Hundreds turn out for run in the sun

The Portsmouth RNLI 10k and the ' Pieces of Eight ' eight mile race was held on Sunday starting at the RNLI in Ferry Road Eastney and going along Southsea seafront and turning back from two different points to the Finish Line at Eastney   Just after the start on Ferry Road Eastney  Picture: Malcolm Wells (123267-6627)
The Portsmouth RNLI 10k and the ' Pieces of Eight ' eight mile race was held on Sunday starting at the RNLI in Ferry Road Eastney and going along Southsea seafront and turning back from two different points to the Finish Line at Eastney Just after the start on Ferry Road Eastney Picture: Malcolm Wells (123267-6627)
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AUTUMN sunshine beamed down upon hundreds of runners raising money for our lifeboat heroes.

Around 500 people converged on Portsmouth’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) station on Sunday for a lively 10km fundraising run.

The race started at 10.30am with the most runners ever to have taken part in the annual event.

Some took part in fancy dress while others took it as a practice run for the upcoming Great South Run, which takes place along the seafront later this month.

The Southsea Pirates running club also organised an eight-mile road race alongside the 10km run, which was supporting the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

The route took runners from the lifeboat station to the fun fair in Southsea and back.

Organiser Rob Piggott said: ‘I’m very happy with the record number of people who have turned out, it’s fantastic.

‘There is always a really good atmosphere which we like to get going and everyone has a good time.

‘It’s really important to raise money for the RNLI.

‘Sometimes they get seven or eight shouts a day and it’s really important they are around to help people who get into trouble.’

First over the finish line in the 10km was Jo Corbett with a time of 31mins 59secs. Lewis Chalk came second with a time of 32mins 2secs and Dean Smith was third with 34mins 53secs. The route started and finished at the Portsmouth RNLI station in Ferry Road, Eastney.

Runners followed a route along Southsea Esplanade all the way up to the Pyramids Centre.

Stephen Whitcombe, 51, of Starina Gardens in Waterlooville, finished the run in 1hr and 2mins.

He said: ‘I like taking part for the fun and fitness.

‘It’s a nice run and it’s for a good cause so it’s good to take part.’

Debbie Patching, 52, from Bognor Regis, took part with friends Derek Winslow, 79, and Jo Langrish, 48.

The trio are all members of the Tone Zone Runners club.

Debbie said: ‘It’s the first time we have taken part in this race but we heard it had a good atmosphere and so we wanted to give it a try.

‘It’s very well organised and the fact it’s also raising money for the RNLI made us want to take part even more.’