Gosport’s Golden Mile is the brainchild of Harry Carter who founded Absolute Running with his Dad, Nick in 2012.
Having competed to a county standard on track and road, Harry recognised a need in the race calendar for an event over the iconic Mile.
Lucky then, that the gorgeous promenade of Stokes Bay, Gosport should be exactly one mile in length. With chip timing and support from both sports companies and local business, the Gosport Golden Mile now approaches its 5th outing on Sunday, 18th June 2017.
Fast and flat, the current course record of 4 minutes 16 seconds set by Tom Payne in its inaugural year, is there to be broken and with generous cash prizes, athletes from far and wide are keen to measure their mettle over The Golden Mile.
Harry’s vision included an official mile distance race along the picturesque Stokes Bay promenade, but an event for runners of all abilities. Whether you are a social runner, professional athlete or think you can break the 4 minute mile, everyone is welcome. A day out for the whole family with focus on community spirit and keeping fit. We believe that in the last three years we have realised this vision and looking forward to 2016 aim to continue to do so.
In 2016 there will be five separate events.
The Wheelchair 800m will be the first event of the day and will start on the promenade near to Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service’s (GAFIRS) building, accessed from the car park at the end of Lifeboat Lane, Stokes Bay. 2016 was the inaugural running of this event after adverse weather stopped it in 2015. It is hoped that 2017 will see increased participation and make this event part of the Golden Mile event line up every year.
The Junior Gosport Golden Mile focuses on encouraging the kids to get involved in athletics or to just have fun keeping fit. It incorporates the Interschool Challenge where local Infants, Junior and Senior schools compete for cash prizes for their school and a perpetual trophy.
The Senior Gosport Golden Mile is for entrants 17 and over (on race day) and attracts both high class serious athletes and social runners alike. There are cash prizes for 1st to 3rd for both male and female categories.
And last but not least is the 5k Race. This is run over a mixed terrain course but is still chip timed and takes you around Gilkicker Point and back to the race village. Many of our competitors who do the mile also take part in the 5k and “do the double”. It is open to entrants 11 and over (as of race day)
With all of these races, 2017 Gosport Golden Mile is going to be awesome!
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