Bea Wood takes third win at Popham cross country

City of Salisbury’s Bea Wood scored another emphatic win in the Hampshire cross country league fixture at Popham airfield, leaving her nearest rival nearly ten seconds adrift.
This was Wood’s third win in the first three of the season’s league events, putting her firmly in top place in the under-15 standings.
Lukas Bailey was fifth in the U-13’s, Sophie Nicholls 21st in the U-13 girls and Sian Thomas 221st the best of a number of good performances among the seniors.
Other club finishers were:

U/13 girls
40 Alice Olliff-Lee
54 Olivia Glover
U/13 Boys
65 Kieran Mc Cullum
68 Thomas Holme
77 Thomas Wood
U15 Girls
54 Ellen Tilley
U17 Girls
19 Louise Webb
U/17 men
31 Henry Dix
33 Sam Coles
Senior Ladies
69 Tasha Mundell
88 Jill Coles
100 Linda New
115 Denise Von Roretz
Sen Men
97 Andy Holme
99 Ian Shelley
122 Richard Davidson
171 Mark Coles
178 Andy Budgell
207 Gary Domoney

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On the road in the Hampshire league Victory 5mile at Portsmouth, Stuart Holloway led the men’s A team with a 26min 29sec run for ninth place, ahead of Lee Syrett’s 29.24 personal best, Richard Davidson 30.41pb, and Jonathan Croom 30.46pb.


Ruth Thom improved by nearly two minutes to 31.54 for the women’s A team, followed by Catherine Steele 37.32 and Liz Roberts 39.53.
Other finishers were: Angus Paton 31.23pb, James Ballard 32.13pb, Craig Weatherbun 33.13, John Duffy 33.24, Richard Larcombe 33.34pb, Steven Mitchell 34.18pb, Jon Kershaw 34.24pb, Joseph Cornwall 34.53, John Ruskin 37.07, Barry Vincent 37.30, Paul Slaughter 38.09, Nick Willetts 38.49, Linda Robson 40.29, Di Cross 42.36, Jane Whiteley 43.13, Denise von Roretz 44.45, Colin Martin 46.04 and Lesley Brown 50.56.
The road race league season now takes a break until the Stubbington 10k on Jan 14th.
Phil Perry completed his 16th marathon of the year at Lulworth Cove with more than 5,000ft of climbing making his six hour run the toughest so far.

Veteran Brewster leads the way at Hayling

Mike Brewster

With three of their best road runners elsewhere, it was left to supervet Mike Brewster to head up City of Salisbury’s big squad contesting the Hayling 10mile league fixture.

Brewster crossed the finishing line third in his age group, clocking 62min 14sec, a good performance in the cold and windy conditions.

Alan Ward was next in with 64.18, then came Peter Callanan 65.37 and Richard Davidson’s  65.43 completed the A team  in second place overall just behind Isle of Wight.

Charlotte Ingram was first of the Salisbury ladies in 72.03, with Sarah Kemp 73.40 and Sarah Brewster 77.11, the threesome making up the A team in second place overall behind Overton.

Angus Paton 67.02, Mike White 67.31, Jason Bennett 70.57 and Steve Mitchell 71.17 were the B men’s team scorers, matched by Aly Sloane 77.59, Liz Roberts 84.28 and Di Cross 86.51 for the women.

Other finishers were: Richard Larcombe 71.18, Jon Kershaw  73.34, Joseph Cornwall 73.51, Phil Perry 75.18, Barry Vincent 79.17, Nick Willetts 80.54, Marie Shone 87.06, Nick Cooke 88.56, Denise von Roretz 97.42 and Colin Martin 98.51.


In the Downton half marathon Rob Drag completed the course in 82min 52sec for ninth place, and he was followed by Lee Syrett 86.31, Clive Smith 90.50, Kathy Dudman 93.28, James Ballard 95.41, Andy Budgell 95.48, Pete Dengel 100.10, Craig Murphy 101.11 and Lesley Brown 149.31.

Rising star Verity Ockenden, who normally trains with Salisbury athletes on the Five Rivers track,  finished just six seconds behind international Steph Twell at a cross country trials in Liverpool.

Also off-road, junior Lukas Bailey grabbed an excellent third spot in a schools cup fixture at Sevenoaks, with Guy Mitchell 43rd and Otto Jenner 79th, Ollie Phillips placing 50th in the intermediates.


Salisbury runners hit heights down under

On the island of Tasmania, Stuart Holloway and Ruth Thom flew the flag for City of Salisbury athletics and running club in what is billed as the world’s toughest half marathon, the Point to Pinnacle mountain race. Climbing 4,000ft in 13.1 miles, the race is a real test of strength and endurance.

Ruth Thom flying up the hill

Thom did well to take eighth place in the women’s race among an international field, reaching the top in 123mins, with Holloway 22nd in the men’s results on 108min.

Also at the 13.1 mile distance on the rather flatter terrain of the Gosport half marathon in the Hampshire road race league, a sizeable squad of Salisbury athletes produced some great results.

Chris Southern led the way, taking sixth place overall in 72min 33sec, just three minutes down on the winner with a new personal best.

