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PBs a-plenty plus a course record – Chichester 10k hailed a success

Nearly 1,500 runners took to the tarmac of Goodwood motor circuit for the annual Chichester Priory 10k.


In what was the second year on the revised course, competitors made their way around county roads before completing one circuit of the famous course.


Despite the near-freezing temperatures, the racing was quick – and two men made it home quicker than the sought after 30 minute mark.


After Highgate’s Andy Maud led from the start, Aldershot’s Richard Allen edged the London-based runner out in the final sprint to record a new course record of 29min 45sec.


The top female finisher was Coventry Godiva’s Katrina Wootton, who came home in just over 33 minutes.


There was also success for local runners, with 35 members of the Bognor Regis Tone Zone completing the course.


Peter Lee was the club’s first runner over the line with a really strong race time of 37:17,while the club’s first female was Kari Mack, who clocked in with 39:54.


In total, seven club runners ran their personal best times for this distance.


Neil Pacey took over a minute from his to finish in 51:20, but was still disappointed with the result.


He said: “Unfortunately, my left calf tightened and cramped at 7km,


“I would have not only broken my personal goal of a sub-50 but finished around 48 minutes if it hadn’t.


“I’m pleased with the run but will now need to find another 10k race to try again.”


An overjoyed Stan Mack, who is in the middle of training for his first marathon in April, managed to slice three minutes from his best to finish in 45:21, while Gareth Stemp beat his by two minutes finishing in 47:42.


The others were Karen Vilday (52:36), Martin Playford (52:55), David Sinclair (54:03) and Jo York (1:08:35).


Along the coast at an equally cold Portsmouth, Derek Natoli was the first Tone Zone member home in the coastal half marathon in 2 hours 1 minute closely followed a minute later by Jackie Williamson.


Ben Leney (2:05) and Sam Yates, 2:19, both ran their best times. Sam, who took an amazing seven minutes from her best, said “I’m so happy with my PB, it’s only taken me eight years.”

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