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BA Athletics Club News Digest 2nd August 2021
For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This Week's and Future Solo Events
Please help me by sending in your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to News@barunner.org.uk. Some events will have "Prompts" set up in Facebook. These allow the posting of a single image and some text and make it easy to flip through everyone's entries.
Solo Mile (submit before Monday 16th August):
Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. I'll then produce a fancy graph showing your time this month compared to those of other people and previous runs over the last year. Alternately join us at the in-person event on Wednesday 11th August at Feltham Track with a planned start time for the mile of 18:30. Parking is straightforward, facilities are few. Or depart from the Bedfont Club at 18:10 for the 2km warm-up. This will be followed by the AGM/Awards evening with food provided.
Weekly Athletic Achievement (by midnight on Sunday) or use the Facebook group prompt:
There is only One Tom Rowley - 1927 to 2021
It is very sad to report that our dear friend and supporter Tom Rowley passed away last week. The pictures here are from the last few years - including Tom's legendary support of our ladies' cross-country team, his performance at WARR in Chicago in 2016 and his first (and only) parkrun on his 90th birthday.
We've shared Tom with Woking Athletics Club, whom he joined back in 1969 and for whom he wrote a regular newsletter (the Cockcrow) right up to January 2020. As a former BA staff member Tom has probably been a member of this club since its foundation and has had very good value from the life membership the club gave him back in 1991! Chicago wasn't Tom's first WARR - he ran the 10k in London in 1985 in 40:41. He ran in the first London Marathon and got an unofficial time of 3:02:20. The main reason that Tom doesn't feature in club records is because in 2002 he effectively challenged John Coffey to break all of his V60 performances. Tom does hold V70 records at Woking AC for all distances from 100m to the mile.
There is only one Tom Rowley, he is truly unique. He will be sadly missed, but it is very true to say that we are all better for having known him.
Let me know and I will pass on details of any service to be held for Tom and
any messages from his family.
NOW Event at Denham Country Park Wednesday 28th July report
In total there were 21 of us at Denham. Most of us enjoyed a pleasant five-mile jog around the golf courses and countryside around the Country park. Others went for a walk or just stayed in the cafe. The run was very well times with respect to the weather. It was totally dry during the run but as we ate, drank and chatted in the covered cafe there was an horrendous rainstorm - though it finished before our parking tickets expired. Thanks to Simon for organising, and for bringing the family.
The next event is likely to be on Hounslow Heath towards the end of August.
July Track-on-Field Results
I have results for me and Stephen Taylor but since this issue is busy I'll hold these over until next week - so feel free to do a late one.
Rosenheim Track and Field League
Our second match at Carshalton clashed with several other evening events, COVID pings and niggling injuries, so a small BA team produced these results:
Our next match will be at Kingston on August 18th. Please let me know if you can attend.
The Big Half 2021, Sunday 22nd August.
Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to help marshal a crossing in Greenwich. The team is almost complete, but we could do with one or two further volunteers. Transport to be provided from the Bedfont/Feltham area. Please let me know if you can help.
parkrun results for Saturday 31st July 2021
44 runners and volunteers below - get in touch if your result is missing.
The second week of post lockdown parkruns saw attendances across England and Northern Ireland grow by 20% over week one but we are still a long way behind the kind of numbers witnessed early in 2020 – for example Bushy Park (7th March 2020 – 1504, 31stJuly 2021 -1042), Bedfont Lakes (7th March 2020 – 205, 31st July 2021 – 158), Gunnersbury (7th March 2020 – 651, 31st July 2021 - 366). We had already heard that the Yeovil Montacute parkrun will not be resuming and now we’ve learned that the Fire Service College parkrun has been wound-up for “security” reasons. Tring parkrun has not been given permission to restart by the Woodland Trust and the future there is not promising. A start date for the new Church Mead parkrun, Amersham (8 miles away) has yet to be announced.
Neil Frediani (26:02) is enjoying exploring his new playground in Northumbria and made his first visit to Blyth Links where you can enjoy views of the North Sea as you run along parallel to the beach. Barry Walters still holds the club record with the 22:03 he ran there two summers ago. Piers Keenleyside (28:20) broke new ground for himself and the club by running at Chipping Norton School where parkrun only got started nine weeks before lockdown. Keith Johnson (24:42) visited Dunstable Downs for the first time, Barry Walters still holds the club record there too with 23:24 (two summers ago).
The gong for club run-of-the-week probably goes to Frankie Hogge (20:41) who achieved a pb at Reading after 46 runs stretching back over ten years. A new female club course record. Barry Walters (19:50 in 2014) is only in second place there to Chris Kelly who ran 18:40 in 2012. Chris Kelly (476 parkruns) would have earned by “500” vest by now had we lived through more normal times.
Richard Ruffell owns up to being the triathlon winner in last week's photograph:
And then this week:
BA Athletics Club Records - The Ironman
Our Full Ironman records, the most recent of these was set twenty years ago. But perhaps there are some unprocessed claims?
To qualify as a record the event has to be competitive and accurately measured and the participant has to be a paid-up member of the club and wearing a club vest (or in an in-house organised event). Members for whom BA is a second claim club may need permission from their first claim club for them to compete in a BA vest and claim the record (so the same performance cannot be claimed by two different clubs). If you know better, please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best shape possible. New records or questions: Stats@barunner.org.uk .
Roderick Hoffman obo Paul Brandon
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