Monthly Archives: April 2017

Arena Super Series race turns into a PB and record fest.

What a showcase our Arena athletes put on today at Preston Park parkrun. An amazing 46 of our athletes turned out for this 4th Super Series race of 2017 and all the way around the course there were blue vests a plenty.

What of our athletes though well the stats show that there were 511 participants at PPP today which I believe is a record and the first time it has had over 500, obviously the 46 from Arena topped it up.

At this event Arena had 6 in the top 10 and 12 in the top 20 for the age grading results.

Arena placed 6 runners in the top 10 and 11 runners in the top 20 overall. Breaking it down to male and female races then the men had 5 in the top 10 and 9 in the top 20 with the women having 6 in the top 10 and 11 in the top 20, this also includes the women taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. I think it’s fair to say that we definitely put on a great showcase for our club here.

We had 14 new PB’s for this particular parkrun event although 4 of these are by default as they were first timers but I’ll include them anyway. As is always the way for these reports I will name check them all with their new times and there previous PB’s in brackets.

Caroline Hoyte – 17.42 (first timer)
Jon Bowditch – 17.52 (first timer)
Paul Arscott – 18.04 (first timer)
Maisie Trafford – 18.43 (19.08)
Craig Isaac – 18.51 (19.41)
Tara Shanahan – 19.03 (19.19)
Andy Peterson – 19.36 (19.39)
John Thompson – 20.50 (20.58)
Jo Marshall – 21.47 (22.11)
Jo Phillimore – 22.15 (22.47)
Lucy Anderson – 22.24 (23.42)
Laura Loftus – 23.33 (23.48)
Tamar Coleman 24.53 (first timer)
Steve Woods – 26.08 (27.25)

Ones to pick out from this group are John Thompson as this is his sixth PB at this event this year, so I guess all the 20 laps around the track before the warm up do actually pay dividends (note to all).

The biggest jumps in terms of time are Lucy Anderson who had a tremendous race and knocked 1m 18s off her previous best set back in Nov 2016 and Steve Woods who knocked off 1m 17s from his previous best set exactly one year ago at this same Arena event.

Synchronised watch starting.

From the women’s race we say a massive well done to Caroline Hoyte who was 1st lady home with Maisie Trafford in 2nd and Tara Shanahan in 3rd place.

Caroline Hoyte must be very proud today as she took the first lady and her son Reuben Hoyte (now of Phoenix) making it a family double by being the first man home in a new PB time of 16.11.

Now to the club records as there have been some big changes with the events from today.
Firstly we look at the women’s Preston Park time records. There are two new additions to the list and one improvement.

Caroline Hoyte has hit the treble today. As well as her first place in the ladies race, in the club records she has taken first place with her time of 17m 42s and has also taken first place with the age grading record with 90.58%. Now that’s a pretty good haul by anyone’s standards and to still be knocking out these kinds of times should be inspiring to many of our senior athletes.

Maisie Trafford improves on her 5th place to now move into 4th place with her new time of 18m 43s. This was also her best ever 5k time so a girl moving in the right direction. The final new entry comes from Tara Shanahan who takes 5th spot with her time of 19m 03s, quite remarkable really when you consider that she did the London marathon last weekend in a time of 3.09.48 and the produces a run like this one week on.

Here are the new women’s club records for Preston Park:
Preston Park parkrun Women
1 Caroline Hoyte 2017 17m 42s
2 Emily Proto 2014 17m 53s
3 Julie Briggs 2014 18m 01s
4 Maisie Trafford 2017 18m 43s
5 Tara Shanahan 2017 19m 03s

Age grading
1 Caroline Hoyte – 90.58%
2 Chris Naylor – 89.41%
3 Julie Briggs – 89.16%
4 Nicky Yeates – 87.96%
5 Caroline Wood – 87.78%

In the men’s race we again applaud our men for having 5 in the top 10 at this event.
Al Silvester was our first man home in 3rd place overall in a time of 16.47 and, like Tara, this coming off from the London marathon last weekend with his time of 2.39.24, how do these guys do it? Timmy Gedin took 4th spot in 17.04 and Anthony Snelling took 5th spot in 17.09.

