Parkrun club records

Just in case anyone is feeling especially on form at the present admin though we would just remind you of the parkrun club records to look at to see if there is anything you like the look of:

Parkrun Records
Brighton & Hove parkrun Men
1 Joe Ashley 2016 16m 25s
2 Al Silvester 2016 16m 27s
3 Jim Roberts 2008 16m 29s
4 Timmy Gedin 2011 16m 32s
5 Richard Clayton 2016 16m 38s

Age grading
1 Charlton Rudwick – 85.46%
2 Paul Gasson – 84.14%
3 Joe Ashley – 81.68%
4 Dan Vaughan – 80.89%
5 Al Silvester – 80.65%

Brighton & Hove parkrun Women
1 Caroline Hoyte 2009 16m 43s
2 Julie Briggs 2008 17m 31s
3 Emily Proto 2014 17m 44s
4 Louise Vallier 2011 18m 23s
5 Tara Shanahan 2016 18m 31s

Age grading
1 Caroline Hoyte – 90.63%
2 Chris Naylor – 90.36%
3 Louise Vallier – 88.20%
4 Julie Briggs – 87.73%
5 Caroline Wood – 87.71%

Preston Park parkrun Men
1 Alan Silvester 2016 16m 34s
2 Timmy Gedin 2016 16m 35s
3 Richard Clayton 2016 16m 45s
4 Joe Ashley 2016 16m 53s
5 James ‘Dixie’ Dicks 2016 16m 55s

Age grading
1 Paul Gasson – 82.90%
2 Marc Steene – 80.17% 
3 Alan Silvester – 80.08%
4 Dan Vaughan – 80.06% 
5 Joe Ashley – 79.07%

Preston Park parkrun Women
1 Emily Proto 2014 17m 53s
2 Julie Briggs 2014 18m 01s
3 Gemma Sharp 2013 19m 05s
4 Caroline Wood 2013 19m 06s
5 Tara Maisy Trafford 2017 19m 08s

Age grading
1 Chris Naylor – 89.41%
2 Julie Briggs – 89.16%
3 Caroline Wood – 87.78%
4 Nicky Yeates – 87.08%
5 Jenny Hughes – 84.01%

Hove Promenade parkrun Men
1 Timmy Gedin 2016 16m 28s
Luan Huynh 2016 16m 29s
Al Silvester 2016 16m 34s
Richard Clayton 2016 17m 00s
5 Anthony Snelling 2016 17m 11s

Age grading
1 Paul Gasson – 83.10%
2 Dan Vaughan 82.38%
3 Kevin Lowe – 80.17%
4 Andy Payne – 80.14%
5 Al Silvester – 80.08%

Hove Promenade parkrun Women
1 Emily Proto 2016 17m 53s
2 Caroline Hoyte 2015 17m 59s
3 Emily Hutchinson 2016 18m 31s
4 Dani Tarleton 2016 18m 50s
5 Katherine O’Hara 2016 19m 08s

Age grading
Chris Naylor – 90.92%
Caroline Hoyte – 88.32%
Caroline Wood – 87.67%
Nicky Yeates – 84.46%
5 Jenny Hughes – 84.01%

Bevendean Down parkrun Men
1 Timmy Gedin 2016 18m 06s
2 Al Silvester 2016 18m 46s
Jim Watson 2016 19m 45s
Teo Van Well 2016 20m 20s
5 Tristan Sharp 2016 20m 48s

Age grading
1 Jim Watson – 71.81%
2 Timmy Gedin 71.27%
3 Al Silvester – 70.25%
4 Marc Steene – 70.24%
5 Trevor Day– 68.04%

Bevendean Down parkrun Women
1 Katherine O’Hara 2016 21m 24s
2 Caroline Wood 2016 21m 35s
3 Tara Shanahan 2016 22m 10s
4 Jackie Rymell 2016 24m 24s
5 Julie Drake 2016 24m 41s

