The first long race of the year hit the streets of Worthing for the 2016 half marathon.
The weather was fairly kind to the runners except for the stiff headwind in the final 3 miles to the finish line. Some 1500 took to the start line for this race with many using this as a benchmark to see how they were doing as a lead up to the Brighton and London Marathon.
Arena had a good turnout for this race with 21 club members taking to the streets. It was to be a great day for a few of the Arena clan with no less than 4 PBs to show for their efforts. So we must say a massive well done to the first Arena runner home James Gladman on his new PB of 1.22.53 taking some 2.5 mins off his previous best and coming home in 30th place of the 1471 finishers. James’ main focus is for the Brighton Marathon where he is hoping to go sub 3.15 and on this current form could well achieve it.
Next up is the man who has been chasing his dream of a sub 1.30 for what would seem a lifetime but it all came good for him on the day and Trevor Day now joins the sub 1.30 club with his new PB of 1.29.34. He came into the race a little under the weather so really wasn’t expecting a good race but he took it by the scruff of the neck and gave it a shot. Nice day for a run Trevor.
The next PB went to the very in form Kristina Hine with her new PB of 1.39.50. To see this girls rise over the last year and to see how far she has come should be an inspiration to us all. Kristina has proved that if you work hard at the track and put in quality training during the week then the dividends will pay off and that it has. There is still more to come from Kristina this year I’m sure and a few more PBs surely to come out of this year.
The last PB of the day goes to Nicky Yeates who in the F55 category is another member who always gives 100% at the training sessions and so great to see her achieve her new PB of 1.43.49. This lady has still got so much more potential for this year and another one who has a few more PBs in her sights.
Well done to all Arena members that took part and also some fine results even if they didn’t quite get a PB on the day but the year is still young and we look forward to the Brighton Half on the 28th February and if the weather is kind enough again let’s hope to read about a few more PBs.
Photos courtesy of Daniel Cartledge.