Arena 2019 parkrun series: Race 2 – Hove Prom
Salutations guys and welcome back to the second of the Parkrun Series race reviews, this time down at the breezy Hove Prom.
The attendance was once again good, especially considering the poor conditions, so well done to the 53 of you who braved the elements. Out of a total of 291 finishers, Arena made up 18.2% of the field, which is up from the 11% we composed at race 1 at Preston Park.
With windy conditions, it made it pretty difficult for anyone to gain any bonus points for breaking the parkrun age category records or Arena’s club records, and with some suspected timing issues, exact timings may be slightly off. However, several people did seem to manage PBs on the day, for which they gain the reward of a -1 bonus. Top work by Stella Cross, Jessamy Hibberd, Malcolm Roweth and Justin Dobbs!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t there to witness the racing, but by the looks of it Timmy G had another lonely race out front for the men as first finisher with a time of 17:17, and Helena Rooney came through as first finisher for the women with a time of 20:51.
However, as it was an age graded race, it was all about percentages, and Caroline Wood achieved an excellent 84.5% (21:08 finishing time) to gain the first place point. Jenny Hughes gained second spot with 77.5% (24:01), and Yvonne Patrick the third spot with 75.3% (25:24). Well done ladies.
For the chaps, Michael Rix’s age grading score of 79.2% (18:20) gained him first place and the one point. In second place was Dan Vaughan with 76.6% (18:48), and in third place in the age grading standings with an extraORDENary run is John Orden, finishing in 33rd place overall with a time of 21:31, but more importantly an age grading of 75.8%. Top work chaps.
As mentioned, as there were only a few PBs achieved on the day, therefore PB pie was looking particularly unappetising, so for this race’s statistical serving, I have decided to open up bag of (baby)Bell Curves!
For those of you who dislike pointless statistics, you may want to stop reading now. But for those stat lovers, the men’s performances produced a not very pleasingly shaped distribution curve. Around 62% of the men were within one standard deviation of the mean of 67.4%, which suggests a reasonably but not significantly closely matched set of results.
However, for the ladies, the distribution of performances served up a slightly nicer shaped performance curve (although still not the classic bell). Their average age grading equated to 69.4%, and with 79% of runners (all but 3) within one standard deviation from the mean. This suggests that the ladies’ performances were not wildly different to one another and therefore they are more closely matched with one another than the men.
So what else can we draw from these stats? Well very little I’m afraid. So perhaps that should be the bell end (ahem) and we should bring back the pies for the next race!
With all that in mind, I’m sure you are again wondering what the series overall scores are?
Well, after round 2 the tables are showing Helen Rooney grab top spot off Dani T with 6 points overall, Katie Wright moves up from 4th to 2nd with 9 points, and Rachel Burgess also move up from 7th to 3rd with 10 points. Great stuff girls.
For the guys, Michael Rix leapfrogs Timmy G to take no.1 spot, whilst Timmy now also has to put up with Dan V sitting on his lap, as they both have 7 points.
Women’s series standings:
Men’s series standings:
It’s an administratively pleasing no change with the Hove Prom parkrun records, but to refresh your memory, these are:
Hove Promenade parkrun Men
1 Richard Clayton 2018 16m 01s
2 Timmy Gedin 2016 16m 28s
3 Luan Huynh 2016 16m 29s
4 Al Silvester 2016 16m 34s
5 Anthony Snelling 2018 16m 39s
1 Paul Gasson – 83.22%
2 Mats Gedin – 82.47%
3 Dan Vaughan – 82.38%
4 Michael Rix – 82.33%
5 Richard Clayton – 81.48%
Hove Promenade parkrun Women
1 Emily Proto 2016 17m 53s
=2 Caroline Hoyte 2015 17m 59s
=2 Tara Shanahan 2018 17m 59s
4 Emily Hutchinson 2016 18m 31s
5 Maisie Trafford 2017 18m 47s
1 Caroline Wood – 91.47%
2 Tara Shanahan – 91.01%
3 Chris Naylor – 90.92%
4 Nicky Yeates – 88.65%
5 Caroline Hoyte – 88.32%
Next stop Bevendean on the 11th May, and back to a position scoring race, so start practising the hill running and rabbit hole dodging, and see you up there to embrace the joys of spring!
p.s. as always feel free to highlight any inaccuracies / omissions with the results and I’ll be sure to get the dedicated backroom staff to rectify them for the next race.
Arena 2019 parkrun series: Race 2 – Hove Prom