Monthly Archives: December 2016

Sussex 2016 Rankings. Several Arena 80 athletes make the grade.

The Sussex 2016 rankings have now been announced and we are proud to have several of our Arena 80 athletes that have made it onto the list.

Julie Briggs, Caroline Hoyte, Katherine O’Hara, Emily Proto, Kerry Scott, Anna Lewis, Gary McKivett all make it to the rankings, well done to you all.

See rankings here: http://www.sussexathletics.net/sites/default/files/161231.Rankings.Finish.pdf

 

Ladies take gold in the O40s SEAA XC Champs.

Julie Briggs in full flow at Stamner.

Julie Briggs

Tara & Jenny tearing it up.

Tara, Jenny & Danidani-tarleton

 

A massive well done to Julie Briggs, Dani Tarleton and Tara Shanahan……who claimed gold in the over 40’s SEAA XC champs on Saturday 11th December at Horsapth. Well done also to Jenny Hughes – who ran as an individual and claimed a brilliant 4th spot  in the O50’s in an exceptionally strong competitive field. Well done to all of the ladies.

Get to know…Emma Habba

A colourful character.

For this week’s choice we have one very colourful Emma Habba. For those that haven’t had the chance to chat with Emma then all I can say is that there is more to Emma than meets the eye.. Emma has made such great progress since joining Arena and has hit many PB’s along the way. A lady that quietly goes about her job on the track but someone who pushes herself to the very end. A most lovely lady to hang with and an asset to Arena 80. Let’s find out what makes Emma Habba tick …

Name: Emma Habba

1. When and why did you join Arena:
October 2014, it seems longer though … is that a good or a bad thing?!

2. How long have you been running:
I’ve run for fitness since my 20s but I didn’t start training properly until I joined Arena.
I enjoy running for many reasons, getting faster times is a happy by-product.

3. Where did you grow up:
Cambridge.

4. What was your first thought when you woke up this morning: 
It is dark, very dark.

5. What do you do for fun:
Dancing around my kitchen and I do enjoy a bit of karaoke.

6. What’s the first thing you notice about somebody
I would like to say something like “their smile” but it would probably be their height.

7. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be:
That is extremely difficult as I do like food but sourdough toast with really ripe tomatoes and salt would tick the box.

8. What’s your favourite app on your phone: 
Deezer … especially their “Flow” feature… never to be mixed up with my husband’s account, I don’t like running to Prog Rock much…

9. Who is your sporting hero:
In terms of athletics it would be Steve Cram.

10. Without looking, guess what time it is and how close were you: 
11:25am.
oooo 11:28!!

11. Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:
Just Em … it’s Emma if I’ve been naughty.

12. What makes you happy:
Sunshine and happy children (my own preferably).

13. What was the last film you watched:
Trolls … yup, that’s my life right now.

14. What type of music do you like most:
General pop (sorry, not cool). And classical piano.

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
I used to be a derivatives trader in the City.

16. What would be your perfect evening:
An early evening run, then Chilli Pickle with friends after a cocktail or two.

17. What are your favourite sweets: 
Not sweets, CHOCOLATE, the good stuff.

18. What was the first song you ever purchased:
Kylie Minogue or Whitney Houston … I think I was trying to not follow my sister who was more of a Def Leppard fan.

19. What was the last thing you bought:  
A collection of novelty Christmas fancy dress items from the pound shop.

20. What’s the best thing about living in Brighton:
Big skies, fresh air and interesting, open-minded people.

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

Get to Know…Timmy Gedin

The Iceman is so Ice cool.

For this week’s choice we have a whippet on the track but disguised as a man mountain. One of Arena’s current finest and a gentleman of the highest order. Very much part of the A team and has proven himself a man for all distances. Timmy has shown himself to be one of Arena’s finer athletes gracing the club records in the men’s 10k as well as featuring in both the Preston Park and Hove Park parkrun’s club records. In old school terms Timmy is one of life’s good eggs so please feast your eyes on today’s ‘get to know…’ Timmy Gedin.

Name: Timmy Gedin

1. When and why did you join Arena:
Early 2010. My dad was already a member. Used to run for Phoenix and Haywards Heath Harriers before then.

2. How long have you been running:
Ever since I could walk, earliest ‘race’ I remember was as a podgy 5 year old doing a 1km fun run in a local town.

3. Where did you grow up:
 A little harbour town near Stockholm before coming to England aged 6.

4. Which three words describe you best: 
Competitive, indecisive, and fastidious.

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
I eat. A lot. I love food. In between running and eating I go to the gym a bit and I play a lot of Tennis, recently scraped into the County Team.

6. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week:
Winning the Super Series.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again:
Run the 3 Peaks challenge – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon. Would like to add Carrantuohill and Slieve Donard next time and do all 5 UK&Irish peaks.

8. What was your favourite subject at school: 
Obvious choice is P.E., but also enjoyed science – we got to blow stuff up so what was not to like.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
All time hero is Roger Federer.

My running heroes are Kenenisa Bekele, and Paula Radcliffe – they can shift and then some.

10. What are you most looking forward to for 2017:
Summer weather and the 100mile Relay.

11. Have you anything on your bucket list that you still want to do:
Lots of stuff but standout is probably to climb Mount Everest. (One can dream, right!?)

12. What is your favourite drink:
Coffee

13. Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:
Have had several. Current favourite seems to be ‘Iceman’

14. Name 3 people (dead or alive) you would like to sit in a pub with:
Louis Pasteur, JRR Tolkien and Rachel McAdams.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
Only food I have ever tried and not liked is raw celery.

16. Who would you choose to be marooned on a desert island with:
Donald Trump – as I’d do the world a favour 😉

17. What was the last film you watched: 
Bourne

18. Which time period would you visit in history:
Not sure really…To live in it would probably be the 90s or 00s as modern life isn’t too bad.

