Records broken in Hayling 10

James Baker, number 59, claimed victory in the Hayling 10-mile run. Picture: Mick Young 143349-03
James Baker, number 59, claimed victory in the Hayling 10-mile run. Picture: Mick Young 143349-03
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James Baker continued his 
domination of the Hayling 10 by smashing the course record en-route to his fifth win on Sunday.

The Chichester Runners athlete was the clear favourite ahead of the race and he lived up to that tag by comfortably winning the men’s race in 52 min 37sec.

He is believed to have broken the course record by 17 seconds.

Race director Colin Goater said: ‘James Baker has been a very consistent performer.

‘He’s always there and he loves it.

‘He literally ran away with it.’

Back in the summer, Baker also triumphed in the Hayling five-mile race and, more recently, finished fifth in last month’s Gosport Half Marathon.

Conditions were near perfect for the flat 10-mile course, which includes an off-road section on the Hayling Billy trail.

Victory AC’s Zack Lahlal finished an impressive second after clocking a time of 56:52.

Team-mate Paul Mitchinson placed seventh in the race with a time of 58:34.

Denmead Striders’ Richard Murphy took third place in 57:50.

The first female to cross the line was Lesley Locks, of Hart Road Runners, in a time of 62:55.

Victory’s Jackie Lloyd was second after clocking 65:30.

There were nearly 450 runners who finished the race in what was the biggest Hayling 10 yet.

The event seems to be going from strength to strength, with nearly 70 more participants finishing the race than last year.

Goater said: ‘It was a lovely day considering what we’ve had recently and I think the runners thoroughly enjoyed it.

‘The off-road section was pleasant with lovely views over the bay.

‘We were very pleased with the number of entries as it was a record field.

‘More and more people are turning to off-road courses because not as much is expected of them.

‘The slower runners particularly like it.’

The only disappointment on what was a very positive day was the withdrawal of Kathy Bailey.

The women’s course record-holder was forced to pull out with a recurring hamstring injury.

‘It was disappointing that she couldn’t race but she will be back next year,’ said Goater.

‘Jackie has been consistent and has been running at a similar speed to Kathy so it would have been a good tussle between them.’

The route started in Bacon Lane and went through West Town, up West Lane and back down the Hayling Billy before taking in Ferry Road as far as the ferry.

It turned at Eastoke and ran back along the seafront before finishing in Hayling Park.

The event is hosted by Havant AC, who use the money from the entry fees to finance the next generation of athletes at the club.

Goater explained: ‘It’s the main source of income for Havant Athletics Club.

‘The club caters for a lot of young track athletes and they have to pay for their training and transport to events.

‘The Hayling 10 goes a long way to financing that, so it’s an important event.’