ONCE again, there was a sea of blue from the City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club members at the Alton 10, the ninth race in the Hampshire Road Race League series, writes DI CROSS.

The club’s Stuart Holloway was first across the line in 55:22, followed by James Mills in 1:03:32 (22nd) and Benedict Saunby in 1:05:28 (39th).

The club’s first woman home was Ruth Thom, who was the fourth female to finish in 1:09:53 and Charlotte Ingram was eighth in 1:13:16.

In total, 35 of the club’s runners completed the course.

Club member Steven Mitchell was the event director for the popular Figsbury Challenge, held at Winterbourne Earls Primary School last Saturday.

It was well supported by 56 CoSARC members as well as many more who helped out as volunteers the main event is a 5k race, with 1k and 3k races for children.

Stuart Holloway, dressed as the Figsbury Fox, bounded home to take second place in the 5k in a time of 19:12, with Issac Routledge winning the Year 6 male prize in 22:07.

Guy Mitchell was first junior male in 21:39 and James Hassan (20:37) won the male 40 plus category. In the women’s race, young Neve Cousins came second in 25:35 with Poppy Egerton was third (26:37).

In the 3k race, Art Mitchell took first Male in 9:57, with Joseph Lateo following him over the line in 10:06.

It was a clean sweep for City club in the girls’ race, with Sophie Hayakawa (10:13), Francesca Cole (10:37) and Sophie Wood (10:38) taking the first three places.

Club members are popular supporters of White Star Running events, with several runners heading to the Rushmore estate in Dorset for last weekend’s Ox races.

Chris Maple and Grace Cousins completed the Ox 50, an eight-lap course totalling 50 miles.

Both achieved personal bests, as Maple finished fourth overall in a time of 8:29:25 with Cousins finishing 21st in 10:43:35, the sixth woman to finish and second in her age category.

Charlotte Boardman completed four laps of the Ox Frolic, marathon distance, in 4:22:47, while Jo Fotheringham and Jane Cutler both ran two laps, equalling a half marathon distance.

John Roberts, Louise Sloan, Kathryn Dreyer, Jeanette Hardiman and Sarah Robertson all completed the Ox Half.

Young Salisbury track star Jaymee Domoney currently on an athletics scholarship at Charleston Southern University, South Carolina had his season finale last Friday.

Competing in the The Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Rock Hill, South Carolina, at the Winthrop University track.

He won a bronze medal in the 1500m in a time of 3:54:31.

He then went on to compete in the 5k a few hours later (for team points) in this his second year at CSU, finishing a creditable ninth in his 5k track debut (15:38).

His father, Gary, a coach at Salisbury, said his son was "over the moon to medal at these championships against some top competition.

Jaymee now has a two-week break before returning to the UK at the end of the May, when he will once again be back in a City vest for the rest of the track and field season in the Southern Athletics League.


A sea of CoSARC blue at the Alton 10