City of Salisbury Athletics & Running Club (CoSARC) came out in force along with the sun this weekend for what must have been one of the club’s busiest – and most successful – weekends of 2018 so far, writes Di Cross.

The club fielded three five-runner teams (Men, Ladies and Mixed) and one solo runner at Endure24, a 24-hour relay event held at Wasing Park near Reading. The CoSARC Small Mixed Team – comprising Stuart Holloway, Ruth Thom, James Welsh, Mark Glanville and Angus Paton – completed a remarkable 39 laps between them (approx 195 miles) to take the trophy in that category. Both the Men’s and Ladies’ teams placed in the top 12 of their groups while solo runner Terry Brown ran 13 laps (65 miles) despite recovering from a knee operation. He was raising money for Momentum, a children’s cancer support charity.

It was a club and family double at Collingbourne Half Marathon, with husband and wife Reece and Charlotte Ingram winning the Men’s and Women’s races. Reece won overall, completing the 13.1 miles in 01:32:09 with Charlotte in 7th (first woman) in 01:37:59.

There was another win for Charlotte Boardman, who completed the endurance event Race to the Tower, part of the Threshold Trail Series, in fast time of 10:29:15. First woman and second overall, Charlotte opted for the 2-day event, running the first day in 05:04:17, stopping overnight and then completing day two in 5:24:57, covering a double-marathon distance in the process.
At Lacock 10k, Richard Davidson finished 3rd overall (and 2nd in age category) setting a new PB of 38:21. Andy Webb finished in 51:12 and Sue Sheppard in 01:20:04.
Heading south, Nick Hudson ran Yeovil Marathon in 03:27:21 to finish 37th – and 8th in category; Lesley Brown headed to Dorset for the Puddletown Plod Half Marathon, which she completed in 02:25:10, finishing 92nd; while Jenny Weatherburn ran the Weymouth Half Marathon (time tbc).


CoSARC was also please to be able to support the Salisbury Race For Life this weekend, with many club members volunteering to help at the event. Elizabeth Roberts writes: When the call went out for volunteers to help out at this year’s Race For Life on Hudson’s Field, the organisers had less than 20 applicants. Within two weeks, this number rose to more than 100 and is thought, by the organisers, Cancer Research UK, to be the highest number of volunteers recorded for any previous Race For Life event in the country. This is surely testament to Salisbury’s particularly strong community spirit and volunteering ethos within the local running community.
Salisbury’s event comprises a 5K and a 10K, both routes hilly and with half of the 10K route off-road this can be a tough course to complete. Both routes go north of Hudson’s Field, through Stratford-Sub-Castle, with the 5K looping back to the bridleway north of Old Sarum and the 10K reaching as far as the village of Salterton before turning homeward on the bridleway.
Participation levels rose this year; up to 1,100 taking part, compared to around 900 in 2017. The organisers are hoping that more than £60,000 will be raised this year by Salisbury’s event for Cancer Research UK.