Monthly Archives: September 2017

Fab Friday – Old Skool Arena cross country

In honour of the new cross country season starting this weekend (Saturday 30th) we’ve managed to find these photo’s from the archives of how it was back in the 80’s. The athletes would get changed in cattle sheds (so glamourous) as shown in the photo with an ex member Peter Fair. Above all this was when men were men and wore shorts that even Kylie would be proud of.

Good luck to all of our ladies and gents in the Goodwood cross country relays and go easy on the cake guys.

Fab Friday – Club track championships results from 1998 & 2001.

Found in the archives are these results from what was the Arena club championships that Arena used to hold. These are from 1998 and 2001 and show that the athletes back then had to do a mixture of different races and depending on their times and places they then scored points to eventually have an overall winner at the end of them. I don’t have the details as to how it was done but it will be interesting to find out.

Anyway check out some of the times that were being done back in the day and also check out some of the names and their times as you may well know a few of them and be surprised by the times they were knocking out. How do you think you would do up against these guys if you were to race them now? 

Get to know…Andrew Bargery

For this weeks chosen club member we are joined by one of the club’s many perennial marathon runners. Although injuries have meant he’s been absent from summer training, the comeback has started with a late surge up the super series rankings. Somebody who loves nothing better than a long run on the Downs, Andrew is now planning to step-up to Ultra Marathons. When it comes to an intellectual athlete, there is none better than this man, you will definitely have an intelligent conversation with this guy and above all else he is a damn nice guy so let’s see what Andrew is all about. 

Name: Andrew Bargery 

1. When and why did you join Arena: 
In 2013. I was getting close to breaking the 3-hour marathon barrier and wanted some more support for my training.

2. How long have you been running: 
I’ve been running since primary school. However, it had got to the stage I was only going for a jog every few weeks. It was a combination of the Brighton Marathon and parkrun that got me taking it a bit more seriously again.

3. Where did you grow up: 
In the Isle of Man. It has a big sporting culture and is great for running and cycling. It’s a bit parochial though – it didn’t get it’s first escalator until after I left.

4. What is something you want to do in the next ten years: 
Get older quicker than I get slower – so that I become more competitive within my age-group

5. What do you think was the most important invention in the last 100 years:
The space-race was responsible for many important innovations. So it must be either the silicon chip or the non-stick frying pan.

6. Where was your profile Facebook photo taken:
On holiday in Denmark. Although it’s just a head-shot, so it could be anywhere.

7. You have charge of the TV remote, what are you watching:
Channel 4. Or BBC4. Or maybe ITV4. Anyway, the ‘4’ button on my remote is quite worn.

8. Tell us about something you’re proud to have achieved:
I ran a 37 minute 10K when I was 17, so I was really pleased to go sub-37 last year and know I am fitter now than I was as a teenager.

9. What music are you listening to right now:
I don’t listen to music that much. I never have any music when I run. My car radio is permanently tuned to Radio 4.

10. Do you have any superstitions:

11. Quote a line from one of your favourite songs:
And all you need, honestly, a little piece of cherry pie hot from the oven. (lovely song, rubbish lyrics) (admin says “it’s by The Jezabels – A Little Piece”).

12. What is your one weakness:
My right achilles tendon

13. What’s your favourite way to relax:
Unsurprisingly, running 20 miles over the South Downs.

14. What’s something that you aren’t:
I am not getting any younger

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
I was a professional rally co-driver for many years and won several national championships.

16. Have you any regrets:
I’ve had a few. But then again, too few to mention.

17. What makes you bored:

18. What do you get excited about:
The dark

19. What scares you
Battery level below 10%

20. Who do you admire:
Elon Musk 

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

Get to know…Jim Risdale

For this weeks chosen club member we are joined by the Preston Park parkrun resident Mr Jim Risdale. A firm favourite amongst his running peers and always guaranteed a fast run up against this man. A devoted and loving father, a dad of the highest order and very much a family man, who wouldn’t want Jim on their Christmas card list. A top bloke so let’s meet the Family Guy Mr Jim Risdale.

