BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th May 2018
Wednesday 9th - Speedbird Ladies - see below.
Saturday 12th May - Hazelwood parkrun at 9:00 (see
Monday 14th May Mid London Vets League 1 T&F - Battersea from 18:30
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:
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Speedbird Ladies 9th May #
Meet in the normal Harmondsworth Moor carpark for 6 o'clock. The men
may check the 5k course at six. The ladies race at seven. Lots of marshalls are
needed. This is a club points scoring event. Marshalls score 2 points.
Racers score one. We would prefer our ladies to run. The temperature is forecast
to be an average for the year of 17 degrees with only a 5% chance of rain.
PS Don't forget to enter and/or promote the Speedbird Ladies event on 9th May
from 19:00 - see http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event_Ladies.shtml.
Either enter online or print off the application form from the site and post it
to Steve Taylor via the address given.
If any BAAC "Second Claim" members
have, or will, enter the event and you wish to run for BAAC then please ask your
first claim club secretary before the day of the event - I wouldn't expect them
to have a problem with this but they need to be given the option.
3rd May Dream Mile Results
Conditions - Sunny, 12 degrees, dry, 10mph west headwind.
In beautiful conditions, just a bit of head wind to affect us, there was a
close tussle at the front which was won by the in-form Ian Cunningham from
Matthew Stratful. These were the fastest times of the year from any of us. At
the other end of the field Joe Nolan with a 33sec improvement from his first
run, last month, just pipped a fast finishing Steve Hillier.
Hazelwood club featured parkrun Saturday 12th May, 9am start
The course is at Hazelwood Centre, Sunbury-on-Thames. Facilities include
toilets, showers and changing rooms. There is also a cafeteria so there can be
cake! Although the event starts at 9 please arrive at least twenty minutes early
to enable us to take a photograph of team members.
Location of start
The event starts close to the main club house.
Getting there by public transport
- Route 216 from Staines or Kingston stops in Green Street opposite
- Route 235 from Brentford Great West Quarter to Sunbury Three Fishes also
stops in Green Street opposite Hazelwood Drive.
- Route 555 from Sunbury Three Fishes to Whiteley Village store also stops
in Green Street opposite Hazelwood Drive.
Alight at Sunbury station. Hazelwood Drive is a c.20-minute walk along Green
Street on the right.
Getting there on foot:
Hazelwood Centre is accessible on foot from Green Street, Sunbury.
Getting there by road:
- If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is TW16 6QU
- From major motorway: Leave the M3 at junction 1. Go around Sunbury Cross
roundabout and turn into Green Street directed as Lower Sunbury. Go over the
railway bridge and continue through two sets of traffic lights, (one is
pedestrian). Turn right into Hazelwood Drive at the third set of lights and
Hazelwood centre is at the end.
- From north: Approach Sunbury Cross roundabout and route is as from
- From south: From Walton-On-Thames, cross Walton Bridge and turn right
onto Fordbridge Road B375 (Esso garage on corner of roundabout). Travel into
Sunbury and turn left at Flowerpot pub mini roundabout. Hazelwood Drive is
c. 300 yards on left.
- From east: Follow A308 to Sunbury Cross then route is as from motorway.
Alternatively, at Hampton, turn left at lights onto Lower Sunbury Road, then
turn right at Flowerpot pub mini roundabout. Hazelwood Drive is c. 300 yards
- From west: Travel to Sunbury Cross roundabout and route is as from
- Parking spaces for c.300 cars. Also cycle sheds available.
Rosenheim League 2018 Match One at Walton on Thames
Frediani, Steve Hillier, Ian Haylock, Jacqui Musselwhite (see photo) and
official Steve Newell turned up for the first event of this season at the new
Walton track. Jacqui was making her debut enthusiastically and was supported by
super fan Tom Rowley. Steve Newellís presence was greatly appreciated because we
needed to provide help with marshalling two of the throwing events so helped to
free up others for participation. Janet and Steve Hillier also helped with
marshalling. Thank you all three of you.
