Get to Know…Sue Brumwell

Mother and son are doing well.

For this week’s choice we have a mother to three children, and in that I include her husband Michael. You will often find Sue hanging out with Mary Poppins (Anne Miners) and you will definitely find her at Hove Park parkrun on Saturday mornings. An absolutely lovely lady to know so If you haven’t said hello yet then do so next time you make the acquaintance. Sue is very much Mrs Consistent in her races and can pace a race extremely well so again worth tagging onto if you are around her. So please put your hands together and let’s meet the lovely Sue Brumwell.

Name: Sue Brumwell

1. When and why did you join Arena:
About 10 years ago. I was out on a run on the Downs and I ran past (the only time I did) Claire Aquilina and she invited me to join.

2. How long have you been running:
14 years. I started running when Scarlett was 6 months old.

3. Where did you grow up:
Romford, Essex until I was 5 years old, then Scotland until I was 14.

4. What do the last five words of the last text sent to you say:
Has the cage arrived yet? From Henry – for his soon to arrive tree frogs!

5. What types of holidays do you prefer:
All sorts but probably most self-indulgent are Neilson sailing/activity holidays in the sunshine.

6. How long does it take you to get ready to go out:
15 minutes. Extra time doesn’t seem to help.

7. What would your epitaph say:
“I’m too busy”.

8. What’s your favourite kind of drink:
Cup of tea.

9. What makes you bored:
The M25.

10. What would be the hardest thing for you to give up:
Cups of tea/chocolate equally tricky.

11. What were you like a school:
Shy and swotty.

12. What is your one weakness:
Worrying about everything and everyone!

13. Who was you first celebrity crush pop star and film star:
David Essex.

14. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 72, and find line 9, what does it say:
“associate it with hygge; gummy bears, liquorice and flodeboller”.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
At primary school I was known as “Clarence” (the cross-eyed lion) on account of me having to wear glasses and a patch over one eye for my squint.

16. Who is your sporting hero:
Mo Farrah.

17. What one thing do you like to do the most:
My Tuesday morning long runs on the Downs at 7 am with Anne. Good for the soul!

18. Apart from running what else do you like to do in your free time:
Love low-key venues like the Brunswick in Hove for music and Brighton New Venture Theatre.

19. Last gig you went to:
Jessie J and the Vamps at Hickstead (went as group of mums to supervise our teenage daughters).

20. Have you ever baked a cake, who for and was it a success:
20 years ago. For Michael’s 40th. We were mid Pacific Ocean on our little boat. It was all lop-sided due to the rolling of the boat.

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

Club records improved for two of our athletes.

We say congratulations to two of our athletes for their runs at parkrun on Saturday 14th January and both improve on their standings within the club records.

First up is Marc Steene who improved on his age grading record for the third time in four weeks. Obviously he is running in fine form at the present and this cements his standing in 3rd place for the men’s age grading club records for Preston Park parkrun. He’s moved from 79.49% to his new record of 79.62%. Well done Marc.

The age grading records now stand:
Age grading
1 Paul Gasson – 82.90%
2 Alan Silvester – 80.08%
3 Marc Steene – 79.62%
4 Joe Ashley – 79.07%
5 Jim Watson – 78.43%

Our second athlete of the day to improve on the club records goes to Emily Hutchinson who took to the Hove Prom parkrun. Not only did Emily take the honours of the 1st female home and 3rd overall, but in doing so grabbed herself a new PB in a time of 18.37 beating her previous time of 18.58. This in turn moves her up one place into 3rd spot in the ladies club records for the Hove Prom parkrun. A fine run on a cold windy morning down there.

The ladies club records now stand:
Hove Promenade parkrun Women
1 Emily Proto 2016 17m 53s
2 Caroline Hoyte 2015 17m 59s
3 Emily Hutchinson 2016 18m 37s
4 Dani Tarleton 2016 18m 50s
5 Katherine O’Hara 2016 19m 08s

Also a quick mention about four of our other club members who have proved that Christmas doesn’t always weigh you down with food and drink as they posted PB’s today. Well done to John Thompson who took to Preston Park and PB’d with his new time being 21.46. Emma Habba took on Hove Park and took her new PB time down to 22.33 and Kevin Price took to Hove Prom and also got in with a piece of  the action and ran in with his new PB of 18.44 as well as being 4th athlete overall.

