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.
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.
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.