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WSFRL Hove Park fun run 2017 – Sunday June 11th – Results

A big thank you to all the clubs that took part in today’s WSFRL race at Hove park. It was lovely to see so many clubs rock up to the park and help to make it such a big social event. The support from other clubs for all runners was outstanding.

We hoped you enjoyed the day as much as we did and we hope to see you all back for 2018.

For this year’s results click here.

From all of us here at Arena 80 ac thank you.


The Vitality London 10k race report

A race report by Lucy Anderson on the vitality London 10k

The 07:28 from Brighton to London Victoria was the meeting place for many of the Arena athletes for the Vitality London 10,000. There were already a few nerves but travelling up as a group made the journey short and enjoyable. It was certainly going to be a warm and muggy affair with temperatures already in the high teens. Bags dropped there was time for a bit of a warm up – however due to the other 16,000 runners in Green Park and heading up the Mall, it was difficult to warm up as some might have wanted to. Once assembled in the start pens, there was a minute silence to remember those who died, were injured and effected in the tragic events in Manchester a week ago – it was very moving. Runners were invited to wear something yellow in memory, it was fantastic to see so many doing so in solidarity.

3,2,1, GO! The great thing about being slower than most of our athletes is getting to see the fast runners heading back on any out-and-back sections of the route. I managed to see a few Arena tops and there was some shouting encouragement across at each other too. As predicted, it was a hot, muggy and sweaty run. The organisation of the event, however, meant there were 2 very well organised and manned water stops along the route with plenty of bottles of water. Everyone appreciated the showers around the 6km mark – I could’ve done with a personal shower all the way round though! The entertainment along the course was fantastic with everything from African drumming, samba bands, reggae bands to musical theatre choirs – something for everyone! The people of London came out to the streets in force too to cheer the runners on – it’s a great opportunity to sample what the atmosphere must be like on marathon day!

Finally, the finish line appeared and it was over. Chip time removed, goodie bag in hand and medal round my neck I headed to collect my bag from the drop tent – I’ve never seen one more organised and smooth running! I found a group of Arena’s by the tents and we exchanged war stories, all concluding that it was a bit hot out there! A group photo later and it was time to find family and friends and indulge in some post-run refuelling!

Overall a brilliantly organised event with great support, entertainment and facilities along the route. A lovely medal and t-shirt memento and, as always, a great sense of community and team spirit from the blues!

Al Silvester ​​34:16
Caroline Hoyte​35:45
Del Wallace ​​36:30
Maisie Trafford​37:02
David Gifford​​37:21
Teo Van Well​​39:09
Tara Shanahan ​39:13
James Gladman​40:19
Julie Briggs​​45:57
Vicki Clark​​45:57
Lucy Anderson​48:18
Kate Rowinska​51:49

Sunday 21st May – Arena 80 round up.

Such gorgeous weather today for spectators although a tad too warm for our athletes perhaps, however the show must go on and so it did.

Arena athletes were at several different races today so here is a round-up of some of the results that have come in.

First off we pop over to the Sussex Grand Prix 10k event held at Horsham. We are very pleased to announce that Arena had two 1st places here.

Congratulations to Jenny Hughes for her 1st place in the O55 category as well as placing 4th lady, great work jenny.

Dan Vaughan was 1st in the O45 category as well as placing 11th overall which is pretty outstanding considering he is running with an ongoing injury at the moment, well done Dan.

Flying over to Kent where Emily Hutchinson took on a very rare 10k event by taking on the University of Kent 10k. Emily is more known for her love of hills and half/full marathons so this was a bit of a rarity to see her taking on this distance. We are pleased to confirm that Emily placed 2nd lady, really well done Emily.

Next we scoot down to Bognor for the 10k held there. We are proud to say that our Arena men’s team came home in a very credible 4th place. There was a particularly strong field out for this event so to get 4th was a top run from our all of our men.
Jim Risdale took the crowing glory as first Arena man home placing 16th in a time of 36.26. The other men were Dave Gifford 21st – 37.37; Del Wallace 24th – 37.56; Craig Isaac 34th – 38.35; James Gladman 69th – 40.43 & Gary Osbourne 128th – 43.23. A sterling effort from all of the guys and congratulations to you all. 
Congratulations to all of athletes on a fine days racing.


Caroline Wood hits a parkrun milestone.

Caroline Wood has achieved her 150th first female finish at parkrun this weekend after a bit of a running tussle with an ex Arena member Aimee Billington.

Caroline has achieved this incredible feat at 50 different parkrun courses around the UK and has the third most female first finishes of all female parkrunners in the UK, regardless of age. Her greatest number of first finishes is at Hove Park (61) where she may be about to be overtaken by Graham Godden.

