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Ten City of Salisbury club athletes took part in the Bournemouth running festival.
Stuart Holloway was best of the bunch with an excellent fourth place among around 4,000 finishers in the half marathon, clocking 73min 36sec well within sight of rivals in second and third spots.
In the full marathon over 26miles, Angus Paton notched one of the few personal best performances of the day with a solid 3hours 36min 52sec on an increasingly sunny day that became uncomfortably warm for distance running towards the end.
Phil Perry completed his 13th marathon so far this year, clocking 4.08.05, and he was followed by Craig Murphy in 4.15.56, Jane Whiteley 4.33.57 and Liz Roberts 4.42.26.
Lee Syrett was the club’s quickest in the 10k at the same sea-side venue, crossing the line in a rapid 38min 26sec, then came Jonathan Croom 40.03, and Carol and Jackie Cheblowski in 57.34.
Cooler conditions prevailed at the Yorkshire marathon where Linda Robson was delighted to beat her self-imposed target of four and a half hours when she posted a satisfying 4.23.25. Jef Hutchby made it to the finish line despite a deteriorating leg injury to clock 6.30.40.
The Chester metric marathon over 26kms (approx 16miles) saw Sally Greenslade take a well-earned first place in her age category with 2.07.27 and in the Royal Parks half marathon at London’s Hyde Park Nick Hudson continued his return with 1.42.28.
A two man tussle at the front of the Salisbury half marathon saw City of Salisbury athletic club’s Aaron Wilson eventually just get the better of his speedy clubmate Stuart Holloway. But he had to produce his fastest ever at the 13mile distance to retain his title, in one of the most popular editions of the event for years that attracted more than 800 finishers.
Still close together until the final miles, Wilson prised open a gap of exactly half a minute at the end, clocking an excellent 72min 42sec personal best to Holloway’s 73.12. Chris Southern, also from the home club, clocked 78.04 and was only prevented from making it a Salisbury 1-2-3 by a good 76.02 run from Avon Valley’s Richard Ayling in third spot. Ruth Thom stayed in the winning groove with a fine two minute pb 89.14 to take another first lady award, leading a superb team performance supported by Kathy Dudman 91.34 and Jo-Anne Gready 100.21.
Other City of Salisbury sub-two hour finishers were: Lee Syrett 87.00, Clive Smith 91.08, Mike White 91.16, James Ballard 93.26, Richard Larcombe 98.09, Jason Bennet 98.46, Joseph Cornwell 98.47, Andy Budgell 100.04, John Duffy 101.10, Jon Kershaw 101.33, Katherine Hamilton 102.36, Stuart Robertson 103.22, and James Welsh 104.25.
Then came Catherine Steele 106.19,Nick Hudson 106.25 and Phil Perry same time, Nick Willetts 107.09, Paul Slaughter 111.03, Barry Vincent 112.33, Marie Shone 118.20 and Norbert Weber 119.39.
In the Clarendon marathon between Salisbury and Winchester Phil Smith was the club’s quickest in 4hours 7min 42sec. He was followed by Charlotte Boardman in 4.38.30, Chrissy Gorham 5.18.30, Di Cross 5.46.15 and Liz Roberts same time, and Becky Sneap 7.39.58.
City of Salisbury A&RC (CoSARC) put in an impressive showing at the second fixture in the Hampshire Road Race League, Solent Half Marathon, on Sunday. Seventeen club members completed the course with Stuart Holloway winning the event in 01:13:40. Ruth Thom was the first of the club’s women to finish – and the sixth woman overall – in a time of 01:31:25.
The other CoSARC runners were: Nicholas Cooke, 01:29:07; Ian Lawrence, 01:31:32; Mike White, 01:31:54; Charlotte Ingram, 01:38:05; Sally Greenslade, 01:39:28; Richard Larcombe, 01:40:04; Joseph Cornwall, 01: 42:20; Phil Perry, 01:45:58; Jonathan Kershaw, 01:47:25; Steven Mitchell, 01:48:29; Linda Robson, who managed a new personal best at the distance in 01: 56:49; Elizabeth Roberts, 01: 59:06; Christine Gorham, 02:01:52; Jane Whiteley, 02:07:56; and Colin Martin, 02:29:35.
Other club runners out this weekend were Di Cross and Norbert Weber, who took part in the Winchester Half Marathon, a scenic route starting and finishing outside the Guildhall. Di finished in 02:15:20 and Norbert in 02:21:29.
Further afield, James Welsh ran Berlin Marathon in 03:57:34.
A week before their triumphs in Solent Half Marathon, Stuart and Ruth completed the Butser Hill Challenge, with Stuart taking the second slot in 32:09 and Ruth finishing 21st overall (4th woman) in 40:00. This is a demanding, five-mile fell run starting at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield, Hampshire.
Cold and wet conditions greeted 500 runners at the first of the new season’s fixtures in the Hampshire Road Race League, the Overton 5mile contested by more than 20 keen City of Salisbury athletes.
Fastest was Shaun Brown who crossed the line on the hilly, twisting course in a good time of 27min 53sec to secure seventh place overall, putting the men’s A team on a good footing. Then came James Mills with 30.00, Lee Syrett 30.08 and Mike Brewster 30.43 to complete the scoring foursome.
Sally Greenslade was quickest of the club’s women, her 36.25 supported by Sarah Brewster’s 36.39 and Jane Whiteley’s 43.14 to complete their A team.
The men’s tightly grouped B team comprised Jonathan Croom with 31.07, Angus Paton 31.54, Peter Callanan 32.06 and Nick Cooke 32.30.
Other Salisbury finishers were James Ballard 33.15, Jon Kershaw 34.34, Richard Larcombe 34.40, Phil Perry 36.15, Jason Bennett 37.25, Steve Mitchell 37.27, Nick Willetts 37.58, Barry Vincent 40.01, Paul Slaughter 40.34, Di Cross 43.39, Richard Bidmead 46.15 and Colin Martin 49.41.
The next league fixture is the Solent half marathon on Sept 24th.
On a much kinder day, City of Salisbury’s speedy young Beatrice Wood smashed the parkrun course record at Churchill Gardens when among 440 finishers she not only took first place overall in 17min 21sec but also set a personal best plus a new age grading record, leaving many more senior runners, male and female, in her wake.