RICHARD WALDRON will be gunning to reclaim his Hayling 10 crown on Sunday.
He took first place in 2015 but was second place last year to Bedford’s James Hoad who won in 51min 43sec.
Julian Manning, of Denmead Striders, finished in fourth place and is set to return this year.
Also set to be back for the 10-mile test are the second, third and fourth-placed ladies from 2016.
Jen Elkins was runner-up while Sarah Kingston completed the podium.
City of Portsmouth’s Emma Jolley was in fourth and she is in great form after her Gosport Half Marathon personal best (1.20.49) and finishing second-placed lady.
The race, organised by Havant Athletics Club, is gaining in popularity year on year.
It completely sold out five weeks early, and with Gosport Half Marathon winner James Baker not lining up, it looks like Waldron will be the man to beat.
Race director, Malc Lavery is looking forward to a great event on Sunday.
He said: ‘The course is ideal for runners chasing a personal best as it is completely flat and this is one reason for the increase in numbers. We had 572 finishers last year.
‘Everyone is extremely positive about the course and the support from the locals and marshals.
‘With the weather looking favourable again it is possible we shall see the course record broken for the second time in two years.’
The race starts at 9.30am in Bacon Lane, turning into Staunton Avenue and Station road, before turning into West Lane and The Hayling Billy trail.
The course then heads along to the Ferry Boat Inn before returning along Seafront road and back, finishing at the community centre in Hayling Park.