Covid 19 – Moving Forward Slowly!

Dear Arenas,

Here we are week whatever it is and some time after my last email when we were all getting to grips with lockdown and the challenges it brought, like the toilet roll shortage!

This is just to remind you all that the club is still here for you as we move through the next steps back to the ‘new normal’.

It is not easy working out boundaries and government guidelines as they change so swiftly and  we must all be mindful that not everyone is confident about returning to where we left off.  Life will be different for some time to come and we have to accept this, we must adapt but above all we need to be mindful, kind and patient as we find a comfortable norm!

We may not be racing or training as a group but club members have been providing opportunities for us all to come together and here is a reminder of what is currently happening.

Monday 6.15 pm  – Tara Shanahan – Zoom class;  running specific exercises to work on mobility, glute, core strength and stability.

Monday 7.00pm – Steve McNealy – Zoom trivia quiz

(links for the above are on Facebook or drop me a line if you do not have access to FB…you will need to download ZOOM)

Arenatopia – Trish Sharp  Basic rules:  run as fast over 5 miles/ 8.05km as you can/ like

Training session – Mark Stephenson

BMAF virtual relays – Dani Tarleton  please contact Dani if you are interested, or me and I will forward your email on.

There are a lot of virtual events going on, a few of us took part in the recent Centurion One Community challenge and coming up this weekend is the Strava MA RA TH ON challenge.   Create a team with 3 friends or take a chance to be teamed up with Eliud Kipchoge, Geoffrey Kamworor, Kenenisa Bekele or other members of the NN Running Team

The Committee would also like to remind members of the information for those who may be struggling financially.  If this is you or you know of a member who may not want to come forward themselves, please, please do contact me either by email or private message me via Facebook.  All messages will be treated with strict confidentiality and respect; any support will be mutely agreed by all parties.

The following websites might help you negotiate what is available.

For those struggling financially: 

National debt line.  Lots of information and self help tools to guide you.

Money Advice plus.  Brighton office: call 01273 664 000. Debt and benefits advice.

Foodbanks and Support .  Please check individual websites for referral information and opening times.

Brighton and Hove Food Partnership  This website has many links to local support and also for those who wish to offer help. The site also includes foodbanks without their own website such as Purple People Kitchen at Portslade. which includes Whitehawk and Shoreham branches. 07708 384906 07941 397648

Take good care of yourselves and please do not feel you are alone.

All the very best.

Brigitte Groves

Arena 80 Welfare Officer.