21 Jan

Runners Beat Snow In Hampshire

a group from Lordhill Road Runners at the Stubbington Green 10K

Sub-zero temperatures and snow during the race couldn't deter 1,200 runners who turned up in Hampshire yesterday for the Stubbington Green 10K. A field that included former European and Commonwealth champion Iwan Thomas gathered in Fareham on a chilly morning for the 10am start. 31 minutes and 16 seconds later, defending champion Chris Powner broke the tape, but his time - 36 seconds slower than his course record - meant that he was never threatening the £100 on offer for a new fastest race time.

Nick Buis (Torbay RC) was second in 32:58 and Paul Cameron (Isle of Wight RR) was third - 33:10. Erica Fogg (37:08) of New Forest Runners was fastest woman, 19 seconds ahead of Jessica Barling (37:27). Andy Martin (Clanfield Joggers) was the mid-point runner on 50:50 and the field closed on 1:27:59.

Iwan Thomas, now a Newham and Essex Beagle, recorded a respectable 43:30 while for one participant Lordhill Road Runner Becky Cleeves it was a landmark occasion. Becky tweeted -got a new 10k PB at #Stubbington10k this morning, 49:50 - sub-50 at last! Very happy bunny :-).

A smaller than normal turnout enjoyed traffic-free conditions for 75% of the route and despite challenging conditions post-race feedback was positive. Full results at southernrunningguide.com's race listing page.