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Stubbington's Tanya Brady finished third in last year's Purbrook Ladies 5  Picture: Mick Young

Stubbington's Tanya Brady finished third in last year's Purbrook Ladies 5 Picture: Mick Young

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The battle to rule Purbrook Heath returns tomorrow for the annual Purbrook Ladies 5.

A strong field will line up to tackle the five-mile course for an event that has become a popular part of the local athletics calendar.

Run by Portsmouth Joggers, the 2013 Purbrook Ladies 5 will see the return of Kathy Bailey to defend her crown.

The Winchester runner took last year’s title in a time of 30min 22sec, ahead of Hannah Howard.

Meanwhile, Stubbington Green Runners’ Tanya Brady crossed the line in third place.

The single-lap course of the event is notorious for its rural route, as competitors are taken through quiet country lanes before finishing back at Purbrook Heath.

The race is also renowned for attracting a sparse field of age groups, as any female between the ages of 15 and 70-plus can participate.

The course is deemed ideal for inexperienced runners who wish to test themselves in their first-ever competitive race.

If you haven’t signed up for tomorrow’s run, don’t worry, there’s still time.

Entries will be taken up until 9.45am tomorrow morning, with the action getting under way at 10am.

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