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BA Athletics Club News Digest 1st June 2015


  • Wednesday 3rd June - Rosenheim League match at Walton
  • Thursday 4th June - Magic Mile - Bath Road start 12:45
  • Monday 8th June - Veterans League Match Hillingdon - see below
  • Sunday 14th June - Concorde Five Mile Road Race 10:30 and kids fun run 10:00 - see below

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.  The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Updated 8th May.

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Green Belt Relay Report

The Green Belt Relay 2015 Report is now in but is too long to fit the digest.  Click here to read it off the website.

Read the report to find out how our navigational skills led us astray - with one of our team turning left not right and finding themselves in Anglesey when they should have been in Essex!

Chris hands over the GBR Corporate Trophy

The photograph show Chris sportingly handing over the Green Belt Relay trophy to the new recipients from Loughborough University.  The photograph was taken immediately before the eleven-a-side brawl that erupted on the pitch amidst cries of "Who do they think they are pinching our trophy?"

The GBR organisers are keen to get a big race next year for the 20th running, so let me know ASAP if you want in. Their official report is at:

Chris Kelly

Reminder - Veterans League Match Monday 8th June - participants and helpers needed

On June 8th the Veterans Track & Field League comes to our home venue, Hillingdon track in Uxbridge.  Everyone is most welcome to compete.  Alternatively, we need marshals to help Hillingdon AC co-host this event:  Timekeepers, sandpit rakers, results runners and the like.  If you are free, please could you come along to the Hillingdon Sports & Leisure complex, UB8 1ES from 18:30 on Monday 8th June.  Thanks!

Steve Hiller / Eddie Giles

"BA - faster than a rocket" - Club parkrun results for Saturday 30th May 2015

30th May 2015 Family & Friends Time parkrun Comment Grade
Dave Dixon 17:10 Hackney Marshes Club all parkrun record (4th) | Record turnout 176 86%
Ronnie "The Rocket" O'Sullivan 18:52 Hackney Marshes Snooker champion (13th) 72%
Bill Byrne 19:34 Gunnersbury 79%
Barry Walters 19:39 Guildford 17th, club course record | Record turnout 375 81%
Richard Ruffell 21:24 Harrow park #39, club course record 71%
Ian Cunningham 21:26 Bushy Park run #197 70%
Ben Chaytow 21:31 Crane Park run #105 63%
Kerstin Luksch 21:31 Gunnersbury yet another pb 69%
Matt Gardner 22:01 Edinburgh run #15 59%
Scott Davison 23:27 Bedfont Lakes run #118 60%
John Bagley 23:53 Reigate Priory 60%
Joe Nolan 24:06 Black Park run #221 67%
Neil Frediani 24:23 Bedfont Lakes run #117 65%
Sreeram Sethuraman 25:07 Upton Court run #48 52%
Claire Byrne 25:12 Gunnersbury run #51 67%
Gareth Hobby 25:23 Reading run #15 55%
Roderick Hoffman 26:58 Bracknell park #113, BA park #173 56%
Bridget Ruffell 28:11 Harrow run #7 63%
Kevin Holland 28:31 Woking parkrun pb 60%
Alan Anderson 29:00 Gunnersbury run #364 | Record turnout 394 72%
Benita Scaife 29:47 Maidenhead course pb 64%
John Scaife 29:48 Maidenhead course pb 54%
Piers Keenleyside 41:58 North Beach (ZA) run #102 38%
Kathryn Keenleyside 42:03 North Beach (ZA) run #5 44%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford barcode scanning
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking

Dave Dixon has made the headlines this week by setting a new club best time at any parkrun - 17:10 at the fast and flat out and back course at Hackney Marshes.  That betters Paul Knechtl's 17:28 at Bushy Park way back on 7th January 2012.  Dave even beat a former world champion (at snooker!) in Ronnie O'Sullivan who was making his first parkrun appearance since returning from his defeat in Sheffield.  Ronnie is no slouch and still finished in under 19 minutes.  Hackney Marshes was one of several parkruns with a record attendance this week.
Other club records tumbled as well.  Barry Walters visited Guildford for the first time and ran 19:39, Richard Ruffell sped round Harrow in 21:24 and Matt Gardner ventured north of the border and did 22:01 in Edinburgh.
Piers Keenleyside (and Kathryn) went the other way and took in North Beach (Durban) parkrun at a gentle pace ahead of the Comrades double marathon the next day.  Piers has run there before.  The only new park ticked off this week was Bracknell which started a couple of months back and where Roderick Hoffman along with most others who have tried it found it difficult to achieve a fast time.
Steve Newell took a week off to be an official at the World Series Triathlon in Hyde Park.  One of many duties over the weekend was to ring the bell as Alastair Brownlee set off round his last lap up and down Serpentine Road on his way to another famous victory.  Next year the event is moving to Leeds.

Updated club parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell

Dave beating Ronnie by 102 seconds might make the rematch round the green baize interesting - could Ronnie beat Dave by 102 points with just 147 available?  I'm assuming of course that Ronnie issued such a challenge.

More importantly perhaps Dave has leapfrogged Paul Knechtl and Adrian Haines in the club parkrun rankings. A head-to-head-to-head challenge must be due?

Roderick Hoffman

Thank you to all and an apology to James

Dear All,

A very big THANK YOU for your time and enthusiasm in helping to marshal this event.  It was a great day and all our crossings were well manned and went smoothly.

My SINCERE APOLGIES to James who was left behind when the coach had to leave Green Park station having been told by the steward there several times to move the coach. I had a message from Beth at the Volunteer check point when some of us went to return the bibs, loud speakers, etc., that our coach driver was waiting for us where he'd dropped us off in the morning by Marlborough Road, As soon as we got on the coach there, we went straight to Green Park station as everyone was told to congregate there after the event for the coach.  The coach couldn't wait there - no waiting zone - but we did wait a couple of minutes and managed to pick up everyone except James, and we were told to move on. With hindsight, I should have asked the driver to wait 5 minutes before making our way to Green Park. Knowing now that the coach can wait where we were dropped off, next year we'll get the coach driver to pick us up from there, which is much easier as we need to return stuff to the check point anyway.

I've just heard from the organisers, they were very pleased with our crossings and thought all went very well.  However, if you have any feedback you think they should know about please let me know so that I can pass it on to them for their debrief.

Once again, thank you all very much.



Digest Competition Results

Simon Turton wins first prize this week for spotting the errors in last week's digest with Neil Frediani a close second.  The correct dates for volunteering are as follows:

  • Sunday 14th June    Concorde Five Mile Road Race    09:30 to 12:00    Roderick Hoffman [you can safely volunteer for this one with no possibility of the coach leaving you behind! ;-) ], runners and supporters also needed - fuller details on the website:
  • Thursday 9th July    Great City Race    Bank tube from 17:30    Simon Turton
  • Thursday 16th July    BA Charity Fun Run    Harmondsworth/Waterside    Roderick Hoffman
  • Sat/Sun 1st/2nd August    Ride London Cycle ride    London    Steve Hillier

Oh and Piers had won the prize the previous week for knowing that the Half Marathon reported on was in Richmond Park rather than Kingston Park - but he had had the advantage of having run it.

Roderick Hoffman

Running Shorts

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Stop Press - Comrades

Piers Keenleyside completed the Comrades Marathon (uphill) in around 11:20 (that is 11 hours and twenty minutes). He is probably composing the write-up for next week's digest on the flight home.

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