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BA Athletics Club News Digest 8th July 2013

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • Wednesday 10th July - Parkway Mile followed by club AGM - Concorde Centre (details below)
  • Thursday 11th July - Great City Race - Marshals meet at Bank at 18:00 or check information from Simon Turton
  • Saturday 13th July - Club featured parkrun - Richmond (details below)

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.

The full events diary is on the club website at: Diary.shtml.

Rosenheim Results from BA Hosted event at Eton on 3rd July

A great evening at Windsor, with massive help from a keen squad of BAAC race starters, hammer collectors, timekeepers, judges, sand sweepers, results compilers, measurers plus the blokes (and girl!) who ran and threw. Windsor and Eton is normally regarded as a remote western outpost to most of the other Rosenheim League teams, but this year they came in their dozens to compete in scoring and non-scoring events.

The results mean that BA is now proudly on the board in the ladies event, with two huge wins on the night courtesy of Janet Smith.

Our men, each of whom also judged or helped when their weren't competing, did enough to keep us in contention for the Rosenheim grand final. We now need lots of athletes to turn up at Woking on July 17th, and we will take the qualifying place from Epsom.


Mens Match

1 St Marys 26.5/263
2 K&P 25.5/263
3 Walton 23/252
4 E&E 11/85
5 BA 10/97
6 Woking 8/57.

Womens Match

1 Walton 25/188
2 E&E 25/182
3 K&P 18/147
4 SMR 14.5/63
5 Woking 12/57
6 BA 3.5/12

Steve Hillier/Eddie Giles

4th Grand Prix Monday 8th July 2013

Hi everyone,

The 4th GP of the season was held at Uxbridge track Monday 8th July. On a very sunny evening 3 athletes from the club + 2 young lads, who turned up, thinking that their scouts athletic event was on that evening, found out that they were a week too early.

1st   Gary Rushmer jn   30.2
2nd   Steve Hillier   32.2
3rd   Gary Rushmer sn   32.5
4th   Lawrence   43.12
5th   Adam   82.0
1st   Steve Hillier   22.66m
2nd   Gary Rushmer jn   18.38m
3rd   Gary Rushmer sn   15.64m
The 2 lads - standing throw from the line
   Adam   16.43m
   Lawrence   14.92m

The next GP events are on:

9th September - 400m & Discus

23rd September- 100m & Long Jump

Eddie Giles

AGM and Parkway Mile and AGM Wednesday 10th July 18:00 / 20:00 Concorde Centre

Parkway Mile - out and back course starting/finishing at Field of Hope (a.k.a. M4 junction 3 pedestrian area)

Two races Slower runners (7:30 for a mile) start at 6.20 p.m. Faster runners start at 6.30 p.m. Fitness fanatics can do both.

Register at the pavilion up until 6 p.m. (otherwise at the start)

Steve Newell

AGM - A reminder that the Annual General Meeting of your club will take place on Wednesday 10th July, at the Concorde Club, from 20:00. Please come along to hear some enlightening reports from your committee, and take the opportunity to question the officers. Last year's minutes are linked below.

Last year's minutes

Steve Hillier

BA Fun Run approaching fast - Thursday 25th July

So far I've recorded offers to help from Chris Kelly+Baljit Dhanda, Simon Turton, Bill Byrne (from 17:00), Clara Halket, Piers K (flight permitting) and Paul Brandon.  I've had a couple of apologies from Eddie Giles and Brian Forrester.

We need many more helpers for this BA managed charity event - please let me know if you are available or, if you are a regular and want to save me the effort of chasing you, please send me your apologies.

