Monthly Archives: July 2016

Get to Know…Dan Vaughan

There's no hiding behind this tree.

There’s no hiding behind this tree.

We are joined this week by the man who seems to take every first place for the O40’s in almost every race he does. He is a human metronome and with his very upright running style towers amongst most of his competitors. Let’s find out more about Mr Vaughan.

Name: Dan Vaughan

1. When did you join Arena: 
2013, after I quit my London job and so could make it to evening sessions. Bob sweet-talked me into choosing Arena.

2. How long have you been running:
A friend persuaded me to do the Great North Run in 2006 – my first ever race. I used to play footy regularly (centre back) but had to stop in 2003 after knee surgery. Luckily I can run in straight lines – it’s just kicking people that hurts.

3. Where did you grow up:
Born in Manchester, grew up & schooled in Knutsford (Cheshire) where my mum and sister still live. They’re not the same person – that only happens the other side of the Pennines.

4. How many pairs of trainers do you have:
On the low side at moment – only 8 pairs in active service, with 4 waiting patiently on top of the wardrobe.

5. In your opinion, what is the best movie ever:
The English Patient. Or at least the key movie in my life – I softened up my girlfriend with it on DVD before proposing to her. She’s still tolerating me after 16 years of marriage. Any rumours that I only actually proposed after Match of the Day are TOTALLY UNFOUNDED.

6. Tell us about something you would happily do again:
Best holiday of my life was a 10 day tour of Chile. Desert, volcanoes, Andes, Santiago, vineyards, Patagonia…  I’d love to go back, and take at least 20 days…

7. If you had one word to describe yourself, what would you choose:
“Cantankerous” has been mentioned on the odd occasion. Very unfair. I’d go for “organised” or “tidy”. Might as well go for “dull” and be done with it.

8. Have you got any running rituals you do before a race: 
Breakfast 3 hours before it starts – just coffee & cereal. Then nothing till a bottle of Lucozade on the start line. Dull.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Gary Pallister. (Manchester United centre back in the 1990s)

10. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, what can you touch:
My right arm. I have very long arms.

11. What is your one weakness:
My wine cellar. It leads me astray.

12. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear:
Tour de France on TV downstairs. Come on the Froome dog. My 7 year old son is capable of watching even more sport on TV than me.

13. If money was no object, where you most like to visit:
I’ve always wanted to do a driving holiday from San Francisco up the coastline through California and Oregon to Seattle… Lucky that… See you when I get back in a few weeks…

14. What type of music do you like to listen to:
The Stone Roses. Am a bit partial to Johnny Cash too. And The Smiths. My musical knowledge seems to end in the 1990s.

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
My Dad was Lord Mayor of York in 1999/2000 (despite being Lancastrian!). I suppose that’s not really about me though. I got a grade A in Home Economics GCSE.

16. What would be in your perfect sandwich:
An Aussie Shiraz and an Argentinian Malbec with a South African Pinotage in the middle. Not the night before a race though.

17. What’s the furthest you have ridden on your bike:
I cycled 1100 miles in 10 days from Bordeaux to Alicante via the Pyrenees after I’d graduated in 1993. And that included 2 days rest in Barcelona tracking down some bike parts! Happy days. My best mate sat in my slipstream the whole way, the lazy toe rag. Although if you know me, that can be a pretty unpleasant place to be.

18. Would you prefer to go bungee jumping or sky diving and have you done either or are you going to at some point: 
Definitely sky diving. I did a parachute jump for charity 25 years ago – loved it. Maybe take up skydiving when the legs give out.

19. What was the last photo you took on your phone:
At Wimbledon 2 weeks ago. Photography ain’t my thing – I’ll leave that to Danny Cartier-Bresson Cartledge.

20. Where are you happiest when you are out running:
Racing! Favourite local race has to be the Hastings Half – on roads, but suitably challenging. Most scenic race I’ve done was the Two Oceans 56k in Cape Town.

Our biggest thanks to Dan for this week’s Q&A’s and you can’t miss Dan at track on Monday’s and Hove Park on Thursday’s. Check back next Wednesday for another set of Q&A’s with our next chosen club member.

Get to Know…Emily Proto

A purr-fect smile.

A purr-fect match.

We are joined this week by the feline that is Emily Proto. Having taken up running not that long ago (in running terms) Emily has notched up many personal records as well as being invited to run in the Great South Run last year as one of the elite runners and getting to hang out with Jo Pavey no less. So let’s find out a little more about the ‘Protonater’.

Name: Emily Proto

1. When did you join Arena:
September 2011 after meeting Isobel at an open meet – we did the long jump together and Isobel Muir beat me by 3 metres (no joke).

2. How long have you been running:
Since Feb 2011.

3. Where did you grow up:

4. What was your first thought when you woke up this morning: 
I’m too tired to go for a run.

5. What do you do for fun:
Go on holiday.

6. Name 3 things in nature you find most beautiful:
Watching the River Adur when running across the Shoreham Tollbridge. Spying on my cat in the garden chasing flies & the smell of freshly cut grass.

7. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be:

8. What’s your favourite app on your phone: 
WhatsApp – I have a family WhatsApp group and even though we are nearby and see each other often we send pictures and videos of what we are all up to.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Paula Radcliffe – I find it so amazing that no woman has run within 3 minutes of her marathon record of 2 hours 15 minutes which was set in 2003!

10. Without looking, guess what time it is and how close were you: 
9:05am (oops it was 9:23am).

11. Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:
Not really a nickname but a lot of people call me Proto, which I quite like.

