Powner leads Stubbington charge

120141-5774 STUBBINGTON 10K (SPORT) MRW 15/1/2012''// all pix taken at both the start and the finish of The 2012 Stubbington Green 10K Race - MRW //''(left to right) 2nd place: Andy Greenleaf, !st Chris Powner, and Tom Payn, all run for Winchester & District AC''Picture: Malcolm Wells (120141-5774)
120141-5774 STUBBINGTON 10K (SPORT) MRW 15/1/2012''// all pix taken at both the start and the finish of The 2012 Stubbington Green 10K Race - MRW //''(left to right) 2nd place: Andy Greenleaf, !st Chris Powner, and Tom Payn, all run for Winchester & District AC''Picture: Malcolm Wells (120141-5774)
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Chris Powner came up with a dominant victory in the Stubbington 10K as he led home a record field at the popular event.

Powner clocked an impressive winning time of 30min 39sec to take the honours.

That was 14 seconds clear of his Winchester & District club-mate Andy Greenleaf (30.53), while Tom Payn, also from Winchester, grabbed third spot in 32.15.

Julian Manning, of Denmead Striders, took sixth spot (33.16), Portsmouth Joggers’ Robin Ward was ninth (34.32), while City of Portsmouth’s Zippy Grice led home the veteran men in 10th place overall (34.40).

Runners from host club Stubbington Green AC fared well, with David Castle (34.41) and Andy Simpson (35.06) 11th and 15th respectively.

In the women’s race, it was more success for Winchester as Lucy Elliott grabbed victory for the club by being the first female athlete home in 36.17.

She was well clear of talented City of Portsmouth’s runner-up Karrie Blake (36.54) and Eastleigh’s Hannah Howard (37.40).

Race director, Gary Littlecott, said: ‘Winchester just blitzed it.

‘They dominated the men’s race with the top three finishers and won the women’s race as well.

‘The course record is 30.19 so he (Powner) was 20 seconds off that mark, but the times are getting faster each year and he won by quite a margin. And it was quite windy so the conditions were tricky in places.’

While traffic problems caused Littlecott some nervous moments in the run-up to the race on Sunday, he was relieved and pleased to see such a record number of runners – 1,466 – take to the start line.

He said: ‘There was an accident on the M27 early on Sunday morning and I was worried I would have to start the race with 200 people on the start line at one point.

‘But they all turned up at once, thankfully.

‘We had a record number of starters so we were well pleased with that.

‘We had 1,397 last year, which was a record.

‘We don’t advertise the race but we open the entries on September 1 and the 1,850 entries are sold out by December 1 every year.

‘You always get some drop out for one reason or another.

‘But it puts it up there as one of the more popular races around.’

Littlecott expressed his thanks to the local residents and his support team, as well as the competitors.

He said: ‘The people of Stubbington and nearby are very tolerant and thanks should go to them for allowing us to close the roads for an hour.

‘It’s brilliant that they are so supportive, and especially one gentleman who lives on the start line!

‘My crew do a great job and we couldn’t put the race on without all their help.

‘But the runners continue to make it a popular event.’