Parkrun round up for 22.07.2017

A few runners that should be acknowledged for some fine running at the various parkruns 22.07.2017.

Brighton & Hove parkrun
Congratulations to Dan Tatnall-Murray who recorded a new course PB with his 18.28. His previous best was 18.36 set just 3 weeks ago.

Preston Park parkrun
A massive well done to Jim Risdale who was 3rd in a new course PB time of 17.28. His previous  best was 17.31 set in March 2017.

John Thompson

On to John Thompson who takes PB’s like they are sweets. Congratulations on yet another course PB with his time edging ever closer to the 20m Mark. His new time is now set at 20.35 beating his previous best of 20.50 set in April 2017. This is Johns 7th PB at Preston Park in 2017. At the start of 2017 Johns time stood at 21.55 so he has made great strides this year pushing his time down. A massive well done John.

Hove Promenade parkrun
Like a bus you wait for a PB then two come along at once. A big well done to Yvonne Patrick who secured another course PB on the prom with her new time of 25.08. her previous best was 25.18 which she set only last week and this is her 5th PB for this year on the prom. Great work Yvonne.

Bevendean Down parkrun
We would like to mention Adam Clayton who was a first timer over there at Bevendean. Adam was 1st over the line in a time of 19.46 which was just outside of a club record 5th place spot which is 19.30. Better luck next time Adam but nice going.

Congratulations to all on those performances today and well done to all of our athletes who took on the weekly runs around the parks.

IMPORTANT – The 9th Super Series Race, July 27th 6.30pm – A80 Hill Running

Thursday 27th July is the next Super Series race.

There will be no Thursday Hove Park session on this day.

We move on from the super series race at the Phoenix 10k where we had 53 known Arena 80 runners participating. The next race is the Hill Run (338metres) from Devils Dyke to the bottom of Beeding Hill and back 13.6km. This year it takes place on Thursday 27th July evening with the first runner leaving at 6.30pm. Runners leave 30 seconds apart so this is not a handicap race as such, just your overall race time counting for the Super Series and Hill Run Champs. There will be a ladies and men’s trophy as well as a seniors and O40’s.

There is a volunteer with water at the bottom of Beeding Hill which is the return point of the race.

Please contact Danny Cartledge if you wish to participate by email 

This was a trial race last year but it was so well received that we have put it back on the list. Surely there is no better place to run than over the Downs on a Thursday evening.

 It was a very misty run last year.

Get to know…David Gifford

For this weeks chosen club member we are joined by the man who is a quiet mannered man but has a lot of interesting stories. Since joining the club his running has gone from strength to strength and can always be relied on to give his 100% best. In the Arena team events he can be relied on to give the team a points boost. He is an absolute pleasure to hang with and very easy to chat to. So please raise a glass to Mr David Gifford. 

Name: David Gifford 

1. When and why did you join Arena: 
Off an on since 2012 (mostly off!) but made an effort last year to become more consistent.

2. How long have you been running:
XC club at School then off and on with clubs since University.

3. Where did you grow up:
Hertfordshire, in a little town called Letchworth.

4. How many pairs of trainers do you have: 
Six (currently in use). Mostly Mizuno at the moment.

5. Name 3 people that you would have round for dinner (living or deceased).
A Chef, a Sommelier and my beautiful Wife.

6. Tell us about something you would happily do again:
Join the British Army, one of the best decisions I ever made.

7. If you had one word to describe yourself, what would you choose:

8. Have you got any running rituals you do before a race:
No, maybe I should……

9. Who are your sporting hero:
The Brownlee brothers. I like the banter & respect between them, plus the way they push themselves to the edge, and over it sometimes.

10. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, what can you touch:
A pillow, from our ‘pillow shelves’ we sometimes also sit on.

11. What is your one weakness:
Currently a sub 18min 5k then hopefully a 17:30 5k! Out side of running a good Steak but my wife would say chocolate.

12. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear:
The baby monitor.

13. If money was no object, where would you most like to visit: 
113 Park Ln, Mayfair, London, W1K 7AJ. (It’s the address of the Aston Martin show room in Mayfair).

14. What type of music do you like to listen to: 
90’s Indie, Shed Seven, Ocean Colour Scene, Oasis etc, but have a healthy mix on the ITunes.

