Toby Lambert enjoyed a smashing start to the 2015 running calendar as he broke the Stubbington 10k course record on Sunday.
Lambert’s winning time of 30min 35sec crowned an historic day in style.
Perfect weather conditions were a real bonus as many athletes clocked personal bests, fully justifying the resolve to turn down that extra mince pie over the Christmas period.
The total of 1,664 finishers was also a record for the event.
Isle of Wight athlete Joe Wade, who runs for Aldershot, Farnham & District, finished second in a time of 30.41, with last year’s winner Alex Wall-Clarke, from Southampton, third (31.26).
Home-favourite Dan O’Boyle set a new personal best as he secured fifth-place with a time of 31.36.
Aldershot’s Natasha Doel was the first lady to finish. Her time of 35.08 was just six seconds outside the ladies’ record.
Winchester’s Lucy Elliott was second in 36.12 and New Forest Runners athlete Erica Fogg finished third (36.30).
Stubbington chairman Graham Bell was delighted to see all the hard work in preparing for the event pay off in style.
He said: ‘It was a big club effort and as it turned out it was a year of preparation for half an hour in Toby Lambert’s case.
‘We are pleased to have a new record for finishers and Toby ran very strongly, while Joe Wade pushed him all the way.’
Winchester won the team race, with Victory securing a great second place.
Dan Bailey (10th, 32.58), Zack Lahlal (16th, 33.30), Oliver Nokes (25th, 34.47), Paul Mitchinson (35th, 35.22) and David Howard (41st, 35.38) were all on form as Victory beat the likes of Aldershot and Southampton.
A number of local clubs were out in force, including Fareham Crusaders, with 110 finishers, Gosport Road Runners, 78 runners, and hosts Stubbington Green, with 80 runners, and more than 130 helpers – as well as race director Chris Brobin.
Bell was also delighted to welcome Great Britain athlete Andy Vernon, from Stubbington, who returned to help out while he is currently sidelined through injury.
‘Andy Vernon came down to see us,’ added Bell.
‘He rode the lead bike for us and was delighted to help out.’
Callum Crook won the junior boys’ race and Ellie O’Donnell won the junior girls’ event.