Super Dan is Absolutely delighted with Victory

Dan Bailey powered to Gosport 5k success. Picture: David Brawn
Dan Bailey powered to Gosport 5k success. Picture: David Brawn
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Dan Bailey was full of praise for the Gosport 5k Summer Series after picking up the 2015 title.

The Victory AC athlete won three of the four races, including the final event of the series.

His four times were remarkably consistent with 16min 40sec in the opener in June followed up with 16.43, 16.30 and 16.37.

Bailey was only beaten once, finishing second to Stubbington Green Runners’ Dan O’Boyle who won race three in a course-record time of 15.35.

Stubbington’s Susie MacGregor and Melissa Hutton-Dunton also excelled.

Hutton-Dunton won the first two races (20.36 and 20.39) and secured series success with fifth place in race four (21.43).

Susie MacGregor, wearing 629, set a new course record in the Gosport 5k

Susie MacGregor, wearing 629, set a new course record in the Gosport 5k

MacGregor did not enter the first two but finished strongly with two wins – including setting a new ladies’ course record of 19.06 in race four.

For Bailey, the series – organised by Nick Carter from the Absolute Running shop, in Gosport – was an ideal summer sharpener.

He said: ‘Nick Carter is all about the locals and the series has a friendly feel to it.

‘I was pleased with my consistency and was happy to do 16.37 in the fourth race without really pushing it on the last mile.

It has a friendly feel to it - it is good to do an evening race with a good atmosphere

Dan Bailey

‘The series is a good sharpener to get a bit of speed in the legs.’

Carter was thrilled to see his series really take off this summer.

He praised Bailey for proving a great ambassador and the Stubbington ladies who turned on the style.

Overall, it was a great series. Clubs including Fareham Crusaders, Portsmouth Joggers and Gosport Road Runners all supported it. Meanwhile, there was a popular 1k race for juniors.

Carter said: ‘We were delighted. It was an outstanding success, building on a fairly successful first year in 2014.

‘We thought it might take itself to the next level and we weren’t disappointed.

‘The final race was over capacity. We had 210 finishers which was great.

‘We had a new men’s course record, set by Dan O’Boyle, and a ladies’ course record by Susie MacGregor.

‘Gosport Road Runners were the new men’s series winners.

‘The last race was a fabulous sea of colour. A great showing from the local running clubs.

‘People from well outside the county came down to do it.

‘As ever, the crowning glory was the kids. They were superb.

‘We must thank Dan Bailey for supporting the event.

‘He did every one of the four races and we are very grateful to him. He’s a great role model for anyone taking up sport.

‘Susie MacGregor and Melissa Hutton-Dunton did well. It would be nice to see them back next year.’

The race series is managed by Nice Work. Carter is looking for a sponsor to help boost prizes for next year.