First launched onto the diary a year ago, as the Fareham Creek 10k, the race was renamed as a salute to very brave young man, and a very supportive family.
The Harry St Ledger 10k, named after Harry, whose story has been the feature of many news items over the past months, proved to be a winner on a number of fronts. The race was a sell out, with 200 entrants, who turned out in their numbers, some dressed a superheroes, as a tribute to Spiderman loving Harry.
The race, run on the now well established Twixmas 10k course, along the Fareham Creek Trail, out to Cams Hall and back, was more challenging than usual, as temperatures rose towards the 22 degree mark, before the start at 10am.
Harry did us the honour of starting the race with his ‘air horn’ and remained at the finish line to cheer the runners home. The 5k race was won in 19:53 by Ross Wayne, a regular at Rural Running events, followed closely behind by Harry Sage, winner of the recent Ditcham Park 5k. First lady home in the 5k was Hayley Parker in 28:02.
In the 10k, first man home in a time of 37:16 was James Dean, with Portsmouth Jogger Catherine Metcalf taking the ladies title in 48:29. There was a great finish line atmosphere as all runners remained behind to cheer home the rest of the field.
Before the race, Andrea Maynard, of Portsmouth Joggers, and ever present at Rural Running events, was presented with a trophy for conquering the Rural Running ‘Everest Challenge’, climbing accumulated ascents of over 8000 metres in just 5 months.
The Fareham Creek 10k, in its third year, has become a favourite for local runners of all abilities and is always a sell out, despite its date clashing with the Purbrook Ladies 5 just going to prove that rather than argue about whose race was published first, its better to celebrate the fact that runners of all ages, and abilities, across the region have lots to chose from.
Next up on the calendar, is the Portchester Castle 10k on the 8th July, which once again, for the 3rd year is a sell out.
Future events include the Wickham Twilight 10k on the 20th July, the Wickham 10k on the 19th August, the Meon Valley Trail Half/10k/5k on the 16th September, the Wickham Torchlight 10k on the 12th October, the Bacon Roll Run on the 14th October, Remembrance 10k/5k on the 10th November, and the Twixmas 10k on the 30th December. More information on all these races can be found on www.ruralrunningevents.com