Advance notification – Monday’s Withdean track sessions

Advance notification – Withdean training Monday May 30th & Monday June 6th

Monday 30th May
This is advance notification that due to the bank holiday Monday, there will be no track training on this date. Track training will resume again on Monday June 6th. Wednesday and Thursday training are both on as normal.

Monday 6th June
Due to a committee meeting training for Monday 6th June will start at the earlier time of 6.30 prompt start. The warm up will begin at 6.20pm so please arrive early and be warmed up and ready to go for the 6.20pm warm up.

Hove Park Fun Run 5k

Location: Hove Park
Distance: 5km
Date/ Start time: Sunday 12th June 2016 at 11.00am
Who can run? Clubs and individuals.

HPFR 5k course

HPFR 5k course

Course: The course follows tarmac paths on an anti-clockwise route starting on the pathway next to the ‘fingerprint’. For the first lap only, this takes in approximately two thirds of the the main pathway before turning left at Monarchs way, left again back onto the main path, before completing nearly two complete laps of the park finishing just north of the playground. Please use caution when running past the playground as other people/ children are likely to be using the park too.

Enter online Here

This run forms part of the West Sussex Fun Run League
WSFRL

Hove Park Fun Run Under 9s

Location: Hove Park
Distance: 800m
Date/ Start time: Sunday 12th June 2016 at 10.00am
Who can run? This is a junior run aimed at all children aged 9 and under, boys or girls, to encourage them to join in running. You don’t have to be a member of a club. Parents are also very welcome to run with their children if they like.

Under 9s 800m Course

Under 9s 800m Course

Course: The course follows tarmac paths on an anti-clockwise route starting and finishing just north of the playground.
All finishers of the junior runs will receive a medal

Enter online Here

This run forms part of the West Sussex Fun Run League
WSFRL

Hove Park Fun Run Under 15s

Location: Hove Park
Distance: 1500m
Date/ Start time: Sunday 12th June 2016 at 10.20am
Who can run? This is a junior run aimed at all children aged 15 and under, boys or girls, to encourage them to join in running. You don’t have to be a member of a club.

Under 15s 1500m Course

Under 15s 1500m Course

Course: The course follows tarmac paths on an anti-clockwise route starting and finishing just north of the playground.

All finishers of the junior runs will receive a medal

Enter online Here

This run forms part of the West Sussex Fun Run League
WSFRL

Key dates for the diary for Arena 80 members for June & July.

JUNE & JULY

Sunday 5th June – 8th Super Series race – Worthing 10k

Wednesday 8th June – 6th WSFRL race – Arunners 5 miler

Sunday 12th June – Arena’s WSFRL Hove Park fun runs

Saturday 18th June – Southdown’s 100M relays – Arena A and B Teams

Sunday 19th June – Preston Park parkrun juniors – Arena volunteers needed

Wednesday 22nd June – The Weakest Link team event

Saturday 25th June – 8th WSFRL race – Downland Dash 5 miler

Wednesday 6th July – 7th WSFRL race – Steyning 6 miler

Saturday 9th July – Hove Promenade parkrun – Arena takeover

Wednesday 13th July – 9th Super Series race – Phoenix 10k

Sunday 24th July – 8th WSFRL race – Henfield Joggers 4 miler

Friday 29th July – Arena Camping Trip 2016

Wednesday 8th June – 6th WSFRL race – Arunners 5 miler – 7.30pm.
The 6th WSFRL race is the Arunners – beach run 5 miler. This is a mid-week race on Wednesday 8th June at 7.30pm. http://www.crawleysaintsandsinnersrun.co.uk/race/2016-06-08/arunners-beach-run
Entry to this race is only £3.00 so if you would like to enter or need more information then please speak to our WSFRL reps – Michele Saunders or Brigitte Groves.

The 8th Super Series race – Worthing 10k, Sunday June 5th – 9.30am
The 8th race for the SS challenge takes place over at Worthing. Always a good sea of blue vest’s  to be found at this event and this year will be no exception. Many Arena members have already signed. Online registration has now closed for this event

Arena 80 Hove Park run as part of the WSFRL on Sunday June 12th – 10am
This is Arena’s contribution to the WSFRL and is an opportunity for us to showcase what an awesome club we are, most notably for our volunteering prowess. We still need volunteers for this so if you are able to help out then please contact Tristan Sharp via the Arena 80 Facebook page or email arena80ac@hotmail.co.uk. This is another one of those club bonding days and always guaranteed to have a smile or two. There is cake on offer for all volunteers afterwards in the café in the park.

Preston Park Junior parkrun – Sunday 19th June – 9am – Arena volunteers required
It’s junior parkrun’s first birthday and so to celebrate this, we are looking for an Arena takeover to help out for this event. Help is required for all parts of the race so if you can help in any way then please contact either Holly Freeman via the Arena 80 Facebook page or email marc.bonaldi@googlemail.com with your name. Let’s show our support for the juniors at this event.

Wednesday 22nd June – The Weakest Link team event – 7pm
Held at Black Rock and a 4 legged race of a mile and half with teams of 4. Each team is made up of mixed levels of running with the last runner going twice. This is so well received by our club members and one where we really bond as a club. A definite highlight in the clubs calendar.

Saturday 25th June – 8th WSFRL race – Downland Dash 5 miler – 12.30pm
The 8h WSFRL race is Burgess Hill’s Downland Dash 5 miler. A Saturday mid-day race http://www.bhrunners.co.uk/downlands-dash
Entry to this race is only £3.00 so if you would like to enter or need more information then please speak to our WSFRL reps – Michele Saunders or Brigitte Groves.

