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CoSarc runners take second and third at Salisbury half; Beckett wins Ageas 10k

Stuart and Ruth Holloway celebrate Wedded bliss running the Salisbury Half Marathon

Twice the winner of previous Salisbury half marathons, the City running club’s Aaron Wilson was unable to make it a hat-trick at Sunday’s fixture when found himself unable to close a gap of more than three minutes opened up by visiting athlete Peter Baksh of Beckenham RC.

On a blustery day not made for speed, Wilson was one of the main contenders as the two lap race exited Fisherton Street, heading into open country and the first of several heavy showers.

While Baksh and Woking AC’s Stephen Blake fought out the top honours, eventually crossing the finish line by the cathedral in 1hour 9min 57sec and 1.10.04 respectively, Salisbury’s lead runner on the day gamely held on to third spot with 1.13.18.

The U20’s Benedict Saunby did well to also make the top ten, clocking 1.18.27.

The women’s race became a real tussle between the Salisbury club’s Sian Thomas and Avon Valley’s Holly Rush in the closing miles. The lead changed hands within sight of the cathedral spire, giving Rush a winning time of 1.23.41 to Thomas’s equally good run of 1.23.59.

City of Salisbury's Matt Bosworth powers to the finish in the Salisbury Half Marathon

Behind them came Lee Syrett in 1.25.41 and Matt Bosworth 1.25.53.

Two of the City of Salisbury’s top runners, Stuart Holloway and Ruth Thom were married just the day before the race but were undeterred from still completing the course together. They finished next in a shared 1.28.01 to the warm applause of clubmates and spectators alike. Ruth placed fifth in the women’s race and took second in her category.

Rithy Hy was timed at 1.33.30, then came Angus Paton 1.34.02, Jason Bennett 1.36.28, Marc Hankins 1.36.46 and James Ballard 1.37.06.

For the club’s women, Anna Patrickson then clocked 1.38.18, Yvette Emerson 1.44.44, Kara Rogers 1.48.51, Kate Mortimer 1.49.26, Polly Jacobs 1.51.23, Jane Whiteley 1.55.55, Mel Murphy 1.55.56, Hannah Keech 1.58.43 and Ali Holloway 2.01.09.

There were 850 finishers in all, among which 42 were from the City of Salisbury club: full results on the race website

In another half marathon at Windsor, Nick Hudson finished in a quick 1.33.26.