Gosport Half Marathon on course for another success

James Baker finishes the half marathon in fourth place last year
James Baker finishes the half marathon in fourth place last year
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The Gosport Half Marathan has a new twist for runners tomorrow.

Organisers have had to change the course because of development work on Daedalus Airfield.

But it promises to be another excellent running event, with entries sold out for the third year in a row – hitting the impressive 2,000 mark.

The race is part of the Hampshire Road Race League and attracts many of the quickest runners in the area.

It’s also a big day for the community with people chipping in to help out.

Race director Dave Little believes it is the atmosphere and support provided by Gosport Road Runners and other local organisations that makes it so successful.

He said: ‘It is the third year in a row that the entries are full. We are delighted.

‘It’s a new route for us this year but it should be similar in terms of times.

‘We couldn’t use Daedalus Airfield, so the challenge was to satisfy all the local authority requirements with the new course.

‘It’s a two-lap course, taking in most of the Lee-on-the-Solent seafront area.

‘We pride ourselves, as a club, on the way we get behind the race.

‘The marshals make sure all the runners are safe and supported.

‘We have more than 250 helpers for this year, including local scout, cadet and guide groups.’

The one thing that can’t be controlled is the weather and if the wind is not kind it could impact on finishing times.

Little said: ‘The weather conditions will influence the outcome if the wind blows strong.

‘We’ve been lucky with the weather in the past two years.

‘Hopefully the weather gods will smile on us again.’

Chichester’s James Baker was the best-placed local runner last year, finishing in fourth spot.

The race starts and finishes in Browndown Road (10am).

There is also a children’s fun run of 1.2km (10.20am).

n For full race results see The News on Tuesday.