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BA Athletics Club News Digest 4th November 2013

Forthcoming Events:

  • Saturday 9th November - Men's Surrey League Roundshaw Downs - for 15:00 - Gary Rushmer (details below)
  • Wednesday 13th November - Club Winter Quiz - Concorde Centre from 20:00 - Steve Hillier (details below)
  • Wednesday 27th November - 5 mile Handicap - Concorde Centre from 18:00 (to finish around 19:00)

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: Diary.shtml.

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Run of the Month - Marlow Half Marathon - 3rd November 2013 Results

157  PIERS KEENLEYSIDE  M Vet 50  BRITISH AIRWAYS AC  01:38:31  01:38:37
501  STEPHEN TAYLOR  M Vet 50  BRITISH AIRWAYS AC  01:56:11  01:56:18
794  JASVIR SINGH MODAHER  M Vet 50  BRITISH AIRWAYS AC  02:28:54  02:29:03

Men's Surrey League XC Div 3/4 9th November Roundshaw Downs for 15:00

Hi guys,

It's the second cross country of the season at Roundshaw Downs on Saturday 9th November at 3pm. After a good result at Lightwater where we finished 4th, let's see if we can
carry on the good work the guys did there. I've attached the details and directions I received from the team captain of Collingwood AC.

Hope to see you all there.

Cheers Gary Rushmer.

Fuller details with maps> Details Of Match 2 On 9th November 2013.doc

Quiz Night 13th November

Our autumn quiz night is scheduled for November 13th, 8pm, at the Concorde Centre.

Come as a team, come as an individual, just come and enjoy yourselves! Everyone is welcome, you don't have to be a section member and you don't have to be brilliant. Just look forward to having your grey cells tested!

Entry is just £1 per head, with all proceeds going to our club charity, White Lodge. (You can donate more if you wish!)

See you there,

Steve Hillier

Ed: If we haven't seen you recently then this is a great opportunity for you to meet with us and join in without you having to run a step!

Laurie Holman - born to Mel and Martin at midnight on 14th October.

All are believed to be doing very well (it's gone quiet on Facebook...but with three kids in the family that is perhaps no surprise for now)

KLM ROAD RUNNERS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS - SATURDAY 14th December 2013 at the “Langevelderslag” Beach & Dunes

Dear airline colleagues,

You are hereby invited for the KLM Road Runners 2013 club championships.

The location of the beach/dune run is Langevelderslag +/- 20 km south west of Schiphol airport. The race distances are 6km and 10km. The start of our event is at 15:00 for the 6km and 15:10 for the 10km (14:30 children's run). Directly after the start, the race goes north following a winding footpath. After a few kilometres and a challenging climb over the dunes and the race returns to the finish following the sandy beach. The 6km runners finish at the beach centre; the 10km runners will run an additional smaller loop.

There are awards for male seniors and masters, female seniors and masters on both distances and every finisher will receive a special KLM Road Runners souvenir.
All runners take part in a free lottery with many fine prices. The award ceremony starts at 17:00. A free bus service will be available. It will pick-up runners from Schiphol airport (AMS) at 13:30.  We will also take care of transport back to the airport. The bus will return at 17:30 to Schiphol airport.

If you want to join us for our run on the beach and dunes than please sign up via . After the Race we continue with a buffet dinner and if you decide to stay for this dinner you can sign up at the same address.  The run is complementary for BA guests, the cost of the buffet dinner are €15 per person. (Children under 12 are € 12,50).  Also for those runners who will stay for the dinner we will organise transport to Schiphol Airport.

Hope to see you at the beach and dunes on the 14th of December.

Met vriendelijke groeten / kind regards,

Cornelis van der Pol + Frank Jegers KLM Road Runners

This event is highly recommended, I'll be missing my irregular parkrun just to attend - it's an all afternoon party by KLM Road Runners with a challenging run thrown into the mix.  Last year they had a dozen guests from other airlines coming from afar afield as Seattle and Dallas as well as Dublin and Frankfurt.  Please let me know if you want to join me this year - and we can coordinate flights out.

email me> Roderick Hoffman

Winter Handicap Results for 29th October 2013

02-Oct-13 Handicap run time Time gap from handicap Points this month Total points Next start time
Alan Anderson 44:30 47:35 03:05 2 2 47:30
John Coffey 40:00 39:01 00:59 7 7 39:00
Neil Frediani 42:00 40:31 01:29 4 4 40:30
Alan Friar 48:00 46:44 01:16 5 5 46:30
Steve Hillier 49:30 49:12 00:18 12 12 49:00
Roderick Hoffman 48:30 40:10 08:20 1 1 40:00
Steve Newell 49:30 48:39 00:51 8 8 48:30
Joe Nolan 40:30 38:15 02:15 3 3 38:00
Richard Ruffell 33:30 33:57 00:27 10 10 34:00
Gary Rushmer 31:30 31:59 00:29 9 9 32:00
Graham Taylor 40:00 39:00 01:00 6 6 39:00
Barry Walters 35:00 34:40 00:20 11 11 34:30

On the 30th Oct 2013 it was the first of the six 5 mile handicaps of the 2013/14 winter season. The start was in the dark following the clock change the previous weekend. The course is still the 'standard' 5 mile course run clockwise rather than going round more typically anticlockwise. For the first run of the season there were 12 runners taking part, how close will they be to the last handicap issued in March 2013 at the end of the previous winter?

