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Alex Mundell a winner at Westminster

City of Salisbury’s Alex Mundell won the London university colleges’ Westminster mile after a battle at the front of the field all the way from the start on The Mall to the finish outside Buckingham Palace.

She crossed the line in 5min 21sec to take her section of the world’s biggest one mile running event among a total of 9,000 competitors in all.

In the elite field, Verity Ockenden from Salisbury finished in fourth spot just one place behind the middle distance superstar Laura Muir.

Also on the tarmac, Stuart Holloway chalked up his second win in two weeks when he showed his speed on a flat loop around the Dauntsey 10k near Chippenham.

His time of 32min 56sec was one of his fastest at the distance and was more than two minutes ahead of his nearest challenger.

Other club finishers were Angus Paton 42.10, Duncan Watkinson 62.44 and Lesley Brown 69.18.

On the track in a Youth Development League fixture at Winchester, Molly Hole opened her season with a win in the shot put with 12.56m and in the high jump with 1.6m.

Nia Jones set personal bests in the discus and shot put, and Lucy Wilkinson topped 30m in the javelin.

In the sprints, Josh Dyer continued to race himself into great form with 11.6sec in the 100m and 23.5sec in the 200m.

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Salisbury athletes enjoy winning treble

Newly promoted City of Salisbury track athletes took a spirited seventh successive match win at Walton in their Southern Athletics League away fixture to stay top of division 2 west.

The club won both the men’s and women’s 4 x 100m relays and the 4 x 400m mixed relay to clinch a day-long battle against three major rivals.

Under 17 debutant Lucy Wilkinson threw a heavier javelin than she is used to but still won her event, Theo Cochrane cleared 1.71m in the high jump and Bea Wood was emphatic winner of the 1500m in 4min 30sec.

Sarah Brett set a new best of 61sec in the under 20’s 400m hurdles with only Alex Mundell’s 60.7 able to beat her, and Mundell went on to take the 1500m steeplechase.

Niki Bruce won the 1500m, followed in by Sean Bruce who had already won the 3,000m, and Andy Holme set a new club record in the steeplechase.

Second success of the weekend came at the Hampshire League’s Netley 10k where Stuart Holloway was overall winner in 33min 7sec, leading the club’s A team of Jonathan Croom 39.34, Reece Ingram 40.30 and John Duffy 40.46.

The women’s team at the top of division 2 gained from strong performances by Ruth Thom 40.41, Charlotte Ingram 43.21 and Heather Hitchins 47.17.

The men’s B team comprised Mike White 41.52, Chris Maple 42.05, Richard Larcombe 42.42 and Joe Cornwall 43.08 and the women’s trio were Linda Robson 50.24, Ali Holloway 50.37 and Rachel Bala 51.45.

Sian Thomas took the weekend’s third event win at the inaugural Shrewton Bustard 10k women’s race, clocking an outstanding 38min 50sec and the first Salisbury man home was Iain Webber in 41.08.

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BUSY BANK HOLIDAY FOR COSARC

It was a busy bank holiday weekend for City of Salisbury Athletics Club & Running Club (CoSARC), with great performances from both road and track athletes.

A good number of runners headed to Southampton for the ABP Southampton Marathon events on Sunday. Young athletes Art Mitchell and Neve Cousins got things off to a flying start, coming 3rd and 7th respectively in the 1 Mile Fun Run. In the marathon, Kathy Dudman flew round the two-lap course to take 4th place in the women’s race, finishing in 3:18:25. In the men’s race, both Lee Syrett and Pete Harris notched up a personal best (PB), with Lee finishing in 3:17:58, 69th overall, and Pete in 3:30:50, 134th overall. They were followed by Phil Perry in 331st place in a time of 3:54:44.

Pete Callanan was the club’s first finisher in the Half Marathon, coming 73rd in 1:28:08, with Kate Mansfield the club’s first woman home in 1:47:25, 51st woman. They were followed by Kara Rogers in 1:58:06, Vanessa Maple in 2:06:44, Lisa Phaure in 2:27:48 and Shelley Toucher in 2:31:50.

