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BA Athletics Club News Digest 3rd December 2018
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. Last updated: First week of October.
* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 2nd week of October) / # Club Points event.
Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club Quiz Result from November 21st
Following the club handicap event at Bedfont on November 21st, runners, families and supporters adjourned to the bar for a testing evening of quizzing. Four teams scratched their heads over some testing questions (ABBA's last UK hit? You'll be surprised!), with the Taylor family walking away with the coveted trophy.
London Marathon thanks
A small team of us were invited to represent the club at a thank you event last week. London Marathon Events Ltd, led by CEx Nick Bitel, Volunteers Manager James Quinlan and a speaker from the London Marathon Charitable Trust organisation, gave some highlights from 2018 and the year ahead.
London Marathon is staffed by 75 paid employees, but the race relies on 6,000 volunteers every year, so THANK YOU! The range of activities is huge, covering crossings, water stations, baggage and much, much more. The effort put in by the volunteers ensures that the race gets a high enjoyment score from the runners each year.
The London Marathon is the most successful charity event in the world every year. In 2018, £63.7 million was raised by participants. Since the race started in 1981, £955 million has been raised for charities, so in 2019 the £1 billion mark should be smashed!
The Virgin London Marathon will be supporting Dementia charities in 2019.
Meanwhile, the London Marathon Charitable Trust will also continue to support
facility and capital projects in London and Surrey, and providing grants, to
encourage people to get active. £8 million was spent in 2018, including a
bike trails project near our home patch in Osterley Park. Over 50,000
people have been helped by the work of the trust.
Steve Hillier, Simon Turton, Melanie Holman, Alan Friar
Club parkrun results for Saturday 1st December 2018
Parkrun is not a race but in the UK the weather was the winner this week with plenty of rain is SE England deterring parkrunners in their droves. Attendances at many parks dropped by at least 50% but our members will still out there in force. The club featured parkrun at the sometimes crowded Fulham Palace (Bishops Park) was in some ways all the more enjoyable without the congestion and it’s a pity only three members took part. Adam Moquet (17:49) lowered the club record previously held by lifelong Fulham supporter Gary Rushmer. Steve Taylor (25:10) and Steve Newell (34:21) both arrived on bikes. (photo – without bikes). The next cfp in the diary is at Black Park on 2nd February 2019.
Roderick Hoffman (28:39) completed his southern hemisphere tour in warm sunshine at Jells in eastern Melbourne taking his total onto 253 parks and the club figure edged up to 457. Readers should be reminded that this reporter will stop counting when 500 is reached.
After last week when the Woking based runners tried out the new parkrun at Brooklands this week was the turn of our regular Bedfont Lakes runners to escape from the home puddles. Maria Jovani (22:51) was the pick of the bunch this week. Chris Evans (24:21) and Scott Davison (27:01) were two out of only 90 finishers at Bedfont.
Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats
With an attendance of "only" 697, perhaps the first time ever, Bushy parkrun drops out of the top ten worldwide parkruns in terms of attendance - and slips to 13th place behind twelve South African parkruns. North Beach, with 1505 attendees, was over twice the size of Bushy! There were also more parkrunners outside the UK last Saturday than there were in the UK (though that is not the first time that has occurred). But also I've done some 'work' for the Facebook 'parkrun Statsgeek' group that shows that at each parkrun country's peak attendance, that per head of population there were more parkrunners per 1,000 population in Ireland than in the UK, and also more parkruns per 1,000 population in Ireland and Australia than in the UK.
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