Joggers get girls ready for big race

The Portsmouth Joggers set off on an evening run along the edge of Tipner Lake. Picture: Steve Reid
The Portsmouth Joggers set off on an evening run along the edge of Tipner Lake. Picture: Steve Reid
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Women runners can take part in training sessions ahead of an annual race.

Portsmouth Joggers are getting ready to host their 19th female-only event.

Each year more than 150 people take part and the group is now encouraging more women to get involved.

Sharon Bryan, from Portsmouth Joggers, hopes that this year’s event will be more successful than ever.

The five-mile run will start next to the tennis courts in Purbrook Heath and will follow the quiet, country lanes of Purbrook, and Denmead.

‘People finish it in 34 minutes or one hour 34 minutes, it doesn’t matter,’ adds Sharon.

The Portsmouth Joggers are currently training every Wednesday at 6.30pm in preparation.

The race takes place on June 26.

Anyone interested in doing the training as a way of getting fit – and not necessarily the race – are welcome to join them every week.

Men are also taking part in the training, but will not be allowed to do the race.

To ensure that all racers are safe, a marshal car will be present, driving behind the runners.

The Rowan’s Hospice is opening its staff car park for the day of the race and money raised on the day will go to the local cause.

‘It’s a tough little course, but it’s really good,’ says Sharon, who has been taking part for 10 years.

The race will be followed by a community picnic.

Entry forms are available online at pjc.org.uk.

Club members will be required to pay £7.50, with non-club runners paying £9.50.