Sunday 15th October is meant to be Autumn but I don’t think the weather gods have quite heard the news yet. The Bright10 race was an extremely mild affair with a bit of a breeze on the return leg to the finish but it made for great running conditions.
As always for these big races, Arena never fail to commit athletes and so it was again that the blue vests were a plenty amongst the field of 2500 runners.
It’s a spectacular sight as you run along the streets of Brighton to see so many Areneez along the course with many grouped together to help each other along. There are plenty of shouts of support and in fact I even overheard someone say “how many runners have they got at Arena?” such was the vast amount of athletes we fielded.
Now of course this race was part of the Harvey Curtis Cup challenge in which, going into this race, Arena were just holding onto first place with Haywards Heath and Lewes both breathing down our neck. It’s a hard call as to who has come out on top as both of the other clubs fielded a strong line up for this race. We still need the 1 point from either this race or the very last race of the series being the Brighton 10k on November 19th. It all makes for a fascinating series and to even be up there just shows how much Arena have in terms of depth to our club.
The race itself saw some cracking runs from our guys with many gaining new PB’s. The first man home for Arena came from the man who is returning from the ashes again by the name of James ‘Dixie’ Dicks who was 21st overall in a time of 58.42. Second man for Arena in a time of 60.35 and 31st overall came from Jim Risdale who had an outstanding race today. Third man home fro Arena was Aled Anderson who was 40th overall in a time of 61.44.
The women, who have looked impressive all year, continued with some great performances out there today. First home for the women was Emily Proto who continues on the comeback trail and was 3rd female over the line with a time of 62.10. Second lady home with a formidable race today came from Tara Shanahan who really has been in top form all year for Arena. Tara was 7th female in a time of 64.52 and showed real strength and quality with her running out there today and also came 4th in her age group. Third lady home for Arena came from Soulla Wright in a time of 67.26 and was 11th lady home. This really was a stunning run from Soulla who looked strong and dug very deep from mile 7. It paid off handsomely though as she clocked up a new PB time by a massive 4 minutes.
I would just like to also mention Emma Habba on her race today as she was 4th lady home for Arena and 22nd female in. She had an incredible race today and clocked in with 72.59 to completely smash her previous time of 77.27. One of the runs of the day.
To note some of the other results, Jackie Rymell was 5th in her age group in 76.01 with Sue Brumwell 10th in the same age group in 81.19. Laura McKinnon-Clark was 6th in her age group in 73.08. Nicky Yeates topped her age group in a time of 79.52.
After today’s results it looks like this series is going down to the wire and the Brighton 10k will be a big one for Arena 80. If you have not yet signed up for it but think you will be able to turn out for the club then we would urge you to get signed up as quickly as possible. Every place can and will make a difference and it would be an amazing achievement for the club to retain the Harvey Curtis Cup.
A massive well done and congratulations to all the Areneez that got out there for this one and to those that achieved and excelled, it was a wonderful sight to see.