The logo of the baRUNNER website. HOME NEWS DIARY

baRUNNER - a website for the British Airways Athletics Club

The logo of the baRUNNER website.

BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th January 2013

This News Digest

This is being sent to you because you are on the BA Athletics Club email list.  If you wish to be removed please email us at Do you know someone who might appreciate being on the mailing list?  They don't need to be a member.  Let us know.

Difficulty viewing this email? Read it off the website instead - Latest.shtml.

Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • Saturday 12th January 2013 - BA hosted Men's Surrey League Cross Country at Cranford Park 14:30 or earlier. Ladies at Mitcham Common - see last week's digest.
  • Wednesday 16th January - Forrester "4-Way Folly" from Concorde Centre from 18:00.  Social afterwards.
  • Tuesday 22nd January - Round-the-Block - Traditional 3 mile race round the Concorde Centre from 12:30 (see below)

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: Diary.shtml.

Editorial - Club Membership

The British Airways Athletics Club has fewer members than it used to have and this is impacting the range and depth of the activities available to you. Our best recruitment agents should be our existing members.

What can YOU do to attract additional members?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Propose potential members - email their details to the membership secretary at
  • AND/OR Suggest additions to the distribution list - email (as a courtesy please copy in your proposed additions so that they can decline if they so wish).
  • Promote the club at events you take part in.
  • Join the club yourself (this digest is sent to non-members as well as members).
  • Promote the club's events to other runners you know. Consider the following:
  • Men's and Ladies' Cross Country races this Saturday 12th January,
    Round-the-Block race on Tuesday lunchtime on 22nd January,
    5 mile handicap run on Wednesday 30th January,
    Next club parkrun at Woodley near Reading on Saturday 2nd February.

Details of how to join the club and club benefits are held on the website:

Roderick Hoffman

Round-the-Block Race Tuesday 22nd January 2013 - Details

Happy New Year to you all.

What better way to get improve your fitness and kick start 2013 with this years Round-The-Block event. Its now less than 3 weeks away and will be taking place on Tuesday 22nd January 2013 at 12:30 . As in past years the race is a single lap course of around 5k, around the Heston area. The start is a short 10 minute walk from the Concorde Centre, so please leave enough time to get to the start.  Anybody is welcome to take part. This is a fun event and ALL levels of runners/joggers are welcomed.

On arrival to the Concorde Centre you are reminded to swipe in at the reception. Those people who are NOT BA Clubs members, will need to sign the team declaration sheet instead.

The entry fee is 1 per person and all proceeds go to the White Lodge Charity.

You can either enter the race as an individual or as part of a team. Teams are to be made up of 4 runners, including at least one male and one female. Please enter your teams on the day at the start at the Concorde Club. Don't forget your entry fee.

To make life a little easier, if your entering as a team can you please complete the attached form and have it ready with your money on arrival.

There is ample parking at the Concorde Club for your cars and the Concorde Club changing facilities will be available for your use. Please don't leave any valuables in the changing rooms OR car keys.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask.


Paul Knechtl

PS Please feel free to pass this on to anybody else who may be interested.

Cunning' Marathon Training

Ian Cunningham is in training for this year's London Marathon and the year has started well  On January 1st we reported that he had run both the Bushy and Kingston parkruns.  How did he get from one to the other, 2.5 miles away, in under half an hour?  He ran of course.  He was accompanied by Piers Keenleyside who also has a Marathon place - this time through the club.  I didn't ask how they got home afterwards.

Last Saturday Ian was part of the biggest ever parkrun field at Bushy along with John Coffey - 1051 runners in all.  parkrun just keeps growing and growing with a total of 27,782 runners worldwide last Saturday - excluding a couple of events with late results {ED - One such exclusion was Pymmes that I ran at - not that that excludes many runners...I finished eighth}.

Tadworth 10

On Sunday Ian was the only BAAC registered runner at the Tadworth 10 on Epsom Downs. He says:

"I had a couple of warnings that the course was hilly rather than undulating and they weren't wrong. Fortunately I was running it as a training run rather than full on race so my 1 hour 20 mins finish was pretty much what I was hoping for. Unfortunately the fog on the Downs spoilt the views and took the edge off the temperature, but it's certainly a good testing race to start the year off.



Running Shorts

There is an old Chinese proverb that says "Before you comment on another runner's running style it is important that first you should run a mile in their shoes.  That way, when you comment on their style, you will be a mile away...and you have their shoes!"

I taught my mother-in-law the importance of fitness.  At age 60 I got her to run five miles every day.  That was eight years ago so I've no idea where she is now.

Q: What's the best advice for someone who wants to take up cross country running?
A: Emigrate to Luxemburg.

Peter, "I used to enjoy Marathons but I had to give them up."
Paul, "Why was that?"
Peter, "They changed their name to Snickers."

And continuing a theme from previously...

Q: What do you get when you try to keep pace with an old racehorse?
A: Knackered.

Anon     (bad? then send me better!)

News for the next BAAC News Digest? It's a brief digest this week - please submit content such as '10 to 12 points on "Why Cross Country?" '.

Please let us have your ideas for how club communications can be improved and please send us items for inclusion in the next Digest.  Results, news, feedback, jokes, stores - send it to us at,uk.

Club website:



Full Index