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BA Athletics Club News Digest 8th August 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.
*Club Event Map: [long googlemap address you are not going to type in]
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Monopoly Event - Concorde Centre 27th July results
This year's Monopoly event was run on Wednesday as storm clouds gathered over the Concorde Centre. Fortunately the rain held off. Seven competitors (a tricky prime number) were divided into three teams, and were set the task of gathering as many title deeds, houses and hotels as possible in forty minutes. The Old Kent Roads, Pall Malls and one hundred pound notes were being dished out by Harry at a distant corner of the sports field, while Mayfairs, houses and hotels could be found with Steve on the bridge over the M4. Everyone had to be back at the finish by 7pm.
Teams Battleship, Racing Car and Boot got their timings spot on, saving last minute sprints to Harry's marshalling point as the sports hall clock closed in on 1800 GMT.
Victory came to the Boot team, with their competitors not far behind.
Thank you to marshals Harry Wild and Paddy O'Shea.
We moved to the still open bar after the event, and were pleased to be joined by Brian Forrester, as we tucked into sticky cakes and fruit.
Sterling amounts based on the value of property title deeds, hotels, houses
and cash returned to Linda at "GO"
August Dream Mile results - 4th August 2016
It was warm and with a headwind but it was great to see some improvements from previous runs.
The next event will be on Thursday 1st September at the usual place and time (Bath Road, 12:45). The first Paul K. organised mile was on 5th September 2013 so this will be the 3rd anniversary event. Of the four running last week who had run that first event only Neil has improved his time - but perhaps we'll see some all time PBs next month!
Roderick Hoffman OBO Paul Knechtl
Club parkrun results for Saturday 6th August
Possible cheating scandal at the 100th run at Woking this week with a runner supposedly recording a 97.8% grade finish. The result has since been removed from the results with the thought that the runner only ran two of the three laps required. The MV75-79 category runner's Russian trainer has refused to comment on the suggestion that the runner had deliberately hidden in the woods on the second lap.
A more notable runner at Woking was Darren Wood (21:56), a Frimley (very) regular, who completed his 571st parkrun. Wow!
Ben Chaytow (21:20) continues to run at Crane Park regularly and that was his best time this year. Ian Cunningham (23:50) headed north to Woodbank (Stockport) to set a new club record there and Piers Keenleyside(23:07), with his wife Kathryn (40:15), made his first visit to Stevenage and to better the club best time there. Steve(23:08) and Linda Dodsworth (26:08) were our first members to run at Southport which started just 9 weeks ago. Roderick Hoffman(26:26) and Sarah Gordon(34:59) ran at Long Eaton in Nottinghamshire. Our course record (20:48) there incidentally is held by Richard Ruffell.
Steve Newell (36:07) took his bike to Cheshunt, the furthest north station on the London Overground network and then cycled another five miles up into Hertfordshire to Barclay Park in Hoddesdon. He is still finding hilly courses rather challenging! A Saturday morning to remember nevertheless.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Whilst I was running my 163rd different parkrun others were also involved in parkrun tourism. I'm in 22nd place on the international leaderboard but well behind the leader Paul Freyne on 312 events. If I keep doing different events I might just catch the parkrunner in 20th place, Chris Cowell, the runner whose name is now synonymous with parkrun tourism since anyone who achieves 100 parkruns is said to be in the Cowell Club.
There is also pure tourism. A pure parkrun tourist is someone who runs at different events without ever having repeated an event. I did get the record of being the first person to make it to 50 parkruns without repeating and my final tally was 52 before I returned to Bedfont Lakes to collect my "50" shirt. My tally was beaten by Gregory Bailey, and I joined him at Lyme Park on the day he exceeded my record. Gregory hasn't stopped since and ran his 150th pure tourist parkrun last Saturday at Southampton. Others are following the same example (well it is easier these days with 400plus UK parkruns - there were only 71 UK parkruns on the date I did my first, and 167 on my 50th) with Morgan Daniels on 93 and several people in the 60s. A new contender also ran at Tilgate on Saturday, Dame Kelly Homes (21:23) ran her 10th different parkrun so perhaps isn't content with the two gold medals that had appeared to crown her running career!
A new parkrun country would appear to be in sight and it isn't Sweden! Anyone jetting off to Canada in the next week or so might like to consider attending the inaugural Okanagan parkrun in British Columbia on 20th August. But check before you travel because the page promoting this is still a work-in-progress page.
Ride London Thanks
Congratulations to The Ruffells, Graham McLellan, Andrew Jordan, Paul Brandon, Marzia Coltelli and anyone else associated with the club for their great efforts in cycling in this event last weekend. It was certainly exhilarating to marshal so close to the speeding bikes in Whitehall as they entered the last mile to the finish.
I would like to echo the thanks of the event organisers, for the hard work put in by our team of 18 marshals in managing the Whitehall crossing and switch, moving thousands of spectators safely from one side of the road to the other.
If you haven't experienced this event, born out of the 2012 Olympics, come and see for yourself next summer!
Coaching Corner ! - Ten Tips to Prevent Running Injuries (alternative view)
Thank you to Joe Nolan for his coaching tips. As usual there are alternative views out there and Dave Barnard pointed out this recent article from the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jul/18/knees-stretching-heel-striking-three-running-myths-debunked
The author suggests that three running injury myths should be debunked:
1. "You'll wreck your knees" - runners would appear to have better knees than non-runners - there is “no evidence that running increases the risk of osteoarthritis, including participation in marathons.”
2. "Stretching is Vital" - his conclusion is "no correlation between stretching and injury prevention".
3. "Heel-striking bad, midfoot good, barefoot is best" - his conclusion is that it probably doesn't make much difference for most of us.
AJ Bell London Triathlon 2016: Result
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