Competition is hotting up for third race in Lakeside series

City of Portsmouth's Elizabeth Rose warming up for race two of the Lakeside series. Picture: David Brawn
City of Portsmouth's Elizabeth Rose warming up for race two of the Lakeside series. Picture: David Brawn
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Race three of the Lakeside 5k looks set to be a scorcher tonight.

With temperatures soaring the heat will be on in the battle for series glory.

Many of the top athletes from Hampshire and Sussex will be in action again.

Chichester duo James Baker and Peter Concannon are slugging it out for glory in the men’s race.

Baker took the first race in 16min 05sec, with Concannon finishing second in 16.09.

Race two was faster with Concannon taking the win in 15.41 and Baker second, seven seconds back.

Eastleigh’s Tom Stevens has finished third twice and is in a strong position to secure a podium place in the series.

Aldershot, Farnham & District athlete Lauren Hall has been in dominant form in the ladies’ race.

She has recorded two wins out of two, with times of 18.04 and 17.35.

Her main competition for overall series success looks to be Eastleigh’s Hannah Howard, who has two second places to her name, while Hedge End’s Karen Andrews has been third senior lady on both occasions.

City of Portsmouth’s talented youngster Elizabeth Rose is looking on course for glory in the under-17 age group.

She recorded times of 19.10 and 18.40 in the first two races respectively and was third overall lady in both.

In the under-15 boys’ category, City’s Jacob O’Hara has got two wins to his name already, clocking an impressive 16.20 last time out.

The race always attracts a good turnout from clubs including City of Portsmouth, Fareham Crusaders, Victory, Portsmouth Joggers and Stubbington Green Runners.

With hot conditions, tonight’s race could be tough for those who are aiming to set personal best times.

The action starts at 7.15pm at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth.

Runners head out on a small loop of the car park, before going beside the lake on a big loop around the outside of the Lakeside complex.

The finish is along the path the lake, beside the Porsche Centre.

Check out Lakeside 5k race two report here