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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. 

This week’s parkrun round up for 23/09/2017

This week’s parkrun round-up for 23/09/2017.

Brighton & Hove

First man home for Arena was Joe Ashley coming in 5th place in a time of 16.52 and first lady home for Arena was one of our newer members to join the Arena family which was Fiona Bugler in 21.25 and was 3rd lady in.

In terms of PB’s here that accolade goes to Jessamy Hibberd with her time of 23.50 beating her previous best of 23.52 set just 4 weeks ago so a girl on the march and moving in the right direction.

Preston Park

First man home for Arena was Mark Steene coming home in 16th place in a time of 19.35 and first lady home for Arena was Jackie Rymell in 22.03 who was 7th lady in.

The PB landed to one of our junior runners here and that went to Sam Burgess in a time of 23.02 beating her previous PB set only last week of 23.09. This is her 8th PB at this course for 2017 and started 2017 on 25.24 so she has made massive in-roads with her running.

Hove Prom

Hove Prom saw two of our guys take on the PB honours. First lady home for Arena was Emma Habba who not only took the 1st lady overall but in doing so also gained a new PB. This is the first tie that Emma has had the accolade of 1st lady home and her hard training has now finally paid off. Her new time is 21.07 beating her previous best here of 21.30 set almost 1 year ago.

First man home for Arena was Max Brambani who came home in 36th place but, as like Emma, also gained a new PB in the process. The new time of 21.39 beat his previous time of 21.55 set here only last week so he definitely a man right on his game at the moment.


No PB’s here but just worth mention two of our guys who took the journey over there. It’s good to see Gary McKivett back out there again. Gary has been out for about 4 months with injury and has just started coming back with his training again. He was chaperoned around by Alex Jago and although Gary found the last 2k hard going they both came in with very respectable times of 17.40 (Alex) and 17.49 (Gary) and both came in as 3rd and 4th men.

Well done to all of those that took themselves out there and especially those with new PB times.

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

Viga sportswear (where we get our Arena kit from) are doing a promotion at the moment.
They are offering on all Arena80 Ladies & Men’s Long Sleeve Tee Shirts a free pair of Viga Runners Socks plus the Mobile Phone Arm Holder just on these items though.
When you order long sleeve Tee’s they will automatically be sent with your so don’t try adding them to the order.
Don’t forget they are still offering as well 10% off when spending £30 or over ***Use the promocode VIGA010 on the check out page to get it.

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…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.

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..

Another improvement to the club records.

There’s been another improvement to the Women’s age grading records for the Worthing parkrun.

Caroline Wood took on Worthing on the 02/09/2017 and came in as 2nd lady behind our Emily Proto. Caroline got herself a new PB of 19.52 but in the process, and already sitting in top spot for the age grading record, moved this from 87.16% to the new record of 88.76%. 

Caroline also took on Millom parkrun yesterday (17.09.2017) and came home in 2nd overall so a lady in some fine form at the moment.

Congratulations Caroline and the new Worthing Women’s age grading records now look like this.

Age grading
1 Caroline Wood – 88.76%
2 Jenny Hughes – 85.18%
3 Tara Shanahan – 84.74%
4 Emily Proto – 83.85% 
5 Louise Payne – 80.60%

This weekend’s parkrun round up with new PB’s and a change to the club records. 16.09.2017

As always never a week goes by without someone at Arena coming up with a new PB somewhere out there in parkrun land and this week was no exception. However this week has not only thrown up new PB’s but also thrown in new club records into the mix as well.

Let’s start with the Hove Prom PB which is handed over to Max Brambani this week. Max has gratefully accepted his new time of 21.55 and now discards his old one away of 22.30 which he set here only two weeks ago, so definitely a man on the up in terms of running.

Popping along the coast to Worthing which saw some very stiff competition out there this week and it was not for the faint of heart, it was reading like a who’s who of Sussex runners. There is a saying by Diane Mariechild “Trust the still, small voice that says, ‘this might work and I’ll try it” and so it was that Joe Ashley decided to venture west and take part in his first Worthing parkrun. Joe came home in a credible 16th place given the talent on show out there today. His time of 16.46 was good enough to put him into 3rd place in the men’s Worthing parkrun club records however it was his age grading of 80.82% that shone through and put him into 1st place in the men’s age grading club records. That was well worth the trip over there me thinks.

Also showing on the same card was Emily Proto who was 2nd lady home in 18.33 and nice to see Emily making her mark back out there again.

And so onto Brighton & Hove parkrun and we’ve saved the best for last. First up with his new glittering PB is the recent birthday boy Teo Van Well. Teo accompanied Tara Shanahan round the course for her 100th parkrun today but in doing so he got himself a PB to go with it, with a new time of 18.20 beating his previous best of 18.27 set in 2016.

As for Tara, well what a way to celebrate your 100th parkrun. Firstly she ran with Teo who was obviously a good influence as she took on a new PB time of 18.22 beating her previous 18.31 set in 2016. With it though, comes some club record improvements for the women’s B&H parkrun.
Tara climbs up from 5th to 4th in terms of the times but just to add to the mix, she also enters the age grading records for the first time and catapults herself into equal 3rd place with her age grading of 88.20% so jointly held with Louise Vallier who also has exactly the same age grading. Move over Batman and Robin as there is a new dynamic duo in town in the form of Tara & Teo. A great day’s work Tara and happy 100th parkrun to you.

Congratulations to all of our new PB holders and to all of our members who took part this weekend and of course, to the new club record membership crew.

The new club records now look like this;

Worthing parkrun Men
1 James Dicks 2016 16m 29s
2 Al Silvester 2017 16m 37s
3 Joe Ashley 2017 16m 46s
4 Michael Barker 2017 17m 26s
5 Jim Risdale 2017 17m 34s

Worthing Age grading
1 Joe Ashley – 80.82%
2 Paul Gasson – 80.72%
3 Al Silvester – 79.84%
4 Andy Payne – 79.42%
5 Kevin Lowe – 78.91%

Brighton & Hove parkrun Women
1 Caroline Hoyte 2009 16m 43s
2 Julie Briggs 2008 17m 31s
3 Emily Proto 2014 17m 44s
4 Tara Shanahan 2017 18m 22s
5 Louise Vallier 2011 18m 23s

Brighton & Hove parkrun Age grading
1 Caroline Hoyte – 90.63%
2 Chris Naylor – 90.36%
3 Louise Vallier – 88.20%
3 Tara Shanahan – 88.20%
5 Julie Briggs – 87.73%

You can find all the club records here; http:

Moving away from parkruns we must also congratulate a couple of our Arena athletes who took part in the Richmond 10k on Saturday. John Thompson who really is some superb form at present was 1st in his age group along with Nicky Yeates who also took 1st place in her age group. These guys always seem to come as a pair in races as so it was in this race. Also really well done to Angelina Smy who rocked up in 12th place in her age group so a fine day all round for the Arena trio.