Manning strides out to Denmead success

Julian Manning wins the Denmead 10k. Picture: Mick Young
Julian Manning wins the Denmead 10k. Picture: Mick Young
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Julian Manning saw off the challenge from Dan Bailey to win the Denmead 10k on Sunday.

It was a good performance on the undulating course, with Manning completing victory in a time of 34min 55sec.

Victory athlete Bailey was in hot pursuit as he finished in 35.19.

Third place went to Southampton’s Richard Waldron (35.29) ahead of Stubbington Green athlete Boe Harper in fourth (36.45).

Anna Stephenson was the first female finisher in a time of 43.23, with Jen Elkins second (44.12).

It was the first Denmead 10k hosted by the Striders.

Previously Portsmouth Joggers put the event on but it wasn’t held last year.

Paul Hiles, part of the organising committee for Denmead Striders, was pleased to be able to help bring the race back.

In some ways it was fitting that Manning took the victory.

Hiles said: ‘Julian is fast and it was good for him to get the win.

‘Dan Bailey pushed him hard and there are a lot of good young guys who are challenging him.

‘Obviously a lot of our club runners had to help with the organisation on the day so they weren’t able to run.

‘This was the first 10k Denmead Striders have organised.

‘It went really well. The numbers were good.

‘The event is held on quiet country roads, just north of Denmead, towards the Bat & Ball pub.

‘We’ll be keeping the same course for next year and I expect Julian will be looking to defend his title.’

The course provides a good challenge for the runners, with some hills to contend with.

Fortunately conditions were perfect on Sunday, despite a few puddles.

Hiles was happy too with the total of 176 finishers.

He added: ‘Our race limit is 200 because it is quite a narrow course in places and we pretty much met that.

‘We advertised it at local races and at parkruns – they have really helped us.

‘Thanks to all involved. Hampshire County Council gave us a grant to get the race up and running and that really helped.’

See denmeadstriders.co.uk for the full results.