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The new additions to the Arena kit range for the winter season.

Our Arena 80 kit supplier Viga have added some additional items to the Arena collection for the winter season. 

As members requested the Beanies and fleece’s these are now in stock. There is also a heavyweight super soft hoodie for casual wear which has just been listed.

For our newer members to Arena 80, you can find all the official Arena tops and vest’s using the link below.

If anyone wants to try the hi-viz Arena top for size then I have a medium size to try on at track on Mondays .

To see the complete range click here: Arena 80 kit

Please note that the heavyweight super soft hoodie shown in grey is also available in Royal blue with the white lining in the hood. 

There are two new Arena backpacks available with Arena 80 embroidered on them now listed.

The 10th Hove Prom 10k Race 2017- Results are now in.

The 10th Hove Prom 10k Race 2017, Sunday 29th October 

Stuart Holloway 1st male

What a glorious day we all had down on the Hove prom today. Arena 80 hosted their 10th anniversary Hove Prom race with a record amount of athletes taking part, all 457 of them.

The race is part of the Sussex Grand Prix series and is the penultimate race before the Crowborough 10k on December 3rd which takes the final stage of the series.

The weather started off on the cool side but as the race continued it was fair to say that things started to heat up somewhat. There was a stiff breeze on the outbound legs but at least it was behind on the run for home.

As for the winners then we must say a huge congratulations to Stuart Holloway for the men and Bethan Male for the women.

Stuart’s winning time was 33.17 and this was his sixth 1st placing for 2017 so no stranger to the podium. The funny thing is that Stuart had not come to Brighton to actually participate in this race but had come down to watch Brighton vs Southampton (FT 1-1) at the Amex. Not a bad day for Stuart at the seaside.

Bethan Male 1st lady

Bethan, who is not attached to any club presently, had a winning time of 39.45 and was just 25 seconds outside of her previous best. Bethan was also a recent winner at the Barns Green Half Marathon in September as well as the Heartbreak Marathon in Fordingbridge in February so a lady for all distances it seems and a great way to end the year.

The Men’s top 3:
1st – Stuart Holloway – 33.17 – (City of Salisbury AC & RC)
2nd – Gary Foster – 33.41 – (Hastings AC)
3rd – James Skinner – 33.51 – (Haywards Heath Harriers)

The Women’s top 3:
1st – Bethan Male – 39.47 – (Unattached)
2nd – Rachel Phelps – 40.05 – (Lewes AC)
3rd – Katie Morgan – 40.10 – (Haywards Heath Harriers)

Full results can be found here: Race results

Arena 80 AC hosted this race and we would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers that helped to make this race such a great race today. It hasn’t been easy over this week as storm Brian decided to pay us a visit last week and shower us with gifts of pebbles and shingles to decorate the course with. Arena though did what they do best and came out in force with brooms to make sure that the show did go on so a huge thank you to one and all.

Arena did have a few athletes take part though and the first man home for Arena was Del Wallace in a time of 36.37 and his second fastest 10k time of 2017.

Good to see Al Silvester back out there again as he comes back from injury. Al was looking for about the 36 minute mark today and got 36.40 as Del could probably feel Al’s breath on his neck.

Third man home for Arena was Kevin Meegan in a time of 37.23 which was a new PB for him so well done Kevin.

Of our women who ran today then first lady home was Helena Rooney who was 6th lady as well in a time of 41.36 which was a PB for her.

Second lady home for Arena was cat Scott in a time of 44.55 which was a big PB for her.

Third lady for Arena went to Kate Rowinska in a time of 48.23 which was also a new PB for her as well so a good day for our ladies.

Such a great day out there and thank you to everyone who took part in this event. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed hosting it and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

Thank you from all of us here at Arena 80 AC.

New additions have been added to the Arena kit range.

There was recently a sample of an Arena 80 Beanie hat that was shown down at the track which was very well received with many of our members wanting to buy one. The good news is that these are now on sale on our kit supplier’s website – Viga Sportswear. Also we showed a sample of the Arena 80 fleeces and these are now also available.

In addition they have also added a new Arena 80 Hi-Viz long sleeve top, very useful for the darker evening training runs. See all links below:

And remember until October 31st.

***Special Offer For You***

As a valued Viga customer, we would like to offer you the following deals, valid until 31st October 2017:

With your next single garment purchase you will receive a Viga LED wristband with your order for FREE!!!

If you order 2 or more garments in your next order with us you will receive a FREE VIGA LED wristband AND a FREE Mobile Phone Arm Holder!!!

A new addition to the Arena kit range which is looking very popular.

Here is a new addition to the Arena kit range from our kit supplier Viga Sportswear.

It’s made from a 100% Polyester like a track top football/rugby clubs use this sort of fabric. It has thumb holes in the cuffs as well. It has Arena on the left chest and Arena 80 AC on the back. 

These are sold as a pre-order so allow two weeks for delivery. Price is £22.95 and that includes delivery. 

Don’t forget if you spend over £30.00 use the code VIGA010 for a 10% discount.

These look like they are going to be a popular line for members based on initial feedback.

To order yours click here:

The HCC Barns Green results are in.

The results from The Harvey Curtis Cup from Barns Green half marathon have been completed and have now been sent to the publishers so they should all be online very soon.

Arena 80 had exactly the same points as Lewes AC at Barns Green so it’s now A80 4 pts; Lewes 7 pts which means the last two Harvey Curtis events are very important to Arena 80 and still everything to play for.

