More than 40 City of Salisbury Athletics & Running club members headed to Wasing Park near Aldermaston, Reading, for the Endure24 challenge weekend. Starting at midday on Saturday and continuing until midday on Sunday, runners complete as many laps of the 8k woodland loop as possible in the time allowed, in teams of eight down to solo runners.
Salisbury’s runners managed a staggering 273 laps and 1,365 miles between them, scooping up first and second spots in the Small Mixed Team category, with CoSARC Speedy Cats (Stuart Holloway, Ruth Thom, Angus Paton, Reece Ingram, Mark Glanville) finishing on 40 laps with CoSARC Four Frogs and a Princess (Charlotte Ingram, Nick Cooke, Richard Larcombe, Mike White and Nick Hudson) just behind on 36.
“Day or night, rain or shine all you could hear was laughing and encouragement along with the now customary cheering and clapping everyone back from their lap!” said Lee Syrett of the CoSARC Dynamic Desperados.
CoSARC speedy cats 40
CoSARC Four Frogs and a Princess 36
Four slightly mad women and me 27
CoSARC Blister Misters 33
Dynamic desperados 32
Hassan’s Harem 29
CoSARC Chemical Brothers and Sisters 27
CoSARC Run, Eat, Sleep, Repeat 23
Phil Smith (solo) 14
Grace Cousins (solo) 12
In addition, Lu Yarwood, Vasen Moody and Terry Brown volunteered to help at the 24-hour Clif Cafe, cheering the team round as they passed. Much appreciated!
While not running at Reading, Terry Brown still had good reason to celebrate: during the week he received a gold medal for winning the South West Veterans 10 Mile Championship at Dorking in May. He now has his sights set on the SWV Marathon Championship in October.
With so many of the club’s runners in Reading, a depleted team competed in the weekend’s Hampshire Road Race League event, Alresford 10k. However, the club still managed to take away a trophy, with Jane Whiteley winning the W55-59 category in 52:46. Of the 16 club runners, Michael Brewster was first to cross the finish line in 40:11 and 46th place, with Sarah Brewster first CoSARC lady in 47:35.
Full results at: http://results.eventchiptiming.com/Results.aspx?CId=16202&RId=10057
The club also enjoyed success at the Broad Town 5 – part of the Wiltshire Road Race League and also the Wiltshire 5 mile County Championships –with Sian Thomas taking Female Gold.
Elsewhere, Petra Oyston and Jo Fotheringham headed to Somerset for the Martock 10k, completing the route in 1:20:04 and 1:20:20.
Meanwhile, Craig Weatherburn completed RAT Race: The Wall, a 69 mile race across England from Carlisle to Newcastle, in 14:27:01 finishing in 53rd place from 738 starters.
The club’s adult track athletes were also in action this weekend at the Southern Athletics League Division 2 West Match 3 in Uxbridge and at the Wiltshire 5 Mile County Championships.
They finished second in Uxbridge on 204.5 points behind Marshall MK AC on 221.5. There were notable performances in the Men’s events from Jaymee Domoney, who was first in the 800m B event; Andrew Holme took the A team pole vault and Bradley Cannon the B; Richard Hold the B long jump and triple jump; the club also took the A team 4 x 400m relay (Joshua Hole, Nick Bruce, Jacob Norcliffe and Richard Holt).
In the women’s events, Alex Mundell took the 800m A and 1500m A; Ella-May Hards the 1500 B; Emma Clarke the 2000m Steeplechase A and Tash Mundell the B; and Skye Allen won the Triple Jump A.