Felpham's fab Five is a hit with runners

The inaugural running of a new local race, the Felpham Five, was declared a big success.

Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 2:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:06 pm
Tone Zone runners enjoyed the Felpham Five

It is an out-and-back race along the Bognor foreshore between Felpham and Elmer. Some 120 runners lined up for a 7.30am start, among them 41 members of Tone Zone Runners.

Taking the top step of the podium for the ladies’ race was Nina Baldwinson, who completed the 5.5-mile course in 41.52, closely followed by Juliet Stallard in 42.54 to take second place.

In the men’s race, Christopher Dummer took third overall with 38.38. The Felpham Five was a fantastic event and will be back for 2017.

Flying the Tone Zone flag in Norway was Helena Wilmers, who chose the Oslo half marathon for her first attempt at that distance. She completed the race in 2.08.

In Bath, Simon Bodsworth ran the Two Tunnels 50k Ultra. This unusual multi-lap race uses two former railway tunnels, which were only recommissioned in 2013 after being sealed for nearly 50 years, to run under the city. He completed the Ultra in 4.39.

At the Meon Valley Express Half Marathon, Tony Holcombe finished first in his age category in a time of 1.46.

The popular undulating Barns Green half marathon took place. Six Tone Zone members competed with Gary Mitchell coming home first for the club in 1.36.

Holcombe impressed again with 1.43, closely followed by Jess Thomson 1.44. Paul Westwood and Mark Warwick finished in 1.51 with Peter Ramsdale just behind in 1.53.06.

Paul Coe and Laura Newell travelled to the Great Windsor Park for a half marathon, both running it in 1.57. Also running that distance were Neil and Debbie Pacey along with Natalie King, whotravelled to the Forest of Dean near Gloucester. Neil said it was a great race but jokingly added there were far to many hills to make it enjoyable.

He finished in 2.05 with Debbie in 2.09 and King caqme in three minutes later.

The final two races of the weekend were abroad. Andy Mair ran a half marathon in Disneyland Paris and Sarah Baker ran the same distance in Marbella. Their times were 1.42 and 2.22 respectively.


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