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Arena doing well after race 2 of the SXC League.

Women’s cross country

After race 2 of the Sussex cross country league the Arena women are having a strong start to the season in both the senior races and the VET’s races. Our senior team have moved up from 2nd place to 1st place after race 2 with the Vet’s consolidating pole position.

The pick of the runs came from Maisy Trafford who kept a cool calm and relaxed head on her to take 3rd spot as she overtook the Horsham runner in the closing stages of the race to take a very good 3rd place in a time of 19.00 dead.

Our 2nd Arena home came from the ever present stalwart that is Tara Shanahan. Tara was 15th overall but placed as a 2nd place VET in a time of 20.46.

Completing the trio as third lady home was Katherine O’Hara who was almost in doubt at one point as to whether she could race this one. However race it she did and coming home in 32nd overall but 6th in the VET’s race.

It was great to see some of the new faces to Arena coming out for this and getting a flavour of the XC league races so big shout out to Katy Wright, Cat Silvester and Fiona Bugler on their XC debuts.

Men’s cross country

The men’s A team came 6th in Division 1 on the day, which means that after 2 events we remain a solid 5th. The B team came 5th in Div 3, and are now 7th after 2 events.

The first of the Arena men home came from Alex Jago and nice to see him do what he has been threatening to do for a while and put in a superb effort at this race. Alex was 34th home in a time of 30.50. Alex took some notable scalps so he should be pleased on a job well done out there.

Second man home for Arena came from Gary McKivett, 37th in a time of 30.57 and right behind Alex. Again nice to see Gary making in-roads with his running having been out for quite a while with injury.

The third man home for Arena came from Timmy Gedin in 41st place in a time of 31.11. A really solid performance from all of our men and consolidating mid table is a real boost going into race 3.

A great start for all of our athletes who have taken part over the 2 races. There is certainly no lack of enthusiasm from our teams and the camaraderie amongst bot the men and the women really s second to none. If you have had a chance to flavour this yet then put yourself forward for the next race on Saturday December 2nd at Lancing.

The women’s race starts at 14:05 and is 5k with the men starting at 14.35 over 8k. It’s at Lancing Manor Leisure Centre (BN15 0PH). Please speak to our Captains Dani Tarleton and Dan Vaughan if you are interested in this.

Full results can be found here:

Senior Women

Team 1 2 3 4 Points
Division 1
1 Arena 80 ‘A’ 50 83 133
2 Chichester ‘A’ 45 104 149
3 Lewes ‘A’ 87 72 159

Veteran Women

Pos Team 1 2 3 4 Points
1 Arena 80 10 15 25
2 Hailsham 13 25 38
3 Lewes 38 37 75


Senior Men
Pos Team 1 2 3 4 Points
Division 1
1 Brighton & Hove 73 57 130
2 Brighton Phoenix 142 77 219
3 Lewes 161 104 265
4 Haywards Heath 107 184 291
5 Arena 80 281 267 548

3rd cross country league race, Lancing – Saturday 2nd December

A message from our captains Dan Vaughan & Dani Tarleton 

Arena Men

The 3rd cross country league race is at Lancing on Saturday 2nd December. The race starts at 14:35. It’s at Lancing Manor Leisure Centre (BN15 0PH). It’s a great course, and we could do with as many of us as possible to cement our position in Division 1 ahead of the final fixture in February. Can you please let Dan Vaughan know if you intend to make it.

ALSO, the club are expected to provide some race marshals for this event. We don’t host our own race, but we do contribute to the xc league’s success by helping out each year at Lancing. It would be very much appreciated if you could volunteer your services. If you intend to run, then you could perhaps get there early and help marshal the junior races? If you are not wanting to run, but could turn up to marshal that would be fantastic. Let Dan know and he will provide further details. Message Dan via Facebook or by club email.

Arena Ladies

So far so good and we find ourselves in a very strong position after the first two races so let’s keep this up with a good turn out for the 3rd league race at Lancing on Saturday 2nd December at usual time of 14.05 pm. Usual distance of 5k with one hill (all be it a fairly long one!).
Can you please let Dani know if you would like to run. As always everyone is welcome.  



