Living it up in LA & London and on the Pilgrims trail
Along a windy Littlehampton Prom a record 43 Bognor Regis Tone Zone Runners stormed through the annual 10k. With all the sunny weather recently in typical British fashion the wind picked up and it was slightly overcast for the Littlehampton 10k, nonetheless Christo Oosthuizen ran as strong as ever to finish in 37:10 to be the first to finish for the club. Just 30s back was Mark Phillips aiming for a new PB and smashing it with a 37:41. Chris Crouch, Gary Macey and Jess Thomson all finished in quick succession in 41:29, 41:37 and 41:49 respectively with Jess taking the 3rd lady to add to her long list of achievements.
Allen Porter who’s on a roll at the moment finished in 45:49 to claim a new PB, soon to be followed by Richard Forward, Michael Forsdyke and Josey Faggetter. Marzena Stevens, Michael Daughtrey, Jon Cummins all ran sub 50 minutes in challenging conditions. Martin Playford led a long trail of club runners through consisting of Ian Ashberry, Marlena and Lee Clark, Kirstee Porter, Rodney Morley and Garry Gaskin were clumped together by just 2 minutes. Robert Catlin snuck under the hour in 58:59 with Deb Patching just the other side in 1:00:10 and Louise Maddison in 1:00:22.
Amanda Alphonso, Lesley Ward, Matthew Macey and Lisa Broad all finished under the 1:05 mark with Sarah Spur, Felicity Nowell, Lisa Wadey, Emma Tidmarsh and Rebecca Holden dipping under 1:10, just 22 seconds over the 1:10 mark was David Graves with another good run. Good friends Alan Haskell and Stuart Thomson ran together to finish in 1:13:57 just a minute ahead of Sarah Ashberry in 1:14. Tina Ede was making her comeback to racing with a 1:17 leading a sea of Blue and Orange starting with Nicky Ramsay who crossed the line in 1:20:30 followed by Nik Michelle, John Abell, Allan Brown, Jayne Marshall, Grace Jones who shaved 7 minutes off her last 10k and Carrie Oakley finishing in 1 hour 21 minutes.
Over in Farnham was the Pilgrims Half a very tough trail half marathon with 2,631 feet of elevation! Zoe Hemes finished in 2:29 soon to be joined by Leonie Ranson in 2:32, Debi Haddleton in 2:35 and Queen of trail running Michelle Maxim in 2:39.
In the capital running with the likes of Mo Farah, Jake Smith, Eilish McColgan and Charlotte Purdue was Mark Farndell taking on the Vitality London Big Half. Mark finished the half marathon in a time of 2 hours 19 minutes, just 19 minutes behind Tokyo Olympian and reigning British Marathon Champion from 2021 Chris Thompson!