There were Arenas in action as far as the eye could see this weekend with no less than eight parkruns recording an Arena runner in their results.
Locally, Brighton & Preston Park saw the highest numbers with thirteen a-piece. Neil Fulkes recorded a course PB in Hove Park of 23:50 whilst Helena Rooney set her own course PB at Preston Park with an impressive 20:37. Great to see two Arena ladies in the top five female finishers with Nicky Yeates being the fifth lady home in 22:35. A big shout out has to go to Alan Garnham who completed his 250th parkrun and his 25th volunteering stint pacing 30 mins, crossing the line in 30:02. Well done Alan!
Congratulations to Tara Shanahan who was first lady home over in Hove Park with a time of 19:30, closely followed over the line by Andy Paterson, a mere one second later!
Over at Hove Prom, centre stage goes to Holly Freeman (AKA Adur Challenge Queen) who gained a course PB despite a challenging head wind at times, to record 25:55, one of seven Arena runners taking part.
Up at Bevendean, we were represented by Andrew Clark and Juliet Fine with the former coming home in 5th position and Juliet 3rd female.
Meanwhile over at Lymington parkrun, five Arena tourists made themselves at home with two Team GB Sailors in attendance in recognition of #Teamparkrun, but it was all about the two Carolines stealing the show with Caroline Hoyte AND Caroline Wood setting new age category records for WW45-49 and VW50-54 respectively. Just for good measure, Caroline H set the female course record and was first lady home…..so not a bad morning all round then! You can see a full list of their record holders here
Keeping up the “first lady” theme, Emily Hutchinson called in to Shorne Woods parkrun and was promptly the first lady home in 19:56 to add to an already impressive list of first lady finishes at six different parkruns.
Lucy Anderson was another who found herself rubbing shoulders with a member of Team GB when she met Olympian Sophie Ainsworth when she visited Kesgrave parkrun. It must have proved inspiring for young Anderson as she finished well inside the top third of the runners, and even had time to wave to the camera!
Last but by no means least, the Silvester Staycation Roadshow rolled into Coventry with Al lining up at the start with another 623 runners! Unperturbed, Al grabbed a top three finish with a speedy 17:55
Well done to all 37 Arena 80 runners who took part in a parkrun this week! Keep us informed of where you’re going and when so we can keep on sharing the news!