Get to know…Rachael Woolston

For this weeks chosen club member we are joined by the very lovely Rachael Woolsten. Rachael joined us over two years ago and was part of this year’s winning Arena women’s South Downs Relay Team. If she’s not running with Arena, she’s training women through her business, Girls Run the World or writing about running & health for magazines and newspapers. Rachael has certainly been a great asset to the lady’s team since joining the club and is much respected amongst her peers. I’m sure you all know her face so let’s find out a little more about this very cool, calm character, over to you Ms Woolston.

1. When and why did you join Arena:
I can’t actually remember, probably because my attendance is bit off and on but I think it was about two years ago. I joined because I was spending so much time coaching others, I wanted some time for my own training and for someone to tell me what to do!

2. How long have you been running:
Since 2000. I went to work in Sydney and was so inspired by the landscape and weather, I started getting up every morning to run along the coastal path or through the city. I was hooked on running from then on but more as a way to explore as I travelled than anything more serious than that.

3. Where did you grow up:
Initially Shirley, just outside Croydon and then near Bromley.

4. What’s the first thing you notice about somebody:
Their shoes. I love a nice pair of shoes. Or trainers.

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
Travelling if I have the money, otherwise, cooking, mountain biking, open water swimming, or anything else where i’m outdoors and active.

6. What’s the one song that gets you up out of your chair:
Anything that Gilles Petersen plays at 3pm on Saturday on BBC Radio 6. If i’m in public, nothing gets me out of my chair unless I’m drunk.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again:
Run in the mountains of the Himalayas. I went to write a magazine article about the development of women’s running in India, and my contact in Mumbai also mentored young runners in mountain villages around Kalimpong which is near Darjeeling.  I decided to travel up there and spent four days meeting and running with them. It was an incredible experience.

8. What are the three most used apps on your phone:
Sadly, Instagram (it’s work, honest!) , the weather app, DarkSky, which is very accurate (depressingly so, if you have to get up early in the morning to train others outdoors!) and IMuscle2 by 3D4Medical which I’m always telling my clients to get (it’s free and if you’re a runner, you should get it too!)

9. Who is your sporting hero:
I was fortunate enough to meet Katherine Switzer, who was the first woman to run the Boston marathon back in the 1970s. She’s pretty inspiring.  But at the risk of sounding cheesy, my real heroines are the women I run with – amazing, inspiring women who juggle work, kids, and all the other things life throws at them and still get out to train. And they’re still super fast!

10. What would be your perfect evening out:
Running, mountain-biking or skiing while the sun goes down before going to a country pub with a huge fire, stunning food and delicious red wine. And not having to worry about how we were going to get home.

11. What’s the best thing about living in Brighton:
The sea and the Downs.

12. What’s something you aren’t:
chilled! I’m working on it!

13. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go:
I couldn’t decide on one single place, I LOVE travelling. Big passions for me at the mo are Myanmar before it changes completely and Ethiopia.

14. Tell me about someone you really admire:
Tom, my partner. He’s always happy and so positive.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I won the veteran women’s Mumbai marathon and ended up hanging out backstage with the elite athletes before being presented a gold medal on stage in front of hundreds of thousands. It was great because I was travelling alone and so when I crossed the finish line, I’d felt a bit deflated at not having anyone to share the run with! (p.s I wasn’t fast, there just weren’t that many women running!)

16. Do you fear anything:
Being bored.

17. What has been your biggest achievement in your life so far:  
I’m not sure I’d count anything as my biggest achievement. There’s always something else that inspires me to try.

18. What gives you a high:
Being outdoors, running or cycling or swimming at sunrise or sunset.

19. Have you got something that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away:
A manuscript. I wrote the draft of a novel ten years ago. It was harder than any track session! It languishes under my bed and somewhere in the future, a long time from now, I hope I’ll be able to use what I learned from writing that to write something else.

20. Where is your one favourite place that you love to be:  
More a state of mind than a place, feeling inspired.

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

*New* Arena 80 social – Saturday 2 December 2017

*New* Arena 80 social 

As the winter months are drawing in and its getting cold and dark, Danny and I thought it was a good idea to introduce our next social event – a Pool Social (not of the swimming pool type!)

