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Arena Super Series race turns into a PB and record fest.

What a showcase our Arena athletes put on today at Preston Park parkrun. An amazing 46 of our athletes turned out for this 4th Super Series race of 2017 and all the way around the course there were blue vests a plenty.

What of our athletes though well the stats show that there were 511 participants at PPP today which I believe is a record and the first time it has had over 500, obviously the 46 from Arena topped it up.

At this event Arena had 6 in the top 10 and 12 in the top 20 for the age grading results.

Arena placed 6 runners in the top 10 and 11 runners in the top 20 overall. Breaking it down to male and female races then the men had 5 in the top 10 and 9 in the top 20 with the women having 6 in the top 10 and 11 in the top 20, this also includes the women taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. I think it’s fair to say that we definitely put on a great showcase for our club here.

We had 14 new PB’s for this particular parkrun event although 4 of these are by default as they were first timers but I’ll include them anyway. As is always the way for these reports I will name check them all with their new times and there previous PB’s in brackets.

Caroline Hoyte – 17.42 (first timer)
Jon Bowditch – 17.52 (first timer)
Paul Arscott – 18.04 (first timer)
Maisie Trafford – 18.43 (19.08)
Craig Isaac – 18.51 (19.41)
Tara Shanahan – 19.03 (19.19)
Andy Peterson – 19.36 (19.39)
John Thompson – 20.50 (20.58)
Jo Marshall – 21.47 (22.11)
Jo Phillimore – 22.15 (22.47)
Lucy Anderson – 22.24 (23.42)
Laura Loftus – 23.33 (23.48)
Tamar Coleman 24.53 (first timer)
Steve Woods – 26.08 (27.25)

Ones to pick out from this group are John Thompson as this is his sixth PB at this event this year, so I guess all the 20 laps around the track before the warm up do actually pay dividends (note to all).

The biggest jumps in terms of time are Lucy Anderson who had a tremendous race and knocked 1m 18s off her previous best set back in Nov 2016 and Steve Woods who knocked off 1m 17s from his previous best set exactly one year ago at this same Arena event.

Synchronised watch starting.

From the women’s race we say a massive well done to Caroline Hoyte who was 1st lady home with Maisie Trafford in 2nd and Tara Shanahan in 3rd place.

Caroline Hoyte must be very proud today as she took the first lady and her son Reuben Hoyte (now of Phoenix) making it a family double by being the first man home in a new PB time of 16.11.

Now to the club records as there have been some big changes with the events from today.
Firstly we look at the women’s Preston Park time records. There are two new additions to the list and one improvement.

Caroline Hoyte has hit the treble today. As well as her first place in the ladies race, in the club records she has taken first place with her time of 17m 42s and has also taken first place with the age grading record with 90.58%. Now that’s a pretty good haul by anyone’s standards and to still be knocking out these kinds of times should be inspiring to many of our senior athletes.

Maisie Trafford improves on her 5th place to now move into 4th place with her new time of 18m 43s. This was also her best ever 5k time so a girl moving in the right direction. The final new entry comes from Tara Shanahan who takes 5th spot with her time of 19m 03s, quite remarkable really when you consider that she did the London marathon last weekend in a time of 3.09.48 and the produces a run like this one week on.

Here are the new women’s club records for Preston Park:
Preston Park parkrun Women
1 Caroline Hoyte 2017 17m 42s
2 Emily Proto 2014 17m 53s
3 Julie Briggs 2014 18m 01s
4 Maisie Trafford 2017 18m 43s
5 Tara Shanahan 2017 19m 03s

Age grading
1 Caroline Hoyte – 90.58%
2 Chris Naylor – 89.41%
3 Julie Briggs – 89.16%
4 Nicky Yeates – 87.96%
5 Caroline Wood – 87.78%

In the men’s race we again applaud our men for having 5 in the top 10 at this event.
Al Silvester was our first man home in 3rd place overall in a time of 16.47 and, like Tara, this coming off from the London marathon last weekend with his time of 2.39.24, how do these guys do it? Timmy Gedin took 4th spot in 17.04 and Anthony Snelling took 5th spot in 17.09.

