BA Athletics Club News Digest 6th July 2015
Wednesday 8th July - Rosenheim T&F Twickenham, Monday 13th July Veterans
Thursday 23rd July - BA Fun Run and Little Legs at Harmondsworth Moor from
4pm. See below.
Wednesday 29th July - Ruffell Runaround Run-of-the-Month - Heston Venue from
New members and non-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 5th July).
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BAAC Annual General Meeting report
The club AGM was held last Wednesday. Full report to follow.
Following two decades of hard work we marked the departure of Alastair Heslop
from the committee (though he promised us he'll still have some involvement over
the next year). I am pleased to announce that we have welcomed a new
member of the committee, Steve Taylor, initially to the "without portfolio"
A full listing of the committee members is on the website:
Magic Mile Results for Thursday 2nd July
||Previous Best Time
||Last Recorded Time
Conditions: Hot/Humid, Overcast, Dry, Slight easterly crosswind.
Thankfully the weather was a lot cooler than the record highs the day before.
It was still quite humid though meaning fast times were hard to come by. With
one result to come, there was one PB on the day, Vaneeta Cro reducing her PB by
50 seconds to 12:20. The couch to 5K training is certainly working. Good to see
Dave Dixon out for a second month in a row recording another good time. Nearly
everyone one seemed to be around 20 seconds slower than their best time … Next
event will be on Thursday 6th August 2015.
The results for the Parkway mile, run on 1st July before the AGM, have not yet
surfaced which proves perhaps that PK is more efficient in his absence than SN?
But perhaps others are to thank or blame.
BA Fun Run fast approaching: Thursday 23rd July from 16:00 with the theme
Later on this week I'll be sending out details to those who have already
offered to help marshal this event. I'm still in need of more offers so
please let me know.
What's in it for you? If helping the airline host a major charity event
isn't enough then there is a food voucher which hopefully this year will also
cover a beer. Oh and you could be rubbing shoulders with an England
goal-scoring legend (not yet confirmed) not to mention performers who your kids
will have heard of.
- The event is on Thursday 23rd July
- The venue is Harmondsworth Moor next to the BA Waterside Head Quarters
- I can arrange parking for you in the Waterside car parks (so avoiding
the narrow concrete entrances to the moorland car parks)
- The Little Legs is a 1,000m run from 16:30 for the under 10s
- The Fun Run is a 5k race from 17:30 with all entrance money and
sponsorship aiding Cancer UK
- This year's theme is "Summer Holidays" [sorry - Cliff is not expected]
- 200 runners have already signed up which is the number who ran last year
so we expect a larger field
- attendance counts towards the Round The Block trophy awarded each year
World Airline Road Race update - Flight Costs
If you are thinking of making it out to Dubai for WARR then we are keen for
you to be there. For those of you who are active BA staff then British
Airways and BA Clubs are also keen that you make it to compete against the other
airlines. So much so in fact that they are prepared to help with flight
BA Clubs rules are fluid and not well explained but...
1) In the past we have been able to request a standby ticket from BA Clubs to
get us there and back (though we have had to pay some of the taxes and charges).
2) This year they have also said that if you want to use one of your own
annual tickets - for the higher priority, cabin entitlement and/or to take
family with you - then BA Clubs is prepared to contribute towards the tax
element of your ticket. This is, as you would expect, only available if
you are a paid up member of BA Clubs but given the amount of tax on a
LHR-DXB-LHR ticket this would have to be seen as a great deal!
Please let me know if you are interested in taking BA Clubs up on either of
these opportunities - we will need to check on a case by case basis to see what
this will actually be worth. Note that the standby ticket has traditionally been
equally available to members of regional BA Clubs but we've been advised that
the tax rebate may only be for BA Clubs London members.
Roderick Hoffman BA
WARR Team Captain
Club parkrun results for Saturday 4th July 2015
|4th July 2015
||150th run at Gunnersbury
||Cooks River, Downunder
||BA park #183
||run #187, BA park #185
||Alice Holt Forest
||Cooks River, Downunder
||park #40, club course record
||Les Dougnes, France
||2nd finisher !, BA park#184
||run #15, course pb
4th July is always a good time to look westwards and see how our parkrun
cousins are getting on, especially this year when two of our members have run at
half of the runs they have over there. At Clermont Waterfront near Orlando
in Florida there were 94 finishers, the equal second best attendance in the two
years or so the event has been going. Durham, NC, only attracted 19
runners, a few more than the two-year average figure of 15. At Livonia,
MI, which has been going for three years there were 54 runners against an
average turnout of 21.6. Lastly, over in San Francisco, the one most
recently visited by one of our members and where Julie Barclay holds the VW50
age category record (22:41) there were just 27 runners where the average over
six months has been just 17.