Name: Jim Risdale

1. When did you join Arena:
Spring 2011, off the back of the Brighton Marathon. Charlie (my partner) and I went along to the Sunday morning marathon training runs and met a few Arena members there. They were friendly and quite persuasive, so we joined.

2. How long have you been running:
I did my first parkrun in 2009. I was chatting to a friend in the pub and she mentioned that there was a weekly 5k in Hove Park. I feigned interest but Charlie was keen and didn’t want to go on her own, so I became a parkrunner!

3. Where did you grow up:
Northampton. I came to Brighton for university in 2000, then lived in Leeds for a while but moved back to Brighton full time in 2007.  

4. Which three words describe you best: 
Lacking self discipline! I should run more, eat fewer Hobnobs and go to bed earlier.

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
I spend most of my free time engaged in mundane household tasks or DIY, but secretly I love it. I also love building stuff out of Lego with my two-year-old. His enthusiasm is infectious, although his attention to detail and appreciation of symmetry is severely lacking.

6. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week: 
I was hunting for mice in the loft and came across my old guitar, so I’ve decided to start playing again after a break of about 15 years. Call it a mid life crisis, if you will.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again:
Run the entire Isle of Wight coast path. Only this time I’d do it in multiple stages instead of trying to do the whole lot in 24 hours and getting drunk at the half-way point. Blame Al Silvester for that one!

8. What was your favorite subject at school: 
For a while it was Art, then Technology. Never Geography though, which is what I went on to study at university.

9. Who is your sporting hero: 
Well, it’s got to be Mo hasn’t it?

10. Have you gone out with mismatched socks on: 
I wouldn’t have thought so, no.

11. Have you anything on your bucket list that you still want to do:
Run a sub-17 5k. I’ve come fairly close this year but it’s proving elusive, probably due to the acts of self-sabotage described in Q4!

12. What is your favorite drink:
Ale. Harvey’s Best in a pub, or St Austell Proper Job when at home. Port too.

13. Have you gone in to a room and forgotten why:

14. Name 3 people (dead or alive) you would like to sit in a pub with:
My brother, who sadly I rarely see but can beat at pool. My partner Charlie, who doesn’t engage in binge-drinking anymore but might join me for a half. If I had to choose someone famous then it’d have to be Channel 4 Newsman Jon Snow.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I watch Gardener’s World every Friday evening.

16. Apart from your wife, who would you choose to be marooned on a desert island with:
Well, we’re not married, so I guess I’d have to say Charlie!

17. Which came first the chicken or the egg: 
I don’t like eggs (apart from Easter Eggs) but I do like chicken, so I’m saying chicken.

18. Which time period would you visit in history:  
I’d go back to my first term at university and tell my younger self to lay off the Smirnoff Ice.

19. If you didn’t run what other sport would you like to have done:
Rugby, darts or maybe the triple jump. But sadly I don’t have the physique for any of those!

20. What was the last book you read:
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. I’m only half-way through but enjoying it thoroughly.

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

Get to know…Chris Park

For this weeks chosen club member we are joined by the easy laidback man of the pack Chris Park. I’ve had the pleasure of running with Chris over the last few years e     specially when we both trained for the Brighton Marathon and training in the http://RunBrighton,com group He is every part a gentleman and carries a very relaxed manner about him, rarely have I ever seen this man be phased by anything. As the saying goes “he is an all round good egg” so let’s find out some more about Chris Park.

Name: Chris Park

1. When did you join Arena:
I think it was 2013.

2. How long have you been running:
I was a sprinter and high jumper as a teenager, I took up distance running for a short while in my late twenties then stopped, didn’t start running seriously again until 2009-10 (first Brighton Marathon).

3. Where did you grow up:
Born and bred in York.

4. What was the last thing you bought:
A 3-pack of fishnet tights. Before you jump to conclusions, my daughter asked me to get them for her on my Amazon Prime account.

5. What’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done:
Going down a black run in the Pyrenees when I didn’t really know how to ski. A french person told me it was easy. I was a gullible student at the time.

