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THE week­end had be­gun with the in­au­gu­ral Sim­ply­health Ca­nine Run (see p62) be­fore the Great South 5k, Ju­nior and Mini Great South Run events.

The Isle of Wight’s Henry McLuckie won the 5km in 15:55 from Poole AC’s Jed Sk­il­ton in 16:12 and City of Portsmouth’s Jonny White with 16:20 as the top three all ran PBs.

“Com­ing into this it was just about get­ting a win un­der my belt,” said the 16-year-old cham­pion. “I ran in Cardiff (Cross Chal­lenge) last week and didn’t have the best of starts to the sea­son so to­day was just to boost my con­fi­dence up to hope­fully have a good cross-coun­try sea­son.

“I’ve got the Euro­pean tri­als next month, so that’s a big aim for me, to try and get that GB vest.”

In the women’s race, Alder­shot, Farn­ham & Dis­trict’s Lau­ren Hall won in 17:24 from Sonja Vernikov with 17:59 and City of Portsmouth’s Rhi­an­non Dun­lop with a PB of 18:06.

Hall’s win came on the day that a new memo­rial bench and plaque ded­i­cated to her club-mates Stacey Bur­rows and Lucy Py­gott, who died af­ter be­ing hit by a car while train­ing in 2016, was be­ing pre­sented.

“To­day is re­ally a memo­rial day in terms of the club,” she said. “I re­ally wanted to come out and do the club proud.”

Lau­renHall: proud

Henry McLuckie: first place

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