Monthly Archives: March 2017

We are looking for the best race report and best photo?

We are having a competition for the best race report between now and September 1st.

Over the last couple of years we have had some great race reports from our club members about the races that they have participated in. There have been in-depth, detailed and humorous reports but all made for great reading, so for this year we thought we would honour the best one. You can enter as many as you like, in any style and they can be as short as long as you like, the choice is yours.

We are also having a best photo competition as well. Again it’s up to you what you capture but it must be Arena involvement. This could be anything from running to marshalling or just club members hanging out together but something that captures the spirit of Arena 80.

Both competitions will be judged by the committee and the winner will be announced in Mid September. There will be a prize for the winners of each competition.

Send you race reports to and any photos you would like to be considered to

We hope you will get involved and we look forward to reading/seeing your entries.

You can read previous race reports here:

Here is one of the favourite photos capturing an Arena moment with Emily and Isobel.

Arena 80 Ladies 8th at the SEAA Road Relays

Below is a copy of an article published by Sussex Athletics about the performance of our talented ladies at the recent Gravesend 6-stage road relays:

The Arena 80 women team were the only Sussex team to complete their event at the South of England 12/6-stage Road Relays at the Cyclopark at Gravesend at the weekend.

The women’s event, which used to be four short legs, has to been increased to four by 4km and two by 6km in recent years and the Arena 80 squad did exceptionally well to finish in eighth place.

Team manager Caroline Wood said “It was quite a tough undulating course but the strong north east wind always seemed to be in your face on the uphill stretches”.

Dani Tarleton set the team off with a steady short leg in 16:17 which placed her eighth while Caroline Hoyte lifted the team to seventh on lap two in 23:25. Caroline Wood, the oldest member of the team slipped back to eighth on the third leg in 16:40 and a fine fourth leg by Julie Briggs, in her first race back from injury slipped to 11th in 24:28 only for Juliette Roberts, in 17:05 to move up to 10th.

On the final circuit newcomer Emily Hutchinson clocked 16:40 running a fine race to move back to eighth place which was an excellent effort for the Arena 80 where five of the six runners were over forty.

The provisional results of the SEAA Road Relays.

Post from Joe Ashley

The provisional results of the SEAA Road Relays show that our men’s team were hovering around the top 30 mark this year, and probably would have been inside the top 30 with a full team.

The top 25 teams qualify for the national relays, a target not far out of reach. With the full team, I think we’d have ended up about 90secs outside of the top 25 this year, so only need to take off a tiny amount per leg to be in with a chance next year!

For results:

SEAA Road Relays.

A message from Joe Ashley:

Great Arena day out at the SEAA Road Relays. We didn’t quite have a full team but the guys did the club proud in amongst a strong field.
The ladies ran fantastically, hoping for a top 10 finish still waiting on results.
Many thanks to all the guys for running, especially Dan Vaughan for helping rally the troops and Richard Clayton for laying on the luxury transport.

Next time let’s make it a full team!

Caroline Wood takes bronze at the BMAF XC Wavertree, Liverpool.

Congratulations to Caroline Wood who took a bronze at the BMAF XC Wavertree, Liverpool.

It was a wet and windy affair but Caroline ran hard and she is delighted to have returned with W50 bronze. Caroline had a good six week block of training which paid dividends along with Matt’s sessions at Riptide which helped her against the wind.

An inspiration to many of our club athletes.

Luan Ke Kuynh conquers Antarctica Marathon 2017.

During the Spring/Summer season of 2016 Arena 80 were joined by Luan Ke Huynh, an athlete from Denmark.

Luan was working in Brighton for a while and was looking for a running club to join as he was training for the Antarctica Marathon. He found Arena and soon made his mark on the club by gracing us with his presence in the club records. He currently holds 2nd place in the clubs Hove Prom parkrun in 16.29 and 3rd place in the clubs 10 miles in 59.01. There is no doubting that had Luan been with us for longer, he would have clearly made dents in the other club records as well. 

