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WSFRL Hove Park fun run 2017 – Sunday June 11th – Results

A big thank you to all the clubs that took part in today’s WSFRL race at Hove park. It was lovely to see so many clubs rock up to the park and help to make it such a big social event. The support from other clubs for all runners was outstanding.

We hoped you enjoyed the day as much as we did and we hope to see you all back for 2018.

For this year’s results click here.

From all of us here at Arena 80 ac thank you.


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.  



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.

Arena christmas party has now been launched Saturday 16th December

Please check your emails for the official invite to this year’s Arena 80 Christmas party.

Spaces are limited to 80 and is set to sell out quickly this year so it will be first come first served. 

Date: Saturday 16th December

Time: 7.00pm until 1am

Cost: £10 for Arena members (payable in advanced please)

All the details can be found on the email.

Arena 80 AC are the Harvey Curtis Cup 2017 team winners.

The Harvey Curtis Cup Road Race Standings after Race 5

The results have now been finalised with race 5 (the bright10) proving very fruitful for Arena 80 as a club and individuals.

In the Men’s standings Arena have 8 men showing in the top 22 which is a fine achievement for Arena. The rules state that it’s the athlete top 3 races that count out of the six so here we are after the top 3 races completed.

Leading the charge for the Arena men is James Dicks who had an outstanding race at the Bright 10 which also put him into 3rd spot in the Arena men’s 10 miler club records. Dixie is in 9th place with 45pts. Just behind Dixie is Richard Clayton in 10th spot with 48pts. In 11th place is Jim Risdale who has had a very strong year with some top races and times with 66pts and completing the quartet in equal 11th place is Anthony Snelling also with 66pts. A few places back and we find Jon Bowditch in 16th place with 77pts, Michael Barker in 17th place with 81pts, Dan Vaughan in 19th place on 91pts and in 22nd place is Henry Miller 110pts. I’ve said it before about Henry but he has come on leaps and bounds this year and pushed himself hard in races and with that have come some cracking times so we should still remember that Henry is still classed as a junior and if he keeps this rate up will be a fine addition to the men’s senior team.

Of those that have completed 2 races we have Alan Silvester in 33rd place with 34pts although Alan has been out with injury and are realistically unlikely to gain another race and Del Wallace in 38th place with 49pts. It remains to be seen if Del will be competing in the Brighton 10k race but if he does then he could well see himself ending a very fine year with a top 30 placing.

In the Women’s standings Arena have 9 women showing in the top 16 and 5 showing in the top 10 which, by any club’s standards, is exceptional and the women have been pivotal to the success of Arena 80 retaining the Harvey Curtis Cup for 2017.

Again the rules state that it’s the athlete top 3 races that count out of the six so here we are after the top 3 races completed.

Of our leading ladies, then the light shines on our cross country captain and our road race captain who really are leading by example. 2nd place in the table is Dani Tarleton on 11pts and Tara Shanahan in equal 3rd place just one point behind with 12 pts. One of our ladies that have really shown some top form this year in races is Soulla Wright and is rewarded with a top 6 placing with 31pts. Another one of our fairly new-ish members who is now completing her first full year with Arena is Rebecca Knights. Rebecca has proved what joining a club can do for your running and so it is with some fine results in races this year sits in 8th spot with 39pts. Nicky Yeates has proved that age is but a number and after her O60’s first place at the Bright10 Nicky finds herself in 10th place with 61pts. Places 13 to 16 are all filled with Arena athletes with Jenny Hughes in 13th on 74pts, Jackie Rymell in 14th place with 81pts, Jo Phillimore in 15th place with 83pts and Angelina Smy in16th with 89pts.

Of those that have completed 2 races then we see another four of our ladies making their mark inside the top 40. Katherine O’Hara leads this group in 19th place with 13pts; Juliette Roberts is in 22nd place with 21 pts, Emma Hubba, who had probably the race of her life at the Bright10, in 26th place with 39pts with Isobel Muir in 32nd place with 63pts.

Such an Impressive set of results from our ladies and especially by our O35’s and upwards who show no signs of easing up.

Now the all-important team results where it’s the best 5 of the 6 races that count. What an honour it is to write that Arena took top placings in all five races. Although Lewes and Arena equalled in race 4 we still took the 1 point which gave us the clean sweep and hit the maximum of 5pts from the 5 races. Lewes AC is an excellent team with some top quality athletes in their club and they should be applauded for pushing Arena all the way to the end. It would be very boring if team’s just (excuse the pun) ran away with the title so it was great to see two of top team’s battling away in each and every race. Although Arena have secured first place, the places for 2nd and 3rd haven’t quite been decided yet and it all goes down to the final race of the season at the Brighton 10k on November 19th.

As the table stands (after 5/6) – Teams
1st – Arena 80 AC – 5pts – Winners
2nd – Lewes AC – 13pts
3rd – Haywards Heath Harriers – 21pts

Four races completed
4th – Brighton & Hove City AC – 18pts
5th – Horsham Joggers – 23pts
6th – Hailsham Harriers – 30pts
7th – Uckfield runners – 48 pts

It was a great honour for the club to have won the HCC in 2016 especially for our coach Bob Page which has put Arena 80 on the map as one of the stronger clubs to contend with. The hardest thing about being at the top of course, is that everyone else out there is trying to take you down from that number one position so to retain the title in 2017 is an incredible achievement for Arena 80 and such an accomplishment to those that have turned out for the club at all the key races to help us score points as well as those that have raced and helped to push other athletes from other clubs down the final results. We know who our key athletes are and we should applaud each and every one of them for maximizing our results during the year but as a club, we all play our part in some way in helping Arena 80 to achieve such a prestigious award like this.

With the last race of the series on Sunday 19th November, we must wish all of our athletes who are still racing for individual honours the best of luck and to even achieve a top 40 placing as one of the best in Sussex is an accomplishment in itself.

Thank you to all for making Arena 80 the great club that it is and we look forward to more great club success and individual honours for 2018. 

A new addition to the men’s club records with James Dixie Dicks

My Apologies as it has been a very couple of hectic weeks in the Arena calendar and this brilliant race by Dixie nearly slipped through the net.

They say patience is a virtue and with that we must say huge congratulations to James ‘Dixie’ Dicks who looks to be coming back from an injury prone year in fine style with a magnificent race at the Bright10 in which he placed 21st overall in a superb time of 58.43.

Dixie had raced the day before at the Goodwood XC race and was first man home for Arena in 18th place overall and so to then come out the next day to stick in a performance like this was a dazzling display of running from our man.

His time of 58.43 was good enough to take his role of honour and get him a place in the Men’s club records in the 10 mile category.  It’s quite historic in some ways as it pushes out one of Arena’s finest and longer standing records as we say goodbye to Mats Gedin from the 10 miler list.

James’ time catapults him into 3rd place and the bright10, by the looks of it, is certainly a place to land a fast time and a chance of a place it this stellar line up of Arena athletes.

Here is the new look club 10 mile records:
1 Al Silvester SM Bright10 2016 57m 21s
2 Gary McKivett SM Oldbury10 2016 57m 40s
3 James Dicks SM Bright10 2017 58m 42s
4 Luan Huynh SM Bright10 2015 59m 01s
5 Joe Ashley SM Bright10 2015 59m 17s

You can find all the club records here: Club Records