The 27th running of Eastleigh’s B&Q sponsored 10k road race was won in fine style yesterday by John Beattie who put in a sub 30 minute time to claim the race.
The Newham and Essex beagle had powered through the 6k water station -manned by cadets from 1216 (Eastleigh) Squadron ATC – well ahead of the pack and stretched his lead over the final 4k to finish just over a minute ahead of nearest rivals who were nowhere in sight as he burst through the tape at 29:42.
Second place Winchester and District runner Chirs Powner finished 30:44 and third placed Swansea man Matt Dumigan came home at 31:03- improving on his fifth place in the race last year.
Quickest female over the line was Hannah Whitmore on 33:12 followed half a minute later by Clapham Chaser Justina Heslop in second at 33.45, improving on her third place last year.
Third placed female was Michelle Sikes of on 35:17.
A field of Around 1800 were waved off at the start by Mayor John Caldwell who advised the runners to ‘enjoy yoursleves’ and many of participants seemed determined to do just that especially a group sombrero wearing amigos from Stubbington Green who were clearly in the ‘party spirit’.
A cool, dry and bright day with only a light breeze gave near perfect conditions for athletes and crowd alike but several runners succumbed to their exertions, collapsing after crossing the line and lying prone until they had recovered sufficiently to be able to stand up again.
This years race was notable by the absence of race regulars Bernie Topham – Eastleigh’s Chief Executive -and Town MP Chris Huhne.
One spectator, 54, who did not wish to be named reacted angrily to the news:
“I have just spent 53 minutes hanging round the finishing line hoping I could grab Mr Huhne for a quick chat about CO2 emissions.”
“He has missed a great race but at least he can look forward to reading all about it the Borough News in another two months time”
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