Medal Madness at Marlborough

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The City of Salisbury Athletics & Running Club’s (CoSARC) young athletes were in action on Sunday 29th April, when the U9s to U15s competed in a friendly event based on the Quad Kids format hosted by Marlborough & District Junior Athletics Club. Despite the cold weather there were some hot performances, with six medals won. The U11 boys managed a clean sweep with 1st going to Joey Holme, 2nd to Charlie Coles and 3rd to Jacob Earle. The U11 girls grabbed a joint 2nd place with Livvy Hewlett and the U13 boys took the final 2 medals with 1st going to Rory Glover and 3rd place going to Kieran McCullam.

Also on Sunday, two CoSARC runners headed to Chester for the Half Marathon. An undulating course with a couple of killer hills, Craig Weatherburn finished in 1:27:59 – a new personal best –while Denise von Roretz followed in a creditable 2:16:51.

A strong contingent of Salisbury runners headed down to Studland in Dorset for White Star Running’s Bad Cow weekend. This began with a ‘Frolic’ on the Saturday – a 12-hour event allowing runners to complete as many 4.4 mile laps as they wanted to within the time – and was followed by a marathon and half marathon on the Sunday. Charlotte Boardman was the first CoSARC runner home in the Marathon in 04:42:55 – fifth woman overall – followed by Chris Maple in 05:00:15 and then Elizabeth Roberts, Di Cross and Jane Knight, who ran together to finish in 06:22:06; Charlotte, Elizabeth and Di also ran six laps of the Frolic course on Saturday – equivalent to a marathon – to complete a weekend double, while Kathryn Dreyer and Jeanette Hardiman ran five laps. In the Half Marathon, Jackie Chlebowski finished in 02:45:36.

On Saturday, CoSARC’s Steven Mitchell headed the team that organised the Finsbury Challenge charity run, with many CoSARC members acting as volunteers. The event raised money for Winterbourne Earls Primary School and, this year, for national children’s mental health charity Place2Be. More than 220 children and adults took part in the 1k, 3k and 5k routes.