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BA Athletics Club News Digest 1st September 2014
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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml.
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Club In-house Event - Monopoly Diamond Event - Wednesday 27th August - Results
This team race was held at the Concorde Club on August 27th. Team members started from “GO” (the Concorde Club), ran to the “Free Parking” of their choice (a round trip distance of distance of 0.8km, 1.6km or 2km) and returned to “GO” with a Property card or Chance card. Unlimited runs were allowed, and the team holding the highest value at the end of forty minutes would be declared the winner. Paddy, Paul and Steve Hillier manned the three Free Parking spots, while Brian and Linda Hillier gathered the spoils of the runners at “GO”.
On a humid evening all 17 runners worked very hard, with competitors having to be given houses, hotels and even virtual hotels to satisfy their thirst for property. In the end, the youthful Scotty Dogs team were narrow winners: The Holmans and their adopted son Chris Kelly came out on top.
Prizes were awarded from the Community Chest in the clubhouse after the event. Thank you to everyone who helped or competed. We are pleased to report that no-one went to Jail.
Steve and Linda Hillier
PS The winning team relied heavily on one member carrying the slowest member of the team throughout. This appears to be a successful ploy. Could this tactic be used by our men's cross country team in the forthcoming Surrey League matches? Just an idea.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 19th July
* This week I've ranked people by how close they were to the grade of the winner in their gender at that parkrun. This should take into account the fact that each parkrun is different. So big congratulations to Alan Anderson for showing the youngsters in the club a clean pair of heels.
The club's women runners are in the limelight this week with Kerstin Luksch setting a club best (F) at Osterley (24:37) and Daniela Mayerova, likewise at Hampstead Heath (29:37). Janet Smith clocked her best time of the year at Black Park (33:24).
Chris Kelly, on one of his trips 'up North' dropped in at Bramhall Park (19:57) and beat the time previously set by Ray Hampton. Meanwhile Ray was over at Woodbank (27:33).
Roderick and Steve Newell visited Crystal Palace Park, just over the fence from the National Recreation Centre and notched up the 126th different parkrun for the club. It is a challenging course which seems to include about two miles of uphill in the 5km with the finish being slightly higher that the start! The event notes mention 41m of climb on each of the two laps.
The club has now appeared in the results in every London Borough which hosts a parkrun. Steve is planning to visit the contour free Walthamstow field for his next away day.
Steve Newell (mainly)
PS Roderick reports that the result of his run at Ecos in Northern Ireland finally made it onto the parkrun computer on the Friday! He was pleased to be given the time of 23:52, his second best, but also pleased because that he can now say that he has done parkrun in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as Ireland, Poland, South Africa and Australia. He is planning on making it ten countries/regions by the end of the year.
PPS And he reports that having done Walthamstow twice it isn't as flat as Steve's map would suggest!
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
World Airline Road Race - October 1st to 5th - Dublin
The World Airline Road Race is being held in Dublin over the weekend of October 4th/5th. The main events are 5k and 10k races on the Sunday morning in St Anne's park. Details are in the linked Newsletter issued by the organising team. We have a 25 strong BA team including some fast runners so we can expect the awards evening to get quite noisy!
The event is fully inclusive for all employees of all abilities so you are welcome to join in - see the Newsletter for details. The organisers are expecting upwards of 800 competitors from 40 or more world airlines. WARR August Newsletter
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Ealing Eagles invitation for a long run - Sunday 14th September
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