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BA Athletics Club News Digest 1st May 2017

Events:

  • Wednesday 3rd May - Speedbird Ladies Race - Harmondsworth start time 19:00.*
  • Thursday 4th May - Dream Mile Bath Road - 12:45*
  • Monday 8th May - Track&Field Veterans League Match - Battersea (see below).

New members and potential 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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml.

*Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

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Roderick Hoffman (info@barunner.org.uk)


RunTogether - please pass information on

We are having a second RunTogether event at Heston Venue from 18:30 on Wednesday 10th May.  Joe Nolan will be leading the session this time.

The annual Harmondsworth "traditionally BA" Fun Run for Cancer Research UK has been confirmed for Thursday 20th July and we are currently proposing that we run a "Couch to 5k" programme under the RunTogether banner. This would be focused on meet-ups every Thursday at 17:30 at Waterside/Harmondsworth from May 25th.  Please let us know if this would interest you, and pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested in starter or refresher sessions leading towards 5k participation towards the end of July. See https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/baRunner/Runs/Summary/bbb3a359-3cda-4538-9161-a9267eb157fa for details and how to sign-up (free).

For those who attend Heston Venue note that we now expect to retain access to the changing rooms and showers until the end of July BUT we are still losing the clubhouse and its meeting rooms at the end of May.  Please make a note of Wednesday 24th May for a club "wake" in the building (details still to be planned, and plans for club evenings thereafter, at a committee meeting next week).

Roderick Hoffman (Acting Chair)


London Marathon Reports

Don't forget that the official ballot for next year's Virgin Money London Marathon opens today, Monday 1st May, and is only open for 5 days until 17:00 on Friday 5th May (https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/).    IF you're rejected you can apply to stevehillier@msn.com to go into the BAAC ballot for a place.

The dust has barely settled on the London Marathon, and we're starting to look towards our next running and marshalling exploits.  For the moment, let's reflect on the success of some of our London Marathon runners.  Here are some enjoyable stories of the day from the very tired Sarah, Michelle, Lesley, John, Trish, and Guilaine.  Find out about Sarah's experience of the community atmosphere, Sarah being feted as a rockstar, Lesley getting a big hug from Bob Wilson, John's lack of porridge, Trish's battle with a calf injury and Guilaine's first marathon.  Hopefully we'll have more news from our remaining runners in the coming weeks.

Steve Hillier

The following only contains snippets from each runner, the key to names is in the results table that follows.  Please see the website for the full stories from each participant: LM2017_runners_stories.shtml

Preparation…

JL> Having very much enjoyed taking things easy in the lead up to the big day I spent the evening before getting everything ready for my 6.30am start on Sunday. Trainers-check, socks-check, shorts, running top, HMSA charity vest-check. Race number on vest, chip timer secured to trainer-check. Then pack change of clothes bag-check. Make porridge and leave in fridge overnight-check.
Sunday morning, up with the alarm at 5.30, quick shower, running gear on and plenty of time still before being picked up at 6.30. Check bag again-baggage ticket securely attached. My chariot arrives and I leap out the door largely ignoring the nagging feeling that I’d forgotten something. Quick frisk to confirm I had my phone, watch and some money and off we go. … I was only off to run 26.2 miles and my fuel to help me do it was still in the fridge at home. So my first thank-yous were liberally handed out to those who provided me with breakfast-Guilaine for the fig rolls, Laura for the banana and especially Neil for the slice of bread pudding.

GS> Arriving to the event by coach was a luxury.  No time or energy spent walking and figuring which tube stations would be closed etc. meant I arrived feeling fresh and ready to run. The weather was kind and friends to talk to while waiting before the event started was a bonus.

LC> I knew it was going to be a good day when I got onto the train at West Ewell at 7:27, along with many other runners, everyone was chatting and in good humour, a real buzz and lots of excitement about the day ahead.

SA> There was a lovely community atmosphere from the very start and this for me, was so special. The event seems to inspire everyone with such positivity and friendliness! I met so many lovely people: on the way there, queuing for the loos in the cold at Greenwich, chatting in the masses queue way back in pen 9, holding hands with a lady at mile 22 when we both needed some moral support, being congratulated by strangers on the way home. 

ST> My plan for marathon day was to run at a comfortable pace, soak up the atmosphere and just go for a finish.

The Start…

SA> My start time was 10:27 and I spent the early miles with an assortment of rhinos and rather tunefully, karaoke man. 

ML> I settled into a pace and was feeling great. At 3miles, the start zones all converged and this is where it became tricky as I was following the 4:15 pacer in my zone but had to pass the 5h, then 4:45, then 4:30 from the other 2 zones.  It wasn't until Tower Bridge before I got my pace back. Having said that, I was having the time of my life with a stupid grin on my face at the sheer fun of being there. The Cutty Sark was amazing and running over Tower Bridge was a highlight. I couldn't believe the crowds!  Boy, when I was told that the crowd would lift me, they weren't wrong. I felt like a rockstar with everyone screaming my name!!

Ticking off the mileage…

JL> I have to say that although I’d heard lots of things about how amazing the crowd is those things didn’t do the crowd justice. When you need a boost you get one and even sometimes, when you don’t know you need it, people seem to realise and a word of encouragement gives you a lift, helps you to roll your shoulders back and keep going.  When I was not running near someone in a costume I did come to realise that when I acknowledged a “Come on John” with a smile, a thumbs up or a “thanks”, I would then get even more encouragement from the next group of spectators, as they seemed to enjoy the interaction. This was also the result after high fiving any of the many kids lining the route with arms outstretched waiting to be high fived! So it is possible to “work the crowd” and the crowd was spectacularly supportive along the entire length of the course.

ST> On the way round it was great to see all the bands and drummers and people cheering. I laughed at some of the funny signs, I liked this one. “you think you’re tired, try holding up this sign, my ###### arms are killing me.” It was a bit hot and sunny at times but when the clouds were overhead it was better. Some of the Lucozade sport drink stops were bottle carnage, you really had to be careful where you were running.

NF> The next ten miles were a mixture of running and walking and despairing at my lack of strength before gathering myself for a steady run to the finish. The realisation that my target had gone out the window a long time before meant that I had a chance to pick out some marshals as I passed through the BA zones. That was really nice. The crowd the whole way around were amazing, every year they get bigger. The number of trays of sweets and cakes being held out this year was unbelievable.

GS> The half marathon mark was the next target, again thinking to myself that I had a long way still to go.  I saw some Bedfont Lakes parkrun supporters at mile 11 which gave me a good boost and the Tower Bridge crossing was great, my head pointing upwards to take it all in.  The crowds were cheering on continuously which was brilliant at times.  The banners were interesting too, some funny messages, other a different kind of funny! The live music at different was so good and kept me upbeat.

LC> My highlights, were seeing my family at Bermondsey and then again at mile 24.  At this point I knew where they would be as I had stood on the same spot for years cheering on my brother. Mile 24 was special, as my Dad who had been left in a pub early in the morning, waited very patiently for a glimpse of me. So I was delighted that I was able to give my Dad a big hug, which completely made his day.

TM> My highlights included the uplifting noise from the crowds passing the Cutty Sark and again on Tower Bridge, seeing my family and friends several times en route, seeing our BA marshals at the different pedestrian crossings and the splendid view of Buckingham Palace and of course crossing the finish line and getting my medal.

IH> Can’t remember much after {Tower Bridge}, it was a question of trying to hold 8mm and keeping the 2 ½ minutes I’d banked in the tin for as long as I could. Then I lost concentration and the heat was playing up so I was managing down the pace I think to about 8:15/20 slowly giving back some of the minutes in the tin. By the time I saw you guys at Parliament square with 1k to go I think I had 5 min 30 to break 3:30 (tin was nearly empty).  I was falling apart so broke it into 200m stages and hung on to the 3:30 pacer who came past. Great to tell yourself when it gets hard in any race that you done this in training (like if you come across a hill, say you done a bigger hill in training).

The finish…

JL> Onto The Embankment and by this stage I was struggling a bit and lots of people were walking so there was a fair bit of weaving round walkers.  There are so many amazing landmarks which can be used positively to distract you from what your brain is trying to tell you about your legs wanting to hand in a transfer request. By Blackfriars I was focused only on reaching the BA crossing point just after Waterloo Bridge, no thought at that point of the finish. Small goals!

SA> The last mile is a killer - I have to say that Birdcage Walk goes on forever and must surely be a longer distance than we are told!! 

