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

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.

The Awards Night – Saturday 21st October – The Winners

For those that couldn’t make the awards last night please find a full list of the categories and the winners along with the notes for each winner.

What a wonderful evening we had at The Southover to celebrate the Arena 80 awards evening. With so many attending it was, well we can certainly say that it was, cosy but it did make for a very sociable evening so much so that things did overrun but we wouldn’t have had it any other way. Seeing so many Areneez mixing and mingling with each other was seeing the club friendship’s formed at it’s very best. The buffet was very well received and plenty of it so my thanks to Teo for getting this one organised.

Once the buffet was over it was time to get the evening under way. Our president Chris Naylor opened the evening with a wonderful talk about the club, its origins, past and present and thanking those that have been a big part of the club over so many years to put Arena where we are now. She also gave great praise to our Chairman Bob Page who has been in the role as coach and chairman for 28 years and without him who knows where we would be or would have been without his magnificent service to the club.

We had eight awards to present during the evening.

Here are the eight awards and the winners of each category:

1. A80 Member who has given something back to the running community i.e. marshalling, officiating, etc. Voted for by the committee:

The nominations were for Paul Gasson; Lucy Anderson; Julie Briggs; Anne Miners and Mark Brocklehurst.

So the winner has been Run Director at 3 different parkruns that being Preston Park, Hove Prom and also as a parkrun ambassador helped to launch, as well as direct, the newly founded Peacehaven parkrun.

On top of that he has been Run Director on 35 separate occasions. Being a big part of the Hove Prom team, formerly an Event Director, this team have gone out of their way to promote inclusively for wheelchair users, deaf runners, blind runners and also walkers.

This person is also an ambassador of parkrun so has to visit and help out at certain parkruns as part of that role as well as establishing new events and guiding them through a thorough process.

This person has recently been accepted as a Race Adjudicator for England Athletics. They also did a great job helping out at the WSRFL Hove Park race making sure everything was going smoothly under the guidance of Tris Sharp.

It’s only right to say that this person really has given something back to the running community.

The winner was Mark Brocklehurst.

2. A80 Athlete showing greatest improvement in standard. Decided by 3 key members of the Committee:

The nominations were for Craig Issac; Lucy Anderson; Soulla Wright and John Thompson.

The winner is for this person, who you will find down at the track on a Monday night long before anyone else turns up, as they put in some extra laps before the session starts, so much so that I get dizzy watching them keep going round and round.

This person has PB’d 7 times at Preston Park parkrun this year.

This person has also made massive gains in terms of new PB times this year. These came in the 5k, the 10k and in particular the Phoenix 10k in which they knocked off a massive 5 minutes from their previous best set in 2016. In fact during that race they also set a new 5k PB in the process.

They also took off 10 minutes from their half marathon time set in 2016. It’s been a cracking year for this person.

The winner is summed up very nicely by Steve McNealy who said “since this person arrived, they have thrived on the track and excelled themselves, moving up groups at the track and giving 110% all the time”.

The winner was John Thompson.

3. Unexpected medallist for A80. Voted for by the committee.

We had two winners in this category;

There’s not really too much to say about this award. I mean it’s always nice to have a good race and to get a medal that you didn’t expect which is the icing on the cake. However a couple of our athletes have done just that this year.

The first unexpected award goes to someone with a great sense of humour (only in some people’s eyes that is) and has to date completed 263 parkruns amongst many of their other races but they have never won a medal before. And so for the bronze medal at the Sussex 10k Champs for the Men’s O60’s race, this award goes to Michael Miller. 

However there is another unexpected award which we are awarding as well. This person has completed 276 parkruns along with a host of other races and it just wouldn’t be fair to award to a Miller and not a Brumwell, if nothing else just to keep the peace and harmony in their household.

Can you imagine what that would be like if one half had won an award and not the other? We are of course thinking about the kids well-being here as well. And so for her unexpected bronze medal at the Harting 10 miler for the women’s O50’s this award goes to Sue Brumwell.

4. New A80 member who has integrated within the club by coming to training, taking part in races, helping out and generally being involved with the club. Voted for by the committee.

After much deliberation and discussion, the one name that kept cropping up was for this person who has really raised their game since joining the club. Just seeing this person at the training sessions on Mondays and Thursdays, you can see that they really want to progress with their running and gives it their all. This person has turned out at many races for Arena this year whether it is for the road races, WSFRL races or our very own club races, whichever one it was they seemed to have been there.

