Monthly Archives: January 2017

Get to Know…Nicky Yeates

For this week’s choice we have a lady who, like a fine wine, gets better with age. This lady’s running has gone from strength to strength during 2016 and it looks like this trend will continue for 2017 as well. It’s been said before for these ‘get to know..’ posts but another one of our members who always has a smile for everyone but also a member that gives back to the running community. She is one of the original start up members for the Preston Park parkrun and is still a member of the core team down there. Such an amazing thing to do and a great achievement as we know how popular this one is. Now  please put your hands together and let’s meet the lovely Nicky Yeates.

Name: Nicky Yeates

1. When and why did you join Arena:
A couple of years ago because they were the friendliest running club in Brighton.

2. How long have you been running:
I used to run a bit but started parkrun in June 2012 and started doing more and more, especially after Preston Park parkrun started in April 2013.

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

4. Tell us about something you’re proud to have achieved:
Running? I think either Brighton half marathon (my best time) or Brooks 2015 (against that wind) but the proudest of all was starting my son running because I beat him at parkrun and his best is now 17min 20secs.

5. What types of holidays do you prefer:
Active ones 🙂

6. If you could have lunch with any three people (dead or alive), who would you choose:
Bruce Springsteen, Jo Pavey, Hugh Laurie.

7. What would your epitaph say:
She made the most of life.

8. Who inspires you:
Angelina Smy.

9. What makes you bored:
Illness (reason I missed track on Monday  I’m NEVER ill usually and I’m not liking it).

10. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go:
South America.

11. What were you like a school:
Swot in primary, naughty in secondary, balanced in 6th form college.

12. What is your one weakness:
Wine is one of them.

13. What was the first single you ever bought:
American Pie by Don McLean.

14. What would be your dream job:
School counsellor.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I used to smoke (a lot) until 1989.

16. Who is your sporting hero:
Ian Botham.

17. What makes you go wow:
David Attenborough’s programmes.

18. Apart from running what else do you like to do in your free time:
Dancing, playing on the computer, reading.

19. How did you meet your best friend:
At a Labour Party Fringe meeting in a pub on my first day in Brighton in 1980!

20. What are you looking forward to in 2017:
Running the London Marathon (looking forward positively and anxiously).

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

Get to Know…Teo van Well

Look what the Brighton air has done to Teo (He is on the right by the way).

For this week’s choice we meet one of the nicest guys you could ever wish to meet. A gentle soul who will do anything for anyone and the man that will always put others before himself. Since joining the club Teo has become a firm favourite amongst his peers as well as joining the Committee. He is the man that makes sure the results are updated promptly as well as trying to get to as many races as he can to maximise the Arena points. His running has come on tremendously since he first joined the club and if you don’t know Teo yet, then really do take the time to introduce yourself. So lets find out what makes Teo tick.

Name: Teo van Well

1. When and why did you join Arena:
October 2015, if I remember correctly. I had just moved to the area to study a MSc at medical school and wanted to meet like-minded people. I also needed to fill the void created by retiring from football and thought that endurance running would be a suitable challenge.

2. How long have you been running:
Running with a view to being a “runner” began when I joined Arena, so in that sense I have been running for 14 months. But as a footballer I of course had a base level of fitness and had to run plenty – especially in my team – I was the defensive midfielder and was overworked due to our twinkle-toed strikers and attacking midfielders who only liked to move towards the opposition goal.

3. Where did you grow up:
As a child I grew up in Helensburgh and as an adult I spent my years in Glasgow, both in bonnie Scotland of course.

4. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go:
Thus far I have been fortunate enough to visit nearly 70 countries. Travel is a huge hobby of mine and I’ve barely stayed in one place for more than a year due to my global inquisitiveness. I dearly want to visit Bhutan, Mongolia and North Korea. It will happen. If I’m only meant to choose one then I’d go for North Korea, assuming I didn’t have to be part of a restricted tour group!

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your time:
I’m an avid mountain climber but don’t do that so regularly due to my current location. Last year I climbed (solo) four active volcanoes in 10 days in Indonesia. One of them erupted while I was at the summit and the ash was so hot it burnt the soles of my shoes off! But in reality, these days, if I’m not running then I’m eating. I’m happiest with good food in front of me.

6. What would you say to your younger self:
“What you do now will have a huge bearing on your future, both mentally and physically.” I did not respect my body, got mixed up in bad circles and made some very poor choices. It all still haunts me now. Running helps immensely.

7. If you could go back to an age in your life what age would it be and why:
I hated my childhood and teenage years. I’d go back to my early thirties when I spent 6 years travelling and enjoying very simple, unique experiences within other cultures. Those years offer me the fondest memories. But of course I hope to create many more in time to come.

8. What’s your favourite website:
This is surely a trick question, right? arena80.co.uk. What else? It does have a rival however. I’m never far away from the BBC sport home page.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
In the past, Ayrton Senna. Zinedine Zidane was right up there too. Today I prefer to be inspired by those directly around me. Jenny Hughes and Paul Gasson are two such examples.

