The PB times are all for the Hove Prom course only.
Today saw the 14th race of this year’s Super Series challenge at Hove Prom parkrun. The weather was perfect and it was the right day for sun, sea and PB’s.
Now I’m not sure what quite happens when Arena turn out as a club but it has a remarkable effect on everyone that runs.
Today’s race was all about the age grading and this is where age can play it’s part on maxing out on points. What was so significant about today’s race is that in the week that our president, John Mason, decided to retire from his role after giving so many wonderful years to the club (and for that John, Arena 80 and all its club members past and present are truly thankful to you for making this club what it is today!) we announced our new club president Chris Naylor.
Chris Naylor stands for everything that this club is about which is ‘to always strive to do the best you can’. The reason I mention this will become apparent shortly. We are very proud and fortunate to have the calibre of Chris as our new president. She has been running with Arena for many years and comes from an era when our ladies team were extremely strong, racing all over the country and abroad but they were also a very close nit group which is rare to find these days. You only need to look at the age grading club records to see that she still holds passion and determination with her running and then you realise why she was asked to take the helm of the Arena ship and guide us through the coming years. Welcome aboard Chris Naylor.
The race itself saw that unmistakable sea of blue as yet again the club turned out in force to put on another great show for all to see. It’s days like this that catch the attention of those outside of the club. Looking through the results Arena virtually cleaned up the top 10 places.
Arena placed an impressive six athletes in the top 10 which included all the places from 2nd to 6th along with 9th and 10th place as well. If you look at the top 20 then Arena also look just as imposing with ten athletes placing inside the 20. Just to add even more glitz and glamour to the Arena show, nine of those athletes in the top 20 all secured new PB’s. First man home for Arena was Luan Huynh in a new PB time of 16.29.
Within the ladies race, we secured twelve out of the top 20 places. The first lady home today for Arena was Kirsty Parker on her debut. Kirsty posted a time of 20.52. Of those twelve Arena ladies home, six posted PB’s with three being first timers to this event. An astonishing haul and so very pleasing to see so many succeeding in their quest for improvement.
Looking beyond the top 20 and it still looks like one hell of a ride out there today as no less than another eleven athletes all secured new PB’s with another four athletes running this for the first time so a PB by default.
In terms of the biggest gains in their PB times well the accolades go to Lucy Anderson who came home in 23.04 taking a massive 7 minutes off her previous best at this course which she set in July this year which was 30.04. Also we should say well done to Kate Rowinska who also had a huge gain today with her new PB time of 23.36 which was a massive 5 minutes and 49 seconds off from her previous best of 28.25 which was also set in July of this year.
As this was an age graded race, it seems only right to drill down to these results.
So the stand out result for this goes to our new president Chris Naylor. As mentioned earlier Chris epitomizes what Arena stands for (to always strive to do the best you can) and this is no more apparent than with Chris’s race today. Chris not only took 1st place for the age grading but also increased her own age grading club record from 88.79% to 90.92% which is outstanding by anyone standards. Chris now holds two of the three age graded records across the three main parkrun’s and is in 2nd place by only 0.56% behind the record at Brighton & Hove parkrun.
We would also like to say a huge congratulations to Nicky Yeates who has really shone this year and with her age grading of 84.86% today, Nicky now makes it into the hall of fame by adding herself to the age graded club records.
Not to let the ladies take all the glory here but a couple of our men decided to get in on the action as well with both men improving on their own age grading records. Paul Gasson still impresses and increased his own record from 81.99% to now show 83.10%. Dan Vaughan also improves his age grading record from 80.84% to 81.00%.
In fact in terms of age grading results Arena took 17 of the top 20 places at Hove prom today which is just outstanding. This just goes to prove how much talent we have in depth within the club.
Here are the new age graded club records after today’s race:
Hove Promenade parkrun Men
1 Paul Gasson – 83.10%
2 Dan Vaughan 81.00%
3 Kevin Lowe – 80.17%
4 Andy Payne – 80.14%
5 Marc Steene – 80.03%
Hove Promenade parkrun Women
1 Chris Naylor – 90.92%
2 Caroline Hoyte – 88.32%
3 Caroline Wood – 87.67%
4 Nicky Yeates – 84.46%
5 Jenny Hughes – 84.01%
For all club records see here: http://arena80.co.uk/club-records/
The Super Series table will follow in due course.
The penultimate Super Series race is the SGP Crowborough 10k on Sunday Nov 27th.