An ambitious project to create a mass participation mile race in Hampshire has proved a major success and there are now plans for a bigger and better event in 2014. Organisers, specialist retailers Absolute Running, were delighted by the 400 plus turnout for the Gosport Golden Mile promenade race last month and the commercial support from the local business community. They were also pleased by the large number of spectators who cheered on participants on their mile dash and the support of local club, Gosport Road Runners who provided essential marshalling along the route.
The new Gosport Golden Mile was sponsored by Adidas and offered course certificate and chip timing. DJ Rick Jackson from WAVE 105 provided live on air commentary and called home Tom Payn of the RunFast team for the senior prize in the men's category and Karrie Blake of City of Portsmouth AC in the ladies race. GB marathoner Scott Overall was on hand to start the race and present prizes.
The race also comprised the inaugural Inter School Challenge with local secondary schools entering up to four teams of four runners and the team event was won by Brune Park Secondary School who received a cheque from race director Nick Carter for £300. Such was the take up by local juniors, many of whom entered with their families, it has been decided that 2014 will see the addition of a new U15 race.
The Golden Mile was supplemented by a 5k race that also took in the promenade and beach, and following positive feedback from participants this course will be officially measured and certificated so that times may be recorded for future events.
Nick Carter from Absolute Running told southernrunningguide.com: "The team at Absolute Running were overjoyed at the response from businesses and public alike all of whom showed a determination to see the race come to life. We were also amazed at the generosity of sponsors that enabled the race to attract a high calibre of elite runner and the hope for 2014 is that the race will attract the county's best and quickest milers so that the South Coast can put on a race to be near the top of everyone's 'to do' list."
Anyone interested in helping with next year's race or taking part, please contact Nick Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org