Howard wins record-breaking Purbrook Ladies 5

Runners start the Purbrook Ladies 5 mile Race. Picture: Mick Young 150644-02
Runners start the Purbrook Ladies 5 mile Race. Picture: Mick Young 150644-02
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Hannah Howard went one better than last year as she won a superb Purbrook Ladies 5 race on Sunday.

Her quick time of 30min 09sec was good enough to see her take the title.

It was also faster than City of Portsmouth’s Commonwealth Games international Emma Montiel, who ran (30.32) when she beat Howard to win in 2014.

Overall, the race was a spectacular success for organisers Portsmouth Joggers, with run director Claire Fleming welcoming the biggest-ever entry list and a record number of finishers – 229 ladies completed the race.

Eastleigh’s Howard, who came into the race on the back of a second place in the Lakeside 5k in Portsmouth on the Wednesday before, was more than three minutes clear in first place.

Stubbington’s Daisy Hall finished second with a time of 33.27.

Hannah Howard won the Purbrook Ladies 5 race. Picture: Mick Young 150644-09

Hannah Howard won the Purbrook Ladies 5 race. Picture: Mick Young 150644-09

Her club-mate, Lucy May, took the third podium spot with 34.26.

Fleming was delighted to see so many runners finish the excellent course as the event continues to grow.

She said: ‘It was a great success. We’ve had very positive feedback from everybody.

‘The total of 229 finishers was a record and beat last year’s 162.

Hannah Howard won it. She did really well. She didn’t even seem to break sweat.

Claire Fleming

‘Hannah Howard won it. She did very well. She didn’t even seem to break sweat.

‘Hannah has been fighting for the first place for a couple of years and now she has got it.

‘Daisy Hall and Lucy May finished second and third for Stubbington Green Runners and they took the team award as well.’

Portsmouth Joggers enjoyed a good home performance with two runners in the top 10.

Purbrook Ladies 5 action. Pictures: Mick Young (150644-25)

Purbrook Ladies 5 action. Pictures: Mick Young (150644-25)

Naouele McHugh (35.03) finished fourth and Teresa Baverstock took 10th place (36.50).

Victory’s Jo Gilholm was fifth in a time of 35.37.

The event also saw new runners making race debuts after graduating from Portsmouth Joggers’ successful couch to 5k programme (C25K).

Fleming added: ‘They graduated in March and this was their first-ever race.

‘They started their running journey in January and in four months they have done really well.’

Fleming also thanked the marshals and all the volunteers.

‘Thanks to everyone who helped out, including Hampshire Police Cadets,’ she added.

‘We had a lot of cake left over as well for Rowans Hospice.’

Portsmouth Joggers also host the Summer XC at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Petersfield, on Wednesday, June 24 (7.15pm).

The Stansted Park Slog Half Marathon Trail Race, including Relay Marathon, is on Sunday, July 12.

To enter see the website pjc.org.uk