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1st October - Mats Great performance at Lewes 10

Picture Curtesy of Lewes AC/Sussex AAA'sVeteran Dave Robinson, who spends most of his time now-a-days in the Herne Hill colours returned home to Lewes on Sunday and proceeded to show a clean pair of heels to the opposition in the Lewes “10-mile” over the Downs near the race course.
Brighton & Hove’s Mike Buss, who made a return to racing and finished third on the first leg of the senior race at Goodwood the day before, set the early pace as the runners took the long steep climb out of the starting field.
It was however the much fitter Robinson who took control and romped home to a good victory in 59min. 03sec.
The almost gale force winds slowed most of the athletes but the Lewes runner ran seven seconds faster than last year when he finished third.
Mike recorded 60:28 with Arena 80 veteran Mats Gedin finishing third in 62:02.


27th September - Congratulations to Paul & Gil

Paul & Gil are delighted to announce the arrival of a beautiful baby girl, as yet unnamed, at 23.17 hours on Tuesday 26th September. Weighing in at 7lbs 7ozs at Worthing hospital.

Mum, baby & dad all doing fine, but knackered!!!

Paul Gasson

18th September 2006 - Hove Prom 5 ...... RESULTS

It was good to see a good Men's turn out for our club's Hove Prom race this year not only by the runners but also the helper's. This event is a key race not only in promoting the club in Sussex but the funding it provides us with in order to carry out activities throughout the year. Many thanks for all those who supported this event.

Five minutes to race start and relaxed attitude maintained.

16th September 2006 - Super Series News

The last event for 2006 has now been confirmed as the race at Plumpton on the 17th Dec which is part of the East Sussex XC League and race 3 in the 6 race series.

16th September 2006 - Sussex XC League Information (Dates/Venues&Times)

This year there will be 3 Men's divisions in the Sussex XC League with Arena Men being placed in division 2.

Div 1 will have 8 teams with 6 to score

Div 2 will have 8 teams with 4 to score

Div 3 will have 8 teams with 4 to score.

We were close to promotion last year and your continued support will enable us to focus on one of the top 2 places this year.

8th September 2006 - Community Sports Leadership Course

Develop Your Leadership Skills
Arena 80 coach and the club's own 'Statto' Robin Adams is running a Community Sports Leadership Award Scheme at Carden Community Centre, Hollingbury on Thursday mornings (9.30 -- 1.30,) for nine weeks beginning September 28th.

The course is a nationally recognised NVQ Level One Award and is aimed at developing sports leadership skills. It is two thirds practical with the emphasis on participants having fun whilst learning new skills. The course is specifically aimed at planning, adapting activities, competitions and communications skills. There will be the opportunity to get a taster session of key coaching skills in a variety of sports which normally include basketball, tennis and cricket. As well as the nine sessions which need to be attended there is a ten-hour voluntary mentored section to be completed to achieve the award. Julie Drake completed the course earlier this year and has found it very useful for her football coaching. Places are limited, so if you are interested please contact Robin on (Tel; 01273 303464).ThanksRobin

6th September 2006 - DIARY DATES

     9th Dec       18th Dec

Christmas Party tickets are now available. We only have space for 80 so don't be disappointed. Adults and over 12's costs 5 and under 12's 2.50. The buffet, hall hire and DJ have been financed by the club and this has brought down the cost in order to make it affordable for all.

5th September 2006

This years Super Series will have the following awards after lengthy discussion by the committee.

1st - 25 + free membership 2007/8

2nd - 15

3rd - 10

27th August 2006

The 8th race of the Arena Super Series was held on a delightful day in the picturesque setting of Newick. The leader of the men's Super Series Matts Gedin had another storming run coming home in 3rd place, keep those arm's pumping Matts. Colin Hannant had a surprising course PB even though he carried a sick note for this event. David Brindley surprised by his time and the change from a flat course to one with increasing undulations after he started.



26th July Arena 80 Duathlon (off-road)  - Results

We have certainly been blessed with super evenings and none better than on the 26th July when 10 people and one druid  took part in the first club off-road Duathlon. Very difficult to set a handicap due to the mixture of good runners and lunatic bikers, however in the end 9 of the competitors finished within 2 minutes of each other, the other one had a pink bike so serves them right.

