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A POPULAR mile-long race is coming back to Gosport for a second year running.

Gosport’s Golden Mile, held at Stokes Bay, saw hundreds of runners take part last year.

And now organiser Nick Carter has introduced a junior race for children.

Nick said: ‘We have introduced a new junior Golden Mile. Last year we had so many youngsters taking part.

‘We decided it would be more appropriate to give them their own race so they won’t be tripping around adults.’

And as last year, there will also be a 5k run after the mile race.

‘Both Golden Mile events have chip timing so they both get accurate times,’ Nick said.

‘They will get a medal and a goodie bag.’

As reported, 800 athletes and fun runners of all ages took part in the inaugural event last year.

Entertainment on the day, held on June 2 near Bayside Cabin, in Stokes Bay, will be provided by Gosport’s Big Noise Community Samba Band.

Schools in Gosport and Fareham are invited to take part, with teams made up of four pupils entering in a bid to win the Absolute Running Inter-School Trophy and Adidas goody bags.

And Nick is offering a cash prize to someone who runs the mile in less than four minutes.

Last year Team Run-Fast’s Tom Payn took victory, recording a time of 4min 17sec.

Nick added: ‘There will be a cash prize for anyone who goes sub four minutes.’

Members of local running groups from Gosport Road Runners, Stubbington Green Runners and Fareham Crusaders, are to take part.

Sporty Owen Cripps will be taking part this year.

He couldn’t run in the inaugural race – despite winning a competition to design the race vests – as he’d broken his leg.

The 14-year-old Brune Park School pupil, of Alma Street in Gosport, said: ‘I’m going to do it this year because I’m alright now.

‘Last year I was disappointed. I was pretty disappointed because I couldn’t do a lot of things.’

The race was the brainchild of Nick and his son Harry Carter, who own Absolute Running in Stoke Road.

They won bronze in the fun run category for the Gosport Golden Mile, in the Running Awards, held last month.

Anyone wanting to compete in the race can drop in to see Nick or Harry at Absolute Running.

Alternatively, register online at nice-work.org.uk