behind Swindon Harriers.
Over far softer terrain, Stuart Holloway contested the annual civil service cross country national championships on the long gradients of Parliament Hill Fields in London and did well to secure fourth overall with a time of 36min 22sec for the course of around six miles.
In the Hampshire cross country league, Tasha Mundell placed 41st in the under 13s, and Sam Coles was 32nd. Maisie Grant ran well to lead home the under 15 team in 21st spot, with Heidi Porter 26th and Ella Hards 50th.
Alex Mundell was a creditable 18th in the senior ladies and Adam Bradburn was 56th in the under 17s. Among the senior men, Steve Herring was 32nd, with Craig Murphy and Gary Domoney battling it out for 194th and 195th places.
Meanwhile in the warm sunshine of the south of France, Chrissy Gorham had her hopes of a four hour marathon in Nice dashed by a long finish into a headwind, clocking 4.20.28 to husband John’s 4.22.37.