Monthly Archives: April 2016

‘Get to know’… Tara Shanahan

The ladies road races team captain.

The ladies road races team captain.

Name: Tara Shanahan
Role on committee: Ladie’s Team Captain (Road Races)

1. When did you join Arena:
January 2014

2. How long have you been running:
I started in 2009, was properly obsessed by 2010.

3. Where did you grow up:
Worthing, I used to gaze along the coast and dream of living in Brighton.

4. Do you like chocolate and if so what’s your favourite:
I do like chocolate. Galaxy Cookie Crumble please.

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
At the moment redecorate my mum’s flat. The normal stuff, watch TV, go to the cinema, eat out, stare at the walls. And I like knitting!

6. What music are you listening to at the moment:
I have eclectic taste. Underworld’s new album is good for running to but at home I like a more chilled, melancholy vibe.

7. Tell us about something you would happily do again:
Walk solo around the island of La Gomera. I did it in January and was in heaven.

8. What website do you visit the most:
Strava.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Paula!!! Obvs!! (Joe Ashley’s favourite)

10. Tell me about someone you really admire:
Jo Pavey, for her ordinariness and her extraordinariness. I admire the way she’s stuck with the sport for the love of it even though the glory was late coming.

11. Have you anything on your bucket list that you still want to do:
Only running related ones. Get more PBs and run in interesting places.

12. What makes you happy:
Nothing beats PB pride! And dogs.

13. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go:
I like walking so somewhere with amazing scenery, perhaps Norway.

14. Name 3 people (dead or alive) you would like to sit in a pub with:
It takes me a while to feel comfortable with people I don’t know so I would choose 3 close friends.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
No! If you don’t know it, it’s cos I don’t want you to know it!

16. How often do you check your phone:
Every couple of hours.

17. What is your biggest accomplishment in your life sporting or non:
Winning the Steyning Roundhill Romp 2015! My first and only first, apart from parkrun. I’m also quite proud of my 19.10 parkrun PB.

18. What gives you a buzz:
‘E’ ……(for exercise!)

19. If you didn’t run what other sport would you like to have done:
I don’t like team sports so maybe something like tennis although I never play it. I do like cycling and occasionally go bouldering.

20. What’s the last concert or gig that you went to:
Lonelady at Patternz late last year.

My big thanks to Tara Shanahan for taking part in this weeks Q&A’s. We’ll have another committee member for next Wednesdays set of Q&A’s.

‘Get to know’… Steve McNealy

The Dynamic Duo.

The Dynamic Duo.

Name: Steve McNealy

Role on committee: Men’s cross country captain / kit supplier

1. When did you join Arena:
It was a long time ago – must be over 10 years now…………..Ask Jenny (club secretary for those that don’t know Jenny),.

2. How long have you been running:
Started with Fittleworth Flyers in 2000 before joining a “proper club”

3. Where did you grow up:
Was born in Scotland and moved to Brighton when I was 6 and been here ever since.

4. What advice would you give to someone just starting out running:
If you don’t enjoy it, do another sport, also buy a size bigger trainer as your feet swell and this stops you losing your toe nails!!!!!!!

5. If money was no object what one thing would you do:
Pay off everyone’s mortgage.

6. What is your favourite song or album ever:
Tainted love by Soft Cell.

7. What’s the greatest inventions ever:
Marmalade, Tarmac, Pneumatic tyres, Telephones, Television, Bicycles and Penicillin, — all invented by a Scottish person of course.

8. What do you do to relax:
I never sit still, as my family will tell you, but mainly it is getting out running.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Peter Knee…………….. he keeps me motivated and is my running partner, can always rely on him when feeling crap or injured.

10. What’s the first thing you do in the morning:
Open my eyes and go for a wee.

11. Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:
Satnav Steve, as I navigated each day when we ran from Norway to England in 14 days.

12. Do you ever sing or dance at home:
Yes but neither very well.

13. Have you any fears or phobias:
Needles, blood and heights.

14. When was the last time you laughed hysterically:
The other night watching Mrs Brown’s Boys.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
Probably OCD when wanting things to be clean and tidy – hate a mess.

16. What is your favourite piece of running kit:
The club vest – what else could beat that.

17. Grab the nearest book or magazine, turn to page 21, find line 8, what do the first 10 words say:
One of my best memories of childhood in Djibouti is the food. ( who can guess what I was reading then).

18. Have you ever had any fashion faux pas:
Never really been into fashion – people either take me as they find me or not at all.

19. What do you think about the most:
Sex – after being married for 27 years that’s all you can do…………

20. What’s the last photo you took on your phone:
My backside, where it was black and blue from tearing my hamstring.

My thanks to Steve McNealy for taking part in this weeks Q&A’s. We’ll have another committee member for next Wednesdays set of Q&A’s.