The hugely popular Salisbury 10mile road race, organised by the city’s athletics and running club, will break new ground when the 2018 event on Sunday 8th April starts on the green by the fire station in Ashley Road and not on the adjacent running track, the event’s usual location.
Both the start and finish have had to be moved as a result of the club being locked out from the running track by South Wilts Grammar School, owners of the track since November when responsibility was handed over by Wiltshire Council.
This week the course was officially remeasured, incorporating the move away from the track, to ensure it is still exactly 10miles. Most of the distance is unchanged however, using roads either side of the Woodford Valley.
Entries for the race – limited to 900 – were sold out more than two months ahead of the fixture, which is part of the highly competitive Hampshire road race league series.
This is the biggest number of entries the race has accepted, and the first time that the starting list has been completely full so far in advance.
Clearly demonstrating the booming popularity of road running, City of Salisbury has more than 70 of its own members due to face the starter – more than twice the previous record number from the host club. In addition, the race organisation is supported by a hundred volunteers from the running community and their friends.
One of the top athletes who regularly trained on the Salisbury track until its closure, Verity Ockenden, recently excelled again as Great Britain’s top placed finisher in an international fixture at Seville in Spain. She took a notable eighth among a high class field in which Kenyans filled the top three places.