10. What is your favourite album ever:
Not an easy question at all but I’m a huge fan of Arcade Fire so will go for Neon Bible or the Suburbs, both by those Canadian rockers.

11. Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:
Not really. But I have been called Mr T, just T or on a bad day, T-bag!

12. What makes you happy:
Food, great conversation, people helping others, falling in love, overcoming personal challenges, peace and quiet, sun and scenery……….take your pick!

13. What was the last thing you bought:
Bob, Jenny and Colin a cup of coffee and a piece of cake each – yesterday – at the XC race.

14. What’s something you miss the most from childhood:
Building tree-huts in the country hills and foraging for nuts and berries in the same location.

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
Many, many things that I’ll never have time to share! But to pick one for the sake of this question: I was involved in setting up and opening the first ever backpacker hostel in Myanmar. And it is doing great business to this very day, making my Burmese friends a very comfortable living.

16. What’s the one thing you can’t live without:
Oxygen, blood, water………? On a selfish level I’d say a bicycle, honey, stimulation………

17. What is the hardest thing you ever had to do:
Hmm. Tricky. I’m not a fan of needles so I’ve had a fair few colonoscopies, endoscopies and tooth extractions all without anaesthetic. That wasn’t overly pleasant.

18. What are your three most used apps:
Whatsapp, gmail, facebook……….sadly, nearly all communication is electronic these days.

19. What were you like at school:
Gifted, wasteful, violent – a mixed bag. I earned a scholarship to a private school due to my intelligence at that age but wasted the opportunity due to feeling like the poor kid in unfamiliar, wealthy surroundings. I try to block out those years even today.

20. What’s the last photo you took on your phone:
This is before the water shed! I just wanted to see what it looked like from another angle.

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

Get to Know…Sue Brumwell

Mother and son are doing well.

For this week’s choice we have a mother to three children, and in that I include her husband Michael. You will often find Sue hanging out with Mary Poppins (Anne Miners) and you will definitely find her at Hove Park parkrun on Saturday mornings. An absolutely lovely lady to know so If you haven’t said hello yet then do so next time you make the acquaintance. Sue is very much Mrs Consistent in her races and can pace a race extremely well so again worth tagging onto if you are around her. So please put your hands together and let’s meet the lovely Sue Brumwell.

Name: Sue Brumwell

1. When and why did you join Arena:
About 10 years ago. I was out on a run on the Downs and I ran past (the only time I did) Claire Aquilina and she invited me to join.

2. How long have you been running:
14 years. I started running when Scarlett was 6 months old.

3. Where did you grow up:
Romford, Essex until I was 5 years old, then Scotland until I was 14.

4. What do the last five words of the last text sent to you say:
Has the cage arrived yet? From Henry – for his soon to arrive tree frogs!

5. What types of holidays do you prefer:
All sorts but probably most self-indulgent are Neilson sailing/activity holidays in the sunshine.

6. How long does it take you to get ready to go out:
15 minutes. Extra time doesn’t seem to help.

7. What would your epitaph say:
“I’m too busy”.

8. What’s your favourite kind of drink:
Cup of tea.

9. What makes you bored:
The M25.

10. What would be the hardest thing for you to give up:
Cups of tea/chocolate equally tricky.

11. What were you like a school:
Shy and swotty.

12. What is your one weakness:
Worrying about everything and everyone!

13. Who was you first celebrity crush pop star and film star:
David Essex.

14. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 72, and find line 9, what does it say:
“associate it with hygge; gummy bears, liquorice and flodeboller”.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
At primary school I was known as “Clarence” (the cross-eyed lion) on account of me having to wear glasses and a patch over one eye for my squint.

16. Who is your sporting hero:
Mo Farrah.

17. What one thing do you like to do the most:
My Tuesday morning long runs on the Downs at 7 am with Anne. Good for the soul!

18. Apart from running what else do you like to do in your free time:
Love low-key venues like the Brunswick in Hove for music and Brighton New Venture Theatre.

19. Last gig you went to:
Jessie J and the Vamps at Hickstead (went as group of mums to supervise our teenage daughters).

20. Have you ever baked a cake, who for and was it a success:
20 years ago. For Michael’s 40th. We were mid Pacific Ocean on our little boat. It was all lop-sided due to the rolling of the boat.

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

Get to know…James Gladman

“I’m sure there’s a finishing line here somewhere”.

For this week’s choice we have the man for all distances. In the year or so that he has been a member, he has proved himself to be a fine addition to the Arena club. James always puts in a full showing at training and this has paid off handsomely during races where he has PB’d at most distances now. On top of that James has also slimmed down to become a fine athlete and we hope to have him around for quite a while yet.. He still has goals that he wants to achieve and we will watch this space for 2017. Let’s meet the man himself, I give you James Gladman. 

Name: James Gladman

1. When and why did you join Arena:
September 2015. An acquaintance of Emily Proto suggested joining Arena as I wanted to improve on my times and was really not getting the best out of myself at that particular time.

2. How long have you been running:
1986 to 1993 as a junior at invicta east Kent and then restarted late 2014 to current.

