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Arena 80 Club History – Part 5 – And so 36 years on, here we are.

  • Arena Club History Part 5

And so 36 years on, here we are.…

In October 1999 Bill retired from running and his coaching (and secretarial) duties due to injury and so again Arena was looking for a new coach/chairman. As it happened there was a new kid on the block who had been with Arena for a short while who seemed to be able to run a little and to hold a conversation with the other members of the club. It was at this point that the, then, club secretary said to a young Bob Page that he should put himself forward as he could be quite good. Bob Page had no idea about coaching or how to run a running club. Well I think it’s fair to say that it was a pretty good decision by the secretary and also for Bob to accept the challenge. Bob has nurtured the club over many years and the knowledge that he holds is truly second to none. When not coaching or being chairman Bob can very often be found at a race somewhere adjudicating as well as updating his own website; www.sussexraces.co.uk

In 2016 John Mason stepped down as President of the club and there was really only one choice for this role, Chris Naylor. Chris has given so much of her time to the club over many years and been a fine ambassador for the club, especially the women’s side. Her commitment to running has been exemplary and has been an inspiration to many in the past as well as the present.

The club has been very fortunate over the years to have had so many good coaches, chairmen and presidents to help keep the spirit of Arena alive and kicking.

It’s now 2017 and Arena 80 is as strong now as it’s ever been. With Bob Page as our coach and chairman and Chris Naylor as our Club President, Arena 80 find themselves in a very good place right now.

The club has grown immensely over the last few years as the running scene has become more popular. We are now at a stage where we have a waiting list to join our club. More and more people are hearing about the friendly club that is Arena 80, from our members, which has helped to shape the club to what it is today.

Arena stands out in its own right as being a very friendly and sociable club. It still maintains a solid core of good athletes in both the men’s and women’s sections and we have good strength within both of our teams. Indeed, only last year (2016) the Arena men won the 100 mile relay, and the women took the trophy this year (2017) for the first time in 10 years. Arena also took the team title for the Sussex Grand Prix races last year and after two races this year hold 1st place again. Arena has great strength in depth when it comes to races and it’s this which is setting us apart from many of the other clubs now.

We would like to say a big thank you to all of our past and current members, athletes, coaches, committee members, treasurers, secretaries and presidents that have helped to put us where we are today. Thank you also to all of our current committee members that give up so much of their time and effort to make Arena the well oiled club that it is and for their tireless work in making this such an incredible club to be a part of. I’m sure Arena will now build on their successes and continue to go from strength to strength over the coming years. The club started out with 12 Members, we now have over 200 members.

The club is steeped in history and has had so much success over many years. It is a club with a great tradition and we should all feel a sense of pride whenever we put on our blue vest for Arena. If you ask any member what the best thing about the club is then invariably it always comes back to ‘the people’ at the club. We have had and have so many characters that walk through our doors and each one of them adds something to our club. It’s a love for running that has bought us together and this is where good friendships are made.

It seems only fitting to end this history of the club special where it all began. Ron Grover started this club with a passion and a desire to be successful. He had a vision not just to create a club but create a great club, a club where like minded people would come together with a common goal, to bond, to socialise, to meet others that would go on to become friends, to pursue excellence, to strive to become better, to be determined, to never give up but most of all to be the best that you can. I can safely say that he succeeded and created a great club. His dream and his spirit still lives on within Arena 80 and long may it continue. I’m sure he would be very proud to see where his club is now, so here’s to Arena 2080.

The club motto still holds true after all these years and epitomises what the club stands for:

Be respectful, be supportive, be the best you can.

And so 36 years on, here we are……

Did you know Arena had/have members that have represented Great Britain/England in various races: Caroline Wood; Caroline Hoyte; Jenny Hughes; Chris Naylor; Juliette Roberts; Dave Robinson; Katherine O’Hara; Tracey Owen;  Jackie Richardson; Sue Bushby; Joe Ashley.

Did you know that Arena has had several internationals running for the club over the years, albeit briefly, with the likes of John Schaab from Australia, Jan Swenson and Eva Isaacs both from Sweden.

Did you know John Schaab holds the Arena men’s club record for the half marathon with a time of 1.09.24 set back in 1989.

Did you know Jan Swenson (a university student back then) holds the Arena men’s club record for the marathon with a time of 2.17.17 set back in 1989. He also won the Beachy Head Marathon back in 1993 in a time of 2.51 which is still, to this day, the 4th fastest time ever for this course.

