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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th July 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Thursday 10th July - Great City Race - Marshalling team meet at Bank at 18:00
  • Wednesday 23rd July - Club In-house Event - Ruffell Runaround
  • Thursday 24th July - BA Fun Run 5k and kids race - Harmondsworth Moor from 16:00 - Runners and Volunteers wanted

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: Diary.shtml (updated 2nd June).

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Poster Running Club Publicity Poster for July to October

Please load the full version of this publicity poster and circulate it to friends and colleagues or print it off and pin it to appropriate noticeboards.  The poster is orientated towards "BA", "London" and "Waterside".  If you would like an alternative version more in keeping with a different group of runners then please send me alternative text and/or pictures to include and I'll send you a new version. Full PDF version (260 Kb).

BAAC Publicity Poster July 2014

Magic Mile Results 3rd July 2014

Runner 05-Jun-14 03-Jul-14 Difference Best Time
Chris Kelly n/a 00:05:51 n/a 00:05:43
Matthew Stratful 00:05:58 00:05:54 -04 seconds 00:05:43
Richard Ruffell 00:06:01 00:06:04 +03 seconds 00:05:59
Helen Lawrenson 00:06:12 00:06:15 +03 seconds 00:06:11
Linsey Carr 00:06:45 00:06:34 -11 seconds 00:06:34 ***
Simon Ashford 00:06:47 00:06:35 -12 seconds 00:06:18
Steve Taylor 00:06:49 00:07:04 +15 seconds 00:06:45
Sharon Kassemzadeh n/a 00:07:09 n/a 00:06:47
Roderick Hoffman 00:07:18 00:07:12 -06 seconds 00:07:12 ***

On the hottest day this year there were nine hardy souls battling the heat.  *** There were 2 PB’s this week, both from 2nd time runners returning from last month.  Lindsey managed to knock eleven seconds off of last month's time recording 06:34, while Roderick came home in a time of 07:12, six seconds quicker.  Roderick is aiming to beat his time from 1999 when he ran 07:06, so he is within touching distance.  Also nice to see Chris join us for the first time in 2014. He clocked the fastest time of the day with 05:51.

Next event Thursday 7th August.

Paul Knechtl

BA Fun Run Thursday July 24th - Runners and Helpers needed (reminder)

The BA Fun Run is on Thursday evening July 24th.  This is the airline's big UK Cancer Research fund generating event and the biggest opportunity the club has each year to make a good impression with British Airways. The little legs race is at 16:30 and the main race is from 17:30.  This means that the event is over earlier in the evening than with other events BUT I do need helpers to get to the parkland soon after 16:00.  Please let me know if you are able to help - all volunteers get meal tokens. For those who like to party the theme this year is Rock and Roll.

 Roderick Hoffman <>

Results of the 5th Rosenheim on Wednesday 2nd July at Eton

Janet Smith WV45 Hammer 37.40m   improved age related record to be ratified
Shot Putt 7.95m  
Danny Treherne Junior 100m   0:12.6 New 14 year old club member
200m   0:26.6
Triple Jump 9.29m  
Gary Rushmer Sn 800m     2:35.7
1500m    5:20.4
3000m   11:27.3
Chris Kelly 3000m   11:15.4
Steve Hillier Hammer 23.59m  
Discus 17.74m  
John Coffey VM70 800m   3:29.9
1500m   6:44.9
Gary Rushmer Jn 200m   0:30.7
400m   1:15.1
Alan Anderson VM75 100m   0:19.8 improved age related record to be ratified
1500m   8:02.9 vacant age related record to be ratified
Gary Rushmer Jn, Paul Giles , Chris Kelly & Danny Treherne 4x200m Relay   2:00.3

WOW what a fantastic evening of track & field athletics at Eton, and a big thank you to all who came to help with all the events such as timing, starting, track judging, field judging, and all the members involved that were retrieving heavy objects that were thrown out of the cage (for hours) you know who you are; a big-big thank you for a very successful evening.

