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BA Athletics Club News Digest 3rd March 2014

Forthcoming Events:

§  Thursday 6th March - Magic Mile, Bath road from 12:45

§  Saturday 8th March - Club Featured parkrun Guildford for 09:00 (details below)

§  Wednesday 19th March - Club In-house Event - "Mad March Twister"

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: Diary.shtml

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British Airways Athletics Club Awards for 2013, presented on 26th February 2014

The following trophies and awards were presented at the awards evening on Wednesday 26th February:

Special Marathon Award

Jagjit Singh Batth

For running over 100 marathons on seven continents including Antarctica and raising money for various charities, supporting young and upcoming sportspeople to fulfil themselves through sport and supporting many events including our own Concorde 5Mile.

Chairman’s Award

Roderick Hoffman

For improving club communications with the introduction of the BARunner website and the weekly news digest, provided in digital and paper forms.

Tom Mitchell Trophy

Chris Kelly

Awarded by BA Clubs to the top sportsman amongst its thousands of members.  Chris has dominated the Reading parkrun and broke three hours in the London Marathon in 2013 – very good for age. 

Alamo Trophy

Richard Ruffell

After much debate Richard has been awarded the Alamo Trophy for his participation in the Stellenbosch World Airline Road Race and attracting significant support for the team.  Or for something else.

Brian Forrester 10K Trophy

Paul Knechtl

Being the overall winner of the highly prestigious World Airline Road Race 10K.

Round The Block Trophy

Steve Newell

Competing in, planning and marshalling more key club events than any other members – and for the second year running.  We would be a poorer club without him.

Men’s Track and Field

Gary Rushmer

Competing strongly in the Rosenheim League and our new campaign, the Vets League, including running outstanding times over 800m, 1500m and 3000m.    He won the most of our own Grand Prix events, not only on the track, but also triumphing in his new speciality, the Triple Jump. 

Men’s Cross-Country Trophy

John Taylor

A narrow winner in what this year was a highly competitive event – calculated taking into account of age, appearances and placings in the cross-country league.

Ladies Cross-Country Trophy

Marion Woodhouse

Achieving more for the club through appearances and placings than our other ladies - despite strong challenges from Helen and Mel.

Most Improved Athlete

Roderick Hoffman

Now running faster in his fifties than he ever did in his forties - cutting his typical 5k times from 30 minutes to 25 minutes and five mile handicap time from 49 to under 40 - thanks in part to a two stone weight loss.

Female Athlete of the Year

Helen Smith

A constant presence in the ladies cross country team, and a regular competitor at our in-house events and Runs of the Month. 

Male Athlete of the Year

Steve Hillier

Regular attendance at our Track and Field events and establishing the club in the London Vets League by being undefeated in the hammer competitions over two matches.

Veteran’s trophy

John Coffey

Back from a difficult period to show his determination to run well, despite everything that has been thrown at him.

Well done to everyone mentioned above AND to everyone else who was in the running for one of these awards and anyone who succeeded with their own personal running goals.

Fuller details of the reasons for each award are available on the website:

parkrun update for Saturday 1st March

No space for a results table this week partly because it would have been an extra big table with 19 family members involved in parkruns last Saturday including seven ladies.  Both the total and the number of ladies may be records for the club.  Alastair Heslop was not one of them – perhaps he was fitting in some secret training!  High spots included:

·         Congratulations to Neil Frediani for his 100th run AND getting a course PB at Bedfont Lakes.  Steve Newell did his 125th at the same venue and also got a course PB,

·         Alan Anderson for his 300th run,

·         Colin Haylock, Alice Banks and Daniela Mayerova all achieved parkrun PBs at Bushy, Woodley and Black Park respectively.

Updated parkrun stats:    Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell

Club Featured parkrun Guildford Saturday 8th March for 09:00

We've been using an 'extreme weather' course at Guildford for the last month or so, avoiding all the grass stretches as they have been very wet/muddy/standing water.  It remains to be seen if things will have dried out enough to be able to use the standard route on March 8th, but either way there will be a run and as it will be the 100th Guildford parkrun, it is quite possible that there will be a bit of a celebration afterwards.
Looking forward to seeing as many of you as can make it.  I'm all set for it to be the first time I run in it (as opposed to helping to run it).
Alastair Heslop

Try to get there in plenty of time so that we can have a BA team photograph AND try to stay afterwards for a coffee and a cake or late breakfast at the Costa Coffee in the Spectrum sports centre.  You can park in the park&ride section of the car park – sat. nav. postcode GU1 1UP.  Website details: .  If you need to know more contact Alastair or Monica Alonso. If you need a lift please ask on the BARunner facebook page.

Track Training Session – from Monday 24th February

Uxbridge track training session 24th February 2014

Photo left to right - Tom "the shining" Rowley, Eddie "hamstrings" Giles, Gary "Junior" Rushmer, Gary "not quite so junior" Rushmer, Julie "run, skip then jump from here to here" Barclay and Steve "better late than never" Hillier.  Photo credit: Roderick "making up the numbers" Hoffman.

This was a well-run training session and hopefully Tom and Julie will be willing to do some more like it in future months.

And a marathon training opportunity

Quite a few BA have asked me more about the free Datchet Dasher 20 mile marathon training event happening next Sunday 9 March as I mentioned this in my training reports and have done over the last few years.  I spoke to the DD chairman last Saturday at Parkrun who confirmed it is all on as usual - here are the details.  It is a very friendly event - no frills and just put on to help anyone - just turn up, run, enjoy and limp home straight after!


·         Sunday 9 March, 9am start, briefing 8.45am Annual Datchet Dasher 20mile mara training run (free),

·         Starts at their clubhouse: (Romney Lock Road) Windsor Home Park,

·         Loos/changing facility at club,

·         Go right the way down until you see the clubhouse on the right, park for free about 50yards beyond on the left,

·         Sign in and put predicted time and collect/wear ident ribbon/clip (very important),

·         Check out the route map which should be in the clubhouse,

·         Advertised by “word of mouth” as it goes through Windsor Park as an 'unofficial event'. Not a race - don’t wear club vests,

·         There are marshals and water stops,

·         Normally between 50-100 runners from neighboring clubs, ranging from 6 to 12+min/milers.

Hope to see a few of you there,

Cheers, Joe Nolan

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