Salisbury 10 mile road race breaks records

The hugely popular Salisbury 10mile road race, organised by the city’s athletics and running club, will break new ground when the 2018 event on Sunday 8th April starts on the green by the fire station in Ashley Road and not on the adjacent running track, the event’s usual location.

Both the start and finish have had to be moved as a result of the club being locked out from the running track by South Wilts Grammar School, owners of the track since November when responsibility was handed over by Wiltshire Council.

This week the course was officially remeasured, incorporating the move away from the track, to ensure it is still exactly 10miles. Most of the distance is unchanged however, using roads either side of the Woodford Valley.
Entries for the race – limited to 900 – were sold out more than two months ahead of the fixture, which is part of the highly competitive Hampshire road race league series.

This is the biggest number of entries the race has accepted, and the first time that the starting list has been completely full so far in advance.
Clearly demonstrating the booming popularity of road running, City of Salisbury has more than 70 of its own members due to face the starter – more than twice the previous record number from the host club. In addition, the race organisation is supported by a hundred volunteers from the running community and their friends.

One of the top athletes who regularly trained on the Salisbury track until its closure, Verity Ockenden, recently excelled again as Great Britain’s top placed finisher in an international fixture at Seville in Spain. She took a notable eighth among a high class field in which Kenyans filled the top three places.

Bea Wood takes third win at Popham cross country

City of Salisbury’s Bea Wood scored another emphatic win in the Hampshire cross country league fixture at Popham airfield, leaving her nearest rival nearly ten seconds adrift.
This was Wood’s third win in the first three of the season’s league events, putting her firmly in top place in the under-15 standings.
Lukas Bailey was fifth in the U-13’s, Sophie Nicholls 21st in the U-13 girls and Sian Thomas 221st the best of a number of good performances among the seniors.
Other club finishers were:

U/13 girls
40 Alice Olliff-Lee
54 Olivia Glover
U/13 Boys
65 Kieran Mc Cullum
68 Thomas Holme
77 Thomas Wood
U15 Girls
54 Ellen Tilley
U17 Girls
19 Louise Webb
U/17 men
31 Henry Dix
33 Sam Coles
Senior Ladies
69 Tasha Mundell
88 Jill Coles
100 Linda New
115 Denise Von Roretz
Sen Men
97 Andy Holme
99 Ian Shelley
122 Richard Davidson
171 Mark Coles
178 Andy Budgell
207 Gary Domoney

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On the road in the Hampshire league Victory 5mile at Portsmouth, Stuart Holloway led the men’s A team with a 26min 29sec run for ninth place, ahead of Lee Syrett’s 29.24 personal best, Richard Davidson 30.41pb, and Jonathan Croom 30.46pb.


Ruth Thom improved by nearly two minutes to 31.54 for the women’s A team, followed by Catherine Steele 37.32 and Liz Roberts 39.53.
Other finishers were: Angus Paton 31.23pb, James Ballard 32.13pb, Craig Weatherbun 33.13, John Duffy 33.24, Richard Larcombe 33.34pb, Steven Mitchell 34.18pb, Jon Kershaw 34.24pb, Joseph Cornwall 34.53, John Ruskin 37.07, Barry Vincent 37.30, Paul Slaughter 38.09, Nick Willetts 38.49, Linda Robson 40.29, Di Cross 42.36, Jane Whiteley 43.13, Denise von Roretz 44.45, Colin Martin 46.04 and Lesley Brown 50.56.
The road race league season now takes a break until the Stubbington 10k on Jan 14th.
Phil Perry completed his 16th marathon of the year at Lulworth Cove with more than 5,000ft of climbing making his six hour run the toughest so far.

Veteran Brewster leads the way at Hayling

Mike Brewster

With three of their best road runners elsewhere, it was left to supervet Mike Brewster to head up City of Salisbury’s big squad contesting the Hayling 10mile league fixture.

Brewster crossed the finishing line third in his age group, clocking 62min 14sec, a good performance in the cold and windy conditions.

Alan Ward was next in with 64.18, then came Peter Callanan 65.37 and Richard Davidson’s  65.43 completed the A team  in second place overall just behind Isle of Wight.

Charlotte Ingram was first of the Salisbury ladies in 72.03, with Sarah Kemp 73.40 and Sarah Brewster 77.11, the threesome making up the A team in second place overall behind Overton.

Angus Paton 67.02, Mike White 67.31, Jason Bennett 70.57 and Steve Mitchell 71.17 were the B men’s team scorers, matched by Aly Sloane 77.59, Liz Roberts 84.28 and Di Cross 86.51 for the women.

