It was a busy bank holiday weekend for City of Salisbury Athletics Club & Running Club (CoSARC), with great performances from both road and track athletes.

A good number of runners headed to Southampton for the ABP Southampton Marathon events on Sunday. Young athletes Art Mitchell and Neve Cousins got things off to a flying start, coming 3rd and 7th respectively in the 1 Mile Fun Run. In the marathon, Kathy Dudman flew round the two-lap course to take 4th place in the women’s race, finishing in 3:18:25. In the men’s race, both Lee Syrett and Pete Harris notched up a personal best (PB), with Lee finishing in 3:17:58, 69th overall, and Pete in 3:30:50, 134th overall. They were followed by Phil Perry in 331st place in a time of 3:54:44.

Pete Callanan was the club’s first finisher in the Half Marathon, coming 73rd in 1:28:08, with Kate Mansfield the club’s first woman home in 1:47:25, 51st woman. They were followed by Kara Rogers in 1:58:06, Vanessa Maple in 2:06:44, Lisa Phaure in 2:27:48 and Shelley Toucher in 2:31:50.

Mel Holloway was the first CoSARCer home in the 10k, completing the course in 55:30:9, 14th in his age category. Jackie Chlebowski was the club’s first woman home in 58:11:4, closely followed by Carol Chlebowski in 58:47:0. Suzanne Rawle achieved a PB, crossing the line in 1:13:29, while Janine Kemm knocked 17 minutes off her time from last year to finish in 1:02:37. Also competing were Catherine Rynne and Anne Norman,.

Three of the clubs athletes travelled to Wales for the town’s ABP Newport Wales Marathon day events. Richard Larcombe was pleased with his PB of 3:27:10, finishing 320th. Lesley Brown and Duncan Watkinson ran the 10k, finishing in 1:08 and 1:03 respectively. And Di Cross ran the scenic North Dorset Villages Marathon, finishing in 4:53:55.

And on Bank Holiday Monday, three club members completed the Milton Keynes Marathon. Chris Maple led the trio, finishing in 205th place in a time of 3:23:58, Grace Cousins followed in 4:37:45 and Richard Bided in 4:57:25.

A small but enthusiastic group of Under 17 and Under 20 athletes travelled to Walton to compete in the first match in Division 2 of the UK Youth Development League (YDL). This is a new league for the club, which is keen to provide a higher level of competition for its athletes, which it achieved by forming a composite team with Bournemouth and New Forest Juniors.

Individual wins by Alice Miell in the Under 20 Javelin and Shot competitions and Lucy Wilkinson in the U17 Javelin were backed up by 10 second places from the sprint squad and field event athletes, resulting in a strong 2nd place overall.

And a small team of junior CoSARC multi-eventers travelled to Marlborough to compete in their annual Quadkids invitational meet. Athletes competed over four different track and field disciplines and came home with four medals. Joseph Holme won silver in the under 13 boys, with brother Thomas Holme picking up the bronze. Rory Glover (U15 boys) and Daisy Nolan (U13 girls) were both rewarded with bronze medals. In a strong Salisbury performance, the team was completed with fantastic efforts from Brandon Newman, Oliver Boardman, Bethany Denbury, Sophie Wood, Rosie Howard, Laura Makin, Kieran McCullam, Harriet Boardman, Jessica Howard, Wictoria Golc and Olivia Glover.


Bea Wood wins again in London Marathon’s junior 5k


Setting the stage for her older clubmates at the London marathon, City of Salisbury’s Bea Wood took a triumphant repeat win on The Mall in the under 15 girls’ mini marathon just before the main event.

Timed at 16min 35sec for the 5k distance, her victory was a repeat of her success in the same fixture last year and gave the club a jubilant start to the day.

In the seniors’ 26 miler revered by runners across the world and won by Kenyan marathon marvel Eliud Kipchoge in 2hours 2mins 38sec, Salisbury was well represented by a group of 19, seven of them setting hard-earned personal bests.

Best of the bunch was Rob Drag whose great run of 2.45.55 clipped five minutes from his previous mark and shows what he can yet achieve.
Three more of the club’s runners beat the three hour barrier, James Mills stopping the clock at 2.51.09pb, James Hassan 2.53.09 and Steve Auton 2.55.39pb.

Next was the ever-improving Ruth Thom whose 3.00.40 sliced a huge 13minutes from her previous best.

She was followed by Rithy Hy 3.06.11, Poppy Langdon-Down 3.13.12 a pb by ten minutes, Mike Brewster 3.19.57, Phil Smith 3.22.17 and Charlotte Ingram’s 3.27.58 also a ten minute pb.

Veteran Fiona Ross-Russell ran well for 3.41.04, Sarah Brewster also putting years aside with a pb 3.48.29.

