Get to Know…Louise Payne

Andy Payne hasn't changed much.

Andy Payne hasn’t changed much.

This week we are joined by the perfect human metronome who goes by the name of Louise Payne. If you ever need perfect pacing around the track or in a race then look no further than Louise. One of the sweetest ladies you will ever meet so ladies and gentlemen for this week’s Q&A’s lets delve into the world of Mrs Payne.

Name: Louise Payne

1. When and why did you join Arena:
I think I joined in 2009, Jenny Hughes suggested it and I had the ulterior motive of seeing more of Andy (It must have worked as he married me!).

2. How long have you been running:
Around 11 years.

3. Where did you grow up:
Horley, Surrey.

4. What was the last thing you ate: 
A bakewell tart.

5. Where’s your favourite hangout place:
Sea Lane Café in Goring.

 6. What’s your biggest inspiration: 
You can achieve anything as long as you believe in yourself.

7. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be:
Goats cheese salad.

8. What 1 thing would you take with you on a deserted island: 
Anti wrinkle cream.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Jessica Ennis Hill.

10. Which are your favourite smells: 
Cakes baking, clean washing on the line and babies.

11. Is there anything you hope to achieve in the next 5 years:
To gain an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspection in Early Years – boring I know – sorry!

12. What makes you happy:
When others around me are happy and smiling.

13. What’s your all-time favourite film:
Rain Man.

14. What is your motto in life:
I always say to my daughters ‘Be nice to people and they will be nice to you.

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
I faint at the sight of blood so don’t rely on me as a medical marshal. Last faint was watching ‘Call the Midwife’ which has now been banned!

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

17. Describe your childhood days: 
Happy, secure, carefree and privileged.

18. Why do you run:  
To keep fit, to feel good and to avoid breaking the bathroom scales.

19. First celebrity crush:
Peter Noone from Hermans Hermits.

20. Name 3 (dead or alive) people you would like to have round for dinner:
Mark Cavendish, Nigel Havers and Pam Ferris.

Our biggest thanks to Louise for taking time out for her Q&A’s and we hope that you now have a bit more of an insight in to Louise’s world. Check back next Wednesday for another set of Q&A’s with our chosen club member.

Confirmation of the Arena 80 Cross Country Season 2016-2017

Arena 80 Cross Country Season 2016-2017

The Cross Country season starts off with the relays at Goodwood Country Park (post code PO18 0PS) on Saturday 1st October. Teams consist of 4 runners for Senior, V40, V50, and 3 runners for V60, each runner running 4K off road. The start time is 2.30pm, club vests must be worn, and the club pays the entry for this race, if you drop out or not turn up, you will be required to reimburse the club the fee.

This race is for all standards and gives you an introduction to what Cross Country races are like so please give it a go, it’s less distance than Park Run’s. Please E-mail me at if you wish to run so that I can formulate teams, the closing date for entries, is Friday 23rd September.

The Sussex Cross Country League consists of 4 races, all over 8K, and multiple terrains, which can be testing but fun, cost is £4.00 on the day, club vests must be worn to score for the club, I will be sending out information regarding each race nearer the time, but here are the dates that you should be keeping free to help support YOUR CLUB to maintain their positions within the league.

Sat         15th Oct               Sussex Cross Country League race 1             Goodwood Country Park

Sat         12th Nov              Sussex Cross Country League Race 2             Lancing Manor

Sat         3rd DEC               Sussex Cross Country League Race 3            Stanmer Park Brighton

Sat         11th Feb                Sussex Cross Country League Race 4           Hickstead Showground

Other Cross Country events that may be of interest to you are the East Sussex Cross Country races, ( for more info)which take place on Sundays, are more of the standard of the Fun Run League races, but still tough courses, plus are in interesting locations. There are 6 races in total for which the best 4 count towards your individual score, club vests must be worn and cost is £4.00 on the day, each race covers 5 miles and starts at 11.00am. The dates for these are as follows:-

9th October – Snape Wood, Wadhurst

13th November – Whitbread Hollow, adj. Beachy Head

11th December – New Place Farm, Blackboys

15th January – Kings Standing, Ashdown Forest

12th February – Heathfield Park, Heathfield

12th March – Pett, near Hastings

The last two races listed below are of a high standard as they are County events, the club pays the entry for both, but again you will be responsible to reimburse the club should you not participate after entering. I will be sending out reminders for both of these nearer the time, keep the dates free in your diaries.