JL> I happily did meet Trish and two of her sisters. Another big thanks to Maureen who insisted I eat a bowl of seafood pasta. In truth, by the time she’d got halfway through the sentence “you need to eat something” there was very little left!

LC> I ran for the Willow Foundation and I cannot praise them highly enough for their support.  The Willow foundation provides, emotional/psychological  support, special memories and special days for young people with terminal illness or cancer.  It was set up by Bob Wilson (Arsenal Goal keeper) as a lasting legacy to his daughter who died at the age of 30 from cancer.
So, when I crossed the line and was feeling a bit disorientated but knew I had to get to the recovery centre (Stratford Hotel ******). So, imagine my delight when I saw a few people at the end of the mall in purple shirts ready to great me (volunteers from Willow) the lovely NIck carried my bags and walked me to the hotel. On the corner of the hotel was Bob Wilson and his wife ready to give me a big hug and thank me for running for Willow.

And afterwards…

ML> Finally, a great moment at the end of the day, when I walked into a restaurant for a restorative beverage, a number of tables broke into applause at the sight of my medal. Rockstar status solidified!

JL> My day had been pretty close to perfect so I didn’t think it could get any better. However, when I went to kiss each of my teenage daughters goodnight that evening they both, independent of the other, gave me a hug and said “goodnight Dad, I’m really proud of you”.

LC> It has been a lifelong dream to run the London Marathon and I was not disappointed. I had a few muscle aches on Monday but Tuesday back to work, cycled in and generally all back to normal now. In fact doing the Milton Keynes Half Marathon on Monday {stop press - Lesley finished the MK Half in an impressive 1:58:01}.

Reminder - Club Runners Results:

Place overall Place gender Place category Report Initials / Name* Runner no Category Race state Last Split Time
17672 12955 244 » Mathai, Oliver (GBR) 1932 60-64 Finished Finish 04:18:40
11625 9000 385 » Rushmer, Gary (GBR) 22255 55-59 Finished Finish 03:54:34
5046 4516 31 » Keenleyside, Piers (GBR) 26826 60-64 Finished Finish 03:23:18
10274 8129 812 » Kelly, Chris (GBR) 29093 50-54 Finished Finish 03:49:09
26027 8218 4585 » Meenaghan, Gemma (GBR) 49680 18-39 Finished Finish 04:52:05
24953 7744 1398 TM McCabe, Trish (GBR) 56081 40-44 Finished Finish 04:47:21
24226 16806 764 » Taylor, Graham (GBR) 56082 55-59 Finished Finish 04:44:31
29280 9793 825 » Mills, Tracey (GBR) 56083 50-54 Finished Finish 05:07:05
33716 21655 484 » Modaher, Jasvir Singh (GBR) 56084 60-64 Finished Finish 05:35:22
19169 5288 975 » Matthews, Laura (GBR) 56085 40-44 Finished Finish 04:24:30
18480 13471 1324 ST Taylor, Stephen (GBR) 56086 50-54 Finished Finish 04:21:49
24396 16903 767 JL Lennon, John (GBR) 56089 55-59 Finished Finish 04:45:09
18976 5215 688 » Turner, Kimberley (GBR) 56091 45-49 Finished Finish 04:23:45
6237 5408 863 IH Haylock, Ian (GBR) 56092 45-49 Finished Finish 03:29:36
25897 17730 817 » Singh, Jagjit (GBR) 56093 55-59 Finished Finish 04:51:34
26322 8349 1076 SA Ayers, Sarah (GBR) 56094 45-49 Finished Finish 04:53:15
20292 14517 283 NF Frediani, Neil (GBR) 56095 60-64 Finished Finish 04:28:46
26959 8659 4849 » Meadows, Sian (GBR) 56097 18-39 Finished Finish 04:55:55
19451 5418 485 GS Sheward, Guilaine (GBR) 56098 50-54 Finished Finish 04:25:36
20875 6008 188 LC Chamberlin, Lesley (GBR) 56099 55-59 Finished Finish 04:31:02
20295 5776 1077 ML Lepherd, Michelle (GBR) 56100 40-44 Finished Finish 04:28:46

* The names in the table should be active links to the VMLM website to show details of each runners race.