Jenny Hughes (steady Eddie on the bike) started off on the run and tail end Charlie (or right) was Colin Hannant. The course followed a triangular loop and after one lap they swapped to bikes, and this is where the fun began, transition for some involved changing shoes and doing up impossible hats for others a lot of hot air. After 2 laps on the bikes positions had changed completely with the lunatics having avoided the sheep coming rushing in for the change to the last run. However some had a lot of problems removing their shoes and undoing hats which allowed for compaction of the field.

On the last run Clare Kabza passed Gary Jones only for Gary to charge the last hill and collapse, fortunately just over the line. We then had a steady flow of finishers with the pink panther closing the gate.

Afterwards we retired for a drink and to watch the hot air balloons over the Weald, a fantastic memorable evening for all concerned.  

25th July Arena 80 Track Champs - Results

Yet another super sunny evening for an Arena 80 club event, this time the Club Track Champs reached their conclusion. On a windless and warm evening the last 2 of the 5 counting events the 400m and 3k took place.

A record field of 21 people was sent on their way by Geoff. The race soon opened up with Steve McNealy speeding round with Gemma Sharp on his shoulder and it wasn't till the last part of the race that he managed to open a decisive gap. Colin Hannant was rapidly counting the laps and recording numbers with the help of Jenny Hughes and Graham Shorter.

The 400m's were split into 3 races with Jenny Hughes and Keith Slaughter leading home on times.

This years Champions following the hasty totting of points were:- 


A very well done from all at Arena 80 to the winners and a self congratulatory round of applause to all those who supported this event.

21st July Adur Challenge 2006 (Super Series, Jude & Mark Gregory Farewell) - RESULTS - ALL TIME RECORDS

Yet again a more than super hot hot hot evening on the River Adur for the 6th running of the A80 Adur Challenge. The extreme heat reduced sufficiently for the participants to have the usual relaxing run up and down the river bank.

A total of 21 runners set off on the staggered start with our President John Mason leading the way. Mats Gedin was meant to bring up the rear, however Jim Watson decided not to go for glory this year and missed his start time by over 6 mins.

The first person home and thus the winner was David Brindley who was presented with the cup by Jim Watson. Clare Kabza was the first lady to finish and had the fastest female time.

Mats Gedin, although not first home, smashed the course record by 3secs coming home in 35m 51secs, WOW.

Lisa Jones was only 1 sec out on the forecast time which considering the slower times due to heat this year was quite amazing.

Afterwards, thanks to Colin Hannant, we retired to the Red Lion for a pre-ordered meal, well most of us.

Thanks also go to Martin Booty for supplying the water at half way, exceptional time-keeping by Robin Hopkins and Jenny Hughes xx for the water and all the associated paper work. Well done you three.
This club event also incorporated the A80 Super Series which was the 7th event this year, so only 5 to go. Robin Adams will be updating the table asap.

Two of our runners, Jude and Mark Gregory, will be leaving us on the 23rd July to start a new life in Australia. Jude and Mark have been absolutely superb club members and have found a permanent place in our hearts. Although disappointing for the club we wish them well and all the best for a wonderful future down under.

p.s. Steve Wood has already bribed me for next year

2nd July Sussex Masters Track Champs

Bullion Haul by Superman Shorter

At the Sussex Masters Track Champs on July the 2nd one of our male athletes excelled themselves in temperatures reaching 34C.

Graham Shorter yet again proved his Super Athlete status by competing in 6 events and bringing home medals in each one. He started with a Bronze in the long jump with 4m 48cm's, he moved on to the high jump and won Gold with 1m 35cm, with seconds to spare he made the start of the 800m and won another Gold, onto the 100m with a 3rd place bronze in 13.5s, next the 400m with a 2nd place silver in 63.2s and finally the 200m where yet again a 2nd place silver in 27.6s. What an athlete and I hope when you see him you congratulate him for putting the club in such a positive light.

Jonathan Britten put himself on the line in the 1500m against some of the best runners in Sussex and did the club proud. Well done for aiming high.

The above typifies why Arena 80 exists and long may it continue. Next year why don't you other Masters put yourself on the line and see what all your training can achieve.


June 2006 South Downs Relay

The men's team completed the One Hundred Mile Relay in 12h 9 mins coming in 12th place.


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