6. What were you like at school:
As far as my teachers were concerned: lazy, a daydreamer, a bit of a pain.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again:      
Swimming with dolphins in New Zealand, but I’d like the ocean to be a bit calmer next time.

8. Name 3 things in nature you find most beautiful:
Ocean waves, snowflakes, thunderstorms.

9. Tell us about something you’ve achieved:
York and District Under 16 High Jump Champion 1973. It’s all gone downhill since then.  

10. What’s your favourite book, magazine or comic:
I don’t really have a favourite book, but if I did it would probably be written by J.G.Ballard or Sebastian Faulks.

11. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I used to play bass guitar in an early eighties London post-punk band: baggy suits, cropped blond hair, beret (luckily there’s not too much photographic evidence).

12. What makes you happy:
Spending time with my family.

13. What do you do to relax: 
I Like learning to play musical instruments: I’ve recently started learning the violin and find practicing very therapeutic (neighbours aren’t so keen though).

14. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try:
As a child I wanted to be an airline pilot, still quite fancy having a go at flying, but I don’t have deep enough pockets to take it up as a hobby.

15. Which store or website would you choose to max out your credit card:
I’ve just paid off my credit cards, so I’m not going down that road again.

16. What is most important in life:
Not maxing out on your credit cards.

17. Who in your life has influenced you the most:
My wife Bronwen, always there to encourage me when I have a good idea and to stop me from doing stupid things.

18. What’s your earliest memory:
Tearfully watching our family dog, a red setter, being driven away by it’s new owner when I was 3 years old. My parents gave it away after it ate all my plastic toys, I think they thought it was going to eat me next.

19. Name your 3 favourite foods:
Mashed potatoes, fried eggs, grilled asparagus. 

20. Who is your sporting hero:
Mo Farah.

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

Get to know…Georgia Steers

For this weeks chosen club member we are joined by the girl who seems to pop up everywhere and none more so than being run director at the Hove Prom parkrun. She gives so much back to the sport of running and to the running community and always done with a smile and so much enthusiasm. A recent member to join the Arena family but a fine ambassador to fly the Arena flag. Let’s find out about more about Georgia Steers.

1. Where did you grow up:
Burgess Hill.

2. What was the last thing you ate: 
Blueberry Yoghurt

3. Where’s your favourite hangout place: 
I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite place, but I seem to spend an awful lot of time at Withdean!!

4. What’s your biggest inspiration:
My mum. I hate to say it, but she really does know everything!!! 

5. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be: 
Roast chicken, roast potatoes and all the trimmings.

6. What 1 thing would you take with you on a deserted island (not human): 
My cat, Tiggy. 

7. Who is your sporting hero: 
Jess Ennis

8. What types of holidays do you prefer: 
I like all holidays! Si and I love travelling loads. We love getting our maps and guide books and exploring new cities.

9. Is there anything you hope to achieve in the next 5 years: 
There’s a few things I want to achieve in the next few years. I want to travel more and see some of the places on my bucket list. I also keep going on to Si that I want to skydive. I can’t quite convince him that its a good idea though, so I might have to do that one on my own.

10. What makes you happy: 
My friends, family, cats, running and Malbec to name a few things

11. What’s your all-time favourite film:
I change my mind on this so often!! Right now, it’s probably Burlesque.

12. What is your motto in life: 
I don’t really have a motto, but I quite like what’s on my new headband: No pain, No champagne. 

13. What’s something we don’t know about you: 
I am a qualified personal trainer and spin instructor. 

14. What’s the one thing you can’t live without: 

15. Describe your childhood days: 
Full of lots of fun and laughter. I spent most of my childhood with my best friend Natalie who lived just up the road. She was the loud one and I was really quiet and shy!!! 

16. What makes you go wow:
The beauty of nature

17. First celebrity crush: 
Leonardo Dicaprio, I was totally in love with him when I was 16!

18. Name 3 (dead or alive) people you would like to have round for dinner:
Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and the Queen of Dragons so I can find out what is going to happen in the last series of Game of Thrones.

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