Classy Manning shines

Julian Manning powers clear early on. Picture: Mick Young 132651-01
Julian Manning powers clear early on. Picture: Mick Young 132651-01
Runners stream past HMS Victory in the Historic Dockyard

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Julian Manning capitalised on glorious conditions as he powered to a comfortable victory in the Portsmouth RNLI 10k on Sunday.

His winning time was 33min 37sec in favourable weather, with no wind on the seafront.

Manning was exactly one minute clear of Neil Riley, who finished in second place, while Ross Lamport came in third – 20 seconds further back.

The 10k runs alongside the Southsea Pirates – Pieces of Eight race. Both events attracted record fields this year as competitors enjoyed a perfect test on Southsea seafront ahead of the Great South Run later this month.

Organiser Rob Piggott, of Believe & Achieve Personal Training, felt Manning’s display crowned a great day.

He said: ‘It was fantastic – the best one I have done down there.

‘Julian was awesome. He was way ahead of the pack.

‘The weather was so good.

‘Some people said to me “can you make it colder next year”.

‘It was good for personal bests, with no wind at all.’

Magdalena Wujek won the women’s prize in 44.11 with Rebecca Hughes, of Portsmouth Triathles, in second (44.45).

There were 357 finishers in total – including sailor Dee Caffari, who recorded a time of 1.03.16.

The race for victory in the Southsea Pirates Pieces of Eight event was a thriller.

George Little, of Fife SC/RNAC came in first of the 109 finishers, completing the eight-mile course in 46.27.

Victory AC’s Paul Mitchinson was second, just six seconds back.

Patryk Huczkowski, of Balance Performance Triathlon, took third in 48.16.

Home favourite Emma Jolley, of Southsea Pirates, won the women’s race in a time of 54.19.

Next up for Believe & Achieve in Portsmouth is the Ghost Race on November 1.