MdS Race Report

The week before the London Marathon Piers Keenleyside completed the Marathon Des Sables.  He has written an extensive report of the experience - on the website - and some extracts here:

The 7th of April 2017 came round very quickly and I was on the plane to Ouarzazate a city south of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, known as a gateway to the Sahara Desert. From there we had a four and half hour coach journey into the desert to the first bivouac from where the race would start 36 hours later.

MdS CampsiteThe size of the MdS means that a huge amount of effort and logistical planning is required to make it happen. With around 1200 runners and 700 volunteers and paid staff over 300 tents are needed to house everyone and provide covered space for a medical centre, communications and a canteen/kitchen to feed the staff and volunteers. At the end of each race stage the whole camp has to be taken down loaded into trucks and then unloaded and erected at the next bivouac ready for the arrival of the first runners early the same afternoon.

For the full 7 days of the event you need to carry all your food, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, stove etc and mandatory safety equipment such as signalling mirror, compass and an anti-venom pump!

Stage One (30.3k) - Despite the ease of the terrain {relative to later stages} I had a very bad day and in the final few kilometres of the stage I became rather ill with dehydration and/or heat stroke...but shortly after I crested a sand dune and could see the horseshoe shape of the next camp about 2 km across a flat desert plain – I suddenly felt a whole lot better!

Stage Two (39k) - On the first day I was taking a salt tablet every hour and I now upped this to one every half hour and then two every half hour after 2pm. I also made a conscious effort to drink a bit more – sometimes difficult when the water is so warm! And finally to avoid some of the hottest weather of the day I would rest in the shade of a tent, for half an hour or so, when reaching the first checkpoint after midday. This seemed to work and I had no further issues with the heat over the following days - even when the temperature often peaked in the high 40 degrees Celsius out in the desert when there was little wind!

MdS RidgeStage Three (32km) – what it lacked in distance was made up by a very varied and difficult terrain. On leaving the bivouac we had some small sand dunes to negotiate before crossing a flat plain that seemed to be a dried up lake. We then arrived at a range of rocky mountains (jebels) that we had to climb and then run along the very rocky ridge for a kilometre or so before dropping down, via a steep stretch of sand and rocks using a fixed rope, into a valley to arrive at the first { ! } checkpoint of the day.

Stage Four (86k) - the long double marathon stage, and the one that most people, including myself, dread.  There was a very generous 35 hour cut-off time for the stage so, providing I did not have an accident or succumb to the heat, I was fairly confident I would finish it and actually get some rest on the official rest day! The main worry for me was how many big blisters would I get!

There were 7 checkpoints spread over the route – one every 11 or 12km. We started at 8:15am and I stopped at the second checkpoint at about 12:30am for about 30 minutes to get some shade and eat my lunchtime snacks. I also approached the medical team as my shoulders, which had started aching on day 1 from the weight of my backpack, were killing me! They gave me a couple of paracetamol based tablets with strict instructions not to take the second until six hours after the first. They must have been strong because they actually worked quite well and soon I was able to progress at a brisk walk and even a slow jog without flinching. I carried on to checkpoint 4 where I stopped to cook and eat an evening meal of chicken korma and rice. This somehow took me an hour and twenty minutes – still I was not worried - all I wanted to do here was get to the end and receive an MdS finishers medal! Before leaving the checkpoint I also took a couple of Pro-Plus caffeine tablets (never done this before) to try and ensure I did not fall asleep on my feet during the long night ahead.

The course during the day was much easier than the previous day and during the night the route was also quite easy – quite flat and not too rocky. The worst of it was small dunes and then some quite soft sandy flat ground to cross. After 7pm we all had to have our head torches on and hang a yellow glow-stick on our backpacks or risk time penalties.

Eventually I could see the lights of the finish area and sprinted the last 100 metres to overtake a couple more people and crossed the line at 4:50am. I quickly found my tent and got into my sleeping bag to try and sleep. After less than an hour the sun began to rise.

Stage 5 (42k) - After a full day and night of rest it was the last day of racing with an exact 42.2km marathon distance stage. As with the long stage 4 this route was also quite easy with several flat firm plains to be crossed and just small sand dunes or low rocky hills in between. I made quite good progress and thought that I might climb up the rankings a bit – the trouble was that everyone else also found it easier as well so I hardly moved at all! Later that afternoon it was great to see Duncan Slater the double amputee complete the MdS after failing last year and having the determination and drive to have another go!

