The Sussex Masters XC Championships at Lancing, Saturday 20th January – Arena Gold Fest

The Sussex Masters XC Championships at Lancing, Saturday 20th January

It was very fitting that on Monday it was known nationally as Blue Monday and so it was on Saturday when Lancing became Blue Saturday.

It was typical winter weather with it being cold, wet and er very muddy, but that did not deter our intrepid ladies team and four of our men from venturing out to take on the elements and being so fearless out there in Lancing.

We are of course looking at the very best that Sussex has to offer for this masters event and it would be tremendous if any of our athletes took home a gold medal or two.

The conditions lived up to the winter XC season and if you saw any grass then you had probably gone to the wrong place for this my friends was Mud City at its best. Now I know a few people like those beauty spa days where you can get a mud pack on your face which brings the skin up beautifully but I didn’t expect anyone to try for a freebie here, but it would be rude to waste it I guess, so there were a couple of our athletes that thought they would take the plunge and take full advantage of it in the form of Craig Isaac and Paul Hebden, although I have to say, I’m not sure it really did the right job for them, anyway I digress.

What of our ladies I hear you ask, it’s lovely to report that the Arena Blue Saturday turned to Arena Gold Saturday.

From the very start Caroline Hoyte took command (see top photo) and there was surely only going to be one winner of this race . When Caroline puts that race face on you just know there ain’t no messin’ with this gal with no one else getting a look in. Let’s not take anything away from the two Hailsham girls behind Caroline as they did put up a good race but that only pushed Caroline harder and made her more determined which in the end brought her home as first lady overall in 27.30, this was almost a minute ahead of the 2nd place Hailsham lady, cracking run and still leading by example.

Arena also had no less than four athletes in the top 10 with Dani Tarleton home in 6th overall (29.04) who also took bronze in the W45.

Katherine O’Hara was 7th overall (29.17) and 4th place in the W35 with Rebecca Knights in 8th overall (29.18) and 5th in the W35. Some fine team work here from these three ladies as they stuck with each other and helped to push themselves along together to get the best out of themselves.

Now let’s drill the results down further for our ladies. Arena posted 4 in the top 10 better than any other club. Arena posted 7 in the top 20 better than any other club. Arena posted 9 in the top 30 better than any other club. Arena posted 11 in the top 40 better than any other club and Arena posted 13 in the top 50 better than any other club, now that’s a sold ladies team by anyone’s standards and you couldn’t ask for more or better from the team or could we?

With so much talent within the ladies team we hoped to come away with at least a medal or two so check this out:
Caroline Hoyte – 1st Individual / 1st F45
Dani Tarleton – 3rd F45
Clare Aquilina – 2nd F55

Katherine O’Hara – 1st F35 Team 
Rebecca Knights – 1st F35 Team
Juliette Roberts – 1st F35 Team

Caroline Hoyte – 1st F45 Team
Dani Tarleton – 1st F45 Team
Caroline Wood – 1st F45 Team

Clare Aquilina – 1st F55 Team
Nicky Yeates – 1st F55 Team
Anne Miners – 1st F55 Team

Tamar Coleman – 2nd F55 Team
Fiona Jamie – 2nd F55 Team
Brigitte Groves – 2nd F55 Team

Now with that much treasure to take home even Blackbeard is on his way to come and collect it. It really was a remarkable day considering the conditions out there and all of our ladies should be congratulated on a job very well done. I will also mention the other ladies that also took to Lancing as they deserve recognition as well, as they all bring something to the team morale and camaraderie: Tara Shanahan, Katie Wright, Jo Peckham, Isobel Muir, Cat Scott and Michele Saunders, such a strong team spirit amongst our ladies.

There were 18 ladies that braved it out there in Lancing and braved all the weather that could be thrown at them so ladies you have done yourselves and your club very proud, what a way to bring in 2018, we applaud you all.

