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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th April 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Thursday 10th April - Pre-London Marathon meeting - Concorde Centre from 19:00 (see below)
  • Sunday 13th April - London Marathon - Good luck to all involved in running and marshaling
  • Monday 28th April - T&F Grand Prix: 1000m and Triple Jump - Uxbridge Track

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Watersplash 10k (and 5k) Results - Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A mild dull evening with only a slight breeze greeted the runners back to the traditional figure-of-8 course round the Western International Market site and through Cranford Park.  The vehicle gate into Cranford park was closed shortly after 6 p.m. so runners lost a few moments negotiating the swing pedestrian gate by the bridge.

There were three wave starts for the 10km event based on expected pace/ability and a later mass start for the 5km runners.  Everyone finished in daylight (annual novelty!). Several 10km runners opted to stop after 5km. Their times are highlighted in the results but they were denied their full entitlement to Brian Forrester's chocolate bar distribution in the clubhouse (Washington Room).

The team tea (beans, chips and sausages(2) with fried eggs alternative) was provided by the Concorde Club kitchen.   While we were eating that Chelsea were losing a Champions League quarterfinal (first leg, away) 3-1 to PSG.

Watersplash 10km time age WAVA mins/km mins/mile age - time start time
Chris Kelly 40:28 48 74.65% 4:03 6:31 8 6.35pm
Barry Walters 42:16 58 77.62% 4:14 6:48 16 6.35pm
Graham Taylor 45:40 54 69.46% 4:34 7:21 9 6.24pm
Richard Ruffell 47:24 52 65.82% 4:44 7:38 5 6.24pm
Neil Frediani 50:09 62 67.75% 5:01 8:04 12 6.24pm
Steve Taylor 50:36 51 61.16% 5:04 8:08 1 6.24pm
John Coffey 51:18 72 73.37% 5:08 8:15 19 6.24pm
Roderick Hoffman 55:32 53 56.64% 5:33 8:56 -2 6.24pm
Steve Newell 01:01:57 69 58.55% 6:12 9:58 8 6.12pm
Roy Lilley dnf 46 6.35pm

Using the WAVA* calculator Barry Walters was best for his age but John Coffey won the bottle of beer for the best age (in years) less time (in minutes).  Both rounded down.

Watersplash 5km time age WAVA mins/km mins/mile start time
Gary Rushmer ** 20:35 53 73.42% 4:07 6:37 6.35pm
Eddie Giles 26:00 65 64.51% 5:12 8:22 6.40pm
Alan Friar ** 28:29 69 61.19% 5:42 9:10 6.12pm
Steve Hillier 30:43 59 51.76% 6:09 9:53 6.40pm
Daniella Mayerova ** 32:12 '21' 45.96% 6:26 10:22 6.12pm
Alan Anderson ** 32:15 78 62.26% 6:27 10:23 6.12pm

** started in a 10km wave but stopped half way! (Gary Rushmer slipped, suffered some grazing and retired as a precaution with the LM in mind)

* WAVA = World Athletics Veterans Association

Thanks as ever to Brian Forrester, Paul Brandon and Ann Coffey for start/finish, timekeeping; Harry Wild and Paddy O'Shea for marshaling.

Steve Newell

Winter Five Mile Handicap Series Results

Handicap Results Graph
The graph above show the results for each week for all competitors who ran at least three of the six handicap races.  Points are joined only where a competitor ran in consecutive races. This shows how consistent Richard and Piers were - matching each other as well as themselves month on month.  They had eleven runs between them with the fastest at 33:04 and the slowest at 33:57.  But they only started together once.  Statistically, in case you are interested, Piers was the most consistent based on standard deviations but he did miss the first race of the series.  But what counts is the Paul Brandon points formula and the results from that are:

Position Runner Runs March Pts Total Pts Runner Runs March Pts Total Pts
First Richard Ruffell 6 11 74
Second Gary Rushmer 6 9 59 Denis Foxley 1 0 15
Third Piers Keenleyside 5 7 49 Harry Wild 4 4 15
  Barry Walters 5 0 39 Steve Taylor 2 6 13
  Steve Newell 6 5 35 Matthew Stratful 1 0 13
  John Coffey 3 0 32 Jeremy Short 2 0 12
  Chris Kelly 4 8 26 Roy Lilley 1 10 10
  Roderick Hoffman 5 1 22 Tony Barnwell 2 0 9
  Alan Friar 3 0 22 Mark Taylor 1 0 9
  Simon Turton 2 0 20 Alan Anderson 3 3 8
  Steve Hillier 3 2 19 Paul Knechtl 1 0 7
  Graham Taylor 3 0 18 Helen Smith 2 0 7
  Neil Frediani 4 0 18 Eddie Giles 1 0 6
  Joe Nolan 2 0 15 Alice Banks 1 0 2