Other finishers were: Richard Larcombe 71.18, Jon Kershaw  73.34, Joseph Cornwall 73.51, Phil Perry 75.18, Barry Vincent 79.17, Nick Willetts 80.54, Marie Shone 87.06, Nick Cooke 88.56, Denise von Roretz 97.42 and Colin Martin 98.51.


In the Downton half marathon Rob Drag completed the course in 82min 52sec for ninth place, and he was followed by Lee Syrett 86.31, Clive Smith 90.50, Kathy Dudman 93.28, James Ballard 95.41, Andy Budgell 95.48, Pete Dengel 100.10, Craig Murphy 101.11 and Lesley Brown 149.31.

Rising star Verity Ockenden, who normally trains with Salisbury athletes on the Five Rivers track,  finished just six seconds behind international Steph Twell at a cross country trials in Liverpool.

Also off-road, junior Lukas Bailey grabbed an excellent third spot in a schools cup fixture at Sevenoaks, with Guy Mitchell 43rd and Otto Jenner 79th, Ollie Phillips placing 50th in the intermediates.


Salisbury runners put on good show at Bournemouth festival

Ten City of Salisbury club athletes took part in the Bournemouth running festival.

Stuart Holloway was best of the bunch with an excellent fourth place among around 4,000 finishers in the half marathon, clocking 73min 36sec well within sight of rivals in second and third spots.

In the full marathon over 26miles, Angus Paton notched one of the few personal best performances of the day with a solid 3hours 36min 52sec on an increasingly sunny day that became uncomfortably warm for distance running towards the end.

Liz Roberts, Jane Whiteley, and Craig Murphy

Phil Perry completed his 13th marathon so far this year, clocking 4.08.05, and he was followed by Craig Murphy in 4.15.56, Jane Whiteley 4.33.57 and Liz Roberts 4.42.26.

Carol and Jacky Chlebowski

Lee Syrett was the club’s quickest in the 10k at the same sea-side venue, crossing the line in a rapid 38min 26sec, then came Jonathan Croom 40.03, and Carol and Jackie Cheblowski in 57.34.

Cooler conditions prevailed at the Yorkshire marathon where Linda Robson was delighted to beat her self-imposed target of four and a half hours when she posted a satisfying 4.23.25. Jef Hutchby made it to the finish line despite a deteriorating leg injury to clock 6.30.40.

The Chester metric marathon over 26kms (approx 16miles) saw Sally Greenslade take a well-earned first place in her age category with 2.07.27 and in the Royal Parks half marathon at London’s Hyde Park Nick Hudson continued his return with 1.42.28.


Wilson and Thom the winners at Salisbury half marathon

A two man tussle at the front of the Salisbury half marathon saw City of Salisbury athletic club’s Aaron Wilson eventually just get the better of his speedy clubmate Stuart Holloway. But he had to produce his fastest ever at the 13mile distance to retain his title, in one of the most popular editions of the event for years that attracted more than 800 finishers.
Still close together until the final miles, Wilson prised open a gap of exactly half a minute at the end, clocking an excellent 72min 42sec personal best to Holloway’s 73.12.
Chris Southern, also from the home club, clocked 78.04 and was only prevented from making it a Salisbury 1-2-3 by a good 76.02 run from Avon Valley’s Richard Ayling in third spot.
Ruth Thom stayed in the winning groove with a fine two minute pb 89.14 to take another first lady award, leading a superb team performance supported by Kathy Dudman 91.34 and Jo-Anne Gready 100.21.
Other City of Salisbury sub-two hour finishers were: Lee Syrett 87.00, Clive Smith 91.08, Mike White 91.16, James Ballard 93.26, Richard Larcombe 98.09, Jason Bennet 98.46, Joseph Cornwell 98.47, Andy Budgell 100.04, John Duffy 101.10, Jon Kershaw 101.33, Katherine Hamilton 102.36, Stuart Robertson 103.22, and James Welsh 104.25.
Then came Catherine Steele 106.19,Nick Hudson 106.25 and Phil Perry same time, Nick Willetts 107.09, Paul Slaughter 111.03, Barry Vincent 112.33, Marie Shone 118.20 and Norbert Weber 119.39.
In the Clarendon marathon between Salisbury and Winchester Phil Smith was the club’s quickest in 4hours 7min 42sec. He was followed by Charlotte Boardman in 4.38.30, Chrissy Gorham 5.18.30, Di Cross 5.46.15 and Liz Roberts same time, and Becky Sneap 7.39.58.