CITY of Salisbury runners flew the flag in Germany and the United States at the weekend, with many also competing closer to home.

In the rapid Frankfurt international marathon, Aaron Wilson completed the last of a series of 26milers in an excellent 2hours 32min 41sec, more than a minute quicker than his race in Tokyo earlier this season. With 4,000 training miles in his legs in the past year, he now proposes a rest from racing.

In Brighton, Stuart Holloway sealed another win with a fine 33min 17sec in the Prom 10k, 20 seconds clear of his nearest challenger.

Ruth Thom produced a great run in the mountainous Oakland half marathon in San Francisco, featuring nearly 3,000ft of climbing, her 2.35.06 giving her second place in her age group.

The tough 30mile Exmoor ultra marathon, featuring almost twice that amount of altitude gain, saw Andy Fallon well placed with a good 5.54.06 and Liz Roberts did equally well to complete the challenge in 8.29.51.

The inaugural Breamore 10k near Fordingbridge seemed to some to be almost equally hilly but James Hassan still sped round the course to finish in 40min 28sec for third spot.

Jonathan Croom clocked 43.12, just ahead of Sian Thomas whose 43.25 earned her a good second place female award.

Then came Ian Lawrence 44.04, Mike White 46.05 for third in his age group, Charlotte Ingram 49.48, Steve Mitchell 50.05, Nick Hudson 50.58, David Smith 64.30, Andrew Webb 64.53, Denise von Roretz 66.03, Kathryn Dreyer 66.25, Ali Theobald 72.31, Lesley Brown 75.12, Mary Clements 78.32, Christine Webb 81.11, Susan Braidley 85.52, Sue Sheppard 87.20 and Carole Wiltshire 88.21.

In the 5k at the same venue, Tracey Smith clocked 44.30, Christine Romano 44.46 and Vasen Moodley a hard-won 49.53.