In this men’s race Paul Arscott came home in 13th position in 18.04 but it’s not the time that is important here but the age grading that goes with it. His age grading is now at 80.35% which catapults him straight into 2nd place on the club records. Paul has really been in fine form of late and just last week at the Lewes 10k Paul produced a 10k PB with 37.32 which made him the quickest Arena man at this event since the year dot. This will have capped off a fine quarter for this year and very deservedly so.

Here is the new men’s age grading club records for Preston Park:
Age grading
1 Paul Gasson – 82.90%
2 Paul Arscott – 80.35%
3 Marc Steene – 80.17%
4 Alan Silvester – 80.08%
5 Dan Vaughan – 80.06% 

The men’s times have not changed:
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

You can find all the club records here:http://arena80.co.uk/club-records/

As this was an age graded event for the Super Series we must say a massive well done to our top three men and women on their outstanding achievements.

For the men our first three were:
1st Paul Gasson with 81.92%
2nd Paul Arscott with 80.35%
3rd Marc Steene with 80.24%

For the women our first three were:
1st Caroline Hoyte with 90.58%
2nd Nicky Yeates with 86.88%
3rd Caroline Wood with 86.79%

Congratulations to all our athletes on a very fine day for Arena 80.

The next Super Series race is the track 3k on Monday 8th May which is always a very well attended event as well as being a very sociable evening as well. See either Arena FB page or check website for further details: http://arena80.co.uk/arena-forthcoming-events-round-up/

Two Arena ladies selected for England Masters Marathon teams.

Vicki &  Juliette prior to the Brighton Marathon.

It’s a proud day for Arena 80 and two of our athletes as they have been chosen to represent England at the Masters Marathon.

Both Juliette Roberts in the V40 age category and Vicki Clarke in the V45 age category were chosen from their recent performances at the Brighton Marathon.

It’s come as quite a shock to Juliette as she was completely broken after struggling at the Brighton Marathon from mile 9 due to her hip locking but onwards she continued to finish the race with pure mental strength.

On hearing the news Juliette quoted ” I can’t quite work out whether this is some kind of cruel joke or a second chance – I even emailed the guy to say there must have been some mistake but he replied that they followed the correct selection process for those who had registered and he would see me in Chester. I have waited all my life for an England vest and come so close as a junior. Now as a vet it’s going to be in the marathon! Yours in disbelief”.

The website says:
Masters Athletes competing at the Brighton Marathon have qualified for the England Masters’ Marathon teams who will compete in the Chester Marathon next autumn.

Starting from Autumn 2016 the Bournemouth, Chester, Yorkshire, Brighton and Greater Manchester marathons have all provided masters athletes with the opportunity to represent England in the MBNA Chester Marathon on 8 October 2017.

Each of the five marathons act as a qualifying race, with the top five England Athletics registered runners in each masters age category at each race who have opted in to the qualifying system, guaranteeing themselves a place in the England team.

England Athletics Chief Executive Chris Jones commented, “We would like to congratulate each of the athletes who has qualified on their performances.

“The masters athletics scene is an integral part of the sport and we are delighted to give these athletes this opportunity.

“Bodies, such as the England Athletics Masters Association, provide a tremendous number of competitions for our masters athletes but we are delighted to be able to also offer this opportunity and show our support for these athletes.”

The link for the full script can be found here: http://www.englandathletics.org/england-athletics-news/masters-athletes-selected-from-brighton-marathon?nid=492&userId=-1

You can read more details about the England Athletics Age Group Marathon team at: http://www.englandathletics.org/athletes/england-athletics-team/road-running/england-age-group-marathon

From everyone here at Arena 80 we say congratulations to you both and look forward to seeing the pictures and reports in due course.

