Baker rises to the challenge

C110869-25 JPOS Bog May 19 Race phot kate''James Baker from Chichester who came first, centre, James Bellward from Littlehampton who came second, left, and Rob Ward from Portsmouth who came third.C110869-25
C110869-25 JPOS Bog May 19 Race phot kate''James Baker from Chichester who came first, centre, James Bellward from Littlehampton who came second, left, and Rob Ward from Portsmouth who came third.C110869-25
Fareham parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Winter Olympics gold medal winner at Fareham parkrun

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James Baker was a comfortable winner of a successful Bognor Prom 10k.

He took the £200 first prize as he led home a field of more than 1,400 – but he was unable to double his money by breaking the course record.

The Chichester Runners ace lived up to his billing as favourite, leading from the word go and crossing the line in a time of 32min 18sec – more than a minute outside the 31.06 course record set by Matthew Normington back in 2005.

The women’s race was also won by a Sussex star – Caroline Hoyte of the Arena 80 club. She came home in 36.07 and in an impressive eighth place overall. Closest rival to Baker was unattached runner James Bellward, who was second in a time of 33.03, while third place was taken by Robin Ward of Portsmouth Joggers who was a further minute and 14 seconds behind.

Arena 80 were celebrating a one-two in the women’s race, with Julie Briggs second in 36.44.

Race organisers were delighted by an event which was blessed with fine weather and went off without any hitches.

Peter Elliott, race director, said: ‘It went exceedingly well from my point of view.

‘The number of runners on the day was slightly down on last year despite entries being up but we still had close to 1,500 finishers, which is fantastic.’