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Hundreds race around the city as Corporate Challenge returns to Chi

HUNDREDS of runners of all ages took to the streets of Chichester for the first Corporate Challenge of the year.

 

Taking place over three Wednesdays in late February and March, the event sees adults race five laps around a city centre course of 700 metres with the start and finish line outside the Assembly Rooms.

 

Times are recorded individually and as a team, with the best times over the three events being crowned the winners.

 

Wednesday also saw hundreds of school pupils take part, with children aged nine to 15 taking part.

 

Among those involved in the senior race was former Commonwealth Games 1500m champion Michael East, who formed a team with his wife, Claire, and two daughters.

 

East, who is now 41 and won gold in Manchester in 2002, was one of the quicker competitors in the first night of competition.

 

He was short, though, of his senior course record of 12 min 39 secs, a record which stood for ten years until American doctor Chris Zablocki shaved a second from it in 2016.

 

The next events are on March 13 and 27. For full results visit www.chichester-runners.org.uk/corporate-challenge

 

–Elsewhere and a number of Bognor Tone Zone runner took part in events over the last week.

 

A team of close to 20 finished the Brighton Half Marathon, with Danny Mahoney leading the club home in 1 hour 31 mins.

 

Hot on Danny’s heels were Duncan Stephenson-Gill (1.32.54) and Jess Thomson (1.33.03) who chalked up another PB.

 

Gary Pidgeon and Daryl Fairbrother finished in 1.36 while Karen Vilday was helped to a big personal best of 1:54 by head coach Keith Hardwell.

 

At the Wokingham Half Marathon was Carolyn Stapley who defeated another long-standing PB of hers by finishing in a time of 1.34.

 

At the Winchester 10k, Lisa Broad led a cohort of six home in another PB of 59.29. Julie Ede finished bang on the hour mark with Tina Ede not far behind and also gaining a PB time of 1.10.

 

At the Jersey Sparton West Park 5k, Tony Hancock ran a strong time of 22.05 and Sarah Santer, running the extremely tough Brutal Bordon 10k, finished with a time of 1.37

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