Bea Wood sets another new mark at parkrun

Another age group record fell beneath the running shoes of young Bea Wood at Salisbury parkrun when she broke her own previous best time over the 5k course in Churchill Gardens.

Contesting the lead all the way round the three laps with her equally competitive City of Salisbury clubmates Lee Syrett and Fabrice Webb, she completed the distance in a notably quick 17min 47sec for first place, setting a new 11-14 years age group record with an outstanding age grading of 89.78per cent.

In second spot among the field of over 400 on a damp but almost windless day, Syrett was close to his own personal best with 18.02 with Webb close behind in a pb 18.08.

Fourth place went to Gavin Mackay of Petts Wood Runners with 18.19 and fifth was Stonehenge Triathlon and Road Club’s Peter Newman in 18.26, representing two more of the 20 running clubs there in all.

Joanne Bailey from the Salisbury club was second female finisher in 21.24, age graded at a very good 83.49 and third was Polly Jacobs in 21.26

One of the most acclaimed of the 90 personal bests achieved on the day was by Kate Luter in the 45-49 age category. Taking part in nearly every parkrun since its launch in the city two years ago, she has shown huge resolve in reducing her time bit by bit from well outside 50 to under 40 minutes: Saturday saw yet another improvement to 39.41.



Salisbury quad kid athletes set mark for the future


City of Salisbury’s up and coming quad kids’ multi event athletes set themselves the target of winning the Wessex Young Athletes League title at Swindon and after a string of good performances on the day they achieved exactly that.

The set the tone for the other age groups at the fixture too, the club making sure of their league placings by taking second place at the weekend match to a strong Camberley squad.

Among the day’s many highlights, Luke Reeve broke the club’s 25 year old under-13s’ javelin record with a throw of 32.69m and Bea Wood improving her own Wessex League record in the under 15s’ 1500m with a great time of 4m 33.9s.

Molly Hole continued her fine season in the high jump with a clearance of 1.63m, with Martha Royle and Gabrielle Kirkham also showing great form in their events.

But the real stars of the day were the amazing boys quad kids team (pictured) brilliantly managed by Andy Holme, with Will Barnard topping the team’s standings by also taking the individual title in the six team contest.

The local group have shown well throughout the season, helped by a superb team spirit which augurs well for Salisbury’s track and field future.


Bea’s personal bests net superb third in nationals

19787439_685041065023697_5324396502308570155_o.jpg City of Salisbury junior middle distance star Bea Wood enjoyed one of the best running days in her short running career when she took third place in the English Schools athletics championships in Birmingham.

First she won her 1500m heat in a new personal best of 4min 34sec. Then with still enough speed in her legs she improved again to 4: 32.4 in an outstanding tactical performance that earned her bronze medal position against the best age-group competition in the country.

The Salisbury club had three other athletes in Wiltshire colours at the championships.

Jaymee Domoney looked to be in good form in his seniors’ 1500m heat. But in the final he was boxed in when it mattered and he finished in a slightly slower but still highly creditable 4min 1.69sec for fifth spot.

Ottilie Knight did well in the intermediates’ javelin with a new best distance of 41.4m for seventh place, and Molly Hole was equal eleventh in the final of the high jump with 1.57m.

At the Race for Life 5k based on Hudson’s Field, the recovering Sarah Warren and her dedicated team of 45 supporters were triumphant in completing the distance while raising a large sum for Cancer Research.

Charlotte Ingram capped a successful day by winning the 10k, her first open event win and just reward for her succession of improvements in the past year.

Next Sunday, 16th July, the club’s younger runners again take the stage, this time in a Junior Athletics League fixture at Swindon.


Holloway second at Golden Cap

Adding to his growing list of good second placings this season, City of Salisbury’s Stuart Holloway took to Golden Cap, the highest point on the Jurassic coast.

Over an eight mile off-road course set to test the toughest of hill climbers near Charmouth, he was within sight of winner Richard Gregory of Ranelagh Harriers and finished in a creditable 51min 58sec to add to a string of excellent recent results.

Mark Glanville also did well, crossing the line well up the field in 63.17.

In the Lacock 10k, Denise von Roretz was the club’s sole representative and she was delighted to find that her run of 64min 40sec placed her second in her age group.

As if running a marathon isn’t hard enough on mind and body, City of Salisbury’s Phil Perry set himself the still bigger challenge of racing the distance over 26 laps of a one mile course at Bournemouth.

Despite the fatiguing repetition he completed the task in 4hours 13min 55sec. (No other Salisbury results known at time of writing.)

Overall top placings at the conclusion of the 2016-7 season in the Hampshire road race league have now been confirmed as follows:

Men’s league Stuart Holloway 3rd, Reece Ingram 51st.
Women’s league Charlotte Ingram 19th, Liz Roberts 50th, Jane Whitelely 53rd.
Men’s A division Salisbury 3rd; Women’s A division Salisbury 4th.
Men’s B division Salisbury 2nd; Women’s B division Salisbury 7th.
On the track in an open meet at Southampton, Andy Holme reduced his 3,000m personal best by a big margin when he clocked a fine 3min 55.5sec.


Sarah Warren builds Race for Life campaign

New running talents: Sarah and daughter Rose, then 10, in 2014
Sarah takes fifth place at 2016 Race for Life
Sarah takes fifth place at 2016 Race for Life

Among the large number of entrants for Salisbury’s Race for Life at Hudson’s Field on Sunday 9th July, Sarah Warren will have more reason than most for wanting to help drive forward the charity that the event supports, Cancer Research UK.
When Sarah from the City of Salisbury club took up running in 2014, she quickly found both she and her 10 year-old daughter Rose had a talent for it. They both ran in that year’s Race for Life, and both finished in the top half dozen, raising funds for the charity on behalf of Sarah’s mum, who at the time was suffering from cancer: sadly, she died just a week after the race.

Then a year ago at around the time of the race came Sarah’s discovery of a breast lump, following which she herself has had to undergo surgery, radiotherapy and most recently a demanding programme of chemotherapy that she is currently half way through.
Undaunted, she’ll be taking part in the race again, along with an enthusiastic supporters team of some three dozen women and their daughters, complete with bespoke running vests, all raising more funds for Cancer Research.
“I hope my story might help promote the love I have for the running club and all the lovely friends and team-mates I have here.
“I’d like it to maybe also inspire more people to take up running, to support the charity and the Race for Life,” said Sarah.
“ Rose is now 13, and Emily, aged 10, and they train every week to a high standard – they’re proud to represent the club in competition. When I’ve completed my treatment by the wonderful team at Salisbury district hospital, I’ll return as soon as I’m fit and well and I’m so looking forward to running for the club again.”
Sarah’s just giving page is: and to join her support team, ladies should visit