It was second time lucky for Josh ‘lightening’ Lilly in the B & Q Eastleigh 10k road race as the 24 year Severn AC man improved on his third place last year to take the top slot on 30m4secs.
1500 runners from the all around the country lined up in Passfield Avenue for the popular race to be sent on their way by Lady Mayoress Pamela Holden-Brown.
By 3k a small leading group including Lilley had pulled clear of the pack and kept it that way up to 6k. Lilley eventually finished a clear4 seconds ahead of Blackburn’s Ben Fish and it was a further 23 seconds back to the third, Dean Lacey of Cambridge Harriers.
Graeme Horobin’s 2010 Eastleigh 10k photo gallery:
Laura Kenny, also 24 of Royal Sutton Coalfield won the women’s race at 32mins 46secs followed by Claire Hallissey of Bristol & West AC and Justina Heslop of Clapham Chasers.
Eastleigh’s MP Chris Huhne, who later that morning was due to appear on the BBC South’s Politics show, finished a creditable 837th at 52mins 6 secs.
No sooner than he had crossed the line he was pounced on by an ‘Eastleigh News’ man who asked:
“Do you think you will be fit enough to run for parliament now you have just run in the Eastleigh 10k?”
“If everyone who has just beaten me, votes for me then it shouldn’t be a problem” he quipped.
The Mp’s time was some 50 seconds adrift of his time last year but the 55 year old Liberal Democrat was keen to point out,
‘If you can still run 10k in fewer minutes than your age in years then you are not doing too badly!”
The Chief Executive of Eastleigh Borough Council, Bernie Topham also took part finishing the course in 1 hour 3 minutes.
Speaking after the event the first man over the line said he thought his race was ‘OK’ and that he felt in much better shape than last year and that he was looking forward to taking part in the National 12 stage as well as the Bucks University 10k and Manchester 10k.
Additional Photos by Bill Chandler & Matthew Myatt