Salisbury athlete and good friend of the club Verity Ockenden took a brilliant fifth place for the GB team in the Stirling international cross country against teams from Europe and the U.S. after speeding past four other girls in the final stretch. This weekend [19th Jan] she will don an England vest at another high quality multi-national cross country event in Seville.
Meanwhile at club level, the surge in local interest in running is having tangible effect by driving upwards the standard of our racing results through ever greater competition for team places.
A record number of 55 City of Salisbury runners crossed the finishing line at the Stubbington 10k in the Hampshire road race league where the men’s C team were the club’s top performers, all four men setting new marks for the distance despite breezy conditions on exposed parts of the course.
Iain Webber led the way with 39min 52sec with Ian Lawrence 40.48, Richard Larcombe 42.04 and Chris Maple 42.13 in close order.
For the A team, the dependably-quick Stuart Holloway clocked 33.39 for eighth place behind Winchester AC’s George King. Richard Davidson was next team counter with a good pb of 36.00, then came Mike Brewster 36.45 and James Hassan 37.05.
The B team comprised Lee Syrett whose 37.31 shaved off seven seconds from his pb, followed by Reece Ingram 37.46, James Mills 37.50 and Jonathan Croom 39.42.
The women’s teams were depleted by injury but, like the men, still maintained their strong challenge in the league tables.
Charlotte Ingram was leader of the A’s with 42.50 supported by Sarah Brewster 46.07 and a new mark from Alison Scott in 50.18.
The B trio was made up of Marie Perry 50.29, Melanie Murphy 51.12 and Linda Robson 51.20, with the C team comprising Rebecca Lockwood 51.32, Liz Roberts 51.49 and Lisa Milner a pb 52.15.
Others in the massed ranks of CoSarc finishers were:
James Ballard 42.21, Phil Perry 43.56, Steve Mitchell 44.10, Nick Hudson 44.12, Joe Cornwall 44.20, Stuart Robertson 44.21, Matthew Harris 44.29, Jon Kershaw 44.43, Marc Hankins 45.24, Mike White 45.41, Craig Murphy 46.13, Derek Wood 46.40, Terry Brown 46.53, Barry Vincent 49.33, Nick Willetts 50.13, Richard Williams 50.28, Kevin O’Leary 50.48, Kieran McManus 51.20, Mel Holloway 52.43, Lucy Orchard 53.08, Jane Whiteley 53.48, Richard Bidmead 54.43, Jackie Hassan 55.58, Jackie Cheblowski 59.32, Carol Cheblowski 59.45, Duncan Watkinson 61.02, Fi Thatcher 61.26, Anne Norman 61.43, Colin Martin 62.42, Denise von Roretz 63.49, Helen Carlton 66.17, Lesley Brown 67.16, Mary Clements 67.27, Vasen Moodley time not known at time of writing.
More good results came from the Hampshire cross country league fixture at Reading.
All three of our under 11’s (Daisy Cobham, Neve Cousins and Sophie Hayawaki, 4th, 9th and 10th) finished in the top ten, and in the same age group Isaac Routledge took second spot while in the under 13’s Charlie Coles was 16th and in the under 15’s Alicia Finnis was 15th.
Among the senior women Sian Thomas was a good tenth, followed by Jill Coles 85th, Ali Sloane 96th, Grace Cousins 106th and Ellen Tilley 109th.
The men’s results were led by Sean Byrne 31st, then came Steve Herring 34th, Richard Davidson 59th, Andy Holme 72nd, and Mark Glanville 113rd.