Gold rush for Salisbury athletes at Tidworth

City of Salisbury dominated the Wiltshire county athletics championships at Tidworth, taking 13 gold medals, 13 silvers and 15 bronze medals.

For good measure Bea Wood broke the 1500m under 15’s championship record with a run of 4min 41.9sec and Molly Hole set new figures with a 1.63m high jump.

Skye Allen scored a winning double in the 100 and 200m sprints in 13.2 and 26.93sec. Amelia Watling also looked promising in the under 13’s 100m, winning in 14.4sec and taking bronze in the long jump with 14.4m.

Ottilie Knight had a good day winning the under 17 javelin with 37.85m and the triple jump with 9.83m.

In the men’s seniors, Andy Holme won the 3000m steeplechase with 10 min 20.5sec and Henry Dix won the under 17’s equivalent in 11:48.8. Josh Hole proved unbeatable in the shot with 11.78m.

Junior international Jake Ness made a low-key return from injury with a bronze in the 200m with 23.94 and a huge pb from under 15’s Greg Herring in the 800m earned silver for his 2:07.59.

On the road, Stuart Holloway continued his fine form with an emphatic win in the Tewkesbury half marathon, improving his pb to a rapid 70min 44sec – more than four minutes too good for his nearest challenger.

Another pb went to Jon Kershaw in the Oxford 10k where he clocked 45min 16sec.

This Sunday sees the penultimate fixture in the Hampshire road race league series with a 10k on the testing three lap course at Netley alongside Southampton Water.


Molly tightens grip as UK number one in big team win

City of Salisbury young athletes scored a great win in the Wessex League fixture at Bournemouth, demolishing opposition from Oxford, Newbury, Aldershot, Poole and Bournemouth.

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Molly Hole in action

Among a host of highlights, Molly Hole made sure of her place as UK age group number one in the high jump when she soared over the bar at 1.71m in the under 15’s. She set a new personal best in the long jump too with a leap of 5.11m, and to complete the hat-trick then won the shot put.

Alice Thornton won the b string long jump with 4.37m and in the U13g long jump Amelia Watling clinched a pb with 4.02m.

Sophie Cowey won the under 13’s 800m in a pb of 2min 39.4sec and clocked another pb in the 100m with 14.0sec. On her first outing for the club Emily Fowles won the b string 800m in an impressive 3min 01sec and fellow newbie Jolie Littlejohns won the Shot Put with 8.02m.

Bea Wood won the under 15’s 1500m in a speedy 4:48.4.

Greg Herring took victory in the under 15’s with new bests in the 300m with 40.6 and the 800m with 2:11.15sec. Josh Dyer matched his success with two impressive sprint pb’s with 12.2sec in the 100m and 25.0sec in the 200m.

Theo Cochrane won the under 15’s high jump with 1.55m and under 13 Lukas Bailey won the 1500m with 5:05.5sec.

Rounding off an excellent start to the club’s league season, Josh Hole won the under 17’s 400m in a storming 54.1sec and put the shot 12.55m.


Track athletes pick up league points at Bournemouth

Wins for City of Salisbury in the first Southern Athletics League fixture of the season at Bournemouth track warmed an otherwise cold and windy afternoon.

Hamish Mundell timed his effort perfectly in the 400m hurdles to clinch first place in the final metres with a speedy 60.6secs, and sister Alex Mundell showed similar tactical wisdom taking the 1500 in 4min 58sec. Tasha Mundell completed the family trio by winning the steeplechase in 9min 20.7sec, and Ellen-May Hards won the B string event in 9:45.2.

Ottilie Knight threw the women’s javelin a mighty 35.03m, and newly signed Niamh Carey reached over 25m.

Jaymee Domoney finished a hundred metres clear of the opposition when winning the 800m in an emphatic 2min 2.4sec. In the men’s steeplechase, Andy Holme showed class to win in 7min 32sec.

The 400m relay quartet of Skye Allen, Niamh Carey, Alice Sullivan and Alex Mundell clocked 4min 27sec to take line honours.

On the road in the demanding Devizes half marathon, consistent Mike White ran a good 1hour 32min 46sec. Further back, Jef Hutchby continued his return to distance running with a solid 2.10.35.

Molly jumps to UK number one

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Molly at record height

When young athlete Molly Hole cleared 1.68m – not far short of her own considerable height – to win a High Jump competition at London’s Lee Valley indoor meeting, the talented City of Salisbury rising star not only consolidated her personal best but also donned the mantle as UK number one in her under-15 age group.

For good measure, at the same meeting she also won the shot put with a throw of 12.37m to take third place in the countrywide rankings.

Now 14, Molly joined the Salisbury club six years ago after growing too tall for gymnastics and she thrives on the variety that track and field can offer.

Not put off by having to work for her success, she trains in the gym two or three times a week plus a couple of days at the Five Rivers track in addition to her studies at South Wilts grammar school.

County, club and school netball matches and training have also to be fitted in, as well as staying in the UK javelin top ten. Her sporting interests might be influenced by having PE teacher parents.

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Top of the podium

“I know before long I’m going to have to specialise more to continue improving, but I’m not at that stage yet,” Molly says.

She describes being number one as “pretty cool” but admits it creates lots of pressure and expectation.

“My ambition for now is to stay top in the high jump and improve further at shot put,” she adds. “Some day, I’d love to make it as a GB junior.”


Bea second at county awards

City of Salisbury’s UK number one at 1200m on the track, Bea Wood, took second place in the Wiltshire Life magazine awards ceremony at Devizes.

She burst upon the Wiltshire sports scene after making an improbable switch in interests at school, from drama to middle distance running. In her early training sessions on the Five Rivers track, she soon showed outstanding ability and pace judgement.

Bea Wood

Her first competitive outing for the club was in April last year at Oxford in the Young Athletes League at 1200m which she won – and she remained unbeaten at the distance. In her final league race of the season she reduced her best time and shattered the league record.

Moving on to her first big race, the 1500m in the Wiltshire Championships at Swindon, she showed great tactical awareness to win her first attempt at the distance. Bea then went on to represent Wiltshire and won the South West inter counties title for good measure in a club record time.

Bea’s true potential is likely to be at slightly longer distances in future: she took the course record at the 5k Salisbury park run, her time of 18min 10sec too good for most senior women – and men.

The category winner was Cadan Murley, also from Salisbury, a young rugby player who has already been capped for England.