Swindon Harriers are celebrating after finally getting their hands back on the Wessex Young Athletes League title for the first time this century.

The club secured the title for the first time in 34 years by making it four wins out of four in the final match on the Isle of Wight on Sunday.

Swindon headed into the final weekend knowing that they were in the box seat to claim that elusive title having had a record-breaking victory on home turf at the County Ground last weekend ahead of travelling to the Isle of White for the final round of the competition.

The club scored 638.5 points to finish 205 points ahead of nearest rivals New Forest with the hosts third another 50 points adrift to seal this historic victory in the Wessex Young Athletes League.

“It was a great day!” said Craig Scott, who is joint manager of the team alongside Gemma Scott and Martin Smith.

“Everyone pulled together for that last meeting and the team spirit we had was fantastic. The athletes were painting the club colours on their faces and the atmosphere on the coach going down to the Isle of Wight and back again was brilliant.

“I think we had the biggest support of any team there even though we had to travel the furthest and we left at 6 am on Sunday and didn’t get back until 10.

“A big shout-out too to all the officials who came and helped. Without them, we couldn’t compete and they also scored valuable points for us.”

Individual highlight of the meeting was Lucy Bull’s victory in the under-15s javelin as she threw a league record and personal best of 44.06 metres and she also walked away from the weekend having won the shot and discus.

There was particular success for the under-13 girls as they enjoyed 12 victories with four double triumphs. Pippa Wall and Martha Linscott dominated the 800 metres while Charissa Griffiths-Clack and Amy Harris won both 1500-metre events.

Lowri Prosser featured in the other two double triumphs winning the 70-metre hurdles and high jump with Isla Van-Eady and Lauren Gasner backing her up in the B events.

The under-17 men were not far behind with 11 wins, led by Ted Hiscock as he took the win in both discus and javelin, with Ben James and Arthur Pearson doing the double in the high jump and James also winning the 100 metres.