Just to sample for a while then maybe the Chinese Ming Dynasty or the New Kingdom Era of Egypt to see if aliens really did help them build all those monuments.

19. What are your 3 most used apps on your phone:
Mail, Whatsapp, and Strava.

20.  What was the last book you read:
‘Go set a Watchman’ by Harper Lee (for like the 5th time).

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

Get to Know…Laura McKinnon-Clark

Laura has a very twisted dressing style.

Laura has a very twisted dressing style.

For this week’s choice we have a fairly new member to Arena 80 in terms of years at the club. Laura is about to celebrate her first year at the club In January. For those that have watched Laura’s progression over the year will see that she has come on leaps and bounds in one year. I remember a quote from Laura not so long ago when she said “I would love to faster”, well mission accomplished Laura. Laura is one those people that you would quite happily choose to have round for a dinner party due to her great personality, her beaming smile and her fun nature. Please put your hands together for Laura McKinnon-Clark.

Name: Laura McKinnon-Clark (MC)

1. When and why did you join Arena:
Jan 2016. Why… Because I entered myself into my first marathon and by January I was already bored of my own company on a 10 mile run.

2. How long have you been running:
Since Sports Day egg and spoon & sack races were all the rage.

3. Where did you grow up:
Buckinghamshire-the Chiltern Hills, some great runs were had there with my dad when I was growing up.

4. What’s the first thing you notice about somebody:
I always tend to go straight for someone’s smile (tells me a lot about their character). Mine is mainly always cheeky, so I have been told by several people.

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
What free time? When I do get a free moment I like to walk the dog, see friends, see my little nephew, go to a dance class, bake and then eat the bakes.

6. What’s the one song that gets you up out of your chair:
Will smith- Gettin’ jiggy with it and a bit of MJ will always go down well.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again:
Travel the world.

8. What are the three most used apps on your phone:
Strava, Whatsapp and Carrot- my alarm app. I’m not a morning person and it makes me complete bizarre chores before the alarm will turn off!

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Well apart from the amazing Farah’s, Trott’s and Ennis’ of this world, Chemmy Alcott, Jo Pavey, Chrissie Wellington to name a few.

10. What would be your perfect evening out:
Dinner date with friends and family. Moules frites, a large glass of picpoul and laugh the night away until my stomach muscles hurt!

11. What’s the best thing about living in Brighton:
Has to be the sea. Sometimes I really wish I was Nemo

12. Have you anything you want to achieve in 2017:
Get on the property ladder. Plus get some new PB’s.

13. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go:
I have been lucky enough to travel, but so much still to see, maybe Kenya next.

14. What was the first song you ever purchased (be truthful):
It was either Gena G- Ooh Aah…just a little bit OR Take That- everything changes/ Boyzone- love me for a reason. Please don’t judge me!

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
Sir Paul McCartney handed my degree certificate to me on my graduation day. I studied dance at Liverpool institute of performing arts which was founded by the Beatles.

16. Can you play chess and do you know the offside rule in football:
I can’t play chess, but sadly know the offside rule in football (life of a PE teacher)

17. What has been your biggest achievement in your life so far:
Polishing off an entire cheese board! Umm…also recovering from serious knee surgery after having a pretty horrific ski accident.

18. What gives you a high:
Sunshine! Drinking water after being thirsty for a long time, walking out of work on a Friday afternoon. Ah and also food colouring in sweets makes me go loopy.

19. Who was you first pop idol crush:
Jude law and Leonardo Di Caprio

20. What’s the last concert or gig that you went to:
Jamie T live at Brixton academy

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

Get to Know…Anne Miners

The hills are alive with the sound of Anne Miners.

The hills come alive with the sound of Anne Miners.

For this week’s choice we have one of the most endearing ladies of Arena 80. Anne has an enchanting personality with a very relaxed and calming nature and such a pleasure to be around. It will be nice to see how Anne let’s her hair down at the Christmas party. I feel her answers tell a lot more about her than I can and so I bring you the most original set of answers this Q&A’s post has ever had, ladies and gentlemen please welcome to the hall of fame Anne Miners….take it away Anne.

Name: Anne Miners

1. When and why did you join Arena:
The wind was blowing in a favourable direction in 2011.

2. How long have you been running:
Probably as long as I’ve had trainers in my carpet bag

3. Where did you grow up:
At various nurseries in need

4. What do the last five words of the last text sent to you say:
Let’s go fly a kite.

5. What types of holidays do you prefer:
Themed – based on pavement art

6. How long does it take you to get ready to go out:
As long as it takes to grab my brolly

7. What would your epitaph say:
A spoonful of sugar

8. What’s your favourite kind of drink:
A sneaky gin disguised in a medicine bottle

9. What makes you bored:
Well behaved children

10. What would be the hardest thing for you to give up:
My chimney sweep

11. What were you like a school:
Practically perfect in every way

12. What is your one weakness:
My chimney sweep

13. Who was you first celebrity crush pop star and film star:
Dick van Dyke

14. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 28, and find line 9, what does it say:
A nanny must be always be prepared

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
Dressing in disguise to feed the birds

16. Who is your sporting hero:
The chimney sweeps’ rhythmic gymnastics team

17. What one thing do you like to do the most:
My chimney sweep

18. Do you like to plan things out in detail or be spontaneous:
Have brolly – happy to go where the wind takes me

19. Quote a line from one of your favourite songs:
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

20. When was the last time you got on a public bus:
I always travel by brolly – less traffic.

Our biggest thanks to Julie Andrews for her Q&A’s this week and we hope that you feel that you have now got to know Anne a little better or not as the case maybe. Check back next Wednesday for another set of Q&A’s with our chosen club member.