The 24th Annual D-Day 10k Road Race takes place tomorrow (11am).
More than 300 runners are expected to be on the start line – including last year’s winner and runner-up Joe Corbett (Newham 7 Essex Beagles) and James Baker (Chichester Runners).
Corbett claimed victory by 24 seconds last time out, but with positions reversed in races that followed, another intriguing senior contest is in prospect.
Heading the veteran entries is Mark Le Gassick of Stubbington Green, who finished second to Baker in the recent Lakeside 5k.
With an extensive prize fund on offer, the D-Day 10k has attracted a large number of veteran runners, including 80-year-old Brian Campbell.
The Midlands runner currently heads the 2013 national rankings at half marathon and marathon for his age group, with the 10k being headed by Winchester’s Bill Davies – a regular competitor in the Portsmouth races and the current age-group leader in the Lakeside 5k series.
The women’s race is wide open, with last year’s winner Cassie Thorp on holiday and Jess Chen also absent.
The City of Portsmouth pairing dominated the event last year but club-mate Emma Montiel is expected to challenge for honours tomorrow.
The race starts and finishes on the athletics track at the Mountbatten Centre.
Entries are being taken on the day.