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Arena 80 Volleyball Tournament 2017 – Friday 18th August

So back by popular demand is this year’s annual Volleyball competition.
The fifth annual Arena 80 volleyball mini tournament has now been booked, so please put the date in your diaries, (see below). The last two years have seen a fantastic turnout with more than 40 people and 6 teams.

Lee Turnbull has been virtually unbeatable as team captain and has won this event three times – 2013/15/16. In 2014 Mary Henderson broke the trend as she captained the winning team and celebrated their victory with champagne. So is there a team captain out there that thinks they can break the invincible Lee Turnbull? The gauntlet has now been laid down.

The details:
Event: The fifth annual ARENA 80 Beach Volleyball tournament at Yellowave (YW)

Date: Friday 18th August 2017
Time: Two courts are booked from 7-9pm, arrive from 6.30pm
 
The Club is paying for the hire of the courts and prizes (thank you Arena 80), so you will just need money for food/drinks.
 
Please let me know if you are coming by pinging me an email at freehol@live.co.uk – please also let me know if you have a particular desire to be a captain in an attempt to lead your team to victory..
 
You are also more than welcome to come and help facilitate the tournament or just come for a drink if you don’t fancy playing.
 
Partners/friends are welcome but this will depend on numbers as Arena members will take priority. This is a wonderful sociable evening to share with your fellow members and a top evening to chat and have fun. For the newer members of Arena 80 then you should certainly think about coming along as a great opportunity to get to know others in the club and you do not have to be good at volleyball.
Please can you state your volleyball level within the email – e.g.
Expert (play all the time),
Novice, (I am quite good and play occasionally), or
Beginner (I have never played, or only once or twice in the past).
We do need a minimum of 20 people for it to go ahead. I have created an event in the arena Facebook group, please join this if you are coming.
We have a very tight deadline on this one so could you please let me know ASAP and no later than Friday 4th August please as I need to know numbers and organise the teams. A quick response will really be appreciated in order to help me get things going.
Thanks all
 
Holly x

Hove Park Fun Run 5k

Entries now closed. Race capacity reached. There will be NO entries on the day!

Location: Hove Park
Distance: 5km
Date/ Start time: Sunday 11th June 2017 at 11.00am
Who can run? Clubs and individuals.

HPFR 5k course

HPFR 5k course

Course: The course follows tarmac paths on an anti-clockwise route starting on the pathway next to the ‘fingerprint’. For the first lap only, this takes in approximately two thirds of the the main pathway before turning left at Monarchs way, left again back onto the main path, before completing nearly two complete laps of the park finishing just north of the playground. Please use caution when running past the playground as other people/ children are likely to be using the park too.

  • ‘All entries to be made via your WSFRL club representative.

This run forms part of the West Sussex Fun Run League
WSFRL

 

 

*Entries now closed. Race capacity reached. There will be NO entries on the day!

Hove Park Fun Run Under 9s

Location: Hove Park
Distance: 800m
Date/ Start time: Sunday 11th June 2017 at 10.00am
Who can run? This is a junior run aimed at all children aged 9 and under, boys or girls, to encourage them to join in running. You don’t have to be a member of a club. Parents are also very welcome to run with their children if they like.

Under 9s 800m Course

Under 9s 800m Course

Course: The course follows tarmac paths on an anti-clockwise route starting and finishing just north of the playground.
All finishers of the junior runs will receive a medal

Online entries here – A limited number of entries may be available on the day if race capacity has not been reached.

This run forms part of the West Sussex Fun Run League
WSFRL

Hove Park Fun Run Under 15s

Location: Hove Park
Distance: 1500m
Date/ Start time: Sunday 11th June 2017 at 10.20am
Who can run? This is a junior run aimed at all children aged 15 and under, boys or girls, to encourage them to join in running. You don’t have to be a member of a club.

Under 15s 1500m Course

Under 15s 1500m Course

Course: The course follows tarmac paths on an anti-clockwise route starting and finishing just north of the playground.

