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BA Athletics Club News Digest 2nd February 2015


  • Thursday 5th February - Magic Mile on the bath road at 12:45 - meet outside the gym in Waterside at 12:15
  • Saturday 7th February - Men's and Ladies Cross Country matches at respectively, Lloyd Park for 14:00 start and Farthings Downs for 12:00
  • Wednesday 11th February - Club In-house Event - Heston sports ground from 18:00 followed by social with food from 20:00

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 24th January with events to end of July.

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Cross Country Reminders

Mens: Hi guys, for the ones who haven't seen it yet, our last cross country meeting at Lloyd park on sat 7th Feb will now be starting at 2pm, not 1pm as first stated. Please be aware those of you that have not run here before, there is a small car park, so try and get there early, as there are 3 leagues running that day {Ed: Wouldn't it have been safer to have left them thinking it was a 1pm start?}.


 Gary Rushmer

Ladies: Hi Ladies

Our last match of the season is at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, on Saturday 07 Feb 2015, starting at 12:00 noon, details from the hosts attached.

For those of you who is coming along for your first XC for BA, I have spare numbers with me on the day. Please bring along some safety pins to attach the numbers to your short/vest. If you know of any others who would like try XC, do bring them along :)

As usual, I'll bring my little blue picnic table and will be on site by latest 11:15am. So if you're coming along for the first time, look out for the blue picnic table (I won't have time to collect the BA flag, sorry!).

We'll have some refreshments afterwards; tea, coffee, and snacks.

Looking forward to a good turnout, both runners and supporters!

Clara Halket  :)

Coaching Exercises

Thank you to everyone who participated in the short balancing exercise before the 5 mile handicap last week.  For those who missed this - each ‘athlete’ stood on one leg, arms at their side and moved the other leg up and out in front as far as possible for about 15 seconds, to demonstrate ability to achieve steady balance.  This was repeated standing on the other foot, extending the other leg behind.  To add some difficulty, a thick piece of foam rubber was provided under the ‘standing foot’ !  It was quite entertaining (!) to see that most wobbled about, looking very unstable.  This was an exercise identified within the UK Athletics coaching programmes for fundamental level athlete development.

The presence of movement skills is the basic building block of all physical activity, and it is essential to attain these skills as a basis for the running action.  In modern day ‘coaching speak’, the fundamentals of movement are the ‘ABCs’ (agility, balance, coordination and speed).
Most of our club members are now experienced runners, however the exercise demonstrated some shortcoming of these basics and it would be useful to revisit and redevelop these - running performance requires technique that eliminates any motion that doesn’t drive you forward.  In the case of balance, the forward motion and use of arms while running may be disguising and using effort to counteract basic balance deficiency at feet level.  Worth a thought……. I’ll be setting up a coordination basics exercise soon !

A bit of advance notice on the 11 February CIE – this will comprise a training session with warm up drills before a hill training exercise using the motorway bridge near the Club.  It will include poker card collecting similar to Steve Newell’s CIE with a prize for the winner.  Further details in next week’s digest.

Joe Nolan

Annual Round-the-Block Race, Tuesday 27th January, Results

Hi All,

The weather was surprising kind to us today. While it was a bit windy in places the sun was very welcome and warm! While the weather didn't influence a few others to join us, it didn't dampen the spirits of those there!

Gary Rushmer made it 2 wins in a row, coming home in a time of 20:23. He was almost 5 minutes in front of the 2nd placed runner Neil Frediani (25:07), who looked to have a good battle with John Coffey (25:14) right to the line. Unfortunately there were no ladies taking part this year, which also means no teams.

Position Name Time
1 Gary Rushmer 20:23
2 Neil Frediani 25:07
3 John Coffey 25:14
4 Kevin Holland 30:21
5 Alan Anderson 32:51

Thanks to Brian Forrester & Paul Brandon for there time keeping and on the day co-ordination. Thanks to Paul Brandon for his First Aid support, which thankfully nobody needed and to Tom Rowley and Dave Barnard for on route marshalling duties. And finally thanks to all of the you for turning out and raising funds for the White Lodge Charity.

The 'Round the Park' race is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 8th September 2015, so don't forget to put the date in the dairy. I will send out some more details nearer the time and it will be held at Waterside.

Paul Knechtl

Advanced Notice - Concorde Five Mile Road Race - Sunday 14th June

In last week's edition when I mentioned the Marathon Team Challenge I should of course have pointed out that our priority event that day is our very own Concorde Five Mile Road Race and the club would prefer you to offer to marshal the Concorde event or instead to run it. The Concorde Five Mile has a start time of 10:30 and the Marathon Relay 14:00 so I can see that some of you may decide to be involved in both events.