A great set of results from our athletes today and starting the year off in fine fashion. I just wonder how many PB’s there will be at the end of 2017?

Have you got something to say?

If you have something that you think others members should know about, have something to share, or would like to write a race report, then please email:

We would love to hear from you!! As runners and members, we love reading all about it and even more so as it’s Arena 80.

A club that just keeps on giving.

Get to know…James Gladman

“I’m sure there’s a finishing line here somewhere”.

For this week’s choice we have the man for all distances. In the year or so that he has been a member, he has proved himself to be a fine addition to the Arena club. James always puts in a full showing at training and this has paid off handsomely during races where he has PB’d at most distances now. On top of that James has also slimmed down to become a fine athlete and we hope to have him around for quite a while yet.. He still has goals that he wants to achieve and we will watch this space for 2017. Let’s meet the man himself, I give you James Gladman. 

Name: James Gladman

1. When and why did you join Arena:
September 2015. An acquaintance of Emily Proto suggested joining Arena as I wanted to improve on my times and was really not getting the best out of myself at that particular time.

2. How long have you been running:
1986 to 1993 as a junior at invicta east Kent and then restarted late 2014 to current.

3. Where did you grow up:
I’ve never grown up!! Broadstairs Kent.

4. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go:
Would love to get to Australia, it’s a dream which maybe one day may come true.

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your time:
If its not exercise related then I can be found on the beach sea fishing. (and yes even at night in the winter.

6. What would you say to your younger self:
Don’t give up on your running and try Herbalife!

7. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be:
My Herballife shakes or a good pasta dish.

8. What’s your favourite website: 
Anywhere I can find a bargain.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
My Dad / Mo Farrah.

10. What is your favourite album ever:
I have two and can’t choose between them so they are – The Black Album by Metallica or The Fat of the land by The Prodigy.

11. Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:
Yes I do and I go by the name of Slik due to gelling my hair and brushing it backwards

12. What makes you happy:
Most things in life as I’m very rarely a sad person.

13. What was the last thing you bought:
Neoprene chest waders which was an early Christmas present to myself.

14. What’s something you miss the most from childhood:
Not having to worry about money or my front teeth.

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
I love great white sharks and it’s on my bucket list to go in a cage and see them.

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

17. What is the hardest thing you ever had to do: 
To walk away from my grandad knowing that I would never see him again (he was terminally ill).

18. What are your three most used apps:
Herbalife, FB and ebay.

19. What were you like at school:
Short but annoyingly good at sports and I still hold two records at secondary school that will never be beaten as they are not in the curriculum anymore.

20. What’s the last photo you took on your phone:
My personal best Seabass (4lb 11oz).

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

Team races coming up over the next few months.

Thank you to Dan Vaughan for getting this information together and putting the message/news out there. These are team event races that are coming up over the next few months. As Dan says ‘the more the merrier’ and it would be a great scoop for Arena to add some more team trophies to our newly dusted off cabinet.

Team Prize possibilities:

It was a Shame we couldn’t get two more men out at Tadworth yesterday (08/01/2017) – we could have pipped Clapham Chasers to the team prize with two men at about my time or quicker. Next year?! It is a very good race, as James Dicks ‘Dixie’ will testify.

The next team prize possibilities are:

Chichester 10k (Sun 5th Feb, still open to entries). Top 3 count.

Paddock Wood Half (Sun 2nd April. Sportsystems entry). Top 3 count. I think Al Silvester and James Dicks ‘Dixie’ are planning to join me at this PB-potential half, but the more the merrier. There’s a £250 prize for breaking the course record too. Over to you Gary McKivett. 1:05:06 to beat. And for you Emily Proto – £150 for 1st, £75 for 2nd, £50 for 3rd. Last year’s 2nd place lady was in a time of 1:22:25.

Horsham 10k – Sun 21st May. Entries not open yet. Top 3 count. 2-lap, half road, half track, bit undulating but still quite quick.

That’ll do for now. I promise to shut up for a week or 2. Maybe.


Arena athletes placed well this weekend.