Sat  7th JAN      Sussex Cross Country Championships                  Bexhill, Little Common

Sat  21st JAN     Sussex Masters Cross Country Championships    Lancing Manor tbc (V40+ only)

Thank you,


West Sussex fun run league race Sunday 9th October.

The next West Sussex Fun Run League race is Sunday 9th October.

Sunday 9th October
Hickstead Gallop (13th Arena Super Series race)
1.5km 10:00am
8km 11:00am (off-road within the grounds of the Jumping Course and traffic free).
Hickstead Show Ground RH17 5NU
• £3 direct to either Michele or Brigitte either at track on a Monday or Hove Park on a Thursday. (Please note: no money, no entry!)
• Postal entries available on Haywards Heath Harriers website should you prefer this method
• Entries on the day: £5.00 for WSFRL club members.


Michelle & Brigitte

Barns Green turns Gold Silver and Bronze.


The Musketeers strike again.

It was another impressive day from the ladies at Barns green today with medals in both the BG 10k and the BG half marathon.


Tara 2nd Lady in the Barns Green 10k.

In the 10k Race, Tara Shanahan came home as second lady in a time of 41.10 to take silver,

In the half marathon Katherine O’Hara was 2nd lady home in a time of 1.27.02 with Dani Tarleton coming home in 3rd place in a time of 1.29.32. They also scored as 1st and 2nd ladies in the V40-49 ladies category and just to pop the cherry on top of the cake, Katherine, Dani and Kerry Scott also took the winning ladies team for the half marathon.


Katherine & Dani 2nd & 3rd ladies in the Barns Green HM.

Kerry Scott came home in a very respectable 7th place in the ladies category in a time of 1.35.24 which helped to lift the ladies into 1sr place for the ladies event.

In the men’s half marathon event Alan Silvester took 7th place overall in a time of 1.16.10 and Mats Gedin was 14th in a time of 1.18.58.

In the 10k race we should also mention Henry Miller who took 11th place overall in a time of 39.08. Some excellent running from our men.

Well done to all who ran in both the 10k and half marathon today. Outstanding results from the ladies as we congratulate them on such a fine haul of bounty.

My big thanks to Kerry Scott for providing photos and race report.


A new men’s parkrun club record has been taken.

Was Geoff Hurst at Preston Park parkrun today? The reason I ask is that Al Silvester scored a hat trick of records down there. Al took 2nd place in the race but in doing so he volleyed a new PB of 16.34 beating his previous best of 17.15 set back in May 2016. With this new time, Al nodded home the men’s Preston Park parkrun club record to top the table that was previously held by Timmy Gedin with 16.38. For his hat trick he chipped in a beautiful 2nd place in the age grading table to complete a fine result.

Geoff Hurst lives and breathes.

Geoff Hurst lives and breathes.

Interestingly all of the men’s Preston Park parkrun club records have now come in 2016. I don’t know what you guys are having for breakfast but do please share the love and let us know. Congratulations Alan Silvester.

The men’s club records now for this course now stand like this:

Preston Park parkrun Men
1 Alan Silvester 2016 16m 34s
2 Timmy Gedin 2016 16m 38s
3 Richard Clayton 2016 16m 45s
4 Joe Ashley 2016 16m 53s
5 Gary McKivett 2016 17m 05s

Age grading
1 Paul Gasson – 82.90%
2 Alan Silvester – 80.08%
3 Joe Ashley – 79.07%
4 Marc Steene – 78.75%
5 Jim Watson – 78.43%

You can find all the club records here:

The lowdown on Arena results of the various parkruns 24.09.2016

It’s been a while since we have had looked at the results for Arena runners who took part in the various parkrun events that took place in Brighton & Hove this weekend of 24.09.2016, so I thought it was time to dip in and see what Arena have been up to today.

