Carter family toast a race double

Charlie Carter took the ladies' honours in race three of the Promenade 5K
Charlie Carter took the ladies' honours in race three of the Promenade 5K
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City of Portsmouth AC celebrated a family triumph as brother and sister, Harry and Charlie Carter, won their respective races in the Promenade 5K Road Race.

The dynamic duo defied the blustery conditions to cross the line first in their categories in the third race of the five-part series, which started and finished at the Mountbatten Centre.

Some finishing times were slower than normal but, the standard of racing – run on a flat terrain – had certainly not diminished.

Middle-distance runner Carter, representing City of Portsmouth, took the men’s honours with a personal best time of 15min 41sec.

The 20-year-old’s fine display proved enough for him to see off defending champion James Baker by a seven-second margin.

Trained by City coach Vince Stamp, Carter secured his maiden victory over Baker in the Promenade series.

But it was not his first win over the Chichester runner overall.

Both athletes took part in the Chichester Corporate Challenge earlier this year, run over a shorter distance, with Carter coming out on top by 12 seconds.

His latest win was an excellent achievement, considering the 35-year-old Baker’s domination in this event over the years.

In the women’s race, 17-year-old Charlie fought her own personal battle against leading veteran Jane Harrop.

Carter secured the family double by six seconds, with both her and Harrop recording faster times than the second race in the series.

It was a sign of improvement from the City athlete as Carter had finished 20 seconds adrift of 50-year-old Harrop in the previous encounter.

Meanwhile, Victory AC’s Daniel Bailey and Havant’s Matt Gordon ensured it was a good night for the junior athletes.

Bailey finished less than a minute behind second-place Baker, whilst Gordon recorded a respectable seventh-placed finish.

Competing as a junior, Havant’s Amy Bream also finished sixth in the women’s race, as City of Portsmouth’s Charlotte Bowsher took fifth by a margin of two seconds.

The penultimate race in the series will take place on Wednesday, August 3 and will once again be organised by City of Portsmouth AC and Havant AC.

The overall series winner will be determined at the final Promenade 5K race on Wednesday, August 31, in what is sure to be an enthralling encounter.