City of Salisbury athletes start new track season in top

City of Salisbury athletes, now with full access restored to their home running track at Five Rivers after restrictions lasting more than a year, have lost no time in making their mark in the new track and field season.

Promoted against the odds at the end of the 2018 campaign into division 2 west of the Southern Athletics League they drew on huge team spirit and promptly won their opening match in Somerset by producing countless good performances throughout the fixture.

They beat hosts Yeovil Olympiads and two other clubs in their group to grab a surprise top position in the league table of 16 clubs, just ahead of Croydon Harriers.

On the road, competing in one of the world’s great marathons at Boston in the United States, two Salisbury athletes gave a good account of themselves despite unusually hot conditions on the hilly course. Mike White was timed at 3hours 25min 05 sec and Nick Cooke at 3.29.29.

In North Carolina, Salisbury student Jaymee Domoney broke the club’s longstanding senior men’s 1500m record with a rapid new personal best of 3min 51.28sec.



Home team double success at Salisbury 10mile

Rod Smith, former race director of the Salisbury 10mile and the man who gave his name to the race this year, with his wife Carole after receiving his souvenir tee shirt.

A record turnout of 105 athletes from host club City of Salisbury helped achieve a team double win at the Rod Smith Salisbury 10mile road race in the Woodford Valley where Richard Waldron of Southampton AC was men’s individual winner and Portsmouth’s Emma Jolley topped the women’s places.
Salisbury’s Richard Davidson led the winning way with an age group second place 58.43 in this key Hampshire League fixture, and closely-packed behind him came James Hassan 60.16, James Presley 60.53 and James Mills 61.12 for the men.
Matching success followed from Ruth Thom in 65.42, Kathy Dudman 66.56 and Poppy Langdon-Brown 67.15 to take the women’s prize.
The men’s B team were led by Lee Syrett 61.25, Andy Holme 62.27, Peter Callanan 63.22 and Ricky Lee 63.46 and the women’s trio consisted of Charlotte Ingram 69.19, Sam Hibdige 73.15 and Sarah Brewster 74.38.

Jonathan Croom was first for the men’s C team with 64.21, followed by Al Moutray 66.06, Phil Smith 67.00 and Chris Maple 67.30, and for the women Emma Clarke 76.15, Joanne Bailey 78.05 and Heather Hitchins 79.17 made the cut.
Salisbury’s leading finishers just outside the team rankings were: Peter Harris 67.59, Richard Larcombe 68.30, Nick Hudson 69.48, Mike Brewster 70.12, Joe Cornwall 70.58 and Sam Stephenson 71.02.
Top women just outside the teams were Emma Smith 81.39, Alison Scott 82.53, Annie Wills 83.12, Melenie Murphy 85.04, Rachel Bala 85.21 and Kara Rogers 86.48.
Awards were presented at the finish by club president Dave Amey and former race director Rod Smith.
In North Carolina at the Irwin Belk track, Salisbury student Jaymee Domoney broke the club’s longstanding senior men’s 1500m record with a rapid new personal best of 3min 51.28sec.


Rod Smith 10mile’s charity support

The region’s flagship road running event, the Salisbury Rod Smith 10mile is joining forces with Alzheimer’s Support on Sunday 14th April to raise funds for the charity and mark the contribution to the event’s previous years of success achieved by its former race director and his team.
Rod Smith will be spectating at the event on the day, having been diagnosed with the disease around two years ago. Although he no longer runs, Rod remains a keen follower of the club and its role in the wider Salisbury community.

Rod Smith
Rod Smith at the Solent Half Marathon 2012

The race will start from the running track at Five Rivers leisure centre at 10am and after winding its way up one side of the Woodford Valley and back down the other, will finish back on the track. A record entry of 950 athletes will take on the challenge, including more than a hundred – also a record – from the organisers, the City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club.
The club plans to collect donations from competitors arriving at nearby carparks, plus baking hundreds of cakes for post-race refreshments and sharing proceeds from the race with the charity.

Commenting on the partnership between Alzheimer’s Support and Salisbury’s running club, Laura Crouch from the charity said:
“As all too many of us know, this disease can hugely affect people’s lives. At the charity we want to raise our profile so that our services become better known and can benefit more of those who are affected directly by it, and their carers. We’re delighted to be working with the club in this way.”
Note to editors: Alzheimer’s Support is a Wiltshire charity that has been supporting people living with all types of dementia since 1990 and brought its award-winning services to the Salisbury area for the first time in 2017.
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Salisbury athletes go the distance

The Manchester marathon was the focus for City of Salisbury athletes on Sunday when Aaron Wilson showed he is close to his best form, finishing close to the leaders among the field of 20,000 with a time of 2hours 34min 34sec.
Chris Southern was not far behind with a personal best 2.39.13, then came Chris Maple 3.23.27, Charlotte Boardman 3.36.59pb, Joe Cunningham 3.51.08pb and Grace Cousins 4.30.36.
Although ten miles shorter distance, the 16mile Combe Gibbet to Overton multi terrain race over high downland is a similarly tough challenge. Richard Larcombe continued his current good form to cross the line in 2hours 2min 13sec and he led the Salisbury contingent home.
He was followed by James Ballard 2.08.47, Fiona Ross-Russell 2.10.20, Jon Kershaw 2.12.25, Vicky Robinson 2.27.02, Alison Scott 2.29.06, Melenie Murphy 2.36.09 and Rebecca Lockwood 2.47.08.
A personal best of 87min 11sec made Ricky Lee’s trip to the Devizes half marathon well worthwhile, and John Roberts was there in support with 109.59.
Nick Hudson too claimed a PB with 41min 15sec over the weekend at the Lincoln City 10k, James Hudson recording 52.03.
This Sunday (14th) sees by far the biggest ever muster of the club’s runners at a league event, with over a hundred – more than ten per cent of the field – facing the starter at the Salisbury 10mile road race.


Another week, another CoSarc winner – Holloway takes half marathon at Yeovil

Stuart Holloway of City of Salisbury athletics and running club notched a good win at the Yeovil half marathon after leaving his nearest challenger, Loughborough College’s Niall Stewart, a minute and a half in his wake.
The Salisbury athlete was timed at 72min 24sec for one of his fastest runs at the 13.1mile distance.
James Mills was the club’s next to finish, in 85.35, and he was followed by Ruth Thom 93.03, Jo-Anne Gready 98.03, Samantha Hibdige 100.01 and John Turley 121.14.
In the ‘Clock-Change Challenge’ 10k at Calne, Richard Larcombe was the highest placed of Salisbury’s runners, his 41min 34sec setting a new personal best.
Jon Kershaw too recorded a pb with 44.36 and he was followed by Barry Vincent in 48.45 and Kevin O’Leary 49.44.
Then came Paul Holt also 49.44pb, Kieran McManus 52.42pb, Rebecca Lockwood 52.43, Denise von Roretz 62.49, Christine Webb 64.55, Anita Holt 65.09, Duncan Watkinson 70.07, Lesley Brown 70.43 and Sue Sheppard 77.20.
The keenly awaited Salisbury Rod Smith 10mile road race in the Woodford Valley on April 14th has set new records even before the start, with 950 entrants expected from all over the South to take part and many more having to be turned away.
More than a hundred Salisbury running club runners are due to face the starter, almost doubling the previous figure, and the number of volunteers involved in marshalling and making the event happen has also reached a new high at 120.