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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th November 2016
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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml. [updated November 4th]
*Club Event Map: [long Google-map hyperlink you would not type in]
Not for you, no longer interested? remove me please.
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Wednesday 9th November - Club Charity Quiz - Heston Venue from 19:45 - Reminder
We look forward to seeing you from 19:45 on Wednesday 9th November for an evening of puzzlement at the Heston Venue (Concorde Centre). You can either turn up as ready made teams of four or more OR fit yourself into a team on the night. The quiz is a fund raiser for our nominated charity, White Lodge. First prize is to have your team name and members published in this news digest. We expect a minimum donation of £2 per person but, since the club is providing food, we would hope that the average donation is at least £5. There is a normal bar and note that non-members are no longer being charged to enter the Heston Venue.
There will be the usual Wednesday evening training runs from 18:00 - nothing formally arranged but we can see who turns up and what distance / speed they want to do. Don't run too far because the Quiz starts at 19:45.
Please come, and if you can tell us to expect you, particularly if you are coming with a ready made team, then we'll be ready.
New Facebook Page
I've started setting up a new Facebook Page for the club. There already is a Facebook Group called BARunner. The Page is something different although I'd hope for it to be able to take over from the Group. Where I'm trying to get to is to have a club social page that all members can post to and correspond with AND where non-members can find out what we are doing - but cannot join in without being enrolled. This would enable us to post details of events like the Speedbird Ladies Race and the Concorde Five. Sadly Facebook doesn't allow quite that arrangement so a compromise is required...
The new Page is called https://www.facebook.com/BARunnerUK/
This digest will continue to be generated and circulated to the email distribution list and via the website since not all members are able and/or willing to use Facebook. We will also cater for members who have no computer access but communications to them will be more by word of mouth at regular events.
Feedback or ideas? email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment to the Facebook Group or Page.
November Dream Mile Results
Green Belt Relay team for 2017?
We would like to decide whether to enter the Green Belt Relay next year Ė 20-21 May 2017 Ė so we need to check we can get a team together.
For those who havenít done it before, itís a challenging though rewarding event, involving 11 runners, covering 220 miles over two days, in staged races, starting Saturday morning at Hampton Court, staying in a Motel in Essex Saturday night, and continuing Sunday finishing with a BBQ/Awards ceremony Sunday evening near Kingston. Along the way you run from point to point, from village to village, through the rolling Shires, mainly on paths not roads, averaging about 10 miles each per day, with varying distances (and amount of hills!) available...
Since Brian Bennett first roped me in in 2006, I think its become my favourite event of the year, so much so that in 2015 I did my two runs in addition to attending a friend's 50th Birthday party in Anglesey on the Saturday night...
So we are looking for runners, and volunteer drivers, and we also have to staff a few marshalling points along the way. Please let me know if you are (even slightly) interested Ė either running, or as a reserve - as there are always some tweaks due to injuries - or for more info. Look forward to hearing from you.
Rgds, Chris Kelly email@example.com
Surrey League - Men at Epsom Downs on Saturday 14th November from 15:00
The second fixture of this years menís cross country league takes place on Saturday at 3pm on Epsom Downs.
New runners are welcome, please let me know in advance (name and date of birth) if you might plan to come and I will add your details into the list of possibles. This is not a particularly muddy course and takes place on and around parts of the horse racing track. Please bring your numbers if you already have them from fixture 1. If anyone needs a lift, let me know and I will see if I can arrange a lift for you.
Cross Country Surrey League- Men Div 3/4 (match 2) Epsom Downs (5miles), organised by 26.2 RRC and assisted by Epsom Oddballs
Start time: 3pm
Location & Travel: Start and Finish is Epsom Downs @ Tattenham Corner (nearest postcode KT18 5PP).
Cars: Epsom Downs is just a few minutes from Epsom Town Centre on the B290 Epsom Downs Road or alternatively just off junction 9 of the M25. attenham Corner is about half a mile past the entrance to the Grandstand with the racecourse on your right.
Public Transport: Epsom Station is connected by both South West Trains and Southern Trains. Metrobus operates a 460, 480 and 406F service which runs from Epsom Town Centre to Tattenham Corner Station.
Course: The course is 5 miles over 2 laps. The terrain is mainly grass and gravel but can also have soft sand and stones, it is suitable for spikes but long spikes are not advised. The course is generally quite fast but has large sections of steady incline and a few sharp turns. Please watch out for other downs users, especially on the intersections where cyclists and horse riders frequently use these paths. Please also watch out for tree roots and any other hazards.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 5th November
A rare first (it is believed) as we were the best represented club at a
parkrun with no fewer than ten runners at Homewood Park in Chertsey this week.
