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:

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: