Fielding a tiny team of just three men and five women, City of Salisbury contested the final fixture of the Southern Athletics League at Par near St Austell in Cornwall with such gusto they even saw off a much larger squad from their fierce rivals Swindon.
Club treasurer Alan Munro, normally confined to a club coaching role, produced extraordinary results by running the 100, 200 and 400m sprints as well as scoring vital further points in both the pole vault and high jump.
Andy Holme and Andrew Daniell joined the fray with Munro to cover almost every men’s event between them, winning one after another.
With Catherine Goddard and Laura Simpson dominating the throws and Tasha Mundell, Emma Clarke and Alex Mundell excelling on the track and the jumping events, team spirit prevailed.
Next day in the South West championships at Exeter, success continued.
Emma Clarke took gold in the steeplechase and bronze in the 800m, Alex Mundell took gold in the 800m and silver in the 400m, and Molly Hole took gold in the under 15’s shot put.
A silver medal went to Tash Mundell in the under 17’s steeplechase and bronze went to both Skye Allen in the under 17’s 100m and Georgia Clarke in the under 15’s shot put.
For the men, Andy Holme was gold medallist in the steeplechase, Greg Herring took gold in the under 15’s 800m, with silvers going to Josh Hole in both the under 17’s shot and 400m, and silver to Henry Dix in the under 17’s steeplechase.
On the road, Nick Hudson returned to competition after a four month enforced absence due to injury and at the Trowbridge 10k was pleased to run a solid 48min 59sec.
At Salisbury parkrun, star turn of the day among a field of 440 was the club’s Joanne Bailey who was fastest female with an outstanding pb run of 20min 53sec, scoring an age group rating of over 86 per cent.
Lee Syrett was quickest overall in a time of 18.01, Christopher Melville taking second with 18.02.