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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th March 2016


  • Wed 16th March - "Mad March Twister" from 18:00 +Social at 20:00 at Heston Venue*
  • Sun 20th March - British Airways Cross-Country Championships - Cranford Park from 10:30*
  • Wed 30th March - Final Five Mile Handicap of the season - "the decider" - Heston Venue from 18:00*

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: Diary.shtml.

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Advance Notice - Sunday 15th May 2016 - British Airways AC Track & Field Championship and Family Fun Day

This is your opportunity to take part in any (or all!) of a range of Track and Field events and you can bring your colleagues, friends and family also. Participation is more important than achievement and instruction will be given before any event. Sunshine has been ordered for the day (but cannot be guaranteed). Participation is free for both members and non-members though is at your own risk.

Thames Valley Athletics Centre. Pococks Lane, Eton SL4 6HN (See club map).

Start Time     Event
12.30              Discus*
13.00                800m
13.15                Triple Jump*
13.45                  200m
14.00                  Shot Putt
14.00         Balloon & Egg and Spoon race
14.15           400m*
14.30           Wellie Wanging
15.00            Javelin*
15.15              1000m
15.15              Age 7 and under 50m sprint
15.20               Age 8-10 years 80m sprint
15.45       100m*
16.00        Hammer
16.30         1500m*
16.45          Presentation & close

 *Superstars Event-an open competition for anyone who wishes to participate in a variety of both track & field events, to parade their athletic prowess!! All 6 events must be covered to be Superstar Champion.

Hope to see you all there.

 Eddie Giles (

London BUPA 10000 - Bank Holiday Monday, 30th May 2016

I am aware that the London Marathon is still a few weeks away and that many of you are probably helping out at our various crossing points.  I also know that many of you who help out at the Marathon also come along to help out at the BUPA event, so I thought I give you a heads up especially since the organisers of this year's London BUPA 10000 have already been in touch.

This year they would like us to look after 2 "Disley" crossings; one is our usual crossing, and the other a new crossing along the same stretch. They are looking for 40 volunteers - 20 at each of the crossings. As usual, this is a half day job for us and we will arrange coach pickup at the Heston Venue/Concorde Club (and back) for those who wish to use the coach, and meeting those who wish to travel there on their own at the marshals' meeting point. Jackets/t-shirts and packed lunch are usually provided by the organisers so I will need to know your preference:

  • Jacket/t-shirt Size        S / M / L / XL
  • Packed Lunch              Meat / Vegetarian
  • Coach                          Yes / No

I'll need to have numbers by the end of April but let me know now if you can.

Thank you in advance.

Clara (

ASCA Cross Country in Hamburg 2nd April 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Apologies for the late circulation of this year's ASCA Cross Country event taking place in Hamburg on 02 April. We have only just received the information from the organisers.  They have provided the information in the linked PDF.

I have currently 4 names for the ladies team and one for the men's team.  Gary, the men's captain may have other names submitted to him directly. Please have a look at the information provided and confirm with me or Gary that you are definitely going to this event. For those who have been waiting for the information, please let me know if you are planning on coming too so that I can submit the names to ASCA. Please can those of you going let me/Gary know by the latest This Thursday 10th March 2016.

If you are a serving BA staff with a full membership for the Athletics Club and BA Clubs, you will be able to get a standby flight ticket paid for. However, if you are not a member of the BA Clubs you will have to organise your own flight ticket. Please let me know when you confirm, whether you are a full BA Clubs member, so that we can make arrangement for the ticket.

You will need to make your own hotel booking, either at the race HQ hotel, which is Ibis at Hamburg Airport, or another of your own preference. Event costs will be collected when we get there on Friday, 01April. If any lady wishes to share a twin room with me, please let me know. That'll save us some money on accommodation :)

I hope many of you will be able to come along. This is as much a social event as it is a running event, and always good fun.

Hope to hear from you very soon.

Clara (

Dream Mile Results 3rd March 2016

What a wonderful day. The warm weather caught quite a few of us by surprise, as there where lots of comments about wearing too many clothes. Colin continued his PB run with a time of 6:30, taking off a further 5 seconds. He wanted to get under 6:30, but I guess this will have to wait until after the marathon now. It was great to welcome Derek Baker back after a few months off. He was back in the swing of things recording a time of 8.13. We also had one new participate this month Iain Bell, who opened his mile account with a 6:46 mile. Welcome Iain.

Previous Best Time Last recorded time 03-Mar-16 Difference New Best Time
Dave Bird 00:05:52 00:07:30 00:06:49 -41 seconds 00:05:52
Sharon Kassemzadeh 00:06:47 00:07:26 00:07:16 -10 seconds 00:06:47
Paul Knechtl 00:04:56 00:05:35 00:05:25 -10 seconds 00:04:56
Roderick Hoffman 00:07:08 00:08:09 00:07:59 -10 seconds 00:07:08
Colin Russell 00:07:05 00:06:35 00:06:30 -05 seconds 00:06:30
Iain Bell 00:06:46 00:06:46
Chris Kelly 00:05:42 00:06:18 00:06:19 +01 seconds 00:05:42
Richard Ruffell 00:05:59 00:06:11 00:06:20 +09 seconds 00:05:59
Derek Baker 00:07:16 00:08:00 00:08:13 +13 seconds 00:07:16

Full results in the linked excel spreadsheet.  Previous yearly results can be viewed via the tabs along the bottom.

