Salisbury runners contest cross country title race in numbers

A big contingent of City of Salisbury athletes contested the South West cross country championships at Yeovil where the star performer was 14 year-old Bea Wood.

She started the new year as she ended 2018, a 45 second margin over her pursuers earning an outstanding win for the age group title.

Sophie Nicholls was third in her age group and Neve Cousins fifth in hers.
Best placed among the junior boys was Isaac Routledge who took third in his age group, with Lukas Bailey 30th in his.

Among the senior women, Alex Mundell was 21st and Poppy Langdon-Brown 33rd, while best performances in the age groups came from Ruth Thom 11th, Charlotte Boardman 16th, Linda Robson also 16th and Rebecca Lockwood 17th.

Stuart Holloway was top placed among the senior men with 42nd overall and Angus Paton 125th.
Richard Davidson was ninth in his age group with Steve Nicholls 12th, followed by Mark Glanville 27th and Chris Maple 28th.

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The wide open spaces of the Salisbury ‘Plain Crazy’ 12 mile saw Rithy Hy running well for 10th place in 88min 46sec and then came Ian Shelley 95.18, Angus Paton 96.04, Richard Larcombe 98.38, Craig Murphy 101.38, Louise Welsh 113.07 and Jonathan Alston 119.49.

The running version of festive excess was marked by waist-deep mud, steep hills and military toughness at the Longmoor ‘Brutal 10mile’ near Aldershot where Stuart Holloway took second place in 79.42.
Reece Ingram was 11th and second in his age group. Ruth Thom was first woman and Charlotte Ingram fifth.

John Fry tribute, December 2018

Sylvia and John Fry at the Annual Club Awards Dinner Dance 2013











It is with great sadness that members of the athletics and running club have learned of the death of John Fry. He passed away peacefully on 13th December in the company of his wife Sylvia and their two sons.

John was one of running’s great supporters in Salisbury. Actively involved with the original Sarum Striders for many years, he was also much involved with the formation of City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club.

The backroom partnership known by all of us simply as ‘John and Sylvia’ is owed a debt of gratitude by both clubs.

From travelling to roadside vantage points to cheer on the club’s blue vests at league races to quietly providing dependable back-up to officials on match days at the track, and to being there for coaches when they needed another pair of hands when it mattered, John was the definition of volunteering in the sport.

Whether it was tidying out the clubhouse, staking out the start of the 10mile race, giving help to a busy timekeeper, or manually recording hundreds of race times, John was there whenever he was needed, neither wanting or expecting any thanks for all he did.

Also a club cyclist and a competent swimmer in his day, he was modest about his own sporting accomplishments. But he kept himself well-informed and with Sylvia was a valuable part of the club’s management committee during the evolution into its present shape.

Many of us will have special memories of John and his companionship: he’ll be fondly, and gratefully, remembered.

John’s funeral will take place at Salisbury Crematorium on Thursday, 3rd January at 2.30pm and club members are welcome to attend.


Salisbury roadrunners ready for league challengers

Coming to the end of a good 2018 season, City of Salisbury roadrunners stand poised for major achievements against some of the region’s biggest clubs in the Hampshire road race league when the racing campaign resumes early in the New Year.
The ladies’ team is currently in second place just a single point behind Totton in the second division, while in men’s division 1, Salisbury are equal third alongside mighty Winchester behind league leaders Overton.
Their next best men’s team is fifth in the B league, with the ladies filling seventh place.
Salisbury’s new-found strength in depth has greatly enhanced their ability to score good points even among the C teams, where the men now lead the table with the ladies on second spot in theirs.
Stuart Holloway is eighth in the men’s overall standings, with Chris Southern 12th and Michael Beckett 14th. Ruth Thom is 14th in the ladies’ table with Charlotte Ingram 31st.
Next league fixture is the normally-rapid Stubbington 10k on January 14th when a record number of over 60 Salisbury athletes are due to face the starter.

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.

Bea beats the best in cross country challenge

Bea Wood

City of Salisbury running club’s Bea Wood scored a superb win in the British cross country challenge at Liverpool’s Sefton Park, adding another success to her already remarkable season.

Against 130 of the country’s top under-15 female athletes, she flew round the 3k course in 10min 25sec to take an outstanding first place, a clear six seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

Another cross country star often to be seen training in and around Salisbury, Verity Ockenden too excelled herself in the 8.1k senior women’s event.
In a thrilling finish she took a dead-heat second place with Jess Piasecki of Stockport, both timed at 26.14, just four seconds behind winner Charlotte Arter of Cardiff, to earn a GB vest for the European championships on December 9th.

On the road, ten Salisbury runners contested the New Forest half marathon.
Rob Drag was the club’s quickest on the day, taking a good third place in 80min 32sec, and he was followed by Lee Syrett in 85.42, Richard Larcombe 95.18 and Pete Dengel 99.02.

Then came Jason Bennett 99.57, Craig Murphy 101.34, Louise Sloane 111.07, Liz Roberts 120.07, Lisa Milner 123.40 and Mel Murphy 123.42.
In the Broadway marathon, Charlotte Boardman came first in her age category with 4hours 53min 5sec.

This weekend the club returns to the Hampshire road race league with a big contingent attending the Victory 5mile at Portsmouth, with everything to play for in both the team and individual standings.