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.