Stage Six - The final stage on Saturday morning did not count towards the overall finish positions but had to be done or you would be disqualified from the final rankings. It was only about 8km and all across some sandy dunes which were almost orange in colour. Hardly anyone ran – the idea was that we should all complete it roughly together.

After finishing the stage we boarded coaches and were transported back to Ouarzazate. We than had two nights in a 5 star hotel, the Berbere Palace with buffet breakfasts and evening meals where we could eat as much as we wanted to try and regain all the weight we had lost in the course of running across the Sahara. Possibly the best part of the hotel experience was having a shower and a shave for the first time in over 8 days!

And finally a note about my 18th London Marathon (and 130th marathon/ultra): It turns out that finishing a steady Marathon Des Sables the week before the London Marathon is the ideal taper! I finished Sunday’s London Marathon in 3:23:18 - my best time in over 3 years and my 8th fastest of all time. And most of the faster ones were done 20 years ago. Had a really good run - enjoyed running on tarmac again without a backpack!

Piers Keenleyside


Three Forts Marathon 30th April 2017

I did the Three Forts Marathon (actually 27.2 miles with a bonus mile!) over the South Downs on Sunday and given the amount of ascent / descent (around 3,500ft) I was pretty happy to finish in 4:55:53. It was a tough, but scenic course and fortunately I finished just before the heavens opened. Scanning the results afterwards I spotted an Ealing Eagle just behind me, call Piers. Apparently there’s more than one Piers in the Eagles!!

Ian Cunningham


Club parkrun results for Saturday 29th April

Steve's away so some results and volunteer efforts may have been missed...

parkrun position G.position parkrunner club time comment
Bushy 158 150 Andrew William JORDAN British Airways AC 00:21:25
Bushy 610 506 John COFFEY British Airways AC 00:26:06
Bedfont Lakes 27 27 Chris EVANS British Airways AC 00:22:33
Bedfont Lakes 51 49 Scott DAVISON British Airways AC 00:23:45
Bedfont Lakes 159 124 John LENNON British Airways AC 00:29:22
Bedfont Lakes 161 36 Trish MCCABE British Airways AC 00:29:28
Bedfont Lakes 209 147 David DUGGAN British Airways AC 00:31:59 Volunteer - 32 minute pacer
Reading 36 34 Christopher T KELLY British Airways AC 00:20:12
Guildford 332 227 Joe NOLAN British Airways AC 00:29:45
Kingston 66 62 Ian COCKRAM British Airways AC 00:23:26
Kingston 105 21 Caroline COCKRAM British Airways AC 00:25:43
Brunstone 312 89 Sarah GORDON British Airways AC 00:30:55
Rickmansworth 196 123 Tony BARNWELL British Airways AC 00:32:24
Gunnersbury 1 1 Joe GILBERT Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC 00:17:30
Gunnersbury 257 163 Piers Keenleyside Ealing Eagles 00:27:35
Gunnersbury 375 246 Alan ANDERSON British Airways AC 00:31:32
Harrogate 231 189 Neil FREDIANI British Airways AC 00:26:53
Riddlesdown 124 89 Steve WAITE British Airways AC 00:28:00 First parkrun (though Steve has been a member since before parkrun started)
Crane Park 33 1 Jennifer DARLING Stragglers 00:23:12
Woodley 225 174 Alan FRIAR British Airways AC 00:27:34
Fletcher's Cove (Washington, USA) 34 29 Roderick HOFFMAN British Airways AC 00:26:11 New parkrun for the club
Ormeau (Belfast) 247 60 Benita Scaife Maidenhead AC 00:29:59  
Ormeau (Belfast) 248 168 John Scaife Maidenhead AC 00:29:59
Peterborough 447 141 Janet Smith Datchet Dashers 00:33:21 Just three seconds outside her pb (and the clubs)
Rushmoor 28 25 Paul Watt Woking AC 00:21:16
Rushmoor 53 8 Julie Barclay Woking AC 00:22:17
Harrow Denis Foxley Volunteer
Harrow Joan Foxley Volunteer

With Steve away and all of the Marathon results I had been hoping for a quiet week on the parkrun results side.  But not to be - and I didn't help, running my third US parkrun!  There are now nine parkruns in the USA (including Roosevelt Island which was only 1k from my chosen hotel...but didn't operate on Saturday due to another event).  They are expecting to get into double figures very soon.  They may set up their own "most events" tourist group perhaps in conjunction with parkrun Canada.

