Brighton Half Marathon 2017. Arena continue with successes.

For once the Brighton Half Marathon didn’t lay on it’s usual blue sky and calm winds instead we were offered a damp misty affair with a fairly stiff SW wind to battle with however the show must go on and so it did. it was another 8000 plus runners taking to this annual event which for the first time included a wheelchair race of 8 quality participants.

The course record for the men is held by Paul Martelletti – 64.53 set in 2016.
The course record for the women was held by Leigh Lattimore – 75:52 also set in 2016

2017 – The first man home today was Jonathan Tipper of Kent AC in 68.37
2017 – The first lady home today was Eleanor Davis of Newquay Road Runners in 74.26 who set a new course record.

What of our Arena athletes I hear you ask, well the first man home  was that man Al Silvester who again looked very strong and impressive. Al placed 33rd in a time of 75.31 just 31 seconds from his PB.

 Second man home and what an epic battle it was in the last mile of the race was the very inform Dan Vaughan who slowly but surely reeled in the distance from Anthony Snelling to take 2nd Arena man. Dan bought it home in 77.56 and just 23 seconds outside of his PB. Dan was also 10th in the O40 category.

Anthony Snelling was 3rd Arena man home and proved again that he is well up there amongst the teams best. Anthony was another man close to his best time and came home in 78.13 and 34 seconds outside of his PB.

Of the Arena women we must say a huge congratulations to Emily Proto who took a fantastic 2nd place today. Emily looked in a fighting and determined mood out there and still looked full of running at mile 11.5. Emily was pushed hard by the lady in 3rd place, Sarah Hill, who had previously beaten Emily in 2015 so it was honours even and good to see that Emily’s almost religious and regimented training regime came to the fore today to bring her home in 81.27.

Second lady home and a superb 10th overall for the ladies was Tara Shanahan who really is in mustard form with a new PB time of 87.06 and smashed her previous best set back in 2015 which was 91.41.

Third lady home was her partner in crime Dani Tarleton who also took a brilliant 11th place for the women’s race in her time of 87.26 and just 9 seconds off her previous best. Tara and Dani were also placed 4th and 5th respectively in the O40’s category. 

Other athletes worthy of note and congratulations go to Nicky Yeates who placed 8th in the O50’s women in a new PB time of 1.40.11.

Soulla Wright taking 3 minutes off her previous best of 91.34 and now down to 88.14. I’m not sure what she was listening too in her headphones but she was definitely bouncing to the beat.

Lucy Anderson who took a massive chunk of her PB which stood at 1.59.13 but after today can now proudly sit with 1.45.58 a whole 11 minutes off – wow.

At the time of writing I haven’t seen all the results but I’m pretty sure there were quite a few other PB’s that also went down today.

We should say a big thank you and well done to our volunteers at the Peace Statue, not only did they do such a great job in keeping things moving smoothly down there but also the support they gave to, not only to the Arena massive but also to the other runners participating as well. It was Arena at their very best and again the camaraderie amongst them is second to none.

All in all we can say it was a very successful day for Arena 80 which ever way you look at it and so pleasing to see our athletes rise to the occasion to be the best they can be.

I read a quote from one of our Arena athletes today that said “Super happy with my half marathon PB! Best thing I did was to join Arena 80.. not only have I got faster but I have met some lovely fellow runners, a few of whom I huffed and puffed alongside today.. thank you guys”.

it pretty much sums up Arena 80.

Well done to all who took part and achieved their goals so onwards to the Brighton marathon then.

For Arena results:

For full results:

“We are what we have done and what we will do!” – Unknown

Brighton Half Marathon Sunday 26th February, Arena out in numbers

The first of the big races in Brighton starts this Sunday.

The Arena train has a full load with as many as 40 (and counting) athletes taking part in this event this year. This, being a fairly flat course, normally lends itself to many of our athletes getting some pretty good times and many PB’s have also jumped on board the train as well.

Arena had 57 athletes turn out for the Brighton Half Marathon in 2016 and of those 57 there were 26 new PB’s which is some turn out and some top running to score so many PB’s

Arena have provided 20 plus marshals at the Peace Statue area and will have a great view of our athletes going outbound and inbound on their journey.

