The final Super Series race ends with a PB fest.

The final Super Series race for 2017 – Brighton and Hove parkrun – age grading.

What a way to end the year and the final race of the year. It was fair to say that it was a very cold and icy affair although try telling that to Tris Sharp, apart from that the conditions couldn’t have been any better with bright sunshine and no wind. Arena did not turn up shy to this parkrun with no less than 65 of our members swamping the park with blue vest’s a plenty. Always such a wonderful sight when you look around the course to see the Arena vests dotted about the park.

In terms of the normal parkrun race, the Arena men placed 6 men in the top 10 and 11 in the top 20.

First Arena man was this year’s Super Series winner Richard Clayton who was 2nd in a time of 17.24 followed by Anthony Snelling 17.28 in 3rd place and Jim Risdale was third Arena man in 4th place in 17.49.

The Arena ladies placed 7 ladies in the top 10 and 13 in the top 20.

For the ladies it was Caroline Hoyte who led the pack from the start and was 1st lady home in 19.01. She was closely followed in by Dani Tarleton in 2nd place in 19.13 and very closely behind her was Tara Shanahan who was 3rd lady home in 19.20.

I would just like to mention those members that managed PB’s out there but lord knows how they managed it in those tricky conditions so it makes it a little more impressive.

The first of the bunch goes to Anthony Snelling in a time of 17.28 which beat his previous best of 17.40 set way back in March 2015 (where have you been hiding Mr Snelling?).

The next one goes to Kevin Meegan with his new time of 18.37. This beats his 18.42 set in March this year.

Our XC ladies captain came in with a superb 19.13 beating her previous best of 19.14 set way back in January 2014. I think she’s been hanging out with Anthony Snelling myself.

Next on the list is Steve McNealy as he makes a rare appearance or an annual outing but took a fine 19.36 beating his 19.41 set almost 2 years ago to the day, so looking forward to another one this time next year Steve.

Emma Habba fancied a little bit of the glory train so pushed herself to a new PB in 21.55 beating her 22.04 set in January 2017.

And the PB train just keeps on rolling with the next one coming from Neil Fulkes with his time of 22.10 taking a big 54 seconds of from his previous best set in September so a man moving in the right direction.

The last one goes to a very in-form Lorraine Hale as she places a great 23.03 on the mantel piece and removes the 23.13 which has been there since September this year.

However today was all about the percentages and not the fastest times so we were probably looking at our more long-term established athletes to be making their mark on the results and so it was.

Arena 80 took 9 of the top 10 places or 18 of the top 20 places in the age grading results at this parkrun.

Top of the tree was Chris Naylor with 88.41% followed by Caroline Hoyte with 85.19% and completing the top 3 was Nicky Yeates with 84.72%

For the men, well it was never in doubt, as it was that man Paul Gasson who came home with the golden ticket with a 79.57% grading. Andrew Bargery took 2nd place with 76.19% and completing the top 3 was Andy Payne with 76.17%.

With the results now concluded for this year’s Super Series the

Top 5 men 2017: 2016 places in brackets:
1st Richard Clayton – 6pts – (2nd 2016)
2nd Anthony Snelling – 11pts – (5th 2016)
3rd Al Silvester – 12pts – (3rd 2016)
4th Michael Barker – 15 pts – (38th 2016)
5th Jon Bowditch – 18pts – (17th 2016)

Top 5 women are:
1st Tara Shanahan – 8pts – (1st 2016)
2nd Dani Tarleton – 11pts – (4th 2016)
3rd Caroline Wood – 15pts – (2nd 2016)
4th Soulla Wright – 20pts – (unplaced)
5th Jenny Hughes – 21 pts – (3rd 2016)

Huge congratulations to both Richard and Tara on an awesome display of top class running over a continuous 12 months and very worthy of their 1st places.

Tara retains her title from 2016 with Richard Clayton taking top spot having been pipped in 2016 by 1 point.

Biggest climbers in the top 5 coming from Michael Barker up to 4th place from 38th in 2016 and Soulla Wright who didn’t show for 2016 so makes her debut for 2017 with a fine 4th place.

For the secondary point’s competition of accumulated points over the year the winners are:

The men’s winner is Jon Bowditch with 137pts. Jon has only missed 1 race out of the 18 which is a lot of dedication to the Super Series challenge.

The ladies winner goes to Tara Shanahan with 179pts. Tara has done all but 3 of the challenges which again shows dedication to her running. Congratulations to you both.

The full results can be found here:

The Super Series challenge for 2018 will see the return of the 12 events series. No dates have been fully confirmed as of yet.

The Super Series challenge will be made up of all of the 6 Harvey Curtis Event plus 5 Arena 80 club events consisting of: Track 3k, Beacon 6k, Adur Challenge, Hill Challenge, Hove Park parkrun age graded.

Lastly the Sussex Road Relays with the best 6 to count for Super Series Champ.

All the parkruns have been removed except for our historical age graded at Hove Park as the end of year finale.

We would just like to thank Danny Cartledge for all his hard work involved with the Super Series and getting the results and tables out to us so quickly. It’s no easy task if not time-consuming at times so a big thank you from all the Arena members Danny.

Roll on the Super Series for 2018.