Blue sea of tranquillity, well kind of.
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.
So the Super Series challenge is now at the half way stage and the table is starting to take some sort of shape however with 8 races still to go there is a possibility for a number of athletes to come in with a late run (excuse the pun) and make their mark on this table.
In the men’s table the top 10 has 1 non mover, 4 going up, 3 going down and 2 new entries.
First off we should give big kudos to Dan Vaughan and Del Wallace for turning up for this 10k race fresh from their heroic 100 mile relay race just the day before. Hardcore to the core.
With the absence of Butch Cassidy (recovering from the 100 mile relay) the Sundance Kid knew this could be a great opportunity to saddle up, put his hat on, ride into town and snatch himself a decent place to keep those points down and thus it proved. There was no sheriff around to slow this boy down. The Sundance Kid takes 2 points to give him a total of 46pts and regains top billing for the first time since he first topped it back in January. With Butch taking a hit of 30 points as a non-runner, it pushes him back into 2nd position and he sits on 69pts. This is an epic duel these two are putting on for us and still plenty to play for but it looks like these two are riding off into the sunset together.
In 3rd place and the only man to have featured in the top 5 of the table for all 8 races is Alex ‘Pacer’ Jago. Even though he took on 30pts as a non-runner he still holds onto 3rd spot with 115pts.
Moving up 3 places is Teo Van Well or as we like to say ‘Teo Ran Well’. Teo’s rise into the top 5 has been off a pretty decent run of races which sees him improve his position for the 6th race in a row as he now reaches his highest position to date in 4th place with a total of 122pts. Teo now looks to be chasing down Alex for that 3rd place spot.
Completing the top 5 is Paul ‘Puffer’ Gasson who drops one place having taken on 30pts as a non-runner and now has 133pts. Paul has now featured in the top 10 in 7 out of the last 8 races.
Of the rest of the top 10 we have 1 going down, 2 going up and 2 new entries.
At number 6 is Rob Derkin who moves up 1 place equalling his highest place in the top 10. Rob sits with 134pts and just 1 point behind Mr Gasson. There is a new entry also in 6th place for Joe ‘Squirrel’ Ashley. Joe had a superb race at Worthing clocking in with a new PB for the distance by some 10 seconds. Although Joe played this down, considering the heat on race day I would say it was great effort from Joe who chased both Ruben Hoyte and Richard Clayton in the last 500 metres to snatch the 1 point from Richard’s grasp. Squirrel also sits with 134pts. At number 8 is Sam Bennett who is also another athlete who has been a permanent fixture in the top 10 for the last 7 races. He moves up 2 places with a total of 136pts. Dropping 4 places to number 9 is Jim Watson on a 139pts. Completing the top 10 is a new entry for Dan Vaughan. Having competed in the 100 mile relay just the day before, Dan still put in a sterling effort to bring him home as the 6th Arena man and giving himself 6pts. Dan now sits on 142pts. Just one good race from any of the men from position 5 to 10 could change everything and places could be at a premium now, it’s all very close.
On to the Women’s table and I would like to bring you some news of a big shake up with loads of new entries and big movers after the Worthing 10k, alas it was not to be. Of the top 10 there is 1 going down, 1 new entry and 8 non movers (yes 8). All of the top 8 places are non-movers with only 9th and 10th place being of any real significance amongst the top 10.
Still sitting pretty in 1st place is Caroline Wood despite taking a 30pt penalty and has 82pts. This is Caroline’s 5th time at the summit in a row and has shown very good consistency over all of her races to keep her there.
Holding on to 2nd place is Jenny Hughes with 94pts. With Caroline Wood missing the Worthing 10k this gave Jenny a great chance to close the gap at the top. Jenny placed 4th Arena female and has now narrowed the gap from 38pts down to 12pts.
The ever present Isobel Muir continues her top 5 reign with her 6th place female Arena placing which now stands her on 97 pts. Along with Caroline Wood, these ladies have now featured in the top 5 of the table for every single race so far.
Continuing her hold in the top 5 and in 4th place is the dark horse of the group Angelina Smy. This is her 5th consecutive showing in the top 5 and now has a total of 108pts over the 8 races.
Another one of those ladies also making a name for herself in this Super Series Challenge is Anne Miners. This is now Anne’s 5th consecutive top 5 appearance and certainly showing that anyone over the age of 25 😉 can still mix it with the best of ‘em. Anne’s points total is now 115 in 5th place.
Of the rest of the top 10 in equal 6th place we have Brigitte Groves and Caroline Hoyte both on 125pts. Brigitte always digs deep during her races and as such is rewarded with her 5th consecutive top 10 appearance. Caroline Hoyte showed up for the Worthing 10k and although she was a little disappointed with her time, she still came home as 1st Arena female. Of the 4 Super Series races Caroline has raced in she has placed three 1st’s and one 2nd. Not a bad statistic to have.
At number 8 is Louise Payne with 135 pts. Louise has done well considering she had an injury not so long ago and is still coming back from it. Even so it was a good race for her at Worthing and keeps her as a non-mover in 8th.
BIG FANFARE TIME as there is a new entry at number 9 (not a non-mover) for Nicky Yeates. Nicky placed 8th Arena women at Worthing and this coming off a late night and bottle of wine the night before. Still it did no harm as Nicky came home 8th Arena lady and secures her 1st top 10 placing with 154pts. Completing the ladies top 10 and falling 1 place is Vicki Clark on 160pts.
To view both the Men’s and Women’s full table click here: A80 Super Series 8 top 40 Super Series Race 8
Well done to all who took part in the desert heat of the Worthing 10k, I’m sure I saw camels out there or was I hallucinating in that heat? Just a reminder that the 9th Super Series race will be the Phoenix 10k on Wednesday 13th July starting at 7.30pm along the Hove Promenade. This is a Sussex Grand Prix event so you can expect a good turnout for this race and this should be considered as one of your main races for this year.