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
“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.