Monthly Archives: May 2016

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.

‘Get to Know’…Dani Tarleton

Dani (407) loves nothing more than running in mud.

Dani (407) loves nothing more than running in mud.

Name: Dani Tarleton

Role on committee: Ladies cross country captain

1. When did you join Arena:
Oct 2012

2. How long have you been running:
2005 ( started slowly on a treadmill!!)

3. Where did you grow up:
Southampton

4. Have you any fears or phobias:
Heights

5. If money was no object what one thing would you do:
Make sure everyone in the world has enough to eat, drink and a roof over their head at night.

6. Tell us about something you’ve achieved:
This year a sub 90 half and a sub 40 10k

7 Have you got a bucket list and if so what’s on it:
To climb a mountain, learn to ski, go to Cuba

8. What was the first gig/concert you went: 
The Communards!

9. Which came first the chicken or the egg:
Egg of course – esp if chocolate

10. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy: 
Diamonds

Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:
My children call me Dino. (So Dino Dani it is here from here on then).

11. Does your name make any interesting anagrams:
Let in a dart, no

12. What music are you listening to right now:
The stone roses by the stone roses

14. When was the last time you laughed hysterically:
Watching an old episode of Friends ( the one where Ross has his teeth whitened)

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I used to be an air hostess – didn’t get much further than Glasgow and back though!

16. What was the last thing you bought:
A yellow parka from ebay today for £3

17. Grab the nearest book or magazine, turn to page 48, and find line 10, what do the first 10 words say: 
“and what qualification does that lead to asked Connie seriously?”

18. What one thing do you think about most in the day:
How many hours of peace left until I have to collect the kids? Is it time for wine yet?

19. What did you do for your last birthday:
Drowned my sorrows at a B.Y.O

20. If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be:
Dolly Parton

My thanks to Dani for taking part this week. We will have another of the committee next Wednesday.

‘Get to Know’…Mark Stephenson

Mark is way to relaxed in his running style.

Mark is way to relaxed in his running style.

Name: Mark Stephenson

Role on committee: General helper to Caroline, Bob, and Steve and organiser of Sussex road relay and the weakest link race.

 1. When did you join Arena:
2008

2. How long have you been running:
since I joined Arena but a lot of jogging around the block before then

3. Where did you grow up:
Hove

4. Do you like chocolate and if so what’s your favourite:
I prefer real ale

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
Walking (met Caroline trekking in Wadi Rum, Jordan), Gardening, supporting the Albion

6. What music are you listening to at the moment: 
The Undertones

7.  Tell me about something you would happily do again:
Have another beer

8. What website do you visit the most: 
At present Chichester Peregrines’ live link

9. Who is your sporting hero:
C B Fry but in modern times Paula Radcliffe (heroine)

10. Tell me about someone you really admire:
Roy Taylor (Portslade Hedgehoppers) If I get to his age I would love to be as mentally and physically active as him.

11. Have you anything on your bucket list that you still want to do:
Travelling (when I pack up work)

12. What makes you happy:
Running over the Downs early on a Spring morning

13. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go:
New Zealand / Antarctica

14. Name 3 people (dead or alive) you would like to sit in a pub with:
Ernest Shackleton, David Lloyd George, and Queen Boadicea

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I won a beautiful baby competition

16. How often do you check your phone:
Never

17. What is your biggest accomplishment in your life sporting or non: 
Running across Scotland

18. What gives you a buzz:
Doing a job well

19. If you didn’t run what other sport would you like to have done:
Rowing. I also played football for many years and worked out that I must have played against Bob

20. What’s the last concert or gig that you went to:
Caroline dragged me to see Tony Hadley but out of my choice The Brighton Beach Boys

My thanks to Mark Stephenson for this week’s ‘Get to know’.. Q&A’s. We will have another club member next Wednesday.

‘Get to Know’…Steve Wood

The three amigos (Steve is in blue)

The three amigos (Steve is in blue)

Name: Steve Wood

Role on committee: Im not trusted for a specific role but usually do quiz or race announcing.

1. When did you join Arena: 1995

2. How long have you been running:
I started around 1992 after I retired from boxing.

3. Where did you grow up:
Patcham, Brighton.

4. What is your greatest running achievement: 
I ran the Hastings Half Marathon around 1993 and got under 2 hours so was very pleased.

5. What is your worst/saddest running moment:
Years ago I had a friendly but fierce rivalry with Bob Page over 800m in the Arena Track Championships. In 2001 in a showdown Bob (2m 35s) beat me by 4 secs. I was distraught and didnt sleep for a fortnight.

6.. What was the best advice you have ever been given:
Learn from your mistakes and never stop learning.

7. Who is your biggest inspiration:
It might sound corny but my dad. He was a good all round sportsman and had 3 sons. He taught me and my brothers to swim, play football, cricket, squash, and golf from an early age. He is 88 now but still a joy to be with.

8. What do you like to do on a weekend: 
I usually run Hove Parkrun on Saturday mornings, take my girlfriend out for dinner Saturday evenings. Sundays I see my parents, nephew and nieces.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
I was classmates with Steve Ovett at school and followed his career until he retired. After that I loved Sugar Ray Leonard.

10. What’s the one thing you can’t live without:
Family. I have 2 brothers, a nephew and 3 nieces.

11. Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:
When I was boxing it was ‘Hitman’..only joking… Woody.

12. What are your favourite sweets:
Fudge and toffee.

13. Anything on your bucket list that you still want to do:
I want to improve my cooking so a Cordon Bleu cookery course.

14. Name 3 people (dead or alive) you would like to sit in a pub with:
David Frost, Sean Lock and Gaby Logan (she’s very funny)

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I was a boxer for many years and retired at 35  which is why I started running.

16. What is your one weakness:
Right now I’m between weaknesses…

17. What’s the best thing you have ever won: 
At 15 I got to the semis of the National Schools and won a trophy for the Brighton boxer going the furthest in the championships.

18. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch::
I’ve just knocked over my bedside lamp.

19. Is there other life in the universe:
I think it’s possible. My nephew Ryan is studying Theoretical Physics and we have great conversations about Parallel universes. He says that statistically it seems unlikely that we are the only lifeform. We should discuss it at the next committee meeting.

20. Anything else you’d like to share:
I am a member of Phuket Hash House Harriers so if anyone goes to Phuket take a look at their website. The runs are spectacular, through jungle and rubber plantations and visitors are always welcome.