In this men’s race Paul Arscott came home in 13th position in 18.04 but it’s not the time that is important here but the age grading that goes with it. His age grading is now at 80.35% which catapults him straight into 2nd place on the club records. Paul has really been in fine form of late and just last week at the Lewes 10k Paul produced a 10k PB with 37.32 which made him the quickest Arena man at this event since the year dot. This will have capped off a fine quarter for this year and very deservedly so.

Here is the new men’s age grading club records for Preston Park:
Age grading
1 Paul Gasson – 82.90%
2 Paul Arscott – 80.35%
3 Marc Steene – 80.17%
4 Alan Silvester – 80.08%
5 Dan Vaughan – 80.06% 

The men’s times have not changed:
Preston Park parkrun Men
1 Alan Silvester 2016 16m 34s
2 Timmy Gedin 2016 16m 35s
3 Richard Clayton 2016 16m 45s
4 Joe Ashley 2016 16m 53s
5 James ‘Dixie’ Dicks 2016 16m 55s

You can find all the club records here:http://arena80.co.uk/club-records/

As this was an age graded event for the Super Series we must say a massive well done to our top three men and women on their outstanding achievements.

For the men our first three were:
1st Paul Gasson with 81.92%
2nd Paul Arscott with 80.35%
3rd Marc Steene with 80.24%

For the women our first three were:
1st Caroline Hoyte with 90.58%
2nd Nicky Yeates with 86.88%
3rd Caroline Wood with 86.79%

Congratulations to all our athletes on a very fine day for Arena 80.

The next Super Series race is the track 3k on Monday 8th May which is always a very well attended event as well as being a very sociable evening as well. See either Arena FB page or check website for further details: http://arena80.co.uk/arena-forthcoming-events-round-up/

Race report of the Antarctica Marathon 2017 by Luan Ke Huynh

For those that remember Luan from Denmark, he has kindly sent us a great race report on his marathon of a lifetime, that being the Antarctica Marathon that he ran in March of this year. Luan trained with Arena for the Spring/Summer of 2016 before he had to return to Denmark. A talented runner who had gained much respect from his peers during his time with us and was a great asset to the Arena team. This is an amazing read and we thank Luan for taking the time to share his story with us.

Antarctica marathon 2017
Dear members of Arena 80,
Thank you for taking the time to read my race report about my Antarctica trip. The landscape and wild life were amazing and I highly recommend it. For me it was definitely worth the money and the 4 years in the waiting. The total price was about £7500 (flight tickets from/to Europe, package deal: 2-3 nights in Buenos Aires, flight to/from Ushuaia and 10-11 days cruise), race number, kayaking and tips. But you can easily go cheaper with other companies and just do the cruise.

The physical and mental Preparation:
After my return to Denmark in November/December I have been focusing a lot on adding the long runs into my training. I was happy to see my running groups again and there was a lot of catching up to do. As my long runs started making progress, I began wondering if it was realistic to actually win the marathon. I tried not to set my expectations too high and just stayed focus on my 3:30 finish time, due to several warnings of unpredictable weather conditions. Because of that I bought thick winter tights, full face mask, waterproof socks and some “spikes” for my shoes. I didn’t tell my running mates back home, that I was thinking about winning but some of them could already tell that I was going for it and actually “expected” me to win. Even the chef on the ship told me the day before the marathon, that he is putting his money on me and a couple told me after the marathon that they already talked about me winning the race so no pressure then.

