Baker gunning for repeat in Lakeside 5k Series

Jacob O'Hara ran strongly in the Lakeside 5k race one. Picture: David Brawn
Jacob O'Hara ran strongly in the Lakeside 5k race one. Picture: David Brawn
Elliott Evans, coach Terry Price and Hollie Thurgood. Picture: Paul Smith

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James Baker will be aiming to make it two out of two when he tackles the second Lakeside 5k Series race tonight (7.15pm).

The Chichester athlete was too strong for his rivals in the opener last month.

After going with the pace set by a select group early on, Baker then opened up a good gap and was comfortable heading to the finish with a winning time of 16min 04sec.

Tonight the runners will be hoping for good conditions, and if the competition is strong enough at the front end there is every chance of seeing a sub-16 minute clocking.

Baker comes into the event off the back of a 15.40.5 time on the track in the Sussex Championships.

Last summer he was third overall in the five-race series at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour.

But his form in the opening race has set down an early marker this time around.

Baker’s Chichester Runners club-mate, Peter Concannon, finished second in race one (16.09).

Eastleigh’s Tom Stevens crossed the line to take third place (16.11).

City of Portsmouth youngster Jacob O’Hara flew round the course as he won the the under-15 age category with a brilliant 16.31 clocking.

Aldershot’s Lauren Hall was first lady, with a time of 18.04.

Elizabeth Rose, from City of Portsmouth, finished first in the ladies’ under-17 age category (19.10).