Salisbury has a new national age group champion.
She is 14 year-old Molly Hole, the city’s athletics and running club’s rising star, who in the England Athletics finals at Bedford cleared a height of 1.65m (5ft 5ins approx) to win the event by 4cms and to take this year’s gold medal title that crowns her season.
Molly achieved UK number one status in her age category some months ago and this result further strengthens her reputation in athletics at national level.
At the same venue, Ottilie Knight took a great silver in the under 17’s javelin, hitting a personal best distance of 41.8m (137ft approx) .
Ruth Thom was also in winning mode, her success coming in the sun-baked East Farm half marathon over the country near Blandford Forum. With a run of 1hour 49min 47sec she was more than ten minutes clear of her nearest challenger.
Other Salisbury finishers were Peter Manning in 2.16.33, Elly Mills 3.19.58, Jeanette Hardiman and Kathryn Dreyer 3.25.45 and Marie Manning 4.21.35.
In the sweltering marathon event, James Mills took a good third place with 3hours 59min 18sec, with equally strong runs from Liz Roberts 4.44.17 and Jef Hutchby 4.48.51.