Please note that my report is done on the accumulation of points. The Super Series table shows the order slightly differently to my report as it goes by the lowest number of points over 6 races which of course is the aim of the challenge as opposed to the accumulation of points.
I have shown the points of the best 6 races by the individual men in brackets.
So the Super Series challenge is now at race 9 of the 16 challenges. There is still so much to play for and it looks like this competition could be running all the way to the end with no idea who could run away with the title unless we get a sprint finish of course. Who will take the tape? Who has the endurance to last the 16 race Super Series challenge? It may be that it’s too much of a hill climb for some but those that stay the course could still power through to the finishing line (ok enough puns for now).
In the men’s table the top 10 has 2 non movers, 5 going up, 2 going down and 1 new entry.
The Phoenix 10k race offered up the perfect weather for race number 9 and this is very often the race where the Areneez tend to pull out all the stops and bag themselves some PBs so it goes without saying that you also get some of the top guns in Sussex turn out for this race to help push the pace along.
For the second time in a row the Sundance Kid (Richard) stays on top in 1st place. With his partner in crime running with an injury this was to be SK’s glory day but alas The Shuffler (Al Silvester) decided to rain on his parade and turn in an extraordinary run to claim the new men’s 10k club record in 33.54. All was not lost though as Sundance finished in a superb Arena 2nd place and gives him a nifty little total of 48pts (12pts). In 2nd place is Butch Cassidy (Timmy) who having raced with an injury, he ended up trotting home in 16th place and gives him a total of 85pts (12pts). With two SS races in August this could be interesting times between this duo. Who will be the quickest to fire off their guns in August?
Moving up one place to 3rd is Mr T Ran Well (Teo Van Well) who made a good effort in the 10k although he didn’t break sweat once (note to Teo, must try harder). Ran Well came home to bag 13pts from the race which now puts him on 135pts (60pts). This is Ran Wells 7th consecutive climb up the chart, now that’s consistency for you. In 4th place and just behind Ran Well is Squirrel (Joe Ashley) who with a new PB at the Phoenix race bags himself 4 delightful points to now put him on 138pts (48pts). Incidentally this is Joe’s first appearance in the top 5.
In joint 5th place is Pacer Jago and Sam Bennett. Jago having missed the last two races drops down two places on 145pts (55pts) and Sam Bennett motors up two places to 5th position also on 145pts (55pts). Pacer has now been in the top 5 for 7 consecutive races. This is Sam’s fifth time in the top 5.
Of the rest of the top 10 we have 1 going down, 2 going up and 1 new entry.
Scooting up three places to 7th is Dan Vaughan who ran in a very impressive 5th Arena man home at Phoenix and sits on 147pts (57pts) and breathing hard down the necks of Jago and Bennett. Jim Watson is a mover and up one place to take 8th place. Jim was another of the men who turned it on at Phoenix and earned a respectable 12pts and now brings his total to 151pts (61pts) and it’s his 6th time in the top 10. ‘Suits you sir’ Rob Derkin drops down 3 places to land on the number 9 spot with 155pts (75pts) and completing the top 10 we gain a new entry by way of Tristan Sharp on 162pts (72pts). This is Tristan’s first time back in the top 10 since race number 4 so welcome home Tristan.
It’s been said before I know but really just one missed race or one bad run could change any of the bottom 8 places which is why this table looks so exciting. Let’s hope that Butch’s niggle clears up quickly for the August romps or could it be that Sundance decides that he’s gonna take the town by himself. Watch this space…..
I have shown the points of the best 6 races by the individual women in brackets.
In the women’s table it’s normally a case of, as you were, with the usual suspects holding fort in the top 10. However, this time round, there has been a change in the lower half of the top 10.
Of the first four places, all of these are non movers. For the fifth race in a row and still sitting on the Super Series throne is the queen of parkruns Caroline Wood. Having missed out on the last SS race, Caroline came back strong at Phoenix to come home in 5th place which now brings her tally to 87pts (20pts).
Jenny Hughes continues to make very steady progress and for the second consecutive race holds 2nd spot with 102pts (31pts). Jenny has been in the top 10 five times now.
The ever-present sight of Isobel Muir in the top 3 shows no signs of abating. Issy is finding her form again and thus it proved at Phoenix with a splendid 6 points (admin joke here – I typed the word pints, which had I left it at that, it would have read totally different and would have been even more impressive for Issy, sorry I digress). Isobel is now the only Arena runner (for both men & women) to feature in the top 5 of all of the nine Super Series races, nice going Issy and this gives you 103pts (34pts).
In 4th spot and for the sixth consecutive race Angelina Smy continues to hold her place in the top 5. Despite having a slight niggle at Phoenix, Angelina was not going to duck out of the race as she knows that at this stage every point counts. A useful 15 pointer at Phoenix brings her total to 123 pts (56pts).
Completing the top five places and climbing up the ladder one place is Brigitte Groves. Brigitte has now featured in the top 10 for all nine SS races with her best position peaking at number 2. Brigitte sits on 144pts (62pts).
Of the rest of the top 10 we have 2 going down, 1 going up and 2 new entries.
For the first time in six races Anne Miners drops out of the top 5 and takes her place at number 6 having missed the Phoenix race. Anne sits with 145pts (65pts). There is a non-mover at number 7 with Caroline Hoyte also taking a rest day from Phoenix which leaves her on 155pts (72pts). The big news of the day for the women’s table is that there are two new entries, YES two (the crowd go wild). The lady occupying number 8 is the very in form Tara Shanahan. Tara really is the lady to beat at the moment and so it proved at Phoenix when she came striding home in 1st place for the Arena women in 38.35 which gives Tara 162pts (74pts). New entry number two at number 9 in the chart comes Dani ‘Dino’ Tarleton. This is only Dani’s second time to feature in the top 10 and nice to see her back. With Dani’s second place Arena lady at Phoenix in 38.45, Dani has muscled her way back into the top 10 with a total of 164pts (74pts). Completing our top 10 and dropping two places is Louise Payne who now has 165pts (75pts).
Like the men’s table, just one missed race could change the way the table looks entirely. Of course there are still enough races for any late comers to come and join in the party and so we are keeping the champagne on ice for the time being. With two races due in August it really should shape the table as we head into the Autumn season.
Congratulations to everyone who earned their PBs at Phoenix and again to see so many Arena runners out en masse. I should also thank the lady that took the team photo at the end of the race. What was meant to be a quick snap took over four minutes as we watched the Areneez flying in from all sides to get in it with Amanda Hall and Brigitte Groves literally falling in from the finishing line (see photo at the top of this post). Such an immense team photo.
The next two Super Series races take place in August.
Tuesday August 23rd – The Arena 80 Adur challenge.
Monday August 29th – Harvey Curtis Kings Head Canter 5k.