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PBs a plenty at Chi half marathon

All eyes for the Bognor Tone Zone Running Club were on the South Downs this week as more than 30 members completed the tough Chichester Half Marathon.

 

The course starts by Chichester College before taking the really challenging climb up to the top of the Trundle, before heading down back onto Centurion way for a fast finish back into the city.

 

Callum Aldous ran an impressive race to finish fourth overall in 1 hour 25 seconds (1:25) just ahead of team mate Christo Oosthuizen (1:26), who was first in his category.

 

Three ladies from the club finished in the top 10 and 2 were just outside meaning out of the first 12 ladies 5 of them were Tone Zone runners!

 

Kari Mack sped up the Trundle to finish 3rd lady overall with a time of 1 hour 31 minutes while Juliet Stallard recorded a personal best of 1 hour 34 minutes and was third in her category.

 

Jessica Thomson was fourth in her category with a 1:38 and not far behind were Sarah Zacal and Carolyn Stapely who finished in 1:42 and 1:44 respectively.

 

Glenn Penfold (1:51) and Natalie Tribe (1:55) while Lee Hayward made his debut at the distance in an impressive time of 2:07.

 

Kirstee Porter ran the race with fellow club mate Karen Vilday smiling and waving the whole way round with Porter achieving a PB of 2:09.

 

Also running their first halfs were Rebecca Holden (2.32) and Tina Ede (2:44).

 

Lisa Robinson was running in the Chichester 10 mile race on the same day, finishing in a time of 1:47 while Deb Jane, Michelle Lloyd and Donna Vincent took on the half marathon relay and finished in a combined time of 2 hours 10 minutes.

 

Across the coast were Neil Strudwick and Byron Kearns taking on the Bournemouth Marathon. Despite a disrupted training through injury Kearns finished in a new personal best of 3:18, two minutes faster than his target.

 

Strudwick was aiming to qualify for the Commrades which will take part next year in South Africa. Strudwick achieved his goal and finished in 4:32.

 

Tony Hancock was also running a marathon this weekend, over in Jersey finishing in a time of 4:23.

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