This person’s times have improved immensely over the year and they have now also moved up a group on the Monday night sessions and holding their own very nicely in there. This person has settled into the club extremely well and it feels like they have been a long standing member of the club. A very fine member to grace the track of Arena.

Winner was Lorraine Hale.

5. Funniest moment whilst engaged in an A80 activity whether club event, race, social etc. Voted for by the members of the club.

1. Del’s fascination with lawn bowls fashion.

2. Poor Teo’s home made electrolytes on the South down relays.

3. Teo Van Well and Sam Bennett turned up at Crawley to race their first track race of the season. They were both as keen as mustard and hyped up for the race. As the evening went on gradually more and more people left until, at last, it was time to start their 3000m race – and it was just the two of them! However they did both run big PBs.

4. Michael Millers response to his son Henry on Facebook:
Henry: is anyone going up to the 3k champs in Crawley today, I’m looking for a lift and live near hove station thanks.
Michael: I am Henry, I am your dad and I live upstairs.

Winner was Michael Miller.

6. Flying the flag is to acknowledge the A80 member who has taken part in races for A80 over various leagues/events across Sussex. Voted for by the committee.

Winner was Del Wallace.

Our two main awards of the night were for these last two. These were both chosen by the members of the club so hold a lot of kudos attached to them. I wanted to share these two results in their full glory due to the contribution shown by the members of Arena. I feel it’s only right that these members should be recognised as all were extremely strong contenders in both categories and it’s importance to the club and it’s members.

7. Team spirit shown by an Arena 80 individual in order to engage with, encourage others and Inspire. Voted for by the members of the club. 

Nominations that came in were for:

Steve McNealy for his many years of being the men’s captain, his organising of the men’s XC as well as the South Downs relay. Personal thanks to Steve for always being the first member to be setting up at our various races and for giving up so much of his time behind the scenes which other members do not see.

Tara Shanahan for her Goodgym work which inspires others and shows the good that running can do by giving back to the community. For taking and leading the track sessions. For being a consistently incredible performer for Arena 80 and, not least of all, for her fantastic running form – which is a joy and inspiration to watch.

Fiona Jamie who never stops, always willing to help, always offering lifts to the various races whether it’s the south down relays, cross-country or some other right out-of-town races she will always be the driver. And most of all for looking after some of us lost souls! She is always very encouraging and motivational.

Mark O’Gara for his support to many especially in the build up to the marathons this year. He Set up regular tough long training sessions and then lead the way in how to execute them and also to build up race stamina over many weeks of training. Also he supported many new members by offering a lot of advice and training runs.

Dan Vaughan for the selfless taking over of the captaining of the men’s road team and cross-country team even though he really didn’t want to take on the cross-country role! For all the encouragement he gives in races and team participation. Dan is another one of those members who is always there to offer lifts to the various races in order to make sure that Arena get teams out. A well-respected Arena member from all his peers.

However there was one name that came up many times from various members during this vote.

This person is always encouraging, joking and full of banter but he also has a heart of gold.

I am nominating him for the speed with which he gets all the performances of club members up on the website. Seeing all the various club members putting in great performances always makes me realise the sheer number of people in the club competing and makes me want to run more and motivates me to want to improve.

For all his hard work in getting the results up quickly for everyone to see. For always being enthusiastic, participating in races, encouraging and supporting others before and after races.

I’m nominating him for stepping in to take the Thursday night training sessions and for showing great support to those training. For making a real effort to talk to all members whether they are old or new and making the effort to get to know each of them which makes them feel welcomed into Arena. He is such a great asset to the club. 

Winner was Teo Van Well

8. The main award of the night; Outstanding athletic moment for A80. Voted for by the members of the club.

Nominations that came in were for:

Alan Silvester for his leg 17 of the South Downs Relay – roaring past Steve McNealy on the way, as the A team finally caught the B team!

Del Wallace in the Brighton Marathon.  Committing to and then smashing apart a sub-3 marathon (2.54) on a crazy hot day having been so close on previous efforts. Outstanding achievement from Del.

Emily Proto (AKA the Protonator) coming home as 2nd lady at Brighton half marathon in a time of 1.21.27 and then went one better at the Worthing 10k by getting her first ever 1st placing with her run of 38.01.

Tara Shanahan for her parkrun PB of 18.22 at Brighton & Hove parkrun putting herself into the women’s club record books on her 100th parkrun. As you can appreciate the standard of the women’s times are very high and any lady getting herself into the club records should be commended.

