Outstanding O’Hara smashes Corporate Challenge record

Jacob O'Hara, centre, with Ben Collins, left, and Alex Halfacree. Picture: Louise Adams

Jacob O'Hara, centre, with Ben Collins, left, and Alex Halfacree. Picture: Louise Adams

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Jacob O’Hara delivered a record-breaking performance in the final round of the Chichester Corporate Challenge road race series.

The City of Portsmouth talent, who attends Oaklands School, in Waterlooville, obliterated the course record as he won the secondary school boys’ four-lap race.

His stunning time of 8min 17sec for the 2.8k course was 27 seconds faster than his nearest rival on the night, Ben Collins, of Chichester High School, as the year-nine duo both smashed the nine- minute barrier.

Chichester’s Alex Halfacree crossed the line in third place (9.14).

Will Wall, of Petersfield School, was first year 10 with a time of 9.23.

Callum Crook, of Crofton Secondary School, won the year-eight 2.1k race with a time of 6.44.

Josh Goldfinch, from St John’s College, in Southsea, was second (6.46).

In the girls’ secondary school 2.1k race, athletes from Cams Hill took three of the four age-group wins.

City of Portsmouth trio Saffron Moore (7.21), year seven, Cheyenne James, year eight (7.29), and overall winner Maisie Grice, year 10 (7.11), all topped the podium for the Fareham School.

Ellie O’Neill, from Locks Heath, won the primary girls’ race (5.10).

In the senior A race, Brighton’s Josh Guilmant took victory over the 4.5k course in a time of 13.28.

Chichester’s Harry Leleu was runner-up (13.32), just edging out James Ellis (13.32) and Mark Burchett (13.34).

Fay Cripps was again too good for the rest in the women’s race with a 16.48 clocking, with Corin Bearpark, from Havant, finishing second (17.05).

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