Holloway shows the winning way at Larmer 20mile

Stuart Holloway bleating the competition

Stuart Holloway of City of Salisbury running club took a big win at the Larmer Tree 20mile race on the demanding trails of the Rushmore Estate near Sixpenny Handley, with a margin of more than seven minutes over his nearest challenger.

Thriving on the soft going underfoot, he crossed the finishing line in a notable 2hours 18mins 52sec to lead Salisbury to a good team win.

Mike White with 2.57.50 in 10th and Richard Larcombe in 3.31.14 were the others to enjoy sharing the team spoils.


Linda Robson

Linda Robson led the ladies home in a steady 4.29.47, followed by Mel Murphy 4.29.49, Jackie Chlebowski 4.51.34 and Jane Whiteley 5.29.32. Colin Martin completed the set with 5.04.44.

In the 10mile event at the same venue, Liz Roberts not only finished 10th overall but won her age group with an excellent 1.42.19 and after her came Susanne Howland in a promising 1.56.41, Kathryn Dreyer 2.18.38, Jeanette Hardiman 2.18.43, Tim Friedlander 2.25.55 and Andy Robbins 2.26.32.

Phil Perry continued his remarkable series of monthly marathons with 4.10.07 in the Larmer 26miler, some way ahead of David Osmund’s 4.37.45 and Di Cross 5.19.11. Liz Roberts defied fatigue from the previous day to clock 5.54.24, with Kathryn Waterworth close on her heels at 5.54.25 and Charlotte Boardman 6.27.19.

Craig Murphy was Salisbury’s only contender in the half marathon variation and was timed at 2.05.11.

This Sunday the focus switches to the Hampshire road race league’s always rapid Eastleigh 10k, where more than 40 Salisbury athletes are due to face the starter.

Double promotion for Salisbury cross country men’s teams

City of Salisbury cross country men’s runners are celebrating a double promotion following the last Hampshire League fixture of the current campaign at Reading on a tough and windy day.

Next season both the senior men’s team and the over-40 year-old veterans will now start in the League’s first divisions.

Ed O’Gorman took a hard-earned fifth place in the overall league standings, and evergreen Kevin Tilley was 13th.

17103277_10208117683692014_3337182472760331019_n.jpgNot to be outdone, the club’s ladies’ team produced their best result of the season with a fourth placing, the club trio having been strengthened by an excellent debut from Sian Thomas. She took 11th spot, Alex Mundell was a good 17th and her younger sister Tasha Mundell, 15, ran a storming race to make up the trio with 51st.

Men’s placings on the day were Jaymee Domoney 34th, Ian Shelley 60th, Ed O’Gorman 63rd, Kevin Tilley 79th, Andy Holme 82nd, and Richard Larcombe 114th.

Nile Battey had his best run in the league with 15th place in the under 15’s and Fabrice Webb was 16th in the under 17’s. Among the under 15 girls Louise Webb was 28th and Ellen Tilley 38th.

Stuart Holloway ran one of his best 10k’s on the road in the coastal event at Selsey where despite a near gale that ripped across the flat, circular course he took second place in 33min 37sec, less than a minute down on winner Toby Lambert of Winchester AC, the Salisbury 10mile course record holder, who clocked 32.43.

The strong wind was a feature at the hilly, three lap Wimborne 20mile race too, two Salisbury runners completing the challenge. Rithy Hy was the better of the two with 2hours 17mins 44sec and Clive Smith recorded 2.22.35.


Salisbury vet runners at top of league table

City of Salisbury cross country veteran runners team are poised to take either top or second spot in the Hampshire League division two championship after another good performance by the club in freezing conditions at Rowlands Castle.

Ian Shelley

Ian Shelley led the charge, taking 56th place overall to finish ahead of Ed O’Gorman in 65th, with Kevin Tilley 74th, Rithy Hy 93rd, Richard Larcombe 130th, Martin Phillips 138th and Jonathan Kershaw 142nd. Their efforts mean Salisbury go equal top of the table with Reading Roadrunners, one last fixture remaining.

