Manning and Jolley crowned first Chilly Hilly champions

Julian Manning. Picture: Mick Young
Julian Manning. Picture: Mick Young
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Julian Manning became the first winner of the new Portsmouth Joggers’ Chilly Hilly cross-country race.

The Denmead Striders athlete finished the muddy, undulating course of just over six miles at Queen Elizabeth Country Park with a time of 41min 23sec.

Emma Jolley was also in great form as she finished first lady and 11th overall in 48.49.

The 2015 Portsmouth Duathlon Series champion showed she is running into good form in time to start her title defence in March.

Denmead Striders had a great turnout in the Chilly Hilly race with four runners in the top six.

Patrick Stephenson finished second in 42.03, Gary Armstrong was fifth in 45.19 and Matthew Cheyney was sixth in 45.58 as they followed in Manning’s footsteps.

Helen Nicholls, from Stubbington, was the second lady to finish with a time of 51.04 and Emma Brewin, of Portsmouth Joggers, was third in 53.57.

Jamie Hillsden led home the Portsmouth Triathletes as he finished in 46 minutes to secure seventh place.

Overall, it was an excellent debut for the event.

Race director Kiernan Easton oversaw 231 finishers with Portsmouth Joggers, Portsmouth Triathletes, Fareham Crusaders, Stubbington Green, Bognor Regis Tone Zone, Liss, and Gosport Road Runners among the clubs well represented.

Portsmouth Joggers host the Meon Valley Plod on Sunday, February 21, starting at 10.30am.

This popular event, with a distance of around 21 miles, has already sold out.

Meanwhile, the Purbrook Ladies’ 5 race takes place on Sunday, May 29 at 10am.

It is based at Purbrook Heath Pavilion, Purbrook, Waterlooville, PO7 5RU.

Less than half the places are remaining for this popular annual race.

The Summer XC is on Wednesday, June 29 (7.15pm).

And the Stansted Park Slog half marathon trail race, including relay marathon, is on Sunday, July 3. The relay marathon starts at 9.15am with the half marathon at 10.45am.

See the website for more information.