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BA Athletics Club News Digest 3rd June 2013
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Concorde Five Runners and Marshals
The Concorde Five is this Sunday at the Concorde Centre with the Marshals' briefing shortly after 09:00, the Kids Race from 10:00 and the Concorde Five from 10:30.
The good news is that I have the minimum number of marshals which means that I can plan to marshal all of the key points on the course. That doesn't mean that I wouldn't welcome more marshals - there are several secondary points where a marshal will help the event so please offer your time and support if you can - no previous experience necessary: Roderick Hoffman. I will be contacting volunteers within the next couple of days to propose their marshalling positions.
Please continue to promote this event to friends and family members.
Change of Club In-house Event for Wednesday June 12th
Please note that we have changed our plans for this date. We had been due to do a "Freedom Run" of the Crane Park parkrun BUT this was to be championed by Eddie Giles who is unable to make it due to his recent injury. Steve Newell, another of our parkrun regulars, is also unable to make it. For that reason we thought it best to postpone this idea until later on in the year when Eddie for one is able to attend.
So instead we have a treat in store at the Concorde Centre. Yes it is a free food evening and there is also the possibility of having some cake. But those able to may be challenged to earn their supper by partaking in a running fitness session on and over the Concorde Centre field from 18:00. This will be organised by Joe Nolan using ideas developed from his recent "Leader in Running Fitness" course (as discussed with us at the previous club evening). There may be further details in next week's digest but for now we should all look forward to something different!
Club Featured parkrun Saturday 1st June Wormwood Scrubs Result and Write-up
Six of us made it to Wormwood Scrubs and we managed to arrive almost simultaneously by different means - Brian and myself in our own cars and Chris with Mia and Alan F in Chris' economical & ecologically sound taxi and Alan A and Steve on their even more economical and ecologically sound bicycles. Typically with parkrun tourism we then had to wait twenty minutes for any locals to turn up - but there were 52 in total ready for a prompt start at 9:00. In the run what we lost in quantity we made up for with quality. In finishing third Chris not only achieved the age category record for the course but also got his best ever parkrun time beating his previous best from Gunnersbury by a single second. Mia, running with him, probably achieved the canine best also. In fact if parkrun recorded canine times then Mia would probably be the record holder at a number of different parkruns. Hats off to Brian though for also getting his age category record - Brian now holds this title at eleven different parkruns!
Steve and I both beat our previous Wormwood times by considerable margins but it was considerably drier and, in my case, the course was definitely shorter than the previous time I ran it (though that only accounted for some of my improvement). I have to confess that there was nearly a three BA runner pile-up at the third corner of the course. Steve and Alan were only just behind me when a shapely woman runner dressed in black with a red top choose to take off her top as she cut the corner. I was distracted enough to slow down and nearly cause the pile-up. Fortunately I didn't have to phone my insurance company about the incident.
Six other club family runners made it to other parkruns last Saturday and the details are in Steve Newell's stats. Some other nuggets from those Stats:
The next Club Featured parkrun is due to be on July 13th at Richmond but plans are subject to change.
Track & Field Update
Eddie Giles is continuing his recovery from a serious hamstring tear and badly broken wrist. He wishes us well for the rest of the summer season, and hopes to be at our next Vets event, our home fixture on Monday June 10th at Uxbridge track. This will be a low key, enjoyable evening competing against Hillingdon and other London clubs, with events grouped in V35, V50 and V60 categories. Come and join us from 18:30 - competitors and helpers are both welcome!
Prior to this, on Wednesday June 5th, we will be competing in the third round of the Rosenheim League competition at Ewell Court. Events start at 18:45, and all are welcome. We have got off to a strong start - good turnouts will hopefully see us into the grand final in August! See you there.
BUPA 10K Marshalling Thanks
I would like to say a big THANK YOU to every one of you for helping out
yesterday on what was a fairly cool and blustery, albeit sunny in parts, day.
Please can you pass on my thanks to your family and friends who have helped
yesterday as I do not have emails for every one of them.
Thank you all once again, and hope to see you at another of our events soon.
100 Mile Race Achievement
Over the Bank Holiday weekend Piers Keenleyside had his sixth attempt at completing a one hundred mile event. This was the Camel-Teign LDWA 100 Race which started on the River Camel at Wadebridge and crossed Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor to finish in Teignmouth over mostly off-road paths with some serious ups and downs and few course markers. And what was unique and special about this sixth attempt was that Piers succeeded in completing the course finishing in 66th place out of 477 starters in a time of 32 hours and 11 minutes. There are some members of this club who like to get value for money - they might like to consider this event next year - Piers points out that for the £60 entry fee you get two days food and you don't need accommodation for the night. The first four competitors managed the finish in just under 24 hours. Many competitors barely broke 48 hours and over 100 didn't finish. Results Event Details
Pier has written a full and entertaining report which can be downloaded from the website by clicking here.
You're all mad apart from me and my monkey
But I'm not qualified to throw the first stone. The other Sunday whilst Piers was coming towards the end of his one hundred mile challenge I was doing an eleven mile training run around a loop including the stretch of the Grand Union Canal near where I live. I caught up with someone who was walking but dressed for running and with a running number on his back. The running number was headed "Birmingham to London". I kept him company for about a mile of the way - alternately walking and jogging. It turns out he was currently lying in third place in the Grand Union Canal 145 mile race and had about nine miles left to go. Checking the results it would appear that he was David Rowe and he finished in a total time of 31 hours and 10 minutes. He therefore averaged 13 minute miles - for comparison purposes I averaged over 11 minute miles for my eleven miles.
PS Just because it is there doesn't mean that you HAVE to do it.
And finally for anyone who moans about poor training facilities in the UK...
We've all heard about the Kenyon marathon runners who developed their ability running twenty miles to school each day with no shoes. John Williams passes on this clip (for those with access to youtube) to show what they then did at school... https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-qTAeVGl_e8
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