Basingstoke's Festival Place shopping centre provided an unusual venue for the Brackenwood Festival 5k on Sunday (20th July). Three WADAC runners joined a sea of locals from Basingstoke & Mid Hants, Chineham, Hatch Warren and Sherfield Park clubs.
As soon as the air-horn wheezed out a muted tone, Winchester's Martin Mannion hit the front. He spent the race battling for the lead with Basingstoke's Brendan O'Connor.
The two were inseperable, and completed the race just 10 seconds apart with Martin coming in a brilliant second place with a time of 17:20.
Following in Martin's wake were WADAC's Ian J Berry (7th, 18:51) and Andrew Runnacle (43rd, 22:41).
A total of 207 runners completed the course and collected a nice bespoke medal and technical t-shirt.
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(Photo credit: Brackenwood Festival 5k)