Stubbington Green 10K looks to be the pick of the action this weekend. Now in its 34th year, the race on Sunday (13 January) has built an enviable reputation for its picturesque landscape, fast course and for being one of the biggest and best events of its type on the south coast.
As you can see in our picture of 1976 Olympian and Stubbington Green legend Penny Forse with Dame Kelly Holmes (in rather warmer times) the club kit says Stubbington and it's green! It is this sort of practicality that enables the 350-strong club, founded in 1985, to consistently deliver a top quality race that draws runners back year on year.
The 2018 race was won by Joe Wade (Aldershot, Farnham & District, 31:11) and Jen Elkins (Southampton AC, 34:47). Steeplechaser Joe Wade was only a minute off his 2012 PB (30:06) and he was also a winner at Stubbington in 2016 and runner-up in 2015. Jen Elkins set her fastest ever 10K time at Stubbington to underline the PB potential of the course.
The run starts in the heart of Stubbington village, taking you through country lanes, wide open fields and along scenic coastal roads. Around 80% of the route is on closed, smooth-surfaced roads and is described as 'flat, with a sprinkling of gentle inclines'.
Stubbington Green Runners state: “We are proud of being a friendly club and our volunteers look forward to welcoming you to the warmest winter 10K”!
The actual weather is expected to be mild for the time of year but a bit breezy, so it will feel like 6-7C but there might be some wintry sunshine.
Last year there were 1658 finishers in 1:41:45 and the hour was beaten by more than 1250 runners – impressive stats indeed. The top three men's clubs were Southampton AC, hosts Stubbington Green Runners and Winchester & District AC, while the ladies awards went to Southampton, Winchester and City of Portsmouth AC.
Stubbington Green 10K has been fully subscribed since October last year, so if you have missed out you need to be quick off the blocks when entries open for 2020.
Look out for our race report next week in runABC South