Lewis Banner fails to fly the flag for a fourth time in Whiteley parkrun

A new course personal best time was still not enough to see Lewis Banner finish first in the Whiteley parkrun.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 11:22 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 11:22 am
Lewis Banner finished second in the Fareham parkrun. Picture: Vernon Nash (090219-023)

The Stubbington Green Runners member failed to break the tape, with Jonathan Escalante-Phillips taking that honour (16:06).

Banner had taken top spot on each of his past three visits to the course, but this time he was forced to settle for a runners-up place (16:26).

Remarkably, that was a course pb for the Stubbington Green Runners athlete, yet still not enough to see him come out on top.

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Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club’s Escalante-Phillips was the man to take that honour on what was his first visit to Whiteley.

Matt Risden completed the top three, coming home in a time of 17:04.

Experienced Gosport Road Runners member Nikki Moxham recorded another standout result.

She came home ninth overall in the Whiteley event and was the first female across the line (19:32).

n Runners from across the area made up the majority of the top 10 in the latest Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun.

Unattached Richard Bateman was the man who broke the tape in a course personal best time of 17:10.

Stubbington Green Runners duo of Rob Greenwood and Andy Simpson made up the top three.

Greenwood, completing his 120th parkrun, was second (17:23) while his club-mate Simpson followed him home 21 seconds later.

Zippy Grice of Portsmouth Triathletes finished fourth (18:02) and Fareham Crusaders’ Alexander Roberts was sixth (19:06).

Gosport Road Runners’ Ben Jarvis has now clocked up 91 parkruns, marking the occasion with a seventh-placed finish (19:12).

Meanwhile, another runner from the area, Stubbington Green Runners’ Graham Martin, was inside the top 10 – securing ninth spot (19:16).

Katy Bradley, also a Stubbington member, was the first female home as she recorded a personal best time of 21:31.

n Heavy frost forced the Fareham parkrun to be cancelled on Saturday.

The hope is the event will run as usual this weekend.