Places snapped up for popular Portsmouth Joggers Summer XC race

Ladies from Portsmouth Joggers running in the 2014 Summer XC. Picture: Penny Johnstone
Ladies from Portsmouth Joggers running in the 2014 Summer XC. Picture: Penny Johnstone
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Portsmouth Joggers are all set for their Summer XC race at Queen Elizabeth Country Park tonight (7.15pm).

The popular event has seen a flood of entries, with all 250 places already sold out.

We increased the limit to 250 this year and sold out all the places in advance of the night. In that respect I am over the moon

Kiernan Easton

It’s testament to the work done by race director Kiernan Easton and his team.

The increased entry also highlights the good job of local clubs like the Joggers and Victory AC, who have introduced people to running with their C25k (couch to 5k) groups.

Easton said: ‘Everything is looking good for the race.

‘Entries are up on last year. We had 200 last time, including 40 on the day.

‘We increased the limit to 250 this year and sold out all the places in advance of the night.

‘In that respect I am over the moon.’

Last year Chichester Runners enjoyed a win double thanks to James Baker and Fay Cripps.

Baker will be back to take on the likes of Denmead Striders duo Julian Manning and Jon Sullivan, who are always strong in local events.

Portsmouth Joggers have a good ladies’ team, including Naouele McHugh, who won the Hayling Billy 5 recently.

Harriet Herbert, Jane Carr, Pip Wright and Tina Law are also running well for the host club.

Denmead Striders, Fareham Crusaders and Victory will be supporting the race in good numbers.

Runners from Biggleswade AC, Henfield Joggers, Lincoln & District, Liss, and Hatch Warren are also among those taking part, along with lots of unattached runners.

The race takes place on scenic forest tracks over a distance of approximately five miles.

Alexandra Sports have again provided great support for the race, while Horndean catering company RKdia will be doing a barbecue after.