The trip itself:
The group met at a posh hotel in Buenos Aires and I was quite surprised, that were so many Americans. At the briefing I scanned the crowd looking for fast runners but we all know that these kinds of things are hard to tell. I quickly came across an American with a sub 2.40 PB. He was also running his last continent marathon. He told me that he had been injured recently and that he wasn’t used to the cold, because he lives in Florida and runs only on road. but I wasn’t sure if he was just playing mind games, but then who hasn’t made up an argument for not running a good race? Guess we all play mind game one way or another and I know I do. The thing was it worked, as I couldn’t see myself winning the race anymore. A PB on 2.40 and my PB (3:03) is a huge gap and I changed my mind-set to just completing the marathon instead, which was my original plan from the very first beginning.

The first two days on the ship were horrible. Basically everybody got sea sick and the crew even told us, that we were lucky with the weather. I wonder how it would be, if it was normal or bad weather. Many of us slept most of the days as there were no reason to be walking around anyway feeling sick. At that time I couldn’t believe that I had actually paid so much money for getting sea sick and even worse and I was afraid of how it would affect my race.

On the marathon morning I was tense as usual. The morning routines went well, as we got into the zodiacs transporting us to the King George Island for the race.  The weather was good – 0 Celsius +/- the wind chill = -10 Celsius. The organisers told me not to wear my spikes, as they would only slow me down. Also I decided to wear my normal long socks, instead of the water proofs one I had bought, due to the good weather plus my thick winter tights, 3 layers, a full mask, buff plus an extra hat. The course itself was 6 laps off-road in a hilly, muddy and rocky terrain. I started out at the back of the group but ended up at the front during the first mile as  I decided to ignore my planned 3:30 finish time pace. I guess I feared losing sight of the frontrunners, which was quite absurd, as we were running in laps and unconsciously, I took the chance to follow the American with the sub 2.40 PB even though I knew it was unrealistic to keep that kind of pace the entire way. We kept a solid and consist 3.09 finish time pace up until mile 15. He started to slow down while I kept the same pace up until mile 20. The worse part of the course was the rocky terrain. I twisted my ankle 3 times (luckily I’ve got strong ankles) and because I wasn’t wearing trail shoes, the rocks went through my lightweight shoes several times hurting my toes. My thighs and calf muscles were starting to get into cramp mode simultaneously and it was only a matter of time before I had to go into walk/run pace. Every time we crossed a U-turn, I started to count seconds, until I passed the guy in 2nd place this gave me an idea how far ahead I was. After a couple of times, I quickly lost count and the outcome due to fatigue and every time I got on top of a hill, I looked back to spot the guy in 2nd place. I began seeing two black big rings in my vision and I told myself that it just wasn’t worth it (I had an eye surgery in my twenties). I would now accept If the guy in 2nd place passed me then so be it as coming first was simply not worth it anymore. During half way of lap 6 I realised I still had a chance to win, as I hadn’t been passed yet. The feeling of disappointment of being passed hit me and I knew that I would be so gutted if I didn’t win this one, so I just had to win this. When I got to the last ½ mile, I knew I was the winner and asked, quite impolitely, for a chair as I really needed to sit down. Besides the fact that my legs were numb, I was desperate for something to eat. I just couldn’t focus on anything, taking my running shoes off and putting on my clothes and the boots for the zodiac took forever. A crew member and a half marathon finisher (who happened to live close to Brighton by the way) had to help me, I have never felt so helpless in my entire life.

Clearly a different class of spectator compared to that of Brighton.

