An invasion of club runners from across the south of England stole the show at City of Salisbury’s classic 10 mile road race on Sunday, when a record field of 850 entrants converged on the highly-regarded Avon Valley course in early Spring conditions.
The opening pace rapidly thinned out numbers at the front as the pack wound its way northwards through the Woodford Valley and by the half way stage a leading trio dominated proceedings. At the finish on the running track at Five Rivers in Salisbury it was these same three who shared the spoils.
Matt Revier of Southampton AC crossed the line in first place with 53:51 and he was followed by Imperial AC’s Christopher Thomas in 54.12 and Julian Manning of Denmead with 54.20. Kathy Bailey of Winchester AC was clear winner of the women’s race in 61.18, with Eastleigh RC’s Hannah Howard second in 62.28 and Erica Fogg of New Forest Runners third with 65.24.
Unattached vet George Gray was the midpoint runner in a chip time of 1:21:18 and the field closed on 2:40:49.
Course record holder Toby Lambert of Winchester AC was present at the Salisbury Fire Station race HQ but opted not to start, as did Salisbury’s top road runner Stuart Holloway who this year put running shoes aside to make his debut as race director.
Fastest of the host club was the flying vet Mike Brewster despite feeling below par still broke the hour at 59.45. With Andrew Holme 62.18, William Watson 64.27 and Dave West 65.14 these comprised the A team but they were unable to challenge Imperial AC for supremacy.
Image courtesy Andy Robbins.