‘Exhausted’ Montiel on top after thrilling Lakeside series finale

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The start of the Gosport Half Marathon race as James Baker, wearing 85, hits the front early on. Picture: Neil Marshall

Baker’s perfect timing with Gosport triumph

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Emma Montiel crowned a spectacular summer season with Lakeside 5k Series glory and admitted: I’m exhausted.

The City of Portsmouth long-distance specialist completed her success with second place in the women’s race on Wednesday at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour.

Her time of 18min 09sec was good enough for women’s overall victory.

She has shown great consistency in the series, entering three of the five races – winning one and finishing runner-up twice.

Her performances also helped City win the club championship prize.

Montiel is just getting up to speed again after her dream summer on the track, climaxed by her appearance in the 10,000m when she competed alongside some top Kenyan talents in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

It’s not been an easy return to reality but Montiel was in good spirits after sealing the Lakeside crown.

She said: ‘I’m exhausted.

‘That was probably my worst run of the whole season. But it’s the first race since the Commonwealths.

‘I’ve not really done that much. I wound down and I had caught a bit of a bug.

‘That sort of took a lot out of me.

‘I have only done three of the races in the series but I have come second twice and won one of them.

‘I’ve done the series for four years now. I do enjoy it. I prefer road racing than track actually.

‘Last year I came second, that’s been my best performance so yeah, I can’t complain really.’

It was a spectacular finish to the men’s race.

Stubbington Green star Daniel O’Boyle continued his brilliant form with his second successive first place, in a time of 15.27.

But that wasn’t quite enough to see him take overall victory.

Crawley’s Nick Duggan finished second on the night, just good enough to edge Boyle off top spot (15.44).

Defending champion James Baker finished third and had to be content with third in the series (15.49).

It was an outstanding competition, with the three men all together at the 3k point in the final race, before O’Boyle powered away and Duggan then kicked clear of Baker late on.

City under-15s Ted Yeates and Elizabeth Rose again demonstrated their outstanding ability to finish the series on a high, winning their age groups.

It’s a very good sign for the future of the club, with so many young athletes, alongside Yeates and Rose, impressing both on the road and on the track.

Montiel’s performance in Glasgow this summer, rubbing shoulders with so many great athletes, has shown what can be achieved with dedication.

Montiel said: ‘It’s good to see the young City of Portsmouth runners coming through as well. That’s quite exciting. They are very good.

‘It’s really nice to see. I just hope they can carry on improving because we don’t have many long distance runners.

‘Elizabeth has been fantastic. I don’t train with her but from what I’ve seen in the 5k, I think she’s fantastic. I hope she just keeps getting better and better.

‘Everybody is competitive but if she starts beating me, I’m thinking brilliant. Hopefully there will be more coming through as well.’