FIVE members of City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club headed out to the USA last weekend to complete in the New York City Marathon, one of the world’s six marathon majors, writes DI CROSS.

All five completed the 26.2 miles, with three finishing in less than four hours. Chris Maple was first over the line in 03:34:49, followed by Alison Holloway (03:56:13), Benjamin Smith (03:59:12), Vicky Robinson (04:11:56) and Natalie Milsted (06:48:34).

Staying in America, city runner Jaymee Domoney competing for Charlestown Southern University, where he studies, in Division One of the NCAA XC. Finished the 8km course in eighth place in 25:33 - a minute faster than last year – this guarantees him a place in the All Big South Run Team. His team were second overall.

Closer to home, a big wave of blue vests was seen at the third event in the Hampshire Road Race League, Hayling 10 mile and the 45 Salisbury finishers managed some impressive results.

First home was club chairman Stuart Holloway in 00:57:24, taking fifth overall and first in his age category. He was followed by Rob Drag in 10th (00:58:52) and Benedict Saunby in 17th (1:00:09).

The first woman home was Ruth Thom in 1:08:43, finishing ninth in the woman’s race and second in her age category. The club’s second female finisher was Anna Patrickson (01:12:18, 16th woman) with Sarah Brewster behind her (1:16:46, 33rd woman). Michael O’Connell (1:45:15) completed the distance for the first time, Linda Robson (01:24:17) knocked one minute and 40 seconds off her previous 10-mile time and Helen Charlton (01:27:52) a whopping 12 minutes, with Craig Weatherburn (01:06:44) and Marc Hankins (01:08:42) achieving PBs, too.

Braving the Saturday storm was Phil Perry, who completed Thames Meander Marathon at Kingston-on-Thames in 3hrs 48mins.