Age grading
1 Caroline Wood – 79.95%
Nicky Yeates – 74.92%
Katherine O’Hara – 72.43%
Tara Shanahan – 72.33%
5 Jackie Rymell – 71.38%

Worthing parkrun Men
1 James Dicks 2016 16m 29s
James Gladman 2016 17m 51s
Daniel Cartledge 2016 18m 32s
David Gifford 2016 18m 44s
Teo Van Well 2016 18m 46s

Age grading
1 Andy Payne – 79.42%
Trevor day – 78.79% 
3 James Dicks – 78.26%
4 Kevin Lowe – 77.80% 
5 David Kemp – 77.29%

Worthing parkrun Women
1 Emily Proto 2016 17m 39s
2 Caroline Wood 2016 19m 59s
3 Isobel Muir 2016 21m 06s
4 Jenny Hughes 2016 21m 06s
5 Angelina Smy 2016 21m 46s

Age grading
1 Caroline Wood – 87.16%
2 Jenny Hughes – 85.18%
3 Emily Proto – 83.85%
Louise Payne – 80.60%
5 Anne Miners – 78.92%

A message from our ladies road captain – Tara Shanahan.

A message from our ladies road captain – Tara Shanahan.

The Sussex Road Relays are just over a week away and this year the organisers have asked us to enter the teams in advance. So now is the time to let me know if you can no longer run or if you wold like to run and you have not already told me. Can you also let me know if you have any strong feelings about race order, e.g. if you really do or don’t want to run first or last etc. Also as things stand I need an over 40 to run 2 legs. If anyone is really keen for this let me know, if not I’ll do it. And if you need a lift then please let me know and I will try and get you one! Isobel Muir, Jo Marshall, Jo Phillimore, Jo Peckham, Emma Habba, Caroline Hoyte, Caroline Wood, Maisie Lilly, Dani Tarleton, Julie Briggs, Rachael Woolston, Vicki Clark, Juliette Roberts, Kirsty Parker, Soulla Wright, Chris Naylor, Anne Miners, Sue Brumwell, Fiona Jamie, Nicky Yeates, Laura Mckinnon-Clark, Angelina Smy, Joannah Arias, Lucy Anderson, Laura Loftus, Jenny Hughes, Jackie Rymell, Tamar Coleman

Vitality London 10,000 – Arena team event?

A message from our co-captain Dan Vaughan.

On Monday 29th May (Bank Holiday Monday) it’s the Vitality London 10,000 – a 10k race in central London, which some people at Arena have done before (and enjoyed, I believe). We are able to enter teams of up to 6 people (one men, one women I think) with the best 3 finishers counting. To run in the Arena team – rather than just entering individually – I have been nominated as the team manager. Unfortunately I can’t actually make it to the race as I’m away, but I’m happy to do the race entries. So if you are interested, please let me know. More details via the website – link here:

Get to know…Mark O’Gara

For this weeks chosen club member we are joined the man who has great ambitions for 2017. Mark is just about to embark on his most ambitious (or stupid) Spring marathon season with four marathons in 7 weeks. This will include the Barcelona Marthon and then a sub-3 attempt at Manchester on April 2nd and then followed by Brighton (his 7th time0 and then topping it all off with London. No one can accuse Mark of not trying and for those that have had the pleasure of training with Mark then you will no that he takes no prisoners with his training regime, there are no half measures with him. Mark is an absolute gent and a real pleasure to have in the club and he is one of life’s good eggs. Ladies and gentlemen I think you are going to enjoy thie read so please be seated comfortably and let’s begin…

Name: Mark O’Gara

1. When did you join Arena:
June 2011.

2. How long have you been running:
Since 2006, properly since 2009 (Bob would probably point out that I have never run properly!).

3. Where did you grow up:

4. What was the last thing you bought:
Two pints of Guinness and a bag of nuts after the Brighton HM, better than a recovery milkshake! (admin says: these questions were given to Mark a few weeks ago so please don’t think he’s tight with his cash).

