Monthly Archives: June 2016

Get to Know…Marc Bonaldi

I run to keep the weight off.

I run to keep the weight off.

Name: Marc Bonaldi

Role on committee: Social rep / web admin 

1. When did you join Arena:
2013.

2. How long have you been running:
6 years.

3. Where did you grow up:
Brighton born and bred.

4. What advice would you give to someone just starting out running: 
Don’t get hung up on speed and times, don’t always listen to music when you’re running and try to take it in what’s around you.

5. Tell me about something you would happily do again:
Diving with whale sharks or the skydive from 13000 feet.

6. What is your favourite song or album ever: 
Back to the 80’s – Anything by Wham or George Michael.

7. What’s the greatest invention ever:
The internet. There is now so much knowledge at your fingertips and communication is so much easier.

8. What’s the first thing you notice about people: 
A smile, humour or laughter (sorry that’s 3 then).

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Paula <3 is always up there but I have so much admiration for Jessica Ennis just because she is a complete all-rounder at so many track and field events.

10. What’s the first thing you do in the morning:
Yawn, fart, burp, scratch then open my eyes.

11. Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:
Always been Baldy.

12. Tell me about someone you really admire:
I admire anyone that tries their best in whatever they do. My current attention of admiration would be Bob Page. The wealth of knowledge he has as a coach and athletics is incredible. He is an inspiration to so many of past and present.

13. Grab the nearest book or magazine, turn to page 68, and find line 11, what do the first 10 words say:
…enough to be coached by John Anderson who looked after…. (Vassos Alexander – Don’t stop me now – 26.2 tales of a runner’s obsession).

14. What’s your most used word / phrase:
Word = amazing, phrase = Always a pleasure never a chore.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I was the first dj in Brighton to be mixing using CD’s and I used to have my own radio show on an internet station (Skywave Radio).

16. If you could have lunch with 3 people dead or alive who would you choose:
Neil Armstrong, Ricky Gervias and John Lennon.

17. If you could do anything right now what would you do:
I would play the saxophone over a house beat (I can’t play though). This guy does it well but it’s not to everyone’s taste https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltXhkaKCfls

18. Have you ever had any fashion faux pas:
So many but I do remember trying to carry off the Miami Vice (Don Johnson) look and doing it very badly.

19. What was the last thing you dressed up as for fancy dress:
The super heroes run on the Hove Prom – Super Great Britain beer belly man as per picture above.

20. Have you any quirky habits:
If I have bare feet then I have to put something between my toes i.e at night I put the duvet between them, on a beach –pebbles, in a field – grass etc etc.

Our biggest thanks to Marc for this week’s Q&A’s. This is the last of the committee members so we hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know all of the committee and the club captains. They give up so much of their time, energy and effort which helps to keep the club RUNNING the way that it does which helps to make this such a great club to be a part of. Without them Arena 80 wouldn’t be the club that it is today and for this we must thank them all.

Get to Know…Paul Gasson

A Ferrari amongst men.

A Ferrari amongst men.

Paul is a staunch member of Arena 80.. please meet:

Name: Paul “Snakehips” Gasson

1. When did you join Arena:
About 20 years ago

2. How long have you been running:
About 30 years

3. Where did you grow up:
Hangleton, Hove

4. Do you like chocolate and if so what’s your favourite:
Other people’s

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
Most of my spare time is with family, two daughters, Claudia (25) and Rosie (9) and Gillian of course…..and Mr Charlie our big hairy dog.

6. What music are you listening to at the moment:
I’ve always listened to all genres; from blues, reggae, punk, prog rock, indie, folk but at the moment my favourites are Elbow, Teleman, BB King and Half Man Half Biscuit………..oh and Throbbing Gristle.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again:
Visit Australia.

8. What website do you visit the most: 
My online banking, every day without fail!

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Daley Thompson

10. Tell me about someone you really admire: 
Winston Churchill (not the one in the insurance advert!)

11. Have you anything on your bucket list that you still want to do:
See the Albion in the Premiership!

12. What makes you happy:
Seeing the Albion win, seeing my daughters succeed at whatever they try.

13. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go:
Tristan da Kuhna, an incredibly remote island in miles from anywhere.

14. Name 3 people (dead or alive) you would like to sit in a pub with:
BB King (with his guitar) Yuri Gargarin, the first man in space and Rhod Gilbert, the comedian.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I used to be a bouncer in a night club in Croydon!!!! It’s true……..and I play the bongos.

16. How often do you check your phone:
Too often!

17. What is your biggest accomplishment in your life sporting or non: 
In sport; being ranked 6th in the world in 2015 for the mile in the V60’s (thanks Joe Ashley)

18. What gives you a buzz:
Electric razor

19. If you didn’t run what other sport would you like to have done:
I absolutely loved playing football, but I wasn’t very good and seldom got picked. In fact if I wanted a game I’d arrange one just so I could play!

20. What’s the last concert or gig that you went to:
Not sure, it was either Alt J or Dr Feelgood

Our biggest thanks to Paul for this week’s Q&A’s and you will very often find Paul at the various parkruns on Saturdays.

