Tone Zone runners can see wood for trees in New Forest

Rain and wind greeted runners for the New Forest ten-mile race, including 24 from Bognor's Tone Zone.

Monday, 18th July 2016, 3:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:44 am
Tone Zone runners at the recent South Downs Marathon

The sun appeared in time for the start of a contest which takes place on a mixture of roads and forest trails.

First to finish for the club was David Skidmore in a personal best of 1.14.31. Also achieving their fastest times for ten miles were Jess Thomson and Helena Wilmers in 1.19.51 and 1.44.12. Nina Baldwinson ran a superb time of 1.15.39 to finish second in her age category.

It was a case of Tone Zone on tour as husband and wife team Derek and Grace Natoli headed to Reykjavik in Iceland for the Midnight Half Marathon. This incredible race starts in the Laugardalur Valley and follows the paths around the city – and at the finish all runners are encouraged to take a relaxing dip into the Laugardalslaug Thermal Spring to soothe their aching muscles.

Derek ran a PB of 1.59, with Grace close behind.

Tone Zone marathon man Paul Coe headed to Sydling St Nicholas in Dorset to compete in the Giants Head Marathon. Coe doesn’t seem to run the easy marathons and this one had nearly 3,500ft of elevation. Despite this Coe finished in 4:51.

Joan Woolley took her place on the start line of the Somme Centenary Challenge at Samphire Hoe on the White Cliffs of Dover. The race is held early in the morning to remember the first day of the Battle of the Somme where a first wave of 120,000 soldiers went ‘over the top.

The day has extra meaning for Joan as her Uncle Arthur was killed in action on that fateful day 100 years ago.

After a minute’s silence, a trench whistle sounded and the runners started up the hill. The course was a 3.85-mile loop and the challenge is to complete as many as possible within six hours. Woolley managed seven and a distance of 26.95 miles.

At the Portsmouth 5k race series Gary Mitchell and David Skidmore both achieved personal bests with 20.04 and 20.55. Tony Hancock ran well, finishing in just under 22 minutes.

Tone Zone times - New Forest 10 Mile: David Skidmore 1.14.31; Nina Baldwinson 1.15.39; Neil Strudwick 1.16.07; Jessica Thomson 1.19.51; Mark Green 1.22.19; Kate O’Connor 1.24.26; Derek Edwards 1.26.31; Laura Newell 1.26.48; Adam Norgett 1.26.50; Paul Coe 1.26.50; Garry Gaskin 1.30.41; Jo Hall 1.32.36; Stuart Thomson 1.32.40; Paul Stevenson 1.34.48; Debbie Patching 1.38.09; Natalie King 1.39.24; Caroline Edwards 1.41.05; Sarah Stothard 1.41.05; Rebecca Jones 1.41.05; Lesley Ward 1.41.49; Vicky Tye 1.44.10; Helena Wilmers 1.44.12; Sarah Spurr 1.57.12; Carole Mulry 1.57.47. North Downs Marathon - Jade Fish 6.17.00. Jersey Sparton Seafront 5k - Tony Hancock 21.42. London 10k - Simon Daymond 42.49.

Wyvern 10k - Tony Holcombe 46.50. Cuckfield Lions 10k - Peter Chittenden 1.42.32. Summer Plod - Peter Chittenden 2.02.50. Round Hill Romp 6 Mile - Peter Chittenden 1.42.30. Reykjavik Half Marathon - Derek Natoli 1.59.00; Grace Natoli 2.09.00. Giants Head Marathon - Paul Coe 4.51.24. Alresford 10k - Peter Chittenden 1.41.50. Portsmouth 5km Race Series - Gary Mitchell 20.04; David Skidmore 20.55; Tony Hancock 21.57. Summer 5 mile XC - Debbie Patching 58.16 ; Peter Chittenden 1.27.13. Somme Centenary Challenge Ultra - Joan Woolley 6.04.00. Mid-Summer 10k - Peter Chittenden 1.39.17.

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