A guide to all the upcoming XC events for our Arena ladies.

From our ladies cross-country captain Dani Tarleton:

FAO Arena ladies – Just to give you a guide to all the upcoming XC events – especially in terms of standard required. 

Bexhill 6th jan Sussex Champs 6k – 4 to score for top 3 senior teams (no separate masters category) as a result suitable for ‘faster’ runners.

Lancing masters 20th Jan – 6k, suitable for all ladies over 35.

SEAA XC Stanmer 27th January. Tough regional race with no masters category. Only suitable for strong runners. Good one to marshal at – email will follow from Mark Stephenson.

Feb 10th last XC league race at Stanmer – ALL WELCOME.

SEAA nationals Parliament Hill Feb 24th. 8k only for runners of a high standard and day before Brighton half.

SEAA Southern Masters Cross Country Championships at Horspath Fields, Oxford.

Our Vet’s ladies headed off way up north (well sort of) to Horspeth Fields for the annual SEAA Southern Masters Cross Country Championships on Saturday 9th December.

The conditions were blue skies, light winds and obviously a tad chilly to say the least. This didn’t stop our ladies though and off they went to see how they fared against some of the best in the south-east.

I’m not sure what expectations there were, if any, to see what they could bring to the table for this event but Arena took up some of our very best and boy did they do their best.

We should all feel very proud of our ladies as they did not disappoint us and our blue flag was flying at full mast.

In terms of the results well let’s do a round-up.

Women’s individual 40-44 event (6000m)
Juliette Roberts came home in a great 5th place in 23.16 which tops off a great year for Juliette.

Women’s individual 45-49 event (6000m)
Arena was well represented here and our ladies were outstanding.
Julie Briggs heads the list with a superb race and coming home in 1st place in a time of 21.43.
In 4th place was the first of our captains Dani Tarleton in a time of 22.40
The second of our captains was Tara Shanahan coming in just behind Dani in 6th place with a time of 23.09.

Three in the top 6 now that’s what I call running.

With such a brilliant race from our ladies that as well as their top 6 placings they of course walked away with Gold in the W40-49 team category, just an unstoppable force at present.

Women’s individual 50-54 event (6000m)
Representing Arena here we had the club stalwart in the form of Caroline Wood. It was another excellent showing taking 7th place in a time of 23.45.

Women’s individual 55-59 event (6000m)
We had two representing Arena 80 in this category and again it was a top display of running from our ladies.
Taking top a 5 placing was Clare Aquilina in a time of 25.36 with jenny Hughes taking a top 10 place in 8th place in a time of 26.28.

With Caroline, Clare and Jenny all placing so highly they took a top 4 position in the W50-59 Team Event.

What an excellent showing the ladies gave out there and we’ve said many times before, what an inspiration these ladies are to our newer and senior women members. To be able to keep motivating and pushing them at this level is quite something and ladies we applaud you on a job well done.

Arena topping the charts after race 3 of the XC league.

It was the third of the four cross-country races at Lancing this weekend with both the men and women racing. The women went into this race holding 1st place for the senior and vets whilst the men were holding a very good 5th place.  

It was another fantastic day of racing by the Arena ladies and the results make for great reading!
They are currently joint first senior team and first and third vets!

It was another stunning performance from that lady Julie Briggs who just doesn’t know the term ‘slow down as you get older’, as she came home as first Arena lady, 5th overall and 1st vet….such a great ambassador for the club and an inspiration to many. Her time was 19.23.

Second Arena lady home came from the captain herself Dani Tarleton who also had a superb run in 20.13 which put her 14th overall but more importantly 3rd place vet.

Completing the top 3 Arena ladies was our road race captain Tara Shanahan in 20.36 and 26th place, talk about leading by example from our captains. I would also just like to mention that in 27th place was Juliette Roberts 20.37 and 28th Katherine O’Hara 20.38, now that’s how you work as a team!

It was also great to welcome a couple of our new members to the joy of XC on their debuts for the club, Sophie Cheeseman and Elvia Acosta, well done to you both.