Weeeell, the timekeepers (Ann, Brian, and myself) were almost caught out by the first runner getting back more than 8 minutes inside his handicap time, not many points this month but someone has had a very good summer this year due partly to Alan Anderson's publicity campaign re the 5 2 diet, which had been used with success, and no doubt plenty of training too. It took some 6 minutes more before the second runner returned, still a fantastic 2 minutes 15 ahead of his handicap. The rest of the runners returned near to expectations with only 1 runner more than 30 seconds slower than their handicap time.

Afterwards the Washington room was booked to catch up on gossip. The next 5m handicap is 27th November same time same place (the Concorde Centre aiming to finish at 19:00 should the runners run their handicap time exactly), maybe I'll see you at the quiz on the 13th before then.

Paul Brandon

Club family parkrun results and stats for 2nd November 2013

No space for a results table this week but I'll point out that Joe Nolan, Neil Frediani and Tony Hird all out ran me this week reversing the recent trend.  Richard Ruffell and I had travelled to Aylesbury for the inaugural parkrun.  Natalie was there also but No Barcode = No Result. Elsewhere Paul Knechtl isn't a frequent parkrunner undertaking only his eighth last Saturday at Bushy but what he lacks in frequency he makes up with consistency - his seven runs at Bushy have a fastest of 17:28 and a slowest just 13 seconds slower at 17:41.  And whereas I go to Pymmes to get my top ten finishes (average attendance 15.1) - Paul gets them at Bushy (average attendance 464.9) where he has only once been outside the top ten.  His best place? 1st August 2009 - 1st place finish with 467 parkrunners in his wake.  I wonder if any other family parkrunners have achieved a first place finish?

Aylesbury Inaugural parkrun 2nd November 2013

As a committed parkrun tourist this was my eighth inaugural parkrun.  I feel a bit awkward going to an inaugural - you are driving around the M25 to get to the map coordinates of a party given by someone you don't know but you are a friend of a friend of a friend who knows someone on facebook.  But when you get there you discover that you are amongst familiar faces - yes, perhaps you don't know many of them by name but you do have parkrun in common and since there are many tourists like yourself you are quickly swapping opinions on different parkrun courses.  And then you discover that you do have a link to the host - in this case the Event Director at Aylesbury turned out to be one Monika Yarnell, BA Short Haul Cabin Crew. She's got the next three Saturday's rostered off so you've got more chances to go and say hello.

What of the course?  Well the Battle of Aylesbury took place during the Civil War in 1642 with victory going to the Parliamentarians.  The Parliamentarians also won the second battle of Aylesbury more recently by giving approval for the building of a huge housing estate on the site of the earlier battle BUT fortunately enough remains for the parkrun to take in a couple of laps over part of the site of the battlefield.  Those two laps occur between a 1.5k "out" and a 1k "back" run on relatively narrow cycle paths.  The course is flat and rural but the "out" in particular suffered on Saturday due to the number of tourists - the total field size was 286 but from next week there will probably be a more manageable hundred or so.  Aylesbury Council also got a black mark for not opening the toilet block but perhaps that will also be improved for next week.  I'm sure the breakfast van will be back next Saturday having done a great trade in sausage, bacon and egg rolls.

Photo of Richard and Natalie

As I drove off I saw that the volunteers were still in the car park and clearly just starting their own party - the inaugural event had been a success.

Roderick Hoffman

Steve's parkrun stats

Magic Mile this Thursday 7th November

Novembers Magic Mile is taking place next Thursday on the 7th.

Event will start at 12:45 by the Newport Road Junction --> ….

Route ( ) then heads back towards Waterside on the Bath Road, stopping just before the Thistle Hotel.

It's a self-timed event, just turn up on the day.

Paul Knechtl

A Marathon on the Seventh Continent - 20th November 2013 Antartica!

ED - Please give serious thought to sponsoring Jagjit for his efforts here - he isn't asking for donations for him to play a round of golf.

Hi all,

My first marathon was the London Marathon in April 2004. The total amount of money I've raised for charities is £13,335 plus 100,000 rupees for Pingalwara in India. I have done 43 half and 10k runs and 108 full marathons. Up till now I have covered six continents. My next target is to run in the seventh continent. The temperature there is -20 to -89 degrees Celsius. I am also the 1st Sikh to run 6 Continents wearing the dastaar. My next target is to run the 7th Continent Antarctica for 9 charities (Pingalwara and Rocco Cancer) with the Ice Marathon on 20th November. You can sponsor me by going onto my link on my Just Giving pages choosing the charity which is closer to you to donate towards. It would be greatly appreciated if you sponsored me as I will be running for charity. Could you please forward this to your friends and family if they are interested.

Feel free to contact me.

Kind Regards

Jagjit Singh

Mobile: 07904241634

Cancer Research - 

Get kids going -

White lodge centre -

Age UK -

CLIC Sargent -

British Heart Foundation -

Samaritans -

75th Marathon

I ran my 75th marathon on Sunday 227th Oct in Toulouse. It was the flattest course I have ever run on - however with only a week since I ran the York marathon it was no surprise that I clocked 3:30:43 - a pity not to go sub 3:30 again but I should manage that in a couple of weeks when I run the Nice - Cannes Marathon.

Piers Keenleyside

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