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Hot work! Runners bid to beat the heat in sun-kissed Bognor 10K event

The majority of runners at the 23rd Bognor 10k enjoyed a sunny outlook when they crossed the finish line yesterday. That was because it was a relief to many to finish due to the energy-sapping heat. And it was a sun-kissed James Westlake, from Crawley AC, who came in first with a time of 31m 47s.

Matt Bradford, representing Lewes A came second finishing around 40 seconds later with Chichester Runners’ James Baker, in 33m 05s, finishing third out of almost 1,600 runners.

Horsham Blue Star Johanna Spannagl was the winner of the women’s race finishing in 38m 50s, with Cheltenham Harriers’ Shona Crombie-Hicks coming home second some 40 seconds later. And Lucy Thraves, representing Chichester Runners, was third in 41m.

Tone Zone Youngsters

Among the competitors were 76 from Bognor Tone Zone Runners, including the younger element of the club pictured above, (L-R Jack Penfold, Ben Hardcastle, Lucy Budge, Nathan Bilham). The club also organised the event alongside the Bognor Rotary Club. Simon Gill was the first club runner to get back to West Park, finishing in an excellent sixth overall in 33m 41s.

Kari Mack won her over-40 age category, and said: “I am so pleased with 41m 26s, fourth lady overall and first over 40! It was so great to see all the Tone Zone gang and such a great turn out on a beautiful, if a bit too hot, day. Very well done everyone.”

One runner who really got into the beat of the race was Luke Simmonds, who said: “I am pretty pleased with my Bognor 10k time of 43m 48s, definitely not on form, as I had to work rather hard for it… average heart rate was 186bpm, with a max of 196! I think people could’ve heard me huffing if they stood at the finish line, when I was at mile four!”

Five of our club runners achieved PBs despite the heat; these were Colin Hiscock by over two minutes with 39m 40s, Juliet Stallard 43m 25s, Jess Thomson 44m 21s, Claire Baker 54m and David Sinclair 54m.

Among the new competitors entering their first race from being non-runners in January were husband and wife duo of Darren and Bella Cobby, who exceeded their own expectations by completing the course in 53m 51s and 1h 03m 02s. Other first time runners were Ian Buchan, Zoe Hemes, Janice James and Angela Money.

Tone Zone runners results:
Simon Gill 33.41
Peter Lee 37.08
Colin Hiscock 39.40
Paul Jarvis 40.58
Duncan Stephenson-Gill 41.11
Kari Mack 41.26
David Rowe 42.02
Laurence Ward 42.27
Trev Strowger 42.46
Shaun Smart 43.15
Juliet Stallard 43.25
Luke Simmonds 43.35
Anthony Hancock 43.52
Daryl Fairbrother 44.11
Jess Thomson 44.21
Keith Hardwell 44.26
Nina Baldwinson 45.33
Jack Penfold 45.52
James Simmons 46.00
Anne Kari Enes 46.07
Karl Hayes 46.41
Nathan Bilham 46.43
Alan Coombs 46.48
Callum Strowger 46.53
Tony Holcombe 47.21
J Faggetter 48.00
Carolyn Stapely 48.23
Jason Ambridge 48.59
Neil Strudwick 49.22
Marc Annals 49.44
Gareth Stemp 49.46
Stuart Thomson 49.57
Robert Little 50.38
Derek Natoli 52.52
Natalie Tribe 52.33
Colin North 53.00
Derek Edwards 53.10
Marc Willson 53.23

Daniel Mack 53.40
Darren Cobby 53.51
Adam Norgett 53.55
Claire Baker 54.00
Sam Miles 54.17
Andrew Miles 54.17
Carl Bryant 54.17
Lydia Stapely 54.30
Helen Mountain 55.09
Peter Lomax 55.35
David Sinclair 54.35
James Savage 56.14
Wendy Harding 56.56
Ben Hardcastle 57.36
Lucy Budge 57.37
Lesley Ward 58.56
Paul Wells 59.08
Donna Strowger 59.40
Karen Vilday 59.47
Simon Dugdale 59.56
Elizabeth Farrell 1.00.48
Michelle Lloyd 1.01.54
Lea Hodgkins 1.02.35
Lucy Brand 1.02.37
Bogumila Skladanek 1.02.43
Bella Cobby 1.03.02
Ian Buchan 1.04.41
Mike Monk 1.04.46
Sarah Spurr 1.06.45
Zoe Hemes 1.07.03
Nicola Kettley 1.07.33
Susi Briggs 1.12.35
Janice James 1.13.00
Michelle Miles 1.13.06
Leigh Paige 1.13.38
Angela Money 1.15.48
Helena Wilmers 1.50.27 Tail runner

Carl Eldridge
Carl Eldridge
Carl Eldridge is a hugely experienced journalist who has worked on local and national newspapers, magazines and written for websites over the past 30 years. He lives in Bognor Regis with his wife and son.