Then came Emma Clarke 3.49.44, Nick Hudson 3.57.36, Melenie Murphy 4.00.36, Jonathan Alston 4.23.27pb, Lisa Milner 4.44.40, Rebecca Roycroft 5.05.04 and Clare Clifford 5.46.24.


City of Salisbury athletes start new track season in top

City of Salisbury athletes, now with full access restored to their home running track at Five Rivers after restrictions lasting more than a year, have lost no time in making their mark in the new track and field season.

Promoted against the odds at the end of the 2018 campaign into division 2 west of the Southern Athletics League they drew on huge team spirit and promptly won their opening match in Somerset by producing countless good performances throughout the fixture.

They beat hosts Yeovil Olympiads and two other clubs in their group to grab a surprise top position in the league table of 16 clubs, just ahead of Croydon Harriers.

On the road, competing in one of the world’s great marathons at Boston in the United States, two Salisbury athletes gave a good account of themselves despite unusually hot conditions on the hilly course. Mike White was timed at 3hours 25min 05 sec and Nick Cooke at 3.29.29.

In North Carolina, Salisbury student Jaymee Domoney broke the club’s longstanding senior men’s 1500m record with a rapid new personal best of 3min 51.28sec.



Home team double success at Salisbury 10mile

Rod Smith, former race director of the Salisbury 10mile and the man who gave his name to the race this year, with his wife Carole after receiving his souvenir tee shirt.

A record turnout of 105 athletes from host club City of Salisbury helped achieve a team double win at the Rod Smith Salisbury 10mile road race in the Woodford Valley where Richard Waldron of Southampton AC was men’s individual winner and Portsmouth’s Emma Jolley topped the women’s places.
Salisbury’s Richard Davidson led the winning way with an age group second place 58.43 in this key Hampshire League fixture, and closely-packed behind him came James Hassan 60.16, James Presley 60.53 and James Mills 61.12 for the men.
Matching success followed from Ruth Thom in 65.42, Kathy Dudman 66.56 and Poppy Langdon-Brown 67.15 to take the women’s prize.
The men’s B team were led by Lee Syrett 61.25, Andy Holme 62.27, Peter Callanan 63.22 and Ricky Lee 63.46 and the women’s trio consisted of Charlotte Ingram 69.19, Sam Hibdige 73.15 and Sarah Brewster 74.38.

Jonathan Croom was first for the men’s C team with 64.21, followed by Al Moutray 66.06, Phil Smith 67.00 and Chris Maple 67.30, and for the women Emma Clarke 76.15, Joanne Bailey 78.05 and Heather Hitchins 79.17 made the cut.
Salisbury’s leading finishers just outside the team rankings were: Peter Harris 67.59, Richard Larcombe 68.30, Nick Hudson 69.48, Mike Brewster 70.12, Joe Cornwall 70.58 and Sam Stephenson 71.02.
Top women just outside the teams were Emma Smith 81.39, Alison Scott 82.53, Annie Wills 83.12, Melenie Murphy 85.04, Rachel Bala 85.21 and Kara Rogers 86.48.
Awards were presented at the finish by club president Dave Amey and former race director Rod Smith.
In North Carolina at the Irwin Belk track, Salisbury student Jaymee Domoney broke the club’s longstanding senior men’s 1500m record with a rapid new personal best of 3min 51.28sec.


Rod Smith 10mile’s charity support

The region’s flagship road running event, the Salisbury Rod Smith 10mile is joining forces with Alzheimer’s Support on Sunday 14th April to raise funds for the charity and mark the contribution to the event’s previous years of success achieved by its former race director and his team.
Rod Smith will be spectating at the event on the day, having been diagnosed with the disease around two years ago. Although he no longer runs, Rod remains a keen follower of the club and its role in the wider Salisbury community.

Rod Smith
Rod Smith at the Solent Half Marathon 2012

The race will start from the running track at Five Rivers leisure centre at 10am and after winding its way up one side of the Woodford Valley and back down the other, will finish back on the track. A record entry of 950 athletes will take on the challenge, including more than a hundred – also a record – from the organisers, the City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club.
The club plans to collect donations from competitors arriving at nearby carparks, plus baking hundreds of cakes for post-race refreshments and sharing proceeds from the race with the charity.

Commenting on the partnership between Alzheimer’s Support and Salisbury’s running club, Laura Crouch from the charity said:
“As all too many of us know, this disease can hugely affect people’s lives. At the charity we want to raise our profile so that our services become better known and can benefit more of those who are affected directly by it, and their carers. We’re delighted to be working with the club in this way.”
Note to editors: Alzheimer’s Support is a Wiltshire charity that has been supporting people living with all types of dementia since 1990 and brought its award-winning services to the Salisbury area for the first time in 2017.
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