Hendy Eastleigh 10K Awards 2024

Purple Patch 10K

Special awards for achievements at the Hendy Eastleigh 10K...

Purple was the chosen colour for the 2024 Hendy Eastleigh 10K t-shirt. The shade changes every year for this traditional race, now in its 39th year, so many runners in the south will have quite a colourful collection! 

Anyone looking for a fast, flat course to set that PB for 10K will head for Eastleigh. This year's event – billed on the race website as  'the home of the PB' – was on Sunday 24 March 2024.

Another huge field of 2,433 finishers in 1:47:42 was paced to perfection by the Dave Hawkins Pacing Team. Five men broke 31 minutes and four women went under 37 minutes this year.

The winner was Jack Woods (Worthing & District Harriers, 30:19) from Alexander Meill-Ingram (Radley AC, 30:27 PB) and Aiden Lennan (Southampton AC, 30:33).

The women's champion was Gemma Kersey (Basildon AC, 34:22) ahead of junior under-20 Annie Mann (Winchester & District AC, 35:45 PB) and Lucy Elliott (Winchester Running Club, 36:16) – who set the fastest W55 masters' time in the UK this year and was just a few seconds outside her W55 UK record (36:09) established at Eastleigh last year.

The special trophies pictured above are the 'Dave Blackman Achievement Awards' which will go to the seven runners who make the biggest improvement in their chip time compared to the 2023 Hendy Eastleigh 10K. The 'magnificent seven' will be announced on social media when the numbers have been crunched and results verified.

The main race was supported by a 5K option won by Alex Matthews (Aldershot, Farnham & District, 17:01) and Nadine Turner (Hedge End RC, 42:17).

There was a 'Special Achievement' engraved gold medal with a printed pink ribbon presented to Fun Run participant Arabella, aged 5, who had been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in October 2022. Arabella spent 10 nights in paediatric intensive care and has undergone 24 rounds of chemotherapy and 10 radiotherapy sessions. She ran for Young Lives v Cancer and you can contribute towards this charity here as a family friend Steph Mountain is running London Marathon to raise funds in her name.

Results and previous race reports at runABC South race listing here.

Image courtesy Hendy Eastleigh 10K on Facebook

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