Salisbury road runners set hot pace in league

A record turnout by City of Salisbury athletes at the Stubbington 10k strengthened the club’s challenge in the Hampshire road race league. With Salisbury A team ladies at the top of division 2 and the Men’s A squad in second place, inter-club rivalries were hot.

Ruth Thom led the way for the ladies, finishing in 41min 16sec, Joanne Bailey improving her best at the distance to win her age group in 43.55, with Melanie Simpson in support at 50.38.

Stuart Holloway led the men’s A team with 33.30 for sixth spot overall, then came Shaun Brown 34.50, James Mills 37.14pb, and Alan Ward 37.30.
The men’s B team comprised Lee Syrett with 38.01, Jonathan Croom 38.05pb, Richard Davidson 38.24, and Angus Paton 39.13, and for the ladies’ B string, Linda Robson set a new mark in 50.52, followed by Rebecca Lockwood 51.19pb and Di Cross 51.52.

Other Salisbury finishers were Mike White 40.34, John Duffy 41.33, James Ballard 41.55, Steve Bailey 42.24, Richard Larcombe 42.41, Nick Cooke 43.54, Phil Perry 44.14pb, Jon Kershaw 44.55pb, Nick Hudson 45.08pb, Matthew Harris 45.19, John Ruskin 46.33, Paul Slaughter 47.28, Nick Willetts 47.30, Norbert Weber 48.30pb, Liz Roberts 51.23, Jane Whiteley 51.39, Mel Holloway 53.54, Denise von Roretz 58.08pb, Steve Mitchell 58.09, Jackie Chlebowski 58.15, Jenny Weatherburn 60.40, Craig Weatherburn 60.40, Colin Martin 62.48, and Lesley Brown 63.36.
In Edinburgh, adopted Salisbury athlete Verity Ockenden ran a brilliant eighth place in her debut for Great Britain at the cross country international won by the Kenyan Yasmin Can.
At a cross country league fixture in Reading, Lukas Bailey scored a good fifth place in the under 13’s with Thomas Holme 40th and Kieran McCullum 44th.
Nile Battey came tenth in the under 15’s, Ellen Tilley was 39th, and in the under 17’s Sam Coles and Henry Dix were 22nd and 23rd.
For the seniors, Sian Thomas came 19th, Tasha Mundell 72nd, Jill Coles 84th, and Christine Webb 128th, and for the men Andy Holme was 82nd, Richard Davidson 100th and Andrew Daniel 174th.

Verity runs fourth in cross country international

Verity Ockenden, who trains with City of Salisbury athletes when she is not at university in Swansea, ran the best race of her life among a star-studded field at the Antrim International cross country fixture in Northern Ireland.

She took an outstanding fourth place in the 5.4km event, just 22sec behind the world-class Kenyan Margaret Chelimo and she was first British and European to cross the line, ahead of several other top names.

Verity was a regular user of the running track at Five Rivers until the dispute between the running club and the track’s owners started more than two months ago.

At Yeovil, a tough hilly course was no deterrent to City of Salisbury’s amazing Bea Wood winning the South West Counties’ cross country championships title in the under 15’s age group.

In a bitingly cold wind she surged to the front and was soon so far ahead she was uncatchable, finishing clear winner over a minute ahead of her nearest challenger, and her fine run helped Wiltshire to second place.

Lukas Bailey also ran very well in the under 13’s, taking second place just 12 seconds down on the winner.

Among the under 17’s, Louise Webb was 26th, Alice Sullivan 28th and Henry Dix 37th.

Road runner Aaron Wilson found himself well beaten by cross country specialists and crossed the line 89th.

Phil finishes his marathon odyssey

City of Salisbury running club’s Phil Perry completed his 12 month marathon odyssey at Walton on Thames when he crossed the line in the final race on his schedule, clocking 3hours 54 mins for a top-20 placing despite accumulated fatigue.

Phil Perry

This was his 18th marathon in a year that featured not only 26mile events but also the 50k Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 and an endurance race of 100kms.

Not previously a long distance running specialist, he set himself the tough challenge a year ago to raise funds for Julia’s House children’s hospices at Devizes and Poole.

“I wanted to raise funds for the work this organisation does with children and their families who are reliant on charitable support for help when they need it most,” said Phil. He is well on the way to passing the £2,000 mark through Just Giving.

Meanwhile at cross country, top road runner Aaron Wilson has been selected to run for Wiltshire in the south west inter counties championships at Yeovil on Sunday where the going is already expected to be very soft.

Also in the line up are Salisbury’s Guy Mitchell and Lukas Bailey in the under 13’s, Nile Battey in the under 15’s, Henry Dix in the under 17’s, Bea Wood in the under 15’s girls and Louise Webb in the under 17 girls.

City of Salisbury big guns run to win at Bovington

City of Salisbury dominated the Bovington half marathon in Dorset, where on heavy going more often churned by tank manoevres, Stuart Holloway came out convincing winner in a fine 1hour 44min 43sec.

Second was clubmate James Hassan in a good 1.53.30 and Ruth Thom was first lady home in an excellent 2.12.11.

Other Salisbury finishers were Lisa Milner in 3.36.10, Lizzie Guasch 3.36.11, Andy Robbins 3.36.49, Claire Cobham 3.36.50, Linda Robson 3.38.11, Alison Watson 3.46.10, Kathryn Dreyer 3.54.28 and Jeanette Hardiman 3.54.28.

In the full marathon over the same difficult terrain, Angus Paton clocked 4.17.05 as first Salisbury finisher.

Then came Rithy Hy in 4.30.31, Richard Larcombe 4.32.02, Phil Perry 4.45.29, Charlotte Boardman 4.53.04, Chris Maple 4.56.16, Heather Hitchins 4.58.35, Di Cross 5.44.36, Liz Roberts 6.12.59 and Chrissy Gorham 6.16.22.

25396265_10155096826471629_540332748624911898_n.jpg Steve Auton had a great run in the Pisa marathon, finding the Italian air to his liking to improve his personal best by six minutes and breaking the three hour barrier for the first time with a well-earned 2hours 58min 21sec.


County titles for four Salisbury young athletes

Four young athletes from the City of Salisbury club won Wiltshire titles at the three-counties cross country championships meeting at Bath University.

Nile Battey was first of the Wiltshire squad in the under 15’s, half a minute clear of his nearest rival, placing 13th in the three-counties competition against Avon and Somerset.

Lukas Bailey was best of Wiltshire’s under 13’s, coming second in the wider event, with Guy Mitchell seventh,  and Charlie Coles emulated that success by coming first Wiltshire finisher and second in the overall race in the under 11’s.

Bea Wood further extended her superb series of results this season by becoming Wiltshire under 15’s girls’ champion and taking the three counties title for good measure, her winning margin stretching to nearly 90 seconds over the 3.8k course. Ellen Tilly also ran well for 11th place.

Among the under 17’s, Henry Dix was 12th and Sam Coles 13th, and in her race Louise Webb was a good eighth.