Gosport Half Marathon set for record run

Entries for this year's Gosport Half Marathon have now been filled
Entries for this year's Gosport Half Marathon have now been filled
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A RECORD entry list is expected at tomorrow’s Gosport Half Marathon.

The event has had to close entry to participants for the first time in its 27-year history, after 2,000 runners signed up for the 13-mile run.

And race director Dave Little is hopeful this year’s race, staged by Gosport Road Runners, can also produce a record number of runners across the finish line.

He said: ‘It is the first time in the race’s history that we have had to close the entry.

‘There is a good mix of club and non-club runners from all over the country and we are hoping, due to the numbers that have registered, for a record number of finishers.’

Last year’s ladies’ race winner, Liz Hartney, is back to defend her title, while the men’s race looks set to be a battle between Matthew Bennett and James Baker, who finished second and third respectively in 2011.

The course, which remains unchanged from last year, will start and finish on Browndown Road at Stokes Bay.

The first half of the race will see runners make their way down to Lee-on-the-Solent and into Daedalus Airfield, before heading on to Stubbington.

The route then heads back towards Gosport again, with another lap of Deadalus included on the home stretch.

Good weather conditions are forecast for tomorrow’s race, which starts at 10am.

A fun run aimed at under-12s, costing £2, will also take place at 10.20am, with parents and guardians required to sign children in for registration.

n Don’t miss The News on Tuesday for a report, full results and pictures from the 2012 Gosport Half Marathon.