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Deadline is Sunday 4th Dec 2pm – Arena 80 Christmas Party Invite.

The deadline for payment and menu choices is this Sunday 4th December at 2pm. 65 members have responded so far so don’t get caught out by leaving it too long.

Dear All Arena 80 Members

It‘s that time of year for the club to don their festive best and come together and celebrate for the annual Arena 80 Christmas party.

This will be a great night out for all members old and new. We have again found a new venue which can cater for a larger crowd so seating should be a lot more spacious this year. Last year’s party was a sell out and all agreed that it was superb night out.

We have secured Saturday 17th December which is the also the last day of the Super Series challenge so, with no races the next day, there is no fear of feeling a little jaded for a race the next day.

Spaces are limited for this Christmas party so please book early to avoid disappointment.

We have exclusive use of the upper floor of the venue which has a lot more space for us all to be able to move around.

At this time the invite is for Arena 80 members only.

We would now like to invite you to this Christmas soiree so that we can confirm the numbers.

We have deadline set so we need your payment and confirmation by Saturday 3rd December! Please don’t leave it after this date as we will not be able to add you.

The dinner will be a 3 course meal priced at £25.00 but the club has offered to offset the price and pay towards it so the cost to Arena members is only £15.00. The discount price is for Arena members only who are paid up members by December 3rd 2016.

Drinks are not included in this offer.

The dinner is for a starter, main and desert:  If you have any special dietary requirements then please let me know and we will add it to the order.

Menu has been sent directly to you by email but if you need to view it again then please contact me and I will send you out another copy.

Should there be any spare places left at the end of the deadline we will then open it up to partners but the cost of the meal will be £25.00 to them..

Please note that payments are non-refundable.

Please send your name and menu selection to Marc Bonaldi at the below email address.
Email – marc.bonaldi@ntlworld.com

Please make payment by
BACS
Sort – 01 01 23
Account – 15761630
The first reference box when you pay is for your information only so that you have a record of what you have paid out to, so maybe put in Arena Party.
In the second reference box please add only your christian and surname name so we know who the payment has come from.

Your place is not guaranteed until payment has been received.

Further details about the night will be sent out in due course.

Venue: The View, Western Esplanade, Kingsway, Hove BN3 4FA (located half way along the Hove Prom between King Alfred and Hove Lagoon).
http://www.viewhove.com/function-room/
Date: Saturday 17th December
Time: 7.45pm until 1am
Cost: £15 for Arena members (payable in advanced please)

Many thanks
The Arena Social Team & The Arena Committee Members

The Super Series table after race 15.

The Super Series table after race 15 for accumulative points only.

Please note that for the purpose of this report, this post is done on the accumulation of points.

Here are the accumulative point’s tables for the Super Series races after race 15. There are two competitions going on within the SS challenge. The first competition is for the lowest amount of points with your six best results counting. The second competition is for the lowest amount of points over the sixteen races.

The competition for the lowest points of the best six races are shown in the last column.

There is no full report this month as there is only one race remaining. The men’s title was sown up after race 14 by Richard Clayton and just for good measure he turned in another fine performance at the Crowborough 10k to totally nail the title. As for the places behind Richard, there are still so many equations to be sorted that this really does come down to the last and final race. This will be decided on who turns up on the day, who performs on the day and, heaven forbid, who is carrying an injury on the day. Check out the table to see what you need to do in order to secure your placing in this year’s Super Series table.

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The ladies title has now been clinched by Jenny Hughes after her 3rd place at Crowborough and caps off a fine year for Jenny. Jenny has missed only two races of the fifteen and has consistently performed throughout the year which has carried her to the top of the table. Congratulations to Jenny Hughes. As for the places behind Jenny, again just like the men’s table, there are still so many places to consolidate which will only be decided on the day.

Check out the table to see what you need to do in order to secure your placing in this year’s Super Series table.

The last and final race No 16 is the Hove Park parkrun on Saturday 17th December and is an age graded race. This is incredibly well attended by Arena members and no doubt the blue tops of Arena 80 will be there en masse yet again especially as there is still so much to run for.

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Good luck to all of our athletes and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Hove Park parkrun.

Get to Know…Richard Clayton

Not the buggy Richard dreamt of getting in his youth.

Not the buggy Richard dreamt of getting in his youth.

