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.