CHARD Road Runners took part in a great midweek event, with 10 runners heading off to the Haselbury Trail 10k.

This two-lap multi-terrain race with 240 runners sets off from the cricket club before heading off across the fields.

Representing CRRs were Wayne Loveridge, Liam Whyte, Philip Goodridge Reynolds, Simon Hall, Helen Baxter, Marie Culverwell, Jacqui Preston, Claire Gibbs, Lizzy Cox and Nicky Smith.

Loveridge, Whyte, Goodridge Reynolds, Hall and Baxter gained some early places as the pack funnelled into some narrow footpaths.

Running in her first race in her married name, Lizzy Cox ran the race with her mum, Nicky Smith.

As the race headed back for the second lap up a steep hill in the company of bemused cows, Loveridge was in the top five with Whyte and Goodridge Reynolds pushing hard.

Taking the turn into the second lap, Hall had made fantastic progress with Baxter chasing him down.

Culverwell and Preston maintained their partnership and the race was coming to its conclusion with the hill and cows having to be negotiated again.

Gibbs pushed really hard off the hill as the race headed back into the cricket ground; Cox gave a final push with Smith pursuing close at hand.

Crossing first for CRRs in an excellent third place was Loveridge in 37m 58s.

Next were White 45m 54s, Goodridge Reynolds 49m 42s, Hall 59m 16s and Baxter 1h 3m 57s.

Finishing with a sprint, Marie Culverwell 1h 6m 45s just pipped Jacqui Preston 1h 6m 50s, Claire Gibbs 1h 13m 57s, Lizzy Cox 1h 26m 00s and Nicky Smith 1h 26m 23s.

Next up was the Salisbury 54321, a multi-terrain 50k race.

Taking on the challenge was Paul Masters, in a supporting role to pace a runner round the route.

Heading out along the river’s edge meant there were a number of pinch-points which delayed getting into a steady pace for a few miles before easier progress could be made.

The top of Old Sarum Castle opened up amazing views that were hard not to stop and take in.

Heading back into Salisbury was a real high point as there was a concert on the lawns of the cathedral with the music giving the runners a real lift.

As a result, Masters crossed the line in 5h 58m 35s (145/239), successfully within his six-hour target.