Dave Robinson for his epic world record by completing the Brighton Marathon in a strait jacket and beating the previous world record by 20 seconds in a time of 3.49.28. To get this ratified by Guinness, Dave had to make sure that he got a photograph of himself at every mile marker. The jacket itself weighed in at 2 kilos and with the sweat plus the water that was poured over his head during the race, the jacket, which was a heavy canvas, weighed in at 3 kilos. Talk about making things tough for yourself.

Juliette Roberts coming back to represent GB in the marathon after an initial disappointment of the Brighton Marathon and getting her well-earned PB.

However there were two nominations that stood out for our club members and this was a very close call.

The first of the two is for the Arena Women *winning* Gold at the South Downs Way 100 mile Relay! This was a Fantastic performance and achievement from a group of ladies that continue to be the best of Arena 80 and on current form the best in Sussex over many age ranges.

This was the first time that the Arena ladies had won the SDW relay in 10 years so an outstanding achievement from them. The ladies team have been outstanding this year as they were last year. They seem to be dominating whatever race they turn up for and they continue to push each other on to another level.

There is so much talent throughout the team and we are starting to see some new young blood coming into the team as well to hopefully keep up that Arena domination.

We will mention the ladies VET’S team as they are showing no signs of retiring or easing up and continue to dominate in all quarters, none more so than the at the Sussex Road relays where both the V40 and the V50’s took first place.

Of those still showing the way as Vet’s then I would just like to mention Jenny Hughes, Caroline Woods, Nicky Yeates, Julie Briggs, Dani Tarleton, Katherine O’Hara, Tara Shanahan, Caroline Hoyte and Chris Naylor all of whom are still showing exceptional form and still running very strongly. These ladies are to be applauded for what they have achieved and are still achieving and being such great role models to our newer members as well as our senior members of the club and this goes for both the men and the women.

There is as a fantastic bond amongst the ladies and I will use these words for them, inspire, respectful, supportive, close-knit but to be honest there are not enough superlatives for these ladies and for all of that, we salute you (round of applause).

The second of the two is another one of those that seems to have inspired many in the club this year for everything that has been achieved by this person. As one member very nicely put it “this person is a real example of focused training and self-belief which has got them to where they are today”

This person represented Great Britain at the European Masters Athletics Championships in Denmark. The ambition was to make the final of the 1500m which they did and came a respectable 13th with a brilliant time of 4.12.13.

This person joined the club to help with their marathon training, and ended up running for England.

I just want to quote a piece that they wrote; “What I wanted to say is that I joined Arena as a casual runner and never thought of myself as an ‘athlete’. My first track session was in group 3 (I think), I chipped away and gradually moved up the groups. The Sussex Vets league was my first ever track race. I had no idea what to expect but tried out something new and loved it”.

And the rest, of course, is history.

I feel it says a lot about this person and how far they have come. They switched from the longer distances d concentrated on the 1500m which was a game changer for them. This person has worked incredibly hard to get where they are now and this has not gone unnoticed by his peers at Arena 80. The word inspiring came up a many times within the votes we are of course taking about Joe Ashley.

Winner was Joe Ashley

However in the words of Apple “one more thing”….

There was one last presentation to be made which was presented by our president Chris Naylor to our Chairman Bob Page. As mentioned earlier Bob has been on the Arena scene for 28 years and taking the club onto so many great times and building a club to the enormity of what it is today. There are not enough words to express our gratitude to him for everything he has done for our club over the many years. we have been very lucky to have found Bob who has been simply outstanding as a coach and an award-winning ‘best coach in Sussex’ accolade. It’s hard to imagine where Arena would be right now without Bob Page taking over the helm in 1989. We are now a thriving club with unrivalled depth of talent within our club. It’s not luck that makes people want to come and join Arena, we are a group of people all with a common bond and one of the friendliest clubs you could ever wish to run for. Bob took the club from the brink of extinction back in 1989 and what wonders he has worked for Arena ever since. It was only right that the last award of the night should go to our leader Bob Page. Bob has a great interest in stars, and not just those on the track, but those in space and so it was with great pleasure that bob was presented with a voucher from the club for him to go and choose himself a telescope so be able to see beyond Arena and look to the wonders of the universe. There is no brighter star though than our Bob Page and the next time you see Bob go up to him and just say thank you and that’s all you need to do.

A huge congratulations to all of our award winners and for making such a massive contribution to Arena. Everyone of these deserved their award but so many more out there could also have been very worthy winners.

We would like to thank all of our members that took the time to vote, along with the committee for making these awards happen. A big thank you to all who were involved with the evening and making the awards night such a great success (you know who you are) and to all those of you that came along. Such a wonderful evening enjoyed by all and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

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.

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