Third time lucky for Eckersley in Gosport Half Marathon
It was third time lucky for Daniel Eckersley in the 34th Gosport Half Marathon.
The Kingston AC athlete was runner-up in the 2018 event, finishing in 1.11.01 - a fair way behind course record breaker Tom Merson (1.07.33).
He had also finished second in 2017 to Chichester’s James Baker.
But it was Eckersley’s turn to triumph when he won this year’s race - the fourth event in the 2019/20 Hampshire Road Race League calendar - in a time of 1.09.41.
He was 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Elliot Robinson, with Southampton AC’s Mac Costley third in 1.10.14.
Former international Louise Damen shattered the women’s course record.
The 37-year-old - who competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games - clocked 1.16.52 to beat Jen Granger (1.18.34) by almost two minutes.
The previous women’s record was 1.18.23 set by Southampton AC runner Bryher Bowness in 2017.
The highest finisher among our local running clubs was Stubbington Green’s Lewis Banner, who was 22nd in 1.16.39.
Denmead Striders’ Julian Manning was 35th in 1.18.22 and Victory AC’s Paul Mitchinson 36th in 1.18.31, in a total field of almost 1,700 runners.
Leading Portsmouth Joggers
Men: Ian Hayward (90th) 1.23.23, William Taylor (108th) 1.24.22, Ben Stait (198th) 1.29.56, David Brawn (222nd) 1.30.44, Tony Conway (299th) 1.33.50, Steven Wooldridge (304th) 1.34.07, Mark Grandy (339th) 1.35.22).
Women: Nicola Thomas (468th) 1.40.42, Jess Bateman (918th) 1.56.48, Georgie Stait (963rd) 1.57.48, Eileen McDowell (1,327th) 2.15.02, Alexandra Binyon (1,526th) 2.29.39.
City of Portsmouth
Men: Ryan Whatling (58th) 1.20.38, Godfrey Rhimes (320th) 1.34.47.
Women: Emma Jolley (78th) 1.21.42.
Men: Jon Dawson (1,286th) 2.12.32.
Men: Paiul Mitchinson (36th) 1.18.31, David Lown (289th) 1.33.24, Simon Delves (363rd) 1.36.42, Andrew Flynn (379th) 1.37.13, Dave Williams (380th) 1.37.15.
Woman: Christine Riddington (483rd) 1.41.05, Jo Gilholm (681st) 1.48.27, Lucy Smith (767th) 1.51.55.
Men: Emlyn Hughes (46th) 1.19.10, Luke Adderley (60th) 1.20.41, Pete Abrahams (73rd) 1.21.29, David Fleet (143rd) 1.26.58, Brian Wright (145th), 1.27.00.
Women: Kerry Riches (333rd) 1.35.14, Karen Willsher (397th) 1.37.55, Mel Seddon (538th) 1.43.28, Rebecca Dimblebee (870th) 1.55.24.
Men: Lewis Banner (22nd) 1.16.39, Rob Arkell (44th) 1.19.00, Jonathan Warner (51st) 1.19.59, Russ Coleman (55th) 1.20.20, Phil Morgan (85th) 1.22.46.
Women: Hollie Smith (275th) 1.32.58, Nikki Roebuck (327th) 1.35.05, Amie Morgan (404th) 1.38.11, Katy Bradley (435th) 1.39.20.
Men: Julian Manning (35th) 1.18.22, Neil Willimas (47th) 1.19.31, George Sutherland (88th) 1.22.57, Rob Wilson (93rd) 1.23.30, Gary Armstrong (157th) 1.27.31.
Women: Kirsty Aked (257th) 1.32.22, Hannah Curtis (340th) 1.35.24, Tillie Johnston (409th) 1.38.32.
Men: Steve Carlyle (662nd) 1.47.54.
The fifth round of the Hampshire Road Race League is the Victory 5 on December 1.