Chichester and Bognor runners on road to glory in Worthing

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Worthing’s 20-mile road race has long been used as a warm-up race for April’s Brighton and London marathons.

And Chichester and Bognor athletes made full use of the benign conditions to post good times.

Chichester had three runners in the top six, including the top three Sussex Runners home.

James Baker posted an impressive 1hr 51min 40sec to finish runner-up in the 500-strong field, beaten by a visiting runner from Bideford.

Jo Corbett was also on top form in fourth place in 1.53.29 with Martin Barwood sixth in 1.55.25.

Bognor-based ToneZone provided one of the largest club entries with 14 runners. Several personal bests were recorded with Perry Lee leading the ToneZone runners from start to finish, closely followed by Keith Hardwell.

Other Chichester times and places: Colin Harley 123rd in 2.31.17, Justin Eggins 145th in 2.36.57, Nigel McNestrie 154th in 2.38.16, Andrew Moore 192nd in 2.42.34, Martin Miller 217th in 2.45.54 and Carla Wood 427th in 3.24.36.

Tonezone times: Perry Lee 2.32, Keith Hardwell 2.38, Anna Enes 2.40, Ian Bayley 2.42, Gary Pidgeon 2.43, Jon Clayton 2.49, David Butler 2.50, Stephen Goddard 2.55, Stuart Thompson 2.57, Luke Simmonds 3.02, Jason Rae 3.07, Viv Baker 3.22, Miyako Scott 3.16, Peter Chittenden 4.01.

Chichester Runner Angela Carpenter lined up on the same day at Dunsfold Aerodrome for the Spitfire 20 and finished third lady and a fantastic 42nd overall out of 813 finishers. She set a new club 20 mile record in posting a time of 2.16.18.

A week later some of the same athletes were testing their powers of recovery by lining up with the rest of the 2,000-strong field in the popular Eastleigh 10k race.

Baker was 11th in 31.51, less than a minute outside his best. Barwood was 40th in 33.54 while top club veteran Chris Jack was 79th in 35.59 leading home Andrew Harrop in 572nd with 45.31, John Betts 651st with 46.36 and Sue Baker 1061st with 52.07.

Tonezone runners in the Eastleigh 10k were Gary Pidgeon (46min), Roy Webb (52), John Baitup (1.00), Carolyn Miller (1.01) and Alison Steed (1.01).

Cranleigh’s 21-mile road race is on a tough, undulating course. Great running was shown by Tonezone members with Chris Gallagher finishing strongly after an injury setback.

Ian Bayley clocked 2.54, Anna Enes 2.56, David Butler 3.04, Chris Gallagher 3.04 and Miyako Scott 3.27.

In the Hastings half marathon Tonezone’s Jon Clayton was home in 1.53, Trevor Swain in 1.55.

Chichester Runners now look forward to the Sussex road relay championships at Horsham on Easter Saturday.