Five alive for Baker

Hayling Island 10-mile road race winner James Baker
Hayling Island 10-mile road race winner James Baker
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JAMES BAKER kept up his perfect record at the Hayling 10.

The Chichester Runners and Athletics Club man made it five wins on the bounce as this year’s event passed off successfully on Sunday.

Baker was again in dominant form as he finished clear off the field to take the men’s title in 53min 05sec.

That effort would have placed him 15th overall in this year’s Bupa Great South Run.

It was also a new course record, with Baker 73 seconds in front of his nearest rival, with Hercules Wimbledon’s Kieran White second (54.18).

City of Portsmouth’s Robin Ward was third (54.58), with Stubbington Green Runner Lewis Chalk fourth (57.01).

The women’s race also went to form, with Winchester & District’s Kathy Bailey coasting to the title.

Bailey took the win in 61.37, with Maidenhead’s Penelope McCrabbe second in 65.42.

Haslemere Borders’ Sally Goble crossed the line third in 66.57.

Conditions proved suitable, although the wind picked up slightly after a mild start to the day.

Race director Colin Goater was satisfied with how the Havant AC-organised race unfolded.

The day saw plenty of positive feedback from those involved, with 380 people crossing the finish line.

Goater believes the quirky nature of the Hayling course, with its route, taking in the Hayling Billy Trail, is a big draw for runners.

Goater said: ‘It was a very successful day.

‘The weather was fine. It picked up a little bit, but was still a lovely day.

‘James and Kathy were the winners, as predicted.

‘People who run it enjoy it because it was a little bit different to the norm.

‘We would perhaps like a little more quality to stay with him (Baker), but that seems to be the way it is these days.

‘Still it was a very pleasing event and we are happy with how it played out.’