If you know where Eva Isaacs, John Schaab or Jan Swenson are then please do get in contact with us as we would love to hear their stories and to find out where they are now.

I would like to thank the following people for their help with getting the stories and the background to the club history: Chris & Mike Naylor, Roger Ockenden, Peter Fair, Bob Page. Without their input this would not have been possible.

Please note that the club’s history has been taken from various sources and is correct to the best of my knowledge. If you feel that something is incorrect then please contact Arena 80 via the contact email address so that it may be amended.

A date for the diary’s: Saturday 21st October Arena 80 will be hosting it’s inaugural awards night to celebrate the successes of Arena 80 for this year. The details of this top event will be sent out a little nearer the time but for now add this date in. Spaces will be limited and will be given out on a first come first served basis.

Such a fine club with so much history. Thank you to all our members, past and present, for being a part of our club’s history and future and for making this such a wonderful club to be with. Together we are Arena 80 , together we are The Areneez.

Arena 80 Club History – Part 4 – It’s ladies day.

Arena Club History Part 4

It’s ladies day

As the club grew it soon became apparent that Arena 80 had an extremely strong ladies team which is something that seems to have stuck with Arena for some 36 years.

Back in the day very few clubs had a ladies team, although there was some very good individual talent out there, so it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for women from other clubs travelling long distances to run under the Arena umbrella. In fact the stats showed back then that only 8% of women were runners compared to the 48% that now run.

Our Arena ladies team back in the 80’s ran all over the country, as well as touring internationally, representing England in a road race team 15k international in Italy. The women representing England were Chris Naylor, Tracey Owen, Caroline Hoyte, Jackie Richardson and Sue Bushby. Now the saying goes “what goes on tour, stays on tour”… cough cough … so here goes then. The girls were a very tight-knit group who got on extremely well with each other and were very much about enjoying themselves. The night before the 15k race, at dinner, they made sure they got stuck in to the food and the drink that was on offer, whereas the likes of the Portuguese team took it so very seriously and were picking at lettuce leaves and water.

Now the story that surfaced is that the girls got a certain young lady by the name of Caroline Herbert er shall we say ‘quite merry’. With the help of a mobile phone that Chris Naylor had with her (now remember this is the 80’s when phones were built like bricks and the phone bill would have been like a mortgage) they got Caroline to ring up a young man that she was quite sweet on who went by the name of one Mr Kurt Hoyte. Yes the Kurt Hoyte of one of the best independent running shops in Sussex going by the name of the Run Shop in Blatchington Road, Hove (admin says: a blatant plug but such great service and shoes). Well the rest is history as they say and after many happy and competitive running years together, Caroline and Kurt Hoyte have now got two great kids who are also shaping up to be decent runners themselves. Such a fantastic camaraderie the ladies team had.

As for the race itself in Italy, well I’m told it was by all accounts one of the most boring 10ks they had ever raced in. It was up and down a narrow high street which was 800m long so great for spectators but boring as hell for the athletes. I’m still waiting to find out the result of the race to see where Arena came.

One lady’s name that has come up time and time again whilst doing this research is Ragnvi Robson. She is by all accounts one of those people without whom the club would have been very different and nowhere near as successful as it was. She competed for many years and was a mother hen for young girls like Caroline when she joined. She kept the women’s 100 mile relay team together, navigated and drove. She also got Chris Naylor and many of the other girls involved in Cross Country and would still be with A80 now if she hadn’t moved to France! Ragnvi we salute you and on behalf of all of us here at Arena 80, we would like to say a huge ‘Merci’.

A few other ladies names from the past that have come up during my history search that have also helped to put the Arena ladies on the map are Jane Gardiner, Eva Isaccs, Dianne Hepplewhite, Lynn Williams, Julie Briggs, Vicki Clark, Fiona Clarke, Leslie Barratt, Chris Naylor, Tracey Owen and Shirley Cullen, who was a constant running partner of Carol Wilson (Ron Grover’s partner), Camilla Williams and Ziggie Harris. Ladies please take a bow.

Did you know that Arena 80 are the biggest supporters of our local parkruns, more than any other running club.
To date: Number of parkrunners / Number of runs – (figures correct as of 23.07.2017)
Arena – 543 / 13438
B&H – 510 / 10140
Phoenix – 513 / 6516

Did you know that Chris Naylor is still ranked 3rd in the country in the O50’s category for her marathon time and only 91 seconds from first place. #inspirational

WOMEN OVER 50
2:54:21      Anne Roden (ENG)               9.10.46 36 – Boston, USA    17 Apr 2000
2:54:55      Eleanor Robinson (ENG)     20.11.47 26 – London          18 Apr 1999
2:55:54      Christine Naylor (ENG)    22.10.54  50 – London         17 Apr 2005
2:58:04      Dawn Gibbs (ENG)               9.03.56  61 – London            23 Apr 2006
3:00:22      Sally Musson (ENG)             23.03.52  68 – London          18 Apr 2004

Look what we found in the vaults. A rare newspaper article about the Italian race by the girls and an article about the then Carline Herbert (now Hoyte).

