Midhurst Milers have brought back a 10k race with such resounding success that it is officially back on the annual running calendar.
The event, taken off the roads of Midhurst and into Petworth Park, had a limit of 300 runners and was sold out two weeks in advance.
Chichester runner James Baker was the winner of the first Petworth Park 10k while the women’s race was won by Laura Baktlett of Guildford and Godalming AC.
Midhurst Milers themselves were out in force with Will Clarke coming in second for the men and Melissa Cannell finishing second in the women’s race.
Club chairman Tim Young said: “I am really pleased with the way the race has gone. There were a lot of local runners there on the night and also people raising money for charity, as well as some very good runners from local clubs.”
There were 259 finishers at the end of the race.
The Midhurst Milers 10k road race, which was run on the streets of Midhurst on a summer Sunday morning attracted some 600 competitors, but it caused fury among motorists and was dropped three years ago.
But with large numbers of runners in the Midhurst area organisers were keen to bring back an event.
The road race has now been replaced with what runners call a ‘trail run.
Organisers said by taking if off the roads into the safe area of the park on a weekday evening when it was not busy with people it was much less stressful and less intensive in terms of the need for stewards.