Back to top form and running for England, City of Salisbury’s Bea Wood won the schools’ international cross country in Dublin, showing a clean pair of heels to Anna Hedley of Scotland in second and her great rival from Sussex, Bethany Cook in third.
Wood’s fine performance led her age group to a good team win and fully justified her England cap.
Perfect road running conditions in the Eastleigh 10k helped produce a raft of personal best performances among the sizeable Salisbury contingent. James Hassan led the way with 36min 10sec and then came new bests from all six of the following: Lee Syrett 36.21, Jonathan Croom 37.52, Ian Lawrence 39.50, Marc Hankins 42.57, Jon Kershaw 43.51 and Heather Hitchins 46.40.
Salisbury’s outstanding season in the Hampshire road race league continues, the club’s ladies A team now at the top of division two and the men’s A team fourth.
Stuart Holloway is third overall in the individual standings with Chris Southern sixth, and Ruth Thom is placed tenth in the women’s table.