Not specifically Arena related but interesting article about VML.

My thanks to Vicki Clark, one of Arena athletes, who posted up this article and although it’s not specifically Arena related, it’s a really interesting article of the data analysis of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon produced by Barry Smyth Professor of Computer Science at University College Dublin. There’s loads of good data to trawl through and makes for a really interesting read so if you like your stats then definitely worth a look.

https://medium.com/running-with-data/racing-pacing-and-hitting-the-wall-8a692ea4bedc

Arena runners shine at the Virgin Money London Marathon

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London Marathon day is the time it seems the whole world stops and takes in interest in running, be it cheering on friends and family, watching on the TV, or for some, taking on the streets of the capital. As the eyes of the world were on London, the eyes of an eager club member, fresh from high-fiving several thousand runners at the Red Start in Greenwich, were firmly focused on those streets in the search for Arena vests….and boy did our boys and girls not disappoint!

Flying

15 Arena 80 runners made it to the start line on a cool morning – ideal conditions for marathon running. Traditionally, as the runners head towards Canary Wharf on the last stage of the event, this is where the day, the miles and (in places) the heat can get to you. Someone forgot to tell the Arena folk as there were a number of noticeably strong looking runners that came into view there. Kudos to Al Silvester, Mark O’Gara, Dan Vaughan and Dorian Rogers as they stormed past the 18 mile point looking like runners on a mission! Tara Shanahan & Marcus Escott casually trotted past enjoying a full on conversation, before going on to record tremendous finishing times. A PB today too for Nicky “PB” Yeates, another whom passed looking relaxed and confident. Some of you were just too quick for these eyes to see but it was good to see Andrew Bargery, Joel Epstein and Stephen Johnson go past in the blink of an eyelid.

Role of Honour

Here are the official results from the Virgin Money London Marathon website:
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Congratulations to everyone who took part! We might let you off track tomorrow!

Arena men take team prize for splash point 5k

Jim hadn’t quite got the hang od the synchronised running.

Congratulations to our men’s team who took 1st place in the Splashpoint Worthing 5k on Wednesday 19th April.

The Arena men were:
Michael Barker was 2nd in 17.02
Del Wallace was 3rd in 17.17
Jim Risdale was 4th in 17.20
and completing the line up for Arena was Paul Arscott in 7th in 18.14

With four Areneez in the top 7 places, that really is top team work from the boys.

Race report of the Antarctica Marathon 2017 by Luan Ke Huynh

For those that remember Luan from Denmark, he has kindly sent us a great race report on his marathon of a lifetime, that being the Antarctica Marathon that he ran in March of this year. Luan trained with Arena for the Spring/Summer of 2016 before he had to return to Denmark. A talented runner who had gained much respect from his peers during his time with us and was a great asset to the Arena team. This is an amazing read and we thank Luan for taking the time to share his story with us.

Antarctica marathon 2017
Dear members of Arena 80,
Thank you for taking the time to read my race report about my Antarctica trip. The landscape and wild life were amazing and I highly recommend it. For me it was definitely worth the money and the 4 years in the waiting. The total price was about £7500 (flight tickets from/to Europe, package deal: 2-3 nights in Buenos Aires, flight to/from Ushuaia and 10-11 days cruise), race number, kayaking and tips. But you can easily go cheaper with other companies and just do the cruise.

The physical and mental Preparation:
After my return to Denmark in November/December I have been focusing a lot on adding the long runs into my training. I was happy to see my running groups again and there was a lot of catching up to do. As my long runs started making progress, I began wondering if it was realistic to actually win the marathon. I tried not to set my expectations too high and just stayed focus on my 3:30 finish time, due to several warnings of unpredictable weather conditions. Because of that I bought thick winter tights, full face mask, waterproof socks and some “spikes” for my shoes. I didn’t tell my running mates back home, that I was thinking about winning but some of them could already tell that I was going for it and actually “expected” me to win. Even the chef on the ship told me the day before the marathon, that he is putting his money on me and a couple told me after the marathon that they already talked about me winning the race so no pressure then.