Mel Holloway was the first CoSARCer home in the 10k, completing the course in 55:30:9, 14th in his age category. Jackie Chlebowski was the club’s first woman home in 58:11:4, closely followed by Carol Chlebowski in 58:47:0. Suzanne Rawle achieved a PB, crossing the line in 1:13:29, while Janine Kemm knocked 17 minutes off her time from last year to finish in 1:02:37. Also competing were Catherine Rynne and Anne Norman,.

Three of the clubs athletes travelled to Wales for the town’s ABP Newport Wales Marathon day events. Richard Larcombe was pleased with his PB of 3:27:10, finishing 320th. Lesley Brown and Duncan Watkinson ran the 10k, finishing in 1:08 and 1:03 respectively. And Di Cross ran the scenic North Dorset Villages Marathon, finishing in 4:53:55.

And on Bank Holiday Monday, three club members completed the Milton Keynes Marathon. Chris Maple led the trio, finishing in 205th place in a time of 3:23:58, Grace Cousins followed in 4:37:45 and Richard Bided in 4:57:25.

A small but enthusiastic group of Under 17 and Under 20 athletes travelled to Walton to compete in the first match in Division 2 of the UK Youth Development League (YDL). This is a new league for the club, which is keen to provide a higher level of competition for its athletes, which it achieved by forming a composite team with Bournemouth and New Forest Juniors.

Individual wins by Alice Miell in the Under 20 Javelin and Shot competitions and Lucy Wilkinson in the U17 Javelin were backed up by 10 second places from the sprint squad and field event athletes, resulting in a strong 2nd place overall.

And a small team of junior CoSARC multi-eventers travelled to Marlborough to compete in their annual Quadkids invitational meet. Athletes competed over four different track and field disciplines and came home with four medals. Joseph Holme won silver in the under 13 boys, with brother Thomas Holme picking up the bronze. Rory Glover (U15 boys) and Daisy Nolan (U13 girls) were both rewarded with bronze medals. In a strong Salisbury performance, the team was completed with fantastic efforts from Brandon Newman, Oliver Boardman, Bethany Denbury, Sophie Wood, Rosie Howard, Laura Makin, Kieran McCullam, Harriet Boardman, Jessica Howard, Wictoria Golc and Olivia Glover.

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Bea Wood wins again in London Marathon’s junior 5k

 

Setting the stage for her older clubmates at the London marathon, City of Salisbury’s Bea Wood took a triumphant repeat win on The Mall in the under 15 girls’ mini marathon just before the main event.

Timed at 16min 35sec for the 5k distance, her victory was a repeat of her success in the same fixture last year and gave the club a jubilant start to the day.

In the seniors’ 26 miler revered by runners across the world and won by Kenyan marathon marvel Eliud Kipchoge in 2hours 2mins 38sec, Salisbury was well represented by a group of 19, seven of them setting hard-earned personal bests.

Best of the bunch was Rob Drag whose great run of 2.45.55 clipped five minutes from his previous mark and shows what he can yet achieve.
Three more of the club’s runners beat the three hour barrier, James Mills stopping the clock at 2.51.09pb, James Hassan 2.53.09 and Steve Auton 2.55.39pb.

Next was the ever-improving Ruth Thom whose 3.00.40 sliced a huge 13minutes from her previous best.

She was followed by Rithy Hy 3.06.11, Poppy Langdon-Down 3.13.12 a pb by ten minutes, Mike Brewster 3.19.57, Phil Smith 3.22.17 and Charlotte Ingram’s 3.27.58 also a ten minute pb.

Veteran Fiona Ross-Russell ran well for 3.41.04, Sarah Brewster also putting years aside with a pb 3.48.29.

Then came Emma Clarke 3.49.44, Nick Hudson 3.57.36, Melenie Murphy 4.00.36, Jonathan Alston 4.23.27pb, Lisa Milner 4.44.40, Rebecca Roycroft 5.05.04 and Clare Clifford 5.46.24.
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