Chris Southern

Rob Drag was next in with 82.22, and with Steve Auton’s 83.45 taking four minutes off his previous mark, and Alan Ward with 87.13, this comprised the A quartet.

Mike White led out the closely-packed men’s B team with a pb 89.26, then came Richard Davidson 89.35, Ian Lawrence 90.04 pb, and James Mills 91.22.

The ladies’ A team saw another pb from Charlotte Ingram with 96.21, and she was supported by  Sally Greenslade’s  98.12 and Catherine Steele’s 105.18, while the B team featured Sarah Kemp with 107.53, Jane Whiteley 112.25 and Di Cross 116.42.

Other finishers were: Nick Cooke 94.56, Richard Larcombe 95.13, Steve Mitchell 97.42, Craig Murphy 97.57, Stuart Robertson 98.53, Jon Kershaw 100.30, Nick Hudson 102.22, Joseph Cornwall 102.45, Paul Slaughter 109.42, Barry Vincent 111.44, Liz Roberts 117.18, Linda Robson 118.38, Chrissy Gorham 122.02, Denise von Roretz 125.54, and Colin Martin 132.02.


Bea Wood wins again at Petersfield cross country

Not perturbed by the current dispute over their home running track (see news report) City of Salisbury athletes gave a good account of themselves in a league fixture on a wet and windy day at Petersfield over one of the toughest courses around.

The outstanding Bea Wood scored her second league win in the under15 girls, winning by the huge margin of 45 seconds. Ellen Tilley was 47th.

Bea Wood at a recent park run
Bea Wood and a fellow junior athlete protesting at the track lockout which has become their home










The under 11s made a good start, with nine year-old Charlie Coles leading the club home in ninth and Daisy Cobham eighth in her group, while Olivia Glover was the only under 13 available and was 52nd.

In the under 13 boys, Thomas Holme was 41st, Kieran McCullum 60th and Thomas Wood 67th.

Louise Webb was the club’s best in the under 17s in 31st spot, followed by Niamh Carey in 32nd, and for the boys Henry Dix was 25th.

Among the senior ladies Sian Thomas took a good 23rd, then came Charlotte Ingram 71st, Tasha Mundell 81st, Jill Coles 110th, and Aly Sloane 112nd.

Steve Herring led the men from 59th, and he was followed by Andy Holme 100th, Iain Shelley 118th, Rob Drag 136th, James Mills 138th, Richard Davidson 193rd, Craig Weatherburn 200th, Jon Kershaw 220th, Richard Larcombe 224th, Steve Mitchell 253rd and Mel Holloway 282nd.

In the South West leg of the National Schools Cup, great runs from Lukas Bailey who won and Otto Jenner 11th helped Bishop Wordsworth Grammar to finish second and Ollie Phillips was sixth in his age group with BWS also second .

This weekend the club’s focus shifts to the half marathon at Gosport in the Hampshire road race league.


Salisbury athletics club locked out from its home track

Amidst the biggest boom in running and athletics the city of Salisbury has ever seen, the running club at the heart of it has been locked out from the running track where it has built its success for the past 25years.

The lock-out was instigated by South Wilts Grammar School for Girls, in response to a disagreement over the introduction of new fees it intends to charge City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club for use of the running track. Since 1st November, the school has become sole key-holder.

Over 100 junior athletes, some of them ranked nationally, were forced to train in the car park of Fiver Rivers Leisure Centre.

Around a hundred children, some as young as nine and some of them disabled, were affected by the school’s action. The club’s team of volunteer coaches promptly rearranged the planned training sessions and held them instead in the adjacent leisure centre’s car-park, within the confines of a safety cordon the club put in place to salvage something for all the young club members present.

“This was a hugely disappointing episode and we believe the school’s action to have been ill-judged,” said club chairman Lee Ness.

“As recently as a month ago, the school wanted to start charging the club £50 an hour given the amount of time we use the track. It’s an exorbitant rate that would have bankrupted the club, and it bears no relation to the value of the facility.

“This sum was reduced in a draft agreement a few days ago to a far more reasonable £200 per month which we were on the verge of accepting. But suddenly, in what was to be a final agreement, the school then laid claim to ownership of our clubhouse – which we built and paid for more than ten years ago!

“Now the school has changed its stance again and is demanding around £1,000 per month: that’s eight times higher than the club paid previously to Wiltshire Council to use the track. A voluntary organisation like ours simply cannot afford to pay that much, and the school knows that.”

The club has well over 400 members, aged 8-80, drawn from Salisbury and a wide radius beyond.

Ness points to the massive contribution the club makes to the community, young and old alike; that it is markedly successful in what it does; is held in high regard within the sport; has a strong team of wiling volunteers; fosters participation and inclusion among all parts of the community including the disabled; and has up and coming young champions in different disciplines of the sport and top performers among the senior ranks too.

“We want to continue to build on our success and further grow our benefit to the community: that has been our outlook for a quarter of a century and remains unchanged. But all of it is clearly in jeopardy if the interests of our club members are not recognised,” he concluded.

For further information please contact:
John Ruskin, City of Salisbury A and RC press officer
077177 18045