IT WAS back to business for a large number of Bognor Regis Tone Zone runners, with 38 competing at the Chichester 10k.
For the second year running, it was Conrad Meagher who was first for the club in a fast time of 37min 49sec, missing out on a personal best by only one second.
Narrowly behind in second place was Peter Lee, finishing in 37-54. He continues to impress in his first year of running and collected another personal best.
Richard Harper finished third for the men in 40-39.
Another new club member and first for the ladies was Kari Mack. Finishing in her first race, Mack recorded a phenomenal time of 40-52.
Second for the ladies were Anna Enes in 45-20, not quite a personal best but after competing in her 32nd 10k race, still looked very strong.
Third lady home and another new club member was Kate O’Connor, putting in a very credible time of 45-49.
The weather hampered the running conditions with the swirling blustery winds, but several of the club’s runners still logged personal bests.
Other times – Marc Annals 41-35, Gary Pidgeon 42-30, Paul Jarvis 44-50, Phil Cooper 45-13, Neil Strudwick 45-43, Keith Hardwell 45-53, Tony Halcombe 46-44, Paul Coe 47-30, Trevor Swann 48-09, Richard Martin 48-13, Robert Little 48-56, Jackie Annals 49-02, Glenn Penfold 49-35, Stuart Thomson 50-21, Mandy Evans 52-55, Grace Natoli 53-13, Stephen Goddard 53-22, Natalie Tribe 54-09, Viv Baker 54-56, Lisa Robinson 55-24, Joan Woolley 55-37, Wendy Harding 56-25, Debbie Patching 58-35, Jacqui Salt 59-05, Sam James 59-11, Clair Jorden 59-02, Roy Webb 59-38, Mark Ponsford 59-42, Mike Monk 1-01-26, Sarah Baker 1-03-55, Carol Mulre 1-05-07, Claire Baker 1-05-08.
:: In this busy race period, the Meon Valley 21-mile Cross County took place near Petersfield on the same day as the Chi 10k.
In 2013, the event had been staged in the harshest of conditions imaginable that saw more than a quarter of the runners withdraw with hypothermia, injury or just sheer exhaustion.
The club had five runners in attendance, four of whom were back after the previous year’s extremities.
Louisa Proctor and Jim Simmons had a plan from the start to pace the race as evenly as possible together.
Proctor finished first for the club and fourth lady overall in 03-42-00, 18 minutes quicker than the time she recorded the previous year.
Simmons finished slightly behind in second.
Felicity Paton put on another improved showing, finishing in just over four hours, knocking seven minutes off last year’s time.
Daniel Hughes ran this race for the first time and later stated that after more than ten years of running, this was one of the hardest he’s ever participated in.
:: The 24th Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday saw more than 10,000 entries accepted.
There was some doubt that this event would even take place during the week after bad weather left shingle along the prom in the days leading to the event.
The day was, however, given a respite from the recent conditions and even had a blessing of clear skies and warm sunshine for runners and spectators.
The Tone Zone runners fielded their largest-ever entry for this event, recording 34 for the start.
Peter Lee was the first to finish for the club in 1-23, with a personal best. In second place for the men, Danny Mahoney upped his game with an impressive 1-25, also a personal best.
In third for the club was Jim Simmons, still running strongly but slightly down from his previous best time.
For the ladies, Anna Enes once again put in a sturdy performance, coming in first, running a best of 1-36.
Louisa Proctor continued to impress with another PB of 1-38, with new runner Kate O’Connor coming in third on her inaugural race in 1-40.
Other times – Richard Harper 1-30, Colin Hiscock 1-34, Gary Pidgeon 1-37, Like Simmonds 1-38, Ian Bayley 1-39, Keith Hardwell 1-40, Chris Gallagher 1-40, Paul Coe 1-43, Amanda Worne 1-45, Karl Richards 1-45, Carolyn Stapely 1-50, Robert Little 1-51, Sarah Santer 1-53, Mark Ponsford 1-54, Glenn Penfold 1-55, Stuart Thomson 1-56, Sam Miles 2-02, Debbie Pacey 2-06, Lisa Robinson 2-06, Karen Blackman 2-06, Paul Stevenson 2-07, Alison Stead 2-08, Joan Woolley 2-11, Lesley Ward 2-14, Benita Milton 2-17, Michelle Maxim 2-20, Amanda Sheppard 2-17, Sarah Spurr 2-21.
:: In other races, Reading Roadrunners hosted their annual ten and 20-mile road races.
Four of the club’s runners were involved, with Debbie Patching and Derek Winslow competing in the ten-mile while Sarah Baker and Jo Langrish completed the 20-mile distance.