On course for an excellent Hayling 10 race

The start of the Hayling 10 race in 2017. Picture: Keith Woodland
The start of the Hayling 10 race in 2017. Picture: Keith Woodland
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The Hayling 10 race promises some quick times on Sunday with the fast, flat course always attracting a good turnout of runners.

It’s a friendly event with lots of support and encouragement for people taking part, as well as great views around the route on a nice day.

The Hayling 10 race is always a popular event on the calendar. Picture: Keith Woodland

The Hayling 10 race is always a popular event on the calendar. Picture: Keith Woodland

If the weather is kind it will give plenty of opportunity to set new personal best times.

The Havant Athletics Club event has already attracted more than 400 entries.

It starts at 9.30am on Sunday with runners advised to arrive early to allow plenty of time for parking and picking up race numbers with the chip timing.

A limited number of entries are available on the day but on a first come, first served basis.

Jen Elkins set a new course record as she won the ladies' title in 2017 with 58.27. Picture: Keith Woodland

Jen Elkins set a new course record as she won the ladies' title in 2017 with 58.27. Picture: Keith Woodland

Organiser Mike Williams is pleased with how preparations have gone and is looking forward to a good occasion.

He said: ‘It is a good course for quick times, it’s flatter than the Great South Run.

‘We usually get some fast times and if the weather is good lots of people could be looking to beat their own personal bests.

‘The course is fine and everything is looking good. We are hopeful the weather will be nice.

‘A lot of people from the club help out.

‘Also we go around to give out letters to residents in the area letting them know about the race and some of them come out to volunteer and marshal.’

Richard Waldron took the title in 2017 with an impressive time of 55min 03sec.

Jen Elkins was the first female finisher as she completed the course in 58.27. 

Williams added: ‘We have more than 400 entries now and we will take some on the day.

‘Anyone who wants to enter will need to come down early.

‘We’re looking forward to the race, the weather is hopefully going to be nice and it will be a good morning.’

The Hayling 10 is a fast, flat 10-mile road race that winds its way around the roads at the southern tip of Hayling Island.

Starting in Bacon Lane, it winds its way through West Town, turning north into West Lane for a mile or so then turns south.

At around four miles the course heads for the water station at the Ferry Boat pub, then turns again, all the way along the seafront to Eastoke, then back to the playing fields at Bacon Lane and the community centre for the finish and possibly your fastest 10-mile time of the year.

The race headquarters is in the Community Centre, Hayling Park, PO1 1OH.