Arena did take 4 men over so obviously we don’t have many VET’s at our club to be able to participate in this event 😉 We should commend Shawn Buck, Jim Watson, Paul Hebden and Craig Isaac for making the journey. From all accounts it was more like a Torvill and Dean dance due to the conditions so again big kudos to these guys for representing and getting out there.

There was plenty of cake on offer after the race and again thank you to all those that took the time out to make and bake and for making this such a top day out for those attending.

Congratulations to all of you that took home medals.

The next two big important races coming up for the club is the Harvey Curtis Race Chichester 10k on Sunday 4th February. We are the current team Champions of this trophy and looking for a third straight year of retaining this so if you are able to run then please book up: http://www.chichester10k.com/home.html

After that is the very last XC league race at Stamner park on Saturday 10th February. The ladies team is in a very strong position to take 1st place but it will need your help if we are to hold on to this position.

The men are in 5th place and so it’s set to be one of our best places for many years so we need to consolidate this place and again Men we need your help to keep it there. Please let Dani Tarleton know if you are able to run for the women and Dan Vaughan know if you can run for the men.

Post written by admin and views expressed are those of admin only.

Key races for Arena 80 members for February

The Harvey Curtis Cup and 1st Super Series race of the year
Sunday 4th February – Chichester 10k
Entries: http://www.chichester10k.com/home.html
This is a key race for Arena 80 as we start our bid to retain the HCC team trophy for the 3rd year running. There are 6 races in this year’s HCC and we need to score our best 5 of 6. This also kicks starts the club’s Super Series challenge which incorporates all 6 of the HCC races so it’s a double whammy for our club members. Your support in these races will be and is much appreciated. 

Last cross-country race of the 2017/18 season
Saturday 10th February – Stamner Park, Brighton
Entries – on the day at a mere £5.00.
The last race of the XC season comes to a head here. The men are having a solid season in division 1 and looking to further consolidate their 5th position. The ladies are having another stellar XC season and going in to the last race in an excellent position. One last push here would possibly see us land a potential team gold. It’s been encouraging to see so many new members having a go this season and looks encouraging for next season now. If you are able to make this one then let your captain’s know PLUS it’s double cake day as well so let’s start the Arena year off with a high.

The first ever Arena parkrun series race
Saturday 17th February – Preston Park
A brand new club challenge for 2018 is the 6 x parkrun races headed up by Al Silvester. You’ve all seen the emails about this one and it’s a great opportunity to get our Arena athletes all in one place. Here is the first of the 6 races which is the age graded scoring race. As always a great showcase for the club.

The National Cross Country Championship
Saturday 24th February – Parliament Hill
Here is something a little different to the normal races around. This is a top opportunity for our club athletes to compete with other top class clubs and runners. There is a men’s and women’s race and we are looking for teams of 6 per team. Sam Bennett is our lead on this one so please contact him at: MilkE73@yahoo.co.uk and the deadline for entries on this is Friday 12th January so not long to go I you wish to be entered. See post on website for more details. The club will pay the entry fee for this one however if you put your name and then don’t run the club will need to claim the fee back from you.

There are some nice races to get your teeth in to over the coming weeks so good luck to you all and thank you for your continued support in making Arena 80 such a great club.

Arena kit 15% discount promotion, not long left for this promotion now.

There’s is not long left on this 15% discount promotion so worth looking at if you intend to buy any Arena kit.

Our kit supplier Viga Sportswear have agreed to extend the 15% discount promotion up to January 31st 2018.

This is a great opportunity for anyone that missed the promotional cut off in December to purchase any of our Arena kit products at the discounted rate. You also get a free flashing band (normal price £6.99) on every order.

