Tone Zone runners reflect on successful half marathon

The ecstasy of finishing the Chichester Half Marathon  Picture by Makaela Papworth

The ecstasy of finishing the Chichester Half Marathon Picture by Makaela Papworth

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Tone Zone Runners are reflecting on some terrific efforts at this year’s Chichester Half Marathon .

They had 30 runners in the 700-plus fieldand the cool damp weather provided a perfect opportunity for improvements on the previous year’s times for many.

Jimmy Simmons recorded the fastest time for the club in 1hr 33min, more than a minute quicker than last year.

Fellow club runner Marius Vitauskas started at the front alongside eventual winner James Baker. Vitauskas’ early fast pace got the better of him as he fell behind within the first few miles - but he still finished in a very respectable time of 1.35.

Colin Hiscock battled with training partner Gary Pidgeon for fourth and fifth Tone Zone place for the men. Pidgeon pushed Hiscock hard and the pair exchanged positions several times. However, Hiscock got the better of his rival - though Pidgeon still recorded a personal best.

For the ladies, Karen Harrison and Louisa Proctor had their own battle. Harrison gained the advantage over Proctor from mile eight and held the position to the finish. Felicity Paton finished strongly, slightly behind the two first ladies and helping to record second place for the ladies’ team overall.

Jackie Williamson had another strong race and was rewarded with a personal best. PBs were also logged by Debbie Pacey, Joan Woolley, and Paul Coe. Pacey, in inspiring form, knocked nearly 20 minutes off her previous best.

Carolyn Stapely had targeted a sub-two-hour race and was delighted with a time of 1.59. Mandy Evans and Ginnie Harper ran the distance together and even had a photo finish.

Sam Miles in her first half marathon demonstrated her determination in finishing in a great time and slightly ahead of Joanne Hinckley.

Meanwhile, three Tone Zone runners competed at the tough Cardiff half marathon. Father and son team Danny and Louis Mahoney set the early pace together but Mahoney finished first in 1.30 with his son recording 1.38. Stephen Goddard recorded 2.07.

Sarah Baker completed two races in two weeks. The first was the undulating Basingstoke half marathon in 2.16. The second was the Tadley ten-mile road race where she recorded a 1.40 in extremely harsh weather.

The new autumn Worthing 10k took place on the seafront and veteran Tone Zone runner Peter Chittenden ran 1.06. This was Chittenden’s 40th race of the year and it was a challenging one in near gale-force winds.

Just along the road at Lancing, Joan Woolley ran the five-mile Steepdown Challenge. The race, hosted by the Lancing Eagles, forms part of the West Sussex Fun Run League and was staged on extreme rough terrain which includes a steep climb. Woolley completed this in an impressive 46 minutes.

Debbie Patching was involved in the RNLI 10k in Portsmouth, starting and finishing at the Mountbatten Centre. She finished in 58 minutes.

Tony Hancock was again involved in the Jersey Marathon finishing a commendable fourth in category in 3.27.

This Sunday, the Great South Run should see 30-plus Tone Zone runners involved.

Runners and times, Chichester Half Marathon: Jim Simmons 1.33, Marius Vitauskas 1.35, Danny Mahoney 1.36, Colin Hiscock 1.40, Gary Pidgeon 1.41, Simon Bodsworth 1.43, Tony Hancock 1.43, Karen Harrison 1.44, Ian Bayley 1.45, Louisa Proctor 1.45, Chris Gallagher 1.46, Felicity Paton 1.49, Paul Coe 1.49, Stuart Thomson 1.52, Dan Hughes 1.55, Carolyn Stapely 1.59, Simon Dugdale 2.04, Grace Natoli .04, Jackie Williamson 2.06, Stephen Goddard 2.07, Debbie Pacey 2.07, Vic Baker 2.07, Joan Woolley 2.08, Mandy Evans 2.08, Ginnie Harper 2.08, Paul Stevenson 2.10, Sam Miles 2.11, Joanne Hinckley 2.11, Alice Slater 2.21, Sarah Spurr 2.23.

IAN BAYLEY