3. Where did you grow up:
I’ve never grown up!! Broadstairs Kent.

4. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go:
Would love to get to Australia, it’s a dream which maybe one day may come true.

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your time:
If its not exercise related then I can be found on the beach sea fishing. (and yes even at night in the winter.

6. What would you say to your younger self:
Don’t give up on your running and try Herbalife!

7. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be:
My Herballife shakes or a good pasta dish.

8. What’s your favourite website: 
Anywhere I can find a bargain.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
My Dad / Mo Farrah.

10. What is your favourite album ever:
I have two and can’t choose between them so they are – The Black Album by Metallica or The Fat of the land by The Prodigy.

11. Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:
Yes I do and I go by the name of Slik due to gelling my hair and brushing it backwards

12. What makes you happy:
Most things in life as I’m very rarely a sad person.

13. What was the last thing you bought:
Neoprene chest waders which was an early Christmas present to myself.

14. What’s something you miss the most from childhood:
Not having to worry about money or my front teeth.

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
I love great white sharks and it’s on my bucket list to go in a cage and see them.

16. What’s the one thing you can’t live without:
My Herbalife products.

17. What is the hardest thing you ever had to do: 
To walk away from my grandad knowing that I would never see him again (he was terminally ill).

18. What are your three most used apps:
Herbalife, FB and ebay.

19. What were you like at school:
Short but annoyingly good at sports and I still hold two records at secondary school that will never be beaten as they are not in the curriculum anymore.

20. What’s the last photo you took on your phone:
My personal best Seabass (4lb 11oz).

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

Get to know…The Turnbull’s

Those Colgate smiles.

For this week’s choice we have our first double whammy of the get to know series. Think The Doctor & Rose Tyker, Superman & Lois Lane, Mulder & Scully, Kate & Lee Turnbull. We are treated to a double whammy of answers this week as we indulge ourselves into the lives of this fine pairing that seem to complement each other so well. Each one a lovely individual and always offers something to a party but as a two-some they are just a lovely couple to be with so lets find out a little more about The Turnbull’s.

Name: Kate and Lee Turnbull

1. When and why did you join Arena:
Kate: Jan 2000, we joined Arena as we had just relocated to Brighton from Birmingham and we was looking for a club which could offer us a social life as well as keeping fit. After researching the local clubs Arena ticked all our boxes.
Lee: As above.

2. How long have you been running:
Kate: 16 years and still plodding at the back with Coach Michelle imorovers group.
Lee: I started running when I met Kate 10 years ago, and I’m still trying to run away from her.

3. Where did you grow up:
Kate: Redditch, South Birmingham.
Lee: Paisley Scotland, Islington, Birmingham, Brighton and still trying to grow up.

4. What do the last five words of the last text sent to you say:
Kate: Merry Christmas, I love you. (to my best pal Lynsey).
Lee: Your so God damn hot.

5. What types of holidays do you prefer:
Kate. There isn’t a holiday I don’t like. I like doing nothing on a beach, exploring, activities etc….  As long as there is sun I’m happy.
Lee.  Beachy hot.

6. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
Kate. Eat.
Lee.  I love following my beloved Glasgow Rangers.

7. What would your epitaph say:
Kate. Nothing, plant a tree instead
Lee. “shot happens”.

8. Tell us about something you would happily do again:
Kate,  God travelling.
Lee,  get married.

9. What makes you bored:
Kate I’m too busy for being bored.
Lee: Nothing boredom is a frame of mind.

10. What would be the hardest thing for you to give up:
Kate. Chocolate.
Lee. Sex.

11. What were you like a school:
Kate. Quiet, shy, boring.
Lee.  Thick and wee.

12. What is your one weakness:
Kate. Chocolate.
Lee.  Drugs, alcohol and sex.

13. Who was you first celebrity crush pop star and film star:
Kate. Stephen Gateley of Boyzone fame.
Lee. David Cassiday, Donny Osmond.

14. What are the three most used apps on your phone: 
Kate. Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp.
Lee. News now rangers, WhatsApp, snapchat.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you
Kate: & Lee: We once did the 3 peaks 24 hour challenge and completed it with 30 seconds to spare.

16. Who is your sporting hero:
Kate.  My famous hero is Sally Gunnell but my more realistic hero is people who I admire from the club as these people are more realistic to me. I’m keeping them to myself but they are not the speediest more the slower ones who keep coming back and keep trying.
Lee: Ali McCoist and Paul Gasgoine.

17. What one thing do you like to do the most:
Kate:  be with my family, relaxing and chatting and eating.
Lee:  eating and watching Glasgow Rangers.

18. What’s the best thing about living in Brighton:
Kate: The seaside. I love seeing the sea every day.
Lee: I love everything.

19. What was the best thing about 2016 for you:
Kate. Having an all expenses 5 star weeks holiday paid for by my boss.
Lee: Still being alive, not like all the celebrities this year.

20. What are you most looking forward to in 2017:
Kate. More holidays.
Lee: More fun back in  the run.

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