Runnymede Runners and Woking AC are the other clubs there with significant
numbers in over the first four weeks. Barry Walters (20:50)was our fastest
and indeed he has captured the MV60-64 age category record for the time being.
It is a pleasant undulating 3-lap clockwise parkland course through the grounds
of a country mansion and probably best for us runners if it doesn't get too
popular as the paths are quite narrow and the (free) car park not enormous.
If you haven't been yet, give it a try over the winter. Good clean toilets
for all genders now open. The White Lodge, our pet charity for over a
quarter of a century, is close by.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
The International parkrun Tourism Table
The table below is derived from the parkrun Most Events table: http://www.parkrun.com/results/mostevents . Runners appear on this table once they have had results at 30 different parkrun events worldwide. There are currently nine club members on the table, included below. There is also a UK "Most Events" table which only counts runners who have done twenty or more UK parkruns - other club members such as Neil Frediani (25 UK Events) and David Duggan (23 UK Events) appear on that list: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/results/mostevents/.
By running at Gunpowder on Saturday, a repeat run, on the International Table I slipped down one place from 20th to 21st. So it is very competitive towards the top - I had previously done eight consecutive "new" events in nine weeks but repeating for one week and down I go. I was at Gunpowder to celebrate Morgan Daniels making it to 100 events in 100 parkruns, the second person to do so after Gregory Bailey who was also at Gunpowder. I had also joined Gregory when he beat my 52 in 52 record (at Lyme Park) and when he did his 100 in 100 (Fulham Palace - a repeat for me). Also joining us at Gunpowder were Antonio Gomes da Costa and Nigel Harding both of whom are also members of the XinX club. The members of what I'm calling the XinX club call themselves the Hoffmanites after the first person to do 50 in 50!
Milocarians Cross Country Saturday 29th October
Saturday 29th October saw the running of the Milocarians cross country at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. This six mile event challenges more than 100 army cadets against around 80 club runners. The pre-race briefing by a Staff Sergeant was entertaining. He pointed out that this group of soldiers in the peak of physical condition (laughter from the troops) were about to compete against a group of professional athletes (lots of puzzled looks from BAAC, Runneymede etc). The course would involve no hills, only inclines. There would be some points where a short cut could be taken, but the honesty of all is expected (Yes Staff!). Is everything understood? (Yes Staff!), Have you tied your shoelaces? (Yes Staff!), Any questions? (No Staff!).
The course was mostly dry, sandy and stony, but there were inclines (*** steep ones). The ups were tough, the downs scary (I was scared anyway). With a temperature in the high teens, we were soon sweating. Our lead BA runners (Mark, Barry, Gary, Simon and Graham) were competing well in the middle of the pack, and our scoring team of six took 7th place among the nine ďprofessionalĒ teams. The Turner family enjoyed some marathon preparation, tucked in very close behind the team. Meanwhile, a little way behind, Denis, new runners Abigail, Andrea and I had a chance meeting with a herd of very docile cows. They had been left to roam through the tail-enders. We did get back in time to enjoy some of the magnificent spread of food laid on by the Milocarians.
Left to right: standing - Barry, Steve, Simon, Andrea, Graham, Mark, Kimberley; Front - Gary, Mark, Abigail
Thanks for the vocal support given by coordinator Neil Frediani and Lorraine Rushmer, and the generous hosting of the Milocarians .
Neil adds "I attended the XC but didnít run as my left ankle was playing up, I had the dog, had to leave early (no time for cakes L) and wanted to save myself for..."
River Thames Half Marathon - 30th October 2016
There were 5 runners from BA AC at the River Thames Half Marathon which was held in Walton on Thames on the 30th October. It was a cool and highly humid morning but not raining. I am familiar with the route but hadnít run this particular race before and was slightly worried having heard that it was really crowded in 2015 with 1200 or so runners and there were over 2500 registered this time! I donít know if the 2 starts were an innovation this year, there was one for sub 2 hour runners and one for over 2 hours. Most of us from BA were on the sub 2 hour start and there were no crowding issues as far as I could see from that one. This route ran along the roads for most of the first few miles before following the towpath back to the start/finish area at Walton Bridge and on for what seemed like ever, down to Weybridge, during which time the leading runners passed over the top of us on 2 road bridges to Desborough Island. The road joining these bridges made up the last mile or two of the race against the flow of 1 way traffic.
Well done again to Trish who seems to set a pb on most runs at the moment.
Observation and recognition test
This is a photo from last week's parkrun newsletter showing a ghoulish crowd on November 5th. Can you recognise two club members in the shot?
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