Highest placed non-veteran Salisbury athlete on the day was Stuart Holloway who took a creditable 13th overall among a large field of cross country specialists and with Andy Holme 119th Salisbury go third in their league table.

Nile Battey was 16th in the under 15s, Fabrice Webb 21st in the under 17s and Louise Webb 22nd in the under 15s girls. In the ladies’ race, Ali Sloane and Tash Mundell were the only Salisbury runners and finished 67th and 73rd.

Meanwhile on the road, Aaron Wilson continued his build up for the Tokyo marathon at the end of February, clipping more than a minute off his 10k personal best at Chessington. He clocked a rapid 33min 32sec for a notable fourth place behind international distance star Scott Overall to pave the way for the big 26 miler to come.


Ingram and Smith beat the Ryde hills

Reece and Steve share some laughs before the hills

Over the hilly ten miles that make the Ryde 10mile road race on the Isle of Wight one of the toughest on the Hampshire League fixture list, City of Salisbury’s Reece Ingram and Phil Smith were separated by a mere three seconds at the sea-front finish, their times a creditable 66min 28sec and 66.31 respectively.

Not far back, Steve Auton was third men’s A team counter with 67.15 and Craig Murphy completed the scoring quartet in 74.21.

Charlotte Ingram led out the Salisbury ladies team with a good 76.55, supported by Liz Roberts in 85.11 and Jane Whiteley 92.10.

The club’s other finishers were: Richard Larcombe 74.53, Nick Hudson 79.04, Steven Mitchell 79.05, Jef Hutchby 91.19, Di Cross 93.28, Colin Martin 107.01 and Will Witt 108.01.

Entries for the Salisbury 10mile road race on 9th April have surged in recent days and now stand at well over 600: organisers say that admission will close as soon as the limit of 850 is reached.

Jaymee Domoney (green) at Truro

Jaymee Domoney was highest placed Salisbury runner in the south west schools’ cross country championships at Truro in Cornwall. Coping well with the strength-sapping, soft conditions on an undulating circuit, he did well to take third place among the senior boys, and Fabrice Webb was 49th.

Alex Darbost was 21st in the intermediate boys, and Sam Coles 59th. For the intermediate girls, Isobel Horsfield was 42nd and Louise Webb 59th. Daisy Baker was 45th in the junior girls. Lukas Bailey ran well for 9th spot and Guy Mitchell was 35th.

Brands Hatch was the venue for the south east schools event, where Greg Herring acquitted himself well for 12th spot and Nile Battey was 34th.

All 11 are expected to be selected to run for their counties on 18th March at Norwich in the English schools national finals.


Salisbury’s cross country juniors show how it’s done

City of Salisbury’s junior runners showed the way at the Wiltshire cross country championships in testing terrain at Bath.

Rose Warren turned out another excellent performance to take second place among the under 13’s, with Alice Oliffe-Lee 14th and well up in the same age group.

Nile Battey did equally well in the under 15’s, also filling second spot while Lukas Bailey was a good fourth in the under 13 boys’ race and Tasha Mundell fifth in the under 17’s girls’ event.

For the senior men, Ed O’Gorman came tenth overall and was placed third in the veterans’ category, while Aly Sloane also ran well to take 11th spot in the women’s race.

Winner of Saturday’s Salisbury parkrun was Jaymee Domoney who set a cracking new personal best of 16min 17sec, with clubmate Lee Syrett almost exactly two minutes behind in second place. Quickest female was Cherry Newsam, unattached, in 21.32.

Event director Liz Roberts has confirmed that the 5k Salisbury parkrun at Churchill Gardens will start at 9am as normal on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th, and also at 9am on New Year’s Eve, Dec 31st, as well as offering a special New Year’s Day parkrun, starting at 10.30am on 1st January.

A festive welcome for the region’s many hundreds of new parkrunners is guaranteed for all who can attend.