City of Salisbury clinched promotions in the Hampshire road race league for both men’s and women’s teams after turning out in record numbers at the Lordshill 10k decider, and their track squad pulled off a big win in a Southern Athletics fixture at Swindon.
On the road, Stuart Holloway took third spot with a cracking 33min 42sec run on a hot day that blunted speed. Shaun Brown 34.46 was fifth and with Eddie O’Gorman’s 35.14 and Rob Drag’s 36.20 it’s into the top division they go next season. Holloway came third in the individual rankings for the season.
Richard Davidson led the B team with a 37.50pb, supported by Jonathan Croom 38.43, Peter Callanan 39.39pb and Mike White 40.57 for fifth place overall.
Sian Thomas was fastest of the ladies with 38.55, with Ruth Thom 40.28 and Joanne Bailey 45.34 placing the A trio in the top half of their table.
For the ladies’ B team, Ali Holloway 51.54, Linda Robson 52.41 and Rebecca Lockwood 53.22 made sure of promotion to B division one.
Among other fine performances Joe Cornwall clipped more than four minutes off his best with 42.03 and Nick Cooke also improved to 41.13.
Other club finishers were: John Duffy 41.25, Angus Paton 41.59, Richard Larcombe 43.39, Steve Mitchell 47.33, Nick Willetts 47.45, Matt Dyer 47.51, Barry Vincent 48.20, Jon Kershaw 48.31, Paul Slaughter 50.46, Mel Murphy 53.14, Colin Warrington 53.17, Andy Webb 53.18, Mel Holloway 55.10, Jane Whiteley 57.22, Jackie Hassan 57.38, Elly Mills 58.15, Liz Roberts 58.16, Lisa Milner 58.17, David Smith 58.22, Fi Thatcher 58.36, Richard Bidmead 59.39, Marie Shone 60.12, Craig Weatherburn 60.48, Denise von Roretz 60.48, Lesley Brown 63.26, Colin Martin 65.43, and Petra Oyston 75.24.
Similar success was earned at the Southern Athletics league match at Swindon where after swapping the lead with rivals Brighton throughout, Salisbury became the division’s only club to have won all three of its matches. It represents a superb performance from all involved and the club’s success was well earned.
Molly Hole won the high jump in 1.65m and Otillie Knight won the javelin.
Sarah Brett was exemplary winning her 400m hurdles in 69.6. Tasha Mundell excelled in the steeplechase for maximum points and big sister Alex did likewise in a host of events.
Eion Brown was a star in the sprints and throws and Dan Brown was a winner in the jumps. Andy Holme clocked a pb in 110m hurdles and won the steeplechase.
Eddie O’Gorman won the B string 5,000m and Ricky Montacute ran a debut 16:12.2 in the A event. Jack Paget broke the club record with 48.57m to win the hammer.
At the endurance level of competition, the midsummer marathon at Giant’s Head in Dorset saw some good performances in the heat too.
Charlotte Boardman took second place in her age category with a great run of 4hours 58min 25sec despite the tough conditions made all the harder by unrelenting sunshine.
Phil Perry was close behind in 4.58.31, then came Chrissy Gorham with a fine 6.03.26 for second place in her age group.
Next came Di Cross with 6.39.57, then Liz Roberts 6.39.58 and Jeanette Hardiman and Kathryn Dreyer finishing together in 7.45.26.