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Portsmouth Coastal Marathon 2023

Southsea's Santa Sprint

Pompey hosts a weekend full of festive fun events...

The Hampshire coast was the place to believe and achieve in festive running events last weekend. It was a busy time for Rob Pigott, Events Director for Believe and Achieve, as hundreds of booted and suited runners took part in the annual Southsea Santa Run 5K and 10K on Southsea Promenade on Saturday (16 December) and more than 1,300 finished the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon, Half Marathon and Ultra on Sunday (17 December).

Saturday's Santa Run acts as a warm-up for many runners for the following day's races and it's an important fundraiser for many local charities including Rowans Hospice, providing palliative care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in Southeast Hampshire.       

Three distances were on offer at Sunday's Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon Events. The traditional marathon remains the favourite among competitors with 568 finishers inside seven hours but the Festive Half Marathon was a close second with 558 runners home in just over four hours.

But we start our report with the return of Portsmouth 50K Ultra that started the programme at 08:00am. Some 200 runners went the extra five miles and all finished in less than eight hours. 

There were 13 endurance specialists inside four hours and the top three were M40 Thomas Adams (3:34:59), M40 Phil Avery (Liss Runners, 3:38:16) and Michael Kwoka (Chichester Runners, 3:38:49). W35 Alice Robinson (Worthing Harriers, 3:48:04) was fifth overall and easily the first woman. Tallulah Pudney (4:10:22) and Holly Smith (Worthing Harriers, 4:13:52) completed the podium.

Next off at 08:30am was the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon from the start line in front of Southsea Castle on Clarence Parade, Southsea. A fast pace was set by M45 James Baker (Chichester Runners, 2:40:51) who was a mile clear of the runners-up Phil Mant (Aldershot, 2:47:51) and Stuart Nicholas (Bournemouth AC, 2:48:40). The top three women were W35 Jenny Laing (South Derbyshire Road Runners, 3:23:06), W50 Emma Pearson (Aldershot, 3:29:25) and Nicky Nelson (3:31:16). 

Finally, at 09:15am, the Portsmouth Festive Half Marathon was underway and just 1:17:37 later we had our winner as Richard Lovejoy (Aldershot) stayed ahead of the spirited finish between Jack Penfold (Tone Zone, 1:18:44) and Joe Wade (Ryde Harriers, 1:18:48). The leading ladies were W50 Bernadette Versey (Lordshill RR, 1:31:35), W40 Jo-anne Credland (RAF, 1:32:49) and W50 Samantha Parkinson (Winchester RC, 1:37:22).    

For full results and previous reports visit the runABC South race listing here.

Apres-run photo courtesy Franz Wanzenböck/Believe and Achieve Events on Facebook

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