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BA Athletics Club News Digest 5th September 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 (updated 22nd August).
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Round-the-Park Tuesday 6th September Harmondsworth Moor start 12:30
The event starts near the wooden bridge beyond the main car park. It is a two lap course and is approximately three miles in length, so just a bit shorter than five km. This is a fun event and ALL levels of runners/joggers are welcomed. If you are not quite up to the full course you can do it as a one lap, two mile run. See last week's digest for the map and other details.
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September Dream Mile Results
Warm, sunny, dry/humid, easterly head wind.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 3rd September
There were a couple of late results this weekend with two of our runners participating in parkruns several time zones to the West.
Roderick Hoffman (29:40) flew to Calgary to be on the start line at the inaugural Nose Hill parkrun in Calgary, Alberta. parkrun Canada only started a couple of weeks ago at Kelowna on the banks of Lake Okanagan in British Columbia so Nose Hill is the second event nationally. Numbers are already more promising than in France but we will have to see how things turn out once the winter sets in.
Gary Rushmer (20:51) set a new club record at Crissy Fields in San Francisco.
Occasionally runner Bernard Sexton (19:29) was our only sub 20 runner this week. A parkrun pb for him. He was at the 250th edition of the Gunnersbury parkrun (started 2011) where Alan Anderson (31:42) completed the course for the 200th time, part of an almost record attendance of 440. That makes him only the second person in the world to complete 200 runs at two different parks. He has done 208 at Bushy Park. He does however run a distant runner up to Darren Wood who has 275 at Frimley Lodge and 257 at Bushy Park to his name.
Barry Walters (20:30, 78.21%) was at Upton Court, one of his favourite venues.
Sarah Gordon (36:33) was in reality running at a new park at Markeaton in Derby. She had previously been at nearby Darley which was suspended a few months ago but where the local core team has managed to move the weekly run short distance and rebadge it while retaining the value of the original investment and all the archived results.
Steve (23:44) and Linda Dodsworth (27:04) visited the Tees Barrage parkrun for the first time.
Linda writes "We did Tees Barrage parkrun this week (Middlesborough/Stockton) en route from Sunderland to Yorkshire. An interesting parkrun along and across the river Tees, starting and ending near the Tees Barrage International White Water centre which looked well worth a longer visit. The parkrun is a 1 lap course which looks fast on paper but has some steps up to a bridge and lots of turns to slow you down. A scenic course."
Daniela Mayerova (28:46) set a pb and a female club record at Wormwood Scrubs where there was a higher than average turnout of 78. John Coffey (27:17) appeared at a parkrun, Bushy, for the first time in several months and was one of 1210 runners there. It must have been congested because that is the slowest John has ever run there (190 runs over 10+ years).
Our faithful group at Bedfont Lakes were part of a record turnout of 314.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
First Saturday of the month pacing continuing to be very successful, with several new recruits to the squad every time and plenty of marvellous feedback. Attaching pictures of the pacer squad 'mission control' with the flag trolley and registration table and also a 'token organiser' that I constructed to help sort tokens after runners have finished. It folds up as a 'suitcase' for storage - 'BA doing our bit for parkrun' !
So I made it to and back from the Nose Hill parkrun in Calgary. As well as being the first in Canada at 1,200m this is the highest altitude parkrun any club member has run at (unless one of us has managed one of the runs around Johannesburg without Steve noticing. The Facebook parkrun statisgeek group* tell me that the highest point is 1,750m on the Harrismith run - you would join the mile high parkrun club, oh and carrying your own oxygen would make your result an assisted one). Back to Nose Hill this is the only parkrun where a coyote was spotted whilst setting the course (makes a change from cows, deer and kangaroos).
*Yes, there really is a Facebook group called the "parkrun statisgeek group". Though the mile high club and oxygen references are made up.
If you explore Steve's stats spreadsheet you'll see that with eight different club runners having run there Crissy Field (USA) now edges ahead of East Coast Park (Singapore) with seven but Root 44 (South Africa) still leads with nine club runners.
Where are they now - revisiting retired runners
Retired runner Ian Hudson - orienteering himself somewhere in Norway; perhaps.
[Ian did also send me a photograph of him running but I thought that this was the more interesting one]
Oh and if anyone wants to get in touch with Ian I have his new gmail email address which has replaced his previous Demon one.
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