The days after the race:
Even though I’m very happy winning the Antarctica Marathon, I’m equally as happy, if not happier with my projected finish time. For me this is actually the first time I have run a marathon faster than expected. Going from overcoming injuries, to get back in to shape, when I lived in Brighton, to even completing 26.2 miles, to chase parkrun and 10 PBs and to actually win the Antarctica Marathon, is more than I could ever ask for. It’s also a matter of luck, such as your fellow runner’s levels on race day. But luck is an invisible thing, you only get it if you chase it. Nevertheless I was there and I won. The day after I arrived in Aalborg I went to the track for a quick hello. They were very surprised to see me already and likewise most people on Facebook; hadn’t realised that the marathon was on March 11th. I celebrated the entire week with beautiful landscapes and wildlife but for them it just happened yesterday (no Wi-Fi on the ship). My marathon victory buzz is all coming back to me now from the attention via the social media and my surroundings. My coach and running mates were very proud and happy that we finally have a marathon winner in our group. A Danish run blogger (named as the best Danish runner blog 2016) wrote a short article about my trip. One of Denmark’s most popular, if not the most popular running gear web shop offered me to be one of their brand ambassadors and the local newspaper is writing 2,5 pages about me in their “Life style/travel” section. They even put me on the front page. One thing I’ll remember mostly from this trip is the conscious selfish commitments I put into it throughout the years such as how I want to do it, where I want to go and when I want to go etc. First of all, I knew that I wanted to do this on my own, because I couldn’t bear the thought of not being present with my loved ones when I’m out training, out travelling in sudden periods and out spending all my savings on flight tickets and tourist activities etc. And because of that I’m very fascinated by the parents of young children whom I met along the trip, who went on their own and did their thing. For me, it was very inspirational because I’m not simply in that stage of my life and they showed me, that it’s emotionally possible to do what they did.

If any of you have questions or whatsoever, my email is lyngster@hotmail.com. I’m also available on Facebook.

To put things in a better perspective I have attached the article of me in a PDF for you to google translate if interested. Also I listed some links from the trip:

Full M results: http://files.marathontours.com/file/2017-Antarctica-Marathon-Results-20E5.pdf

Half M results: http://files.marathontours.com/file/2017-Antarctica-Half-Marathon-Results-600F.pdf

Media files from the others runner:                                                                                               
Videos:                                                                                                                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DJdd4GpKN4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=iKOJvmB6kyU&app=desktop https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.newkirk/videos/10155076193415270/ https://www.facebook.com/brannon.c.smith/videos/10105414179577583/

Radio:                                     http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thepanel/audio/201837917/woman’s-antarctic-marathon http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/le_reveil_nouveau-brunswick/2015-2016/chronique.asp?idChronique=432230 (Canadian French – go to 8:40) – works only in Internet Explorer

Articles/blogs:                                                                 http://www.acadienouvelle.com/sports/2017/03/20/marathon-sept-continents-suzanne-savoie/ (Canadian French)                                                                                                         http://thegreatnessofrunning.dk/?p=3784 (Danish)
http://www.lakeforestleader.com/lake-forest-resident-runs-marathon-antarctica                 http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/89385176/Antarctica-last-continent-on-the-list-for-50-year-old-marathon-runner (in fact she is from the UK and lived close to Brighton)         https://staplesrodway.co.nz/news/good-governance-skills/ (in fact she is from the UK and lived close to Brighton)                                                                             
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/91012109/kiwi-runner-ticks-off-antarctica-marathon-to-claim-rare-medal (in fact she is from the UK and lived close to Brighton)  

If you have a race report that you would like to feature on the Arena website and let the other members know it went then we would love to hear about it.
Send it to marc.bonaldi@googlemail.com.

The Brighton Marathon & BM10k 2017

Now that the dust has settled and the results are in, we can now look back on the 8th Brighton Marathon and congratulate all our Arena athletes who took part in the marathon and BM10k.

The weather could have been a little kinder to those running the marathon as it wasn’t only the heat that made its mark but also a fairly stiff head wind at the turning at the Shoreham power station. With the blue skies and glorious sunshine, it did however bring out the crowds which did cheer on the runners through the 26.2 miles and the 10k.

The BM10k was the first race of the day and the first three ladies home for Arena were:
Women 10k
1st – Caroline Hoyte – 35.57
2nd – Nicky Yeates – 44.44 – A new PB
3rd – Isobel Muir – 47.14

 

The first three men home for Arena
Men 10k
1st – Dan Vaughan – 35.52
2nd – James Gladman – 41.21
3rd – Rob Derkin – 42.58
(Please note that positions are given by gun time but using their chip times).