All finishers of the junior runs will receive a medal

Online entries here – A limited number of entries may be available on the day if race capacity has not been reached.

This run forms part of the West Sussex Fun Run League
WSFRL

‘Get to know’…Bob Page

Bob Page

Bob Page

Name: Bob Page

Role on committee: Chairman & Head coach

1. When did you join Arena: 1992 Membership number 485

2. Why did you choose Arena: Don’t like red and Phoenix had Ovett so Arena needed Page

3. How long have you been running: Taking it seriously since 1991

4. What got you started: Lower back problem stopped me playing golf or squash and running seemed to help

5. Isn’t running boring: Same routes in training and same race year in year out does, so I have many routes and travel to races that interest me.

6. What was the best advice you have ever been given: Live long

7. What is your biggest accomplishment in your life sporting or non: Going sub 70 for first time in golf.

8. Who is your sporting hero: Jimmy Greaves

9. What’s your running song: Don’t have one.

10. What’s your favourite piece of running kit: Arena hoodie

11. If you didn’t run what else would you be doing: Same as I do now

12. What’s your biggest inspiration: Watching runners becoming the best they can

13. What would you say to your younger self: Do it all again

14. What’s your favourite place on earth: Love it all

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

16. What’s your favourite food: Cake – lots of

17. What’s the greatest invention ever: Central heating

18. What would be your dream sandwich: Audrey Hepburn/Me/Jenny Hughes

19. What’s your favourite word or phrase: See your at marathon pace tonight

20. Anything else you’d like to share: Debt

Brighton Half Marathon 2015

Sunday meant only one thing, the culmination of the reverse-taper week, the Brighton Half. I haven’t run a half since this race last year where I managed just under 1.37. This time I didn’t really have a target though I had sub 1.33 in the back of my mind as something that was possibly achievable. Trevor had mentioned at parkrun that Dorian was going to go for sub 1.30 and was happy to get a pace group together. As I found him in the sub 1.30 start pen with Rick, Mal, Tristan, Tara, Kerry, Rob and Trevor I thought what the heck why don’t I at least TRY and go with him for as long as I can. It worked well when I stuck with Trevor at the start of Chichester so I decided to do the same again. We had a nice little Arena group that stuck together well. So well in fact we got loads of shouts for our “Arena pace group”. Lots of shouts for “Trey” too from people who couldn’t read Trev’s vest properly. As the miles passed I was still with Dorian, Trevor, Mal, Tristan and Rick. Around 9 miles Trevor and Mal dropped back but I just tried to keep focussed and kept telling myself I couldn’t lose it now having come so far. At 10 miles I lost touch with Dorian and Tristan but Rick was still just behind me (I could tell as spectating Arenas kept shouting “go Isobel – go Rick” in quick succession).

The final 3 miles back from the lagoon were in fear of the official blue-flag-wielding 1.30 pacer overtaking as I was running watchless. Dorian was quite far ahead and I didn’t know if he had kicked on or I had slowed down so pacer fear was rampant. No sign of him as I struggled onwards. I could NOT ruin it now. Regardless of still not having seen the 1.30 pacer I was worried that I’d dropped off too much so was now outside 1.30 pace but the beauty of no-watch is I had no idea so my only recourse was to keep running as fast as I could. Finally, finally, I passed the pier and tried to pick it up a bit for the last 500 or so metres. I kept my head down as I didn’t want to see the clock until it was too late to do anything about it. I looked up around 50 metres from the end and was astounded to see 1.29 just rolling around. I even remembered that it had taken us 20 or so seconds to cross the start line so as I crossed the finish line in 1.29.31 I knew my chip time would be closer to 1.29. I caught up with Tristan in the funnel where we were accosted by Meridian TV. I really hope they don’t use the footage as I was a shell-shocked blithering imbecile (not too different to my normal self I know).

I’m not sure it has actually sunk in yet that I have broken 1.30 as it was not something I ever really felt was possible. Massive thanks to Dorian for his brilliant pace group and to Trevor for giving me the confidence to actually stick with the group.

Isobel Muir