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This week’s parkrun round up for 23/09/2017

This week’s parkrun round-up for 23/09/2017.

Brighton & Hove

First man home for Arena was Joe Ashley coming in 5th place in a time of 16.52 and first lady home for Arena was one of our newer members to join the Arena family which was Fiona Bugler in 21.25 and was 3rd lady in.

In terms of PB’s here that accolade goes to Jessamy Hibberd with her time of 23.50 beating her previous best of 23.52 set just 4 weeks ago so a girl on the march and moving in the right direction.

Preston Park

First man home for Arena was Mark Steene coming home in 16th place in a time of 19.35 and first lady home for Arena was Jackie Rymell in 22.03 who was 7th lady in.

The PB landed to one of our junior runners here and that went to Sam Burgess in a time of 23.02 beating her previous PB set only last week of 23.09. This is her 8th PB at this course for 2017 and started 2017 on 25.24 so she has made massive in-roads with her running.

Hove Prom

Hove Prom saw two of our guys take on the PB honours. First lady home for Arena was Emma Habba who not only took the 1st lady overall but in doing so also gained a new PB. This is the first tie that Emma has had the accolade of 1st lady home and her hard training has now finally paid off. Her new time is 21.07 beating her previous best here of 21.30 set almost 1 year ago.

First man home for Arena was Max Brambani who came home in 36th place but, as like Emma, also gained a new PB in the process. The new time of 21.39 beat his previous time of 21.55 set here only last week so he definitely a man right on his game at the moment.


No PB’s here but just worth mention two of our guys who took the journey over there. It’s good to see Gary McKivett back out there again. Gary has been out for about 4 months with injury and has just started coming back with his training again. He was chaperoned around by Alex Jago and although Gary found the last 2k hard going they both came in with very respectable times of 17.40 (Alex) and 17.49 (Gary) and both came in as 3rd and 4th men.

Well done to all of those that took themselves out there and especially those with new PB times.

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Katherine O’Hara takes 1st place for age at London Duathlon.

Katherine O’Hara took to London on Sunday 17th to compete in the London Duathlon. 

Katherine said “it was more of a time trial than a race and it awas just as much a mental as a physical challenge”. She was extremely happy to have run a sub 20 for the 5km coming off the bike and we’re happy to announce that she won her age group. She even had time to do a bit of Deer spotting on the way around.

Katherine has come back strongly from what was a disappointing first quarter of the year due to the break in her foot that she picked up at the end of the 2016/17 cross country season. She has stuck to a strict recovery plan which has now paid off especially with representing GB at this year’s European Duathlon and also winning her age group there as well.

A big congratulations to Katherine from everyone at Arena 80..

Another improvement to the club records.

There’s been another improvement to the Women’s age grading records for the Worthing parkrun.

Caroline Wood took on Worthing on the 02/09/2017 and came in as 2nd lady behind our Emily Proto. Caroline got herself a new PB of 19.52 but in the process, and already sitting in top spot for the age grading record, moved this from 87.16% to the new record of 88.76%. 

Caroline also took on Millom parkrun yesterday (17.09.2017) and came home in 2nd overall so a lady in some fine form at the moment.

Congratulations Caroline and the new Worthing Women’s age grading records now look like this.

Age grading
1 Caroline Wood – 88.76%
2 Jenny Hughes – 85.18%
3 Tara Shanahan – 84.74%
4 Emily Proto – 83.85% 
5 Louise Payne – 80.60%

This weekend’s parkrun round up with new PB’s and a change to the club records. 16.09.2017

As always never a week goes by without someone at Arena coming up with a new PB somewhere out there in parkrun land and this week was no exception. However this week has not only thrown up new PB’s but also thrown in new club records into the mix as well.

Let’s start with the Hove Prom PB which is handed over to Max Brambani this week. Max has gratefully accepted his new time of 21.55 and now discards his old one away of 22.30 which he set here only two weeks ago, so definitely a man on the up in terms of running.

Popping along the coast to Worthing which saw some very stiff competition out there this week and it was not for the faint of heart, it was reading like a who’s who of Sussex runners. There is a saying by Diane Mariechild “Trust the still, small voice that says, ‘this might work and I’ll try it” and so it was that Joe Ashley decided to venture west and take part in his first Worthing parkrun. Joe came home in a credible 16th place given the talent on show out there today. His time of 16.46 was good enough to put him into 3rd place in the men’s Worthing parkrun club records however it was his age grading of 80.82% that shone through and put him into 1st place in the men’s age grading club records. That was well worth the trip over there me thinks.

