Arena 80 offically confirmed as the Harvey Curtis Cup team champions for 2017

News just in from our ladies road racing captain Tara Shanahan

We’ve just had confirmation that Arena are the Harvey Curtis team winners of the Brighton 10k. Although we had already won the title its very satisfying to have scored 1st in all 6 races!

As Ladies Captain I have to point out that 85% of the scorers across the series were female. Although some people scored in multiple races its great to see so many different runners contributing.

Hats off to Caroline Hoyte, Dani Tarleton, Juliette Roberts, Katherine O’Hara, Soulla Wright, Emily Proto, Caroline Wood, Nicky Yeates, Emma Habba, Helen Moss, Rebecca Knights, Maisie Lilly, Laura Mckinnon-Clark, Helena Rooney, and myself, and for the men Richard Clayton, James Dicks, Del Wallace & Anthony Snelling. And of course to anybody who ran in any of the races preventing other clubs’ runners from scoring higher. We also have 5 runners in the top 10 overall Dani, Katherine, Soulla, & Juliette, and me. Congratulations to you all and spend your Run vouchers wisely! And in the masters we have 7 in the top 10 with Emma Habba & Nicky Yeates in addition to the 5 in the overall top 10. On top of all of that the Masters Champ was also Tara Shanahan.

A superb team effort from the club as champions in 2016 and now 2017, such an incredible achievement from everyone involved with the races over the year and how proud you should all feel being a part of this. What a way to top off of 2017.

Get to know…Vicki Clark

For this week’s chosen club member we are joined by one of our longer serving members Vicki Clark, who is celebrating her 20 year anniversary with Arena 80. Although she now lives in Meads Village near Eastbourne, back in the day she was an active competitive member of the club, racing most weekends and winning many team medals. She was the Senior & U20 Women’s XC Team Manager for 8 years and currently works on an ad-hoc basis at the London Marathon. She has worked at American Express for 20 years and feels privileged that her work takes her to New York often where running in Central Park on a Sunday Morning at 7am is a joy. Vicki is still holds 5th place in the Arena women’s club records for her fine 10 mile run as a V40 at Portsmouth in 2010 with a time of 63.13 so truly a class athlete for Arena. You can still see Vicki donning the blue vest of Arena at some of the big races and even more so at the XC league races. I know Arena 80 has brought her a lot of pleasure over the years so let’s hear more from her.

1. When and why did you join Arena: 
It was about 1997. I was a member of Seaford Striders for about 4 years and moved across to Arena as they had a strong female section. Nothing much has changed in 20 years then 😉

2. How long have you been running:
For about 26 years. I shared a house with my friend who was an England Hockey Player when I first left University and went to work in London. We used to train together and she got me in to running. It was something I could do easily after work to keep my fitness up.

3. Where did you grow up:
Seaford. I’ll never ever leave the Sussex Coast. It’s beautiful.

4. What got you into running:
For the reasons above.

5. What do you consider to be your greatest race?
For me it’s all about times so my 37:05 at Chichester 10km in 2007 and my 1:23 at Reading Half Marathon followed by 3:06 London Marathon both in 2009. They both felt incredibly comfortable. Those types of races only come around a few times in your competitive career but when they do, it feels amazing.

6. How different was the running scene back when you started to how it is today:
Less women competitively ran and all of us were running gadget free and guessing pace and mileage. Seemed to work just fine.

7. Did you do other sports in your earlier days as well as running:
I was the sporty kid at school and competed in pretty much every ball sport. I was Sussex Hockey Captain from age 15 to 18, trained with the England U18 squad but unfortunately never got an official cap. I also played Tennis for Sussex U16’s and dabbled in Triathlon and Duathlon when I had more time to train and not such a demanding career like now. I’ll go back to Triathlon when I retire.

8. Any thoughts on the modern-day Arena, has anything changed:
*See below.

9. Who were the faces on the running scene back then:
There were some phenomenal Sussex based women in the 1990’s. Libby Jones, Julia Armstrong and Tracy Owen dominated road racing. They were the girls I aspired to be as fast as. Then Julie Briggs, Caroline Hoyte, Lynn Williams and Holly Wheeler (all Arena 80) ruled a little later for years in Sussex. Two of them still do!

10. Who is your sporting hero:
Helen Glover. Not only is she a phenomenal rower, she is an exceptional all round athlete. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her and she is also annoyingly happy, chatty and friendly.

