Stubbington 10K out to live up to billing

Karrie Blake will compete in the Stubbington 10K
Karrie Blake will compete in the Stubbington 10K
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The sold-out signs have gone up for a record-entry Stubbington Green Runners 10K.

And organisers are confident the event tomorrow will live up to its billing as a leading light for races on the south coast.

The contest will again form part of the Hampshire Road Race League as its 10K event and sixth fixture of the campaign.

Numbers have reached an all-time high, with 1,850 athletes registered to take part and well over 1,400 expected on the start line.

It’s expected to be an exciting battle at the top end of the field, with the likes of Winchester & District’s Toby Lambert and Newham & Essex Beagle James Ellis set to figure prominently.

City of Portsmouth’s Karrie Blake will be a contender in the women’s field, along with Bourton Road Runner Shona Crombie-Hicks. Cassie Thorp misses out through injury.

Race director Gary Littlecott is upbeat the race will avoid a repeat of the testing conditions it has faced in the past.

He believes the event will underline why it is so respected in the running world.

‘Things are always a little crazy building up to the race, but it’s all going in the right direction,’ said Littlecott.

‘The weather looks like it will be good and we won’t have the snow and ice we had two years ago.

‘The race entry is a record and we have never had over 1,400 runners on the day.

‘We would hope to have over that number this year.’

‘We have a good entry list again. It’s a case of those at the front tend to blitz it and the rest will follow.

‘A lot of races need to push their events. We never need to advertise ours.

‘It always seems to attract the same pod of people, though, who like to come back.

‘The race mug is endorsed with the statement it’s the top race on the south coast. That’s our belief.’

Littlecott feels the race route is one of the biggest draws of the Stubbington 10K.

He said: ‘It’s a brilliant course and our belief that it is very safe, with it being traffic free for 8.5K of the 10K.’

The race will start in Stubbington village and head along Titchfield Lane towards Titchfield village.

It will then take a route through Bridge Street, Coach Hill, Posbrook Lane, Triangle Lane and on to the coast road, which merges into Cliff Road.

The race then heads into Crofton Lane, Bells Lane and Stubbington Lane, before returning to Stubbington village.

The Stubbington Green Runners 10K begins at 10am tomorrow.