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League Review

The Salisbury Half Marathon on October 20th marked the end of the 2013 season of the Wiltshire Road Race League which started back in February at the Longleat 10K where Ewen Malloch of Team Bath just edged out Michael Tolwer of Avon Valley Runners to cross the finish line first, however with Ruth Barnes of Avon Valley Runners crossing the line first for the Ladies it was the Trowbridge based club that took maximum League points ahead of Team Bath and Slinn Allstars.

Race #2 took place at the Devizes 10K and saw Simon Plummer of Salisbury A&RC take victory just ahead of Simon Nott of Calne Running Club, with Denise Grech of Calne SMaRTT the first lady, again though it was Avon Valley Runners who took maximum points. With Simon Plummer only appearing again to take victory at the Highworth 5 it became very much a duel between Simon Nott, Ewen Malloch and Michael Towler for individual honours. Fiona Price of Avon Valley Runners also started to feature in the results taking victories at the Chippenham 5 and Springfield 5K. August saw the DB Max Wiltshire 10K at Castle Combe and Simon Nott ran a storming 32:35 to claim his first county title with Ruth Barnes retaining her 2012 title for the distance.  Meanwhile the steady scoring of Jill Westwood of Avon Valley Runners had propelled her to the position of leading individual scorer in the League, demonstrating that consistency is the key to League success.  Avon Valley Runners were demonstrating both consistency and superiority in numbers and results as they continued to take maximum points in all League races and by Race #10 at the Melksham 10K secured their successful defence of the League title.

The Malmesbury Half Marathon played host to race #11 and Royal Wootton Bassett Hounds bucked the trend of Avon Valley Runners victories and Chippenham Harriers also got in on the act to bag more points than their close rivals. The Malmesbury Half Marathon also saw Corsham Running Club’s Stuart Henderson take his first victory over the distance and moved him to third position in the individual standings behind the Avon Valley Runners pair of Joby Hobbs and Thomas Coney.

For the first time the Wiltshire Road Race League sported a Second Division and despite the best efforts of Simon Nott, saw Devizes Running Club secure enough points to become division champions and gain promotion along with Frome Running Club who entered the League for the first time in 2013. Heading down to the Second Division though for 2014 are Team Bath ‘B’ and Salisbury A&RC ‘A’.

The final event of the season was the Salisbury Half Marathon which also hosted the county championships for the distance, this event saw Michael Towler take the county title along with club mate Ruth Barnes as Avon Valley Runners finished the season with another 20-point victory and Stuart Henderson doing enough to finish as the leading individual scorer along with Jill Westwood.

So the tables as they finished for the inaugural Wiltshire Race League:

 

FIRST DIVISION

   

Pos.

Team

Score

Pts

1

Avon Valley Runners - A

10928

200

2

Chippenham Harriers - A

9087

186

3

Avon Valley Runners - B

7085

177

4

Corsham Running Club - A

4210

149

5

Team Bath AC - A

3368

144

6

Swindon Harriers - A

2541

142

7

Slinn Allstars - A

3623

141

8

Calne SMaRTT - A

3040

131

9

Chippenham Harriers - B

3012

124

10

Wootton Bassett Hounds - A

3391

98

11

Swindon Striders - A

1751

79

12

Highworth Running Club - A

1414

74

13

Salisbury A&RC - A

1362

63

14

Team Bath AC - B

77

10

       

 

 

SECOND DIVISION

   

Pos

Team

Score

Pts

1

Devizes Running Club - A

6846

199

2

Frome Running Club - A

4079

189

3

Calne Running Club - A

1423

141

4

Wootton Bassett Hounds - B

1542

58

5

Slinn Allstars - B

1157

55

6

Pewsey Vale Running Club - A

508

37

7

Frome Running Club - B

158

34

8

Swindon Striders - B

308

33

9

Corsham Running Club - B

216

18

10

Salisbury A&RC - B

71

18

11

Marlborough Running Club - A

139

17

12

Calne SMaRTT - B

33

17

13

Swindon Harriers - B

60

15

14

Highworth Running Club - B

52

14

 

The top individual scorers in the Wiltshire Race League were also recognised:

 

Name

Club

TOTAL

 

Name

Club

TOTAL

1

Stuart Henderson

Corsham Running Club

969

1

Jill Westwood*

Avon Valley Runners

952

2

Joby Hobbs

Avon Valley Runners

945

2

Tina Towler*

Avon Valley Runners

887

3

Thomas Coney

Avon Valley Runners

901

3

Rosemary Barber*

Avon Valley Runners

835

4

Michael Towler

Avon Valley Runners

888

4

Fiona Price

Avon Valley Runners

792

5

Gary Dunstone*

Chippenham Harriers

871

5

Kate Ellis

Devizes Running Club

768

6

Richard Morgetroyd

Avon Valley Runners

864

6

Caroline Palmer

Devizes Running Club

656

7

Damion Godwin

Devizes Running Club

817

7

Tracy Gregory

Devizes Running Club

577

8

Simon Nott

Calne Running Club

798

8

Adele Cooper

Avon Valley Runners

519

9

Darren Wrintmore

Avon Valley Runners

761

9

Ruth Barnes

Avon Valley Runners

500

10

Martin Bridgeman

Swindon Harriers

747

10

Carolyn Maw

Devizes Running Club

476

14

Richard Southgate*

Avon Valley Runners

635

       

15

Bernie Hobbs*

Avon Valley Runners

603

       

* Age Category Winners

The 2014 Wiltshire Road Race League will again be sponsored by Newsquest International whose publications include the Wiltshire Times, Salisbury Journal, Swindon Advertiser and Devizes Gazette & Herald. The 2014 Wiltshire Road Race League will kick off on Sunday 9th February with the Longleat 10K. More details of the Wiltshire Road Race League can be found at www.wiltshire-athletics.org.uk

Darren Wrintmore – Chairman, Wiltshire Athletic Association