Luan sadly had to leave Brighton due to his job taking him back home but I’m sure his time here at Arena 80 stood him in good stead and will have helped in his quest for this ultimate In Marathon challanges.

No crowd control needed for this one.

We have had a message from Luan to let us know how this incredible adventure went for him.

“The feeling of succeeding when you are going all in. Now one of the few and one of the youngest in the world with a completed marathon on each continent. And I won my first and last marathon – Antarctica Marathon 2017 Winner (March 11th): 3:24.22. Thanks for the support from my family back home, USA and Canada. My friends/colleagues for always listening to me and my running mates for pushing me the entire way. Never thought I would get to know to so many people world wide, revisit my family in USA, Canada and live abroad in Brighton along this amazing and crazy journey. 34 years old – I feel like a 24 year-old”.

From everyone here at Arena 80 we must congratulate you on such an amazing achievement and to thank you for being a part of Arena whilst you were in Brighton. It was our pleasure to have you along and we look forward to hearing of many more of your running successes.

Clearly a different class of spectator compared to that of Brighton.

Jenny Hughes makes it a double silver at the British Masters.

We have to say a massive well done, congratulations, cheers, hand claps. klaxons and air horns to Jenny Hughes who took double silver at the British Masters indoor T&F championships at the Lee Valley athletics centre at the weekend.

Jenny took on the 800m and the 3000m at this event and boy did she come up trumps with two silver medals. The 3000m was a really tough race for her but she held a strong pace through out and came home strong to secure 2nd place.

It was the  800m which Jenny was more pleased about as her finish was her true strength in this race and she pulled away from the third place lady. To put the cherry on the top, Jenny also PB’d in this 800m which she hasn’t done since 2011 and just goes to prove, that like a fine wine, Jenny has just got better with age.

It looks like it could be another stella year for Jenny continuing on from a very successful 2016.

Well done from all of us at Arena and a fine ambassador for our ladies team.

Get to know…Tamar Coleman

For this weeks chosen club member we are joined by the lovely lady who gave you Oatopia. If you’ve ever been in the presence of Tamar (or better known as Tam) you’ll be drawn in by her wonderful smile and easy laidback manner. An absolute please to hang out with and great company to have along on the Arena team events. So let’s give it up for one of the old skool Arena posse, I give you Tam Coleman.

Name: Tamar Coleman

1. When and why did you join Arena: 
A long time ago, pre records it seems but guessing about 23 years ago.
I was sat outside the sportsman pub with a drink one sunny evening and  people were running around the track and I knew I had to have some of that and went down to see what was what you know the rest…. 

2. How long have you been running: 
Used to jog with my dad at about 16 years old so thats about 40 years!!!!! Yikes
(not sure I wanted to confront all this information). 

3. Where did you grow up: 
Cricklewood. N.W.London.

4. What do the last five words of the last text sent to you say:
Have a bless evening. 

5. What do you do for fun:
Walk our gorgeous Siberian Husky Indie. 

6. What are your three favourite apps on your phone:
Strava – Sleep app  – FB. 

7. What would your epitaph say:
Queen Oat. 

8. What is the one must watch thing for you on TV:
Game of Thrones.

9. What was the last book you read:
I Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.

10. What would be the hardest thing for you to give up:
Running 100%.

11. What were you like a school:
A bit too successful at avoiding it ;-(

12. What is your one weakness:

13. Who was you first celebrity crush pop star and film star:
David Bowie. Richard Gere.

14. If you could eat lunch with three famous people, who would you choose:
Marilyn Munroe, Princess Di and Anne Frank.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
 I used to race Speed needle windsurfers at Weymouth speed week got to about 32knots.

16. Who is your sporting hero:
Denise Lewis.

17. Apart from running what else do you do with your time: 
Oatopia (our flapjack business is trying to take over).

18. What type of music do you like most:

19. What do you consider to be your best ever race:
European triathlon Champs in Athlone Ireland. Fought to maintain second the entire race and succeeded.

20. What’s the most amazing thing you have ever done:
Simple had two gorgeous daughters.

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