Parkrun is not about winning but at the age of 54 Caroline said “she is very proud of her achievement and this milestone”. Needless to say a huge congratulations from everyone at Arena 80 on such a fine achievement.

Richard Clayton sets a new club record for the Hove Prom parkrun.

Another Saturday parkrun and another club record goes marching on.

Today’s record is bought to you by Richard Clayton courtesy of Hove Promenade parkrun. Continuing on from Richards impressive 3k track 1st place at Withdean in the clubs Super Series race, Richard showed that his speed work was not a one-off and took to Hove Prom this morning to again show what he is capable of. He took 1st place and was tracked pretty much all of the way by Al Silvester who came home in 2nd place 14 seconds behind Richard which, considering Al had been out on the Friday night and supped a few Ales, was impressive in itself.

Richard Clayton’s time was 16.22 beating his previous best at this course which was 17.00 set in 2016. Richard has come a long way in some 10 months when his time in July 2016 was then 20.38. Al Silvester who was 2nd was just 2 seconds away from his PB with his time of 16.36.

First lady home today was Emily Proto with her time of 18.42. Great to see Emily coming back to form after a lengthy lay off due to injury which has stopped her from getting out there to run. I know Emily has been working hard to get her fitness back and let’s hope this is the start of good things to come from her.

3rd lady home was Rebecca Knights who took to the Prom and came away with a new PB time of 19.39 which was 18 seconds better than her previous time set in 2016. Rebecca has shown much improvement since joining Arena late last year and is also one to watch over the next year.

On to the main event then, which was Richard Clayton’s 1st place today. With his 1st place also comes a new men’s club record to the Hove Prom parkrun. Richard catapults himself from 4th place to 1st place, taking over from Timmy Gedin. On this kind of form, could there be more records to come from Richard? Congratulations Richard and really well done to Emily and Rebecca.

This is how the records now look:
Hove Promenade parkrun Men
1 Richard Clayton 2017 16m 22s
2 Timmy Gedin 2016 16m 28s
3 Luan Huynh 2016 16m 29s
4 Al Silvester 2016 16m 34s
5 Anthony Snelling 2016 17m 11s

All the club records can be found here:

Worthing parkrun has a refurb in terms of club records.

It was a trip down the coast to Worthing this morning as a few of the Arenites decided that the parkrun  club records needed a refurb.

The conditions weren’t ideal for a full on flat-out run with a fairly brisk headwind on the outward stretch but of course they had it behind them on the return stretch.

Some 434 runners took to the prom for today’s race with 11 of them coming from Arena.

The Arena men were in fine form taking positions 2nd Al Silvester – 16.44, 4th Michael Barker – 17.26, 5th Jim Risdale – 17.34, 11th David Gifford – 18.09 New PB, 12th Adam Clayton – 18.11 and 13th Dan Vaughan – 18.19 which was quite a standing in a large field.

For the women, we had two entries coming home in 2nd and 9th in the lady’s race. Well done to Isobel Muir who ran in at 2nd place in a new PB time of 20.57 and Lorraine Hale coming home in 9th in 23.41 (please note that the PB’s are for this course only).

So what does that all mean for the club records then? It’s fair to say that the men’s records have taken a right battering with four new entries now taken their roll of honour in the men’s section.

James Dicks holds on to his top spot but in come Al, Michael, Jim and David. Al Silvester has done well considering he has been living on three hours sleep a night for the last week with his new baby keeping him up for company.

The new Worthing parkrun men’s records now read:

  1. James Dicks 2016 – 16m 29s
  2. Al Silvester 2017 – 16m 44s
  3. Michael Barker 2017 – 17m 26s
  4. Jim Risdale 2017 – 17m 34s
  5. David Gifford 2017 – 18m 09s

There is also a slight change to the age grading records as Al Silvester slots into 2nd place.
Age Grading:

  1. Andy Payne – 79.42%
  2. Al Silvester – 79.28%
  3. Trevor Day – 78.79%
  4. James Dicks – 78.26%
  5. Kevin Lowe – 77.80%

In the ladies club records there is no order change although on today’s new PB from Isobel Muir she improves her time in 3rd place.

The new Worthing parkrun women’s records now read:

  1. Emily Proto 2016 – 17m 29ss
  2. Caroline Wood 2016 – 19m 59s
  3. Isobel Muir 2017 – 20m 57s
  4. Jenny Hughes 2016 – 21m 06s
  5. Angelina Smy 2016 – 21m 46s

There is no change to the age grading records for the women.

Well done to all of our guys who made the long trek out to Worthing and having a go at the records.

