Carter shows his quality

Harry Carter, City of Portsmouth AC, wins the Portsmouth RNLI 10K Run
Harry Carter, City of Portsmouth AC, wins the Portsmouth RNLI 10K Run

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Harry Carter led home a record entry at the Portsmouth RNLI 10K Run.

The City of Portsmouth talent cruised to a comfortable win at the fast-growing event in Southsea.

Carter stormed across the line in 33min 02sec to take the title in front of second-placed Christopher De Thorpe Millard (35.15).

Karrie Blake again showed her obvious quality as she stormed home as the first woman – and third finisher overall – in 36.52.

The race, in it’s fourth year, again proved successful, with fine weather following on from the nightmare conditions of 2010.

Chip timing was introduced for the first time, with impressive feedback for the event from those who took part. And the Royal National Lifeboat Institution are set for a crucial windfall from the series the race forms part of, with £10,000 the overall target.

That’s double what was raised last year, underlining the progress the 10K is making.

Race organiser Rob Piggott was delighted with the quality and numbers involved with the race.

Piggott said: ‘It was a fantastic day and we were very pleased.

‘It was the fourth year we’ve organised it and there was a record number of entries.

‘We had people like Harry and Karrie involved, and they are very fit people.

‘The weather held up after it was so horrendous last year.

‘Everyone who was involved was really happy.

‘We had no complaints and lots of positive feedback.

‘We are also running the Southsea Pieces of Eight race, which helps raise our profile.

‘Everyone seems to have enjoyed the occasion.’

The RNLI 10K is now looking to build for next year.

And organisers are looking towards the Santa 5K and 10K events on Sunday, December 11 – which are then followed by the Coastal Waterside Marathon the following week.

Piggott said: ‘Everyone wants to come back and do it again next year.

‘There’s no doubt we will definitely be back for a fifth time.’