Joe Wade turned on the afterburners to win the 25th D-Day 10k road race on Sunday.
The Aldershot, Farnham & District athlete coped well in tough conditions, with the sun beating down on one of the hottest days of the year so far.
It certainly wasn’t ideal for personal bests – and for many it was just a case of battling through to the finish line.
Isle of Wight-based Wade is a high-quality runner.
He’s in good form and clearly enjoys the course at 1000 Lakeside where the D-Day 10k was run for the first time.
Wade also impressed on the same terrain earlier this year.
He won the first race of the Lakeside 5k Series.
On Sunday his winning time was 31min 33sec.
That proved enough to defeat previous winners Joe Corbett (second in 32.35) and James Baker (third in 32.57).
Stubbington Green’s Lewis Chalk came in fourth (33.01) and Denmead Striders runner Julian Manning (33.36) finished fifth.
Bedford & County AC athlete Rachel Gibbs was the first female home.
She recorded a time of 37.58, with leading veteran Val Sesto, from New Forest Runners, second – just 20 seconds back.
Race director Peter Newton was pleased with how it all went on the day, despite the heat.
He said: ‘The one thing we couldn’t look after was the weather.
‘It was clearly a bit warm but it’s the same for everyone as they say.
‘You have to compete in whatever conditions you find.
‘The times were a bit suppressed because of the heat.
‘It wasn’t a day for personal bests, although we did have one or two runners in the field setting new bests.’
Stubbington’s Mark Le Gassick took the prize for top veteran as he finished in an impressive 12th place (34.51).
Victory’s Zack Lahlal was second fastest junior male in a time of 36.22.
The course was switched to 1000 Lakeside because of the record number of entrants – and there was plenty of water consumed afterwards as 649 runners crossed the finishing the line.
This year the City of Portsmouth event was made part of the Hampshire Road Race League.
It will be the same again in 2015 – another big boost for the event.
Newton added: ‘Having a new venue and having a new course ensured it was all-systems go from an admin point of view.
‘But we had a good squad, with more than 40 people volunteering on the day.
‘Registration went well and the marshalling was good.
‘It was all very smooth. We have to thank 1000 Lakeside and we had great support from sponsors, particularly Alexandra Sports.’
City of Salisbury won the team prize with three finishers in the top 10.
Other winners in the male veteran categories were Mike Brewster, Stuart Robinson, Mark Hargreaves, Douglas Brisco, Peter Collier, Mick Anglim, Jonathan Kane and Roy Webb.
Female veteran winners were Helen Wallington, Debbie Rhodes, Joanna Curtis, Jane Georghiou and Jan Anglim.
Alton Runners (women) and Overton Harriers (men) were the top veteran teams.