BA Athletics Club News Digest 8th February 2016
Wednesday 10th February - "Heartthob Hash"*
- Heston venue from 18:00
Saturday 13th February - Ladies and Men's Cross Country Matches - Richmond
Park 11:30 and Lloyd Park 14:00.
Wednesday 24th February - 5 Mile Handicap*
Heston Venue from 18:00 and Club Awards evening (with food) from 20:00
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:
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Ladies Cross Country Richmond Park this Saturday 13th February for 11:30
Here is the information for the last match of the season:
http://www.barunner.org.uk/attachments/LXC2016 Fixture 4 Information.docx
Please note that for this match, the start time is 11.30 am (not 12.00noon).
The host club informed that this is a special request by the park authorities.
As usual, hope to see many of you there. I get back from Cape Town that morning
so unlikely to run but will be there so can do baby sitting duties if required
Any questions or transport requirement please let me know.
And then the men are at Lloyd Park for 14:00.
Reminder Run of the Month for March - Berkhamsted Half Marathon (10:00) and
5 Mile Fun Run (10:30) - Sunday 6th March
Sunday 6th March sees the annual running of the Berkhamsted Half and
Berkhamsted 5 Mile "Fun" Runs. I've put the "Fun" in quotes since the course
takes you up the hill and back down again and the Half Marathon has an extra
hill thrown in half way.
Traditionally Richard and Bridget Ruffell have made club runners and
supporters welcome at their house which is a short walk from the start and
finish area. This has included showers and Sunday lunch for a fee to be
donated to charity. They need to decide if there are enough runners
entered for the event this year to make this worthwhile so please inform Richard
if you have or intend to enter either of the two races.
It is always great to have a good turn out of BA runners at this well
More information and entry:
Tell Richard - email:
Dream Mile Results - 4th February
||Previous Best Time
||Last recorded time
Thursday saw another blustery day, but not in the same league as January. So
this meant faster times all round compared to last month. Colin Russell the only
person to get a PB this week, knocked off another 30 seconds off, to record a
time of 6:35! A couple more weeks and we should see him running sub 6 minutes.
His excellent time was partly down to Toby Houghton, who just finished in front
him of the day, but pulled him along. Could be another good battle in a few
Next event will be 3rd March 2016.
BA Track&Field Championships booked for Sunday 15th May
The BA championships & fun day is now booked for Sunday 15th May at
Eton, 12.00noon to 17.00. The 1000m & Triple jump, previously
scheduled for Monday 16th May at Uxbridge, will be combined into the
Sunday event so on the Monday we'll revert back to the regular "light"
training session at Uxbridge.
The exact format of the Championship event has yet to be announced but for
now if you have any interest in running from 100m up to 3,000m, throwing or
jumping or if you have kids who might fancy some family orientated events -
please write the date 15th May on the wall.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 6th February 2016
|6th Feb parkrun
||family & friends
||run #230, 7th at Guildford
||run #202, 184th at Bushy
||run #66, 19th at Upton Court
||Bois de Boulogne
||park #142, BApark #226
||run #51, 20th at Sunderland
||run #38, 4th at Guildford
||run #79, 70th at Upton Court
||run #98, 6th at Northala Fields
||run #50, 25th at Maidenhead
||run #135, 8th at Crane Park
It is good to be able to report that Alice Banks has now officially completed
her 50th run and qualifies for her red T-shirt. Exactly half (i.e. 25 for
those who struggled with 'O' level maths) have been at Maidenhead which has been
going for less than a year and where Alice regularly volunteers to help with
Another to notch up 50 (last week) was new member Linda
Dodsworth who can often be found on a Saturday morning at Harrogate or
Roderick Hoffman travelled to Paris where all those Italian
rugby fans might have been fighting for parkrun glory before the main event in
the afternoon. Anyway Roderick (27:35) scored a rare top 10 finish.
Not quite a French pb but he is top equal in the French parkrun most events
table. If only Henry V had lived as long as Roderick. [Roderick adds - "If I
wasn't protecting an injury and had done a French PB at 26:29 I'd been 4th].
Common, now the London parkrun missing from Steve Newell's collection the run
attracted a bumper attendance of 372 in week #2. Part of the course is quite
narrow so it may be best to stay away for a week or two yet!
nearing a milestone include Tony Barnwell on 98 runs and Bill Byrne on 99.
Alan Anderson is up to 397 and could reach 400 by the end of the month.
David Tyas (389) is still tracking him closely. The real race is to 500
which will require another two years of dedication from both of them.
parkrun Tourism - new events
Of last week's reported new parkruns Paris had a dip in attendance
down to just 16 but on the positive side six of those had also run the
previous week (so weren't day trippers) plus one of the "Inconnu"
runners who had forgotten their barcode. Also five of the others were
doing their first ever parkrun. So the 16 probably included eleven locals
who could become regulars. The non-regulars included myself and
two other UK tourists. We are familiar with the tag #dfyb (don't forget your
barcode) but for tourist parkrunners it is important to remember that if
you are travelling to a far flung parkrun, especially one in a foreign
country and in its early days, that it is the responsibility of the
tourist to find the parkrun not the parkrun to find the tourist. I say
that because whilst I did meet the other UK tourists at the finish that was
in fact the first time they had found the course! They did go on to run
round the course but the time given in the results is more to record
their attendance than their running capability.
