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: http://www.sportsystems.co.uk/ss/results/Brighton%20Phoenix%2010K/2947