11. What do you think has been your life’s major sporting achievement:
Unquestionably when myself, Julie Briggs and Louise Vallier won the Women’s Team Marathon Championships in London 2009. We had all trained so hard and although we were running for individual times we knew we could potentially get the 1st team prize if Julie and Louise both ran sub 3 hour marathons and I could run a sub 3hr 7min marathon. We did it!

12. What’s been your favourite brand of sportswear:
For those that know me, I love a good quality brand! Some of my favourites are Falke Ergonomic, GORE, Under Armour, Castelli and Sugoi. I spend far too much money on kit but you can never have enough right?

13. What’s something that you aren’t:

14. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I was a contestant on a 1980’s children’s programme hosted by Johnny Ball called ‘Secret’s Out’ at the age of 12. Famous for 5 minutes.

15. You’re running freely up on the hills, what’s playing in your earphones:
I love 80’s music as it reminds me of such happy times. I’m also partial to a bit of Fat Boy Slim when running.

16. What were you like at school:
Very sporty and VERY competitive! That’s not changed much. I’ve just learnt to tone down my competitiveness a bit!

17. Tell us about something you would happily do again:
I would happily clean my car over and over and over again. I find it quite therapeutic. Weird I know.

18. Is there anything that you are scared of:
I’m slightly scared of horses. I used to ride and got thrown off a horse when I was about 14. I then realised how strong and unpredictable they can be and feel myself getting a bit nervous when I’m out on my bike in the countryside and then see one on the road in the distance. They have minds of their own. One threw its rider after being scared by runners at the Barnes Green Half Marathon many years ago and it went crazy. It took an Arena 80 member to bring it back under control but I don’t remember who that was. Anyone remember?

19. What advice would you give to your younger self:
I don’t know if I was sufficiently grateful when I was younger, but I am now. I think as you get older you do realise how lucky you are.

20. When are you at your happiest:
We stay in a small fishing village called Portixol in Mallorca a few times a year and to wake up on a summer’s morning, throw open the balcony doors and to be able to hear nothing apart from small fishing boats leaving the harbour is just heaven. Also when we are there our lives are not dictated by time and that makes me really happy.

Our biggest thanks to Vicki for her Q&A’s this week and we hope that you feel that you have now got to know Vicki a little better. Check back next Wednesday for another set of Q&A’s with our chosen club member.

Arena doing well after race 2 of the SXC League.

Women’s cross country

After race 2 of the Sussex cross country league the Arena women are having a strong start to the season in both the senior races and the VET’s races. Our senior team have moved up from 2nd place to 1st place after race 2 with the Vet’s consolidating pole position.

The pick of the runs came from Maisy Trafford who kept a cool calm and relaxed head on her to take 3rd spot as she overtook the Horsham runner in the closing stages of the race to take a very good 3rd place in a time of 19.00 dead.

Our 2nd Arena home came from the ever present stalwart that is Tara Shanahan. Tara was 15th overall but placed as a 2nd place VET in a time of 20.46.

Completing the trio as third lady home was Katherine O’Hara who was almost in doubt at one point as to whether she could race this one. However race it she did and coming home in 32nd overall but 6th in the VET’s race.

It was great to see some of the new faces to Arena coming out for this and getting a flavour of the XC league races so big shout out to Katy Wright, Cat Silvester and Fiona Bugler on their XC debuts.

Men’s cross country

The men’s A team came 6th in Division 1 on the day, which means that after 2 events we remain a solid 5th. The B team came 5th in Div 3, and are now 7th after 2 events.

The first of the Arena men home came from Alex Jago and nice to see him do what he has been threatening to do for a while and put in a superb effort at this race. Alex was 34th home in a time of 30.50. Alex took some notable scalps so he should be pleased on a job well done out there.

Second man home for Arena came from Gary McKivett, 37th in a time of 30.57 and right behind Alex. Again nice to see Gary making in-roads with his running having been out for quite a while with injury.

The third man home for Arena came from Timmy Gedin in 41st place in a time of 31.11. A really solid performance from all of our men and consolidating mid table is a real boost going into race 3.

A great start for all of our athletes who have taken part over the 2 races. There is certainly no lack of enthusiasm from our teams and the camaraderie amongst bot the men and the women really s second to none. If you have had a chance to flavour this yet then put yourself forward for the next race on Saturday December 2nd at Lancing.