Date: Saturday 2 December 2017

Time: 6.30-9pm

Location: Castle Snooker club, 22 Castle Street, Brighton, BN1 2HD

Cost: £Free. Arena 80 will pay for the cost of the tables and membership, you just need to have money for food and drink. 

Format: It is a friendly, low key pool tournament.  With 4 people per table, you will play doubles and you will rotate after every game so that everyone gets a chance to play against each other. 

Numbers: For this first social event we would like to gauge interest, so we will need to cap the amount of people that can play. 

Please email before 19th November if you would like to attend, it will be on a first come, first serve basis and offered to Arena members only. Even if you don’t want to play then come along for a social evening anyway, the more the merrier.

Thanks Holly and Danny

Southern Cross Country Championships at Stanmer Park, 27th January 2018

Southern Cross Country Championships at Stanmer Park on the 27th Jan 2018

If any of our Arena men would like to take part in this event then please can you let Gary McKivett know as he will be putting a block entry in for this. Either let him know by responding to the email that was sent out or adding your comment to the Facebook post.

It’s 15k around the glorious Stanmer Park and should be about a 14:50 start time.

The deadline for entry is the 15th December but Gary will be looking to do a block entry a few days prior.

It would be great to see a wave of blue at Stanmer on the 27th January.

You will need an EA number and be 1st claim with Arena. 

Thanks Gary McKivett

The first West Sussex Fun Run League fixture of 2018

A message from our WSFRL reps.

Hi everyone.

Another date for your diaries: the first West Sussex Fun Run League fixture of 2018 will be the Goring Roadrunners ‘Hangover 5’, ( taking place at 11:30 on New Year’s Day. It’s a five-mile off-road race from Hill Barn in Worthing (there is also a one-mile race starting at 11:00), and is the perfect way to burn off those excess calories acquired during the festive season.

The entry fee is a mere £3 (or £5 on the day). If you’re interested in this healthy dose of endorphins to start 2018, please e-mail Anne Miners ( and she’ll provide you with her bank account details.

All the best, Shawn.

Parkrun round up for Saturday 11th November

As we pop around the towns and have a look at what our fellow Areneez athletes got up to at the local parkrun’s this weekend.

First off we drop in at Preston Park parkrun with a huge 442 runners on the course it was a busy one.

1st Arena lady home was Nicky Yeates and 2nd lady overall in 21.53
1st Arena man home was Luke Carter in 19.23. This was a new PB for Luke beating his previous best of 19.24 set last week and was his 3rd PB in 4 weeks. A PB is a PB in which ever time you take off of it so well done Luke.

On to the Hove Prom with 255 runners taking part.

1st Arena man home was Tris Sharp in 20.23 and nice to see Tris coming back to some form again.
1st Arena lady home was Helene Rooney in 20.16 and 1st lady overall.

A new PB dropped in to see Yvonne Patrick this weekend as she secured her new PB time of 24.46 and beating her previous best of 25.08 set in July this year. This is a new milestone for Yvonne as she breaks under the 25.00 barrier for the first time at this course. Really well done Yvonne on your hard work out there today.

Along the coast to Worthing with 225 runners taking part.

Arena had sole representation coming from Emily Proto who was 1st lady home and 2nd overall in a time of 18.13.

Back to the local Brighton & Hove parkrun with some 384 runners taking part.

1st Arena man home was Gary Osborne in 20.05
1st Arena lady home was Martha Sacree in 21.47

There were two PB’s on offer here and both came from the above athletes.

The first one went to Gary Osborne in his new shiny 20.05 PB badge beating his previous best of 20.34 set in December 2016.

The second one went to Martha Sacree with her glittering 21.47 PB badge beating her previous best 22.04 set in September 2017. Now I’m not sure what has happened with her sidekick as Rachael Barker and her normally run as a partnership but as Rachael took a new PB last weekend maybe there is a friendly rivalry going on here which is why Martha decided to go solo this weekend and also put a PB performance in. Looking at the stats here, at the start of the year Martha’s time stood at 24.11 so she has made a huge improvement over the year. Arena training does pay off!!

