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BA Athletics Club News Digest 5th August 2013

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • Wednesday 21st August - Cranford Park Relay followed by social with food - details to be confirmed
  • Saturday 31st August - Club Featured parkrun - The inaugural parkrun in Osterley park
  • Lunchtime Tuesday 3rd September - 'Round The Park' - Venue to be confirmed (Harmondsworth or Cranford)

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.

Upton Court Club Featured parkrun Results for Saturday 3rd August 2013

Place parkrunner Time Category Grade Gender G.Pos Club Note Total Runs
1 Sam REED 18:11 SM25-29 70.94 % M 1 Burnham Joggers New PB! 13
2 Tim HAWKES 19:15 SM30-34 67.19 % M 2 Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC PB stays at 00:18:20 26
3 Barry WALTERS 19:53 VM55-59 78.63 % M 3 British Airways AC First Timer! 21
18 Joe NOLAN 23:37 VM55-59 66.76 % M 17 British Airways AC First Timer! 135
29 Roderick HOFFMAN 25:23 VM50-54 59.55 % M 24 British Airways AC New PB! 68
34 Alan ANDERSON 27:00 VM75-79 74.38 % M 28 British Airways AC First Timer! 277
38 Steve NEWELL 29:16 VM65-69 59.57 % M 31 British Airways AC First Timer! 99
44 final finisher 39:49              

Tim Hawkes, in the above list, not only came second but he is also a BA employee hence may be eligible to run with us at some point in the future.  He also took one of the photographs below.  

The team on the Upton Court course with Windsor Castle in the background. Is this the only parkrun the Queen can keep an eye on from one of her residencies?

Only five of us at Upton Court but there were a total of 13 BAAC parkrun family members who ran last weekend - up from recent weeks. My Upton Court pb (personal best) knocked almost three minutes off my previous course pb but that is nothing compared to Dave Dixon who at Finsbury Park knocked over 18 minutes off his pb to finish in 18:01.  His previous best, and only previous parkrun time, was 36:45 on an occasion when he turned up late but thought that having made it he would do the parkrun anyway.  Dave is now the 109th fastest parkrunner at Finsbury Park.  Barry Walters, due to the result above, is the 48th fastest at Upton Court which could be the best placed current club performer but I might be wrong.

Steve Newell has now done 99 parkruns so will probably earn his 100 shirt at Gunnersbury next Saturday.  Steve will arrange to be presented with his shirt at a subsequent Gunnersbury parkrun and will advise us of the date so that we can celebrate with him.

parkrun Trivia

Most parkrunners are aware that Mo Farah has a parkrun result to his name - 15:06 at Bushy on 19th November 2005 which is (only) the 21st fastest time at Bushy.  But what of other Olympians you ask?  Over to Steve...

The Team GB male triathletes who gained two medals at London 2012 have all run at least one parkrun. Indeed Stuart Hayes who started his career with Thames Turbo at Hampton Pool (and has also competed against us in Surrey League XC races) has run at Bushy three times in recent weeks and notched a pb of 15:34 on 20th July. As long ago as 2002, Stuart Hayes was leading the Commonwealth Games triathlon at Salford Quays at the end of the bike section but was caught and overtaken on the 10km run to Old Trafford and back.

Statistics (best times)

Jonathan Brownlee 14:43 at York on 14th April 2012 (Fastest ever parkrunner at York)

Stuart Hayes 15:34 at Bushy on 20th July 2013 (45th) [note - Stuart doesn't quote a club - perhaps we should sign him up!]

Alistair Brownlee 15:36 at Leeds on 14th February 2009 (7th)

Steve Newell

Roderick Hoffman

Steve's parkrun stats

Next Club Featured parkrun - Osterley Park parkrun Saturday 31st August - details next week

WARR World Airline Road Race 2013 October 2013

The airline running high spot of the year is traditionally the World Airline Road Race.  Now in its 32nd year we are travelling to Stellenbosch just outside Cape Town to an event organised by South African Airlines.  Everyone is welcome - numbers each year vary from 300 to 1,200.  Yes, at the front of each race there will be individuals taking the running very seriously, and indeed further down the field also, especially because of the numerous age category prizes presented, but many of those at the back of the field are simply competing to get round and to have an excuse to visit somewhere new in the world and to party amongst friends.  And anyone who works for the airline is welcome - you don't need to be a member of the club.  If you don't work for BA you are welcome also - be you family of employees or if you work for other aviation related companies or simply know someone who is (but don't expect to get one of the airline awards!).

So far I'm aware of the following running colleagues planning on making it to this year's WARR - Adrian Haynes, Chris Stockwell, John Scaife, Richard Ruffell, Colin Bloomfield and myself.  I'm sure there are other also who haven't told me yet, or who I've not made a note of (Gareth?).

Please let me know if you have a level of interest - we can work together on logistics. Roderick Hoffman

This is an inter-airline event and one benefit of that is we can apply for tickets from BA to get us there and back.  These are available for current BA employees who are members of BA Clubs (including subsidiary clubs). There are conditions attached and you still need to pay the taxes and charges but if you are interested please be sure to let me know so that I can apply in plenty of time.  If you don't work for an airline there should be cheap airfares available from South African Airlines - though I don't know the details yet.

The WARR website has some more details of the event including details of local hotels and is the site through which you register for the event: WARR Website. Note that the race headquarters hotel doesn't currently have any availability but that might change and they are running a waitlist.

Ron Maxwell, the International Committee Chairman, has issued the following tentative list of events.  Some of the wording is oddly familiar (see the 1st July digest) but there are locally sourced additions.

Stellenbosch Calendar of events World Airline Road Race 2013 *TENTATIVE*!
  • Thursday 10th October Travel to Stellenbosch just outside Cape Town. Stay at the race HQ Spier Hotel or alternatives. or has some good options
  • Friday 11th October Meet and Greet Party (perhaps at the hotel, perhaps somewhere else - they have vineyards nearby!), Details to follow soon.
  • Saturday 12th October Daytime There is plenty to see and do in Stellenbosch, one of our runners might hold an acclimatization training run 0800 - 5k see Roderick Hoffman.
  • Saturday 12th October Evening Traditional Tee Shirt Party at or near the Spier, working with local government to pick the best place.
  • Sunday 13th October 5k and 10k races - The traditional 10k followed by a 30 minute recovery gap and then the 5k
  • Sunday 13th October Awards Evening At the Hotel or Cricket Club, Will have a better idea once we have a better idea of dinners needed.

Ron Maxwell

Roderick Hoffman

BA Clubs AGM

BA Clubs is our parent organisation and amongst other activities manages the Concorde Club where we meet most Wednesdays.


NOTICE is hereby given that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the London Club will be held on Thursday 26 September 2013 in the Olympus Hall, Concorde Club at 6.30 pm

Any competent business for the meeting, must be proposed and seconded, in accordance with the Club rules, by eligible members and notified, in writing, to the Chief Executive by no later than 28 days prior to the date of the meeting (Thursday 29 August 2013).

for and on behalf of the Executive Committee



Changes are afoot and attendance may be useful to find out how the club is going to be run from now on.

News for the next BAAC News Digest? Please - far too much of this week's edition has been written by me.  Others must have something to say.

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