Alton Runners sent 27 men and 13 women to the south coast to take part in the Stubbington 10km organised by Stubbington Green Runners.

The race started in the centre of Stubbington village following a new route that had been established in 2023, and 1,780 runners finished the race which is part of the Hampshire Road Race League.

The race was won by Aiden Lennan of Southampton Athletics Club in 30.54.

First home for Alton Runners was James Perrett, who finished in a chip time of 33.47.

The women’s race was won by Cassie Thorp of City of Portsmouth Athletics Club in 33.41. First woman home for Alton was Rachel Walsh, who finished in a chip time of 39.33 and broke her own senior women’s club record.

Christian Coles achieved a sub-40 minute 10km for the first time in a chip time of 39.15. He said: “It was perfect running conditions. Running felt easy and I was very pleased with my time.”

Other personal bests were achieved by Emily Hall (59.48), Andrew Tarrant (41.23) and Richard Bravery (51.13).

Sarah Hart was close to achieving a personal best, finishing in a chip time of 53.54.

Alex Hall and Adam Penny finished in 35.46 and 42.10 respectively and went on to play football at Anstey Park.

Philip Scrase finished in 48.28. He said: “It was the first time I had run the revised route. It seemed a lot flatter than the old route, which helped me get a good time.”

Nicola Fitpatrick and Su Trim finished in impressive times of 45.11 and 50.28 respectively.

Christopher Colley admitted his time of 45.32 was not a personal best, but he was still pleased with it as it was a personal best for Stubbington and almost two-and-a-half minutes quicker than in 2023.

He said: “The conditions were perfect and I was pleased with the long sleeved top that I received as a memento.”

Alton Runners provided all of the volunteers in a takeover of Hogmoor Inclosure Parkrun.

There were a bumper 308 runners and walkers taking part, which kept the 22-strong volunteer team busy. Twenty Alton Runners also took part in the run.

Mike Gratton, who won the 1983 London Marathon, ran his eighth Hogmoor parkrun and finished in 95th place.

Alton Runners chairman Jim Armitage was over the moon at handing a finisher’s token to the marathon legend.

Further down the field Ken Steel completed his 100th Hogmoor parkrun. Ken was brought into the fold by Alton Runner Fran Light and her “rookie runners” programme.

Jim Armitage & Gordon Law