 

A80 women – the italian job:
Left to right – Chris Naylor, Tracey Owen, Caroline Herbert (now Hoyte), Jackie Richardson, Sue Bushby. There was a reason that they called them shorts!

Arena 80 Club History – Part 3 – From a past members point of view.

Arena Club History Part 3

From a past members point of view

Here is a letter and some photos received very recently from a founder member of A80 which gives a very interesting insight into the clubs history in the early years.

Arena 80 started training on Mondays at Withdean in 1981 and my sister and I (Marie and Louise Dudley-Ward) were involved right from the start.  I had just done a bit of jogging and was keen to improve, and my sister was interested in joining for the social side as well as doing a bit of running.  The two of us were on the committee and were joint social secretary for a few years, organising many social events for the club in the hall at Withdean and elsewhere for Christmas dinners etc. (Sadly I recently dumped a whole file full of minutes of meetings which I thought were totally obsolete now).  We were gradually joined by others who had already been running for a while and they encouraged us novices to start entering local races to have a target to aim for.  As a result, I ran my first London Marathon in 1983 and attach a few photos:  one of the Arena 80 London Marathon runners and another two showing us queueing outside Brighton sorting office all night in order to post our entries. (SEE BELOW).

I went on to run two more London’s, countless other marathons, half marathons and 10K’s culminating in running the Southdown’s 80 miler in 1987, which I ran together with Camilla Williams and we finished as joint 3rd lady in a time of 18 hrs.  I also represented the club with three other girls (Camilla Williams, Ragnvi Robson and Linda?) in the Stockholm Marathon, three of us having Swedish connections, and was good friends with Eva Isaacs who we were all very proud to have as a member of Arena 80. 

After quite a long break to bring up a family I am now back into running again and belong to Chichester Runners AC.  They have various training groups and I am happily settled into the Cake Runners.  I regularly run the Chichester Parkrun with a PB this year of 28 mins at the age of 60! 

Enough blowing my own trumpet.  I am still in touch with Carol Wilson (Ron Grover’s partner), Camilla Williams, Siggie Harris and Jane & Bill Mulholland who live round the corner from me, and have many very fond memories of my years with Arena 80. It’s a shame my name doesn’t appear in the membership book – I can’t imagine why, but I did stop running with the club in the early 90’s. I still occasionally bump into Roger Ockenden at local runs. 

It’s great to make contact and I wish the club continued success.

Kind regards

Louise Flude (nee Dudley-Ward)

Did you know that Eva Isaacs (a Swedish international runner) still holds the women’s club record for the marathon with a time of 2.42.23 set back in 1986 which to this day is still ranked as the 17th fastest female time in Sweden’s national records. She also holds 3rd spot in the women’s club records for the half marathon with a time of 1.18.34.

 

Admin says: Back in the early days of entering the London Marathon, there was no luxury of registering online. You would need to queue out all night to make sure you got your ballot paper in. Such dedication especially as it would have been cold leading up to the marathon.

Arena 80 club history – Part 2 – The golden years and changes.

Arena Club History – Part 2

The golden years and changes

During the mid-80’s Arena had an incredible spell as a running club. For a couple of years Arena was invincible. During those two years Arena won virtually every trophy there was going including the Sussex Grand Prix for two years in a row. Trophies were won by all the senior men, the men’s vet team, the senior women and the women’s vet team. It was a golden era for the club.

In December 1997 Ron Grover relinquished his role as secretary and chairman of the club however he was unanimously voted to stay on and become the club’s President due to his years of dedication that he had given to the club.

The club was now looking for a new leader to help push Arena 80 forwards. This came in the form of Bill Mulholland, who was a very good Arena athlete at the time. Bill stepped in to take over the coaching, secretary and chairman role and he completely revolutionised the Monday night training sessions as it needed a boost and refreshing. It was fresh and exciting and had the members engaged in their training once again which gave the club a new lease of life. Bill was a definite breath of fresh air to the club and was exactly what the club was looking for at the time.