Runbrighton have provided the pacemakers for this event and Arena are proud that they have used 7 of the 10 pacers from Arena 80:
Emily Hutchinson: 1hr 30
Andy Waters: 1hr 45
Rick Evans & Stephen Whitehurst: 2 hr
Daz Avery: 2hr 15
Chris Arnold & Brigitte Groves: 2hr 30

It’s a wonderful thing that we, as a club, give back to our sport and so pleasing to see so many of our club members giving up their time both by helping or pacing at this event. 

Katherine OHara 1st Arena lady 2016.

We look forward to seeing the blue train leaving the station with a full load and showing Brighton what a fantastic club we belong to.

Good luck to everyone taking part and we wish you all a great race.

The first three Arena men home in 2016 were:
James ‘Dixie’ Dicks 1:16:25 – New PB
Gary Mckivett 1:16:37 – New PB
Richard Clayton 1:18:01 – New PB

The first three Arena women home in 2016 were:
Katherine O`Hara 1:26:45 – New PB
Dani Tarleton 1:27:17 – New PB
Emily Hutchinson 1:29:24

Meet your pacers:

The Course:

Brighton Half Marathon home page:

Get to know…Anthony Snelling

For this weeks choice in the ‘Get to know’ series we are joined by Anthony Snelling. If you haven’t spoken to Anthony you will have certainly raced with him at some point. Anthony will always be up amongst the leading pack and you can guarantee that if there is an Arena team event then Anthony will be there to bag the club some points. He had a great year in 2016 and his running just got better and better with some fine results to look back on in 2016. Anthony placed 5th in the club’s Super Series challenge for 2016 and he also even managed to grace the men’s club records in the form of the Hove Prom parkrun in late December to round off a great year. Now let’s find out a little more about One Mr Snelling.

Name: Anthony Snelling

1. When and why did you join Arena:
It was early 2014 and I had started working for Peter Knee as a Draughtsman. I’d signed up for the Brighton Marathon and Pete suggested i come along to a track session to help improve my running.

2. How long have you been running:
Since Dutch Renne poked my stomach sometime in 2012 and suggested i cut down on the beer. 

3. Where did you grow up:
Seaford mainly. Although I felt I grew up properly when I left – it’s a small place.

4. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go:
I’d love to go to Japan again and Iceland – they were incredible!

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your time:
Currently its all about impending babies and kitchen renovations but I still love going to gigs and the cinema. I really should get re-acquainted with the pub too.

6. What would you say to your younger self:
After divulging the secrets of time travel I would say nothing and let myself get on with it.

7. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be:
Probably the last thing I ate… an N’Duja Pizza from Fatto a Mano.

8. What are you most proud of in your life: 
In order of importance: South Downs Way relay 1st place B Team trophy,  meeting Suzanne, tricking Suzanne into marrying me, starting a family (nearly there!).

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Paula Radcliffe after watching her highly emotional last marathon.

10. What is your favourite album ever: 
There is so many. I dearly love Paul Simon’s Graceland album but Arcade Fire’s Funeral really hits a different spot.

11. Do you have any phobias: 
Heights and overly decorated cup-cakes.

12. What makes you happy:
Margot my cat playing with her stick.

13. What do you consider to be the biggest world event of your lifetime:
Trump and the time Margot went missing for 56 hours.

14. Who is your inspiration:
Margot and the many great athletes at Arena.

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
My band Mars Lander had zero top ten singles and almost 800 plays on MySpace.

16. What’s the one thing you can’t live without:

17. What is the hardest thing you ever had to do: 
Physically, mile 20 of the 2014 and 2015 Brighton Marathon. So much cramp!

18. What us the best TV theme song ever:
Round the Twist.

19. What were you like at school:
Irritating, non compliant, likeable, underacheiver.

20. What’s the last book you read:
The Birth Partner and Jo Nesbo – The Redbreast.

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

David kemp we salute you! 250 and counting.

It was a very special parkrun at Hove Park this week for one of our Arena 80 athletes. We should be very proud to have amongst us at our Arena, one Mr David kemp. One of the true modern-day 
gentlemen and one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

David reached the giddy heights of 250 parkruns this weekend at Hove Park and did it in the way he is most accustomed too by pacing round the 24 minute group. You will very often see David giving back to the running community by volunteering as a pacemaker for the various parkruns in Brighton & Hove.

