Cross Country, General

Cross country wins for Salisbury athletes

Grace Cousins, Dave Amey, Emma Clarke and Charlotte Boardman

Successes at cross country came thick and fast for City of Salisbury’s younger athletes contesting the Wiltshire championships in Bath.
Daisy Sears won the under 11’s county title, with Neve Cousins 3rd and Sophie Wood 6th, while in the boys’ race the winner was Charlie Coles with Jacob Earle 3rd and Art Mitchell 5th.
Sophie Nicholls was winner of the under 13’s event and Bea Wood took the under 15’s title while Lukas Bailey was second in the boys’ race.
Jaymee Domoney was third in the men’s under 20’s and Richard Davidson took 12th in the senior men’s race and second in his age category. Other finishers were Steve Mitchell 32nd, Chris Maple 33rd and Gary Domoney 37th.
The club’s senior women were led by Emma Clarke in 8th, followed by Charlotte Boardman 16th and Grace Cousins 23rd.
At the European cross country championships in Holland, Verity Ockenden was part of the second-placed Great Britain senior women’s squad, finishing in 20th spot overall in slippery conditions underfoot.
Christmas puddings were on the prize list for the seasonal Christchurch 10k and among the winners were Salisbury’s Reece and Charlotte Ingram.
They both added to their haul by recording their quickest times for distance, 37min 30sec and 42.16 respectively, Charotte’s run taking second women’s place overall.
They were followed by Ian Lawrence 41.25, Anna Patrickson 47.47, Andrew Baston 52.06 and Mary Clements 69.14.

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Rain fails to dampen Salisbury runners’ spirits at Aldershot

Heavy rain forecast for the senior women’s race in the Hampshire cross country league over a tough course at Aldershot failed to dampen the spirits of City of Salisbury runners who did well enough to finish twelfth-placed team among more than 30 competing clubs.
Pick of the bunch was Sian Thomas who marked her return from injury by completing the 6k in 25min 50sec for a solid 41st place out of well over 200, and she was closely followed by Charlotte Ingram in 55th, Alice Sullivan 66th and Emma Clarke 69th.
Then came Rachel Bala 130th, Alison Scott 136th, Tasha Mundell 137th, Ellen Tilley 164th, Mel Murphy 172nd, Lisa Milner 173rd, Grace Cousins 175th, Lu Yarwood 183rd, Vanessa Maple 185th, and Denise von Roretz 203rd.
In the 10k senior men’s event, Sean Byrne was best placed Salisbury vest in 56th spot, with Reece Ingram 103rd, Richard Davidson 108th and Andy Holmes 111th.
James Mills was next in 144th, followed by Craig Weatherburn 206th, Richard Larcombe 223rd, Steve Mitchell 227th, Joe Cornwall 240th, Chris Maple 264th, James Ballard 269th, Paul Welland 274th, Craig Murphy 279th, Gary Domoney 292nd, Barry Davies 293rd and Tom Lay 300th.
At the British Athletics cross country challenge fixture in Milton Keynes, City of Salisbury’s adopted rising star Verity Ockenden was another to make a welcome return from injury. Clearly well on her way back to the form that earned her international honours last year, she ran strongly to finish fifth in a strong field.

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.

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Bea’s cross country title is Wiltshire first


The growing success of Bea Wood, one of the City of Salisbury athletics club’s outstanding young prospects reached new heights at the English Schools’ cross country championships in Leeds where she took this year’s national title for junior (under 15) girls.

Not only did she win it, her 15second margin of victory in bitterly cold conditions left no doubt that she was worthy champion.

The title tops her bronze medal in the 1500m schools championships on the track last year and defines her as an exceptional talent.

Salisbury’s veteran club coach Dave Amey, clearly delighted with his protege’s performance ascribes her success – which makes her Wiltshire’s first-ever winner at the English Schools’ event – to the maturity of her approach, her exceptional determination and ambition, and not least a willingness to learn from her mistakes.

Bea’s winning run in Yorkshire last weekend gives her automatic selection to run for the first time in a coveted England vest – the fixture is the home countries’ international at Nottingham this Saturday. Her clubmates and supporters will  be keenly awaiting the result.

The revised date for the Eastleigh 10k has now been fixed as Sunday 17th June.


Cross Country

County titles for four Salisbury young athletes

Four young athletes from the City of Salisbury club won Wiltshire titles at the three-counties cross country championships meeting at Bath University.

Nile Battey was first of the Wiltshire squad in the under 15’s, half a minute clear of his nearest rival, placing 13th in the three-counties competition against Avon and Somerset.

Lukas Bailey was best of Wiltshire’s under 13’s, coming second in the wider event, with Guy Mitchell seventh,  and Charlie Coles emulated that success by coming first Wiltshire finisher and second in the overall race in the under 11’s.

Bea Wood further extended her superb series of results this season by becoming Wiltshire under 15’s girls’ champion and taking the three counties title for good measure, her winning margin stretching to nearly 90 seconds over the 3.8k course. Ellen Tilly also ran well for 11th place.

Among the under 17’s, Henry Dix was 12th and Sam Coles 13th, and in her race Louise Webb was a good eighth.