Star Bailey successfully defends Purbrook Ladies 5 crown

The start of the Purbrook Ladies 5. Picture: Mick Young (131589-04)
The start of the Purbrook Ladies 5. Picture: Mick Young (131589-04)
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Kathy Bailey ruled the Heath once again as she stormed to victory in the Purbrook Ladies 5 yesterday.

The Winchester athlete repeated her triumph from 2012 as she saw off her rivals with a time of 30min 32sec.

It was nine seconds slower than her time from 12 months ago.

No matter, though, Bailey was still the star performer in the 21st edition of the event as the ladies took centre stage, on father’s day!

Stubbington Green claimed local honours, beating Victory AC to the team prize by just one point.

Conditions were good for running as the rain largely held off and 124 runners took on the course.

Organiser Gill Ripiner feels their continues to be a big call for the ladies only event – put on by Portsmouth Joggers – and was happy to see the showers stay away.

She said: ‘It was a really nice day for a run – cool but not cold.

‘A lot of husbands gave up there father’s day to come along and cheer.

‘Everything went really well and everybody seemed to enjoy it.

‘We had a little bit of rain but nothing to cause anyone any problems.

‘Entries were good – only one short of last year.

‘We blame that on one of our Portsmouth Joggers who is injured at the moment!

‘There aren’t many female only runs in the country and this one is going from strength to strength.

‘We had a great group of marshals – without them there would be no race.’