On to our men and run of the day for the Arena men came from Michael Barker who had a blistering last lap where he overtook 10 other runners to take 24th place in a time of 32.05. Second Arena man and within spitting distance of Michael was Alex Jago who really as picked up some pace in the last year. Alex came home in 32nd in 32.18. Completing our top Arena men was Jim Risdale in 56th in a time of 34.14. Jim always consistent and he always does what he says on the tin.

The men maintain their 5th place in division 1 and now looking for one final push in the last race of the season.

The final league race is being held at Stamner Park on Saturday February 10th 2018 so please add that date to your diaries. Both captain’s will send a reminder email out to all members a bit nearer the time but wouldn’t it be great to field a big Arena turn out to put us in with a strong chance of winning the title for the women and for the men to possibly push for 4th in Division 1.

Other XC races that are happening over the coming weeks are: 

Saturday 9th December this is the SEAA Masters.

Saturday 6th January it’s the Sussex Champs at Bexhill. Entry is via captains only although the forms are not out yet.

Saturday 20th January XC Masters at Lancing

Saturday 27th January is the SEAA XC Main Champs at Stanmer Park. Gary McKivett is your point of contact for this one as he is organising the team for this one so if you’re interested drop him a message.

The last one of note is the National XC Champs at Parliament Hill on Saturday 24th February. Sam Bennett has very kindly offered to organise entries for this – an email will follow shortly, as Sam is not on Facebook.

Loads going on over the winter period to keep you all ticking over but please remember Saturday February 10th for the last league race of the season.


Emily Proto goes sub 2.55 in the Florence Marathon.

We have to give a huge congratulations to Emily Proto who took on the Florence marathon on Sunday 26th November.

Emily has had some tough times over the last couple of years as she has had to cope with a broken leg at the Brighton marathon 2 years ago and then broke her foot during this summer. Many would have given up by this stage by Emily is made of sterner stuff and nothing was going to stop her this time round.

Emily has stuck to the task and eased her way back into her training schedule and has never doubted herself to achieving her goal.

She took to Florence in Italy, which, by normal average temperatures, should have ben perfect marathon running weather.  The weather gods though had different ideas and decided to make Emily work a bit harder for this one though and sent in the wind and the rain.

Needless to say that this would never stop her and her marathon goal as she ran round with her running buddy Phillip Stevenson.

Emily completed her marathon in 2.54.21 and was 9th female finisher which is quite simply an outstanding race and such a fantastic achievement for her.

On behalf of everyone at Arena 80 Emily we all send our biggest congratulations to you and proud to have you as a member of the club.

Arena 80 offically confirmed as the Harvey Curtis Cup team champions for 2017

News just in from our ladies road racing captain Tara Shanahan

We’ve just had confirmation that Arena are the Harvey Curtis team winners of the Brighton 10k. Although we had already won the title its very satisfying to have scored 1st in all 6 races!

As Ladies Captain I have to point out that 85% of the scorers across the series were female. Although some people scored in multiple races its great to see so many different runners contributing.

Hats off to Caroline Hoyte, Dani Tarleton, Juliette Roberts, Katherine O’Hara, Soulla Wright, Emily Proto, Caroline Wood, Nicky Yeates, Emma Habba, Helen Moss, Rebecca Knights, Maisie Lilly, Laura Mckinnon-Clark, Helena Rooney, and myself, and for the men Richard Clayton, James Dicks, Del Wallace & Anthony Snelling. And of course to anybody who ran in any of the races preventing other clubs’ runners from scoring higher. We also have 5 runners in the top 10 overall Dani, Katherine, Soulla, & Juliette, and me. Congratulations to you all and spend your Run vouchers wisely! And in the masters we have 7 in the top 10 with Emma Habba & Nicky Yeates in addition to the 5 in the overall top 10. On top of all of that the Masters Champ was also Tara Shanahan.

A superb team effort from the club as champions in 2016 and now 2017, such an incredible achievement from everyone involved with the races over the year and how proud you should all feel being a part of this. What a way to top off of 2017.

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

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. 

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.