Paul Brandon with analysis by Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun Results for Saturday 5th April

Roderick Hoffman ran his 100th parkrun at Pymmes and achieved his PB on the course - Pymmes run four times and a course PB every time!  Roderick becomes the 9th member of the club to join the 100 parkrun club.  Alan Anderson remains well in the lead with his incredible 305 parkruns. Alan ran at Gunnersbury and finished in his fastest time for some while, 28:58, obviously benefiting from some fine pace judgment from the 29 minute pacer on the day, Steve Newell, who finished spot on in 29:00 (and that without a GPS watch). Next to the 100 club is likely to be Kerstin Luksch who also ran at Gunnersbury on her 96th run. Next to the 50 club could be Gary Rushmer who has been stalled on 49 since 1st January but presumably as soon as the London Marathon is passed he'll race through the 50 barrier. But if he hesitates then Richard Ruffell or Colin Haylock, both currently on 45, will get there first.  Alice Banks returned to the country and promptly smashed her parkrun PB at Black Park with 24:57.

Updated parkrun stats:  

Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell

100 different parkruns - the big push on Saturday 19th April

 Please let me or Steve know if you intend to do a different parkrun that day and we'll coordinate - to avoid individuals turning up at the same "different" parkrun. Roderick

WARR is coming...World Airline Road Race Dublin, 2nd to 5th October

Dublin Hotels are now bookable via the website and click on the WARR logo to get to the WARR rates.  The O'callagan Alexander is the official WARR Host Hotel but the next door (literally) O'callaghan Davenport and O'callaghan Mont Clare are part of the same deal.  Each of these is relatively small and it is highly likely that they will be full quite soon.  Several other hotels are listed, again with good rates (compared with those on other booking engines for the same hotels) and I've suggested that the Doubletree is a good team backup - partly because it will probably be the venue for the awards evening.

This is the local website though it's not yet set up with information for WARRiors:

I am party to additional details but I can't publish them so if you need to know something ask and I'll see what I can say.

Roderick Hoffman

Prudential Ride London 2014 (marshals and entrants needed)

This exciting event takes place again this year over the weekend of August 9th/10th.

BAAC and friends provided marshaling teams in Central London on both days, and we have been asked to do so again by the London Marathon organisation, who help to co-ordinate the event.  This year, we have just been offered two guaranteed entries in the London-Surrey 100.  If you would like to be a candidate for one of these places, please let me know by April 14th.  We would ask that you can guarantee to provide at least three marshals for race day.

You can find out more information at

I will be in touch again after the London Marathon requesting help for this busy weekend:  you will be welcome to come along on Saturday, Sunday, or if you're really keen, both!

Steve Hillier

Pre London Marathon Briefing on Thursday 10th April 19:00

This is targeted at all volunteers.  The occasion is used to hand out information, gifts, passes and equipment that you will need on Sunday.  Please try to attend or to know someone who is attending who can pick up your stuff for you.  If you are not a member of BA Clubs please let Steve Hillier know so that he can put your name on the door.

Steve Hillier

Team Relays Update

The Green Belt Relay will be on May 17th and 18th and Chris Kelly has entered a team on behalf of the club.  We have enough runners and helpers BUT Chris will be anxiously checking his phone and inbox in the days after the London Marathon to check in case anyone has to drop out.  That means that there may well be an option for you to join the team - and certainly if you want to get involved in helping with the logistics sometime over the weekend perhaps with a thought to getting in the team next year. 

On June 8th at Maidenhead from 2pm at Braywick Park there is to be a Relay Marathon. This is a race for teams from 1 to 10 to run 26.2 miles, made up of 10 laps of 2.62 miles. No tricky logistics and if we get 10 then each leg is less than a 5k so no long legs to be covered. Looking at the website (Purple Patch Running) it looks low key, not too many teams, and we could be challenging for honours!! We would need to enter soon as the event is not too far away, so if you are up for this one please email me at asap. Could be a bit of fun.

Norfolk Relay: Sadly we have had to decide not to enter a team in this event since we only had half the number that we needed for a team.


There is a significant birthday in the club this week - turn up on Wednesday evening (9th) to find out who it is and how many years old he/she is...and no doubt share in the birthday cake.

Travelling to London for the Marathon? Alison Pearce points out that in addition to London Underground, Chiltern Railways is also offering free travel to runners and officials and some extra trains.  Check their website for details: 

On the 13th April I will be running the London Marathon for the White Lodge Centre charity which helps disabled kids with big hopes ad dreams. I would be grateful if you donated as much as you can since this charity is close to my heart. My Just Giving page link is :  Kind Regards, Jagjit Singh

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