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BA Athletics Club News Digest 3rd December 2012

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • Wednesday 19th December - 'Parkway Mile' from 18:00 followed by the Club Christmas Social
  • Tuesday 25th December - Christmas Day club mob parkrun @ Bushy Park (to be confirmed)
  • Saturday 12th January 2013 - Surrey League XC Men - hosted by our club in Cranford Park so all marshals needed (excluding the Ladies who have their own event at Mitcham Common)

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.

The full events diary is on the club website at: Diary.shtml.

Editorial - Healthy Communication

I believe that good communication should be a two-way street - alternately speaking and listening.  This digest goes to an email list with over 120 names on it.  If club communication was healthy then I would expect to get replies with contributions or queries from 10 to 20 percent of the membership each week.  That would ensure that the content was broad and tuned to what people want to receive. Last week just six individuals made contact and just one with a reply to my Piers Marathon question (repeated below).  Are you able to help with this issue?

Roderick Hoffman

BAAC 5 Mile Winter Handicap 29th November 2012 results

On a fairly cold (at least for the timekeepers) but dry late November evening 11 runners took to the streets of Cranford shortly after 17:00 for the second 5M handicap of the 2012/13 season. Most (though not all) runners came reasonably close to their handicap time, with Eddie Giles being closest only 4 seconds under.

28-Nov 2012 Handicap run
Time gap
from handicap
Points this
Steve Newell 49:30 49:08 00:22 9 16 49:00
Alan Anderson 48:00 44:21 03:39 1 3 44:30
Steve Taylor 40:00 39:10 00:50 5 17 39:00
Eddie Giles 38:00 37:56 00:04 11 16 38:00
Denis Foxley 39:00 37:34 01:26 3 6 37:30
Simon Turton 34:00 33:16 00:44 6 16 33:30
Richard Ruffell 34:00 33:37 00:23 8 17 33:30
Gary Rushmer 33:00 33:15 00:15 10 10 33:00
Colin Haylock 33:00 32:03 00:57 4 17 32:00
Barry Walters 33:30 31:33 01:57 2 8 31:30
Chris Kelly 31:00 31:33 00:33 7 11 31:30
Harry Wild 4 mile walk 48:03        

Adding the points to the October run we have a very close competition with 3 runners on 17 points and 3 on 16 points, see you all in December (12th, Start between 18:00 and 18:30 depending upon handicap) for the 3rd run.

Paul Brandon

Club 10k Trophy

The BAAC committee will shortly be identifying winners of club trophies for 2012. One prestigious award is the Brian Forrester 10K trophy, given to an individual who has blazed a trail for BAAC 10K running during the past twelve months.

Please could you send Steve Hillier details of your 10K running during the past year. It doesn't have to show completion of 30+ races, or a sub 30 minute time....interesting and quirky are good, too. I look forward to your messages between now and Christmas. Thanks.

Steve Hillier

Why parkrun?

i) it is run in daylight throughout the year,
ii) there are no entry fees, no commercialism and no begging charities to fend off every time you put on your running shoes - the simple joy of running has been given back to the people!
iii) an internationally recognised sensible distance (5km), accurately measured, which shouldn't lead to crippling injuries.
iv) just far enough to give you a "runners high" every week to keep you addicted
v) quite likely to be an event close to where you live to minimise travel time and cost, many parkruns are well served by public transport
vi) everybody is encouraged to volunteer to help occasionally but there is no pressure. Some people just help every week and never seem to run at all. Some people just run.
vii) you can run the same course every week if you want or try a different one if that is what you prefer. Most courses include sections of both hard and soft surfaces but are traffic free even if not guaranteed to be dog free.
viii) well developed timing system which doesn't involve timing chips and threats of fines if you lose your chip and you get sent your result within hours of the run
ix) age grading % scores come as a matter of course which raises the self esteem of older slower runners
x) meet up with old and new friends on a regular basis
xi) family friendly, run with a dog (now limited to one) or the baby in a buggy
xii) putting our public green spaces to good use early on a Saturday morning thereby helping to ensure that they remain public green spaces - and supporting the local cafes too!

Steve Newell (mainly)

Why don't you email an equivalent list for your favourite form of running?

Club Run-of-the-Month Sunday 2nd December Perivale Five - Results

POS # Time Name AG AG% Club
1st 558 26:11        
107   496   37:03   Piers Keenleyside   M50   68.59%   (Ealing Eagles, BA 2nd club)
185   421   43:55   Jasvir Singh Modaher   M50   57.86%   BAAC
190   451   44:17   Kerstin Luksch   SW   54.79%   (Unattached, now BA)
222   583   48:34   Steve Newell   M60   58.73%   BAAC
226   473   49:26   Roderick Hoffman   M50   50.15%   BAAC
238   567   51:26   Steve Hillier   M50   50.68%   BAAC

247 finishers.

Team: British Airways AC 633 Jasvir Singh Modaher (185), Steve Newell (222), Roderick Hoffman (226)    13th (of should have been there!)

Alastair Heslop

Marathon Effort - please reply

Most of you have probably met Piers Keenleyside and are aware that he has run a few Marathons in his time and also does Ultra-run events with lengths greater than that of a Marathon.

So please reply now and guess how many 25mile plus races Piers has run in over the years.  Tell me your guess...and also tell me how many such races you've done (for example I've run three).  Next week I'll publish the answer for Piers, say who came closest (excluding me and Piers!) and what our total Marathons are. Reply to me.

Retired Runners Lunch last week...

...was a very enjoyable afternoon. The sun shone, the tide came in and went out again as planned.

Present John and Judy Williams, Steve and Sue Newell, Chris Stockwell, Brian Bennett & Ian Hudson.

News for the next BAAC News Digest? (See editorial rant above).

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