Concannon and Baker neck and neck in race for Lakeside 5k Series prize

James Baker, wearing 3, and Peter Concannon, 83, lead the charge at Lakeside. Picture: David Brawn
James Baker, wearing 3, and Peter Concannon, 83, lead the charge at Lakeside. Picture: David Brawn
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Peter Concannon and James Baker are gunning for glory going into tonight’s final race in the Lakeside 5k Series.

The Chichester Runners athletes both have two wins and a second place as their three counting scores so far.

Things couldn’t be much closer with Peter Concannon and James Baker level on points

Peter Newton

They are level on points going into the finale at Lakeside, North Harbour (7.15pm).

On times, Concannon holds the slight edge. His 15min 41sec clocking in race two is the fastest so far, with Baker’s best being 15.48.

Aldershot, Farnham & District athlete Lauren Hall cannot be caught in the ladies’ series as she has won three races already.

Run director Peter Newton is expecting an eventful finish to the series.

He said: ‘Things couldn’t be much closer with Peter Concannon and James Baker level on points.

‘Peter has the fastest time so far by seven seconds.

‘It’s going to be really interesting to see who will take the title.

‘A few of the age groups are already settled, while Lauren Hall has won the ladies’ title.

‘She’s in the army and will be away in some distant land so won’t be at the final race.’

The Inter-Club Challenge is also close with City of Portsmouth leading on 161 points.

Stubbington Green Runners are second on 154 points and Chichester Runners are third (135).

The series has again provided a platform for impressive performances from some of the young athletes coming through in the area.

City’s Elizabeth Rose has won the ladies’ under-17 prize and could also finish in the top three overall.

In race four, her City club-mate Lachlan Wellington took the UK number one spot in the rankings for under-15 boys with his 15.51 time.

Others set for high placings in the series include Eastleigh’s Hannah Howard, who is in the running for a top-three place.

Chichester’s Jane Harrop has recorded three wins in the veteran 50 age group to secure her category prize.

Eastleigh’s Tom Stevens looks set to finish third in the men’s series.

He’s running very consistently and did well to get his first sub-16 time in the last race (15.59).

Joint hosts City of Portsmouth and Havant have put on a good show throughout the summer.

The prizes for the series will be handed out as soon as possible after the final race tonight.

Newton is hoping for a break from the rain showers to boost the entry for the series finale.

He added: ‘This year the weather has been a real mixed bag.

‘It looks a bit iffy but hopefully it is kind to us – a lot of people choose to enter on the night.

‘We usually get a reasonable turnout for the last race of the series despite it being holiday time.’