It should not be underestimated what Bill did for the club during his few years of coaching and holding chairmanship. Arena was up and running and heading in the right direction once more.

Bill Mullholland was himself a very good road runner with a 2:41 marathon to his name when he was in his 40’s and, to this day, he still holds 4th place in the Arena men’s half marathon club records with his time of 1.15.00 set at Barns Green way back in 1986.

Ron Grover stepped down as President in October 2001 at which point John Mason was unanimously voted in as president. John epitomised everything that the club stood for. If John had been a stick of rock, he would have Arena 80 running all the way through the middle of his body. He gave so much to the club and it was an easy choice to put John in this club role.

The answer to yesterdays photo which was to name the two on the bottom row far left were Graham Shorter and Chris Naylor.

Did you know that Phoenix once had an emergency AGM to consider merging with Arena 80. The move was lost by just one vote! (Admin says: Can you imagine trying to double barrel the name – Arena Phoenix 80, Phoenix 80 Arena, Arenix or Phoarenanix etc etc).

Do you recognise any of these athletes? Arena far left 530 is John Schaab: person to the right of 366  is Peter Fair of Arena 80; at the very back just off centre right is Roger Ockendens head sideways. You gotta love the tashes and shorts back in the 80s #Retro

Get to know…Jo Renshaw

For this weeks chosen club member we are joined by the ever smiling Jo Renshaw. Jo is one of those runners that will always give it her all and has probably run more half marathons than you ‘ve had hot dinners. When Jo is not running, you will probably find her tending to her plants and vegetables in her garden. A quiet lady but with a very calming personality so let’s find out a little more about Jo.

1. When and why did you join Arena:
I joined in June 2015 after running the Brighton Marathon for the first time. My aim was to improve my running and to make more running friends.

2. How long have you been running:
I began running in August 2013, having just turned 40 and quit smoking. I thought that if I enjoyed running and feeling fit and healthy it would keep me off the roll-ups. It did the trick! 

3. Where did you grow up:
I grew up in Leicester. 

4. Which three words describe you best: 
Determined, loyal, patient.

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
I have a couple of Lurchers, Hedge and Eli. I also have a garden that takes up much time – I grow our own veg and so growing, picking, cooking, eating keeps me fairly busy. 

6. What’s been the highlight of 2017: 
So far, the highlight has been Brighton Marathon Weekend. My sister and I ran BM10k then marshalled on the finish line. We both found it a very humbling experience and having sworn never to run another marathon promptly signed up for Paris in 2018! That and a lovely holiday in Corfu.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again:
I spent a month travelling round India on my own in 2010. I’d very happily do that again. 

8. What was your favourite subject at school: 
Nothing, I hated school!

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Her determination to make the Women’s Marathon and Olympic sport sends shivers of wonder and gratitude all over me 

10. Who in your life has influenced you the most: 
I think my Mum and Dad have influenced me ore than anyone else. They taught me to be resourceful. 

11. Have you anything on your bucket list that you still want to do:
There are lots of places I’ve not seen in the world. Top of my list is California. Sunshine and prolific food.

12. What is your favorite drink:
Water. We are so fortunate to have clean drinking water.

13. What makes you laugh:
Jumping in to the sea on a hot day, Billy Connolly, silly cat videos on YouTube to name a few things

14. Name 3 people (dead or alive) you would like to sit in a pub with:
My sister, my daughter and my partner

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I practice Nichiren Buddhism and I’m currently training to be a life coach. 

16. What do you think about the most:
Food, without a doubt.

17. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch: 
A book called ‘Women who run with the wolves’ Clarisa Pinkola Estes. Every woman should read it. 

18. When are you at your happiest:
When I’m running, when I’m walking my dogs and when I’m making food in my kitchen. 

19. If you didn’t run what other sport would you like to have done:
Rally driving.

20. What has been you all-time favourite TV programme:
Breaking Bad kept me hooked.

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

Get to know…Dorian Rogers

Buck Rogers

For this weeks chosen club member we are joined by the one and only Dorian Rogers. Always a firm favourite when he is about and one of the Run Brighton ambassadors so someone that gives back to the sport. A top man to hang out with and very easy to chat with. If you don’t know Dorian then I suggest you make it a point to get to know him. Let’s find out a little more about him.

1. When and why did you join Arena:
2011 – I was struggling with solo training and had not enjoyed my second marathon. I needed a bit of a push and thought a club could help. I chose Arena because it was my dad’s club.

