CITY of Salisbury athletics and running club’s track squad made sure of promotion in the Southern League when with another outstanding performance at Brighton they soared to a big win – their fifth in five matches – over nearest rivals Winchester AC and Guildford, writes JOHN RUSKIN.

Following the club’s best ever track campaign, they have secured their first promotion since the League’s launch ten years ago.

Club chairman Lee Ness said: “The club has outperformed at every level to achieve this success, against stiff opposition. It’s made all the more remarkable by the much reduced access we’ve had for training on our home track at Five Rivers this season.”

Despite holiday absences and some injuries reducing the team numbers, the club filled all 64 events on the card and netted a total of almost 40 individual wins.

Both young and old proved their worth with under-17 Nia Jones coming out top in both the shot (7.34m) and discus (19.19m) and veteran Alan Munro winning the hammer and the discus.

Youngster Abbey Littlejohns won the under-17 200m (28.0sec), the 100m hurdles (17.9) and the long jump (4.48m). Skye Allan resumed her track career with a win in the 100m and Andy Holme jumped a PB of 2.40m in the pole vault before winning his 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles.

Hamish Mundell took victory in the 100m (11.7), the 110m hurdles (20.0) and the 400m hurdles. Charlene Matthews won the hammer, javelin and triple Jump and Thomas Hughes the high jump, long jump and triple jump.

At Weymouth, club mainstay Stuart Holloway added swimming and cycling to his running credentials to win his age group in the south west regional triathlon championships.