Salisbury runners defend league standings at Alton 10mile

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With some of the club’s faster runners elsewhere, City of Salisbury took a reduced squad to the Alton 10mile but still produced some good performances to defend their standings in the Hampshire road race league.

Jonathan Croom was close to his best despite the hilly course, clocking 67min 12sec to lead home the men’s A team that currently tops division 2 just ahead of Farnham.

In support were Richard Larcombe in 75.20, Steve Mitchell 80.52 and Matthew Dyer 80.57.

Jane Whiteley had cause to celebrate when she found her 97.31 was good enough to head the women’s A team, with Denise von Roretz 106.34 and Kathryn Dreyer 109.07 completing the trio. Lesley Brown was close behind in 109.09.

The men’s B team comprised Stuart Robertson with 81.36 and he was followed by Jon Kershaw 82.16, Barry Vincent 84.22 and James Ballard 88.25.

Next league fixture is the Netley 10k on Sunday [20th] alongside Southampton Water.

In the Ox series of off-road events near Tollard Royal, James Mills produced a great win in the 53mile endurance race, timed at 7hours 56min 26sec just three minutes ahead of his nearest challenger.

Liz Roberts capped an 80mile weekend by recording her longest ever competitive run in the same event, with no less than 14 hours 8mins on the clock.

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