The trip itself:
The group met at a posh hotel in Buenos Aires and I was quite surprised, that were so many Americans. At the briefing I scanned the crowd looking for fast runners but we all know that these kinds of things are hard to tell. I quickly came across an American with a sub 2.40 PB. He was also running his last continent marathon. He told me that he had been injured recently and that he wasn’t used to the cold, because he lives in Florida and runs only on road. but I wasn’t sure if he was just playing mind games, but then who hasn’t made up an argument for not running a good race? Guess we all play mind game one way or another and I know I do. The thing was it worked, as I couldn’t see myself winning the race anymore. A PB on 2.40 and my PB (3:03) is a huge gap and I changed my mind-set to just completing the marathon instead, which was my original plan from the very first beginning.

The first two days on the ship were horrible. Basically everybody got sea sick and the crew even told us, that we were lucky with the weather. I wonder how it would be, if it was normal or bad weather. Many of us slept most of the days as there were no reason to be walking around anyway feeling sick. At that time I couldn’t believe that I had actually paid so much money for getting sea sick and even worse and I was afraid of how it would affect my race.

On the marathon morning I was tense as usual. The morning routines went well, as we got into the zodiacs transporting us to the King George Island for the race.  The weather was good – 0 Celsius +/- the wind chill = -10 Celsius. The organisers told me not to wear my spikes, as they would only slow me down. Also I decided to wear my normal long socks, instead of the water proofs one I had bought, due to the good weather plus my thick winter tights, 3 layers, a full mask, buff plus an extra hat. The course itself was 6 laps off-road in a hilly, muddy and rocky terrain. I started out at the back of the group but ended up at the front during the first mile as  I decided to ignore my planned 3:30 finish time pace. I guess I feared losing sight of the frontrunners, which was quite absurd, as we were running in laps and unconsciously, I took the chance to follow the American with the sub 2.40 PB even though I knew it was unrealistic to keep that kind of pace the entire way. We kept a solid and consist 3.09 finish time pace up until mile 15. He started to slow down while I kept the same pace up until mile 20. The worse part of the course was the rocky terrain. I twisted my ankle 3 times (luckily I’ve got strong ankles) and because I wasn’t wearing trail shoes, the rocks went through my lightweight shoes several times hurting my toes. My thighs and calf muscles were starting to get into cramp mode simultaneously and it was only a matter of time before I had to go into walk/run pace. Every time we crossed a U-turn, I started to count seconds, until I passed the guy in 2nd place this gave me an idea how far ahead I was. After a couple of times, I quickly lost count and the outcome due to fatigue and every time I got on top of a hill, I looked back to spot the guy in 2nd place. I began seeing two black big rings in my vision and I told myself that it just wasn’t worth it (I had an eye surgery in my twenties). I would now accept If the guy in 2nd place passed me then so be it as coming first was simply not worth it anymore. During half way of lap 6 I realised I still had a chance to win, as I hadn’t been passed yet. The feeling of disappointment of being passed hit me and I knew that I would be so gutted if I didn’t win this one, so I just had to win this. When I got to the last ½ mile, I knew I was the winner and asked, quite impolitely, for a chair as I really needed to sit down. Besides the fact that my legs were numb, I was desperate for something to eat. I just couldn’t focus on anything, taking my running shoes off and putting on my clothes and the boots for the zodiac took forever. A crew member and a half marathon finisher (who happened to live close to Brighton by the way) had to help me, I have never felt so helpless in my entire life.