For this week’s choice we have probably one of the most competitive athletes at Arena, Mr Richard Clayton. Richard has proved himself to be right up there with the best of them at Arena, whether that be at training sessions, cross country, individual races or parkruns. In-fact Richard appears in the club records no less than four times, which proves he has that fighting instinct in him. A great father to two lovely girls and a top bloke to hang out with. A gentle soul but a determined mind best sums Richard up so without further ado lets find out a little more about Mr Clayton.

1. When and why did you join Arena:
September 2015 – why….because I loved the vest!

2. How long have you been running:
Restarted last summer, but was a track runner between 97′ and 08′.

3. Where did you grow up:
Lewes until I was 11, then Worthing and finally Brighton from late teens.

4. What’s your favourite word or phrase:
“Yes Dear” the only two words a man needs!

5. What don’t you like:
My Calf

6. Who is your sporting hero:
Lewis Hamilton – the man’s a genius behind the wheel

7. Define a moment in your life:
Watching my 2 girls being born, the process is stressfully magical.

8. What’s on your bucket list:
Lots….waiting for my girls to grow up and move out so I can share some good times with my wife again Sub 2:45 London Marathon 2018, but first need to run a sub 1:15 half this spring to gain championship entry.

9. If you were single what would you do more of (apart from running):
Sleeping. These girls of mine do their best to deprive me of it!

10. Tell us about someone you really admire:
My Wife Sarah

11. What were you like a school:
Shy, struggled with a lazy eye which was corrected when I was 18. Apologies if I don’t make eye contact whilst talking with you, it’s a cemented habit Enjoyed winning sports day every year!

12. What is your one weakness:
Did I mention my Calf?!?

13. What would you like your epitaph to read:
Here lies the best Decorator to grace this town. (Whilst holding my Purdy Brush)

14. What’s your favourite music / song / band:
Anything, me and a radio get on so well…..every day, every week.

15. Apart from running, what else do you do with your free time:
Watch the mighty Seagulls Spending it with my girls

16. What was the last book you read:
Surviving the Apocalypse, Vol 5. love a zombie survival book.

17. Have you any fears or phobias:
Swimming into a shoal of jellyfish

18. What do you think would be the hardest thing for you to give up:
Running

19. What in your opinion was your best race:
Like to believe I haven’t had it yet! 800m was my best event back in the day, but probably the hardest race to get right.

20. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
My Dad was a good xc runner and once beat Steve Ovett! Because he went the wrong way! Used to come second to him the rest of the time.

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

Ladies Cross Country Race 3 – Saturday 3rd December

A message from our ladies cross country captain – Dani Tarleton.

Ladies this is your calling to run for your club on Saturday (3rd Dec) 14.05 pm at the beautiful location of Stanmer park.

Distance 5k and cost is £5 on the day. Last XC league race of 2016……we are currently 4th in division 1 and we are missing some key runners due to illness/injury so please let me know if you are willing to turn up and race. Excellent winter training and great team atmosphere. Would be nice to see some new faces….thanks xx

If you can race can you please contact Dani Tarleton either via Facebook or through the Arena email address: arena80ac@hotmail.co.uk

email address: arena80ac@hotmail.co.uk

IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE PARKING ARRANGEMENTS:

Parking arrangements for the Sussex Cross Country League at Stanmer Park on December 3rd.

The parking arrangements for the above league race will be at the Brighton & Hove Albion F C AMEX Stadium, where there will be ample parking spaces for all athletes.

Instructions when you approach the stadium you enter the car park on your right where there is a security hut. Please ask for the Bennetts car park which is on the bottom right. From the car park just walk down on the right of the stadium, past the East Stand carry on down and then over the railway foot bridge and then you turn down left under the under pass. When you see the Sussex University sign turn left till you meet a small side road, cross over and about 100 yards you turn right into the park.

It took me just over 10 minutes.

Could you please put up the club tents on your right of the park, of the football pitches.

PARKING INSIDE THE PARK IS FOR THE OFFICIALS, MARSHALL’S and HELPERS ONLY PLEASE, AS THERE ARE ONLY LIMITED SPACES

Men’s cross country race 3 – Saturday 3rd December

A message from our men’s vice captain Dan Vaughan.