Please note that times and PB’s used in this report are for the that particular course only that they have raced in for today. Times may vary at different parkruns.

Lets start off at the Brighton and Hove Park parkrun:

Arena scored six athletes in the top 20 places out of a field of 359.

Taking 4th place was our Arena junior, who is definitely rattling a few cages out there, Henry Miller in a time of 18.05 and only 3 seconds off his PB of 18.02.

5th place and following Henry around the course (some might say tailgating) was Andrew Bargery who also was tantalizingly close to his PB in a time of 18.18 with his PB time being 18.16. Ooooh so close but no cigar today Andrew.

9th place went to David Gifford, who is starting to shape up nicely for the winter season and hoping to take in some cross country runs for Arena. His time was 18.18 and 18 seconds off his PB.

In 13th place was Aled Anderson with a fine run and another one of our athletes who was pecking at the PB door in a time 18.51 but alas it was just 6 seconds away from his PB of 18.45.

16th spot went to Andy Paterson who clocked in at 19.32 with his PB being 19.15.

Trumpets are now playing for Paul Hebden who wears a new PB badge of honour as Paul races into 19th place and proudly holds his new PB time of 19.50 aloft. He beats his previous PB of 19.55 and almost one year ago today his PB was then at 20.33. Nice progression Paul and you may now polish your new PB to a shine.

Moving onto the Hove Promenade parkrun:

A couple to note at the Hove prom today. Coming home in 5th place for Arena and also jumping on the PB bandwagon was Jim Watson. Jim raced in at 19.11 beating his previous best of 19.21 which he set only three weeks previously. It had a fairly stiff breeze down there this morning so a credible PB for the day.

Second lady in was Arena’s Jackie Rymell (36th overall) in a time of 22.28. This is only Jackie’s second run at this event so a ladies 2nd place was worth  a trip to the seaside.

Just one other to note at the prom today was that of Michael Barker who came in 8th place in a time of 19.28. Michael has been off the scene for a while due to injury so nice to see him coming back to the scene again.

Lastly and not least we head over to the Preston Park parkrun:

This was the place to be today as I give you not one, not two but three, yes three PB’s. So if you get one then you get two free.

The Shuffler in full effect.

The Shuffler in full effect.

The fanfare has started up and the fireworks are going off here. The circus master is leading the winners into the Arena. We say a massive congratulations to Al Silvester who came home in 2nd place out of a field of 372 and in doing so not only picks up a new PB of 16.34 but also takes the Preston Park parkrun club record as well as taking 2nd place in the age grading table. Triple whammy for Mr Silvester and you sir may light your cigar now. My understanding is that Al is training for the Chicago Marathon being held in October and on this kind of form Al should do very nicely. No pressure Al.

Second PB of the day goes to Nicky Yeates who was 5th lady (61st overall) home in her new PB time of 22.05. This eclipses her previous PB of 22.09 set only just two weeks ago. This is Nicky’s third PB of the year at the Preston Park parkrun. In January Nicky’s time stood at 22.19 and nice to see the steady progression being made through out the year.

As the balloons keep falling from the sky the third and final PB here goes to Angelina Smy in her new PB time of 22.27. Angelina takes off two seconds from her previous best set in May of this year. She has now had nine PB’s this year at this event with her time being 24.17 at the beginning of January. This is a huge 1 minute and 50 seconds taken off her time this year and a big well done on another fine run. If I am right though she owes a lot to Nicky Yeates for these as I know Angelina uses Nicky as her target runner which helps to pull her through.

A massive well done to all of our Arena athletes today on some fine time and runs. To any other Arena athletes that were out there today, we also thank you for flying the flag of Arena and keeping the name alive.