At the Sussex cross country championships held at Bexhill on Saturday 07/01/2017, Arena’s Emily Proto came home in a very impressive 5th place in the senior women’s race clocking in at 24.20. It seems that the winter training is going well for her as she sets her sights on the her first big race of the year being the Brighton Half in February.

There were also impressive runs from Kirsty Parker taking 36th spot in a time of 27.43 and Kerry Scott who ran home in 46th with a time of 29.08.

First of the Arena men home in the men’s race was Gary McKivett coming home in 41st place in a time of 41.23 with Alex Jago pretty much hot on his heels who came home in 50th place in a time of 42.35.

At the Tadworth 10 miler held on 08/01/2017 it was that man James ‘Dixie’ Dicks who took a fine 3rd place in a time of 59.25 just proving that he is definitely finding his form again. The ever reliable warhorse Dan Vaughan took a fine 9th place with a time of 1.02.53.

Really well done to all of our athletes on their running exploits this weekend.

Calling all Arena ladies over 35. The masters XC at Lancing, Sat 21st Jan.

A message from Dani Tarleton our ladies cross country captain.

Calling all over 35 ladies….please let me know by Tuesday 9pm if you would like to be entered into the masters XC at Lancing on sat 21st Jan at 1.40pm.

Apologies youngsters you are not included in this race!!

So far I have the following people Tara Shanahan, Juliet Fine,
Caroline Wood, Caroline Hoyte, Jenny Hughes, Kerry Scott, Rachael Woolston, Dani Tarleton, Chris Naylor, Anne Miners, Patrycja Wolnik, Kirsty Parker.

Please remember the club pays for is race so as always only sign up if it’s a definite.
Thanks Dani xx

If you would like to get in touch with Dani then message her on Facebook or

New Arena 80 club records plus Bevendean Down parkrun added.

When checking through the parkrun club records, it has become apparent that a couple of records crept in under the radar and were missed off. Anthony Snelling and Emily Hutchinson who both claim their spot in the hall of fame as they both ran superb times at the Hove Prom parkrun.

Anthony Snelling clocked up a superb time of 17m 11s on the 22.10.2016 to put him in to 5th place for the Hove Prom men’s club records.

Emily Hutchinson clocked up a cracking time of 18m 58s on the 10.12.2016 to take her place in the Hove Prom women’s club records in 4th place.

We congratulate both athletes on such superb times and a superb way to end the year after having such a great year with their running.

The new records now look like this:

Hove Promenade parkrun Men
1 Timmy Gedin 2016 16m 28s
2 Luan Huynh 2016 16m 29s
3 Al Silvester 2016 16m 34s
4 Richard Clayton 2016 17m 00s
5 Anthony Snelling 2016 17m 11s

Hove Promenade parkrun Women
1 Emily Proto 2016 17m 53s
2 Caroline Hoyte 2015 17m 59s
3 Dani Tarleton 2016 18m 50s
4 Emily Hutchinson 2016 18m 58s
5 Katherine O’Hara 2016 19m 28s


We have also now added the Bevendean Down parkrun to the club records as this has now been going for over a year and is a local parkrun. What makes this that little bit more special is seeing some names in there who wouldn’t normally get the chance to have their name up in lights. Once again well done to all of our athletes who have taken part  in this and please now all take a bow. I just wonder how much these records could change over 2017?

The Bevendean Down club records look like this:
Bevendean Down parkrun Men
1 Timmy Gedin 2016 18m 06s
2 Al Silvester 2016 18m 46s
3 Jim Watson 2016 19m 45s
4 Teo Van Well 2016 20m 20s
5 Tristan Sharp 2016 20m 48s

Age grading
1 Jim Watson – 71.81%
2 Timmy Gedin 71.27%
3 Al Silvester – 70.25%
4 Marc Steene – 70.24%
5 Trevor Day– 68.04%

Bevendean Down parkrun Women
1 Katherine O’Hara 2016 21m 24s
2 Caroline Wood 2016 21m 35s
3 Tara Shanahan 2016 22m 10s
4 Jackie Rymell 2016 24m 24s
5 Julie Drake 2016 24m 41s

Age grading
1 Caroline Wood – 79.61%
2 Nicky Yeates – 74.92%
3 Katherine O’Hara – 72.43%
4 Tara Shanahan – 72.33%
5 Jackie Rymell – 71.38%