Experienced James Baker has the right recipe in the Fareham parkrun

James Baker made it six of the best at the latest Fareham parkrun.

Sunday, 12th January 2020, 7:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 7:50 pm
First female finisher Isabel Hessey. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (110120-05)

The vastly experienced athlete secure a first placed finish in the event for the sixth time.

A member of Chichester Runners, Baker broke the tape in a time of 16:26, coming home 43 seconds faster than second-placed Andy Turner.

This was parkrun number 248 for the well-travelled Fareham parkrun first placed finisher.

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James Baker was first to finish in the Fareham parkrun. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (110120-08)

Baker has entered this particular event a total of seven times, breaking the tape in six of those – and coming home second in the other back in December 2016.

Youngster Samuel Brooks completed the top three with his time of 19:50.

Fareham Crusaders’ Phil Chamberlain, who came home in eighth (20:26), edged ever closer to a personal milestone.

He has now completed 99 parkrun events and reach a century when he next takes to a course.

Run director Ed Casper, in white vest, and Fareham parkrun volunteers. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (110120-18)

First timer Isabel Hessey of Lordshill Road Runners was the first female home (21:45).

n Josh Goldfinch took the honours in the Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun for the first time at his eighth attempt.

The City of Portsmouth Athletics Club runner was the first of the 614-strong field across the finish line (17:32).

Trevor Hillier of Lordshill Road Runners claimed second spot, while Stubbington Green Runners’ James McKinnon was third (18:58).

Runners take on the Fareham parkrun course. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (110120-14)

Gosport Road Runners Amy Smalley led the way in the female section (23:15).

n Mark Chamberlain was forced to settle for a runners-up spot in the Whiteley parkrun.

His time of 18:50 was enough to see him secure second overall, with an unknown athlete taking the top honours.

Hedge End Running Club member Chamberlain has entered the Whiteley event six times and came home first in three of those.

Christy Cerny made up the top three finishers (19:35).

Youngster Chloe Jones recorded a new personal best time on her way to becoming the first female to finish (21:24).