Ormeau parkrun in Belfast this morning. It had escaped my notice that BFS parkruns start at 0930 and we duly pitched up at 0850 to find the start area deserted. Luckily a group of local runners who had just finished their session but who were not staying for the parkrun explained the non-standard timing, without which we would probably have run back to the city centre (an easy 20 mins) somewhat bemused. Benita pleased to dip under 30 mins on a far from flat course.

John Scaife

I had to be in Guildford on Saturday so I did the parkrun there as a tourist....I thought I may see Alistair H there as I believe he is often volunteering but seems he was having a week off ! Anyway, very friendly team and runners there, even if the two lap course was rather hilly for me ! I walked from the car park with a guy (probably about 30) who was doing his first ever parkrun, having only started running during the week before ....2k on the Monday, 3k on the Wednesday, and 4k on the Thursday - gave him a quick summary of what parkrun was all about but he then had the cheek to beat me by 2mins ! Afterwards he said he thoroughly enjoyed it and addicted already .....very infectious, this parkrun thing !

Joe Nolan

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun stats (not updated)

If you want to promote a special parkrun then let Steve or I know.


 Tom's Diary

A busy week returning to a little more serious racing  for Paul Watt/Julie Barclay checking injury/niggles are on the mend and disappeared for good.

On Wed. 26th April visiting relations in Hampshire both entered the Lakeside 5k in Portsmouth, a monthly series of 5 thro’ the summer.  A nice flat course although it happened to be raining and Julie's regular windy conditions.  Both pleased with their times and more pleased all systems went well.

Paul was 5th over50 in 21:34 2nd fastest this year, and Julie was 3rd over50 in 22:00 her fastest since the WARR runway 5k (Chicago).

Sat. 29th both returned to their local Rushmoor parkrun that was celebrating it’s 3rd year with cakes and sausage rolls (AFTER the run). Paul was slightly up from Wednesday, running 21:16 in 28th place and Julie was 53rd slightly down in 22.17 (Julie said it was windier).

Sun. 30th  They popped along to Frimley for the Hospital 10k.  I went along as cheer leader.  The action started at 9.30 with 400 to 500 children from about 3 years old to 15ish.  They ran 2k, the enjoyment they had was nothing to compare with the enjoyment grans, granddads, mums and dads had.  A brilliant hour and 4 BA members were there to make sure the kids got their little prizes as they finished - namely Graham, Mark, John Taylor and Marian.  They were there at 8.00am till 12.00 well done.

Paul had another very good run to finish in 44:50  and Julie in 45:59 (and we don’t count any seconds) both pleased with their hard week of trying to give their niggles a good test. [These time are not official].

Julie was just beaten by Runneymede Runner Sally Stubbs for the Vets prize.  So the return run is this coming Wednesday when they both meet again at the Speedbirds 5k.

Tom Rowley

Ed: Tom will be helping set the course on Wednesday.  I don't for one moment imagine that he'll set it so that it favours Julie over Sally.  But I will run round the course beforehand just in case!


 Alice and Roderick at OsterleyRoderick, Alice or David Caulthard?  Who is your money on?

Don't forget that Alice Banks and Roderick Hoffman are both running the Wings for Life World Run on May 7th from Cambridge. This is the event where we have a thirty minute head start, and then David Coulthard starts chasing us down in a car. If we run a consistent 30 minute parkrun pace then we can expect to be caught at 15k. Were we to run a consistant 21 minute parkrun pace then we'd make nearer 48k!

All the expenses are covered by Red Bull and other sponsors so 100% of our personal entry fees and all donations go towards research into Spinal Injuries and cures. Roderick has challenged Alice to run further than he does (though seeing our result at Osterley parkrun last week Alice looks a better bet).  Commit to us your sponsorship...

Roderick: https://fundraising.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/{roderick}

Alice: https://fundraising.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/{Alice}


Running Shorts

The final Street-O of the year is on Tuesday 8th May at Wimbledon - using the Hand in Hand pub with runs starting between 18:30 and 19:30. http://slow.org.uk/streeto/wimbledon-street-o-tuesday-9-may/


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