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.


Second again, Holloway run sets the standard

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Stu and Ruth showing us how its done.

Stuart Holloway propelled his City of Salisbury clubmates towards a string of good performances to end the road racing league season at the Lordshill 10k.

At the front from the off, he battled for much of the distance with Matthew Bennett of the Southampton AC hosts, running strongly all the way round the urban circuit. But at the finish he had to accept a good second place – his third of the campaign – to stop the clock at 33min 9sec, just 22sec from a win.

Many runners struggled with the warm humidity, but Mike Brewster held on to his super-vet status by finishing second in his age group with a sterling 36.53, track specialist Andy Holme’s 38.02 and Mark Glanville at 39.26 completing the club A team.

Quality run of the day came from Ruth Thom who shattered her previous best at the distance with a first-class 40.47, placing her second in her age group and giving the Salisbury club a flying start in the ladies’ team standings.

The versatile Emma Clarke clocked 43.37 and Sarah Brewster made up the scoring trio with 45.26.

The men’s B team comprised Angus Paton in 42.01, Reece Ingram 42.07, Ian Lawrence 42.17 and Peter Manning 43.02.

Mike White and Phil Smith both made swift returns from injury with 43.04 and 43.07 respectively, and they were followed by Andy Budgell in 44.20, Joanne Bailey 44.32, Jon Kershaw 45.22, Steve Mitchell 45.57, Phil Perry 46.17, Charlotte Ingram 46.49, Richard Larcombe 46.57, Tim Phillips 47.42, Catherine Marsden 48.05, Nick Willetts 48.21, Jane Whiteley 54.01, Norbert Weber 55.05, Lisa Milner 55.57, Paul Bellamy 58.59, Colin Martin 63.53, Mel Holloway 65.52 and Marie Manning 76.54.

Winners of the club’s 10k championships were Stuart Holloway and Ruth Thom, pictured at the finish.