If those fields look a little sparse
compared with Bushy Park (968 this week), Black Park (485) or Gunnersbury (351)
then consider the situation with the recent start-up in France. Les
Dougnes, near Bordeaux, once part of the English Empire and the location chosen
for the fight back to re-establish a foothold near a vineyard, attracted a
fairly typical attendance of two. The debutant was our own Roderick
Hoffman spreading his wings in a new direction, clinching a second place for the
first time and pleased with the time of 26:30 in the hot conditions. The
start time there, by the way, was 0830 local time. See also below.
Dougnes was one of three new parks visited by out members this past Saturday.
In New South Wales, Benita and John Scaife together with several family members
were in Sydney for the last of their current series downunder, this time at
Cooks River. Caroline Cockram visited Telford (Shropshire) for the first
time. The club total has risen to 185 different parkruns.
familiar ground, Alan Anderson (29:37) ran at Gunnersbury for the 150th time,
Simon Ashford ran a course pb at Chichester (23:24), James Glover (25:31)
achieved a course pb and set a new club record at Alice Holt Forest.
Richard Ruffell fitted in (Banbury, 21:32) as his 40th park, taking another club
record off Roderick, before going to watch Hamilton qualify at nearby
Chris Kelly was back at Reading for his 243rd parkrun.
Next week he is taking part in a mile swim in the Thames at Chiswick. The
time of high tide will allow him to run at Gunnersbury first, should he wish to
do so. Piers Keenleyside has admitted he has been doing so much running
recently he has neglected his swimming and won't be joining in this time - the
water may never be so warm again.
Updated club parkrun stats:
For once the "Consolidated Club Results" did include the full results
for a given parkrun...
There were two volunteers, Alex acting as lead runner (as well as
finishing first over the three lap course, he had done a warm-up lap to put down the course flags
and then a warm-down lap to collect them afterwards), and Anita acting
as starter, timekeeper, token distributor, scanner, refreshments and
child minder (and with another on the way).
I became the 17th runner to
complete the parkrun course and I'm currently 10th in order of age
If anyone has half an excuse then get on a plane and turn-up to
encourage Anita and Alex to keep going with this venture. I flew
from Heathrow to Toulouse (three flights a day) and drove the two hours
from there to Bordeaux rather than face the M25 on a Friday and the once a
day flight from Gatwick to Bordeaux. However other airlines are
available! Obviously Anita and Alex need to attract local runners BUT UK
tourists will provide encouragement AND will make the event better when
locals start to turn up.
Information from UK Athletics
We get various communications from UK Athletics and some we'll pass on and
others not based on how many people we think the communication will be relevant
to. Perhaps all of us who race should be aware of this one - although more
some that others...
Dear Club Secretary,
Athletes may choose to use supplements but should be aware of the
facts and risks, so that their choice is an informed one.
There is no 100% guarantee that any supplement is safe and UKA has
set out their position on supplements, providing clear advice to
athletes, and those who support athletes, on how to reduce the real risk
of inadvertent doping posed by supplement use.
View the UKA Supplement Position Statement
and any queries can be directed to
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0121
UK Athletics Anti-Doping Team
I couldn't find anything in the detail specifically barring the consumption
of chocolate; even at the quantities supplied at our regular socials.
I haven't yet had a fully correct answer submitted so I'll present this
|2. Three activities make one event (9)
||1. Often a race for kids (3,3)
|9. Activity for tired and retired runners (6)
||2. A variety of athletics activities focused on one location (5,3,5)
|11. Typically over an accurately measured tarmac course (4,4)
||3. For drinkers with a running problem (4)
|12. Distances to the extreme (5)
||4. Typically up and down muddy hills (5-7)
|13. Find your own way (12)
||5. Clearing the way for runners and holding back spectators (11)
|14. One by one team event (5)
||6. The first runner announced victory then collapsed and died (8)
|15. Indoor activities to build up and strengthen (3)
||7. Monthly run imperial distance (5,4)
||8. Weekly time trial (7)
||10. Unstructured training with varied pace (7)
Prize - the usual one year's free subscription to this periodical to the first
received with all the correct answers. You might get a mention also.
I'll publish the answers next week.
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