To claim the discount enter the promo code: 15FUNRUN

Just follow this link: Arena kit 15% discount

Men’s 12 Stage Relay – Club Funded Race – Sunday 18th March

A message from James Dicks

Hi all,
You may have seen a few posts on Facebook regarding the 12 stage relays. This is an absolutely fantastic day out and one of those rarer team events where as Marc Bonaldi would say ‘Arena 80’s team camaraderie really shines through’. We entered this for the first time as a club last year and the few of us that ran would love to go back again with a full team of 12 this time! 

The event is being held at Milton Keynes and further details will follow as soon as they become available. Race against some of the best clubs in the South.

The event itself compromises of 12 runners each running roughly either a 4k or 6k leg. The club also kindly provide transport. So pop Sunday 18th March in the diary and join the 7 guys who have already signed up for this unique opportunity. Please let me know if you’d like to join us by emailing: jamesdicks@live.com

Thanks!
Dixie 

Class of 2016

Parking at SEAA Cross Country Championships – Stanmer Park, 27th January 2018

Here is a message from SEAA Competition Limited.

For those members that are participating in this race.

NOTE TO CLUB SECRETARIES, TEAM MANAGERS and INDIVIDUAL ATHLETES

CAR PARKING ARRANGEMENTS

We have now been able to secure parking arrangements for cars, minibuses and coaches for the Cross-Country Championships.

You will need to pay and book for spaces in advance. You are NOT able to pay on the day.

To reserve a space please visit the links below and pay using a credit or debit card. Please bring evidence of your ticket on the day.

PARKING FOR PRIVATE CARS

Parking for private cars has now been reserved at the Bridge Car Park, off Lewes Road, Brighton BN1 9PW close to the Brighton Amex Stadium. Some 700 spaces. There will be a charge of £3.28 for each space. Because of the likely congestion on the Highway we will not be able to collect the car park fee on the day.

Spaces will need to be booked in advance.

To book a car space visit here

 

Get to know…Kevin Price

For this week’s chosen club member we are joined by a man who quietly goes about his sport and his much respected by his peers. He is someone who is no stranger to doing a marathon or two. Indeed he got a cracking PB at the Brighton Marathon last year when he clocked in at 2.56.53 in 69th place. He also did the Snowdonia Marathon Trail in July where he placed 2nd in the V45 with a time of 4.51.18, have you seen that route? So it’s clear that he doesn’t do things by halves. A really nice guy to go with all his running accolades as well so ladies and gentlemen please give a big warm welcome to Mr Kevin Price.

Name: Kevin Price

1. When and why did you join Arena:
It was around June 2015, after years training solo I’d finally hit my marathon goal and was a bit lost what to do next. I hoped joining a club would help me find new challenges and freshen up my training.

2. How long have you been running:
Since around my 30th birthday when I persuaded some mates to all sign up for a 10k.

3. Where did you grow up:
Glastonbury, Somerset.Hippy by birth.

4. What was the last thing you bought:
It’s Christmas shopping time so a new footie goal for my son …..And a new thermal running top for me.

5. Are you scared of spiders? If no to what size would you pick one up?
Yes. I have a healthy fear of anything that can kill/maim me.

6. What were you like at school:
Short and lazy. I’ve since got taller.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again:
Pretty much climb any mountain or hill that I’ve been up before. There’s nothing like that summit feeling.

8. Name 3 people that you would have round for dinner (living or deceased):
Right now it would be the explorer and all round legend that is Ranulph Fiennes, and the incredible trail running couple Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg.

9. Tell us about something you’ve achieved:
Somerset county scouts draughts champion 1981.

10. What’s your favourite book, magazine or comic:
Like the Wind magazine is great.

11. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I was runner up in the 1980 Somerset county scout’s draughts championships.

12. What makes you happy:
Running on the downs especially during a summer rain shower although that seems so long ago now.

13. What do you do to relax:
Running, cycling, swimming and drinking.

14. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try:
An Astronaut just for the views.

