Bognor’s Tone Zone Runners had 18 members taking part in the London Marathon, including four first-timers – Alice Slater, Jacqui Salt, Paul Stevenson and Peter Lomax.
With almost perfect conditions for a marathon, it was the ideal time for a debut. Times are inconsequential for a first marathon, the achievement is completing the course and all four runners did that with ease while absolutely loving the experience.
First over the line for the club was Chris Gallagher in a spectacular PB time of 3hr 29min, closely followed by Neil Strudwick, Andy Mair, Karen Harrison and Anne Kari-Enes, all in 3.35.
A special mention has to go to Mair and Kari-Enes, who also ran Brighton Marathon last week. Another top performer was Carolyn Stapely who finished in a PB time of 3.44 which qualified her for automatic entry into next year’s London Marathon.
Coser to home was the Bluebell 10k and ten-mile races. Four runners entered the longer run with Mark Warwick leading the way in 1.21 followed by Lisa Robinson and Sarah Santer in 1.35.
At Southampton eight Tone Zoners ran the half marathon with David Skidmore and Jessica Thomson achieving personal bests in 1.36 and 1.44 respectively.
Tony Hancock ran the Blackpool marathon finishing seventh in his age category in 3.47.
Tone Zone times - London Marathon: Chris Gallagher 3.29.52; Neil Strudwick 3.35.16; Andy Mair 3.35.18; Karen Harrison 3.35.29; Anne Kari Enes 3.35.29; Carolyn Stapely 3.44.03; Ian Bayley 3.56.17; Alan Coombs 4.33.22; Jade Fish 4.33.41; Grace Natoli 4.40.19; Paul Stevenson 4.47.56; Alan McTennan 4.49.22; Grace Natoli 4.40.19; Alice Slater 4.51.49; Peter Lomax 4.57.30; Stuart Thomson 5.09.37; Vicky Tye 5.43.27; Jacqui Salt 5.49.17. Southampton Half Marathon: David Skidmore 1.36.30; Simon Daymond 1.39.29; Jessica Thomson 1.44.07; Tony Holcombe 1.47.40; Adam Norgett 1.48.31; John Russell 2.09.13; Paula Russell 2.28.05; Christopher Dummer TBC. Bluebell 10k: Lydia Stapely 1.03.28; Bluebell 10 Mile: Mark Warwick 1.21.33; Lisa Robinson 1.35.59; Sarah Santer 1.35.59; David Sinclair 1.38.13.
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