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.