The rarely seen road race dead heat occurred at the City of Portsmouth D-Day 10K on Sunday (4 June). Prolific racer James Baker (Chichester Runners) staged a joint first with visiting clubmate Chris Zablocki (USA), who holds the world indoor marathon record (2:21:48).
D-Day Dead Heat At Pompey
Baker has an astonishing record of more than 750 wins in all competitions, including nearly 200 road races, so he was happy to share the limelight on this occasion with fellow Chichester Runner Chris Zablocki. The pair completed the 28th D-Day 10K held on a flat, three-lap circuit of North Harbour in 33:28, a minute clear of Tom Cully (Southampton, 34:31).
Baker had finished first in his local Chichester 150th parkrun (16:20) one day before the D-Day 10K, followed by a hilly 16-mile run with Zablocki. Certainly one way to prepare for a fast 10k!
The leading women were Lesley Locks (Hart Road Runners, 36:31), Emma Jolley (Portsmouth, 37:46) and Nikki Moxham (Gosport Road Runners, 39:24). There were 306 runners with M75 master Peter Chittenden (Bognor Regis Tone Zone, 1:48:00) completing the finishers.
Peter was not the only older athlete showing good form. Top masters results included both winners' over-40 marks plus M50 Paul Bleach (Portsmouth, 37:40); W55 Dawn Rogers (New Forest Runners, 49:03); M60 Mark Hargreaves (Portsmouth, 40:07) and W65 Jane Collins (Portsmouth Joggers, 59:21) – one of 260 times inside the hour on this fast course.
Chichester Runners took the men's team prize and City of Portsmouth prevailed in the women's team race.
Full results are at the runABC race listings.
Images courtesy James Baker and D-Day 10k