Summary - I need some people on site at or before 16:00 and then most others by 17:00 since the main 5k fun run starts at 17:30.  Non-Waterside residents need to tell me their car registration numbers and I am getting meal vouchers for all helpers (which will probably also includes an adult drink).  The BA Fun Run has a theme this year of Carnival.

eMail Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun Results for Saturday 6th July 2013

Name Time parkrun Comment
Chris Kelly 18:54 Reading 151st parkrun
Piers Keenleyside 20:53 Gunnersbury age group score 74.22%
Natalie Ruffell 20:53 St Albans parkrun pb and dead heat with Piers
Richard Ruffell 21:00 St Albans venue pb
Ian Cunningham 21:58 Bushy Park 96th run at Bushy  
Joe Nolan 24:10 Black Park first run since 11th May, now level with John Coffey on 132 parkruns
Scott Davison 24:29 Bedfont Lakes 69th run at Bedfont
Tony Hird 24:34 Gunpowder 2nd week with us and a more representative time
Roderick Hoffman 25:41 Oak Hill best BA time at Oak Hill
Alan Anderson 26:19 Gunnersbury best ever age% at Gunnersbury (76.31%)
Neil Frediani 27:13 Colchester Castle new venue for BA runners (63rd)
Steve  Newell 28:23 Gunnersbury 96th parkrun and 2013 pb

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Steve's parkrun stats

Next Club Featured parkrun - Saturday 13th July Richmond 08:40 for 09:00

On the 13th July the club will descend upon another local parkrun. This time we are going to Richmond Park.

Getting There:

Location Of Start - We start on the Tasmin Trail, approximately 200 meters left of Richmond Gate entrance and before the Cambrian Gate. See the attached map at: 

Getting There by Public Transport - Details on getting to Richmond park by public transport available from The Royal parks website for Richmond park. Nearest entrance to the start is Richmond Gate.

Getting There on Foot - Richmond park is easily reached by foot from Richmond and Mortlake. Nearest entrance to the start is Richmond Gate.

Getting There by Road Parking is available at either Pembroke Lodge or the Sheen entrance.

Try to get to the course at least ten minutes early so that we can take a team photo, and join us after the run for a Post Run Coffee at Cafe Terra, in Cedars Health Club (behind the Richmond Gate Hotel). Please come and join us.

Neil Frediani


There is a rumour that a BA Athletics Club member was doing Sunday's Rio De Janeiro Marathon.  If anyone else know if this is true or finds out the result then please pass it on.

There is also a rumour (which I know to be true because I'm one of them) that at least two club members will be running in the Olympic Stadium on Sunday 21st July.  Let me know if you are also doing this.

And Steve Newell says that the parkrun Race Director at Gunnersbury understands that the plans to start a parkrun at Osterley are progressing well.

Roderick Hoffman

World Airline Road Race (WARR) 2013 Update

The HQ Hotel is now ready for booking...

The long awaited booking codes are in ! The rate for our rooms will be 1,100 ZAR ($111.00 USD rounded off) could vary depending on conversion rate. Guest may book their accommodation by sending their request and quoting the booking code 926561. Any Questions about hotels please see the hotel link or use the hotel contact link If you have any issues you may also Contact the SAA WARR Chairman.

Roderick Hoffman

Half-Marathon Place for 28th July

Due to an ankle injury and lack of training I am unable to take part in the Purple Patch Running Down Tow Half Marathon from Marlow - Windsor on the 28th July. I was really looking forward to it as it should be downhill all the way. I have been told that the entry can be transferred to anyone providing the following details by the 19th July:

Full name/Dob/Club (if any)/Estimated finish time/Email/Medical notes (if any).

Please let me know if you are interested or pass on to anyone who you think may be interested.

Neil Frediani

Do you fancy doing something different?

Subject: DNA Bobsleigh Team - Recruitment Drive
Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 06:05:25 -0400

Good morning,

Please can you do me the honour of passing this e-mail around to all your over 18 year old runners/athletes and/or friends/family.......

I am the Team Director for the DNA Bobsleigh Team. We are currently searching for up to 20 new sliders to join our team: 

We are predominantly looking for runners/sprinters, but everyone is legible to apply, as we can train you.  Please check out the recruitment page on the above website. 
No bobsleighing experience necessary. Please do apply anyway, no matter what.  Closing date is Friday 30th August, so please get your application forms in asap (these can be obtained via the recruitment page).

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via this e-mail address or 07875 700505 or via my bobsleigh e-mail address: 

I look forward to hearing from you.


John Bird
Team Director
DNA Bobsleigh Team 

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