Favourite breezes to Eastleigh 10k win

Pre-race favourite Joshua Grace breezed to a win in Sunday’s Hendy Eastleigh 10k race on his first attempt despite the windy conditions.

Grace started the race as the runner with the quickest personal best over 10k and had taken the lead by the 6k feeding station which he had managed to stretch out by Fleming Park home straight.

The first three finishers were:

  1. Joshua Graves – Aldershot,Farnham and District AC 31:03
  2. Elliot Dorey -Jersey Spartan AC 31:19
  3. Alex Well-Clarke – Southampton AC 31:24

The first three finishers in the Senior Female category were:

  1. Kate Maltby – Bristol & West AC 34:10
  2. Sophie Cowper – Rotherham Harriers AC 34:33
  3. Sarah Mercier – Guernsey Island AAC 34:45

Full results can be found here

Race organisers has sold out all 2,800 places in record time for what is the biggest 10k road race in the South.

Lordshill Road Runners fielded over a 100 runners while Hedge End Running Club and Eastleigh Running Club were not find behind.

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MP Mims Davies is ready to go

Although the race has a reputation as the “Home of the PB” (personal best) a strong breeze made things more difficult this year and Joshua Graves told Eastleigh News after collecting his winners medal:

“I’d like to do it again, I think I could do it faster in less windier conditions but I think it’s a good course – really runnable.”

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Natalie looks pleased with her medal

It’s become a tradition for the town’s MP to take part and this year Mim Davies, like many other runners,ran to raise money for good causes – in Mims’s case it was the British Heart Foundation and CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).

Davies is in training for the London Marathon and got round the course in 1 hour 7 minutes shaving two minutes off her 2015 time and one minute from her parliamentary predecessor Mike Thornton’s effort the same year.

The Conservative MP still has some way to go however, to beat super speedy Chris Huhne’s time of 52 minutes 6 seconds.

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There was plenty of support and advice on hand

As well individual runner’s charitable causes the race itself raises thousands of pounds every year for charities like the Mayor of Eastleigh’s appeal.

This year’s race is probably the last that will use the existing Fleming Park Leisure Centre as Race HQ as it the building is earmarked for demolition as soon as the new centre that is under currently under construction is completed.

In addition to a medal and a t-shirt runners were able to have a professional photograph taken by professional snapper Antony Burdett-Clark as a free memento.

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Runners show their wounds to snapper Antony Burdett-Clark

To round off the morning there was the usual children’s 2k fun run which saw hundreds of youngsters tackle a mini-course through the park.