Jacqui and Janet put the team into 3rd place in the ladies competition with
Jacqui taking part in the 200m,400m and 800m and Janet in the hammer. It is
looking good for the ladies competition with two others, shifts permitting,
hoping to appear later in the season.
Steve Hillier threw the Discus, Ian Haylock and Neil Frediani ran 1500m (Ian
to score) and Neil Frediani threw the Javelin
Neilís two results were pbs.
London Marathon Reports
A runner collapsed near us and David Duggan, Ian Cockram and I (John
Lennon) went to help him. It was a while till St John's got to him, so we
were with him for 15-20 minutes. I contacted the charity on his running
top to ask how he was and they confirmed that he was ok. I've since
received the e-mail below from the runner, thanking us & I thought I
would share it with you. It's good to get positive feedback and nice to
feel that we might have made a telling contribution:
ĎYour email has been passed to me by the charity. I Just want to
say thank you so so much for your help after I collapsed. To be honest I
canít remember much about me actually collapsing, but I have
photographic evidence, and I would have been in a lot more trouble if it
wasnít for you guys! Iím all better now, but as you can imagine I wasnít
very well last week after the hypothermia! Unfortunately, I didnít finish
the marathon this year, I could hardly walk to the taxi never mind the
finish line, but thereís always next year!í
Firstly, I would like to say a massive thanks to BAAC for giving me the
amazing opportunity of running the London Marathon.
I printed off a training plan to follow, as I like to actually Ďtick offí my
runs once completed. Most of the runs were freezing, cold and wet, therefore no
preparation for the actual day as regards to the weather!!
The sunny weather was just too much for me on the day. By the time I got to
mile 5 I realised I needed to slow my pace right down as I wanted to finish in
one piece and with a smile on my face.
I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed the day despite being exactly
one hour slower than my PB. To be able to soak up the carnival atmosphere,
encourage others and not sustain any injuries is something Iím more than happy
about. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in my twenties and had my first
joint replacement in my forties so to be able to run is exhilarating for me let
alone running in the best marathon in the world.
Well done to all the other runners and of course a massive thank you to all
January 2018 - Training hasnít been bad as short runs but boy have
they been wet and cold.
February 2018 - So runs are getting a bit longer, still cold but even
colder and snow has now entered the mix. My daughter has been admitted
to hospital and been put on HDU. Iím staying 24 hours with her so
training is on the back burner.
March 2018 - Daughter still in hospital and going to be put on life
support, marathon training is certainly forgotten. Thank goodness at the
last minute this didnít happen as she started to improve. After two
weeks its back to training, short run done to get back in to it and a
long run. Gone down with flu after the stress of the last couple of
weeks. Feeling rough and coughing an awful lot but I need to do 16
miles. Well the weather started ok-ish but then a blizzard of snow
started. Hands have swollen and canít bend my fingers as so cold. A hot
bath is definitely needed. Had a few niggles this month, I think my
calves are tight and making it painful on the heel of my foot.
April 2018 - Well still wet and cold with the training runs done 18.5
miles, 22 miles and 23 miles. Been huge puddles and lots of mud but also
a lot of laughs with my training buddies. Think I am nearly marathon
ready. Skiing at Easter, why did I think this was a good idea a couple
of weeks before the marathon. Iím flying down black runs thinking I
should be dressed in bubble wrap. Thankfully no injuries and made it
home safe and sound. As I have been skiing then I havenít run, did a
short run and then only, yes only, an 8 mile run. Before this that would
have felt like a marathon on its own. I think I can do this but the
thought of it still scares me to death. I will be on my own without my
training buddies but there will also be thousands of people around me in
the same position. Positive thoughts and mind. Expo day and I have found
out that I am in red wave and pen 8 with my training buddy, fantastic
news. What a great day at the Expo, just the marathon now.
