Bognor Park Run – STRUN Race 2. 21st May 16

Bognor Park Run was the setting for race number 2 in Tuff Fitty’s summer run series. Race 1 at Splash Point got off to a flyer with many Tuff’s running, so how would we do coming across to Bognor? Thankfully the rain stopped and being warm it was ideal conditions for running around Hotham Park. Last year we had just six running this event, but this year we were up over 200% with 19 Tuff’s in attendance.

Tuff Fitty descending en masse coincided with the 2nd birthday of this Park Run and as a beach theme many were running in loud Hawaiian shirts, but personally the sight of so many blue Tuff running vests was far more pleasing on the eye. The largest field at Bognor so far had been 269 runners, but with the 2nd anniversary and 19 Tuff’s present, a new record was set of 273 runners.

For some Tuff’s this was another notch on their Park Run belt, but for many more this was their first Park Run event. Whilst participants have to register in advance after that all you need to do is run carrying your bar code which is scanned to get your time at the end. With a new Worthing Park Run scheduled for the 11th June this could be a great way to get some benchmarks through the season.

So how did the Tuff’s do? surely you don’t need to ask…. Fantastically is the answer, even in this large field. Andy Crawford came home in 4th position in 19:00. Andy Ruffer crossed in just 19:15, 5th place overall with Simon Thistlethwaite 6th in a time of 19:33 . . So 4th, 5th & 6th – brilliant. Tom Gray achieved a new PB in 20:51 in 14th position. If that wasn’t enough Simone Scott was the first lady home in 21:59 just ahead of potential Tuff, Chris Whinnett showing great form in 22:02. How about Becky Lintott-Clarke 2nd female home overall in 22:11 for a Tuff Ladies double. It was most encouraging to see Jay McCardle taking his first steps back running after illness. Wendy Frost missed the drink as she was heading off for a TT followed by the evening swim!

There is no medal for entering a Park Run although in exchange you get an accurate 5k time over a twisting course. You also get things money can’t buy, the camaraderie of lots of Tuff’s present and Tuff Fitty buying all club participants a drink in the Cafe afterwards – priceless.

Thanks to Nicole Ewer and Dom Amey for coming over to cheer & Bec Days husband Mark who also ran, as did George Lintott-Clarke.

Clive

The next event in our STRUN series is :-
Littlehampton Beach Run which is part of the West Sussex Fun Run League. This is held on the Beach Green on Littlehampton seafront adjacent to the the Windmill Theatre – post code BN17 5LH. Wednesday 8th June with a start time of 7:30pm so this event will replace our usual Wednesday night Track run and it is hoped all the regulars there will come across to produce a large display of Tuffness. Distance 5 miles, entry £4 in advance or £5 on the day. The route includes a large portion on wet sand and shingle so probably not an event for your best running shoes.

Andy Crawford………….. time tba
Andy Ruffer……………… 19:15.. 5th
Simon Thistlethwaite.. 19:33.. 6th
Tom Gray…………………. 20:51.. 14th
Simone Scott……………. 21:59.. 1st Lady
Chris Whinnett…………..22:02
Becky Lintott-Clarke…. 22:11.. 2nd Lady
Becky Day………………… 22:50.. 4th Lady
James Togneri………….. 23:00
Graham Liddell………… 23:17
Clive Harvey…………….. 24:14
Wendy Frost…………….. 24:37.. PB
Catharine Western…… 24:44.. PB
Tony Day………………….. 24:46.. PB
John Keen………………… 25:32
Bob Thomas…………….. 27:38
Jay McCardle……………. 27:42
Gary Edge………………… 30:20
Lindsay Jamieson…….. 30:24.. PB