Despite glorious weather locally, a team of City of Salisbury A&RC (CoSARC) trail runners faced heavy rain as they tackled the Montane Lakeland 50 last Saturday. Starting at the Dalemain Estate at the northern end of Ullswater, the route wove through 50-miles of Lake District scenery before descending to the finish in Coniston.
The club’s first finisher was Reece Ingram. who completed the course in an impressive 9:48:26 to take 39th place. He was followed by Stuart Holloway, Ruth Thom and Phil Smith, who finished together in 13:38:05, and Mark Glanville in 13:47:25.
Several club members headed to Myncen Farm near Blandford Forum for White Star Running’s Cider Frolic and Piggy Plod. On the Saturday, Charlotte Boardman completed seven 6km laps (marathon distance) of the Cider Frolic in 5:01:55. Wendy Lucas of Salisbury’s Sarum Sisters clocked the fastest single lap of the day, whizzing round in 12:51; she went on to complete a further 4 laps. Other members of the Sarum Sisters team were: Carol Eaton (5 laps), Anne Norman, Debbie Horne and Janine Kemp (4 laps).
On Sunday, eight of CoSARC’s junior stars tackled the 2.5km Junior Piggy Plod, Guy Mitchell winning in 17:51 with Isaac Routledge coming second in 18:04. Neve Cousins was the first CoSARC girl to cross the line, finishing 7th in 21:34 and 2nd girl overall.
Meanwhile, Grace Cousins, Steven Mitchell and Charlotte Routledge completed the 10k adult Piggy Plod.
John Roberts took a late decision to tackle the hilly Bath Long Half Marathon (16 miles), results tbc, while nearer to home Suzanne Rawle celebrated completing her 50th parkrun, at Salisbury. Splashes of CoSARC blue were also seen at the Mountbatten parkrun in Romsey and at Blandford’s fifth anniversary parkrun, where Nick Hudson and Guy Mitchell achieved parkrun PBs, in 18:50 and 18:53 respectively, while Jef Hutchby got a season’s best in 24:26.
In track and field, CoSARC’s Ellie Yarwood took part in the Youth Development League events for the first time, finishing with a hattrick of 3rd placings: in the hammer with a throw of 18.94; the 80m hurdles in 18:7; and the triple jump with 8m 72cm.