Runners endure icy weather in seafront race

Eugene Scanderfield with landlady of the Hayling Billy  Mandy Mather Picture Ian Hargreaves  (171085-1)

Regulars raise a glass to help support charity

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GRIM the weather may have been, but there were some golden moments as hundreds of people raced along the seafront.

Scores of people of all ages braced the rain, wind and the sea waves to take part in the Gosport Golden Mile.

It was a family morning out for many at Stokes Bay, with children taking part in the junior race and parents taking part in yesterday’s Golden Mile or the more gruelling 5k race.

The event is now in its third year.

There were cheers of ‘come on’ and ‘well done’ as people lined the coastal route to support the runners, accompanied by the uplifting music of Gosport’s Big Noise Community Samba Band.

Among the runners were Peggy Pegsfield, 52, and Toby Pegsfield, 11, who were raising money to help a school that was flattened in the Nepal earthquake.

The start of the junior race at the Golden Mile event in Gosport''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150854-11)

The start of the junior race at the Golden Mile event in Gosport''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150854-11)

Toby’s teacher Rachel Hewitt, from Portsmouth, has been helping to raise money to help rebuild the school with her class at Ditcham Park School, near Petersfield.

Peggy, from Midhurst, said: ‘These events are great because the kids get the buzz – and anyone can do it.’

Andrea Ridley, 40, from Gosport, ran with her children Henry, seven and Alice, six.

She said: ‘There’s been a good atmosphere – a real buzz, particularly because of the windy, cold weather.

‘It’s impressive that so many people turned up.

‘The run was so much fun – the children were all loving it. It’s great to see all the children out doing sport.’

Nick Groom, 53, wife Gina Groom, 43, and their two children William, seven, and Hannah, five, enjoyed the run.

Nick said: ‘It’s the first time I have run. Because of the kids and Gina getting back into running, I wanted to come and support them.

‘It’s been fantastic. I am sure if it had been brighter weather they would have got more. But there are some die-hard enthusiasts out there!’

Lucy Phillips, 17, from Alverstoke, who was drumming with the samba band, said: ‘Even in weather like this, it’s been exhilarating.’

Lee Rhodes, 40, from Gosport, one of the marshals, said: ‘There’s been a good community feel about the event, getting everybody together.’