The third place for the men was a race within a race with Tristan Sharp, John Thompson and Rob Derkin all pacing round the course together, that is until the last 50 metres, when they all made a charge for the line. With a sprint finish there’s not many who would have bet against Rob Derkin and so it was the case here with Rob just taking them in the last few metres, enthralling to the end.

We also congratulate the following athletes who all gained 10k PB’s:
John Thompson – 43.08
Lucy Anderson – 46.58
Patrycja Wollnik – 47.22

The second race of the day being the 8th Brighton Marathon and as already mentioned the conditions weren’t perfect but the show must go on and so it did. Arena had a fair few runners out for this with many having personal goals in mind. I take my hat off to each and every one of you for the dedication, commitment and mental strength you have all shown, over the long cold and windy winter months, with your training and getting yourselves to the start line.

The BM was the second race of the day and the first three ladies home for Arena were:
Women Marathon
1st – Soulla Wright – 3.23.28
2nd – Tara Shanahan – 3.28.59 – (3.30.00 Pacemaker)
3rd – Vicki Clarke – 3.30.15

Soulla Wright came into this race having had a virus during the two weeks leading up to this race and was not in the best of health. It was a brave and valiant effort on what was surely a very difficult run for her.

Tara Shanahan took on the pacing duties for the Run Brighton crew. She was pacing the 3.30 runners and with her time of 3.28.59 its fair to say that she got it spot on. Tara then went to help volunteer on the finishing straight for another couple of hours, still showing as much enthusiasm as if she hadn’t even run 26.2 miles. Amazing job Tara.

Vicki Clarke is for ever-present for the big races and always turns in exceptional times. Running along with Tara, it was another fine run and happy to see her running in the blue vest of Arena.

The BM was the second race of the day and the first three men home for Arena were:
Men Marathon
1st – Al Silvester – 2.42.48 – (16th overall)
2nd – Mats Gedin – 2.52.48 (44th overall and 2nd O50)
3rd – Del Wallace – 2.55.00 (56th overall) – New PB
(Please note that positions are given by gun time but using their chip times).

First man home for Arena was the man for all occasions Mr Silvester. Al was pleased with this run and this now sets himself up for the London marathon next week. Al ran In at 16th place overall and should be applauded on a fine race (unlike the volunteers who seemed to miss Al coming home as they applauded the 2nd lady home – very sorry Al.

The stalwart of marathon running Mats Gedin was 2nd Arena man home in 44th place overall as well as coming 2nd in the O50 category. Mats still holds 5th place in the men’s marathon club records with his time of 2.37.49 set in London way back in 2006 and proves he his still a very strong force to be reckoned with.

Third man home was Del Wallace who took six minutes off his PB and got his well deserved sub 3 hour marathon. Del doesn’t know if he could have gone quicker but said that he kept to his race plan and watching Del coming down the finishing straight, I feel he still had more in the tank. His goal was sub 3 and really pleased it was mission accomplished. it will be nice to see you back at the track again Del.

Arena athletes to note:
Probably one of the bravest runs of the day came from Juliette Roberts. In her words “I had a complete nightmare on the day with my hip seizing up just after 9 miles sending shooting pains down my leg. It got progressively worse and more painful to the point where it felt almost locked in the few miles and all I could do was shuffle along to the finish line”. I’m sure we can all feel for Juliette and how gutted she will be with this run but to even finish this race in that much pain when many would have quit says a lot about her mental strength and never say die attitude is an inspiration to us all. You may not have got the time you hoped for Juliette but you’ve gained a lot of respect and admiration from your Areneez family.

