Cross Country, News

Big Salisbury squad for cross country pipe-opener

City of Salisbury runners turned out in force for the first fixture of the season in the fiercely competitive Hampshire cross country league at Bournemouth, a total of 56 challenging a large number of specialist off-road athletes.
Daisy Cobham gave the club a flying start when she took third place in the under 11’s.
In the next age group, Sophie Nicholls only just made it to the start in time but then took a creditable seventh spot, with the diminutive Olivia Glover not far behind in 23rd.
Newly promoted to the under 15’s, Lukas Bailey put in a good performance to take 20th place.
Among the seniors, Charlotte Ingram led home the 15-strong ladies’ team in 87th place, her evergreen clubmate Joanne Bailey not far back in 107th, and Rachel Bala completed the A team at 132nd.
For the men, Eddie O’Gorman in 69th place led home the men’s team, supported by the much-improved Richard Davidson in 86th, and Reece Ingram was only just outside the top hundred in 103rd
(full results below.)
In the tough Chase marathon over the contours around Cranborne, Phil Perry was Salisbury’s fastest on the day with a run of 5hours 1min 26sec.
He was followed by Charlotte Boardman in 5.20.53, Di Cross 6.00.42, Liz Roberts 6.55.43, Jane Knight 7. 32.07 and Kathryn Dreyer 7.34.47.
The linked half marathon, following an overnight rainstorm, saw Jackie Chlebowski defy the conditions with a run of 3hours 8mins and she was followed by Andy Robbins 3.18.26 and Denise von Roretz 3.18.30.
At the similarly hilly Broad Chalke 10k, Marie Shone won her age group in 53min 6sec.