Marathon Day - I feel sick and have never felt this nervous in all my
life, Iím trying to force my porridge down. A very quiet walk to the
start line with my training buddy. Found my kit bag lorry and now in a
long queue for the toilet. Off to the pen, there is no shade and I feel
zapped of energy before I have even started. There are cheers and I
assume the first wave is off. 49 minutes later and itís our turn. I have
to let go of my training buddies hand as she is slower than me and Iím
off and left her behind. Itís so hot but Iím taking on little sips of
water and pouring some in my hands for my face and over my head and on
my pressure points. It helps for a while. I am managing to pass people
as not really overcrowded as I had expected but I assume the waves have
helped with this, this is my first marathon so I wouldnít know how it
was before. There are people supporting from the start and as I have my
name on my vest they are calling out my name, this is helping to keep my
going. Itís mile 9 and I am really flagging, this heat is unbearable. I
see my husband and my children and this is the boost I need. I give them
a big sweaty cuddle and Iím off again. I am passing people dressed as
phones, rhinoís, panto dames and lots of different costumes. How they
can run in those is amazing as itís hard enough with just a vest and
leggings on. The support still continues from the crowd which is
absolutely amazing. About four stations have run out of water, I feel
sick so I grab a Lucozade, this has made me feel sick even more. I see
my family again at two other places and it is a huge boost again. People
are being sick and having their legs stretched due to cramp. There are
white lines on peopleís shorts and leggings which I assume is the salt
they have sweated out. I have strided rather than run from about mile 13
as my calves were cramping as I ran, I wanted to finish and knew this
was the best option. Mile 24.5 is coming up, getting a bit emotional as
I have seven friends marshalling there for BAAC. I have big cuddles and
lots of well dones from them and I only have 1.7 miles to go. There
will be no sprint finish from me as I try and run again and my calvesí
cramp again. Well itís 5 hours 45 minutes and 10 seconds since I left
the start and I am at the finish, what an amazing feeling and such an
amazing day. I said it was my one and only marathon but I will be
entering the ballot when it opens on Monday 30 April. It is so hard to
explain the emotions you go through, it is a day I will never forget and
huge thanks go to BAAC for giving me this fabulous opportunity.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 5th May 2018
|5th May 2018
||family & friends
||New member, run #6
||F-2, run #96, new member
||run #60, 56th at Woking
||run #280, course pb
||1st run at Bracknell, park #26
||1st run at Frimley, park #28
||1st parkrun this year
||1st run at Hampstead Heath
||1st run at Hampstead Heath
||1st run at Hogmoor, park #27
||1st run at Mole Valley, club rec(F)
||1st run at Sixfields, park #94
||1st run at Victoria Dock
||run #86, 40th at Black Park
||run #33, first this year
||62nd run at Crane
||run #251, 23rd at Crane
||run #192, 2018 sb at Crane
||275th run at Gunnersbury
||125th run at Gunnersbury
||walk or run #295 *
||age grade best at Tring
||run #287, park #68
The early May Bank Holiday and fine weather brought parkrunners out in record breaking numbers across the UK with 5km parkrun
attendance exceeding 140,000, or 150,000 if you include all the volunteers.
Bedfont Lakes provides a model of consistency with exactly 250 finishers
for the second time in three weeks.
We welcome two new female members in action this week.
Zara Thorn (29:36 at Nonsuch) has joined from Sutton and District AC
while Kay Trinder (21:51 at Woking) is also a member of Woking AC.
Former Track and Field captain Eddie Giles who has been a
parkrunner since 2010 finally reached his century with a 25:52 run at Salisbury.
John Coffey (27:43) continues to chisel away at the MV75
category record at Hazelwood, his new favourite parkrun. Join
him this coming Saturday and help him shave off another few seconds.
Several members were in holiday tourist mode and made a
first appearance at a parkrun somewhere including Bob Bannister (29:18 at
Bracknell), Alice Banks (27:35 at Frimley Lodge), Benita and John Scaife (35:50
at Hampstead Heath), John Lennon (33:04 at Hogmoor Inclosure), Trish McCabe
(33:01 at Mole Valley), Sarah Gordon (35:41 at Sixfields Upton), Caroline
(25:28, club record) and Ian Cockram (25:29 at Victoria Dock).
Updated parkrun stats -
club parkrun stats
* A big PW, but I did
manage to finish ahead of twenty participants plus the tail walker. Roderick
UK parkrun participation 5th May 2018 - click picture for more details.
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