5. What one thing (not human) would you take with you on a deserted island:
A giant tool box to get me started on building a decent shelter. Anyone who knows me, will know this is totally ridiculous as I come out in a rash at the thought of any DIY, but just being practical.

6. What were you like at school:
One of my school reports described me as having potential to do well at school if I stop trying to be the ‘clown of the class’.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again:
The 16 months my wife (Lara) and I spent travelling and we will do it again one day, hopefully some of it with the kids.

8. Name 3 people that you would have round for dinner (living or deceased):
Peter Kay, Michael Palin and Billy Connolly.

9. Tell us about something you’re proud to have achieved:
Having left school with no qualifications whatsoever just before my 16th birthday and then going straight into a factory job it would have to be gaining my GCSE’s and A-Levels at college In the evenings whilst I was working full time during my early – mid 20’s. I failed all my exams in the first year, but I picked myself up and persevered. This then opened the door to university in Brighton and then professional qualifications (sometimes it does not pay to be the clown of the class!).

Running wise is probably my 2.57 at last year’s Paris Marathon. It was great to break the mythical barrier after a few attempts, but to be honest the marathon itself was non-eventful and went bang on plan which I suppose reinforces the mantra ‘trust in your training’.

10. What’s your favourite book, magazine or comic:
Ooh tough one, no one particular favourite but on the list would be Lord of the rings – Tolkien, Midnight’s children – Rushdie, Around the world in 80 day’s – Jules Verne, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Thompson.

11. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I have Australian citizenship, can’t you tell by my accent!!

12. Have you ever won anything:
The football team I played in from under12 to under 16 won the league and cup every year. I have to admit I was mainly a substitute as it was a really good team (and I wasn’t that good). However, I did share the subs bench in the last year with a certain Mark Robins who wen ton to play for Manchester United (he was also not good enough to gain a regular place in the team).

13. What do you do to relax:
DIY (ha ha). Lara would say I’m permanently relaxing and very good at shirking responsibilities around the house. I do enjoy summer Saturday afternoons/evenings in the garden, having a beer and Barbie with family and friends. there is an official invitation for anyone from Arena who wants to pop round after this years Downlands fun run (admin says: Sunday 25th June for those wanting to party) which takes place across the road from our house.

14. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try:
As an accountant is there any other job more exciting that you would want to try, I’m already living the dream….

15. What did you do with your time before running:
Obsessed about getting a visa and moving the family to Australia. With the residency visa in place I waited until Lara was sleep depraved a week after the birth of our second child and convinced her now was the time to make the move for a few years until the kids reached school age then we could move back to Brighton. Before Lara realised what she’d agreed to, I had booked the flights and handed in my notice at work. A few months later we had stored all our possessions in the loft, rented the house out and moved to Perth with just four suitcases and two pushchairs for the kids!

16. What is most important in life:
Obviously family and friends are number one but I would also say making your dreams become a reality whether it be career, sport or anything else. many ambitions and dreams can be realised, you just have to plan the route and run the course to reach the goal, (‘m impressed with myself there, quite a profound statement and managed to link it to running!!!).

17. Who in your life has influenced you the most:
Another tough one, I think I always have and always will be influenced by those around me at the time, pick up the good points and try and apply them.

18. What’s your earliest memory of a toy that you had:
My red airport fire truck, loved it.

19. Have you anything you want to do on your bucket list:
Spending a year or two travelling around Europe and the Australia in a campervan/caravan.
Running wise – Comrades.

20. Who is your sporting hero:
Sir Alex Ferguson.
My running sporting hero is my mate at work Diane. She has a can do attitude and anything is possible, inspirational. At aged fifty, Di ran fifty races in a year including Beachy Head Marathon on the Saturday backed up with Barnes Green HM on the Sunday. Last year at 60 she ran the SDW50, London to Brighton and the SDW100 in 23 hours. Di is a beginners coach at Burgess Hill RC and responsible for me getting into running.

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

Caroline Wood takes bronze at the BMAF XC Wavertree, Liverpool.

