Eastleigh 10k - fast debut for O'Hara

Jacob O'Hara made sure his 10k road race debut was one to remember on Sunday.

Jacob O'Hara. Picture: Mick Young
Jacob O'Hara. Picture: Mick Young

The 15-year-old City of Portsmouth racer clocked a superb time of 32min 53sec for the Eastleigh 10k to finish second junior.

His efforts saw him home 22nd overall out of 2,309 finishers.

The latest Hampshire Road Race League event attracted a top quality field.

Southend’s Adam Hickey finished first in a time of 29.24.

Chichester’s American athlete Chris Zablocki crossed the line second (29.46) and Rebecca Moore made it a double celebration for the club as she finished second lady in 34.17.

Denmead Striders had a good day with Julian Manning 17th in 32.23 and Linda Taylor their first lady finisher in 42.58.

Toby Brimecome was the second City of Portsmouth athlete home in 33.34, with Shaun Newton next in 36.46.

Portsmouth Joggers had a great day with lots of personal bests.

Richard Bailey got the first of them in a time of 36.50.

Phil Hoy finished next in 38.07, with Max Smeeth (38.34) and Derek Powles (40.30) completing the A team.

Catherine Metcalf (43.13), Emma Brewin (45.06) and Teresa Baverstock (45.14) made up the ladies’ A team.

Captain Barry Griffin said: ‘The inter club competition is getting very exciting with everyone trying to improve all the time and I could not not be more pleased with the results.’

An impressive total of 46 runners turned out for Fareham Crusaders with Peter Abrahams (36.10) and Mike Gilmour (37.08) leading the way. Karen Willsher was their first lady in 43.39.

For Gosport, Jayson Grygiel (39.10) and Tracey Wales (47.33) led the way.

Dan Bailey (34.15), Paul Mitchinson (34.38), David Howard (35.21) and Andrew Frayling (37.33) made up the A team for Havant-based club Victory.

Stubbington Green Runners had 54 finishers with Rebecca Lord (39.21), Vicky Shaw (39.25) and Susie Macgregor (39.45) making it a great result for the ladies’ A team.