The picture below shows you what you could see from the parkrun cafe
- the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Meanwhile at Tooting Common, with the news blackout broken, 372
runners turned up, nearly double the number at the inaugural. Analysis
shows that many of those were tourists or visitors disregarding the call
to stay away (including Danny Norman though he had been invited by the
local team). But 77 of the runners got their first ever
parkrun result and they and most of the 39 without barcodes can be
assumed to be locals. Then there were
another 79 who were doing their fifth or less parkrun and 22 of those
had also run the previous week. And another 41 were running at Tooting
for the second time. So this would suggest that the 372 runners included over 200
who were local to the area and for whom Tooting would become their local
parkrun. One hopes that Wandsworth Council realise that this large
number of runners represents the pent-up demand for events of this
healthy nature amongst their voting populous.
There is also a big battle going on currently for Little Stoke
parkrun near Bristol, the two combative sides being the Parish Council
wanting to charge parkrunners for their free use of the amenity and
parkrun with its "events must be free" stance. Saturday's
skirmish had to
be cancelled due to the battleground, sorry park, being waterlogged.
That is an adopted term for parkrunners who are the
opposite of tourists - runners who run and volunteer at the same parkrun week
after week. You could think of them as loyal to one parkrun although that could imply that tourist parkunners were disloyal which wouldn't be right.
First some big Passionista numbers from our club family stats:
- 196 of Ian Cunningham's 230 have been at Bushy (85%).
- 184 of John Coffey's 202 parkruns have been at Bushy (91%).
- 252 of Jonathon Cox's 262 parkruns have been at Bushy (96%).
- Alan Anderson was loyal to Bushy running there 207 times and has
since switched to Gunnersbury where he has now run 175. He also runs
elsewhere occasionally (96%).
- John Lennon has run 179 out of 194 parkruns at Bedfont Lakes
(92%) where Scott Davison has run 134 of his 150 (89%).
- Former member Tony Hird clocked up over 100 runs at Gunpowder
without going anywhere else. I persuaded him to join me at
Barclay (in Hoddesdon where he lives) but since then he has returned
to only running at Gunpowder - so now 117 out of 118 (99.2%).
- Chris Kelly 219 at Reading out of 276 (79%),
- Kerstin Luksch 168 out of 172 at Gunnersbury (98%).
- Joe Nolan has run 238 out of 254 at Black Park (94%).
But then the records outside the club family:
- John HANSCOMBE has run 476 times at Bushy Park out of his total of 480
- John P Woods has run all 434 of his parkruns at Bushy (100%).
- Away from Bushy Colin Harris has run 393 of 422 at Wimbledon Common
Andrew Wyeth has run all of his 386 parkruns at Basingstoke (100%).
We know that Darren Wood has run more parkruns than anyone else with 546.
He originally stuck to Bushy parkrun where he has now done 256 runs but more
recently he has been a regular at Frimley Lodge where he is now up to 252 (so he deserves a 250
shirt from each venue!) (93%). But he has also run at 27 other parkruns and his
parkrun last Saturday demonstrates his loyalty to parkrun rather than any
particular parkrun. He was on a business trip to Atlanta Georgia so come Friday
evening he drove the six hours necessary to get to North Carolina so that he
could run at Durham parkrun. And then drove back. He also
succeeded in finding his way around the Durham parkrun course since he led the
Coaching and Officials Courses
There are another batch of coaching and officials courses being offered by
England Athletics with a wide range of topics including things such as
Timekeeping and Starters. Details can be found here:
. The club is keen that its members develop these skills and is usually able to
make a financial contribution towards the cost of such courses.
Hillier if this appeals to you.
Watford Half - Sunday 7th February
I bumped into Richard Ruffell at the start of the Watford Half.
We ran the first couple of miles together and then I dropped back
after we reached the first of many hills and undulations! It has
been over 10 years since I ran this race and I had forgotten how
hilly it was!
- Richard Ruffell - 1:38:18
- Kerstin Luksch - 1:38:31
- Piers Keenleyside - 1:40:53
- Jas Modaher - 2:17:11
Ed: I wonder if Richard knew he had Kerstin
breathing down his neck at the finish?
The First Round the Block race - was it 1982 perhaps?
I don't remember the year, but the first race consisted of 3 teams:
Operational Research Bealine House (at Ruislip, old BEA head office),
Operational Research Comet House, & Market Research Comet House. I cannot tell
you either who won, but the runners included Peter Ash (MR), David Carrington
(ORC), Bryan Wilson (ORB or C), Steve Fletcher (ditto), Alan Friar (ditto), &
myself for either ORB or C.
At its peak the event had well over 100 runners.
Marrakech Marathon - 31st January
Marrakech Marathon done for 4th year in a row. Not seen the official
results yet but I think I just avoided doing my worst time of the 4
visits. My Garmin was showing 3:36:43 and the slowest of 3 previous was
3:37:59. Had a great run for the first 20 miles when the wheels came off
and I was doing 9,10 and 11 minute miles or worse! Got to 5K in 22
minutes and 10 in 45 and 13 miles in around 1:40. At 20 miles I was
looking at going sub 3:30 but that will have to wait until Manchester
and/or London in April.
It was so hot that I was taken ill at the end - dehydrated and then
drank too much water and was sick - I was then put in an ambulance with
an oxygen mask on! Managed to escape after about 5 minutes!
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