We have previously posted about our world record holder Dave Robinson who took on the Marathon in a straight jacket, I mean as crazy goes then this is right up there with the best of them. Full report can be found here: http://arena80.co.uk/dave-robinson-of-arena-80-takes-a-world-record/

Congratulations also to Kevin Price who indeed shone on stage on the day with his cracking time of 2.56.53 and finished 69th in overall position and bags himself a new PB in the process.

We also congratulate the following athletes who all gained new marathon PB’s:
Paul Arscott – 3.00.41 (you’ve got to be happy now Paul)
Ricky Coleman – 3.28.02 (wanted sub 3.30)
Craig Isaac – 3.21.17
Kristina Hind – 3.54.11
Chris Keene – 3.57.23 (new PB by 1h 20mins – amazing)
Jonathan Britten – 3.52.08 (new PB by 20 mins)

I would like to mention Dorian Rogers who, like Tara Shanahan, took on the pacemaker duties for the Run Brighton crew. Dorian was pacing the 4.45.00 group and came home in 4.44.57. Another job well done.

To end this post we would like to say a massive thank you to all of the Arena volunteers who helped, not just on the day but, over the whole weekend and I know some have been helping in the back ground for many weeks. The support that Arena give to this event is essential to help making the day as special as it can be. As you walk around the event village, you can find Arena in many quarters of the village with everything from the information tent to picking up the race packs, Arena stand out. The mini-mile doesn’t go a miss either with Arena also supporting this and of course on marathon day Arena really come into their own. As you run around the course the Arena Volunteers can be found giving support and water to the runners and lastly as you approach the finishing line, again Arena are there to show their support. We thank each and every one of you that have given up your time to support this event and we look forward to 2018.

To all of our Arena athletes that took part this year, congratulations on a job well done and we are proud to have you flying the vest of Arena 80.

Good luck to those taking on London next week and we look forward to you bringing in the news in due course.

Much respect Arena 80.

Sussex Road Relays April 5th 2017 – Arena 80 break records.

I know it seems like a long time ago (just over a week now) but the news has come in that Arena ladies broke their own W40 course record at this event.

News on the Sussex athletics website quotes “The rest of the records all came in the Masters’ races with Arena 80 breaking their own year old W40 aggregate record of 38:06 with a fine clocking of 36:43 while Julie Briggs, who had anchored the Arena 80 team broke Sharon Elder’s (Worthing) 2012 lap record of 12:00 by two seconds”.

if the day wasn’t amazing enough with the sheer camaraderie shown from all of our members then this is surely the icing on the cake. What a proud day for Arena 80, our ladies and along with Julie Briggs it really doesn’t get any better than this. The club has gone from strength to strength over the last year with many outstanding results from our members and to see Arena breaking records goes to prove how much of an improved club we are.

Our biggest congratulations to the ladies and Julie Briggs on such an amazing result.

Make mine a double!

Two men walk into a race
one man said to the other “do you fancy a quick one?”
the other man said “let’s make it a double”

…and there lies the morel of this story.

It’s a massive shout out to the two men of Arena who not only turned up but turned it on at the Paddock Wood Half Marathon at the weekend. Both Al Silvester and James Dix took it up a notch to both record PB’s at this event but the best part of this is the club records have now been moved on.

Al Silvester has held joint 2nd place with the long standing record of Bill Mulholland set back in 1986 and it seemed it was never going to move on. Al has been running particularly well recently and it paid off at Paddock Wood. He was paced all the way by Dixie to record his new PB time of 1.14.05 and to move him clear into 2nd place on the men’s HM club records.

James Dix also took a large slice of the pie as he came home with his new PB time of 1.14.27 and catapulted his way into the club records into 3rd place and as the old saying goes ‘you wait ages for one and then two come along at once’.

We should also mention Dan Vaughan who also ran at this event. Dan has been in exceptional form recently and proving himself adapt at all distances. It was another fine run from the big D with a time of 1.17.46 which was only 13 seconds away from his PB time. Dan is setting himself well for the marathon.