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

The days after the race:
Even though I’m very happy winning the Antarctica Marathon, I’m equally as happy, if not happier with my projected finish time. For me this is actually the first time I have run a marathon faster than expected. Going from overcoming injuries, to get back in to shape, when I lived in Brighton, to even completing 26.2 miles, to chase parkrun and 10 PBs and to actually win the Antarctica Marathon, is more than I could ever ask for. It’s also a matter of luck, such as your fellow runner’s levels on race day. But luck is an invisible thing, you only get it if you chase it. Nevertheless I was there and I won. The day after I arrived in Aalborg I went to the track for a quick hello. They were very surprised to see me already and likewise most people on Facebook; hadn’t realised that the marathon was on March 11th. I celebrated the entire week with beautiful landscapes and wildlife but for them it just happened yesterday (no Wi-Fi on the ship). My marathon victory buzz is all coming back to me now from the attention via the social media and my surroundings. My coach and running mates were very proud and happy that we finally have a marathon winner in our group. A Danish run blogger (named as the best Danish runner blog 2016) wrote a short article about my trip. One of Denmark’s most popular, if not the most popular running gear web shop offered me to be one of their brand ambassadors and the local newspaper is writing 2,5 pages about me in their “Life style/travel” section. They even put me on the front page. One thing I’ll remember mostly from this trip is the conscious selfish commitments I put into it throughout the years such as how I want to do it, where I want to go and when I want to go etc. First of all, I knew that I wanted to do this on my own, because I couldn’t bear the thought of not being present with my loved ones when I’m out training, out travelling in sudden periods and out spending all my savings on flight tickets and tourist activities etc. And because of that I’m very fascinated by the parents of young children whom I met along the trip, who went on their own and did their thing. For me, it was very inspirational because I’m not simply in that stage of my life and they showed me, that it’s emotionally possible to do what they did.

If any of you have questions or whatsoever, my email is lyngster@hotmail.com. I’m also available on Facebook.

To put things in a better perspective I have attached the article of me in a PDF for you to google translate if interested. Also I listed some links from the trip:

Full M results: http://files.marathontours.com/file/2017-Antarctica-Marathon-Results-20E5.pdf

Half M results: http://files.marathontours.com/file/2017-Antarctica-Half-Marathon-Results-600F.pdf

Media files from the others runner:                                                                                               
Videos:                                                                                                                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DJdd4GpKN4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=iKOJvmB6kyU&app=desktop https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.newkirk/videos/10155076193415270/ https://www.facebook.com/brannon.c.smith/videos/10105414179577583/

Radio:                                     http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thepanel/audio/201837917/woman’s-antarctic-marathon http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/le_reveil_nouveau-brunswick/2015-2016/chronique.asp?idChronique=432230 (Canadian French – go to 8:40) – works only in Internet Explorer

Articles/blogs:                                                                 http://www.acadienouvelle.com/sports/2017/03/20/marathon-sept-continents-suzanne-savoie/ (Canadian French)                                                                                                         http://thegreatnessofrunning.dk/?p=3784 (Danish)
http://www.lakeforestleader.com/lake-forest-resident-runs-marathon-antarctica                 http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/89385176/Antarctica-last-continent-on-the-list-for-50-year-old-marathon-runner (in fact she is from the UK and lived close to Brighton)         https://staplesrodway.co.nz/news/good-governance-skills/ (in fact she is from the UK and lived close to Brighton)                                                                             
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/91012109/kiwi-runner-ticks-off-antarctica-marathon-to-claim-rare-medal (in fact she is from the UK and lived close to Brighton)  

If you have a race report that you would like to feature on the Arena website and let the other members know it went then we would love to hear about it.
Send it to marc.bonaldi@googlemail.com.

Maisie Trafford breaks course record at Lewes 10k.

At the WSFRL Lewes 10k, Maisie Trafford had a terrific day by hitting a treble. Maisie managed a 10k PB, the first lady home and a new course record, not bad for someone coming back from a spell out due to a slight injury. I did ask the question if there was a race plan that went with this race.

Here are the stats: Her new PB time is 39.55 with her previous Best being 41:18.
The previous course record time was: 40:00 by Sue Fry.

