Nene Valley Harriers made a promising start to their Southern League Division One season at Colchester on Saturday.
The city club led for most of the day but were pipped by a point in the end by a strong host club. They finished with 18 wins and 25 second places.
Simon Achurch was the athlete of the day, setting three new club veteran records. They were in the javelin, which he won with 38.92m, in the hammer, where he was second with 42.58m, and in the discus, where he finished third with 33.63m.
Under 20 Leigh Ann Rose was also a record-breaker with her time of 9:03.6 in the 2,000m steeplechase while Maria Hollingsworth equalled her Under 20 110m hurdles record with a win in 15.2.
Several athletes stepped into fill gaps and did well in unaccustomed events. Rosie Jacobs finished second in a rare 3,000m race and Rosie Fresen, a pole vaulter, was runner-up in the 2,000m steeplechase in a new Under 17 club record time of 9:54.2.
Fresen had earlier recorded a new club record 2.80m in the pole vault.
Peterborough Athletic Club were in Division Three North East action at Braintree and finished third.
Their outstanding performance of the day came from Megan Porter, who jumped a huge new personal best (PB) of 1.67m to win the high jump in her first ever senior team competition. She also anchored the 4x400m relay team to victory.
Jamelia Smith, also in her first appearance for the senior team, won the A string long jump and the B string high jump.
Jess Varley ran a new PB in the 800m to finish second in the A race.
Chairman Matthew Dalton and his vice-chairman Leigh Porter led from the front.
Dalton won the A string 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles and B string pole vault and Porter won the A string high jump and pole vault.
New recruit Vytautas Chrapacas won the A string long jump and was third in the triple jump.