It was certainly a bit of a warm one out there for this half marathon today however the sun did shine and the Areneez were out en-masse for this 4th Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge.
It was tremendous to see so many blue vests taking to the race and there was some glorious running from our guys. Arena placed 7 athletes inside the top 50 and 12 inside the top 100 which is no mean feat by anyone’s standards.
First Arena home was Del ‘Diago’ Wallace who romped home in 31st place with a time of 1.21.58. Del looked every bit the part out there, looking very comfortable and sharp and pushing all the way to the line with a strong finish. 2nd & 3rd Arena home came from the usual suspects of Anthony Snelling and Jon Bowditch in 1.24.36 & 1.24.35 respectively so very much working together to get the best out of each other.
The other names to mention who all placed in the top 50 were; Andrew Bargery 1.25.41; Michael Barker 1.26.27; Aled Anderson 1.27.00; Henry Miller 1.27.07 and again it looks like they were all in ear shot of one another and would have played a big part in their running, great team work.
For the ladies, well that kudos goes to Dani Tarleton with a very impressive 3rd woman placing overall in a superb time of 1.28.26. This is only 26 seconds outside of her PB which she set back in 2014 and is running as well now as she ever has been. Of the other Arena ladies then well done also to Katherine O’Hara who placed 6th lady hone in a time of 1.30.44 and to Soulla Wright who placed 8th lady home in a time of 1.31.41. Scintillating running from our ladies which led to them winning the women’s team prize overall. We should also say a big congratulations to Nicky Yeates who also took 1st prize by winning her age group.
It was a magnificent show put on by the blue vests of Arena and one I’m sure would not have gone unnoticed by many out there today. In terms of points for the HCC we will need to wait fro about 10 days to get all the result sin and ratified. Lewes and Haywards Heath were the two teams just sitting behind us so we await the outcome from today’s race results. The Areneez should feel very proud of themselves after today’s turnout and results though and the outcome from today should end up in very positive territory with the league table.
The next Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge.race is the Bright10 on Sunday 15th October at 9am start.
If you’ve not entered yet and would like to keep Arena in with a shout of the title then enter here as there are still some places left; https://register.canbook.me/2017bright10
Well done to all of you that ran today with some dazzling displays of road running, you’ve done the club proud.