This was her first ever 10k race and first race off-road on multi terrain so she was relatively nervous as she doesn’t often train off-road. In terms of having a race plan, she went into the event hoping for a potential top 3 placing having looked at a couple of results the night before but this was more of a hope than a guarantee as she hadn’t broken 41 minutes before.

 Maisie had no idea what was going to happen, especially after having four weeks off of running and only swimming, cycling and cross training to keep her stamina and endurance up to scratch. 

At the beginning of the race she had ensured that she was at least at the very front and on the inside so she could let those faster than her take over.  Once she hit mile 1-2, Maisie got her self comfortable (as you do in a 10k race) and maintained her pace around the 6:10/6:20 mark. Maisie had no idea of the route so it was an incredibly risky tactic for her. Once she hit the incline at mile 4, she was a little worried as she hadn’t raced up a hill before and really had no idea how to attack this. All she thought she could do was to attack it head on and try to power through it and let her leg speed take the downhill.

So was there a race plan? “Definitely not” said Maisie, “I went into the race clueless of what was to come, particularly the cow’s I managed to run away from!”.

Congratulations Maisie Trafford on a job well done. Also a big well done to all of our Arena athletes that turned out for this WSFRL race and helped to chalk points up on the board, your efforts are greatly appreciated.

The next WSFRL race is the Portslade Hedgehoppers 5 miler race on Sunday 7th May at 11am. For entry details please speak to either Michele Saunders or Brigitte Groves.

 

The Brighton Marathon & BM10k 2017

Now that the dust has settled and the results are in, we can now look back on the 8th Brighton Marathon and congratulate all our Arena athletes who took part in the marathon and BM10k.

The weather could have been a little kinder to those running the marathon as it wasn’t only the heat that made its mark but also a fairly stiff head wind at the turning at the Shoreham power station. With the blue skies and glorious sunshine, it did however bring out the crowds which did cheer on the runners through the 26.2 miles and the 10k.

The BM10k was the first race of the day and the first three ladies home for Arena were:
Women 10k
1st – Caroline Hoyte – 35.57
2nd – Nicky Yeates – 44.44 – A new PB
3rd – Isobel Muir – 47.14

 

The first three men home for Arena
Men 10k
1st – Dan Vaughan – 35.52
2nd – James Gladman – 41.21
3rd – Rob Derkin – 42.58
(Please note that positions are given by gun time but using their chip times).

The third place for the men was a race within a race with Tristan Sharp, John Thompson and Rob Derkin all pacing round the course together, that is until the last 50 metres, when they all made a charge for the line. With a sprint finish there’s not many who would have bet against Rob Derkin and so it was the case here with Rob just taking them in the last few metres, enthralling to the end.

We also congratulate the following athletes who all gained 10k PB’s:
John Thompson – 43.08
Lucy Anderson – 46.58
Patrycja Wollnik – 47.22

The second race of the day being the 8th Brighton Marathon and as already mentioned the conditions weren’t perfect but the show must go on and so it did. Arena had a fair few runners out for this with many having personal goals in mind. I take my hat off to each and every one of you for the dedication, commitment and mental strength you have all shown, over the long cold and windy winter months, with your training and getting yourselves to the start line.

The BM was the second race of the day and the first three ladies home for Arena were:
Women Marathon
1st – Soulla Wright – 3.23.28
2nd – Tara Shanahan – 3.28.59 – (3.30.00 Pacemaker)
3rd – Vicki Clarke – 3.30.15

Soulla Wright came into this race having had a virus during the two weeks leading up to this race and was not in the best of health. It was a brave and valiant effort on what was surely a very difficult run for her.

Tara Shanahan took on the pacing duties for the Run Brighton crew. She was pacing the 3.30 runners and with her time of 3.28.59 its fair to say that she got it spot on. Tara then went to help volunteer on the finishing straight for another couple of hours, still showing as much enthusiasm as if she hadn’t even run 26.2 miles. Amazing job Tara.