Some very nice reading in terms of individuals with Dani Tarleton & Tara Shanahan leading the  women’s race with Rebecca Knights in 5th place.

Tara Shanahan & Dani Tarleton also lead the Masters table with Jenny Hughes & Nicky Yeates in 5th place.

Dan Vaughan is in 8th place in the Masters and Anthony Snelling 8th place in the main race.

Well done to all of our athletes who took part at Barns Green and of course to our ladies and gents in their respective table positions. 

Arena ladies shine at the XC relays at Goodwood

Our ladies rose to the challenge at this weekends cross-country relays at Goodwood Country Park.

The team spirit and enthusiasm of the Arena women is second to none and was shown in abundance. The effort shown by each and every athlete was there on display for everyone to see and we couldn’t have asked for more from our ladies.

We should also like to mention and offer a warm welcome to Katie Wright and Lucy Anderson for their first Arena XC outings and I’m sure that they will now be a regular to this having felt the warmth from the rest of the team. Our thanks also to Patrycja Wollnik and Brigitte Groves for running and to Fiona Jamie for running, driving and helping to organise the ladies at the event. A big thank you as well to Kirsty Parker for stepping in at last-minute.

Now to the results………Well looks like our ladies had a bit of a field day out there.

Congratulations to Maisie Lilly, Emily Proto and Julie Briggs on their senior gold.
Well done to Katherine O’Hara, Rebecca Knights and Dani Tarleton for the V35 gold.

Our Arena ladies also achieved V45 gold with Jenny Hughes, Caroline Wood and Tara Shanahan.  
Our V55 team were also fantastic in placing first with Chris Naylor, Anne Miners and Jackie Rymell taking the spoils here.

A really great effort from one and all and let’s hope this set’s the ladies up for a successful cross-country season.

The first league race of the season is on Saturday October 14th back at the Goodwood Country Park with the women’s race at 1.30 and the men at 2.30.


New offer from our Arena kit supplier – Viga Sportswear, valid until october 31st

Your Viga e-Newsletter                                                                                                          SEPTEMBER 2017

We hope you have all had a fantastic summer, whether at home in the UK or if you’ve been lucky enough to go somewhere warmer for some summer sun! Here at Viga we’re getting ready for the clocks changing and looking at clothing to help us runners in the beautiful season that is Autumn.

Winter wear

As the nights are drawing in and the days are becoming shorter we need a different running wardrobe, we have some great accessories to make sure you are warm and visible.  Check out our LED bracelets, perfect for running safely in the dark – see below for how to bag yourself a free one!

***Special Offer For You***

As a valued Viga customer, we would like to offer you the following deals, valid until 31st October 2017:

With your next single garment purchase you will receive a Viga LED wristband with your order for FREE!!!

If you order 2 or more garments in your next order with us you will receive a FREE VIGA LED wristband AND a FREE Mobile Phone Arm Holder!!! 

Check out our website for the rest of our clothing ranges!

Arena 80 October Shenanigans.

It’s all getting very busy again now that the summer season is over so I thought I would just give you a rundown of what is happening during October for you to get your running heads around.

The Harvey Curtis Cup Road Races

There are some key races that we would ask for Arena members to participate in if possible. The Harvey Curtis Cup Road Races is still on for us to retain this trophy which we won in 2016. With two more races left in this challenge we need just 1 more point from the two races remaining.

The next race in the HCC is the Bright10 on Sunday October 15th and this is also part of the club’s Super Series challenge. As the title suggests, it’s a 10 mile race which most of us should have no problem competing in as we are an endurance club after all. If you haven’t signed up yet there are still spaces so if you haven’t already done so then please sign up as every finishing place can make a big difference to the point’s allocation.

Sussex Grand Prix race 2017

The key SGP race is our very own Hove Prom 10k on Sunday 29th October. This is hosted by Arena 80 and we would ask for as many people as possible to help to volunteer for this, in order to help make this go as seamless and easy as possible for us all. This is also a great way for our newer members to get a real feel about Arena 80 and a chance to interact with our members. It’s these sort of events which help to gel the club and work as a team. If you haven’t added your name down to volunteer yet then please do so A.S.A.P and email Arena always manages to put on a good show and the support we give to the athletes running is second to none.


Sussex Cross Country League Races

Of course the cross-country season kicks of this weekend with the relays at the Goodwood Country Park. There seems to be a real ‘up for it’ attitude this year, even more so than in previous years. These races really bring the club and the members together and it’s such a sociable occasion especially as the ladies tend to bring cake along and the men wait for the bits left over. The first league race is on Saturday October 14th back at the Goodwood Country Park with the women’s race at 1.30 and the men at 2.30. Both the men and the women had a good season last year and we are looking to build on this success for the 2017/18 season. If you are interested in these events then speak to our Captains: Dan Vaughan for the men and Dani Tarleton for the ladies.

Arena Social

I know it’s still a long way off but the Arena Christmas party is all booked. We will be having it back at The View on the promenade in Hove. The date is Saturday 16th December so keep your diary’s free for this one. This was a superb social event last year with over 70 attending and I anticipate this being as good if not better than 2016.

We’ll also look to book the Krater comedy night at the Komedia again as this has been requested to go back there. A highly entertaining evening with a lot of laughs and another great hang out with your fellow Areneez.

Ok that should keep you all going for October so please keep supporting your club wherever possible as this club relies on volunteers to keep the club going as without them, there is no club. If you feel that you would like to get involved with the club more and feel you have something to offer then please do let us know as there are so few who do so much however but we could always do with some more help. 

In strictly style “keeeeeep running”.