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BA Athletics Club News Digest 5th August 2013
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Don't forget the following priority club events:
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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml.
Upton Court Club Featured parkrun Results for Saturday 3rd August 2013
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.
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...
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.
BA Clubs AGM
BA Clubs is our parent organisation and amongst other activities manages the Concorde Club where we meet most Wednesdays.
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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