THE Eastleigh Road Race in 1986 was a personal triumph for Southampton and Eastleigh’s Olympic middle distance runner Christine Benning who was missing from the previous year’s line up because she was expecting a baby.

Christine, a driving force behind the success of Eastleigh Road Race, comfortably reached her target time of under 34 minutes as she continued her climb back into the world athletic arena.

These pictures show the event that took place on March 16, 1986.