12. What makes you happy:
Seeing other people happy.

13. What was the last film you watched:
Identity Thief

14. What type of music do you like most:
I like classical and country music.

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
If you see me running with my earphones in then I’m probably listening to classical music.
‘i Giorni’ by Ludovico Einaudi is my favourite piano piece and I’m learning to play it too. (Admin writes: I never saw that one coming).

16. What is your favourite piece of running kit:
Running watch.

17. What are your favourite sweets: 
Rhubarb and custard haribo sweets.. mmmm. haribos

18. What was the first song you ever purchased:
It was by a band called ‘Cleopatra’ called ‘Cleopatra comin atcha’. I knew the whole dance routine!

19. What was the last thing you bought:
A skirt from Zara.

20. Who is the most famous person you have ever seen or met:
I met Jo Pavey at the Great South Run last year in the toilets just before the race, we were laughing because every time she went, she kept joining the back of the queue again ‘just in case’.

Our biggest thanks to Emily for this week’s Q&A’s and you will Emily running around Shoreham but only if you’re up at about 6am. Check back next Wednesday for another set of Q&A’s with our next chosen club member.

Get to Know…Joe Ashley

You gotta be Joe-king, running in all that mud.

You gotta be Joe-king, running in all that mud.

We are joined this week by Mr Miler and king of the track Joe Ashley. Joe Has chosen to concentrate on the 1500m this year and this has paid dividends as he has just set, in the last three weeks, a new PB in the mile at 4.43.98 and last week in the 800m in 2.11.5 so let’s meet the man himself.

Name: Joe Ashley

1. When did you join Arena:
October 2013 I think – just before starting training from Brighton Marathon 2014.

2. How long have you been running:
About 4 and a half years.

3. Where did you grow up:
Rochester in Kent.

4. Which three words describe you best: 
Practical, cheerful, competitive.

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
Most of it is taken up with my young daughter Bea, but if I have any left over….eat, drink, support Arsenal and go to gigs.

6. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week: 
Finally running a controlled 800m race at Vets league.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again:
Go back to our honeymoon hotel in Bali.

8. What was your favourite subject at school: 
Classical Civilisation.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Steve Redgrave.

10. Have you gone out with mismatched socks on: 
Only when I packed two left socks for the British Masters Indoors Championship 1500m race in February.

11. Have you anything on your bucket list that you still want to do:
Lots, top of the list would be to drive across Europe to Russia and then take the Trans Siberian Railway from Moscow to Beijing.

12. What is your favourite drink:

13. Have you gone in to a room and forgotten why:
All the time, I blame the Guinness.

14. Name 3 people (dead or alive) you would like to sit in a pub with:
Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Nick Cave.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I used to have long hair.

16. Apart from your wife, who would you choose to be marooned on a desert island with:
This is a tough one – but as my wife might read this, I’m going to play it safe and say one of my cats, Cinders.

17. Which came first the chicken or the egg: The egg.
For why, read Nick Lane’s excellent book ‘Oxygen’ which covers topics such as oxygen toxicity, the origins of life and the concept of ageing.

18. Which time period would you visit in history:
Hmm, I’m torn between the early Roman Empire and the late Napoleonic years.

19. If you didn’t run what other sport would you like to have done:
Swimming. I used to be quite good, but it’s been years since I’ve swam properly.

20. What was the last book you read: “A Line in the Sand:
Britain, France and the struggle that shaped the Middle East”.

Our biggest thanks to Joe for this week’s Q&A’s and you can next find Joe in action at the next Vet’s Meeting at Lewes on Monday 25 July. Check back next Wednesday for another set of Q&A’s with our chosen club member.

Get to Know…Isobel Muir

A purr-fect photo of Isobel Muir.

A purrrr-fect photo of Isobel Muir.

We are joined this week by Ms parkrun herself – Isobel Muir. Isobel can very often been found competing at the various parkruns around Brighton & Hove and has to date notched up an impressive 281parkruns which is a few pairs of trainers to go through we’re guessing. She is also a very humorous lady so if you haven’t had the pleasure then do introduce yourself.

Name: Isobel Muir 

1. When did you join Arena:
2010 ish perhaps (defected from B&H).

2. How long have you been running:
Since 2007 I think (used to be a sprinter at school).

3. Where did you grow up:

4. What was the last thing you ate: 
A packet of crisps.

5. Where’s your favourite hangout place:
On my sofa under my cat.

6. Which is your favourite four-legged creature and why?
Cats. Because they look at you with utter disdain and generally think they are the greatest.
I wish I could be like them so life would be a breeze.

7. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be:
Cheese on toast with marmite.

8. What 1 thing would you take with you on a deserted island: 
The world’s longest and best book.

9. Are you old-fashioned?
Yes in many respects though I do love my iPhone and wouldn’t be without it.

10. Are you usually late, early or right on time?
Very early but I’m trying to temper that to right on time.

11. Tell me about your favourite book, magazine or comic?
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

12. What makes you happy:
My cat.

13. What’s your all-time favourite film:
Falling Down.

14. Whats your middle name?
I don’t have one.

15. What music are you listening to right now?
At Night I Think About You by MNEK. It’s on the radio so not my choice.

16. What’s the one thing you can’t live without:
Wifi (though I survived Devon – just).

17. Describe your childhood days: 
Quiet. Active. Mainly spent playing football/cricket/40-40 in the road.

18. Why do you run:  
To try and keep relatively sane.

19. First celebrity crush:
Sebastian Coe.

20. How often do you check your phone?
Almost non-stop.

Our biggest thanks to Isobel for this week’s Q&A’s and you can find Isobel at the Arena 80 Hove Prom parkrun this Saturday.