Arena track 3k and 5th Super Series race.

Class of 2017

Arena track 3k and 5th Super Series race.
Monday 8th May saw the return of the Arena track 3k event which was part of the Super Series challenge. This year’s event saw a record turnout of 64 members taking part and as the number of men has also increased, there had to be two races for the men.

The ladies race was first off and it was clear from the start that the two front-runners were Tara Shanahan and Dani. It was a treat to watch these two ladies pace themselves around the 7.5 laps with Dani shadowing Tara throughout the whole race up until the last 50 or so metres when Tara (10.54) put herself into another gear and managed to pull away from Dani (10.59) to take first lady home with Dani being 2nd lady. 3rd lady home was a very credible run from Soulla Wright (11.41) who, having been out with a virus over the last few weeks, looked strong throughout the race.

Here are the women’s places and times for 2016 and 2017 for comparison:
Women – 2017
1. Tara Shanahan – 10.54
2. Dani Tarleton – 10.59
3. Soulla Wright – 11.41

Women – 2016
1. Caroline Hoyte – 10.51
2. Tara Shanahan – 11.09
3. Dani Tarleton – 11.19

The first men’s A race was the faster of the two races. This looked like a tantalising feast for us to watch and so it was to prove. The early pacesetters had Richard Clayton, Timmy Gedin and Alex Jago holding the front three places or the first 5 laps with Barker and Snelling chasing the front pack. Lap 5 saw Richard Clayton starting to pile it on and Alex Jago just dropped off from the pace being set by Clayton at this stage. It was now Timmy and Richard looking for 1st and 2nd place. By lap 7 Richard had opened up enough of a gap between him and Timmy and so it was at the finishing line with Richard (9.25) still looking very strong at the finish and Timmy (9.28) just 3 seconds behind. The third place was going all the way to the line between Michael Barker (9.40) and Anthony Snelling but Michael just had a slight stride advantage…sorry I meant huge stride advantage over Anthony and just pipped him to 3rd place by 1 second.

I would also like to mention Henry Miller who came home in 7th place. It’s sometimes easy to forget that Henry is classed as a junior and still only 16 years of age. It’s almost taken for granted that Henry is always amongst the front-runners but, when you consider his age, I think we should all take our hats off to him once in a while and give him the acknowledgement that he deserves.

The men’s B race I’m sure was very good but I apologise for the lack of commentary about this one as I was running in this one and all I can say is that there was some lapping going on and some excellent form was on display. Barry Pearson was the man who took the tape for this race in 1st place (10.35) with Ricky Coleman taking 2nd (10.48) and Ross McLatchie taking 3rd place (11.24).

Here are the men’s places and times for 2016 and 2017 for comparison:
Men – 2017
1. Richard Clayton – 9.25
2. Timmy Gedin – 9.28
3. Michael Barker – 9.40

Men – 2016
1. Timmy Gedin – 9.36
2. Michael Barker – 9.52
3. Richard Clayton – 9.55

Big congratulations to both Tara And Richie on their fine performances and well done to all who took part and helped to create a top social running event for the club. The trophies were presented by our club President Chris Naylor.

I feel the biggest thing to take away from this event was the support shown by our Arena members to those running, from everyone at the front to everyone at the back. Never has the club’s mantra been as prevalent as was shown here (club mantra: be respectful, be supportive, be the best you can), it was second to none. The event could not have gone ahead without the organising from Danny Cartledge and to all the volunteers that helped to make this a firm favourite in the Arena calendar so our biggest thanks to you all.

The next Super Series race is on Saturday 24th June. It’s the Downland Dash which is also part of the WSFRL.

For all Super Series races:

Latest Super Series table for 2017 can be found: here

For all WSFRL races:

5th Super Series race with the 3k track race Mon 8th May.

The first 3k on Monday is at 6.50 for the women, race 2 is for the faster men and race 3 will follow. Timings of men’s races depends on previous paperwork being completed.

Please be there early enough to collect your number and to get sorted as races will go on time.

Volunteers, a huge cheer as we couldn’t put on this event without you. Please arrive asap so I can take you through your role especially recorders and lap counters).

Really looking forward to this as great to see club events for Arena 80 and socialising.

Any queries then contact Danny Cartledge.

Thanks Danny

Danny C Promotions – plus plenty of photos by our camera volunteers so both feet off for a cool look.

Just a reminder as confirmed with our coach Bob Page, Arena tops to be worn (where possible) for the 3k track race. These can be vests, t shirts or long sleeved arena tops as we are hoping for another team photo courtesy of DC photographic Ltd.
Here are the team photos from 2015 and then 2016 – quite a change in 1 year.