A very unselfish athlete who upholds the image of Arena 80 by always trying to give something back to our sport, indeed David is a very accomplished athlete in his own right but for today we must say congratulations and well done on such a remarkable milestone. Here’s to the next 250 David and thank you from parkrun and the running community alike, we’re proud to have you associated with Arena 80.

The sun came out and so did the Arena PB’s at parkrun.

With an early sign of spring showing its face at parkrun today and so the Areneez  came out to play. It was another day filled with personal best’s from our athletes.

With some Arena crew having one eye on next weeks Brighton Half Marathon, this was a good time to check in with a little speed work for next week.

Ricky Coleman

At Hove Park parkrun some 444 runners took to the start line and the man for Arena down there was Ricky Coleman who ran home in 9th place and took a new PB with his time of 18.54.

A trip over to Preston Park parkrun saw a small crowd of 452 gather down there. I’m surprised there was even room to move at the start line. Moved they did though and we had three of our athletes holding their hands aloft in triumph with their new PB’s.
First off was Chris Keene who was 32nd overall but pushed his PB time to 20.18.
The Arena ladies were also in tow and the dynamic duo of Nicky Yeates and Angeline Smy were again working each other and egging each other on for this race and both bagged new PB’s. Nicky Yeates was 7th lady home with her PB of 21.40 and Angelina Smy was 9th lady home in her new PB of 22.09.

Sunglasses and sun cream were required for Hove Prom parkrun this morning along with 264 runners attending this.
Dan Vaughan had already posted in the Arena FB page that he was looking for some company to try to chase a PB time and the way he is currently running, few would have bet against him not getting it. A sea of blue greeted the runners along with the sea of blue vests as many turned up to help Dan Vaughan on his quest. Michael Barker was the man to keep Dan company for his run and we are pleased to say that not only did Dan Vaughan get his PB but he also improved on his own age grading record for this event to keep him very securely in 2nd place, not far behind Paul Gasson. Dan was 3rd home in a new PB time of 17.13 with his age grading moving from 81% to 82.38%. A man who really is in very fine form and has proved that he can cope with all distances at present. Dan has the London Marathon as his main goal in a few weeks time and we wish him well for that and our fingers are crossed that he finally gets the target time he has worked so hard for over this winter.

The men’s new age grading records for Hove Prom now look like this:
Age grading
1 Paul Gasson – 83.10%
2 Dan Vaughan 82.38%
3 Kevin Lowe – 80.17%
4 Andy Payne – 80.14%
5 Al Silvester – 80.08%

Of the other Arena athlete’s running today, well Michael Barker equalled his PB for this event in a time of 17.27 and came home in 4th place but great company for Dan though.

David Gifford

Jonathan Britten

David Gifford in 9th place also secured a PB with his new time of 18.23 and completing the line up was Jonathan Britten, who was 54th with his new PB time of 21.58.

Congratulations to all those that achieved their PB’s today and well done to all of our athletes who ran and for flying the flag of Arena 80.

Next week is the big one, so Good Luck to all those running the Brighton Half Marathon and the Arena Volunteers will be at The Peace Statue to cheer you on.

Men’s half marathon club records get a bashing.

It seems that never a week goes by where we don’t hear of Arena athletes breaking new ground with PBs but this week we had a treat with an assault on the club Half Marathon records.

It was Half Marathon weekend for many at Arena 80 but for two of our athletes it was particularly inspiring as they took on their respective HMs, looking for personal best times which, if they achieved them, would put them into the Arena men’s club records as an added bonus.

The men’s Half Marathon records have been difficult to break over the years and they have been long standing. In fact the last time an Arena athlete managed to break into the top five was back in 2015 when Al Silvester charged in to third place. We’ve been waiting for a while for some others to come through and change it up and, like buses, two come along at once with both Richard Clayton and James Dicks managing to pull it off.

James Dixie Dicks

James Dicks took on Wokingham and in 44th place also bagged a new PB in 1.15.54 which put him into the club records in 4th spot.

Richard Clayton

Richard Clayton took on Worthing and came home in 9th place with his new PB time of 1.15.58 which was enough to put him into 5th spot on the club records.

With so much hard work having been done over the winter training period by many of our club athletes, it should make for a very interesting Brighton Half Marathon this year and who’s to say that the records won’t be pushed further again.

