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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/

 

 

Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge

The latest set of results re now in after the 3rd road race.

In the Women’s standings the Arena ladies are still looking very strong after 3 races with no less than 5 of our ladies in the top 8 with the top 3 all coming from Arena 80.

1st – Tara Shanahan who is again having a strong season with 12 pts
2nd – Dani Tarleton who is always up there and looking good with 15 pts
3rd – Rebecca Knights who is new in terms of the HCC this year but showing so much potential and great to see her in amongst it all with 39 pts.

The other Arena ladies to mention in the top 8 are Jenny Hughes in 7th place with 74 pts and Nicky Yeates in 8th place with 85 pts.

Drilling it down further, those that have completed two races are also featured in the top 20 where again Arena are represented by another four athletes. Juliette Roberts is in 14th with 21 pts; Angelina Smy is in 18th with 59 pts; Isobel Muir is in 19th with 63 pts and completing the top 20 is Jo Philimore with 66 pts.

The Women’s Masters table looks even more healthy for Arena 80 with four in the top 5 after 3 races.

1st – Tara Shanahan again leads the way with 6 pts
2nd – Dani Tarleton chasing down on 8 pts
3rd – Jenny Hughes having another top season  with 35 pts
5th – Nicky Yeates still pushing hard with 42 pts.

On to the Men and we have no member who has completed 3 races to date. After 2 races we have five men represented from Arena 80.

The highest place of these is by the very in-form Richard Clayton who is in11th place on 22 pts. thereafter we have in joint 15th Al Silvester and James Dicks both on 34 pts; 18th Anthony Snelling on 39 pts; 20th Michael Barker 47 pts.

In the Men’s Masters after two races completed we are represented by Dan Vaughan in 6th place on 13 pts.

What do these results all mean in the team standings? With the strong showing of our athletes right across the board and those scoring crucial points for the club,  Arena 80 are doing extremely well with the team currently sitting in 1st place with 3 wins out of 3 races = 3 points. Lewes are still pushing hard in 2nd place with 3 second places after 3 races and sit with 6 points. Completing the top 3 are Haywards Heath with 15 points.

Well done to all of our members who have turned out for the blue vest and given Arena at least a shot of retaining the trophy. There is still a long way to go and we still need all of our athletes to do their part. With three races remaining it is still al to play for so we need the hard work to continue for a little longer.

The Rules for the team event:
In team event, each team’s top six finishers – in men’s or women’s category – to score (i.e. best possible score is 12 points: 1st man + 1st woman + 2nd man + 2nd woman + 3rd man + 3rd woman); each team’s best 5 of 6 events to count.

Here are the three remaining races to complete so please add these to your racing colander as priority races to compete in for the club:

Race 4: Barns Green Half Marathon (inc. Sussex HM Champs) – Sunday, September 24th

Race 5: Bright10 – Sunday, October 15th

Race 6: Brighton 10k – November 19th

For the full HCC results: http://sussexrrc.co.uk/results/

 

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

Arena running kit – 10% Promotional offer and free mobile phone holder

Viga Sportswear

This is the company we use for all of our Arena kit.

Club vests, hoodies and training tops can be ordered  here

Free mobile phone holder 
With any order placed you will receive a free Mobile phone holder worth £6.99. This offer is available until December 1st 2017. This will automatically be added to your order so no need to look for it to be added to your order.

Special 10% discount code until 1st October 2017.
For all club members: when you shop online with Viga, for any orders over £30.00 you will receive an extra 10% discount by using this Promo Code:  Arena001

They have also mentioned that the Viga Pacer Short which is featured on our Arena 80 section is their best selling short which includes the Arena club name

We have also added a link to the website. If you hover over ‘contact’ there will be a drop down to ‘club kit’.

Just for info, from personal experience I have found the sizes come up a little smaller than normal. I am normally a medium but have found these to be a little tight so I have been ordering large as its a better fit. If you are unsure then try one on from another member at the club.

The next WSFRL race – Sunday 17th September

Dear all

Sunday 17th September…5 mile 11:00
Saints & Sinners Tilgate Forest
K2 Leisure Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Tilgate, Crawley RH11 9BQ

http://www.crawleysaintsandsinnersrun.co.uk/race/2017-09-17/tilgate-forest-2017

Suitable for all abilities.

Please let Michele Saunders or Brigitte Groves know asap if you wish to enter.

Entries £3 to Michele or Brigitte ahead of race day or £5 on the day.

Cut off for £3 entries for Tilgate, Monday 11 September.

BAC transfer welcome:

Please note we cannot enter you without your dosh!

Brigitte and Michele

Bank Holiday parkrun round up

With the long weekend ahead, it was only natural that the Arena net would be cast far and wide on Saturday! Arena 80 were represented at no less than 11 different parkruns, with 37 members taking part in the run itself, with no doubt many more volunteering and helping the various events take place.

Hove Park saw the highest number of Arenazz in action with 11 taking part in the Brighton parkrun, where despite the hot conditions on the south coast, three runners achieved PBs. Jessamy Hibberd, John Thompson and Chris Keen obviously enjoying the sunshine there!

Down the road on Hove Prom, there were 9 members taking part, and a notable performance from Jon Bowditch who not only got the highest overall finish position this week (2nd) but chalked up a PB in the process with scorching time of 17:58. Kerry Scott achieved the milestone of her 50th parkrun in a welcome return to Hove Promenade.

Casting the net further afield, there was a first-time appearance at Ashton Court parkrun for new member Rami Malki, whilst Mark Brocklehurst made a debut appearance at Mile End parkrun, and Mark Dewdney flew the Arena flag at the wonderfully named Lanhydrock parkrun, which despite it’s Welsh sounding name, is actually in Bodmin. One person who was at a Welsh parkrun was Tris Sharp who tackled the beautiful course at Bryn Bach in the shadow of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Heading further north, up at Humber Bridge, Helena Rooney shone once again as an impressive time of 21:01 saw her as the first female athlete home (5th overall). Great work Helena! A little closer to home, Arena’s answer to “Thelma and Louise”, Brigitte and Michele were on their travels again, taking in the lovely park at Bognor Regis parkrun, whilst up in “The Smoke”, Dorian Rogers pulled out a 20:37 finish at the five lap course at Highbury Fields parkrun.

Kudos to Stephen Knott and Colin Hannant who faced the heat and the hills at Bevendean Down parkrun. Lets hope there was a nice breeze for you at the top! Meanwhile, closer to sea level, there were 7 members running over at Preston Park, where Lorraine Hale helped herself to a nice shiny new PB, and Nicky Yeates moved one step close to her 250th parkrun, with just one more to go!

Don’t forget that if you’ve recently joined Arena (or just haven’t got round to it yet), you can change your home club on your parkrun account easily by amending your profile. Access it through your results email and lets see who’s been where! If you were one such runner parkrunnning this weekend, let us know!

Enjoy the remainder of the weekend guys! See you on the start line next week!