Hove Prom parkrun – Saturday 9th July (Hove Proms first birthday) – Arena Takeover 8.30am
To celebrate Hove Proms 1st birthday, Arena 80 are having a prom takeover to help celebrate. Arena will be supplying Marshall’s as well as pacers for the event. A nice way to give back to the running community as well as showing what a great club Arena 80 are.

Friday 29th July – Arena Camping Trip 2016
Arena camping trip 2016: – Quite a lot of club members have now booked for this trip so it looks like it will be well attended and should make for a great trip. There are still spaces if you wish to book. Please see below for details.

The dates for the intended trip this year are Friday 29th July until Wednesday 3rd August. The location will be the delightful Hollands Wood campsite in the new Forest. There is a Parkrun at nearby Moors Valley for those who can’t go without their weekly fix! This is the tenth year of the Arena camping trip, so how about some new faces to join in the drinking/eating/barbecue/running/cycling and general nonsense?

This trip is not organised by anyone and so it’s a case of everyone booking their own trip and getting yourself down there etc. This is a trip for any Areneez to join in with and to have bit of fun with fellow Areneez members and the trips have always had a great vibe to them. If you have any further questions then please speak to Paul Gasson but we must stress that Paul has only put the date and place together and is not involved with any bookings etc.
To book follow this link: http://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/england/new-forest/hollands-wood-campsite?gclid=CJeT-rOMwcwCFUqdGwodPNYMvQ

Once other key dates become known, these will get updated.

Preston Park parkrun Juniors Arena Volunteers please

Preston Park Junior parkrun – Sunday 19th June – 9am – Arena help please

It’s junior parkrun’s first birthday )actually it’s just gone) and so to celebrate this, we are looking for an Arena members to help out for this event. Help is required for all parts of the race so if you can help in any way then please contact either Holly Freeman via the Arena 80 Facebook page or email marc.bonaldi@googlemail.com with your name. Let’s show our support for the juniors at this event.

  • We require a minimum of 18 volunteers
  • For an insight into the type of roles we need see the roster here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/prestonpark-juniors/futureroster/
  • They don’t need pacers
  • People cannot volunteer with dogs and people cannot run with dogs.
  • Vvolunteers are asked to arrive (by the chalet (café) at around 8:30, you check in with the volunteer coordinator who will explain the role to you etc.
  • There are normally announcements and warm up just before 9 and then head over to the start line
  • It is a 2k course (2 laps of the lower field) here is the course map: PRESTON PARK JUNIOR PARKRUN 2K COURSE A3
  • They get around 90 runners on average each week
  • It is for 4-14 year olds, and adults can run with their kids
  • It is FUN and great to watch those kids out there enjoying it!

Get to Know…Robin Adams

A man that knows his running limits.

A man who knows his running limits.

Name: Robin Adams

Role on committee: Member without portfolio.

1. When did you join Arena: 
I moved from London to Brighton in 2000 and after going along to training sessions with Brighton & Hove AC and Phoenix I realised that maybe those types of club were not for me. It was all very serious and rather impersonal. I therefore chanced my arm for a third time and attended one of Arena’s track sessions and being given a warm welcome by fellow runners I had no hesitation in joining the club. Best running club I have ever belonged to.

2. How long have you been running:
Too bloody long judging by the injuries I am encountering these days. I am gradually falling apart at the seams. In reality, I took up running after giving up playing rugby because the defenders were beginning to catch me. It was 1981 at the beginning of the original running boom.

3. Where did you grow up:
Not sure I have ever grown up. Tottenham, North London

4. What advice would you give to someone just starting out running:  
Suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them. Or to put it succinctly: Keep on running.

5. If money was no object what one thing would you do:  
Retire to Killarney in Ireland. Some of the best running country I have encountered my life.

6. What is your favourite song or album ever:  
Easy question at last! Very suitably perhaps Bruce Springsteen Born to Run

7. What’s the greatest invention ever:  
The pen, as it is mightier than the sword.

8. What do you do to relax:  
What’s that then? I enjoy reading biographies and listening to music.

9. Who is your sporting hero: 
So many heroes so I am going to take one male and one female: Ian Botham and Paula Radcliffe.

10. What’s the first thing you do in the morning:  
Wake up.

11. Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:  
Bob the Dog I have been a greyhound racing commentator and tipster for 25 years and currently work part time at Wimbledon Stadium.

12. Do you ever sing or dance at home:  
Have you seen me dance? Worst dad dancer ever. I sing all the time and my better half loves it, but then she’s tone deaf!

13. Have you any fears or phobias:  
Marc Bonaldi’s questions

14. When was the last time you laughed hysterically:  
When I read these questions

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:  
I won a trophy in a karaoke competition last year.

16. What is your favourite piece of running kit:  
I have a Karrimor rain jacket which is so good Alan Garnham went out and bought one. Copycat!

17. Tell me about something you would happily do again:  
Have kids. I have two. Both incredible people.

18. What makes you happy:   
Strolling along the undercliff from Rottingdean to the Marina with my lovely Laura.

19. What do you think about the most:
I am a tour manager, so arranging my next trip is always on my mind.

20. What was the last thing you ate:
Just had a full English breakfast in a hotel in Earls Court. It was damn good.

My big thanks to Robin for this week’s Q&A’s. We’re not far away from having done all the committee members so tune in again next Wednesday for another exciting episode of your favourite Q&A’s.

New 10 mile club records added to the results-club records page

We have now added the 10 mile club records to the results page. As there are more 10 mile races appearing in the racing calendar, it seemed only right to have these along with the other distances as well.
Take a look at the Men’s and Women’s club record holders: http://arena80.co.uk/club-records/
If you have run a faster time then please let us know so that we can amend the records.