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.

New offer from our Arena kit supplier – Viga Sportswear, valid until october 31st

Your Viga e-Newsletter                                                                                                          SEPTEMBER 2017

We hope you have all had a fantastic summer, whether at home in the UK or if you’ve been lucky enough to go somewhere warmer for some summer sun! Here at Viga we’re getting ready for the clocks changing and looking at clothing to help us runners in the beautiful season that is Autumn.

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Arena 80 October Shenanigans.

It’s all getting very busy again now that the summer season is over so I thought I would just give you a rundown of what is happening during October for you to get your running heads around.

The Harvey Curtis Cup Road Races

There are some key races that we would ask for Arena members to participate in if possible. The Harvey Curtis Cup Road Races is still on for us to retain this trophy which we won in 2016. With two more races left in this challenge we need just 1 more point from the two races remaining.

The next race in the HCC is the Bright10 on Sunday October 15th and this is also part of the club’s Super Series challenge. As the title suggests, it’s a 10 mile race which most of us should have no problem competing in as we are an endurance club after all. If you haven’t signed up yet there are still spaces so if you haven’t already done so then please sign up as every finishing place can make a big difference to the point’s allocation.

Sussex Grand Prix race 2017

The key SGP race is our very own Hove Prom 10k on Sunday 29th October. This is hosted by Arena 80 and we would ask for as many people as possible to help to volunteer for this, in order to help make this go as seamless and easy as possible for us all. This is also a great way for our newer members to get a real feel about Arena 80 and a chance to interact with our members. It’s these sort of events which help to gel the club and work as a team. If you haven’t added your name down to volunteer yet then please do so A.S.A.P and email Arena always manages to put on a good show and the support we give to the athletes running is second to none.


Sussex Cross Country League Races

Of course the cross-country season kicks of this weekend with the relays at the Goodwood Country Park. There seems to be a real ‘up for it’ attitude this year, even more so than in previous years. These races really bring the club and the members together and it’s such a sociable occasion especially as the ladies tend to bring cake along and the men wait for the bits left over. The first league race is on Saturday October 14th back at the Goodwood Country Park with the women’s race at 1.30 and the men at 2.30. Both the men and the women had a good season last year and we are looking to build on this success for the 2017/18 season. If you are interested in these events then speak to our Captains: Dan Vaughan for the men and Dani Tarleton for the ladies.

Arena Social

I know it’s still a long way off but the Arena Christmas party is all booked. We will be having it back at The View on the promenade in Hove. The date is Saturday 16th December so keep your diary’s free for this one. This was a superb social event last year with over 70 attending and I anticipate this being as good if not better than 2016.

We’ll also look to book the Krater comedy night at the Komedia again as this has been requested to go back there. A highly entertaining evening with a lot of laughs and another great hang out with your fellow Areneez.

Ok that should keep you all going for October so please keep supporting your club wherever possible as this club relies on volunteers to keep the club going as without them, there is no club. If you feel that you would like to get involved with the club more and feel you have something to offer then please do let us know as there are so few who do so much however but we could always do with some more help. 

In strictly style “keeeeeep running”.

SEAA Road Relay Championships at Crystal Palace 2017.

Four of our ladies took to the roads around Crystal Palace at the weekend to compete in the SEAA Road Relay Championships 3000m.

The provisional results have just been released and our ladies came an impressive 17th out of more than 80 teams. Not bad considering half the team were vets!

Their individual leg times were as follows: Julie Briggs 13.10, Helena Rooney 14.35, Tara Shanahan 13.45 and Maisie Trafford on 13.30. The distance was approximately 3.6km. We say well done ladies on a good job done and good solid performances from all at a regional event!

It’s great to see Arena athletes putting themselves out for these kind of events as not only is it testing themselves but it also cements a solid team friendship. Awesome job Areneez.

Barns Green Half Marathon 2017 & The 4th Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge.

It was certainly a bit of a warm one out there for this half marathon today however the sun did shine and the Areneez were out en-masse for this 4th Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge.

It was tremendous to see so many blue vests taking to the race and there was some glorious running from our guys. Arena placed 7 athletes inside the top 50 and 12 inside the top 100 which is no mean feat by anyone’s standards.

First Arena home was Del ‘Diago’ Wallace who romped home in 31st place with a time of 1.21.58. Del looked every bit the part out there, looking very comfortable and sharp and pushing all the way to the line with a strong finish. 2nd & 3rd Arena home came from the usual suspects of Anthony Snelling and Jon Bowditch in 1.24.36 & 1.24.35 respectively so very much working together to get the best out of each other.

The other names to mention who all placed in the top 50 were;  Andrew Bargery 1.25.41; Michael Barker 1.26.27; Aled Anderson 1.27.00; Henry Miller 1.27.07 and again it looks like they were all in ear shot of one another and would have played a big part in their running, great team work.

For the ladies, well that kudos goes to Dani Tarleton with a very impressive 3rd woman placing overall in a superb time of 1.28.26. This is only 26 seconds outside of her PB which she set back in 2014 and is running as well now as she ever has been. Of the other Arena ladies then well done also to Katherine O’Hara who placed 6th lady hone in a time of 1.30.44 and to Soulla Wright who placed 8th lady home in a time of 1.31.41. Scintillating running from our ladies which led to them winning the women’s team prize overall. We should also say a big congratulations to Nicky Yeates who also took 1st prize by winning her age group.

It was a magnificent show put on by the blue vests of Arena and one I’m sure would not have gone unnoticed by many out there today. In terms of points for the HCC we will need to wait fro about 10 days to get all the result sin and ratified. Lewes and Haywards Heath were the two teams just sitting behind us so we await the outcome from today’s race results. The Areneez should feel very proud of themselves after today’s turnout and results though and the outcome from today should end up in very positive territory with the league table.

The next Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge.race is the Bright10 on Sunday 15th October at 9am start.

If you’ve not entered yet and would like to keep Arena in with a shout of the title then enter here as there are still some places left;

Well done to all of you that ran today with some dazzling displays of road running, you’ve done the club proud. 

Promotional offer from our kit supplier Viga sportswear on long sleeve tee’s.

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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? 

Katherine O’Hara takes 1st place for age at London Duathlon.

Katherine O’Hara took to London on Sunday 17th to compete in the London Duathlon. 

Katherine said “it was more of a time trial than a race and it awas just as much a mental as a physical challenge”. She was extremely happy to have run a sub 20 for the 5km coming off the bike and we’re happy to announce that she won her age group. She even had time to do a bit of Deer spotting on the way around.

Katherine has come back strongly from what was a disappointing first quarter of the year due to the break in her foot that she picked up at the end of the 2016/17 cross country season. She has stuck to a strict recovery plan which has now paid off especially with representing GB at this year’s European Duathlon and also winning her age group there as well.

A big congratulations to Katherine from everyone at Arena 80..