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
I have drifted in the Pacific off the coast of Ecuador, after the propeller on the boat I was in fell off.  Taught me for paying a local in some random village $10 to see whales, saw some though so got what I paid for I guess.

16. What were you like at School.
Not as academic as my Parents and Teachers would have liked.

17. What’s the furthest you have ridden on your bike:
I’ve forgotten, it’s been so long! I did do a Half Ironman (70.3) once, so a couple of miles but not into three digits. Prefer to swim for a bit of cross training.

18. Would you prefer to go bungee jumping or sky diving and have you done either or are you going to at some point:
Jumped out of one once, intentionally, but on a static line if that counts. Prefer my landings to match my takeoffs, so I guess a bungee jump would be fun.

19. What was the last photo you took on your phone:
My 11 month old daughter doing something amazing, again…….

20. Where are you happiest when you are out running:
I like running out in the countryside, there are some great routes around my village and out onto the Down’s, when I get the chance.

Our biggest thanks to David for his Q&A’s this week and we hope that you feel that you have now got to know David a little better. Check back next Wednesday for another set of Q&A’s with our chosen club member. 

Key races over the next few weeks that benefit the club.

Here are some of the key races that are worth considering if you are deciding which ones to race. All of these races benefit the club.

Sunday 23rd – WSFRL Henfield Joggers 4 miler
Wednesday 26th – Bexhill 5k – Sussex Grand Prix
Wednesday 26th – Vet’s T&F league meeting – Eastbourne
Sunday 30th – WSFRL Seven Stiles – Henfield

Wednesday 2nd – WSFRL Highdown Hike
Sunday 20th – WSFRL Hornets Stinger
Sunday 27th – Wills Page 10k  – Sussex Grand Prix
Monday 28th – Kings head canter 5k – Harvey Curtis cup race (Bank Holiday Monday)

Super Series inter-club races
Thursday 27th July – Arena 80 Hill running champs (set from Devils Dyke)
Thursday 17th August – Arena 80 – Adur river challenge

The next Vet’s T&F League meeting 26.07.2017

A reminder that the next Vet’s Track & Field league meeting is to be held at Eastbourne on Wednesday 26th July.

This is open to all of our Arena athletes over 35. This is proving to be a popular meet for our Arena guys as it gives you a chance to try something new and something that you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to try. So if you want to maybe try the high jump, triple jump, shot putt as well as the usual track races then give Graham Shorter a shout to put your name forward. Graham will be sending an email out in due course with contact details.

For those that have already been a part of this then you already know what the team camaraderie is like but for those that have not yet tried this then I highly recommend this league meeting as a top team building evening. Take yourselves out of your comfort zone as the rewards are just great.

For the full programme click on this link and then open up the programme:

Parkrun PB’s for 15.07.2017

A few Arena athletes managed new PB’s at this weekends various parkruns:

First off at Hove Park we congratulate Justin Dobbs who moved his time from 25.25 set back in 2015 to his new PB time of 25.20.

Down to the Hove Prom and the youngest member of Arena 80, Jack Silberston who is 12 years old, had a magnificent run along the prom to bag a new PB time of 22.15 and smashing his previous best at this course of 25.39 set back in 2015. A future prospect for Arena 80 perhaps?

Also at the Prom Yvonne Patrick took her new PB time of 25.18 down from 26.10 set on 2016.

Congratulations to all of our athletes on their new PB’s and well done to all of other athletes that took part with a fair few being very close to their PB’s.

An improvement to the men’s 10k club records.

Following on from Richard Claytons fine race at the Phoenix 10k, Richard has made an improvement to the men’s 10k club records. Richard still holds 5th spot but has improved his own time from 34m 22s now down to 34m 16s. His previous 10k best was also set at the Phoenix race in 2016 so it seems this race certainly suits him to push him to his max.

The new men’s 10k club records now look like this:

10K Men
1 Al Silvester SM Phoenix 10K 2016 33m 54s
2 Richard Burgess-Gamble SM Newick 10K 2010 33m 59s
3 Tim Gedin SM Brighton 2010 34m 09s
4 Mats Gedin O40 Brighton 2005 34m 13s
5 Richard Clayton SM Phoenix 10K 2017 34m 16s

All the club records can be found here: