Race options for ladies

Karrie Blake. Picture: Malcolm Wells (123267-6647)
Karrie Blake. Picture: Malcolm Wells (123267-6647)
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FEMALE runners will be spoilt for choice on Sunday with a double dose of race action.

The popular Purbrook Ladies 5 returns and is expected to draw in a solid field for the long-running all-female event.

And it will be joined by the Gosport Golden Mile & 5k which is back after an impressive inaugural race.

Over 400 runners were involved in the Golden Mile last year with positive feedback from runners.

The aim will be to build on that success on a fast, flat point to mile and out-and-back 5k race.

There will also be a junior mile taking place as the next generation of talent battle it out.

Last year saw Team Run-Fast’s Tom Payn take the mile race win with City of Portsmouth’s Karrie Blake the women’s winner.

The 5k honours went to City’s Sian Hawkes and Southampton’s Matt Hibberd.

Entries are taken on the day for the race with the Junior Golden Mile beginning at 9.30am, senior race 10am and 5k at 10.45am.

And that will also be the case for the Purbrook Ladies 5 – although the successful Portsmouth Joggers-organised race has limited spaces available.

Gosport Road Runners will be lending their support to the event’s organisation, as well as having a healthy number of runners on the start line.

The likes of Alton Runners, Southampton Running Sisters, Hatch Warren AC, Victory, Stubbington Green, Denmead Striders and Portsmouth Triathletes are all involved.

Portsmouth Joggers pair Sandra Howard and Catherine Durkin are expected to be in contention.

Race director Claire Fleming said: ‘We are very excited and have new things this year, like the barcode timing system and some “bling” trophies for the ladies.

‘We’ve had good support from Purbrook Cricket Club among others, have worked hard and are looking forward to a successful race.’

A limited number of entries are available on the day, £10 and £12 (unaffiliated).

Entries are asked to register before 9.30am. Race starts 10am.