NOW in it’s ninth year, the Basingstoke half-marathon had two races going simultaneously.

For the first time runners could choose to either take part in the 13.1-mile road race or the very first Basingstoke 10k.

History was made at Dave Ragan, was the first ever person to cross the line for the 10k race in a time of 33mins 22 secs.


The 36-year-old from Cranborne had previously taken part in the half-marathon and had come close to winning, but this time was able to taste victory.

He said: “Coming second and third in the half was a bit frustrating, so it’s great to cross the line first in the 10k.”

Dave, who is a track runner, said he felt more comfortable doing the 10k.

There was also a first in the half-marathon result as Alex Bampton, from north London was the first to cross the line in a time of 1hour 11mins 39secs.

This was the first-time the 24-year-old had taking part in the Basingstoke half-marathon and was using the race as preparation for two bigger races later this year.

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He said: “I am running the Frankfurt marathon in a few weeks, so this was a good way to get a feel of the pace I am running at.

“A lot of people had told me what a great run the Basingstoke half is and I really enjoyed it.”

As well as all the members of various running clubs who took part, there were a number of fun runners raising money for charity.

Steve Edney and his running partner Anton Squire were running in support of the Brittle Bone Society, which Steve has raised thousands of pounds for.

He told the Gazette before the race: “I’ve never done a half-marathon before, and I am slightly nervous, but excited as well.

“I am using this as a testing ground because if I do will i will represent the charity at the London marathon 2020.”