Bailey serves up success in Gosport 5k Summer Series opener

Dan Bailey speeding around the D-Day course
Dan Bailey speeding around the D-Day course
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Dan Bailey got the Gosport 5k Summer Series off to a flying start.

The Victory AC athlete delivered a good performance to win the event, organised by Absolute Running, on Tuesday.

He was pleased with his time of 16.40, considering he had to keep some energy back during a busy week of racing.

Bailey also finished sixth in the D-Day 10k on Sunday and was fifth in the Hayling Billy 5 on Wednesday.

In Gosport, Joseph Wales, from Southampton AC, was second (17.08) and Stubbington Green’s James Sawyer crossed the line in third place with a 17.48 time.

Melissa Hutton-Dunton, from Stubbington Green Runners, finished first lady in 20.36.

Donna Mitchell was second with a time of 20.54.

Bayside Tri club’s Au Baldock was third in 21.14.

Bailey is hoping his opening victory can set him on the way to series success in the four-race event.

He said: ‘I’ll see if I can win the series.

‘I have got one win in the bag. I’m secured at the moment.

‘On Tuesday I finished with 16.40 – a good time. For 5k it’s a bit off the pace but I had to save a bit.

‘I’ll come back next time and hopefully go a bit quicker.

‘It’s a really good 5k. It’s nice to do an evening event.’

Bailey’s busy week saw him in action on three successive nights from Tuesday, making a total of four races in five days, including the D-Day 10k.

He ran well in the Hayling Billy 5 – an event put on by his club Victory.

He added: ‘I said I would do the hat-trick of Gosport 5k, Billy 5, and the Chichester Runners’ Mid Summer 5.

‘It’s really good fun. It’s nice to support the local clubs.’

Absolute Running also hosted a 1k race for juniors.

Ben Cairns crossed the line first with a time of 3.35. Jay Green finished second in 3.45 and Callum Stock was third 3.52.

Lily Stock was the first girl with a time of 4.13.

Olivia Vincent finished second (4.15) and Amelia Madgwick crossed the line third 4.38.

Race two takes place on Tuesday, July 14, at Stokes Bay – close to the Bayside Cabin Cafe, PO12 2QT.