2. How long have you been running:
Since 2009. I did the Seaford half in August that year for charity, so I started running as training., Then they announced the first Brighton marathon, so I entered that.

3. Where did you grow up:
Brighton. Born and bred.

4. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go:
Somewhere in South or central American I think. Patagonia has an appeal. 

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your time:
Drinking too much cider.

6. What would you say to your younger self:
Don’t drink so much cider.

7. If you could go back to an age in your life what age would it be and why:
My 30s I think. I could do with being a bit younger, but I don’t think I could cope with my youth again.

8. What’s your favourite website: 
www.neonfiller.com (blatant plug for a website I help run).

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Chris Hughton of course!

10. What is your favourite album ever:
69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields

11. Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:
Loads and loads. Buck, Big face, Roogers, Big D. The list goes on. Doz is the most common. Recently at a vets track and field meet I gained the nickname “The Juggernaut”

12. What makes you happy:
Simple things. Relaxed time with my wife. Running on the downs. Music. Reading comics (I’m a child at heart). Oh, and cider.

13. What was the last thing you bought:
A Guided By Voices album on vinyl. 

14. What’s something you miss the most from childhood:
The joy of not having to go to work.

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
I once gave former Home and Away actress Isla Fisher advice on how to store a cooked chicken.

16. What’s the one thing you can’t live without:
My lovely wife. Or cheese.

17. What is the hardest thing you ever had to do: 
Taking my cat to be put down. That or the Beachy Head marathon.

18. What are your three most used apps:
Facebook, Spotify and the Podcast app.

19. What were you like at school:
A lot like I am now, only wearing glasses. And a lot more annoying I suspect.

20. What’s the last photo you took on your phone:
A rainy festival shot. Attached. 

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

Get to know…Julie Drake

Brutal 10, Women’s only

For this weeks chosen club member we are joined by the lady who recently popped up in the club history series. This dog loving athlete has represented GB many times and took part in the Tokyo Olympics so this girl has pedigree and class. A lover of everything outdoors and the main instigator of the Arena annual camping trips, you will often find Julie running over the hills with her dog, Amber. Lets find out a little more about Julie Drake.

Name: Julie Drake

1. When and why did you join Arena:
I joined Arena in 1999. I was a member of Brighton & Hove AC at the time with two toddlers but due to work/childcare issues could no longer make Tuesday/Thursday night club training night’s so I starting attending Arena Monday and Wednesday night sessions.

2. How long have you been running:
Far too long … 36 years . I started in 1981 when I was 12 years old. I’m still running in 2017, but rather a lot slower.

3. Where did you grow up:
I’m a local girl. Born in Westdene and lived all my life in Brighton.

4. What was the best thing about growing up as a kid:
Being out and about playing with friends all the time. In my day as a kid we only had a couple of hours of kids tv a day and no computer games so my time was spend doing interesting things.

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
Taking Amber my dog out for walks and canicross runs, lots of wild camping in my motor home, cooking and playing golf. I also enjoy partaking in wine and beer tasting.

6. What’s the one song that gets you up out of your seat:
Pharrell Williams – Happy.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again:
The St Albans Stampede (12 hr Enduro relay over 3.8 mile lap). My boyfriend and I ran it last year and surprisingly came 2nd. He ran 39 miles and I ran 36 miles. We are heading back there in September to try and do better.

8. Have you any bugbears:
Obsessively checking how much battery power I have left in my motor home. I’ve now had a solar panel fitted so my obsession is easing.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Steve Ovett. My primary school teacher was a member of Phoenix AC and brought his Moscow Olympic gold medal into the class to show us in 1980.

10. What would your epitaph say:
She never stopped running until the end.

11. What’s the best thing about living in Brighton:
Living so close to the South Downs and Stanmer Park. I’ve always trained off-road so Brighton is a perfect place to live for me.

12. What are you most looking forward to in 2017
: Of course it’s the Arena 80 camping trip. 18th-22nd August at Hollands Wood Campsite, Brockenhurst. Lots of running, cycling, socialising, eating and drinking.

13. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go:
Australia.

14. What was the first song you ever purchased (be truthful):
Message in a Bottle by The Police.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I’m a life member of Brighton & Hove City AC which I gained from representing GB at the World Championships in Toyko in 1991. My event then was 10000m walk but I was also quite a good runner in my day and won the Brighton Half Marathon.

16. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you choose to be:
Parked up somewhere scenic in my motor home eating home cooked food and drinking nice cold cava.

