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Phoenix 10k and Super Series Race 12.07.2017

As is almost tradition now, Arena were out on masse and a fine sea of 53 blue vests took to the seaside for this years Phoenix 10k, which of course was also the 8th race in the club Super Series challenge. The 10k was also the Sussex 10k Champs and Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race so it was an important race all round.

Arena placed 15 athletes inside the top 100 which was the best of any other club taking part. Arena also placed 4 athletes in the top 50 with only Brighton & Hove AC doing better by placing 5 in the top 50. A massive well done to our guys on such a great achievement and gaining some very valuable points for the Harvey Curtis cup.

The conditions for the race was an improvement on last years race, where it was a deluge just before the race. However this years race did have a very strong headwind for the return leg so not the perfect conditions for knocking out PB’s.

The race for first Arena man home came from Richard Clayton and Al Silvester. Both of these men are in good form at present and so this was always going to be a tight affair between these two men. The end result was Richard Clayton taking the spoils from Al Silvester in a new PB time of 34.16 (previous 34.22) and surely would have been quicker if it had not been for the headwind. Richard came home in 29th position. Al was very close to Richard and came home in 31st place in a time of 34.24. The third arena man home was James Dicks in 40th place in a time of 35.44.

Of the Arena women, it was Tara Shanahan who was the first lady home for Arena. Tara came home in 4th position overall in a time of 38.37 which was just 2 seconds away from her PB time. Again had the wind been a little lighter for the return leg then maybe it would have been a different story. Tara was also 11th out of the whole field for the age grading result and the winner of the Sussex Champs V40 prize, so this really was a great effort from her. Second Arena lady home came from Tara’s running partner in crime Dani Tarleton. Dani placed 5th overall, and first in her age category of V35, in a time of 38.45 which equalled her PB time set in 2016. Dani also placed 23rd overall in the age grading results. The third lady home came from Juliette Roberts who placed 11th overall in a time of 41.09. These 3 performances were enough to bring home the 1st prize for the ladies team. I will also mention Nicky Yeates who was 24th overall in the age grading results.

Clearly a great day for Arena 80 with some fantastic running from our Arena athletes and well done to you all. It will be interesting to see how this affects the Super Series table once the results have been published.

For the full race results click here:

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We are looking for the best race report and best photo?

We are having a competition for the best race report between now and September 1st.

Over the last couple of years we have had some great race reports from our club members about the races that they have participated in. There have been in-depth, detailed and humorous reports but all made for great reading, so for this year we thought we would honour the best one. You can enter as many as you like, in any style and they can be as short as long as you like, the choice is yours.

We are also having a best photo competition as well. Again it’s up to you what you capture but it must be Arena involvement. This could be anything from running to marshalling or just club members hanging out together but something that captures the spirit of Arena 80.

Both competitions will be judged by the committee and the winner will be announced in Mid September. There will be a prize for the winners of each competition.

Send you race reports to and any photos you would like to be considered to

We hope you will get involved and we look forward to reading/seeing your entries.

You can read previous race reports here:

Here is one of the favourite photos capturing an Arena moment with Emily and Isobel.

An improvement to the men’s club records at Worthing parkrun.

It was a sunny and hot Worthing parkrun that was the place to be this morning with no less than three club record improvements as well as four new PB’s from our athletes.

First off we go to Al ‘The Shuffler’ Silvester who thought he would pop over to Worthing to have another crack it. Al was just 8 seconds off James Dicks’ club records as Al came home in 2nd place overall in his new PB time of 16.37 beating his previous best 16.44. This still holds Al in 2nd place in the men’s Worthing parkrun club records but now puts himself 49 seconds clear of 3rd place Michael Barker. Now we know likes to do things in style so, not being content with his PB, Al took it upon himself to take the men’s age grading record at the same time with his new age grading of 79.84%. Nice day’s work Al.

The men’s club records for Worthing now look like this:
Worthing parkrun Men
1 James Dicks 2016 16m 29s
2 Al Silvester 2017 16m 37s
3 Michael Barker 2017 17m 26s
4 Jim Risdale 2017 17m 34s
5 James Gladman 2016 17m 51s

The other club improvement comes in the form of the age grading record where Kevin Lowe took a new PB time of 20.09 knocking off 7 seconds his previous best which was 20.16 set in 2016. However it’s Kevin’s age grading record that has made the biggest difference here as he moves up two places in the records from 5th to 3rd spot with his new age grading being set at 78.91%.

The men’s age grading club records for Worthing now look like this:
Age grading
1 Al Silvester – 79.84%
2 Andy Payne – 79.42%
3 Kevin Lowe – 78.91%  
4 Trevor day – 78.79%
5 James Dicks – 78.26%

The other names to note here are David Kemp who notched up his new PB time of 20.21 beating his previous best of 20.24 set in March this year.

Michael Miller made a rare trip away from Hove Park to tackle Worthing and, very nicely played, came away with his new PB time of 21.19 beating his previous best of 21.51 which he set only last month. Obviously this fast course suits him so perhaps another one for next month Michael?

A couple of other results of note from other parkruns. A big well done to Mark O’Gara who claimed a new PB down at the Hove prom parkrun. His new time of 19.09 beat his previous best of 19.11 set almost one year ago bar one week. This could be an annual event for Mr O’Gara me thinks.

Over at Brighton & Hove parkrun Arena claimed first places in both the men’s and women’s sections. Jon Bowditch was our man who took the glory crown for Arena in a time of 18.03 and only 2 seconds off his PB time. Katherine O’Hara was our first lady and 10th overall as she came home in a time of 19.24. Since returning back from injury Katherine has made great progress and put in some fine performances.


Congratulations to all of the above athletes on some top performances today and as always well done to all of our athletes who got out there today to fly the Arena flag.

An improvement to the men’s club records at the Bevendean Down parkrun

There has been an improvement to the men’s club records at the Bevendean Down parkrun on Saturday 10 June.

A first timer to this course, Henry Miller took the trip out there with Teo Van Well to see what the course has to offer compared to the others around town. Maybe he is sizing up the course for the next Super Series race which looks like it will be held here on Sat 1st July due to Hove Prom being cancelled (please add this to your diary’s).

Henry always tries to deliver and today was no exception as he romped home in first place in a time of 19.30 which puts him into 3rd place in the men’s Bevendean parkrun records. Congratulations Henry Miller!

The new records now look like this:
Bevendean Down parkrun Men
1 Timmy Gedin 2016 18m 06s
2 Al Silvester 2016 18m 46s
Henry Miller 2017 19m 30s
4 Jim Watson 2016 19m 45s
5 Sam Bennett 2017 19m 57s

We also well done to Caroline Wood who was 1st female here today in a time of 22.31.

Elsewhere there were several other PB’s from our athletes as well. Over at Preston Park parkrun, David Gifford was a fine 5th place in a new PB time of 18.26 beating his previous best of 18.43. Also well done to Jackie Rymell for 2nd lady home.

At the Hove Prom parkrun Jim Watson was 13th in a new PB time of 19.07 beating his previous best of 19.11 set last year.

Mark Wavell made the trip over to Worthing and was rewarded with a new PB time of 20.31 beating his previous time of 21.41 set last year.

Well done to al those that PB’d today and to all of our athletes who went out to run in the sun.

You can find all the club records here:


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.