Also showing on the same card was Emily Proto who was 2nd lady home in 18.33 and nice to see Emily making her mark back out there again.

And so onto Brighton & Hove parkrun and we’ve saved the best for last. First up with his new glittering PB is the recent birthday boy Teo Van Well. Teo accompanied Tara Shanahan round the course for her 100th parkrun today but in doing so he got himself a PB to go with it, with a new time of 18.20 beating his previous best of 18.27 set in 2016.

As for Tara, well what a way to celebrate your 100th parkrun. Firstly she ran with Teo who was obviously a good influence as she took on a new PB time of 18.22 beating her previous 18.31 set in 2016. With it though, comes some club record improvements for the women’s B&H parkrun.
Tara climbs up from 5th to 4th in terms of the times but just to add to the mix, she also enters the age grading records for the first time and catapults herself into equal 3rd place with her age grading of 88.20% so jointly held with Louise Vallier who also has exactly the same age grading. Move over Batman and Robin as there is a new dynamic duo in town in the form of Tara & Teo. A great day’s work Tara and happy 100th parkrun to you.

Congratulations to all of our new PB holders and to all of our members who took part this weekend and of course, to the new club record membership crew.

The new club records now look like this;

Worthing parkrun Men
1 James Dicks 2016 16m 29s
2 Al Silvester 2017 16m 37s
3 Joe Ashley 2017 16m 46s
4 Michael Barker 2017 17m 26s
5 Jim Risdale 2017 17m 34s

Worthing Age grading
1 Joe Ashley – 80.82%
2 Paul Gasson – 80.72%
3 Al Silvester – 79.84%
4 Andy Payne – 79.42%
5 Kevin Lowe – 78.91%

Brighton & Hove parkrun Women
1 Caroline Hoyte 2009 16m 43s
2 Julie Briggs 2008 17m 31s
3 Emily Proto 2014 17m 44s
4 Tara Shanahan 2017 18m 22s
5 Louise Vallier 2011 18m 23s

Brighton & Hove parkrun Age grading
1 Caroline Hoyte – 90.63%
2 Chris Naylor – 90.36%
3 Louise Vallier – 88.20%
3 Tara Shanahan – 88.20%
5 Julie Briggs – 87.73%

You can find all the club records here; http:

Moving away from parkruns we must also congratulate a couple of our Arena athletes who took part in the Richmond 10k on Saturday. John Thompson who really is some superb form at present was 1st in his age group along with Nicky Yeates who also took 1st place in her age group. These guys always seem to come as a pair in races as so it was in this race. Also really well done to Angelina Smy who rocked up in 12th place in her age group so a fine day all round for the Arena trio.

Another Arena club member hits the 250 parkrun milestone.

Like a bus, you don’t get one for ages then three come along at once. Hot on the heels of Nicky Yeates and Alan Garnham who reached their 250th parkrun a couple of weeks ago and so another Arena member has also now reached the giddy heights as well. 

We say congratulations to Rob Derkin who last weekend took to his home turf down there at Preston Park parkrun to record his milestone mark. Admiration to all of these three for putting themselves out there week after week for the last 5 years and some…

Looking at Rob’s PB times from 2013 at Preston Park parkrun well you have to give him credit for being Mr Consistent: 2013 – 20.41; 2014 – 21.05; 2015 – 20.39; 2016 – 20.24; 2017 – 20.29 so it’s fair to say that Rob has definitely not faded with the years of pounding out those Saturday morning’s. Congratulations Rob on a job well done.

Waitrose – Community Matters – Arena 80 Nominated

Waitrose in Western Road (nr Norfolk Square end) run a scheme called Community Matters. Each month three different communities are put forward by the store with a chance of sharing the £1000 allocated by Waitrose.

Arena 80 are lucky enough to have been nominated by a former Arena athlete of ours, Peter Fair. The idea is that each time somebody pays at the till they are given a token to place in one of the three nominated boxes of their choice. At the end of the month the tokens are counted up and the money is then divided between the three as per the amount of tokens they have received.

Please let anyone you know who may shop their or if you have a shop to do then pop into Waitrose in Western Road and cast your token.

Our biggest thanks to Peter Fair for nominating Arena 80.