17. What has been your biggest achievement in your life so far:
Breaking 3 hours for my first road marathon. This was London 1992 and I ran 2hr 58:22. I got back into training as a new years resolution and did 3 months of serious training of 50-60 miles a week for it. Before this I’d lost interest in training and had a few months off which involved lots of partying and being normal.

18. Who would you choose to be marooned on a desert island with:
My boyfriend Richard. He’s not an Arena runner but he is a fellow bus driver and I found out that he was a running a few years ago at the South Downs Relay. He’s a hasher.

19. Is there anything that you are scared of:
Running with Amber in Stanmer Park woods on my own in the dark. We have recently started running in the dark on Hollingbury Golf Course which I can handle as we stay on the farways, which are open, as much as possible.

20. If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive who would you choose:
Chris ‘Moyleman’ Moyle my running friend who died from cancer in 2009. In November I’m planning on running my 250th Parkrun on Chris’ 50th birthday weekend. Ashley Head (Chris’ good mate and the Moyleman race founder) and Cam Moyle (Chris’ sister and also a fellow running friend and ex school mate). It would be a very special occasion to all be reunited for one dinner.

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

 

Get to know…Jo Marshall / Ricky Coleman

Love on a mountain top.

For this weeks chosen club member we are have two for the price of one today. Surely one of the nicest couple’s I have ever met. It’s rare to find two people so suited at such a young age. They have a love of animals (some would say a house like Noah’s Ark) a love for adventure and a love for each other. Watching these two grow with their running since they joined Arena has been a pleasure to watch and there times prove that they are doing something right in their training sessions. Jo is a keen photographer and Ricky is just keen for everything. They are a pleasure to hang out with and two very gentle souls. Let’s find out what rocks their world.

Name: Jo Marshall and Ricky Coleman

1. When and why did you join Arena:
Jo & Ricky: September 2016, to up our game!

2. How long have you been running:
Jo: My first 10k was in 2013 but I didn’t run for a year after that because I was too traumatised.
Ricky:  My first Half Marathon was in 2009 (Hastings) but I’d say I’ve been running properly since 2015

3. Where did you grow up:
Jo: Kenilworth, a small town in the Midlands
Ricky:  Down the coast in Hastings

4. What do the last five words of the last text sent to you say:
Jo: ‘Can you get a pineapple? ‘ From Ricky for his signature pizza
Ricky: just having tea

5. What types of holidays do you prefer:
Jo: Active ones, preferably with a mountain or two in sight
Ricky: Road trips, hoping from hostel to hostel

6. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
Jo: Anything outdoors – hiking, camping, skiing, climbing, etc. I also really enjoy DIY!
Ricky: Definitely not watching Love Island. Er I love reading and I follow lots of different sports

7. What would your epitaph say:
Jo: eco-warrior
Ricky:  could argue with his own shadow

8. Tell us about something you would happily do again:
Jo: Do a road trip in the Canadian Rockies
Ricky: Go white water kayaking in the Alps, living off fresh bread and cheese for weeks

9. What makes you bored:
Jo: Politics
Ricky: When the football season ends

10. What would be the hardest thing for you to give up:
Jo: Sugar
Ricky: Peanut butter

11. What were you like a school:
Jo: An average Joe. Always came last at sports day.
Ricky: Bit of a joker with a short attention span

12. What is your one weakness:
Jo:  Funny cat videos
Ricky: I have to have the last word

13. Who was you first celebrity crush pop star and film star:
Jo: Zac Efron
Ricky: Tom Hardy

14. What are the three most used apps on your phone: 
Jo: BBC news, Strava, Facebook
Ricky: Facebook, Whatsapp and the Guardian

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you
Jo: I used to ring church bells. I only gave up so I could run more.
Ricky: I was once arrested and detained in Singapore for a short time when travelling

16. Who is your sporting hero:
Jo: Ricky – he is good at everything!
Ricky:  Bradley Wiggins, he just oozes class and has achieved lots across so many different bike racing disciplines (sorry Jo!)

17. What one thing do you like to do the most:
Jo: Make a good spreadsheet
Ricky: Win a sprint finish at parkrun (although it’s definitely not a race)

18. What’s the best thing about living in Brighton:
Jo: The south downs on our doorstep!
Ricky: Being smug about it to anyone that doesn’t live here…

19. What was the best thing about 2016 for you:
Jo: Buying a flat so we could get our guinea pigs!
Ricky: Qualifying as a solicitor

20. What are you most looking forward to in 2017:
Jo: My holidays – Croatia and India
Ricky: Seeing Royal Blood at the Brighton Centre

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