Baker ends his wait as he takes Gosport crown

James Baker showed his class to win the Gosport Half Marathon. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Baker showed his class to win the Gosport Half Marathon. Picture: Neil Marshall

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JAMES BAKER ended his wait for another Gosport Half Marathon with a superb performance on Sunday.

The Chichester athlete has been running really strongly and prior to the event it was looking good for him to halt his run of not taking the title since 2008.

Bryher Bowness after finishing first lady in Gosport. Picture: Neil Marshall

Bryher Bowness after finishing first lady in Gosport. Picture: Neil Marshall

Conditions were superb and Gosport Road Runners hosted a brilliant show.

It is always a good quality race with many of the south-coast’s fastest athletes battling for the crown, among a field of more than 1,600 people.

Baker took the win with his time of 1hr 09min 50sec.

Second was Daniel Eckersley, of Kingston and Polytechnic Harriers (1.09.57) with Southampton’s Matthew Bennett taking third position in the same time.

City of Portsmouth's Emma Jolley had another superb run. Picture: Neil Marshall

City of Portsmouth's Emma Jolley had another superb run. Picture: Neil Marshall

Southampton’s Bryher Bowness had a brilliant run as she finished first lady in 1.18.19.

Second was City of Portsmouth athlete Emma Jolley who continued her excellent form with a time of 1.20.49.

Team Bath’s Eilidh Bell was next lady to finish in 1.22.26.

With such good conditions it was a day for lots of personal best times and a good occasion for many runners making their half marathon debuts.

The atmosphere was fantastic around the course with the superb marshals and the Big Noise Samba Band in top form.