NINE City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club junior track stars Josh Dyer, Alicia Finnis, Molly Hole, Ottilie Knight, Abbey Littlejohns, Jolie Littlejohns, Lucy Wilkinson, Amelia Watling and Bea Woods have been selected to compete at the English Schools Athletics Association Championship at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, in July, writes DI CROSS.

The ESAA National Championships are the fourth largest athletics event in the world, with most UK Olympic Athletes having competed in them early in their careers.

Meanwhile the club’s senior athletes, lead the way in the Southern Athletics League Division Three West after three matches on 668.5 points.

Another junior member celebrating is Neve Cousins, who won the tough Sydling Hill Fun Bell Race, beating her mum, Grace, into second place.

The 4km event which is organised by White Star Running in aid of the village church in Sydling, involves a steep run with some unusual challenges en route.

The club’s Issac Routledge took second in the men’s event with Art Mitchell in third.

All were rewarded with a cow-bell medal. Clare Clifford and Andy Robbins also competed in Sydling 10k race.

The club was also pleased to discover that it had won the men’s team trophy at the previous week’s Race for Men 10k race.

Its first four finishers were Jonathan Croom, Sam Harrison, Paul Watling and Stuart Wood.

The club’s John Turley headed to Devon for the Torbay Half Marathon, completing the undulating two-lap course in 1:53:56.

Two other club members completed endurance events as Craig Weatherburn tackled Rat Race’s The Wall, a 70-mile ultramarathon tracing Hadrian’s Wall from Carlisle to Newcastle in 14:27 taking 53rd place and Di Cross completed Threshold Sport’s Race to the King, a 53.5 mile run along the South Downs Way from Arundel to Winchester.