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BA Athletics Club News Digest 4th April 2016
New members and potential 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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml.
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2015/16 Series BAAC 5 Mile handicap results 30 Mar 2016
11 runners took part in the final 5M handicap of the 2015 2016 season, It wasn't cold, it wasn't raining, and it wasn't dark, though the timekeepers still waited indoors after all it is a winter series handicap. Some impressive overall times with 3 runners beating their handicap by more than 3 minutes, though that does not help their handicap ranking. The photograph shows that the handicap may have taken more out of some competitors than others!
Over the season we have had 25 different runners take part, the busiest month had 14 runners, and 4 runners completed all 6, with a further 2 runners completing 5.
Congratulations to Piers who is a clear winner, with Harry and Alan F in second and third places.
Enjoy the summer, hope you all stay fit and healthy, and see you in October for the next winter series 5M handicap.
Ed: We will be awarding Piers the Handicap trophy but only when we next catch up with him. That might be some while since his winning run on Wednesday was performed half way through a 17 mile training run.
Thank you to those have volunteered to support this year's London Marathon. I now have 126 helpers, which is excellent but have kit for 150 so if anyone is still keen to help, please drop me a line (but note I'm not in the office until the 11th April). Colin Bloomfield has kindly offered to take over team leading Barry's crossing point in Birdcage Walk, thank you. I'm still keen for others to be in position to team lead in the future so if interested please contact me.
BAAC marathon coordinator
Chicago WARR Hotels
The WARR host hotel will be the Hard Rock Chicago and a second (cheaper) hotel is also being promoted - The Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown. Both hotels are shown on the club Google map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z31P-sSECWno.kIIgdFzUuZAo&usp=sharing .
Details and booking: http://worldairlineroadrace.org/the-run/host-hotel-2/
WARR event registration isn't yet open but this is expected this month.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 2nd April 2016
I'll start this week with wrapping last week's mystery regarding Neil Frediani, Poppy the dog and the rabbits at Eastbourne. The rabbits were never really part of the story. Neil and Poppy were staying in a guesthouse in Eastbourne with inflexible breakfast hours and the only option was to wolf down cereal, toast, marmalade and a full English breakfast platter before setting off for a parkrun in an unfamiliar location and as it turned out an overfull car park.
parkrun is a run, not a race and in any case in spite of missing the shout of "GO" at 9 a.m. by at least 7 minutes Neil towed Poppy round in a doggy pb of 29 minutes. The dividends of this training will come in years to come when Poppy will tow Neil round Bedfont Lakes at an amazing pace.
Two excellent runs to report on this week. Barry Walters (20:20, 78.85%) made his first visit to Woodley and immediately went to no 2 out of 65 runners in his age group record book there.
Alice Banks (25:18, 74.57%) who has received an award for all the help she has put in helping set up the course at Maidenhead parkrun in its first year ran at Crissy Field in San Francisco and established herself as the record holder in her age category.
Roderick Hoffman (26:39) made a pilgrimage style visit to Pymmes to celebrate his 200th run and Steve Newell (31:41) helped to eat a customised fruit cake brought along to mark the occasion and shared by the 46 runners and volunteers.
No new parks visited this week at a club level but I suspect it is the lull before the tsunami and I fully expect the 250 to be achieved this month, maybe even next week. Check out the map and see if there is an unvisited one you fancy travelling to. There are still new runs springing up at the rate of one or two every week.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Black Park Pacer Squad major success
Black Park parkrun Pacer Squad major mission success on Saturday (2nd April) – what a day, wonderful weather, record attendance of 621 and 109 new PBs! Pictured below are the squad and Ciara Williams (friend of Harry Wild) celebrating her 100th parkrun by pacing, having achieved a sub 20 PB last week, making it look easy leading a pack. Lots of thanks to the pacers including this one from many recorded which says it wonderfully…”Thank you to all the pacers today especially the lady pacing 28 min. I got a new PB today of 27:41 something I've been trying to achieve for a few years! She was very encouraging not just to people pacing her but everyone around her, it was a pleasure to run with you today xx” – Very pleasing to get feedback each month.
And now for something completely different - Feltham Street-O - Tuesday 12th April 2016
Entry fee is £1 for SLOW (South London Orinenteers) members, students and juniors; £2 for others.
The Street-O format has clues located at various points on a map. You have 60 minutes to visit as many of these as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. This guide provides general information about street orienteering. Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, an SI card if you have one, and a watch so that you aren’t late back! You may find a torch/head-torch and compass useful too, although many don’t take one.
Please RSVP to the event via Facebook to let us know you are coming.
Full details: http://slow.org.uk/category/streeto/
Roderick Hoffman / Simon Turton
News from March (both the month and place)
The Rowley Report
Running Shorts of Marathon Training
Kingston Breakfast Run 3rd April
Good to see marathon runners this morning on final long runs before tapering for London. Marzia Coltelli and Rena Vyas doing the 20miler and Neil Frediani, Dave Duggan, Ian Cockram, Ian Cunningham and myself on the 16miler. Excellent weather for it and well organised.
Reading Half Marathon
Managed my best HM time for about 2 years I think - 1:36:48. I had thought I might have been sub 1:35 as I was with the 1:35 pacer from the start - only they did not do a very good job!
Training update from the other Chris Evans
The other Chris Evans, the one on the radio, is running the London Marathon and revealed on his show this morning that this had been the weekend of his last big run - a twenty miler. Unfortunately though he didn't have a premeasured course or his distance measuring watch with him so when he got back sooner than he expected, and feeling in surprisingly good shape, he felt the need to measure the distance run by redoing it in his car. He found it to be 5.5 miles short! So he now has to find the opportunity for another "last big run"!
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