Denmead 10k organisers target bumper run

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Denmead 10k organisers are hoping runners can enjoy a bumper run in the sun at tomorrow’s event.

Race secretary Dave Blofield is praying forecasted dry weather on the day will be reflected in the attendance of this year’s race, with runners invited to stretch their legs ahead of next Sunday’s Great South Run.

Entries will still be taken tomorrow for the event, which takes place at King George’s field in Denmead.

And Blofield is calling for plenty of runners to make last-minute moves to get involved.

He said: ‘Runners are allowed to turn up and register on the day and this is something we encourage. Last year we had more than 100 unregistered runners turn up on the day and we are hoping for more of the same this year.

‘It would be great if the sun could come out and encourage people to run.’

Blofield believes the Denmead 10K is a particularly attractive race for runners who are looking to prepare for the upcoming 10-mile Great South Run.

He added: ‘It’s a great warm-up for the Great South Run. It is neither too hilly, nor too flat, and is a race that offers runners a challenging course at a competitive pace.’

Last year’s race director Alan Shons confirmed the course circuit would remain the same, although admitted talks had taken place over a route change.

He said: ‘We may use more of the country lanes in future to safeguard the runners.

‘We want to be proactive and keep the race growing.’

Denmead Scout Hut, on Kidmore Lane, has been discussed as a potential venue with its on-site parking seen as an attractive prospect to race organisers and runners alike.

But Shons was quick to play down concerns that a change of venue could result in a switch of the race format.

‘We do have eventual plans to change to a new route but the race would remain the same distance.’

The Denmead 10K race takes place tomorrow, from 10.30am, at King George’s Field, with unattached runners charged £13.

For more information on the race, visit the Portsmouth Joggers’ website pjc.org.uk.