Men: Our XC race at Stanmer Park this Saturday is half an hour later than the ladies’ race, so get there in good time to cheer them on, and collect your race number. 14:35 start. Our cost is £5, but we get 60% more for our money as we get an 8k race. Bargain huh?

I’ll be standing in for captain Steve Mcnealy as he’s off slacking somewhere. Let’s hope we can get the tent packed away this time…

COULD YOU PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU’RE COMING? We’ve had a better start to the season than the last two years, but really need to keep it going to maintain our top division place.

Thanks Dan.

If you can race can you please contact Dan Vaughan either via Facebook or through the Arena email address: arena80ac@hotmail.co.uk

IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE PARKING ARRANGEMENTS:

Parking arrangements for the Sussex Cross Country League at Stanmer Park on December 3rd.

The parking arrangements for the above league race will be at the Brighton & Hove Albion F C AMEX Stadium, where there will be ample parking spaces for all athletes.

Instructions when you approach the stadium you enter the car park on your right where there is a security hut. Please ask for the Bennetts car park which is on the bottom right. From the car park just walk down on the right of the stadium, past the East Stand carry on down and then over the railway foot bridge and then you turn down left under the under pass. When you see the Sussex University sign turn left till you meet a small side road, cross over and about 100 yards you turn right into the park.

It took me just over 10 minutes.

Could you please put up the club tents on your right of the park, of the football pitches.

PARKING INSIDE THE PARK IS FOR THE OFFICIALS, MARSHALL’S and HELPERS ONLY PLEASE, AS THERE ARE ONLY LIMITED SPACES

Arena 80 men’s team takes the Crowborough 10k crown.

A great team win for the Arena men at Sundays Crowborough 10k, and it couldn’t have been closer. First four runners home counted, which were Al Silvester (5th), Richard Clayton (7th), Dan Vaughan (13th) and Anthony Snelling (15th). This gave us a total of 40 pts – identical to Haywards Heath (4th, 8th, 9th & 19th). we can only assume we won it due to our 4th runner beating their 4th runner.

Individual prizes also went to Al Silvester for being 5th, Dan Vaughan for being first M45, Tara Shanahan for first W45 and Jenny Hughes for being first W55. A solid day at the office.

Congratulations to all of our athletes and what a way to round off a great year for Arena 80 AC. So many highlights throughout the year and all topped off with the HCC as well. May the fields and roads be filled with the colour of blue next season.

A message from our ladies road race captain.

A message from our Arena ladies road race captain.

I was very proud to be Ladies Road Race captain today as Dan Vaughan and I went up to get the team prize for the Harvey Curtis Road Race Challenge. I was especially pleased that the prize giver pointed out the significant contribution of our female runners in achieving this prize. So a special mention to all the scoring females, Caroline Hoyte, Julie Briggs, Dani Tarleton, Vicki Clark, Caroline Wood, Katherine O’Hara, Emily Hutchinson, Mary Henderson, Kristina Hine, Juliette Roberts, Emily Proto, Kerry Scott and myself. But also a shout out to all the other runners who took part across the 5 races and prevented the rival teams from scoring higher further down the field. And double well done to Katherine O’Hara & Dani Tarleton for coming 4th and 5th in the overall standings & joint second in the masters categories. Also  big congratulation to Al Silvester who came 6th in the men’s category.

Thank you to all Tara Shanahan

Our Chairman and two captains with the HCC shield.

Our Chairman and two captains with the HCC shield.

Black Friday for Arena Members!! Christmas Party 2016.

Black Friday!!
For a limited time and for £15 only for Arena members, 1 guaranteed place to the Arena Christmas party 2016, the social event of the year.

Do you want to win this chocoholic hamper?

Do you want to win this chocoholic hamper?

You’ll also be entered into the Arena draw for your chance to win this Chocolate Hamper which includes:
Moser Roth Cocoa Dusted Truffles…
Moser Roth Brazil Nuts
Moser Roth Belgian Chocolate Box
Single Origin Hot Chocolate
Specially Selected Chocolate Liqueur
Complete in a Gift Box Hamper (see picture).

Plus there will be various fun games during the evening and all topped off with a back to school style disco.

This is a must be at event and has already had a great uptake with all the usual suspects already booked in.

Don’t delay as this offer will not be around for too much longer.