Looking around the country with Arena representing:

Banstead Woods parkrun
Julie Briggs– 18.55 – 1st

Ashton Court parkrun
Jodie Rigg – 24.39

Ashford parkrun
Jim Watson 3rd – 19.09

Poole parkrun
Ian parsons – 24.55

Kettering parkrun
David Gifford– 18.25 – 2nd

Great Lines parkrun, Medway
Emily Hutchinson – 18.50 -1st

A massive well done to all those with their new PB times and well done to all those out there flying the blue vest of Arena.

Just a reminder that Saturday 16th December is the last of this year’s Super Series challenge which is taking place at Brighton & Hove Park parkrun. This will be an age grading event.

Parkrun round up for 04/11/2017 and a new club record set.

Here is a round up of this weekend’s action from the various parkrun’s.

Brighton & Hove parkrun

Hove Park seemed to be the parkrun to head to for some fine results as three were no less than three new PB’s set here.

Coming home as first male was Craig Isaac in 19.04.

Coming home as first female was Rachael Barker in 21.44. This was also a new PB for Rachael as she beat her previous best of 22.06 set just 5 weeks ago. Excellent progress being made here and I’m sure that there will another one before the year is out.

Next on the PB train is Marc Steene who nabbed his new PB time of 19.39 which incredibly beat his previous best of 19.44 set way back before the wheel was invented in August 2014. The best things come to those who wait.

Completing the hat trick was Joannah Arias in 22.02 and beating her previous best of 23.03 set back in December 2016. It’s wonderful to see Joannah making a new bench mark for herself and she has found herself, in her words, a little off form as of late however she has had some great track sessions of late and nice to see them paying off now.

Hove Promenade parkrun

Plenty of Areneez took to the seaside here and the picks of the bunch went to

Michael Barker as first Arena man home in 18.22 and 3rd overall and 1st Arena lady home was Tara Shanahan in 20.37 and 2nd female overall.

Bevendean Down parkrun

The sole representation here came from Caroline wood who was 1st female home in 22.20.

Worthing parkrun

First male home for Arena came from Dan Vaughan in 19.08 with first female home for Arena coming from the Louise Payne in 23.12.

Preston Park parkrun

We’ve saved this one until last as this is a bit of a special one but before we get onto that we say well done to Luke Carter who bagged his new shiny PB badge with a time of 19.24 beating his previous 19.28 set just 3 weeks ago. Luke has now PB’d here three times in the last 7 weeks so hitting form presently.

The first Arena man home and 2nd overall was Al Silvester in 17.36 and good to see Al making solid progression from his recent injury problem.

We now get to the very special result of the day which came from Chris Naylor. Chris was first lady home for Arena and 4th lady overall in a time of 21.56 which is her fastest time here in a year. However with that time came a new club record for this course in the form of the age grading record.

Chris was previously in 2nd place sitting behind Caroline Hoyte but with her new age grading result of 91.03%, this now places her on top of the leader board. The 91.03% is also the highest age grading result ever as Chris also tops the all-time age grading table as well. Did you know that Arena ladies have 5 in the top 10 age grading results overall and they all come from our VET’s ladies.

Huge congratulations to Chris and here is the new ladies age grading table for Preston Park parkrun.

Age grading
1 Chris Naylor – 91.03%
2 Caroline Hoyte – 90.58%
3 Julie Briggs – 89.16%
4 Nicky Yeates – 87.96%
5 Caroline Wood – 87.78%

Looking around the country at the other parkruns going on;

Frimley Lodge parkrun

Emily Hutchinson was 1st female in a time of 19.36.


East Grinstead parkrun

Arena’s token here came from Tristan Sharp, who it seems is trying to bank every parkrun in the southeast. Tris was 4th with 22.50.

Chichester parkrun

Arena was represented by Michelle Saunders who came home as 27th lady in 30.00.

Hereford parkrun

Shawn Buck headed west and was 46th in 25.37.

Congratulations to all of those who PB’d this weekend and well done to everyone else on some fine running out there this weekend with many I know were very close to their previous best.