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BA Athletics Club News Digest 3rd September 2012

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

Tuesday 4th September    Run-of-the-Month    'Round-the-Park' Lunchtime 5k race in Cranford Park - meet in the Concorde Centre at 12:15 or Cranford Park at 12:30

Sunday 23rd September    BAAC Planesaver Track&Field Championship and Family Fun Day at Eton Track

Wednesday 26th September Club In-house Event: Brian's Relay - Concorde Centre from 18:00.  Social in the clubhouse afterwards - see also photo opportunity below.

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:

September Run-of-the-Month 'Round-the-Park' Lunchtime 5k Tuesday 4th September

This will use the traditional Cranford Park course which has two laps and a total of about 5k in length.  Paul Brandon and Brian Forrester are acting as event champions.  Meet either at the Concorde Centre at 12:15 or, ready to run, in the Cranford Park car park (TW5 9RZ) at 12:30. Map showing car park location:

Please bring along your friends, family and colleagues.  Mixed teams of four runners are welcome.  A £1 per runner fee will be charged and will be donated to the White Lodge Charity.

BAAC Planesaver Track&Field Championships and Family Fun Day - Sunday 23rd September

Please don't forget to promote this major event to your colleagues, family and friends.  The poster is linked here (or download it from the website).  Please print this off, in colour if possible, and display it where your colleagues can see it.  There is space towards the foot of the poster for you to add your name as a contact.

Wednesday 26th September: Brian's Birthday event, club social and Olympic Torch Photo Opportunity

Come and have your photo taken with the Olympic Torch! Help us to celebrate Brian Forrester’s birthday! When? Wednesday 26th September, 8pm. Where? Concorde Centre

British Airways Athletics Club member Mike Thorn had the privilege of carrying the Olympic torch before the Games. He is now raising funds for Rotary projects by asking for voluntary donations to have your photo taken with the torch.

The charity Mike is working with is WheelPower (British Wheelchair Sport) to supply sporting wheelchairs to young or newly disabled people. The CEO of the charity is an ex BA Apprentice, who was knocked off his bike on the way to work when an apprentice.

The photo session will follow our Chairman’s birthday event – if you would like to run some laps of the Concorde Centre, come and join us at 18:00, if you only want to see Brian and the Torch then 19:30 for 20:00.

Monday Track&Field Update

Hi Everyone,

Owing to the Paralympics, either going to the events or watching on television, The 5th Grand Prix previously planned for Monday 3rd Sept,100m & Discus, will now be Monday 1st October 6pm At Uxbridge.

The Uxbridge Track sessions are on Mondays from 18:00 at the track at:

Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex
Gatting Way, Park Road

Drive down Gatting Way and take the second left turn to the car park in front of the athletics stadium. Modest car park charges have now been introduced - 40p for ninety minutes. It costs £3.40 to use the track (cheaper if you are a Hillingdon resident). Keep your receipts because Eddie can get a partial refund from BA Clubs (for BA Clubs members).


Eddie Giles.

Frieth Hilly 10k and 5k race Sunday 21st October


Great to see members of your club at the wonderful Frieth Hilly ( over the last couple of years. This year's race will take place on Sunday 21st October and it would be great if you could join us again, Exciting news for this year is that we have added a 5k route, in addition to our successful 10k race. Perhaps you can persuade less adventurous friends and family to try our 5k and enjoy the fun of the day with you.

Hopefully you are having a busy season, and have been inspired by Mo Farrar's successes. We hope you will join us in October and perhaps add The Frieth Hilly as one of the last club runs in your 2012 schedule as a great way to end the year.

If you have any question please contact me directly and i will be happy to answer them, if you want to see photo's of last year's race please see our facebook page (

