Salisbury runners on the road to Ryde

City of Salisbury road runners defend their outstanding positions in the Hampshire League on Sunday at the Ryde 10mile event over the rolling hills of the Isle of Wight. At the half way stage in the league campaign the men’s A team are top of the table and the club’s ladies are a good third, behind Winchester and Eastleigh.

Both Salisbury’s leading teams are reaping the benefits from strong team performances in previous races. Stuart Holloway is their only name in the top ten of the individual standings, at eighth, but with Chris Southern, Tom Cummings and Ben Brewster packing the places close behind they have been able to fend off rivals taking solo medal honours.

Similarly, Katie West’s 12th place overall is backed up by Sally Greenslade and Ruth Thom and together they have fully earned their current league position.

The start on Sunday is at 11am from the esplanade on the seafront at Ryde and a big squad of Salisbury athletes will be there.

In the Romsey 5mile, Michael Brewster took tenth place in 28min 50sec to take his age group award, and he was followed by veteran Rod Smith with 40.16 finishing in the top half of the field and Andy Robbins 40.21.

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Salisbury runners beat the ice to go top of league

City of  Salisbury runners pushed aside the challenges of all their main rivals in the  south when they defied freezing conditions to scoop the team award at the  Stubbingon 10k and go to the top of the highly competitive Hampshire road race  league table. Some roads on the course were so icy that the event was given the  final go-ahead only an hour before the start.8398632436_2beea58ef7_c.jpg

The race was  won by Chris Powner of Winchester AC in 31.52, more than a minute slower than  last year due to the cold.

In the  ladies’ race Katie West stormed back from injury with a personal best 38.44 to  win her 35-plus age group and head up the Salisbury team. Then came a remarkable  run from 16 year-old Emma Clarke whose debut on the road produced a fine 43.13,  with Sally Greenslade’s 43.33 completing the trio to take the ladies A team into  third place in the league table. Katherine Bleakley was not far behind in  44.30.

The men’s B  team continued the day’s successes, Aaron Wilson recording 36.43, Lewis Fuller  36.53, Michael Brewster 37.39 and Andy Budgell 39.37.

Salisbury’s  other finishers were Clive Smith 40.02, Simon Wiltshire 42.42, Mel Holloway  44.19, John Ruskin 45.07, Craig Murphy 45.20, John Turley 47.09, Rod Smith  47.54, Melenie Murphy 49.56, Liz Roberts 50.39, Jeanette Hardiman 53.14, Simon  Adlard 55.04, Laurence Bathurst 57.20, Andrea Bathurst 57.40, James  Phillips  57.55 and Paula Phillips  61.01.

Next round of  the road race league series is the hilly Ryde 10mile road race on Feb  3rd.

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Other Pictures from the day (pictures courtesy of Paul Hammond)

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Jake goes so close to South’s 400m title

Jake NessCity of Salisbury’s 400m prospect Jake Ness was less than a tenth of a second from winning the South of England indoor championship title for his under-17 age group at the Lee Valley track. After cruising comfortably through two qualifying rounds in just outside 50sec, Ness in the final was then pipped on the line by local rival Matt Chant of Andover AC despite clocking a superb 49.64sec, itself a championship record.

Among the seniors, Richard Holt went well in the heats with a 51.48 that gave him a place in the semi-final but he had to pull up 734782_10200329377656599_1193718520_n.jpg through injury.

Alex Mundell, another of the club’s under-17 rising stars, also returned to great form in the muddy Hampshire League cross country fixture at Bournemouth. Up with the top group throughout, she swept into the lead with a mile to go and just held off two strong challengers for a good first place. Emma Clarke also did well to take seventh spot.

In the under-15s, Jaymee Domoney was 13th and Adam Bradburn 42nd while in the under 13s Heidi Porter came 35th and Katherine Murphy 68th.

In the seniors, Linda New was 61st, Sue Hazzard 70th, Ann-Marie Hazzard 77th, and Melanie Murphy 80th, while in men’s event Kevin Tilley was 63rd, Andy Budgell 114th, Mark Cole 136th and Gary Domoney 162nd.

At the south west inter-county cross country championships near Exeter, Maisie Grant was fourth scorer for Wiltshire in the under 13s and Abigail Burn 28th. Jaymee Domoney was 15th and third scorer for the county; Adam Bradbrun was 49th.

Among the strong under-17 age group, Emma Clarke showed her strength with a ninth place as second county scorer, and in the under-20s, Florence Powell was 10th. Kyle Hackett was also 10th in the senior men’s race. Overall Wiltshire took ten podium places of which four were wins.

The 10mile ‘rough and tumble’ race over rainsoaked hills near Burbage fully lived up to its name, and Ian Shelley did well to record 11th place; other Salisbury survivors were Charlene Gibson, Linda Robson, Hilary Webber and Keith Gibson.

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Xmas Dinner Dance & Club Awards 2013

City of Salisbury Athletic and Running Club celebrated a highly successful year of competition on the road, track and cross country when it held its annual awards presentation at the White Hart Hotel.

More than a hundred members and guests at the gala dinner looked on club chairman Simon Adlard announced the following winners, who were presented with their awards by Sue Adlard:

Most improved lady athlete: Katherine Bleakley

Best lady athlete: Sally Greenslade

Best club team: Men’s B – Dave West, Andy Budgell, Rithy Hy, Ian Shelley

Bost improved male athlete: Jon Rich

Best male athlete: Stuart Holloway

Best track and field lady athlete: Hannah Drewett

Best track and field male athlete: Thomas Cummings

Best volunteer: Andy Budgell.

Racing results in early 2013 are already setting new standards and the club is expected to fare better than ever in the year ahead.

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Picture shows outstanding – and still improving – road runner Stuart Holloway with Simon Adlard.

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A set of pictures from the evening…

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