Sussex runners enjoy their Hampshire invasion

Runners set off for the Gosport Half Marathon  Picture: Sarah Standing (143318-6908)
Runners set off for the Gosport Half Marathon Picture: Sarah Standing (143318-6908)

TONE ZONE Runners and Chichester Runners travelled in force along the coast to take part in the Gosport Half Marathon.

A total of 26 members of the Bognor club took part and six of them produced personal bests.

This is always a challenging race and a course saw smooth tarmac swapped for steep inclines and beach shingle which took the wind from the sails of many runners. Rain and wind made for a harsh run.

Many runners were seeking good times ahead of well-deserved time off over Christmas and Peter Leee didn’t disappoint with a 1hr 24min 46sec time. Danny Mahoney showed superb form to finish in 1.28.10.

The Brighton 10k involved several Tone Zone members and Anna Enes was first for the club in 45.19.

The Poppy 10k and half marathon the previous weekend also had Tone Zone involvement.

James Baker led home the Chichester contingent at Gosport in fifth place, clocking a sub-70 for the first time for two years over this distance in an excellent time of 69.46.

Tone Zone times: Poppy Half Marathon: Tony Holcombe 1.39.05; Marcus Gwilliam 1.57.05.

Poppy 10k: Peter Chittenden 1.45.01.

Gosport Half Marathon: Peter Lee 1.24.46; Danny Mahoney 1.28.10; Paul Coe 1.35.50; Tony Holcombe 1.35.59; Ian Bayley 1.38.44; Neil Strudwick 1.41.57; Amanda Worne 1.47.07; Felicity Paton 1.49.20; Mark Ponsford 1.49.37; Mark Edwards 1.49.52; Gary Gaskin 1.50.56;

Stuart Thomson 1.50.59; Jessica Thompson 2.00.39; Sam Miles 2.01.38; Debbie Pacey 2.02.02; Jo Hinckley 2.02.02; Amber Woollven 2.02.56; Stephen Goddard 2.04.18; Debbie Patching 2.08.18; Bogumila Skladanek 2.14.28; Nicola McLinden 2.17.58; Sarah Spurr 2.18.35; Samantha Yates 2.28.26; Jacqui Salt 2.28.27; Jo Langrish 2.30.54; Nicky King 2.33.25.

Brighton 10k: Anna Kari Enes 45.19; Marcus Gwilliam 52.17; Nick Lea 54.43.

Chi Runners times: Gosport Half – Mike Houston (189th, 87.43); Simon Delves (305th, 91.45), Stefano Cerea (363rd, 94.20), Colin Harley (443rd, 96.54), Alison Defries (1155th, 121.16), Carol Palmer (1223rd, 124.28), Sue Baker (1249th, 125.54), Lynette Woodward (1304th, 128.05), Robert Sawers (1369th, 132.08).

Brighton 10k: Conrad Meagher 35.59, 72nd; Jane Harrop 39.28, 219th; Andrew Maynard 39.18, 241st place.