Fast times on the agenda for classy athletes in D-Day 10k

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The D-Day 10k promises to deliver some fast times tomorrow.

A strong field will assemble at Lakeside, North Harbour, with close to 700 entrants for the well-established race.

The start time has been moved forward to 10am this year, after the heat scorched the runners in the 25th edition in 2014.

That’s probably worked out perfectly, with more sunshine forecast for tomorrow.

Stubbington will have lots of strong ladies taking part, while Jackie Lloyd should lead the Victory AC charge, along with Michelle Cartwright and Jo Gilholm. Eastleigh’s Sam Aplin has been running well and did well in the Portsmouth Duathlon Series race three recently.

Chichester duo James Baker and Peter Concannon are set to renew their rivalry from the Lakeside 5k Series – also hosted by City of Portsmouth at the same venue.

Baker won the first 5k of the series, with Concannon second.

But it was positions reversed earlier this month when Concannon took the victory, with Baker relegated to runner-up.

Stubbington Green’s Daniel O’Boyle is also on the start list.

His recent performances over 5k and 10k suggest he could deliver a very quick time.

Meanwhile, Ropley 10k and Netley 10k winner, Julian Manning, is another who is likely to be in the shake-up for glory.

Another contender is Victory AC’s Dan Bailey.

He’s been showing excellent form and recorded a second place behind Manning at the Ropley 10k last month.

Race director Peter Newton is expecting a very good battle for the top positions.

He said: ‘Preparations have gone well and entries have approached the 700 mark.

‘We have got the usual entrants.

‘It will be a head to head again between the Chichester duo James Baker and Peter Concannon.

‘They were one, two in the Lakeside 5k.

‘They reversed positions in the last 5k and that sets it up nicely.

‘That should be a good little battle.

‘Julian Manning won the Netley 10k and Dan Bailey, from Victory, is doing well.

‘Daniel O’Boyle, who is a past winner of our 5ks, is also down to run.’

The event is the final act of the Hampshire Road Race League for 2014-15.

That means a good turnout from local clubs is guaranteed, with athletes looking to impress.