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City of Salisbury’s Jaymee Domoney pulled on a U.S. collegiate vest for the first time at a 10k cross country fixture in North Carolina having relocated to Charleston Southern university following his studies at Bishop Wordsworth’s.
Racing in the highly competitive top division, Domoney took tenth place among the year’s freshmen and was second of the Charleston squad, making a promising start to his athletics career in the States. His sports science course there will be for up to four years.
The start at college was marked not only by his good result but also by a close encounter with Hurricane Irma which meant the campus had to be hurriedly evacuated just days before the race.
Another tough event was the Purbeck festival of running in Dorset, where Rob Drag produced a great run for 13th place in 3.52. Jon Greenhalgh completed the hilly coastal 27mile marathon over the downs near Swanage in a similarly impressively 4hours 33min.
Over the equally challenging 16miler, Ali Holloway ran in company with clubmate Phil Smith and helped by mutual encouragement they crossed the line in 3.12. Lesley Brown was timed at 3.56.
New signing Richard Davidson opened his account for the club with a personal best 39.53 in the Andover Lake 10k. At the Littledown 5mile road race in Bournemouth John Ruskin clocked 37min 35sec.
A large group of Salisbury runners is due to face the starter at the Solent half marathon on Sunday in the Hampshire road race league.
The Great Wishford 10k was won by Salisbury’s Stuart Holloway in a notably quick 36min 05sec, five minutes clear of second placed Ian Berry-Bowers of Winchester AC in 41.46. In the women’s race, Ruth Thom also won by an impressive margin, crossing the line in a speedy 46.06.
At ten times the distance, the Thames Path 100k from Putney to Henley is a huge challenge of endurance. Phil Perry was unfazed, finishing in 11hours 27min 10sec.
Jef Hutchby completed his fifth marathon in three months at the hilly off-road ‘Bad Cow’ event in Dorset, where he was timed at 6.10.32, not far behind the 6.04.55 of both Kathryn Dreyer and Jeanette Hardiman and 5.54.30 of Liz Roberts, the latter having run a 12mile warm-up event on the same terrain in 2.29.23.
In the half marathon version, Steven Mitchell clocked 1.57.24 and Denise von Roretz 2.28.39.
At the Great North Run half marathon in Newcastle, Richard Larcombe was among the 41,000 finishers and recorded 1.40.29, while Sue Sheppard and Wendy Lucas were timed at 3.23.06.
Over the same distance at Chippenham, Ian Shelley was well up the big field with 1.32.47 and Andy Budgell was not far behind in 1.38.19.
Chrissy Gorham was Salisbury’s only representative in the Farnham Pilgrim marathon, clocking 5.12.
Finally in the New Forest, Lee Syrett was the club’s best in the half marathon in 1.29.37, followed by Stuart Robertson 1.44.09 and Jana Tomblin 2.26.21; marathon times were Peter Manning 4.00.33, Di Cross 4.45.47 and Rebecca Lockwood 4.53.23; and in the 10k Jackie Chlebowski 61.53 and Carol Cheblowski 62.26.
Cold and wet conditions greeted 500 runners at the first of the new season’s fixtures in the Hampshire Road Race League, the Overton 5mile contested by more than 20 keen City of Salisbury athletes.
Fastest was Shaun Brown who crossed the line on the hilly, twisting course in a good time of 27min 53sec to secure seventh place overall, putting the men’s A team on a good footing. Then came James Mills with 30.00, Lee Syrett 30.08 and Mike Brewster 30.43 to complete the scoring foursome.
Sally Greenslade was quickest of the club’s women, her 36.25 supported by Sarah Brewster’s 36.39 and Jane Whiteley’s 43.14 to complete their A team.
The men’s tightly grouped B team comprised Jonathan Croom with 31.07, Angus Paton 31.54, Peter Callanan 32.06 and Nick Cooke 32.30.
Other Salisbury finishers were James Ballard 33.15, Jon Kershaw 34.34, Richard Larcombe 34.40, Phil Perry 36.15, Jason Bennett 37.25, Steve Mitchell 37.27, Nick Willetts 37.58, Barry Vincent 40.01, Paul Slaughter 40.34, Di Cross 43.39, Richard Bidmead 46.15 and Colin Martin 49.41.
The next league fixture is the Solent half marathon on Sept 24th.
On a much kinder day, City of Salisbury’s speedy young Beatrice Wood smashed the parkrun course record at Churchill Gardens when among 440 finishers she not only took first place overall in 17min 21sec but also set a personal best plus a new age grading record, leaving many more senior runners, male and female, in her wake.
She is 14 year-old Molly Hole, the city’s athletics and running club’s rising star, who in the England Athletics finals at Bedford cleared a height of 1.65m (5ft 5ins approx) to win the event by 4cms and to take this year’s gold medal title that crowns her season.
Molly achieved UK number one status in her age category some months ago and this result further strengthens her reputation in athletics at national level.
At the same venue, Ottilie Knight took a great silver in the under 17’s javelin, hitting a personal best distance of 41.8m (137ft approx) .
Ruth Thom was also in winning mode, her success coming in the sun-baked East Farm half marathon over the country near Blandford Forum. With a run of 1hour 49min 47sec she was more than ten minutes clear of her nearest challenger.
Other Salisbury finishers were Peter Manning in 2.16.33, Elly Mills 3.19.58, Jeanette Hardiman and Kathryn Dreyer 3.25.45 and Marie Manning 4.21.35.
In the sweltering marathon event, James Mills took a good third place with 3hours 59min 18sec, with equally strong runs from Liz Roberts 4.44.17 and Jef Hutchby 4.48.51.