email: Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 31st January

Venue Position Family & Friends Time AgeCat Grade Gender G.Pos Club Comment Total Runs
Reading 12 Christopher T KELLY 20:53 VM45-49 70.07% M 12 British Airways AC PB stays at 00:18:40 225
Princes (Liverpool) 46 Natalie RUFFELL 22:16 SW20-24 66.47% F 7 Clapham Chasers RC PB stays at 00:21:17 32
Gunnersbury 49 Kerstin LUKSCH 22:24 SW30-34 66.52% F 6 Ealing Eagles Running Club PB stays at 00:22:21 126
Northala Fields 9 Tim HAWKES 22:42 SM30-34 57.27% M 8 First Timer! 76
Northala Fields 11 Piers KEENLEYSIDE 23:07 VM55-59 67.63% M 10 Ealing Eagles Running Club PB stays at 00:22:25 90
Bedfont Lakes 20 Scott DAVISON 23:30 VM40-44 59.43% M 19 British Airways AC PB stays at 00:21:22 108
Gunpowder 34 Tony HIRD 23:58 VM50-54 61.54% M 30 British Airways AC PB stays at 00:23:48 88
Bushy 270 Ian CUNNINGHAM 24:38 VM50-54 60.83% M 242 British Airways AC PB stays at 00:20:31 182
Black Park 182 Joe NOLAN 27:00 VM55-59 58.89% M 151 British Airways AC PB stays at 00:22:47 # Informal pacemaking 207
Northala Fields 33 Roderick HOFFMAN 28:03 VM50-54 54.31% M 25 British Airways AC PB stays at 00:24:29 144
Gunnersbury 175 Alan ANDERSON 30:09 VM75-79 68.10% M 122 British Airways AC PB stays at 00:25:51 # plus volunteer credit. 349
Richmond 233 Daniela MAYEROVA 30:39 SW30-34 48.29% F 72 British Airways AC First Timer! 22
Mt Penang 49 Benita SCAIFE 31:45 VW55-59 59.42% F 20 Maidenhead AC First Timer! 7
Mt Penang 50 John SCAIFE 31:46 VM60-64 50.47% M 30 Maidenhead AC First Timer! # New BA parkrun 8

I believe that Alastair Heslop would have been recorded as a volunteer at Guildford accept that they had a late cancellation due to ice (along with several other nearby parkruns).  The week Northala Fields cancelled late they sent in their volunteer list as normal but it confused the parkrun computer - so I don't know if Alastair and the others get their credit.

Steve's still away so apologies from me for anyone whose result or efforts have been missed or misrepresented this week. 

A new parkrun hits the table this week - the 152nd by a club family member - Mt Penang by John Scaife with Benita continuing their tour north of Sydney. John reports "Benita and I did Mt Penang parkrun in Gosford NSW this morning. An hour's drive up the Pacific Highway from Sydney, but the relatively relaxed 8am start meant we left home no earlier than for Curl Curl last week. Perfect conditions of sunny and 18 degrees, and a gently undulating two lap course, but we were a tad disappointed with our time."

Although Northala Fields was a club featured parkrun I'm glad that we didn't have a big turnout - it wasn't a good morning for driving through the snow to somewhere other than your local parkrun.  My slow time was because I was resting a sore hamstring AND making sure I was fit enough to dash from the parkrun to get onto a 12:20 Intercontinental flight.  I managed it (and had had a shower) with about twenty minutes to spare.

Next week will be Alan Anderson's 350th parkrun.

The USA has its fourth parkrun - and John Scaife reports "I note that my Maidenhead AC team-mate Michael Hiscott won the inaugural Crissy Field parkrun in San Francisco two weeks ago. Any BA runner who did the 2014 Maidenhead half marathon may recognise the name as he won that too, in a ridiculous 1:07."

Last Saturday a new parkrun started at South Oxhey near Watford and rumours continue for a Harrow parkrun soon.  Also I reported last year of a parkrun attitude problem at Wandsworth Council but I can report that that has changed - perhaps thanks to the online petition.  The latest report is "We met this afternoon with a high level group from Wandsworth and a deal is done - it is for a 12-month trial and we are now working on a course on Tooting Common: parkrun is coming to Wandsworth! Yay!!"

parkrun stats: NOT UPDATED

Roderick Hoffman

Club London Marathoners

British Airways AC will be supporting more than twenty members and friends at this year's VM London Marathon on Sunday 26th April.  The list of confirmed entrants includes:

  • Chris Chamberlain
  • Chris Kelly
  • Colin Haylock
  • Craig Priday
  • Gary Rushmer
  • Graham Taylor
  • Hannah Davison
  • Ian Haylock
  • Jagjit Singh
  • Jas Modaher
  • Jenny Reeves
  • Kimberley Turner
  • Kulbir Kaur
  • Louise Goodridge
  • Mark Turner
  • Neil Frediani
  • Paul Timms
  • Piers Keenleyside
  • Rachel Chambers
  • Robbie Stewart
  • Sam Prosser
  • Steve Taylor
  • Tracey Mills

There are bound to be others so please let us know - and if you want to publicise your target for the marathon or provide a link to a charity page then please tell us.

Give these guys your support through their training over the coming weeks, and come and cheer them on in London on Marathon day! 

Some of these marathoners will be letting us know details of their training progress in the coming weeks.  Watch this space.

Mail: Steve Hillier

Running Shorts

Joe reminds us that next Saturday is the first Saturday of the month which means that his army of pacemakers will be at work at Black Park parkrun "with pacers every minute from 20 to 33".

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