Dave Arnold has got in touch with a lot of news… firstly of new member Jane Gant…
Jane Gant is now running under VR name (and not just the vest) and is onto a roll of PB’s for 10k.
We did Reigate 10k last Wednesday, it was hilly and the last km was in parkland, across grass and woodland paths so pretty slow. Jane PB’d in (think I’ve got his right) 49:35 (I got 41:20) and she then was 2 seconds faster at London 10k on Sunday although London course was longer than 10k (by Garmin measures!). (Unless of course Reigate was short but I don’t think so).. She’s progressing well!
At the last Prom 5k I was 14 seconds (and 1 place) behind Sid D. Still struggling to catch him…he too is on a roll!!
….and then he gets to an actual win! But done sitting down 😀
Last weekend (4th/5th) I won a race in a VR vest….although it wasn’t running!! At the Brighton Paddle round the Pier festival there was a competition to win a Kayak. Time trial qualification during the weekend, paddling the organisers kayaks (sit on type, not very speedy!) between two buoys. 4 to qualify for final on sunday. On my second attempt (with tide now unfavourable) I qualified by just 0.1 secs! , the slowest qualifier.The final was a le manns style beach start and race around a series of buoys. Despite a somewhat dodgy start I got into an early lead and was determined (you know how I am) to hang on, which I did, but only just!! There were some publicity shots by Perception, the kayak manufacturer, with me proudly sporting my VR vest.
Later that afternoon I was back at Heather Mill(McCartney)’s newly opened cafe in Hove. She was really chuffed that a vegan had won..she even wanted me in one of her T-shirts etc. Wanted to talk about future events, so she took my number!!!
ps prize was to keep the kayak we were using. But i’m looking to trade it up for a sea kayak. But I was well chuffed I can tell you!
as well you might be- congratulations Dave!