With the long weekend ahead, it was only natural that the Arena net would be cast far and wide on Saturday! Arena 80 were represented at no less than 11 different parkruns, with 37 members taking part in the run itself, with no doubt many more volunteering and helping the various events take place.
Hove Park saw the highest number of Arenazz in action with 11 taking part in the Brighton parkrun, where despite the hot conditions on the south coast, three runners achieved PBs. Jessamy Hibberd, John Thompson and Chris Keen obviously enjoying the sunshine there!
Down the road on Hove Prom, there were 9 members taking part, and a notable performance from Jon Bowditch who not only got the highest overall finish position this week (2nd) but chalked up a PB in the process with scorching time of 17:58. Kerry Scott achieved the milestone of her 50th parkrun in a welcome return to Hove Promenade.
Casting the net further afield, there was a first-time appearance at Ashton Court parkrun for new member Rami Malki, whilst Mark Brocklehurst made a debut appearance at Mile End parkrun, and Mark Dewdney flew the Arena flag at the wonderfully named Lanhydrock parkrun, which despite it’s Welsh sounding name, is actually in Bodmin. One person who was at a Welsh parkrun was Tris Sharp who tackled the beautiful course at Bryn Bach in the shadow of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Heading further north, up at Humber Bridge, Helena Rooney shone once again as an impressive time of 21:01 saw her as the first female athlete home (5th overall). Great work Helena! A little closer to home, Arena’s answer to “Thelma and Louise”, Brigitte and Michele were on their travels again, taking in the lovely park at Bognor Regis parkrun, whilst up in “The Smoke”, Dorian Rogers pulled out a 20:37 finish at the five lap course at Highbury Fields parkrun.
Kudos to Stephen Knott and Colin Hannant who faced the heat and the hills at Bevendean Down parkrun. Lets hope there was a nice breeze for you at the top! Meanwhile, closer to sea level, there were 7 members running over at Preston Park, where Lorraine Hale helped herself to a nice shiny new PB, and Nicky Yeates moved one step close to her 250th parkrun, with just one more to go!
Don’t forget that if you’ve recently joined Arena (or just haven’t got round to it yet), you can change your home club on your parkrun account easily by amending your profile. Access it through your results email and lets see who’s been where! If you were one such runner parkrunnning this weekend, let us know!
Enjoy the remainder of the weekend guys! See you on the start line next week!