Sunday 14th July saw the New Forest 10 Mile Road and Forest Track Race take place, organised by New Forest Runners. The race started and finished from New Park Farm, Brockenhurst. The route is very nearly all off-road, using gravel tracks and paths within the National Park. It is essentially flat, but can get warm within the shelter of the enclosures, little breeze getting through to cool the runners. There were 4 events, 3 children’s races and the main 10 miler.
Five Romsey Road Runners participated in the 10 mile route. First man home was Neil Jennings in 1:16:08 and Penny Jennings made it a family affair, finishing as first Romsey lady to finish in a time of 1:23:10.
Christopher Stocks finished in 1:21:11, followed by Anna Duignan in 1:58:59 and Alison Soloman in 1.58.59.
There were a total of 775 finishers, enjoying the fine sunny weather, a sharp contrast to last year’s event which was cancelled due to the heavy rains and flooding of parts of the route. What a difference a year makes!