EIGHT Bognor runners have returned from sampling a taste of the Big Apple after completing the New York Marathon.
Nina Baldwinson led the way for the Bognor Tone Zone Running Club completing the course in an impressive 3 hours 47 minutes.
Afterwards she said that it was a truly amazing day and she was pleased with her time after a couple of injuries sustained in a fall only a week before.
Next up was Neil Studwick in 3:56 closely followed by Andy Mair with Mark Williamson just behind at 4:30. Making his marathon debut was Neil Pacey, who was feeling apprehensive before the start and began to tire around the 18 mile mark.
With the encouragement of his wife Debs running alongside, he dug in and finished in 4:46. Speaking later, Neil said: “Anyone thinking about running a marathon then do The New York Marathon.
“The crowds from start to finish were amazing. To say I’m now a marathon runner and to have experienced the atmosphere is something I will truly treasure.”
Grace Natoli completed her run in 4:56 and also making her debut was Bushka Skladanek with a time of 5:11 Across the other side of the USA, Sarah Baker and Stephen Brown both completed the San Francisco Golden Gate Half Marathon in a time of 2:16.
Back on home soil and Tone Zone were well represented at the inaugural Cowdray 5k and 10k race run by Southern Multisports.
Surrounded by stunning views of the Cowdray ruins, it was a true cross country run across the grassy fields, through the woods, up the hills and then down hill. Taking first place in the women’s race was club runner Juliet Stallard in 46:31, pictured above.
All finishers received a medal and a freshly cooked burger.
Elsewhere, the Meon Valley Marathon took place on a bright but cold Sunday morning with the course including nearly 3,000ft of total ascents.
Simon Bodsworth and Paul Coe, taking part in his 38th marathon, ran together finishing in 4:29.
Tony Holcombe crossed the line in just over 5 hours with Jade Fish completing the Tone Zone entrants in 5:42 amid the beautiful countryside.