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City of Salisbury Athletics & Running Club’s (CoSARC) young star Bea Wood is now officially the number one ranked under-17 British female runner – and fourth fastest in the under-18 ladies European rankings for 2019 – following an outstanding result at the Havant open meet in Portsmouth last Saturday. Running in a 3000m mixed race, she performed superbly in the sweltering conditions and was never out of the top three. Bea crossed the line in second place behind a u/17 male in a time of 9:32:4 – a personal best (PB).

“All this in only her second track race at this distance; I was fairly pleased,” beamed her CoSARC coach, David Amey.

Proving it is never too late to achieve great things, Ali Theobald took a first in category prize (FV70) in the Koblenz 10k in Germany. Ali, who completed the course in 58:17, was accompanied by Kate Mansfield, who ran an impressive 1:45 in the Half Marathon.

Ali Theobald on her way to an age category win in Koblenz

Several CoSARC runners supported the inaugural Winterslow 5k and 10k Trail Run – including Michael O’Connell and Kieran McManus – while club member Kathryn Dreyer donated a running-themed cake, which was raffled.

Further afield, Vicky and Steve Robinson headed to Reigate for the town’s Half Marathon. Steve earned himself a new PB, crossing the line in 1:47:31, just slightly behind Vicky, who finished in 1:45:52.

Also completing a half marathon was Nick Hudson, who took part in Richmond Runfest at Kew Gardens. Nick finished in 1:35:01, taking 7th place in his age category – and crossing the line at the same time as marathon winner Chris Thompson, the 2010 European 10,000m silver medallist!

Nick Hudson crossed the line in Richmond with British long-distance runner Chris Thompson – albeit competing at different distances!

Coming in behind Mr Thompson were CoSARCers Chris Maple, who finished in just under four hours; Grace Cousins – who took 5 minutes off her previous PB to finish in 4:25; and Paul Thompson, who just missed a sub-5 hours spot.

By Di Cross


City of Salisbury Athletics & Running Club’s (CoSARC) will be supporting the #RunAndTalk 2019 initiative, which aims to help break the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

The club will be hosting an organised run on Wednesday 25 September at 6.30pm, starting from the foyer at Five Rivers Leisure Centre. The run is open to all ages and abilities, including both members and non-members.

There’s no charge and no need to book, just turn up on the night.

For further details, email:

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