Monthly Archives: September 2017

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%

Another Arena club member hits the 250 parkrun milestone.

Like a bus, you don’t get one for ages then three come along at once. Hot on the heels of Nicky Yeates and Alan Garnham who reached their 250th parkrun a couple of weeks ago and so another Arena member has also now reached the giddy heights as well. 

We say congratulations to Rob Derkin who last weekend took to his home turf down there at Preston Park parkrun to record his milestone mark. Admiration to all of these three for putting themselves out there week after week for the last 5 years and some…

Looking at Rob’s PB times from 2013 at Preston Park parkrun well you have to give him credit for being Mr Consistent: 2013 – 20.41; 2014 – 21.05; 2015 – 20.39; 2016 – 20.24; 2017 – 20.29 so it’s fair to say that Rob has definitely not faded with the years of pounding out those Saturday morning’s. Congratulations Rob on a job well done.

Men’s Cross country season about to begin, dates and details.

A post from the new men’s team captain – Dan Vaughan

Arena Men,

It is my privilege to organise the Cross Country fixtures for us this season. After a lengthy stint, Steve McNealy has handed over the captain’s armband which I shall endeavour to wear with pride. His last 4 years have seen the club improve year-on-year – having been promoted back to division one of the Sussex XC League in 2013/14, we miraculously prevented relegation the following season, finished a comfortable 6th the year after and were then a solid 5th in 2016/17. My job is to continue that upward trajectory.

As an introduction to the world of XC for those who haven’t participated before here is a quick overview. The league consists of 4 local races all of 8k. They start at 2.35pm on a Saturday and there is one per month October to February. Entry cost is around £5, paid on the day. Turn up with your Arena vest, pay a fiver, get your race number and away you go.

There are also some stand alone XC races that I will be highlighting and asking for participants.
A lot of people overlook XC races in favour of road races ( sorry Andy Payne!), but these races are a great part of winter training. They are also good fun, often hilly, sometimes muddy and a great team event. We always finish by eating delicious cake! [If the ladies let us have any of theirs. Otherwise I provide Jaffa cakes, teas & coffees.] And a tent to change in / store bags etc (Teo then takes the tent down). Anyone is welcome and we would love to see some new faces this season. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Dates for your XC diary:
Sat 30th Sep XC relays (teams of 4) each run 4K Goodwood
Sat 14th Oct league race 1 Goodwood
Sat 11th Nov league race 2 Bexhill
Sat Dec 2nd league race 3 Lancing
Sat 9th Dec SEAA masters
Jan 6th XC Champs Bexhill
Jan 20th XC masters Lancing
Feb 10th League race 4 Stanmer.

For now please let me know by 15th Sep if you would like to run in the relays on 30th Sep . This event is paid for by the club so please only say yes if 100% committed.”
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A bit more detail about the Men’s Sussex XC League if you’re interested:
We have an A team (division one) and B team (division 3). The first 6 Arena men home score for the A team, the next four men home score for the B team. SO WE NEED AT LEAST TEN MEN TO RACE EACH OF THE FOUR RACES. Like the A team, the B team has been on an upward curve in recent years – we were 3rd in division 3 last season and really should be getting promoted this season given our awesome strength in depth.

There is also a Veterans division (over 40s can score for the A or B team if in the top 10 Arenas home, and score in the vets category) – we finished 10th last year but should be top 5. The first 3 vets home score.

EVERY Arena man is welcome to run for us. The more the merrier. The team spirit in recent years has been great, but we would love to see more of you joining us.

Please email me at mailto:danvaughan@ntlworld.com with any questions or intentions to join us!
Yours,
Dan Vaughan

PS There are also cross country events run on Sundays organised by the East Sussex Sunday Cross Country League which Arena runners also get involved in (more sporadically) – see the website for the details: http://www.eastsussexcrosscountry.co.uk/events

Two Arena members hit the 250th parkrun milestone.

A massive well done to two of our athletes who have now reached the heady heights of 250 parkrun’s which in terms of time equates to about 5 years worth of running.

Alan Garnham reached his 250th at Preston Park parkrun a couple of weeks ago and Nicky Yeates reached hers also at Preston Park parkrun last weekend.

Big respect to both of these athletes for their dedication to parkrun every Saturday morning and to their years of pounding the parks over the years. Looking forward to hearing of the 300th next year then.

The Men’s 5k club record is looming. Another improvement.

It seems that if your name is Richard and you run the Kings Head Canter 5k then you have more reason than most to do well.

With that in mind we must congratulate Richard Clayton on last Monday’s KHC 5k time. Richard’s time of 16.21 catapulted him up from 4th place to 2nd place in the men’s 5k club records. He is now only a mere 7 seconds away from the top spot which is currently held by another Richard, that being Richard Burgess-Gamble who also got his 5k record at the KHC back in 2013 with a time of 16.14.

For Richard Clayton it’s his just rewards after a cracking season and for all the hard work he has put in over the summer months with is training and with a new baby in tow as well.

I’m sure that the 5k record will tumble sooner rather than later as the Arena men push themselves to be stronger and faster. If it doesn’t go this year than I am almost certain it will go next year.

Well done to Richard Clayton and here is the updated men’s 5k club records:

5K Men
1 Richard Burgess-Gamble SM Kings Head Canter 2013 16m 14s
2 Richard Clayton SM Kings Head Canter 2017 16m 21s
3 Joe Ashley SM Hove Park 2016 16m 25s
4 Al Silvester SM Hove Park 2016 16m 27s
5 Jim Roberts SM Hove Park TT 2008 16m 29s

For all the club records: http://arena80.co.uk/club-records/

 

 

Cross country season 2017/2018 is coming.

A post from our ladies cross country captain.

Hello Arena ladies. For the new members of the club, I am the Arena 80 ladies XC captain. Although this message symbolises the end of summer……the good news is that it means the beginning of the Cross Country season!

As an introduction to the world of XC for those who haven’t participated before here is a quick overview. The league consists of 4 local races all of 5k. They start at 2.05pm on a Saturday and there is one per month October to February. Entry cost is around £5. The Arena ladies currently hold gold V40 and silver for the senior team. Would be great to repeat or better the success this season!!

There are also some stand alone XC races that I will be highlighting and asking for participants.

A lot of people overlook XC races in favour of road races but these races are a great part of winter training. They are also good fun, often hilly, sometimes muddy and a great team event. We always finish by eating delicious cake! Anyone is welcome and we would love to see some new faces this season. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Dates for your XC diary:

Sat 30th Sep XC relays (teams of 3) each run 4K Goodwood
Sat 14th Oct league race 1 Goodwood
Sat 11th Nov league race 2 Bexhill
Sat Dec 2nd league race 3 Lancing
Sat 9th Dec SEAA masters and inter county XC Oxford
Jan 6th XC Champs Bexhill
Jan 20th XC masters Lancing
Feb 10th League race 4 Stanmer.

For now please let me know by 15th Sep if you would like to run in the relays on 30th Sep . This event is paid for by the club so please only say yes if 100% committed. Also is anyone is willing to get the XC season off to a start by bringing a cake???

Long post over. Dani Tarleton