CHILDREN from schools around Salisbury and south Wiltshire braved the heat to take part in the annual mini-marathon in Salisbury at the weekend.

Youngsters have been training for months to take part in the event, which has categories for under nine and under 11 girls and boys as well as adults – with many parents and teachers joining in the fun.

This year was particularly hot from early in the morning, with the under 11 girls and boys facing blazing sunshine but still carrying on to finish the 2,300m course.

Alison Small, headteacher of Alderbury Primary School, which is one of the schools on the organising committee for the event, said: “It went very well. It was very smooth and efficient.”

She added that organisers would like to say particular thanks to St John Ambulance and to the girls of St Edmund’s School who acted as pacemakers and stepped in to help any of the younger children who needed some extra support.


Men's Race

1st Steve Herring, St Mark’s

2nd Cameron Edwards, St Andrew’s

3rd Owen Brown, Harnham

Women’s Race

1st Kate Twentyman, Gomeldon

2nd Abby Abel, Manor Fields

3rd Lucy Coburn, Whiteparish

Under 9 Girls

1st Elena Bessey, Whiteparish

2nd Alicia Finnis, St Mark’s

3rd Lara Makin, Woodford Valley

Under 9 Boys

1st Guy Mitchell, Winterbourne Earls

2nd Thomas Mitchell ,Winterslow

3rd Danny Allam, Downton

Under 11 Girls

1st Imogen Tanner, Gomeldon

2nd Alice Rattue, Gomeldon

3rd Bluebell Jenner, The New Forest 

Under 11 Boys

1st Anthony Lynn, Gomeldon

2nd Gregory Herring, St Mark’s

3rd Stuart Cross, St Andrew’s