Get to Know…Caroline Hoyte

With all the committee members now complete, we now turn our attention to our club members. We get the ball rolling with one of the clubs longest serving members and an Arena Stalwart. Caroline Hoyte has represented Great Britain and held national titles during her running career. Caroline still has so much drive and determination which this photo captures perfectly from just last week. Caroline is pretty adept to most distances and has a personal best at 5k of 16.26 and going right up to a half marathon time of 76.57. Meet Caroline Hoyte.

Did somebody say free chocolate.

Did somebody say free chocolate.

Name: Caroline Hoyte

 1. When did you join Arena:
1998.

2. How long have you been running:
I started running about a year before then.

3. Where did you grow up:
Kingston upon Thames.

4. Why did you choose to join Arena:
Because they had a strong women’s section.

5. How many pairs of trainers do you have:
I have quite a few pairs of trainers I know, I know. But come on…I’m married to the owner of a running shop so temptation is dangled in front of me on a daily basis! (admin says: The Run Shop in Blatchington Road, great service & great running shoes).

6. Who is your sporting hero:
Jo Pavey.

7. Define a moment in your life:
When I first set eyes on my husband to be….majestically running full throttle with dreadlocks flying in the wind.

8. What’s on your bucket list:
Huh! I’m looking forward to writing one when (if?!) the children leave home.

9. Can you touch your nose with your tongue:
Err, no.

10. Who in your life has influenced you the most:
Kurt. (admin says: Husband).

11. What were you like a school:
Careless (according to my reports).

12. What’s your favourite kind of drink:
Coffee.

13. What’s your favourite brand of sportswear:
Currently I’m loving my On trainers.

14. What’s your favourite music / song / band:
Jazz/classical.

15. Apart from running, what else do you do with your free time:
I sing in a choir.

16. What types of books do you like to read:
Autobiography.

17. Something or someone you miss the most from childhood:
My Nan.

18. What do you think would be the hardest thing for you to give up:
Running (I was hell to live with when I was pregnant!).

19. What in your opinion was your best race:
Hyde Park women’s 5k challenge 2010. I ran a pb and was even on the telly for the first couple of kilometres!

20. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I play Scrabble a lot.

Our biggest thanks to Caroline for this week’s Q&A’s. Caroline holds several of our Arena club records which can be found under our results section of our website and can often been found at our training session on a Thursday chasing her son Ruben who is a fine up and coming junior into the running scene.

Get to Know…Brigitte Groves

Anyone seen Brigitte?

Anyone seen Brigitte?

Name: Brigitte Groves

Role on committee: WSFRL Joint Co-ordinator

1. When did you join Arena:
About two years ago I think!

2. How long have you been running:
About 17 years, I started during one of my many mid-life crises and completed a Race for Life in 1999.

3. Where did you grow up:
Portslade

4. What was the last thing you ate: 
An apple!

5. Where’s your favourite hangout place:
Jack and Jill windmills at Clayton or my sofa.

6. What’s your biggest inspiration? 
Probably my Mum and Dad for embedding sport in my life. They were both extremely keen cyclists and although I hated being dragged to races it must have had a positive effect.

7. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be:
Anything someone else cooked…except Salmon!

8. What 1 thing would you take with you on a deserted island: 
My radio (perhaps it would need to be solar powered though)

9. Who is your sporting hero:
I don’t have one in particular, I admire many but probably Kathrine Switzer stands out for opening the door to women’s distant running.

10. Which are your favourite smells:
Chance by Chanel, freshly baked bread, or someone else’s cooking.

11. Is there anything you hope to achieve in the next 5 years:
Some new adventures, I just have to work out what they are.

12. What makes you happy:
Running, weekends, sunshine and my ever increasing family.

13. What’s your all-time favourite film:
I’m not really a film fan but going by the one I have watched the most, it has to be The Sound of Music!

14. What is your motto in life:
Years ago I was nursing a young terminally ill woman, she said I should always ‘appreciate the moment as it won’t happen again’ so I try to remind myself of that each day.

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
I have an Emmerdale Farm tea towel.

16. What’s the one thing you can’t live without:
Probably the internet, although a week in Devon proved that I probably can!

17. Describe your childhood days: 
Privileged and very 1960s, days spent roaming about, horse-riding, Brownies, ballet dancing, family holidays and hanging out with mates.

18. Why do you run:
To feel good about myself, happy in my head and meet some great friends.

19. First celebrity crush:
Marc Bolan (that is BOLAN not BONALDI!)

20. Name 3 (dead or alive) people you would like to have round for dinner:
My Dad, because I was a painful teenager when he died and never appreciated him or his sporting achievements.
Peter Vennall, my first love. He immigrated to Canada when we were five years old so it would be good to catch up.
Emmeline Pankhurst

Our biggest thanks to Brigitte for this week’s Q&A’s. We have the last of the Arena committee members for next week so feel free to pop in next Wednesday for more Q&A’s to complete the set.