A record entry of 800 enjoyed warm and sunny conditions at yesterday's City of Salisbury 10 Mile Road Race. The Hampshire road race league fixture which followed a scenic route along the river valley north of the city was won by Totton AC's Nick Buis, first home in 54:22.
The temperature and a southerly headwind for the second half of the race ensured that the course record of 49.37 was never threatened, only a couple of dozen beating the hour despite hot competition at the front among the league's leading clubs. Denmead Striders' Julian Manning was second in 54.51. Then came Salisbury's on-form Chris Southern in third to lead the home team out with 55.11, supported by Stuart Holloway 56.02, Ben Brewster 56.36, and his speedy father Mike Brewster in 58.40.
In the ladies' race, first place went to Emma Montiel, City of Portsmouth in 62.25, second was Erica Fogg, New Forest, 64.07, and third was Karen Rushton, Southampton AC in 64.53. Close packing by Kathy Dudman with 67.41, Sarah Kemp 68.28 and Sally Greenslade 70.27 earned a good home win in the ladies' race for the Salisbury trio.
Current league champions City of Salisbury men's A team remain at the top of the Hampshire league while Winchester AC ladies head the ladies table ahead of City of Salisbury.
Luke Lewis (1:18:54) was the mid-point runner and the field closed on 2:12:18. Full results at southernrunningguide.com.
image courtesy - Andy Budgell