Congratulations to Caroline Wood who took a bronze at the BMAF XC Wavertree, Liverpool.

It was a wet and windy affair but Caroline ran hard and she is delighted to have returned with W50 bronze. Caroline had a good six week block of training which paid dividends along with Matt’s sessions at Riptide which helped her against the wind.

An inspiration to many of our club athletes.

Luan Ke Kuynh conquers Antarctica Marathon 2017.

During the Spring/Summer season of 2016 Arena 80 were joined by Luan Ke Huynh, an athlete from Denmark.

Luan was working in Brighton for a while and was looking for a running club to join as he was training for the Antarctica Marathon. He found Arena and soon made his mark on the club by gracing us with his presence in the club records. He currently holds 2nd place in the clubs Hove Prom parkrun in 16.29 and 3rd place in the clubs 10 miles in 59.01. There is no doubting that had Luan been with us for longer, he would have clearly made dents in the other club records as well. 

Luan sadly had to leave Brighton due to his job taking him back home but I’m sure his time here at Arena 80 stood him in good stead and will have helped in his quest for this ultimate In Marathon challanges.

No crowd control needed for this one.

We have had a message from Luan to let us know how this incredible adventure went for him.

“The feeling of succeeding when you are going all in. Now one of the few and one of the youngest in the world with a completed marathon on each continent. And I won my first and last marathon – Antarctica Marathon 2017 Winner (March 11th): 3:24.22. Thanks for the support from my family back home, USA and Canada. My friends/colleagues for always listening to me and my running mates for pushing me the entire way. Never thought I would get to know to so many people world wide, revisit my family in USA, Canada and live abroad in Brighton along this amazing and crazy journey. 34 years old – I feel like a 24 year-old”.

From everyone here at Arena 80 we must congratulate you on such an amazing achievement and to thank you for being a part of Arena whilst you were in Brighton. It was our pleasure to have you along and we look forward to hearing of many more of your running successes.

Clearly a different class of spectator compared to that of Brighton.

Parkrun round up for 18/03/2017.

Brighton & Hove parkrun
Now I’m not sure if there was a teddy bears picnic going on at Hove Park today but there were no less than 22 Arena athletes that took part at B&H parkrun.

We had a graggle (new word = more than 10 athletes) of athletes placed inside the top 9 places with positions 2,3,4,8 & 9 occupied by Arena. Al Silvester (16.43), Jim Risdale (17.25) & Michael Barker (18.00) took 2nd, 3rd & 4th respectively with Jon Bowditch (18.44) in 8th and Aled Anderson (18.52) in 9th. Really nice work from the boys and chalking up another fine set of results for all to see. There were no PB’s today although many of our athletes were close within 20-25 seconds of their best.

Hove Promenade parkrun
It was a fairly stiff breeze down on the prom today so not really PB weather (or was it?).

Flying the flag for Arena and making all the noise was David Gifford (18.36) who was 13s outside of his PB but came home in 4th place with a fine run in tricky conditions.

As 2017 continues there has still not ben a week gone by without an Arena somewhere PB’ing and so it was at the Prom with Chris Keene holding onto his new PB medallion with his new time of 20.38, great run Chris!

Preston Park parkrun
Preston park saw the usual suspects lurking in the park although some went AWOL as they headed for Hoe Park instead. However all was not lost as Maisie Trafford  came home 3rd for the ladies in 20.32 but there were also two new PB’s in the form of the dynamic duo John Thompson and Nicky Yeates. Fresh from his PB last week, John decided that wasn’t good enough and so put in another effort this week to take his PB to 21.21 from last weeks 21.26. This is John’s 4th PB this year at this event. Hot on his heels and almost pulling on his jacket was Nicky Yeates who continues to push herself and improve, came home as 7th lady but more importantly bagged her new PB of 21.32 an improvement of 8s from her February PB of 21.40.

Bevendean Down and Worthing had no representation from Arena today.

Well done to all our Arena athletes that turned out today and congratulations to those on pushing themselves for their new PB’s.