Harry Smith retains Salisbury 10 crown with PB

The premier race in Salisbury’s road racing calendar took place on Sunday, 26th March. On a day that started out wet and overcast, the race took runners out into the Woodford Valley.

By the time the race started, however, it was cold and dry – ideal conditions for a 10 mile race.

Harry Smith ran a superb race from the start. He led the chasing pack of 827 runners around the Woodford Valley and in doing so he repeated his 2022 triumph.
His time of 52:17 was 57 seconds quicker than his 2022 victory and nearly two minutes ahead of the second placed runner.

CoSARC runners enjoyed all-round successful race: Kieron McManus 1:10:43 (which beat his previous personal best by 50 seconds), Katie Clements 1:15:09 (also a personal best), Jane Tucker 1:28:11 (which beat her personal best by one minute), Carol Chlebowski 1:29:36 (who smashed her personal best by 5 minutes
and 46 seconds) and Lynda Keech 1:37:30 (another personal best).

Meanwhile, at the 333rd Salisbury Parkrun, there was double joy for the Gervais family. Matthew Gervais was the first person to finish the course, with his
dad, David not far behind in second place, clocking a personal best of 18:27.

There were also personal bests for Freddie Bosworth 19:03 and Art Mitchell 19:10, who still had the energy to finish 1 (Freddie) and 2 (Art) 24 hours later at the Churchill Gardens Junior Parkrun.

Olivia Barnett also bagged herself a personal best in a time of 7:40.

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