City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club (CoSARC) runners ranged far and wide in search of competitive races this weekend, from Portsmouth to Cardiff to York writes Vasen Moodley
The big one was the Great South Run 10 Mile in Portsmouth, which attracted over 30 entrants from CoSARC. Ben Saunby led the way for CoSARC, finishing in a very creditable time of 53:58. Ben set himself a new PB, beating his previous best in the race by 3:36. He was followed by Pete Callanan 1:00:47, Matt Bosworth 1:02:12(PB), Lee Syrett 1:05:01, Ben Smith 1:05:58.
Young Freddie Bosworth, son of Matt, won the Junior event.
Mother and daughter Mary and Katie Clements finished in 2:10:51 and 1:18:51 respectively.
On a glorious sunny day, Jenny Hartley finished 21st out of a field of 532 in the 50km Race To The Sea, in a time of 4:34:33. She was first in the Veteran over 40 category.
Cardiff hosted the first Cross Country event of the season. Bea Wood came 3rd in the under 20 Ladies race. Bea’s sister, Sophie came 2nd in the under 13 Girls race, finishing just 6 seconds behind the winner. In the under 17 Ladies race Sophie Nicholls finished 3rd.
James Mills was placed 20th in the 100 Mile Centurion Autumn race. The route used parts of The Ridgeway and Thames Path National Trails.
In the York Marathon Jef Hutchby finished in 5:05:29, in his first marathon since 2017. He beat his previous best for this event by 1:27:00. Paul Brown, competing in his first ever marathon, set himself a benchmark of 5:24:21 for future marathons.