Verity takes superb third at Armagh International

Verity Ockenden

City of Salisbury’s adopted star athlete Verity Ockenden was one of the top performers in the highly competitive Armagh International evening 3k in Northern Ireland.

Among a host of big names on the start line she quickly settled into her stride and after a strong run throughout that left many rivals in her wake, she crossed the line in 9min 14sec for an excellent third place behind two of the UK’s highest ranked middle distance runners, winner Laura Weightman of Morpeth Harriers and Jessica Judd from Chelmsford AC.

Millsy giving it some at Stubbington

In the Wokingham half marathon, James Mills improved his personal best for the 13.1mile distance with a well-earned 81min 24sec.
Not far behind, Alan Ward reduced his mark by the huge margin of five minutes to 82.18, with Sarah Kemp back in the road running groove at 97.58.

Salisbury 10 mile road race breaks records

The hugely popular Salisbury 10mile road race, organised by the city’s athletics and running club, will break new ground when the 2018 event on Sunday 8th April starts on the green by the fire station in Ashley Road and not on the adjacent running track, the event’s usual location.

Both the start and finish have had to be moved as a result of the club being locked out from the running track by South Wilts Grammar School, owners of the track since November when responsibility was handed over by Wiltshire Council.

This week the course was officially remeasured, incorporating the move away from the track, to ensure it is still exactly 10miles. Most of the distance is unchanged however, using roads either side of the Woodford Valley.
Entries for the race – limited to 900 – were sold out more than two months ahead of the fixture, which is part of the highly competitive Hampshire road race league series.

This is the biggest number of entries the race has accepted, and the first time that the starting list has been completely full so far in advance.
Clearly demonstrating the booming popularity of road running, City of Salisbury has more than 70 of its own members due to face the starter – more than twice the previous record number from the host club. In addition, the race organisation is supported by a hundred volunteers from the running community and their friends.

One of the top athletes who regularly trained on the Salisbury track until its closure, Verity Ockenden, recently excelled again as Great Britain’s top placed finisher in an international fixture at Seville in Spain. She took a notable eighth among a high class field in which Kenyans filled the top three places.

Bea Wood back to winning form at Aldershot



Rain and mud were the key features of the final Hants cross country league fixture at Aldershot, but despite that, City of Salisbury athletes took honours by outperforming several of the south’s bigger clubs.

Bea Wood bounced back to form by winning the girls’ under 15’s race, Lukas Bailey placed fourth in the under 13 boys and Tash Mundell was fifth in the under 20’s.


28407946009_15f64bf5db_k.jpg Among the seniors, Sian Thomas took a great ninth spot in the ladies’ event while Richard Davidson and Jill Coles were both 20th on their respective finishing lists.

In the Lytchett 10mile in Dorset, Liz Roberts clocked 1hour 27min 30sec, followed by Denise von Roretz 1.44.01 for third in her age group, and Lesley Brown 1.50.16.

At Cardiff in the south west indoor track championships, four City of Salisbury athletes set new personal bests in the under 20’s 60m: Sam Stephenson 7.62sec, Joshua Dyre 7.69, Jacob Norcliffe 7.71 and Fernando Silva 8.02. In the under 20’s women, Sarah Brett also set a new mark of 8.52.

In the senior men’s long jump Richard Holt took second place with a good 5.92m and was second also in the 200m with 24.43, then clocking 54.94 in the 400m.

Joshua Dyre improved to 24.18sec in the 200m and Sarah Brett was timed at 64.46 in the 400m.


Holloway takes third place ticket to Ryde

Stuart Holloway led City of Salisbury runners to a raft of good performances in the Hampshire League when he took third place in the Ryde 10mile road race on the Isle of Wight.

The coastal hills that make this one of the toughest fixtures of the series did little to slow Holloway’s run, his 57min 13sec giving the sizeable Salisbury squad a strong start to defending their leadership of Men’s A division 2.

Richard Davidson and James Mills were next team counters with 66.03 and 66.29 respectively and Craig Weatherburn completed the set in 73.10.

Ruth Thom was eighth female finisher and second in her age group in 69.41, with Linda Robson 88.47 and Liz Roberts 91.12 completing the Ladies A team.

Joseph Cornwall with 73.53, Richard Larcombe 74.27, James Ballard 74.28 and John Duffy 74.29 comprised the Men’s B team, and Deborah Nash 96.23, Denise von Roretz 103.53 for third in her age group, and Lesley Brown 113.11 the Ladies’ B team.

Other Salisbury finishers were Jon Kershaw 81.35, Steve Mitchell 103.54 and Colin Martin 113.29.

Next road league fixture is the Eastleigh 10k on 18th March.

Meanwhile tomorrow marks the three month anniversary of the running club being locked out from their home track by new owners South Wilts Grammar School when it took over responsibilities previously handled by Wiltshire Council. The club have been unable to use the track since Nov 9th.

John Glen MP is actively involved in efforts to broker a workable solution.

Domoney runs to US indoor win

Jaymee Domoney

City of Salisbury’s Jaymee Domoney, on a scholarship in the US, won his first indoor 800m of the season for South Carolina university in a quick 1min 54.81sec at a Virginia Military Institute match, his time placing him second in the current age group UK rankings at the distance.
A few days previously he made a record-breaking debut in the mile, winning in 4min 14.7sec.
In the Longleat 10k, Sian Thomas led a trio of fast ladies, her quick run of 40min 31sec for second spot being followed by Nicky Yevko’s 45.46 and Joanne Bailey’s 45.54. Then came Joseph Cornwall with 46.43, Craig Murphy 46.59 and Becki Sneap 79.44.
The two mile race at the same venue saw club junior Alice Olliff-Lee finish a good fourth overall in 13min 58sec to win her age group award.
Despite illness that took the edge off her finishing speed, Bea Wood still finished a gallant third in an under 15’s field of 220 in the Southern Counties cross country championships at Brighton.
Lukas Bailey gave a good account of himself in his first big race among the under 13’s and crossed the line in 19th place out of 260.
The Stonehenge Stomp trail event over distances from 10-40k and organised for the first time by the City of Salisbury athletics and running club more than doubled the previous greatest number of finishers.