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The Grizzly’s a rum do for Tone Zoners

Down in the town of Seaton were 14 hardy Bognor Regis Tone Zone runners ready to take on what is known as The Grizzly.

 

The Grizzly is a gruelling 20-miler with two knee deep bogs, run on shingle and cliff edges and at a 3,200ft elevation.

 

It is one of the toughest races around but it was certainly a special day for all.

 

The 14 club runners set off running the first mile on shingle before taking the first climb up to the town of Beer.

 

The group were sticking together and in high spirits crossing the first river at mile five and making their way to the first bog eight miles in.

 

It was here where one member of the group fell and had to be taken away by St John Ambulance.

 

Nonetheless, the group carried on through the bog, hills, mudslides and shingle before approaching the ‘Highway to Heaven’ at mile 17, a steep climb to the top of the cliff from the beach.

 

The group ran together for the full 20 miles and crossed the line under five hours, an impressive time for the course and terrain.

 

They were greeted by firemen to hose down the mud that was caked on their legs, a finishers’ t-shirt and a small bottle of rum as a memento.

 

The group bundled into the mini-bus with head coach Keith Hardwell and driver Neil Pacey to head home after a long day.

 

Over in France were Derek Natoli and Grace Natoli. Derek was running the St Emilion Half Marathon and finished in two hours 15 minutes. Grace ran the marathon and took home a trophy for being the third female to finish in a time of 4:33.

 

In Wales, Leigh Paige ran the Llanelli Half Marathon. Paige ran a fantastic race to finish in a personal best of 2:18.

 

Grizzy 20 – Mark Annals; Ian Bayley; Chris Gallagher; Simon Hunt; Anne Kari Enes; Kari Mack; Danny Mahoney; Kate O’Connor; Jack Penfold; Gary Smith; Duncan Stephenson-Gill; Neil Strudwick; Sarah Zacal (all completed).

 

Llanelli Half Marathon: Leigh Paige 2:18.20 PB.

 

St Emillion Half Marathon: Derek Natoli 2:15.10.

 

St Emillion Marathon: Grace Natoli 4:33.59 third lady.

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