Bea Wood breaks UK parkrun record

Bea Wood just after the start of her record run
Bea Wood just after the start of her record run

City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club’s Bea Wood ran a sensational 16min 56sec at her home parkrun course to become the UK’s first ever under-15 (and under-17) girl to beat 17 minutes for the 5k event.

The flying 14 year-old’s run was on the Churchill Gardens twisting three lap course over uneven tarmac and grass not designed for speed. In all of 2018’s weekly parkruns to date countrywide, her time has been bettered by only a handful of women, including seniors.

Wood ran 17:21 on the course in September which was the previous fastest time among the under 15’s. Last month in London she won the British Athletics 3mile under 15’s road championships finishing on the Mall, one of a lengthening series of wins among strong competition.

At the Casterbridge half marathon in Dorset, Steve Mitchell defied the weekend’s warm and humid conditions to clock 1hour 52min 47sec. Then came Lizzie Guasch 2.02.04, Linda Robson 2.09.00, Elly Mills 2.21.56 and Denise von Roretz 2.30.14.

At the Neolithic half marathon on Salisbury Plain, Charlotte Ingram was first among the women with 1.44.01, while husband Reece made it a winning double with 1.25.13. Pete Harris completed the full marathon version in 4.13.17.

In the Dorchester marathon, Phil Smith was the club’s fastest with a good 3.38.23 and he was followed by Phil Perry 4.09.24, Heather Hitchins 4.24.40, Chrissy Gorham whose fine 4.30.41 won her age category, Marie Shone  5.08.14,  Di Cross  5.23.34, Liz Roberts  5.23.38,  and Lesley Brown 5.35.19.

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Bea Wood sets new 1500m standard

Bea Wood

With only three weeks’ track training in her legs, City of Salisbury’s exceptional young prospect Bea Wood set a new uner-15’s age-group club record for the 1500m in a British Milers’ fixture at Millfield School in Somerset.

After following a pacer for the first lap, and despite jostling that forced her to run wide for much of the distance, she clocked a time of 4min 30.4sec to clip two seconds off her previous best and go top of the national rankings.

Alex d’Arbost competed in the under 20’s for the first time and was only slightly below his best with 4:23.95.

In the British University Championships, Alex Mundell was timed at 2.21 in the 800m, her best so far this season.

On the road, Nick Hudson gave a clear demonstration of how hard work and dedication can produce results when he defied the bank holiday’s heatwave in the Milton Keynes marathon.

Running conservatively he rose to the 26.2mile challenge and still beat his previous best by two minutes to record 3hours 39min 26sec.
Richard Larcombe was not far back in 3.55.21.

Shane Wilkinson Photography

In the national event photography awards ceremony at the British Museum in London, club member Shane Wilkinson scooped top sports category award for his photo of Salisbury’s very youngest athletes enjoying the challenge of competition in fun-day sack racing on the Five Rivers track last autumn.
The same picture, well-liked by the judges for its exuberant tone, also earned runner-up placing overall.
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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.
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Bea Wood takes third win at Popham cross country

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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.

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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.
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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.

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