15. Which store or website would you choose to max out your credit card:
Expedia.

16. What is most important in life:
Freedom, family and friends.

17. Who in your life has influenced you the most:
For me this changes through life, recent years it’s been my kids.

18. What’s your earliest memory:
Our kitchen ceiling falling down and the subsequent dust cloud.

19. Name your 3 favourite foods:
Cheese, apples and chutney.

20. Who is your sporting hero:
Lots of them but recently Kilian Jornet the ultra-runner/mountaineer who earlier this year ran up Everest unsupported, got sick on the way down rested a couple of days then did it again. 3 months later he won the hard rock 100 mile race despite falling and dislocating his collarbone and running the last 85 miles with his arm in a sling.

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

The Harvey Curtis Cup races 2018 have now been confirmed so over to you guys.

The Harvey Curtis Cup races have now been confirmed for 2018.

As the reigning champions of this trophy for 2016 and 2017 wouldn’t it be fantastic to make it a hat trick in 2018. We know that the other clubs in Sussex will now be looking at us and making a serious challenge for it this year and to become the best team in Sussex, a name that they would like to take away from us.

What we are asking from our athletes for this year is that when you are looking at what races to do for 2018, that you may consider any/some/all of the below races to give us a chance to retain the trophy. There are only 6 races in the HCC this year and they vary from the 5k at the Kings Head Canter up to the Barns Green half marathon so a really nice mixture of distances.

As well as our athletes aiming to come in to the top finishing places, we will also need your help by participating in the races to help to try and push other club athletes further down the pecking order to try and stop those scoring points.

As a thriving club with a big membership, we hope that our athletes will take on some of these races and to use your competitive spirit, determination, endurance, focus, energy and most of all, your pride in our club to help us stay at the top where we belong. 

These races are a show case for Arena 80 AC and there is always a great turn out for us to all get together and to just see the wall of blue vests going around the course is quite spectacular. Have a look at the races below and see/book what races you can. Let’s do this for our club and our Coach Bob Page, who has put so much time and effort in to you all and has put us where we are today. 

Now of course all of these races form part of our club’s Super Series challenge this year so there is another incentive to sign up for these and join in. For those newer members that are not familiar with our Super Series races then click on the following link although the races for 2018 are still to be confirmed however the rules of the competition are on there: Super Series Races 

And the winners of the Harvey Curtis Cup road race challenge for 2018 is…… Wouldn’t it be nice to fill in the gap with Arena 80 AC once again.

The rules for the team event are:
In the team event, each team’s top six finishers – in men’s or women’s category – to score (i.e. best possible score is 12 points: 1st man + 1st woman + 2nd man + 2nd woman + 3rd man + 3rd woman); each team’s best 5 of 6 events to count. 

Click here for all the news and rules on the HCC: Harvey Curtis Cup website

Click on the links below for further details about each race:

Race 1: Chichester Priory 10k (inc. Sussex 10k Championships)Sunday, February 4th

Race 2: Brighton Phoenix 10kWednesday, July 11th

Race 3: Kings Head Canter 5kBank Holiday Monday, August 27th

Race 4: Barns Green Half Marathon (inc. Sussex HM Championships)Sunday, September 30th

Race 5: Bright10Sunday, October 7th

Race 6: Brighton 10k Sunday, November 18th

Arena taking the shield in 2016.

SEAA Stanmer Saturday Jan 27th

A request for volunteer’s. Please help if you can.

SEAA Stanmer Sat Jan 27th
As you are aware the South of England Cross Country Championships will be held in Stanmer Park on Saturday 27th January.

Some of our speedier runners are participating. However the organisers will rely on the local clubs to provide volunteers to make the event a success. This is a good opportunity to support our runners and also see some of the best runners in the country.

We would  therefore ask for some Arena members to assist with marshalling – either for the whole day from 10.30 to 4-20 pm or from early afternoon onwards.

Please would you let me know if you can assist and I will provide further details nearer the  time. Contact me on markstephenson1901@gmail.com

Thank you
Mark Stephenson