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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.
Unseasonably hot sunshine and a rising headwind from the half-way point at Upper Woodford meant that for hundreds of runners in the City of Salisbury 10mile road race conditions were deceptively tough.
The switch to an April fixture was ideal for the army of more than 90 volunteers however, and contributed to another great success for the club. As a result, there have been unprecedented numbers of accolades and thanks from visiting runners to race director Stuart Holloway and his team.
Overall winner was Chris McMillan of Weston AC in 56min 08sec, with New Forest’s Alastair Pickburn second in 56.56 and Ben Pitman from Lordshill third in 57.15.
Ladies’ race honours went to Emma Jolley in 62.24, with Rebecca Lord from Stubbington second in 63.26 and Kath Bailey of Winchester, last year’s ladies’ winner, this time third in 63.55.
As last year, the two overall winners received as part of their prizes a commemorative tee shirt in ‘maillot jaune’ yellow.
City of Salisbury’s diminutive Sian Thomas produced a cracking 65.05 for fifth place overall in the ladies’ race to give a flying start to the ladies’ A team, with Emma Clarke’s 72.37 and an inspired four minute improvement from Charlotte Ingram with 72.56.
James Mills with his eye on a pb if possible before starting his training taper in advance of the London marathon clocked an encouraging 62.42 which though missing his target still headed up the men’s A team. Mike Brewster finished in 62.53, Jonathan Croom followed in 66.30 and a huge five minute improvement by Nick Cooke completed the scoring quartet in 67.48.
Steve Auton led the way for the men’s B team with 67.50, with close packing by Lee Syrett 68.42, Kevin Tilley 69.17 and Darren Neale 71.19.
For the ladies’ B team, Ruth Thom clocked 73.39, supported by Alex Mundell 74.00 and Sarah Brewster 77.09.
Other Salisbury finishers were: Peter Dengel 72.05, Craig Murphy 73.08, Richard Holt 73.33, Richard Larcombe 76.07, Steve Mitchell 78.25, Sally Greenslade 79.14, Andy Budgell 79.52, Beth Hammond 80.06, James Ballard 80.11, Chris Burton 80.36, Mel Murphy 81.07 and Nick Willetts 81.21.
Then came Stuart Robertson 82.30, Tim Phillips 82.55, Catherine Marsden 84.49, Jon Kershaw 85.05, Nick Hudson 86.21, Marie Shone 87.32, Linda Robson 90.54, Jeremy Mardles 96.53, Claire Cobham 98.49, Norbert Weber 100.09, Jane Whiteley 100.29, Elly Mills 104.20, Jeanette Hardiman 112.49, Marie Manning 118.44 and Becki Sneap 122.21.
The club’s race organising committee wish to record their thanks to sponsors Alton Sports, Hildon Water, Runnerprint-Winner, Salisbury Journal, Sport4Salisbury, Trophyman,V-Tec and Westover Group, and of course every single volunteer who played their part in making the whole event such a credit to the running club.
Two City of Salisbury athletes took on the endurance challenge of the inaugural 44 mile Test Way ultra marathon and they were sorely tested by the mileage – it was the furthest either had ever run before – as well as torrential hailstorms. Both completed the distance after an 11hour effort, writes John Ruskin.
From Combe Gibbet high on the Berkshire Downs, Liz Roberts and Di Cross made a good start on the long haul south, but by mile 40 the off-road course became a real test and both were hugely relieved to cross the Totton finish line near Southampton, no small accomplishment.
Also enjoying a hilltop start, Stuart Holloway added further to his haul of race wins this year by smashing the course record on the 16miles of the Combe Gibbet to Overton multi terrain event, his 1hour 29min 55sec putting nearly four minutes between himself and his nearest challenger.
Craig Murphy was well inside the top 50 finishers with a good 2.04.55, then came Fiona Ross-Russell in 2.15.19, followed by Richard Larcombe 2.18.24, John Kershaw 2.28.52 and Mel Murphy 2.30.29.
Phil Perry completed his third marathon of the year in Manchester with a determined 3.42.59 and at the Lincoln 10k Nick Hudson scored a personal best 41min 58sec.
The 21st Figsbury Challenge at Winterbourne Earls attracted a big entry with overall honours for the main 5k event going to City of Salisbury’s Fabrice Webb in a fine 16min 24sec, with parkrun specialist Polly Jacobs winner of the women’s race in 18.48. The club’s Louise Webb won the 11-16 age group in 18.53.
Other club finishers were: Andrew Holme 16.53, Ben Stott 17.29, Guy Mitchell 18.11, Mark Cole 18.52, Jon Kershaw 20.39, Ellen Tilly 21.26 and Tasha Mundell 22.14.
In the 3k, Thomas Holme was first, with Joseph Hole third, and Olivier Glover was winner of the girls’ race.
This Sunday sees the city’s biggest road race of the year, the Salisbury 10mile at Five Rivers track and the Woodford Valley, with a full field of 850 runners facing the starter at 10am.
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.
“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.”