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Gill enjoys his reign in Spain

Simon Gill reigned in Spain as 16 Bognor Regis Tone Zone Runners competed in the Benidorm 10k.


The traditional yearly jaunt saw the runners enjoy some Spanish culture after landing on Friday lunchtime two days before the race on Sunday.


There were a few sore heads but everyone made the start line and the morning of the race was the hottest time of the weekend.


Gill led home the group in a time of 36mins.57secs for 22nd overall.


Then came Jack Penfold in a personal best time of 38:08 with Peter Lee just behind in 38:25.


Danny Mahoney came through in 43:58, followed by Sarah Zacal and Byron Kearns on their first trip to Benidorm.


Zacal ran a personal best and finished third in her age category in 45:30 and was very thankful for the encouragement from Kearns on the course.


Shaun Smart and Marc Annals were next to finish in times of 46:07 and 47:11 respectively. Carolyn Stapley hydrated well the day before and finished in 48:37, ten seconds ahead of head coach Keith Hardwell, who rounded off his year with some fantastic coaching.


Then came a flurry of three club runners, Glenn Penfold crossed the line in 51:39, followed by Karl Hayes and Neil Strudwick who finished hand in hand with a time of 51:54.


Neil Pacey crossed the line in 53:30 with Gary Bushby clocking 59:29.


Club chairman Peter Lomax rounded off the results in a time of 1:04 after helping a Crawley runner throughout the race.


Back home were Sam Yates and Leigh Paige, who were running the Festive Frolic, a lapped event in Havant.


Leigh Paige finished three laps (13.1 miles) in 2 hours 39 minutes with Sam Yates running two laps (nine miles) in 1:41.


Results – Benidorm 10k: Simon Gill 36:57, Jack Penfold 38:08 PB, Peter Lee 38:25, Danny Mahoney 43:58, Sarah Zacal 45:30 PB 3rd in category, Byron Kearns 45:30, Shaun Smart 46:07, Marc Annals 47:11, Carolyn Stapley 48:37, Keith Hardwell 48:47, Glenn Penfold 51:39, Karl Hayes 51:54, Neil Strudwick, 51:54, Neil Pacey 53:30, Gary Bushby, 59:29, Peter Lomax: 1:04:07.


Festive Frolic: Leigh Paige 13.1 miles 2:39, Sam Yates 9 miles 1:41.

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