The women’s race starts at 14:05 and is 5k with the men starting at 14.35 over 8k. It’s at Lancing Manor Leisure Centre (BN15 0PH). Please speak to our Captains Dani Tarleton and Dan Vaughan if you are interested in this.

Full results can be found here:

Senior Women

Team 1 2 3 4 Points
Division 1
1 Arena 80 ‘A’ 50 83 133
2 Chichester ‘A’ 45 104 149
3 Lewes ‘A’ 87 72 159

Veteran Women

Pos Team 1 2 3 4 Points
1 Arena 80 10 15 25
2 Hailsham 13 25 38
3 Lewes 38 37 75


Senior Men
Pos Team 1 2 3 4 Points
Division 1
1 Brighton & Hove 73 57 130
2 Brighton Phoenix 142 77 219
3 Lewes 161 104 265
4 Haywards Heath 107 184 291
5 Arena 80 281 267 548

3rd cross country league race, Lancing – Saturday 2nd December

A message from our captains Dan Vaughan & Dani Tarleton 

Arena Men

The 3rd cross country league race is at Lancing on Saturday 2nd December. The race starts at 14:35. It’s at Lancing Manor Leisure Centre (BN15 0PH). It’s a great course, and we could do with as many of us as possible to cement our position in Division 1 ahead of the final fixture in February. Can you please let Dan Vaughan know if you intend to make it.

ALSO, the club are expected to provide some race marshals for this event. We don’t host our own race, but we do contribute to the xc league’s success by helping out each year at Lancing. It would be very much appreciated if you could volunteer your services. If you intend to run, then you could perhaps get there early and help marshal the junior races? If you are not wanting to run, but could turn up to marshal that would be fantastic. Let Dan know and he will provide further details. Message Dan via Facebook or by club email.

Arena Ladies

So far so good and we find ourselves in a very strong position after the first two races so let’s keep this up with a good turn out for the 3rd league race at Lancing on Saturday 2nd December at usual time of 14.05 pm. Usual distance of 5k with one hill (all be it a fairly long one!).
Can you please let Dani know if you would like to run. As always everyone is welcome.  



Get to know…Rachael Woolston

For this weeks chosen club member we are joined by the very lovely Rachael Woolsten. Rachael joined us over two years ago and was part of this year’s winning Arena women’s South Downs Relay Team. If she’s not running with Arena, she’s training women through her business, Girls Run the World or writing about running & health for magazines and newspapers. Rachael has certainly been a great asset to the lady’s team since joining the club and is much respected amongst her peers. I’m sure you all know her face so let’s find out a little more about this very cool, calm character, over to you Ms Woolston.

1. When and why did you join Arena:
I can’t actually remember, probably because my attendance is bit off and on but I think it was about two years ago. I joined because I was spending so much time coaching others, I wanted some time for my own training and for someone to tell me what to do!

2. How long have you been running:
Since 2000. I went to work in Sydney and was so inspired by the landscape and weather, I started getting up every morning to run along the coastal path or through the city. I was hooked on running from then on but more as a way to explore as I travelled than anything more serious than that.

3. Where did you grow up:
Initially Shirley, just outside Croydon and then near Bromley.

4. What’s the first thing you notice about somebody:
Their shoes. I love a nice pair of shoes. Or trainers.

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
Travelling if I have the money, otherwise, cooking, mountain biking, open water swimming, or anything else where i’m outdoors and active.

6. What’s the one song that gets you up out of your chair:
Anything that Gilles Petersen plays at 3pm on Saturday on BBC Radio 6. If i’m in public, nothing gets me out of my chair unless I’m drunk.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again:
Run in the mountains of the Himalayas. I went to write a magazine article about the development of women’s running in India, and my contact in Mumbai also mentored young runners in mountain villages around Kalimpong which is near Darjeeling.  I decided to travel up there and spent four days meeting and running with them. It was an incredible experience.

8. What are the three most used apps on your phone:
Sadly, Instagram (it’s work, honest!) , the weather app, DarkSky, which is very accurate (depressingly so, if you have to get up early in the morning to train others outdoors!) and IMuscle2 by 3D4Medical which I’m always telling my clients to get (it’s free and if you’re a runner, you should get it too!)

