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Parkrun round up for 22.07.2017

A few runners that should be acknowledged for some fine running at the various parkruns 22.07.2017.

Brighton & Hove parkrun
Congratulations to Dan Tatnall-Murray who recorded a new course PB with his 18.28. His previous best was 18.36 set just 3 weeks ago.

Preston Park parkrun
A massive well done to Jim Risdale who was 3rd in a new course PB time of 17.28. His previous  best was 17.31 set in March 2017.

John Thompson

On to John Thompson who takes PB’s like they are sweets. Congratulations on yet another course PB with his time edging ever closer to the 20m Mark. His new time is now set at 20.35 beating his previous best of 20.50 set in April 2017. This is Johns 7th PB at Preston Park in 2017. At the start of 2017 Johns time stood at 21.55 so he has made great strides this year pushing his time down. A massive well done John.

Hove Promenade parkrun
Like a bus you wait for a PB then two come along at once. A big well done to Yvonne Patrick who secured another course PB on the prom with her new time of 25.08. her previous best was 25.18 which she set only last week and this is her 5th PB for this year on the prom. Great work Yvonne.

Bevendean Down parkrun
We would like to mention Adam Clayton who was a first timer over there at Bevendean. Adam was 1st over the line in a time of 19.46 which was just outside of a club record 5th place spot which is 19.30. Better luck next time Adam but nice going.

Congratulations to all on those performances today and well done to all of our athletes who took on the weekly runs around the parks.

IMPORTANT – The 9th Super Series Race, July 27th 6.30pm – A80 Hill Running

Thursday 27th July is the next Super Series race.

There will be no Thursday Hove Park session on this day.

We move on from the super series race at the Phoenix 10k where we had 53 known Arena 80 runners participating. The next race is the Hill Run (338metres) from Devils Dyke to the bottom of Beeding Hill and back 13.6km. This year it takes place on Thursday 27th July evening with the first runner leaving at 6.30pm. Runners leave 30 seconds apart so this is not a handicap race as such, just your overall race time counting for the Super Series and Hill Run Champs. There will be a ladies and men’s trophy as well as a seniors and O40’s.

There is a volunteer with water at the bottom of Beeding Hill which is the return point of the race.

Please contact Danny Cartledge if you wish to participate by email 

This was a trial race last year but it was so well received that we have put it back on the list. Surely there is no better place to run than over the Downs on a Thursday evening.

 It was a very misty run last year.

Key races over the next few weeks that benefit the club.

Here are some of the key races that are worth considering if you are deciding which ones to race. All of these races benefit the club.

Sunday 23rd – WSFRL Henfield Joggers 4 miler
Wednesday 26th – Bexhill 5k – Sussex Grand Prix
Wednesday 26th – Vet’s T&F league meeting – Eastbourne
Sunday 30th – WSFRL Seven Stiles – Henfield

Wednesday 2nd – WSFRL Highdown Hike
Sunday 20th – WSFRL Hornets Stinger
Sunday 27th – Wills Page 10k  – Sussex Grand Prix
Monday 28th – Kings head canter 5k – Harvey Curtis cup race (Bank Holiday Monday)

Super Series inter-club races
Thursday 27th July – Arena 80 Hill running champs (set from Devils Dyke)
Thursday 17th August – Arena 80 – Adur river challenge

The next Vet’s T&F League meeting 26.07.2017

A reminder that the next Vet’s Track & Field league meeting is to be held at Eastbourne on Wednesday 26th July.

This is open to all of our Arena athletes over 35. This is proving to be a popular meet for our Arena guys as it gives you a chance to try something new and something that you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to try. So if you want to maybe try the high jump, triple jump, shot putt as well as the usual track races then give Graham Shorter a shout to put your name forward. Graham will be sending an email out in due course with contact details.

For those that have already been a part of this then you already know what the team camaraderie is like but for those that have not yet tried this then I highly recommend this league meeting as a top team building evening. Take yourselves out of your comfort zone as the rewards are just great.

For the full programme click on this link and then open up the programme:

Parkrun PB’s for 15.07.2017

A few Arena athletes managed new PB’s at this weekends various parkruns:

First off at Hove Park we congratulate Justin Dobbs who moved his time from 25.25 set back in 2015 to his new PB time of 25.20.

Down to the Hove Prom and the youngest member of Arena 80, Jack Silberston who is 12 years old, had a magnificent run along the prom to bag a new PB time of 22.15 and smashing his previous best at this course of 25.39 set back in 2015. A future prospect for Arena 80 perhaps?

Also at the Prom Yvonne Patrick took her new PB time of 25.18 down from 26.10 set on 2016.

Congratulations to all of our athletes on their new PB’s and well done to all of other athletes that took part with a fair few being very close to their PB’s.

An improvement to the men’s 10k club records.

Following on from Richard Claytons fine race at the Phoenix 10k, Richard has made an improvement to the men’s 10k club records. Richard still holds 5th spot but has improved his own time from 34m 22s now down to 34m 16s. His previous 10k best was also set at the Phoenix race in 2016 so it seems this race certainly suits him to push him to his max.

The new men’s 10k club records now look like this:

10K Men
1 Al Silvester SM Phoenix 10K 2016 33m 54s
2 Richard Burgess-Gamble SM Newick 10K 2010 33m 59s
3 Tim Gedin SM Brighton 2010 34m 09s
4 Mats Gedin O40 Brighton 2005 34m 13s
5 Richard Clayton SM Phoenix 10K 2017 34m 16s

All the club records can be found here:

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: