Adam Clarke credits training partner Josh Grace after superb Victory 5 success

Adam Clarke won the Victory 5 Race. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
Adam Clarke won the Victory 5 Race. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
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Victory 5 race winner Adam Clarke praised his training partner Josh Grace for doing a lot of the hard yards as the duo impressed in Portsmouth on Sunday.

It was a high-quality field for the prestigious five-mile event which was hosted at Lakeside North Harbour.

Lucy Reid won the ladies' title on her birthday. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Lucy Reid won the ladies' title on her birthday. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Clarke got the win in a time of 23min 56sec with Grace second in 24.09.

The Aldershot, Farnham & District athletes are both coached by Isle of Wight based Geoff Watkin.

They took home the team prize as well alongside club-mate Joe Wade who is also from the island and finished seventh in 25.20.

Clarke was targeting the win and was able to get clear in the last mile after Grace set a good pace throughout.

He said: ‘I wasn’t too focused on a time. I just wanted to race, pressure free, and just make sure I win the race really.

‘I’ve done the Victory 5 on the old course in 2015. I struggled, I blew up and I ran 24.35.

‘So to run sub 24 is good, I felt fine doing it.

‘Credit to my training partner Josh. It was a bit of a cheap race from me. I was taking a bit of a ride and I just blasted the last mile to win.

‘I suppose that is racing for you. Credit to him. He made it a true race from the off and kept it on 24 flat pace.

‘It was a good run. In the first mile I sat back in about fourth or fifth and chilled.

‘Josh got a gap so I shut the gap and then just sat on him, took a ride as you do.

‘It worked out quite well, I felt good.’

It was an equally classy race for the ladies’ title with Tonbridge’s Lucy Reid taking the win in 27.05 on her birthday, finishing just ahead of Great Britain international Charlotte Purdue (27.16).

Nicole Taylor made it two Tonbridge athletes in the first three as she took the other spot on the podium in 28.31.

City of Portsmouth were well represented and picked up podium positions in the team standings.

Emma Jolley (fifth in 29.27), Rhiannon Dunlop (sixth in 29.54) and Emma Montiel (10th in 30.15) all ran very well.

Lachlan Wellington was the first under-20 male in sixth overall (25.14) with Zack Lahlal (11th in 26.00) and Jacob O’Hara (12th in 26.12) also impressing.

Katie Simister finished first under-20 female (32.34) and Mark Hargreaves was the first male 60 (32.26). Reg Ball was first male 65 (33.57).

In total 750 people completed the five-mile race which had sold out well before the deadline for entries closed.