Monthly Archives: November 2016

Arena 80 men’s team takes the Crowborough 10k crown.

A great team win for the Arena men at Sundays Crowborough 10k, and it couldn’t have been closer. First four runners home counted, which were Al Silvester (5th), Richard Clayton (7th), Dan Vaughan (13th) and Anthony Snelling (15th). This gave us a total of 40 pts – identical to Haywards Heath (4th, 8th, 9th & 19th). we can only assume we won it due to our 4th runner beating their 4th runner.

Individual prizes also went to Al Silvester for being 5th, Dan Vaughan for being first M45, Tara Shanahan for first W45 and Jenny Hughes for being first W55. A solid day at the office.

Congratulations to all of our athletes and what a way to round off a great year for Arena 80 AC. So many highlights throughout the year and all topped off with the HCC as well. May the fields and roads be filled with the colour of blue next season.

Get to Know…Richard Clayton

Not the buggy Richard dreamt of getting in his youth.

Not the buggy Richard dreamt of getting in his youth.

For this week’s choice we have probably one of the most competitive athletes at Arena, Mr Richard Clayton. Richard has proved himself to be right up there with the best of them at Arena, whether that be at training sessions, cross country, individual races or parkruns. In-fact Richard appears in the club records no less than four times, which proves he has that fighting instinct in him. A great father to two lovely girls and a top bloke to hang out with. A gentle soul but a determined mind best sums Richard up so without further ado lets find out a little more about Mr Clayton.

1. When and why did you join Arena:
September 2015 – why….because I loved the vest!

2. How long have you been running:
Restarted last summer, but was a track runner between 97′ and 08′.

3. Where did you grow up:
Lewes until I was 11, then Worthing and finally Brighton from late teens.

4. What’s your favourite word or phrase:
“Yes Dear” the only two words a man needs!

5. What don’t you like:
My Calf

6. Who is your sporting hero:
Lewis Hamilton – the man’s a genius behind the wheel

7. Define a moment in your life:
Watching my 2 girls being born, the process is stressfully magical.

8. What’s on your bucket list:
Lots….waiting for my girls to grow up and move out so I can share some good times with my wife again Sub 2:45 London Marathon 2018, but first need to run a sub 1:15 half this spring to gain championship entry.

9. If you were single what would you do more of (apart from running):
Sleeping. These girls of mine do their best to deprive me of it!

10. Tell us about someone you really admire:
My Wife Sarah

11. What were you like a school:
Shy, struggled with a lazy eye which was corrected when I was 18. Apologies if I don’t make eye contact whilst talking with you, it’s a cemented habit Enjoyed winning sports day every year!

12. What is your one weakness:
Did I mention my Calf?!?

13. What would you like your epitaph to read:
Here lies the best Decorator to grace this town. (Whilst holding my Purdy Brush)

14. What’s your favourite music / song / band:
Anything, me and a radio get on so well…..every day, every week.

15. Apart from running, what else do you do with your free time:
Watch the mighty Seagulls Spending it with my girls

16. What was the last book you read:
Surviving the Apocalypse, Vol 5. love a zombie survival book.

17. Have you any fears or phobias:
Swimming into a shoal of jellyfish

18. What do you think would be the hardest thing for you to give up:
Running

19. What in your opinion was your best race:
Like to believe I haven’t had it yet! 800m was my best event back in the day, but probably the hardest race to get right.

20. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
My Dad was a good xc runner and once beat Steve Ovett! Because he went the wrong way! Used to come second to him the rest of the time.

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

Get to Know…Jo Phillimore

Aye Aye Captain.

Aye Aye Captain.

For this week’s choice we have the lady who will always be one of the first to say hello to any new member joining the club. As well as being sociable, she also has one of the best sense of humours. For those of you that have not had a chance to have a conversation with her then I would urge to sit down (or run) and get to know this lady. An all round athlete and great to have her along with Arena. Ladies and gentlemen please be upstanding for Jo Phillimore.

