One of the area’s best-loved trail running fixtures of the year, the Salisbury scenic ‘5-4-3-2-1’ features the cathedral, two castles, three country estates, four hills and five rivers along the way to encourage the large entry that on Sunday included 35 from the city’s Athletics and Running Club.
Over the 21k half marathon distance, Sarah Kemp was second in her age category and fourth female with a good run of 1hour 50min 12sec, and she was closely followed by Jo-Anne Gready in 1.55.31 and newcomer Yvette Emmerson 1.59.46.
Then came Heather Hitchins 2.6.32, Matt Bellerby 2.11.59, Paul Woodhouse 2.21.32, Denise von Roretz 2.32.21, Elly Mills 2.32.53, Norbert Weber 2.48.56 and James and Paula Phillips 3.55.00.
Phil Smith was the club’s best of those completing the full 42k marathon in 4.06.44 despite recent injury, and next came Jon Greenhalgh 4.15.34, Charlotte Boardman 5.01.31, Chrissy Gorham 5.29.34 and Jef Hutchby 6.37.30.
On the 33k course, Katie Sloane did well to take first place in her age category and second female overall, crossing the line in 2.47.35.
Then came Nick Cooke, second in age group with 2.51.40, Craig Murphy 3.18.45, Steve Mitchell 3.18.47, Richard Larcombe 3.27.06, Linda Robson 3.45.49 and second in her category, Mel Murphy 3.46.15, Kathryn Dreyer and Jeanette Hardiman 4.53.03 and Will Witt 4.57.21.
The ultra marathon 50k event saw James Mills take a well-earned seventh spot in 4.07.55. He was followed by Phil Perry in 5.09.04, James Ballard 5.22.53, James Welsh 5.37.37, Liz Roberts 5.57.46, Peter Manning 6.28.18, Di Cross 6.37.57, John Sowray 7.17.29 for first in his age group and Marie Manning 10.50.45.