Congratulations to both Richard and James and welcome to the Arena records.

The new men’s HM club records now look like this:
Half Marathon Men
1 John Schaab SM ? 1989 1h 09m 24s

2 Bill Mulholland O40 Barns Green 1986 1h 15m 00s
3 Al Silvester SM Maidenhead 2015 1h 15s 00s
4 James Dicks SM Wokingham 2017 1h 15m 54s
5 Richard Clayton SM Worthing 2017 1h 15m 58s

For all club records click here:

Harvey Curtis Race 1 results are in and Arena show their hand.

The Harvey Curtis results are in for race 1 and we need to say well done to our ladies who bought home the apple pie for Arena.

As you know it’s the first six Areneez that score the points for the club and our ladies were on fire over at the Chichester 10k on 5th February.

It’s a great start and everybody who ran helped to do their bit towards the results so a top team effort. There is still a long way to go but a nice way to kick it all off at the start of the year.

Full results can be found here:

Get to Know…Lucy Anderson

Lucy doesn’t like to wear too much make up.

For this week’s choice we have a lady who juggles her student work next to her running and socialising. She is very much part of the Preston Park parkrun as she often helps out with the pacing of a group. She is always keen and willing to get involved and help out when and wherever she can for the club. Another of the Arena embers who’s running has improved immensely over the last couple of months, knocking up several PB’s just recently. A real pleasure to have along at Arena and a face that always seems to have permanent smile on it. Now please put your hands together and let’s meet the lovely Lucy Anderson.

Name: Lucy Anderson

1.When did you join Arena:
Spring 2015ish.

2. How long have you been running:
I jokingly did cross country at school in years 10 and 11 (mostly for the chips we would go and get after) but “properly” just over 3 years.

3. Where did you grow up:
Shetland for the first 3 years of my life then a small move to Southampton where “home home” still is (as opposed to uni “home” here).

4. When and where were you happiest:
Anywhere with my family or friends.

5. What do you do for fun:
Coffee and cake with friends/be a massive geek and do some reading for my degree/job.

6. Name 3 things you couldn’t live without (excl family):
Music, food (namely cake), sleep.

7. If you owned what would you sell:
I’d love a little bakery/coffee shop – I used to work in one during my gap year (one of my 5 jobs that year) and loved it.

8. What’s your 3 favourite apps on your phone: 
Facebook, Strava (obviously), Snapchat (for my sins!).

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Standard Jess Ennis-Hill never fails to amaze me but equally I’m constantly in awe of everyone at Arena.

10. What kids TV programme do you remember growing up with:
Teletubbies was a particular favourite, teletubbie toast anyone?

11. Where’s your favourite hangout place:
I can often be found in a pub or coffee shop.

12.. What’s the last concert or gig that you went to:
The Royal Concertgebouworchestra at the Barbican in London. Although I’m currently playing in the pit orchestra for Guys and Dolls if that counts?

13. Is there anything you hope to achieve in the next 5 years:
Start working a proper job and hopefully do my masters and specialism. Maybe get a little bit faster too?

14.What type of music do you like most:
Classical/choral (shocking choices for a student – perhaps explained by the next question).

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
I’m a classically trained musician (clarinet, saxophone, bassoon and voice) and regularly sing in cathedrals across the UK. Music was my life before I came to uni, including being a choral scholar! But please don’t ask me to sing!

16. What’s the last photo you took on your phone:
My housemate in the hammock he knitted from a climbing rope – he’d created some crazy system of hanging it from the banisters over the stairs, I guess that’s what you get living with an engineer.

17. What is the last film you saw at the pictures:
“The pictures” – the cinema? 😛 (admin seems to be showing his age here – yes the Cinema) A Monster Calls – it has some seriously deep and meaningful messages!).

18. What was the first song you ever purchased:
I suspect it was Steps or S-Club 7.

19. If you could have a secret camera in any room in the world, what room would you choose:
I’d love to see what idiocy is going on with those who are “in charge” of the NHS, however I suspect that would just anger me. Any room with a cat in – I love silly cat videos. I think that’s where I loose a lot of my sleep to.

20. What one thing are you most excited about in 2017:
Excited or terrified? Finishing my degree, qualifying as a paramedic and starting the job I have lined up! (is that 3 things?).

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