Again, we had club records with Janet with a slight improvement in her Hammer event, and Alan, what can you say, 2 more age related records, great stuff. The 100m British record for VM75 is a bit way off at 13.88 by Alan Meddings but next year Alan is 80 and the VM80 record stands at 15.79 to Colin Fairey, so with a bit a speed training, a big wind assistance, who knows what will happen, watch this space!!

Nice to see some of the families out to help and the Rushmers were out in full force with both sons out on the track, baby Gary was being coached by Granddad, a good stance at the ’get set’ stage, strong power in the legs at ‘go’ but to improve his time he must stop waving to the crowd!!

A great start by Danny in his first open event for the team, a good team member for the future.

The 6th Rosenheim event is at Woking track on Wednesday 16th July, 7.00pm start, hope to see you there.

Eddie Giles

Are you attending the World Airline Road Race this year and if so how many WARRs will you have attended?

By now your plans may be just about complete...or perhaps you are just thinking about getting around to it.  Details of the event can be found on this website: but in short there is a 10k and a 5k race on the Sunday with other events on the Thursday evening (in Trinity College) and Friday evening (in Dublin Castle) and a big awards do on the Sunday night.  Saturday is a bit of a free day but we can take in a Dublin parkrun in the morning (several to choose from) and we could have a team meal in the evening.  Follow the instructions on the site to book your discounted hotels and to enter for the WARR event.  Hotline flights can be arranged for under £100 on BA and could even be cheaper on Aer Lingus if you book now.

Please let me know to expect you in the team - and note that the more the merrier with all abilities fitting in just fine.  Also let me know how many WARR events you will have attended and in particular if you will have attended 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 events.

Roderick Hoffman <>

Club parkrun results for Saturday 5th July

5th July 2014 Club Run Time Position Gpos parkrun Comment
Ben CHAYTOW British Airways AC 00:21:58 13 12 Crane Park
Ray HAMPTON British Airways AC 00:27:20 34 29 Cheadle Hulme Club parkrun #115
Scott DAVISON British Airways AC 00:24:24 37 33 Bedfont Lakes
Richard RUFFELL British Airways AC 00:20:41 37 36 St Albans Back home
Christopher T KELLY British Airways AC 00:21:45 40 38 Reading
Tony HIRD British Airways AC 00:25:22 45 40 Gunpowder
Daniela MAYEROVA British Airways AC 00:29:38 125 41 Fulham Palace
Roderick HOFFMAN British Airways AC 00:24:57 46 42 Andover Club parkrun #116
Alan ANDERSON British Airways AC 00:28:33 141 100 Gunnersbury
John COFFEY British Airways AC 00:23:54 248 219 Bushy

Steve's away so apologies to anyone whose time or achievement has been missed.  The above table is based solely on those who have "British Airways AC" as their parkrun club.  Ten parkrunners at ten different parkruns!  Both myself and Ray Hampton visited new parks for the club.  Ray is rapidly running out of parkruns a short drive from Manchester Airport whereas I've almost exhausted those drivable from Heathrow.  I decided to visit Andover, a 65 minute drive away, at 7:20 on Saturday morning when my parents rang to say they couldn't meet me at Northala Fields. This was a nice course for those who like a good chunk of their run to be on grass - probably 70:30 grass/tarmac. Next Saturday I'm already committed to be up Ray's way at Lyme Park (where he has already run) where I expect to lose my UK parkrun record.  I'll say more next week.

Roderick Hoffman


Crazy things runners do

We're putting together a blog post on this on the crazy things runners do just to get their run in - examples include squeezing runs in at airports during flight delays and running in borrowed kit (often wrong size or gender!)  In fact I'm sure I remember running during a flight connection at Tokyo on the way back from WARR in Sydney donkey's years ago!

People can either comment directly on the blog or just email me Bill Byrne <> !

Bill Byrne

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