BA Athletics Club News Digest 3rd August 2015
Thursday 6th August - Magic Mile, Bath Road at 12:45
Monday 10th August - Track & Field Grand Prix 200m and Discus at Hillingdon
Track from 18:00
Wednesday 19th August - Cranford Park Relay and BBQ - see below
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Wednesday 19th August - Cranford Park Relay and BBQ
Joe Nolan is taking responsibility for the relay and will probably throw in
some exercises around the event so you might not get bored waiting for your team
mates. All are welcome, we'll try to put everyone in to equally matched
teams. The leg distance is about 3k or 2 miles.
Afterwards there is to be a BBQ at the Heston Venue (Concorde Centre as was).
The food will be complementary for all members and potential members*
who sign up in advance. So you need to sign up in advance! And tell
us what your food preference is. The main choice is between a Beef Burger
in a bap with cheese and fried onions or a Falafel and Spinach burger in the bap
with cheese and fried onions. There will also be salad and coleslaw and
either Lemon Tart or chocolate fudge cake.
So click on the link to send me an email and tell me if you are likely to
run, if you want to come to the BBQ and your choice of meat or veg berger.
* If we have a large number of potential
members attend we'll be delighted but we might need to charge a nominal fee to
help cover costs. Also the Heston Venue do charge an entry fee of about £1.50
for non-members. But please don't let this put you off!
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Ruffell Runaround Outcome
On Wednesday 29th July Richard paced out a 100 meter course (so 200m out and
back) and a 150 meter course (300m out and back) and divided us into three teams
each of which had to cover 12k with two of the three running at all times - with
the other grabbing a quick breather before setting off again. The biggest
challenge was on the marshals who had to try to work out which of the teams got
to 12k first. But afterwards Richard said that that wasn't the point -
what would really tell would be how much faster we would run parkrun at the
weekend. So here are those results...
||Reigate Priory / Fulham Palace
||124 second improvement (but Fulham has a reputation for being a fast
||Highbury Fields / Gunnersbury
||61 seconds faster (and I think of Highbury as being a fast course)
||Aldenham / Maidenhead
||3 seconds slower
||Gunnersbury / Gunnersbury
||14 seconds slower
||Black Park (27June) / Wycombe Rye
||37 seconds slower - but Wycombe is probably slower than Black Park.
||Reading / Reading
||152 seconds slower. Perhaps he was the 25 minute pacer - or pacing a
friend to a PB.
We had all thought that it was a good intensive session - I personally found
that on ever leg I did I was chasing down Steve Newell but even after the legs
on which I'd overtaken him I'd still find him ahead of me at the start of the
next leg. But from Steve Newell's point of view he was clearly getting
less recovery time AND he always had me breathing down his neck.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 1st August 2015
|1st August 2015
||Still holds the highest club grade at Maidenhead with 73.66%
||club course record time, park #44
||first ever parkrun
||Alice Holt Forest
||course pb, club record
||run #6, pb
||2015 parkrun pb
||445th out of 675
||Gunpowder 104, others nil
||59th out of 95
||tailrunner, run #150
||run director and results
||Run report writer
July 2015 may have been a Blue Moon month in UK (two full moons observed at
Greenwich) but August will be a five parkrun month, arguably far more important.
The next Blue Moon is not expected until January 2018, followed by another in
March 2018, so we could get quite blasť about them, not really that rare at all.
Then another gap of over two years till 2020.
Chris Kelly seems destined to
make it a good month and now expects to run his 250th parkrun on 22nd. He
is now on 247.
The best performances this week were at Maidenhead where
Richard Ruffell (21:21) became the first BA man to run faster than Alice Banks
(25:58, course pb 25:15). John and Benita Scaife were on timekeeping duty
at the finish.
Alan Anderson remains the only 80 year old to run at
Gunnersbury and he was close to a 2015 best this week with 28:47. Piers
Keenleyside (22:36) and Steve Newell (30:16) had their best outings at
Gunnersbury this year. Kerstin Luksch who is leading the female points
table again had a relaxing week as tail end sweeper.
Roderick Hoffman had
a quickish outing at Fulham Palace (24:31) just one second quicker than Denis
Foxley at Harrow.
Our old friend Petra Otto (30:56) was also at Harrow making
her very first appearance at a parkrun. Denis points out that Petra had come
down from Peterborough where she now lives and that her performance was "All
the more impressive as she is still recovering from a broken ankle which she
suffered when she fell during a run in April."
James Glover scored with a pb
(24:46) at Alice Holt Forest and that is a new club record. Kimberley
Turner also recorded a pb (26:40) at Chichester.
At Bedfont Lakes, Scott
Davison (22:30) and Neil Frediani (26:10) were in action under the watchful eye
of Caroline Cockram (run director and results processor) and David Duggan
(report writer). Former member Gill Westbrook (28:47) clearly enjoying the
school holidays ran for the second consecutive week. She is now with
And finally, whatever happened to parkrun founder Paul
Sinton-Hewitt's efforts to keep under the radar for his 250th run. Well
his team staged a surprise appearance at Worcester for him. He placed 13th out
545 in 19:28 (78.25%) so it was a good day out. His baby is in good health.
Updated club parkrun stats:
I was at Fulham Palace to celebrate the 100th parkrun and 100 tourist parkrun
of a parkrun friend Gregory Bailey. Gregory had chosen the venue believing
it to be fast and managed to do a parkrun PB on his 100th run (22:24). I've done
some analysis of the times run by the 48 parkrunners who, like Gregory and I, have
done 100 different parkruns. This shows that 4 of us (me, Gregory and two
others) have done our best times at Fulham BUT none of the other 29 who have run
at Fulham have done a particularly fast time there. 47 of the 48 had
visited Bushy and 7 had done their best time there and many others had done
one of their top ten times there also. So Fulham can be fast...but doesn't have
Another incident to report is that all of the group with
Gregory had remembered to bring a barcode...but Gregory's partner had
accidently bought a spare one of his rather than hers! That nearly
disrupted BOTH of their results but fortunately they spotted the mistake
and the Run Director allowed a correction for the missing barcode.
The moral remains #DFYB! "don't forget YOUR barcode!"
British Masters Results
British Masters Athletics Fed-Outdoor - Organization License
Outdoor Championships - 25/07/2015 to 26/07/2015
Event 17T M45 1500 Meter Run
Event 7F W50 Hammer Throw
||Ingrid van Dijk
Event 27F W50 Weight Throw
||Ingrid van Dijk
Event 37F W50 Discus Throw
So congratulations to Adrian and Janet on their victories over the best in
Britain. They are both now in Lyon representing Britain at the World
Masters. Both have BAAC as their second claim club.
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