It’s a proud day for Arena 80 and two of our athletes as they have been chosen to represent England at the Masters Marathon.
Both Juliette Roberts in the V40 age category and Vicki Clarke in the V45 age category were chosen from their recent performances at the Brighton Marathon.
It’s come as quite a shock to Juliette as she was completely broken after struggling at the Brighton Marathon from mile 9 due to her hip locking but onwards she continued to finish the race with pure mental strength.
On hearing the news Juliette quoted ” I can’t quite work out whether this is some kind of cruel joke or a second chance – I even emailed the guy to say there must have been some mistake but he replied that they followed the correct selection process for those who had registered and he would see me in Chester. I have waited all my life for an England vest and come so close as a junior. Now as a vet it’s going to be in the marathon! Yours in disbelief”.
The website says:
Masters Athletes competing at the Brighton Marathon have qualified for the England Masters’ Marathon teams who will compete in the Chester Marathon next autumn.
Starting from Autumn 2016 the Bournemouth, Chester, Yorkshire, Brighton and Greater Manchester marathons have all provided masters athletes with the opportunity to represent England in the MBNA Chester Marathon on 8 October 2017.
Each of the five marathons act as a qualifying race, with the top five England Athletics registered runners in each masters age category at each race who have opted in to the qualifying system, guaranteeing themselves a place in the England team.
England Athletics Chief Executive Chris Jones commented, “We would like to congratulate each of the athletes who has qualified on their performances.
“The masters athletics scene is an integral part of the sport and we are delighted to give these athletes this opportunity.
“Bodies, such as the England Athletics Masters Association, provide a tremendous number of competitions for our masters athletes but we are delighted to be able to also offer this opportunity and show our support for these athletes.”
The link for the full script can be found here: http://www.englandathletics.org/england-athletics-news/masters-athletes-selected-from-brighton-marathon?nid=492&userId=-1
You can read more details about the England Athletics Age Group Marathon team at: http://www.englandathletics.org/athletes/england-athletics-team/road-running/england-age-group-marathon
From everyone here at Arena 80 we say congratulations to you both and look forward to seeing the pictures and reports in due course.