Congratulations to both Al Silvester and James Dix on their new hall of fame and it’s another step closer to john Schaab.

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

Half Marathon Men
1 John Schaab SM ? 1989 1h 09m 24s
2 Al Silvester SM Paddock Wood 2017 1h 14m 05s
3 James Dicks SM Paddock Wood 2017 1h 14m 27s
4 Bill Mulholland O40 Barns Green 1986 1h 15m 00s
5 Richard Clayton SM Worthing 2017 1h 15m 58s

What a day at the Sussex Road Relays – Saturday 1st April

What a magnificent day it was for Arena 80 at Christ’s Hospital for the annual Sussex road relays hosted by Phoenix AC for the first time with chipped batons.

There were a record 220 teams that entered this year, which included all age groups, and the weather helped to play its part as well. We were also joined by an Olympian finalist, Charlie Grice,  who was running third leg for Phoenix and a real pleasure to see him on cruise speed making his way around the pathway. It’s not everyday you get the chance to see an Olympian at these events.

But what about the Areneez who made the trip up to Horsham? 28 ladies turned out and they fielded 10 teams for this event, which I believe is a record amount. We are so very proud to say that the ladies took home the bounty again. They came home with the team V40 Gold & Bronze & V50 Gold. There were some great individual performances from all standards, including V40 fastest lap to Julie Briggs and second fastest went to Dani Tarleton. Caroline Wood also took home the V50 individual silver.

The men took 18 along for this event and it was never going to be an easy task with the calibre that was on show here. There were some fantastic performances from our men and we are pleased to announce, that for the first time EVER, our senior men placed in the top 10 which is an outstanding achievement for Arena 80.

We can safely say that It was a very successful day all round and the ladies also came up trumps with cake afterwards which they gracefully shard with the men. So many great friendships are made at these events and it was lovely to see so many of the Areneez using this as a social event as well with so many friendships being built along the way.

Thank you to Tara Shanahan, Mark Stephenson and Steve McNealy for all the hard work and effort in putting this event together for the Arena Club. It is and was very much appreciated by all, as you will have seen by many of the photos shared on Facebook.

The best photograph of the day came from Bob Page who caught Jon Bowditch and Joe Ashley in perfect running synchronisation. Now this is a potential winning entry in our Arena photo competition. They couldn’t have done this if they had tried to, just brilliant.

For those that missed this the it’s worth noting this one in your diary’s for next. year.

 

Luan Ke Kuynh conquers Antarctica Marathon 2017.

During the Spring/Summer season of 2016 Arena 80 were joined by Luan Ke Huynh, an athlete from Denmark.

Luan was working in Brighton for a while and was looking for a running club to join as he was training for the Antarctica Marathon. He found Arena and soon made his mark on the club by gracing us with his presence in the club records. He currently holds 2nd place in the clubs Hove Prom parkrun in 16.29 and 3rd place in the clubs 10 miles in 59.01. There is no doubting that had Luan been with us for longer, he would have clearly made dents in the other club records as well. 

Luan sadly had to leave Brighton due to his job taking him back home but I’m sure his time here at Arena 80 stood him in good stead and will have helped in his quest for this ultimate In Marathon challanges.

No crowd control needed for this one.

We have had a message from Luan to let us know how this incredible adventure went for him.

“The feeling of succeeding when you are going all in. Now one of the few and one of the youngest in the world with a completed marathon on each continent. And I won my first and last marathon – Antarctica Marathon 2017 Winner (March 11th): 3:24.22. Thanks for the support from my family back home, USA and Canada. My friends/colleagues for always listening to me and my running mates for pushing me the entire way. Never thought I would get to know to so many people world wide, revisit my family in USA, Canada and live abroad in Brighton along this amazing and crazy journey. 34 years old – I feel like a 24 year-old”.

