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: http://arena80.co.uk/club-records/
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.