Montiel lives up to her billing as hot favourite

City of Portsmouth athlete Emma Montiel  Picture: Allan Hutchings
City of Portsmouth athlete Emma Montiel Picture: Allan Hutchings
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Emma Montiel and Elizabeth Rose starred in round one of the Lakeside 5k Series.

The City of Portsmouth duo were in great form.

Montiel started as hot favourite and lived up to the billing.

She shaved one second off her personal best to comfortably win with a time of 17min 52sec.

Her closest rival was Rose, who shot to the top of the under-15 national rankings for 5k with a dazzling debut over the distance.

The City youngster finished second in 18.17.

That display has clearly identified her as a star to watch.

Organiser Peter Newton felt the duo lit up the opening event in the five-race series.

He said: ‘Emma is very, very consistent. She never has a bad run.

‘She got a second off her personal best, so I think she will be happy with that.

‘Elizabeth looks to be a star in the making. It was her first five 5k and she provided probably the performance of the night.’

Joe Wade showed a clean pair of heels to his rivals as he took the men’s victory.

The Aldershot, Farnham & District athlete, from the Isle of Wight, is enjoying great form in 2014.

He forged ahead right from the early stages around Lakeside car park and was never threatened. His time was exactly 15min.

Reigning series champion James Baker, from Chichester, finished in second position – 47 seconds behind Wade.

Stubbington Green’s Daniel O’Boyle came home in third place.

Wade’s outstanding performance was not a surprise to Newton.

But he still believes Baker will be the man to defend his series crown.

He said: ‘Joe has certainly had some good runs this year. His time in the Eastleigh 10k suggested he might run around 15 minutes.

‘Sub 15 was on if he had someone in close attendance.

‘I think James could have run faster – he probably settled for second.

‘James will have his eye on the series win.

‘It would be unusual if Joe Wade turned out for every one.

‘Maybe he’s got the bit between his teeth now, though.’

There were cracking times throughout the field as the area’s top runners burned up the flat circuit around Lakeside.

It was also a big positive to see good attendances from all the local clubs.

Talented Havant runner Chris Spinks was the top under-20 with a time of 16.20 – good enough for sixth overall.

City’s Rob Ward and Christopher Tildesley were the leading finishers from the joint host club in 10th and 11th place.

Stubbington Green’s Andy Simpson held off City of Portsmouth’s Mark Campion to take male-40 honours, while Pete Turrell of Denmead Striders won the male-50.

Reg Ball of City of Portsmouth took the male-60 crown.

In the younger age groups, the under-15 boys was a clean sweep for City of Portsmouth as they provided the top three with Jacob O’Hara, Harry Moore and Will Wall.

Havant’s Kaya Simpson won the under-20 women’s category.

The second race in the series is on Wednesday, May 28 (7.15pm).