It’s a slog – twice over – but Tone Zoners pull through

Tone Zone Runners at Stansted
Tone Zone Runners at Stansted

Two of the toughest runs of the annual calendar – the Stansted Slog and the Surrey Slog Half Marathon – were on the same day this year.

At Stansted, the newly-created relay proved popular, with 11 teams taking part. In total 180 runners took part on the hilly, off-road course which proved challenging with Deb Patching taking a tumble during her stint on the relay.

Training partners Ian Bayley and Gary Pidgeon sparred to be first Tone Zoner home. Pidgeon went off quickly but Bayley caught him at mile 11; however Pidgeon proved too strong for Bayley finishing with a 30-second lead.

Tone Zone fielded two teams for the relay.

The Surrey Slog, advertised as ‘not for the faint-hearted’, is a challenging route around southern Surrey and saw Felicity Paton represent the club. She finished in a commendable 2:05:01.

The Harting Trail ten-mile race saw Tone Zone field a team of five. This very challenging race starts with a steep ascent that catches many new runners out – as pace is an important factor.

A large climb in the middle of the race and a technical descent to the finish ensures all participants are put through their paces.

Paul Coe finished first for Tone Zone followed closely by Daniel Hughes, proving his marathon training is paying dividends.

Tone Zone times: Surrey Slog: Felicity Paton, 2:05:01. Stansted Slog: Gary Pidgeon 1:52:17, Ian Bayley 1:52:47, Luke Simmonds 1:59:43, Chris Gallagher 2:01:22, Sarah Baker 2:20:39. Relay: Sarah Spurr, Alan Argeny, Pat Argent and Lesley Ward 5:08:52, Jo Langrish, Sam Yates, Debbie Patching and Nicky King 5:38:06. Harting ten: Paul Coe 1:21:57, Daniel Hughes 1:28:44, Stuart Thomson 1:39:42, Debbie Patching 1:41:24.