Look forward to seeing you in October


Paddy Blythe

Patrick Blythe
Direct: +44 (0) 207 212 5577 | Mobile: +44 (0) 7841 493 730

BA Runners at parkrun  August 2012

Week 1=4th August, 2=11th, 3=18th, 4=25th

    Week Ally Bedfont Black Bushy Crane Grove Guildford Gunnersbury Killerton Reading Wycombe lifetime
      Pally Lakes Park Park Park lands   Park (Devon)   Rye parkruns
ALONSO Monica 3             26:44        
ALONSO Monica 4             26:30         5
ANDERSON Alan 1               volunteer      
ANDERSON Alan 2               27:17      
ANDERSON Alan 3         27:07            
ANDERSON Alan 4               26:56       232
BARNWELL Tony 1     28:37                 14
BENNETT Brian 1         23:05            
BENNETT Brian 2                 23:28    
BENNETT Brian 3         23:18             19
COFFEY John 3         23:44             126
CUNNINGHAM Ian 1       20:52              
CUNNINGHAM Ian 2       22:14              
CUNNINGHAM Ian 3       21:35               70
DAVISON Scott 2   23:15                   55
FREDIANI Neil 3         28:04             61
FRIAR Alan 1                   24:32  
FRIAR Alan 2                   23:59  
FRIAR lan 3                   24:41  
FRIAR lan 4                   25:20   86
GILES Eddie 3         23:22             27
HAYLOCK Colin 3         20:59            
HAYLOCK Colin 4       20:24               24
HOFFMAN Roderick 1                     27:48
HOFFMAN Roderick 2 28:31                    
HOFFMAN Roderick 3         27:45            
HOFFMAN Roderick 4           ***           31
KEENLEYSIDE Piers 3         24:30             21
KELLY Chris 3         20:16            
KELLY Chris 4                   19:24   114
NEWELL Steve 2 31:40                   :
NEWELL Steve 3         30:43            
NEWELL Steve 4               29:24       61
RUFFELL Natalie 2   21:30                  
RUFFELL Natalie 3         22:43             18
RUFFELL Richard 2   20:52                  
RUFFELL Richard 3         21:12            
RUFFELL Richard 4   20:59                   19
SHORT Jeremy 2         18:51            
SHORT Jeremy 3         19:53            
SHORT Jeremy 4         19:40             10
TAYLOR John 3         19:40             2
WALTERS Barry 3         19:52             11
WOODHOUSE Marion 3         32:35             8
runs this month     2 4 1 4 19 1 2 3 1 5 1


***     no result published - parkrun equipment stolen from car!


  • Brian Bennett set a new age category best time (78.34%) at Crane Park (4th August)
  • Jeremy Short set a new age group record at Crane Park on 11th August
  • Jeremy Short won at Crane Park on 25th August, equalling John Taylor's time of a week earlier.
  • Barry Walters set a new age group record at Crane Park on 18th August
  • Alan Anderson set a new age group record at Crane Park on 18th August
  • Alan Anderson set a new age group record at Gunnersbury Park on 25th August
  • Roderick Hoffman ran at the inaugural Wycombe Rye parkrun on 4th August.
  • Natalie Ruffell was first woman at Crane Park on 18th August
  • Former members Paul and Gill Westbrook in action at Bedfont Lakes; Jane Davies at Bushy Park.

Are your results missing from the analysis ?

Contact Steve Newell  ( )

Former London Marathon Chairman, Jim Clarke, dies

Some members may have met Jim through their dealings with the LM over the years.

James Clarke OBE BEM, former chairman of the London Marathon, has died at the age of 89.

Clarke was chairman of the board of directors of the London Marathon Limited from July 1995 until May 2009. He had been a trustee of the London Marathon Charitable Trust since 1987 and was recently appointed its vice president and had been instrumental in the set up of the London Marathon entry system for the very first event.

London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel said: “Jim was a true gentleman, a stalwart who turned out at all London Marathon events to support both the competitors and staff and in all weathers. His period as Chairman will be remembered for his calm and measured leadership which helped steer the Marathon towards success. Jim will be sadly missed by all the London Marathon team.”

Clarke joined the board of The London Marathon Ltd, the organisation which runs the annual London Marathon, in 1991. Marathon co-founder Chris Brasher had brought Clarke in to set up and run the entry system because of his expertise, as Chief Executive of the pools company Zetters, in handling mass mail handling operations.

He was a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Glovers, a City livery company with medieval origins that promotes the British glove trade and contributes to young people’s charities and education and had been active in his local church holding a variety of posts.

He remained a director of Zetters, until 2000.

He died peacefully at home, after a short illness on Tuesday 28th August 2012 and is survived by his wife, Jean, and their daughters Patricia and Lynne, their son James having predeceased him.

For more information contact:
Nicola Okey
Head of Press
Virgin London Marathon

Mobile 07799 661345

E Mail : 

Video of Adrian Haynes medalling in the European M45 800m champs

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