BA Athletics Club News Digest 3rd February 2014
Saturday 8th February - Surrey Cross-Countries - Ladies Lloyd Park,
/ Men Newlands Corner, Guildford 15:00.
Wednesday 12th February - Club In-house Event Heartthrob Hash/Pokerchase
- Concorde Club 18:00 onwards.
Wednesday 26th February - Run of the Month 5 Mile Handicap followed
by Club Annual Awards Evening - Concorde Centre from 18:00
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:
Running related gossip and chat: Facebook "BA Runner" (link:
This news digest is being sent to you because you are on the BA Athletics Club email
list. To be removed please email us at
viewing this email? Read it off the website instead -
Saturday's Cross Country Reminder -
Ladies Lloyd Park, Croydon 12:00 / Men Newlands Corner, Guildford
I know that the ladies are well prepared for their trip to Lloyd Park but
more would always be welcome -
details of the event and contact
who is coordinating the team in Clara's absence.
And for the men - over to Gary...
Round-the-Block 28th January 2014 Results
The weather was surprising kind on the day. 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 was this year's winner in a time of 19:45. He was 40
seconds ahead of Chris Kelly (20:25), who is in serious training and ran down
from the Amadeus HQ, did the event and then ran back to get in a few more miles!
In 3rd place was Simon Turton in 21:31. Good to see Simon back running
regularly again. Unfortunately there were no ladies taking part this year, which
also meat no teams.
Thanks to Brian Forrester & Paul Brandon for their timekeeping and on the
day coordination. Thanks to Paul Brandon for his First Aid support, which
thankfully nobody needed, and special thanks to Tom Rowley for his marshaling
duties on route on his birthday! And finally thanks to all of the
participants for turning out and raising funds for the White Lodge Charity.
The 'Round the Park' race is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 9th September
2014, so don't forget to put the date in the dairy. Details will be
announced nearer the time.
January Winter Handicap Result - Wednesday 29th Jan 2014.
The 4th of 6 in the winter series 5M handicap, and the first in 2014 took
place on a wet rainy evening in late January. The timekeepers spent as much time
as possible indoors taking shelter while the 11 hardy runners not deterred by
the weather were out getting wet, this included our first lady runner of the
series so far. With the cold damp weather only 4 of the 11 bettered their most
recent run time, and those all by less than 30 seconds. The much warmer and
drier lounge annex awaited where the usual drinking eating and
gossip discussions took place.
||Clock at finish
||Time gap from handicap
||Points this month
||Next Start time
Club family parkrun results for 1st February
|BA Family & Friends
||run #50, Wellington, NZ
||park #17, club park #89
||having a slow week!
||park #65, club park #90
Six women we follow ran this week including Alice Banks at her third venue in
three weeks - and the ladies rank well in the table above. Last week Richard
posed the question of where he would be running and given the clues Steve Newell
guessed Walsall Arboretum and Roderick Hoffman guessed Kingsbury Water. So
Richard fooled both of us and dead-heated with Natalie at Wolverhampton.
With Roderick also running at Brighton the club family have now experienced
90 different parkruns (not including Lower Hutt in New Zealand since we
currently classify Tim as a friend not family). We are roughly averaging a
new parkrun every week so the Club 100 is in sight. What we thought would
be good is a sprint across the finish line by getting the total up to about 95
and then have several of us (i.e. more than 5) doing new parkruns all on the
There is a map here showing in Yellow the runs that are still available -
there are many reachable in East London - Lloyd Park for instance where the
Ladies are doing the Cross Country on Saturday. And lots of choice further
afield. "When will this be?" you ask. If I were to float the date of
Saturday 15th March who would be up to the challenge?
Let Roderick and/or
Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell - Parkrun stats:
Wings For Life World Run on Sunday May 4th...
Something different for those who can for those who can't...
There are around 40 locations worldwide including Silverstone in the
UK. The events will be simultaneous - start local time 11am in
the UK, 3am California, 9pm in Auckland (borrow a club
head-torch). Back to the UK this is NOT a cheap one (£40) but 100%
of the entry fee will be spent on spinal cord research projects - the
running of the UK event is funded by Red Bull.
The course includes the Silverstone track and will extend into the
countryside and the event is a chase so the distance will vary according
to how fast you run - if you run 6min kms then you can expect to run
15k before you are caught, 5min kms then you'll need to
keep going for 27k! Want better value? Run at 4min pace and the
event will cost you £1 per mile or 3:49 pace for 50p per km. Check out the website for details and
entry...I've entered so let me know if you'll be there too (we may be
able to share transport). May the 4th be with
PS I managed to read the Terms & Conditions. You are not
allowed to enter if you live in Quebec - I googled this to find out why
and I think it is probably because the time, paperwork and fees
necessary to comply with Quebec’s contest laws outweigh the benefits of
opening the event to Quebec residents. I'm glad I don't live in Quebec!
Photo caption competition
Piers Keenleyside (29) and Daniel (6). Captions please - just for fun, no
prize - either email
firstname.lastname@example.org or add the caption to
the facebook page. Best (printable) entries next week.
Heston Pool - "A gem in the heart of Heston" (ref LB Hounslow
After 77 years Heston swimming pool is closing on Friday 14th
February. The current building is to be demolished and a
replacement pool is promised for November 2015. It'll be sad to see it go BUT let's
be honest - a major refit has been required throughout the 30 plus years
club members have been using the pool for triathlon training and
fitness! The facility will be open until 6pm on its last day and
an all day party is being promoted.
News for the next BAAC News Digest?
Please send items for inclusion in the
next Digest. Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send it to us at