Next event will be 7th April 2016.

Paul Knechtl

Club parkrun results for Saturday 5th March 2016

5th March family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Chris Kelly 19:56 Reading run #280, 2016 pb 74%
Kerstin Luksch 20:11 Gunnersbury run #175, parkrun pb 74%
Jonathan Cox 21:56 Crane Park run #266, course pb 70%
Mike Lawrence 22:03 Gunnersbury run #18, 2016 pb 72%
Kimberley Turner 23:21 Southsea run #9, first run at Southsea 69%
Steve Dodsworth 23:55 Sunderland run #60, equals parkrun pb 63%
Scott Davison 24:09 Bedfont Lakes 58%
Chris Evans 24:23 Bedfont Lakes 60%
Emily Warburton-Brown 24:26 Kesgrave BA park #233, run #10 61%
Ian Cunningham 24:29 Bushy Park 200th run at Bushy Park 62%
Piers Keenleyside 24:32 Holkham Hall BA park #234, park #19 64%
Colin Russell 25:34 Oak Hill run #14, 13th at Oak Hill 53%
Roderick Hoffman 26:23 Stratford on Avon BA park #235, park #145 58%
Linda Dodsworth 26:29 Sunderland run #55, course pb 59%
Denis Foxley 26:42 Harrow run #32, 29th at Harrow 63%
Alan Friar 27:44 Woodley run #191, 49th at Woodley 64%
Kevin Holland 29:05 Poole 412th/623 59%
David Duggan 29:42 Bedfont Lakes run #139, 93rd at Bedfont 52%
Benita Scaife 29:49 Albury Wodonga 64%
John Scaife 29:50 Albury Wodonga 55%
Alan Anderson 30:11 Gunnersbury run #401 70%
Sreeram Sethuraman 30:16 Upton Court run #72, 65th at Upton Court 44%
John Lennon 30:39 Bedfont Lakes run #198 50%
Steve Newell 32:39 Thurrock BA park #236, park #67 55%
Janet Smith 33:18 Peterborough course pb, club record 51%
Sarah Gordon 34:15 Stratford on Avon run #98 55%
Charlotte Habgood 34:42 Stratford on Avon run #11, parkrun pb 50%
Caroline Cockram 37:54 Bedfont Lakes run #219 43%
Joe Nolan 38:01 Black Park 38' pacer ! 42%
Janet Cunningham volunteer Bushy Park funnel manager

This week has seen an extraordinary explosion of both new members and runs at previously unvisited venues.

In time honoured order we started in Australia where Benita (29:49) and John Scaife (29:50) are currently on tour.  At Albury Wodonga (Albury is in New South Wales, Wodonga is in Victoria) much of the course is along the banks of the Murray river which at that point marks the border between the two states. The course does cross over the river to include stretches in both states.  Albury is a station on the 600 mile (12 hours) Sydney to Melbourne "express" rail route and where there is a crew change.  From the passengers' point of view that is an improvement on the original arrangement when the states railways operated on different gauges and a change of train was also required.

Some hours later and in the British winter time zone Emily Warburton-Brown (24:26), a new member with some runs to her credit at Peckham Rye (pb 25:39), crossed the line at Kesgrave parkrun in Suffolk.

Just a few seconds later and in the next county going northwards, Piers Keenleyside (24:32) crossed the line at Holkham Hall at Wells-next-the-Sea where parkrun has only been in existence since mid-December. The attendance (53) was its lowest to date.

Roll on a couple of minutes and over to week #3 at Stratford upon Avon where Roderick Hoffman (26:23) met up with his sisters Sarah Gordon (34:15) and Charlotte Habgood (34:42).  The attendance of 224 included 43 first timers (but that is nothing like the results at Elgin parkrun #1 where the 216 runners at the inaugural event included 140 first time parkrunners. But Elgin is somewhat remote from other UK parkruns).

Finally, to Thurrock in Essex and the rather exposed all grass course at Orsett Heath, Thurrock, Steve Newell (32:39) was one of only 53 runners.  Five new parkruns in one weekend takes the club total on to 236.

Elsewhere, Steve Dodsworth (23:55) opened his account equaling his pb and setting a new club record at Sunderland and Linda Dodsworth  (26:29) also ran a course pb.  Other recording a pb this week included Kerstin Luksch (20:11) at Gunnersbury and Kimberley Turner (23:21) at Southsea and Jonathan Cox's 21:56 was his best at Crane Park.

We also welcome Colin Russell (25:34) at Oak Hill in north London.  His pb there is 23:31.

Ian Cunningham (24:29) has now reached 200 runs at Bushy Park (234 altogether). His wife Janet was a volunteer funnel manager.

Steve Newell (

Updated parkrun stats:

Wandsworth Council will be pleased to see that the numbers attending Tooting Common are falling - 293 to 292 to 291 so another 191 weeks and they will be down to the level originally required.

Running Shorts

Reminder that The Heston Venue will be closed to BA Clubs members throughout Saturday 19th March due to Imperial College needing the whole venue for their annual Varsity match.

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