From everyone here at Arena 80 we must congratulate you on such an amazing achievement and to thank you for being a part of Arena whilst you were in Brighton. It was our pleasure to have you along and we look forward to hearing of many more of your running successes.

Clearly a different class of spectator compared to that of Brighton.

Brighton Half Marathon 2017. Arena continue with successes.

For once the Brighton Half Marathon didn’t lay on it’s usual blue sky and calm winds instead we were offered a damp misty affair with a fairly stiff SW wind to battle with however the show must go on and so it did. it was another 8000 plus runners taking to this annual event which for the first time included a wheelchair race of 8 quality participants.

The course record for the men is held by Paul Martelletti – 64.53 set in 2016.
The course record for the women was held by Leigh Lattimore – 75:52 also set in 2016

2017 – The first man home today was Jonathan Tipper of Kent AC in 68.37
2017 – The first lady home today was Eleanor Davis of Newquay Road Runners in 74.26 who set a new course record.

What of our Arena athletes I hear you ask, well the first man home  was that man Al Silvester who again looked very strong and impressive. Al placed 33rd in a time of 75.31 just 31 seconds from his PB.

 Second man home and what an epic battle it was in the last mile of the race was the very inform Dan Vaughan who slowly but surely reeled in the distance from Anthony Snelling to take 2nd Arena man. Dan bought it home in 77.56 and just 23 seconds outside of his PB. Dan was also 10th in the O40 category.

Anthony Snelling was 3rd Arena man home and proved again that he is well up there amongst the teams best. Anthony was another man close to his best time and came home in 78.13 and 34 seconds outside of his PB.

Of the Arena women we must say a huge congratulations to Emily Proto who took a fantastic 2nd place today. Emily looked in a fighting and determined mood out there and still looked full of running at mile 11.5. Emily was pushed hard by the lady in 3rd place, Sarah Hill, who had previously beaten Emily in 2015 so it was honours even and good to see that Emily’s almost religious and regimented training regime came to the fore today to bring her home in 81.27.

Second lady home and a superb 10th overall for the ladies was Tara Shanahan who really is in mustard form with a new PB time of 87.06 and smashed her previous best set back in 2015 which was 91.41.

Third lady home was her partner in crime Dani Tarleton who also took a brilliant 11th place for the women’s race in her time of 87.26 and just 9 seconds off her previous best. Tara and Dani were also placed 4th and 5th respectively in the O40’s category. 

Other athletes worthy of note and congratulations go to Nicky Yeates who placed 8th in the O50’s women in a new PB time of 1.40.11.

Soulla Wright taking 3 minutes off her previous best of 91.34 and now down to 88.14. I’m not sure what she was listening too in her headphones but she was definitely bouncing to the beat.

Lucy Anderson who took a massive chunk of her PB which stood at 1.59.13 but after today can now proudly sit with 1.45.58 a whole 11 minutes off – wow.

At the time of writing I haven’t seen all the results but I’m pretty sure there were quite a few other PB’s that also went down today.

We should say a big thank you and well done to our volunteers at the Peace Statue, not only did they do such a great job in keeping things moving smoothly down there but also the support they gave to, not only to the Arena massive but also to the other runners participating as well. It was Arena at their very best and again the camaraderie amongst them is second to none.

All in all we can say it was a very successful day for Arena 80 which ever way you look at it and so pleasing to see our athletes rise to the occasion to be the best they can be.

I read a quote from one of our Arena athletes today that said “Super happy with my half marathon PB! Best thing I did was to join Arena 80.. not only have I got faster but I have met some lovely fellow runners, a few of whom I huffed and puffed alongside today.. thank you guys”.

it pretty much sums up Arena 80.

Well done to all who took part and achieved their goals so onwards to the Brighton marathon then.

For Arena results: http://results.sporthive.com/events/6232162395931082240/races/402739/team/6241610078462793216

For full results: http://results.sporthive.com/events/6232162395931082240/races/402739

“We are what we have done and what we will do!” – Unknown