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BA Athletics Club News Digest 2nd December 2013
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Ladies Cross Country Saturday 7th December Farthing Downs, Coulsdon - for 12:00 start.
Changing facilities and refreshments are in SLH’s Clubhouse at 194a Brighton Road, Coulsdon, CR5 2NF (side of the Comrades Club). The nearest railway station to the Race HQ is Coulsdon Town on the Tattenham Corner line, although Coulsdon South station is nearer the course on the Redhill/Gatwick line. For those coming by train to Coulsdon South leave the station on the downside, i.e. gong southwards, turn left, go and past Fairdene Road then turn right into Marlpit Lane and right again into Downs Road. Anyone going to the Clubhouse should allow 15 minute walk to the course and 10 minute walk from Coulsdon South to the course. Also please note the A23 Brighton Road is a red route so you cannot park there and you cannot park on the road (Ditches Lane) which runs through the Downs, nor on the grass verges of that road. Some people use Ullswater Business Park in Ullwater Crescent CR5 2HR off Marlpit Lane to park cars.
Beddington 10k Results from 24th November
Julie and Janice are both BA staff and being coached by Tom Rowley. Tom describes the course as flat and good for comparing lap times - four laps mostly on paths.
Handicap Run 27th November - Results
It was a mild evening, at least at the start, timekeepers extremities were getting chilly by the end, on Wednesday 27th Nov 2013, and the second of the 2013/2014 winter series handicap took place. 15 participants signed up including 1 being timed on his power walk round the 4 mile course, he's over 80, that's years old not minutes round the course, so we're more than happy to see him included. The first runner to return was over 3 minutes faster than their handicap/start time, slightly unusual for the second run of the season, and of the 15 runners 9 were within 1 minute of their expected time, some quicker some not. Afterwards, most, including the timekeepers headed for the 'QPR' room for a portion of chicken and chips, and gossip.
The next 5M handicap is on Wednesday 11th December with a target of a 19:00 finish - note updated start times ahead of 19:00 listed above.
Perivale Five Sunday 1st December Results
There was a rumour that only three BAAC runners had entered this race before it closed with a full 400 entry book. The rumours turned out to be untrue with eight runners from the club. As I crossed the finishing line I heard one of the finishing officials shout out "7-2-8". I glanced down...and then turned round and corrected them with "7-2-9". So sorry Steve Hillier - I deprived you of an impressive PB! I was very pleased with my time - I predicted, accurately, that I couldn't break 40 minutes but hadn't expected to be so close and a full 9 minutes and 24 seconds faster than I had done last year. Gary also reported this to be his best five mile result - beating his 2011 time by 1 minute 22.
Perivale Five - Steve Hillier, Steve Newell, Jasvir Singh, Steve Taylor, Roderick "Movember" Hoffman. Photograph by Marion Taylor. Also running that day was the aptly named Sir Not Appearing in this Shot, Gary Rushmer, Joe Nolan and Kerstin Luksch.
Club Featured parkrun Saturday 30th November Black Park Results
Despite the fact that Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett couldn’t take
part this week as the Cinderella film set was being dismantled we still had BAAC
represented by Barry, Richard, Neil, Roderick, Steve and Joe with Janet acting
scanning volunteer. Rumours that the Taylor brothers would be appearing
were ill founded and BP regular Tony Barnwell was down in Devon. A dry
week meant excellent underfoot conditions for the 378 runners at this very
popular and scenic venue.
* This is not strictly true - a runner dressed like Barry is to be seen in some of the later photographs of the day albeit running in the wrong direction.
Club family parkrun results and stats for 30th November 2013
Ray Hampton continues the good work Up North with a run at Wythenshawe. 8 BA Family remain in chase-the-place out of 4863 nationally.
Singapore Marathon result
It was overcast and drizzling slightly when I arrived in Singapore the
Thursday before the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, so I was hopeful
marathon day would not be as hot as last year. I didn't get the chance to go out
for a practice run because of visiting relatives and shopping (for food)! That
was my excuse anyway. I did manage to meet up with Piers for dinner on a
wet Saturday evening.
Piers Keenleyside reports that he completed Sunday's
Singapore Marathon in 3:55:11 finishing in 439th place out of 12,000.
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