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It’s a three horse race…

March 21, 2015
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Eastleigh's election candidates to battle it out over 10k

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Three of the candidates contesting to become Eastleigh’s next MP will be taking part in a different sort of race tomorrow.

Mike Thornton – the current Liberal Democrat MP – will see if he can hold off a challenge from the Conservative candidate Mims Davies and Labour’s Mark Latham in the annual B&Q Eastleigh 10k Road Race.

The rivals will be lacing up their running shoes and lining up at Fleming Park on Sunday morning for a 6.2 mile lap of the town.

Former MP Chris Huhne always used to take part and Mike Thornton would have kept the tradition up following his election but was prevented from running last year by an injury.

Mims Davies is a keen runner and has taken part similar events before – husband Mark regularly competes in marathons and will be running with her.

Mark Latham says he is hoping to jog round in about an hour and a half.

All three will raising money for good causes – Mike Thornton is running for the Mayor’s charity appeal, Mims and Mark Davies will be donning pink T-shirts in support of CRY – monies raised will go towards free cardiac screening sessions for young people in memory of Claire Reed a local woman who died suddenly of an undiagnosed cardiac condition.

Mark Latham says he is running to help local charity KeyRing

Latham said:

“KeyRing’s vision is for vulnerable people to be at the heart of their community, sharing their skills and talents for everyone’s benefit.

“They raised the issue with me of the difficulty in getting both affordable housing and work for those with mental health and learning issues, I want to raise their profile and underline the importance of affordable housing across our community”

The annual B&Q Eastleigh 10k road race is well established with a reputation as a fast course.

It attracts a field of 2,500 from across the country.

A 2k fun run for children is also held on Fleming Park in the afternoon.

There will be road closures in place and if possible motorists should think about avoiding Passfield Avenue, Chestnut Avenue, Woodside Avenue, Twyford Rd and Shakespeare Rd for much of Sunday morning.

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6 Responses to It’s a three horse race…

  1. Me4Eastleigh on March 21, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Nice to see three of the PPC’s running for good causes.
    Good luck.

  2. Sue on March 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Good luck to all

  3. Graham Hunter on March 22, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    What a great day, seeing so many peopls out running for their Charities.
    Everyone was a winner all 2,600 runners and the children in the 2k Races afterwards.
    The event was well organised and everyone had smiles… well maybe after they broke the pain barrier!
    Nice to see Mims Davies, Mark Latham & Mike Thorton all finish just about together and chatting after the race.
    My wife Anne & I thank Mims, Mark & Cath for running in memory of our daughter Claire, raising funds for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), to facilitate Heart Screenings of Local Young People. (We hope to have our next screening dates soon).

    Well done everyone.

  4. TGR Worzel on March 22, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I shall now await three election leaflets, one red, one blue & one yellow, each with a pic of their candidate running in the Eastleigh 10K and raising money for charity…

    • Morning flight on March 22, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      You mean they never took the opportunity to deliver leaflets on the way round?
      To be fair, total respect to all those who entered regardless of their politics.

  5. EastleighMark on March 22, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Feeling virtuously exhausted so time for bed but I wanted to thank Eastleigh News for hanging round from start to finish and also for not posting the video of me foaming at the mouth (yet). Well done to Mike and especially Mims for her comments on CRY and Claire Hunter after the race. The final comment goes to the flirty woman marshall at the 6km mark, who, upon seeing my Labour rosette, asked “Is that for ‘best in show’?”



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