9. Who is your sporting hero:
I was fortunate enough to meet Katherine Switzer, who was the first woman to run the Boston marathon back in the 1970s. She’s pretty inspiring.  But at the risk of sounding cheesy, my real heroines are the women I run with – amazing, inspiring women who juggle work, kids, and all the other things life throws at them and still get out to train. And they’re still super fast!

10. What would be your perfect evening out:
Running, mountain-biking or skiing while the sun goes down before going to a country pub with a huge fire, stunning food and delicious red wine. And not having to worry about how we were going to get home.

11. What’s the best thing about living in Brighton:
The sea and the Downs.

12. What’s something you aren’t:
chilled! I’m working on it!

13. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go:
I couldn’t decide on one single place, I LOVE travelling. Big passions for me at the mo are Myanmar before it changes completely and Ethiopia.

14. Tell me about someone you really admire:
Tom, my partner. He’s always happy and so positive.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I won the veteran women’s Mumbai marathon and ended up hanging out backstage with the elite athletes before being presented a gold medal on stage in front of hundreds of thousands. It was great because I was travelling alone and so when I crossed the finish line, I’d felt a bit deflated at not having anyone to share the run with! (p.s I wasn’t fast, there just weren’t that many women running!)

16. Do you fear anything:
Being bored.

17. What has been your biggest achievement in your life so far:  
I’m not sure I’d count anything as my biggest achievement. There’s always something else that inspires me to try.

18. What gives you a high:
Being outdoors, running or cycling or swimming at sunrise or sunset.

19. Have you got something that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away:
A manuscript. I wrote the draft of a novel ten years ago. It was harder than any track session! It languishes under my bed and somewhere in the future, a long time from now, I hope I’ll be able to use what I learned from writing that to write something else.

20. Where is your one favourite place that you love to be:  
More a state of mind than a place, feeling inspired.

Our biggest thanks to Rachael for her Q&A’s this week and we hope that you feel that you have now got to know Rachael a little better. Check back next Wednesday for another set of Q&A’s with our chosen club member.

*New* Arena 80 social – Saturday 2 December 2017

*New* Arena 80 social 

As the winter months are drawing in and its getting cold and dark, Danny and I thought it was a good idea to introduce our next social event – a Pool Social (not of the swimming pool type!)

Date: Saturday 2 December 2017

Time: 6.30-9pm

Location: Castle Snooker club, 22 Castle Street, Brighton, BN1 2HD

Cost: £Free. Arena 80 will pay for the cost of the tables and membership, you just need to have money for food and drink. 

Format: It is a friendly, low key pool tournament.  With 4 people per table, you will play doubles and you will rotate after every game so that everyone gets a chance to play against each other. 

Numbers: For this first social event we would like to gauge interest, so we will need to cap the amount of people that can play. 

Please email before 19th November if you would like to attend, it will be on a first come, first serve basis and offered to Arena members only. Even if you don’t want to play then come along for a social evening anyway, the more the merrier.

Thanks Holly and Danny

Southern Cross Country Championships at Stanmer Park, 27th January 2018

Southern Cross Country Championships at Stanmer Park on the 27th Jan 2018

If any of our Arena men would like to take part in this event then please can you let Gary McKivett know as he will be putting a block entry in for this. Either let him know by responding to the email that was sent out or adding your comment to the Facebook post.

It’s 15k around the glorious Stanmer Park and should be about a 14:50 start time.

The deadline for entry is the 15th December but Gary will be looking to do a block entry a few days prior.

It would be great to see a wave of blue at Stanmer on the 27th January.

You will need an EA number and be 1st claim with Arena. 

Thanks Gary McKivett

The first West Sussex Fun Run League fixture of 2018

A message from our WSFRL reps.

Hi everyone.

Another date for your diaries: the first West Sussex Fun Run League fixture of 2018 will be the Goring Roadrunners ‘Hangover 5’, ( taking place at 11:30 on New Year’s Day. It’s a five-mile off-road race from Hill Barn in Worthing (there is also a one-mile race starting at 11:00), and is the perfect way to burn off those excess calories acquired during the festive season.

The entry fee is a mere £3 (or £5 on the day). If you’re interested in this healthy dose of endorphins to start 2018, please e-mail Anne Miners ( and she’ll provide you with her bank account details.

All the best, Shawn.