Baker cooking on gas at Hayling 10

Hayling 10 winner James Baker
Hayling 10 winner James Baker
Runners stream past HMS Victory in the Historic Dockyard

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James Baker did it again at the Hayling 10.

The Chichester Runners ace delivered another success as he eased to victory at the Havant AC-organised event.

Baker was clear of the rest of the field after he cut the tape in 53min 55sec around the 10-mile circuit.

The perennial local race contender finished in front of another familiar face – Denmead Strider Julian Manning.

Baker was 86 seconds in front of Manning, who clocked 55.21 to take the runner-up spot, with Southampton’s Jeremy Curtis third (57.18).

Fareham Crusader Ross Lamport grabbed fourth in 59.02, with host-club runner Craig Berryman completing the top five with a time of 1:00.13.

Former Havant AC member Kathryn Bailey continued to show her class.

Bailey, who now runs for Winchester & District, proved a comfortable winner in the women’s race.

A time of 1:04.37 was enough for Bailey to fend off the challenge of Debbie Gunning.

Unattached Gunning fin-ished second after she crossed the line in 1:05.50.

Reading Road Runners member Lesley Whiley took third place with an effort of 1:08.56

Fleet & Crookham’s Anita Salter finished fourth in 1:09.19, with Deborah Hall completing the women’s top five (1:09.34).

There was a decent turn out for the road and trail event which continues to hold a popular and respected slot on the race calendar.

This year’s event saw 423 entries complete the tough circuit.

They were tested by windy conditions on parts of the course, which had an impact on finish times.

Around the four-mile mark proved a particularly testing section of the course, as gusts picked up when runners moved on to Ferry Road and Hayling seafront. That left them open to conditions as gusts whipped off the water.

Those winds failed to diminish spirits, however, with the event again collecting positive feedback from those who took part.

And the race provided a much-needed boost for the Havant AC coffers, with it raising funds which are key in keeping the club afloat.