Winchester 10k a success despite windy conditions

Nearly 1,000 runners braved the windy conditions this morning to take part in the Winchester 10k.

The event was back to its usual time of year, having been brought forward to October last year due to Covid restrictions.

Despite the gray and windy conditions, runners started the course on The Broadway and finished at the old River Park Leisure Centre.

There was a mix of serious competitors and people who liked to race, maybe for the first time in an event like this.

The event also raised funds for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

The fastest male runner, George King, finished about 30 seconds ahead of everyone else.

George, of Winchester and District Athletics Club (WADAC), said: “My time was 32:54, which is what I expected in these conditions. It’s not my best time. It was a hilly and windy course too. I did this race a few years ago, it’s good to race in a home race.

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Guy Brain, also from WADAC, came second. He said: “It was good, I just came back from an injury so I’m pretty happy with what I did. It’s so nice to run to your door.

The fastest female athlete was Louise Hooker from Southsea. She said: “The windy conditions affected my skills as in Southsea I run along the seafront which is very windy. Just not used to hills as Southsea is very flat. I did this race a few years ago when I finished fifth, so I wanted to come back and improve on that.

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Event organizer Kelly Wickens said: ‘I’m thrilled with how it went today, at 2pm yesterday we weren’t sure if this event would actually happen because of the big tree on Worthy Road. Thanks to the discussion with some inhabitants, we were able to redirect the route.

“It was a huge achievement to get to the start line, let alone the finish line. About 1,500 people came in, but I think just under 1,000 people came out today.

“We believe we have raised around £4,000 from our previous events last year and we have around 15 more events this year to reach our target of £15,000.”

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