Vicki Clarke is for ever-present for the big races and always turns in exceptional times. Running along with Tara, it was another fine run and happy to see her running in the blue vest of Arena.

The BM was the second race of the day and the first three men home for Arena were:
Men Marathon
1st – Al Silvester – 2.42.48 – (16th overall)
2nd – Mats Gedin – 2.52.48 (44th overall and 2nd O50)
3rd – Del Wallace – 2.55.00 (56th overall) – New PB
(Please note that positions are given by gun time but using their chip times).

First man home for Arena was the man for all occasions Mr Silvester. Al was pleased with this run and this now sets himself up for the London marathon next week. Al ran In at 16th place overall and should be applauded on a fine race (unlike the volunteers who seemed to miss Al coming home as they applauded the 2nd lady home – very sorry Al.

The stalwart of marathon running Mats Gedin was 2nd Arena man home in 44th place overall as well as coming 2nd in the O50 category. Mats still holds 5th place in the men’s marathon club records with his time of 2.37.49 set in London way back in 2006 and proves he his still a very strong force to be reckoned with.

Third man home was Del Wallace who took six minutes off his PB and got his well deserved sub 3 hour marathon. Del doesn’t know if he could have gone quicker but said that he kept to his race plan and watching Del coming down the finishing straight, I feel he still had more in the tank. His goal was sub 3 and really pleased it was mission accomplished. it will be nice to see you back at the track again Del.

Arena athletes to note:
Probably one of the bravest runs of the day came from Juliette Roberts. In her words “I had a complete nightmare on the day with my hip seizing up just after 9 miles sending shooting pains down my leg. It got progressively worse and more painful to the point where it felt almost locked in the few miles and all I could do was shuffle along to the finish line”. I’m sure we can all feel for Juliette and how gutted she will be with this run but to even finish this race in that much pain when many would have quit says a lot about her mental strength and never say die attitude is an inspiration to us all. You may not have got the time you hoped for Juliette but you’ve gained a lot of respect and admiration from your Areneez family.

We have previously posted about our world record holder Dave Robinson who took on the Marathon in a straight jacket, I mean as crazy goes then this is right up there with the best of them. Full report can be found here: http://arena80.co.uk/dave-robinson-of-arena-80-takes-a-world-record/

Congratulations also to Kevin Price who indeed shone on stage on the day with his cracking time of 2.56.53 and finished 69th in overall position and bags himself a new PB in the process.

We also congratulate the following athletes who all gained new marathon PB’s:
Paul Arscott – 3.00.41 (you’ve got to be happy now Paul)
Ricky Coleman – 3.28.02 (wanted sub 3.30)
Craig Isaac – 3.21.17
Kristina Hind – 3.54.11
Chris Keene – 3.57.23 (new PB by 1h 20mins – amazing)
Jonathan Britten – 3.52.08 (new PB by 20 mins)

I would like to mention Dorian Rogers who, like Tara Shanahan, took on the pacemaker duties for the Run Brighton crew. Dorian was pacing the 4.45.00 group and came home in 4.44.57. Another job well done.

To end this post we would like to say a massive thank you to all of the Arena volunteers who helped, not just on the day but, over the whole weekend and I know some have been helping in the back ground for many weeks. The support that Arena give to this event is essential to help making the day as special as it can be. As you walk around the event village, you can find Arena in many quarters of the village with everything from the information tent to picking up the race packs, Arena stand out. The mini-mile doesn’t go a miss either with Arena also supporting this and of course on marathon day Arena really come into their own. As you run around the course the Arena Volunteers can be found giving support and water to the runners and lastly as you approach the finishing line, again Arena are there to show their support. We thank each and every one of you that have given up your time to support this event and we look forward to 2018.

To all of our Arena athletes that took part this year, congratulations on a job well done and we are proud to have you flying the vest of Arena 80.

Good luck to those taking on London next week and we look forward to you bringing in the news in due course.

Much respect Arena 80.