City of Salisbury’s Bea Wood scored another great win over her arch rival Bethany Cook to win the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships for Wiltshire at Loughborough, writes JOHN RUSKIN.

Competing in the 5.3k race for under-17s in mudbath conditions, she was timed at 20min 59sec for a vital victory margin of 11sec in a field of 270.

Sophie Nicholls did well for 30th place among the under-15’s and Lukas Bailey was 103rd in his race. In the seniors, Sian Thomas placed 110th and Rich Ayling was 209th.

At Woking, some 3,000 roadrunners at the Surrey Half Marathon took advantage of much faster conditions underfoot and among them were 14 from City of Salisbury, eight of them coming away with new personal bests.

The quickest of the blue vests was James Hassan, less than fully fit but still able to clock 1hour 22min 38sec. Next was Craig Weatherburn with a pb of 1.25.50, setting the standard for four more bests from Marc Hankins in 1.29.29, Steve Mitchell 1.34.30, Jonathan Kershaw 1.34.31 and Derek Wood 1.38.51.

Catherine Morgan-Smith stopped the watch at 1.38.57, and she was followed by the Linda Robson who set yet another new mark of 1.45.43 and took second place in her age group.

In the Larmer Tree 20 mile, Richard Larcombe was tenth overall with a 3hours 2mins 46sec run and at the 12k Rockbourne trail race over the downs, Miranda Naish was second lady in 71min 21sec.

At the British Masters’ indoor championships at Lee Valley, Richard Davidson continued his good form when he took bronze in the 3,000m with a new personal best time of 9min 55.5sec.