Name: Jo Phillimore 

1. When and why did you join Arena:
July 2014. I Spoke to Dan Vaughan and Paul Gasson after parkrun/pickup/drop off. They said Arena was a formation of fast, fit, friendly, funny fu… erm people.  They were so right.

 2. How long have you been running:
Exactly 12 years this week

3. Where did you grow up:
St. Reatham SW16

4. Other than running, what else do you do for exercise:
Netball, open water swimming, spin, pump, balance, Pilates, HIIT, skipping, chasing small children. You’d think I’d be faster…

5. What is a good night out for you:
Friends, beers, comedy, dancing

6. Tell us about something that you are proud to have achieved:
Dubai vertical marathon champion 2010 and 2011

7. If you could only have one food for the rest of your life, what would it be:
Fresh raspberries and blueberries with greek yoghurt

8. What are the 3 most used apps on your phone:
What’sapp, podcasts, Smugbook,

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Mo

10. Have you ever done anything that scared the living crap out of you:
Parachute jump, leap of faith Dubai aquaventure (water slide through shark tank)

11. Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:
Josephine Phillmemore

12. What makes you happy:
During strictly when my son says ‘which one is the freshional?’

13. What is your all-time favourite film:
Ferris Bueller’s day off ‘Anyone….?’

14. What music do you like to listen to when you’re out running:
I listen to Body Combat tracks 3,5 and 8 from last 10 years. You’d rather stick a fork in your ear but it’s 180 bpm

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
I grew up with Catherine Tate and ‘Nan’ (what a f***ing liberty) is part based on my nan.

16. Tell me about something you would happily never do again:
Swim channel (and fail)

17. What would your epitaph say:
I told you I was ill

18. Have you got something that you just can’t bring yourself to get rid of:  
My husband

19. What is your one weakness:  
Getting on the Pimms bus when it comes at 3 o’clock

20. What were you like at school:
This

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

Get to Know…Paul Arscott

And all because the lady loves milk tray.

And all because the lady loves milk tray.

For this week’s choice we have the man who does like his sport. If he’s not running or playing golf then you can find him coaching sport. Surely one of the nicest guys in town and always a smile and a laugh with everyone he meets. Ladies and gentlemen I give you Mr Paul Arscott.

Name: Paul Arscott

1. When and why did you join Arena:
Joined May 2013. I felt I needed to challenge myself as was starting to feel a bit stale running on my own. Arena had a reputation for being a friendly and sociable club. I have not been disappointed!

2. How long have you been running:
I was a county middle distance runner as a teenager and then took it up again for the Brighton marathon in 2011

3. Where did you grow up:
Shoreham

4. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go:
New Zealand is on my to do list

5. What else do you do with your time:
I run a boys football team Hove Park Colts which takes up a lot of my time at weekends. I’m involved in a few businesses. I try to get out to play golf once a week. Also I love chilling in my hot tub!

6. If your friends had to describe you in 3 words, what would they choose:
He’s not right!

7. What is your favourite website:
Amazon!

8. What is your all-time favourite film: 
Toss up between The Sound of Music and Shawshank!

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Seve Ballesteros!

10. What was your favourite toy as a kid:
Atari was amazing

11. Are you scared of anything:
ill health

12. When did you last go ‘wow’ at something:
I have the odd “wow” moment when running on the downs on a lovely day. You just can`t beat it!

13. Tell us about something you would happily do again:
Marry my wife!

14. If you could have 3 people (dead or alive) for dinner who would you choose:
My 2 grandads who died before I was born and my father in law who passed away last year

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
I am a retired solicitor and spent much of my time in prisons, police cells and criminal courts

16. What’s the one thing you can’t live without:
Internet!

17. Have you ever been on a lads holiday and if so what was it like: 
I went on a stag week many years ago with our very own Marc Bonaldi. There were about 40 of us and what happened at the airport made national news!

18. Have you got something that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away:
It`s weird but I seem to have a connection with old running shoes!

19. What were you like at school:
My school memories are full of humour with never ending outrageous stories

20. What is your one weakness:
Same as Dan Cartledge – Sweets!

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