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.


Reduced team of athletes still take league win











Four City of Salisbury young athletes defied sweltering conditions to win regional titles at the South West School championships in Exeter.

Jaymee Domoney won the senior 1500m gold and Ottilie Knight was best in the intermediates’ javelin. Among the junior girls, Molly Hole continued her progress to win both the shot and the high jump, and Bea Wood took the 1500m.

Also performing well was Skye Allen who earned a silver medal in the 200m, and it was bronze for Gabrielle Kirkham in the long jump.

With its track and field team depleted by the Exeter event, the Salisbury club might have been expected to turn in a reduced result at the Southern Athletics league fixture in Winchester on the same day – but the small group took to multi-tasking in a big way to produce a remarkable overall win.

Highlights included Rachel Noble who won both the long jump and triple jump as well as taking second in the high jump. Hamish Mundell won the 400m hurdles and was second in 110m hurdles, 200m and high jump.

Emma Clarke competed in no less than 12 events, racking up the points and winning the 2000m steeplechase.

Further afield, Rithy Hy took ninth place in the international quarter marathon at Phnomh Penh in Cambodia with an excellent 46min 06sec.

On the Hants/Berks border in a trail marathon, another event affected by the weekend heat, Phil Perry completed his eighth 26miler of the year in a competitive 4hours 57min 14sec.

Lordshill is the venue on Sunday for this season’s Hampshire road race league showdown which has attracted more than 30 Salisbury runners. The event is also the club’s inaugural 10k road championship.



Mills takes first win at Race for Men

City of Salisbury’s James Mills had good reason to celebrate when he recorded his first win in the 10k Race for Men. On a course that puts runners to the test throughout its hilly second half, he used his strength to pull away and he crossed the finishing line at Hudson’s Field in a quick 41min 22sec.
Not far behind was Jonathan Croom, whose good 42.49 earned fifth spot and first in his age group.
Other times in a big Salisbury contingent were: Robert Dawson 45.03, Peter Manning 46.44, James Welsh 47.03, John Kershaw 48.04, Steve Mitchell 50.26, Graham Wickham 50.36, Nick Willetts 50.45, Tim Phillips 51.19, John Chamberlain 53.47, Jef Hutchby 57.42, Paul Slaughter 58.13, Mike Winter 58.36, David Smith 63.46, Nick Cooke 66.24, and Norbert Webber 75.38.
The Salisbury club made it a winning double when under 16’s Guy Mitchell just pipped a senior rival to win the 3k event in 10min 30sec.
In the Wiltshire schools’ track and field championships at Swindon, Molly Hole continued to impress with wins in both the high jump and shot; Georgia Clarke joined Molly on the podium in the shot taking second place with a new pb 9.49m.

Gabrielle Kirkham won the long jump with a championship best performance of 5.22m, breaking a record which has stood for 29 years, and Martha Royle came second.

The outstanding Bea Wood easily took the girls 1500m title in another championship best performance while Rose Warren scored a pb in the 800mtrs to take third.

Louise Webb was second in the intermediates’ 1500m and Morgan Ringwood was second in the long jump. Kieron Appleton ran well to take second in the sprint hurdles, and Jacob Norcliffe had a busy day with second in the 100m and a win in the 200m final in 23.2s. Josh Hole won the shot.

In the senior boys, Fabrice Webb marked his recent improvement by winning the 3000m, and Jaymee Domoney won the 1500m.

At Bournemouth in the Dorset schools’ championships Alex D’Arbost took second in the 1500m and Sam Coles was fourth while at Portsmouth’s Hampshire finals, Greg Herring won the 1500m.

League win and two club records for Salisbury athletes

As if a win for City of Salisbury track and field athletes against stiff opposition in the Wessex Young Athletes’ League match at Bournemouth wasn’t enough, two new club 1500 records last weekend put the icing on the cake.

The league win followed a series of good points earned across the board, with performances such as a big new personal best for Lukas Bailey also at 1500m enough to produce a great overall result.

Bea Wood

Bea Wood, in her first year as an under 15 won her middle distance race with more than 200m to spare, clocking an excellent 4min 37.9sec. Not only did her run set a new mark for her age group but also it broke the under 17’s and under 20’s records too.

In the British Athletics League Premiership, Jaymee Domoney took another step up the ladder with a 3min 53.8sec performance to improve the club’s indoor and outdoor records at the distance as well as beating the national qualification standard for the English Schools Athletics championships later in the season.
On the Isle of Wight In the newly launched Needles cross country half marathon, described by the organisers as one of the country’s toughest, the club had four runners who were up to the challenge.
Craig Murphy was quickest, finishing in 1hour 49min 14sec and then came Mel Murphy in 2.26.31, Jane Whiteley 2.26.32 and Colin Martin 2.42.20.

Salisbury parkrun celebrated its second anniversary on Saturday morning when a near-record 589 runners and walkers completed the 5k course at Churchill Gardens. Among those attending were Elin Maurin and Richard Powell who soon after finishing the run were due to marry nearby.
Fastest on the day was City of Salisbury’s Christopher Melville in 17min 52sec, and fastest lady was Jo Meek of Winchester AC in 18.37.

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.