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BA Athletics Club News Digest 8th June 2015


  • Sunday 14th June - Concorde Five Mile Road Race - see below
  • Wednesday 17th June - Bridges Relay Westminster - team runners should know who they are - spectators are also welcome.
  • Monday 22nf June - Mid London Vet's League Battersea from 18:30

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Concorde Five Mile Road Race Sunday 14th June 2015 reminder

Could all marshals, expected or not, please make it to the Heston Venue Pavilion for 09:30 on Sunday morning. Runners need to arrive in time to register if they haven't already done so, get changed and make it to Cranford Park for the start time of 10:30.  The kids race is earlier - a 10:00 start in the park.

This is the club's biggest "own event" of the year so participation and support from all members and friends will make a real difference and be appreciated

Roderick Hoffman

Results of the 2nd Rosenheim league match at Walton, Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Danny Treherne SM 100m – 12.8 Long Jump- 4.45m  
Eddie Giles MV65 200m – 34.6 400m – 82.4  
Gary Rushmer MV50 800m – 2.42.5 3000m – 11.49.8  
Neil Frediani  MV55 1500m - 6.32.0 Javelin – 19.54m  
Steve Hillier MV60 High Jump – 1.00m Javelin – 19.81m Discus – 18.41m
Danny , Eddie , Steve & Gary 4x200m Relay – 2.09.4    

A very sunny, warm and still evening at Walton saw our team compete in all events bar the Steeplechase. Danny held in well in the 100m to a tight bunch finish and Neil & Steve were close on the Javelin in all the throws with Steve just getting the edge this time. In the relay, again Danny held the line to be 2nd passing to Eddie, then to Steve and on to Gary. Just a shade over 32secs each, we are all getting faster at this!

In the Men’s Standings we are 4th after 2 events.

Next Rosenheim is at Ewell court Wednesday 24th June 6.45pm start. Hope to see you there.

Eddie Giles

3rd Grand Prix Results

The 3rd Grand Prix of the series was held at Uxbridge Monday 1st June 2015.

1- Gary Rushmer Snr  MV50  2.44
2- Gary Rushmer Jnr  SM        3.10
3- Eddie Giles               MV65   3.18
4- Steve Hillier              MV60   3.50
Long Jump:-
1-Steve Hillier               3.51m
2-Gary Rushmer Jnr   3.33m
3-Gary Rushmer Snr  3.32m
4-Eddie Giles                2.78m

A very blustery evening saw Gary Snr win the 800m. Gary Jnr was with his Dad, stride for stride for the 1st 400m, Then a quicker pace by Gary the Elder in the 2nd half saw the win. With Steve on a convincing win and seasons best in the Long Jump, Gary Jnr got his own back and beat his Dad by the smallest of margins (0.01m).

The 4TH Grand Prix of the season is on Monday 6th July - 6pm –Uxbridge. The events are 400m & Javelin. Hope to see you there.

Eddie Giles

June Mile Results

Hi All,

It was an absolutely fantastic day for standing around and doing nothing! Nobody wanted to return back to work after the event. It was the warmest day of the year so far and conditions, while on the warm side, were perfect with only a small cross breeze. There was a strong turnout for this month’s event and some excellent performances including 4 PB’s. The largest PB on the day was Vaneeta Cro who smashed the 14 minute barrier after managing some jogging during the mile. Final time is to be confirmed. Dave Dixon graced us with his presence to run only his second mile in 5:06 knocking 15 seconds of his PB – another great performance. Bernard Sexton (5:16) and Linsey Carr (6:33) were the other 2 runners making PB’s, knocking off 4 and 1 second respectively. Also good to welcome Colin Russell to the mile club. He recorded a time of 8:13 and is targeting Neil !!
Previous Best Time Last Recorded Time 04-Jun-15 Difference Best Time
Paul Knechtl 00:04:56 00:07:16 00:04:59 -137 seconds 00:04:56
Vaneeta Cro 00:14:33 00:14:20 00:13:?? ?? 00:14:20
Chris Kelly 00:05:42 00:06:27 00:06:07 -20 seconds 00:05:42
Dave Dixon 00:05:21 00:05:21 00:05:06 -15 seconds 00:05:06
Bernard Sexton 00:05:20 00:05:27 00:05:16 -11 seconds 00:05:16
Dave Bird 00:05:52 00:06:23 00:06:15 -08 seconds 00:05:52
Ian Cunningham 00:05:52 00:06:11 00:06:03 -08 seconds 00:05:52
Linsey Carr 00:06:34 00:06:34 00:06:33 -01 seconds 00:06:33
Colin Russell 00:08:13 00:08:13
Jeremy Short 00:05:36 00:05:54 00:05:59 +05 seconds 00:05:36
Neil Frediani 00:06:34 00:07:06 00:07:11 +05 seconds 00:06:34
Derek Baker 00:07:16 00:07:51 +35 seconds 00:07:16

The next event will be on Thursday 2nd July 2015.

Paul Knechtl

Club parkrun results for Saturday 6th June 2015

6th June 2015 Family & Friends Time parkrun Comment Grade
Monica Alonso 27:37 Guildford run #54 59%
Alan Anderson 28:21 Gunnersbury improves age cat rec 74%
Alice Banks 49:33 Maidenhead Tail runner, 197th 38%
Bill Byrne 19:42 Gunnersbury 12th/348 78%
Claire Byrne 25:59 Gunnersbury 65%
Ian Cunningham 23:10 Bushy Park run #198 65%
Neil Frediani 26:00 Bedfont Lakes run #118 61%
Alan Friar 26:52 Reading run #157 66%
James Glover 25:55 Guildford run #2 57%
Tony Hird 28:33 Gunpowder run #98 52%
Roderick Hoffman 25:58 Livonia, MI 8th/41 , BApark #175 59%
Kevin Holland 28:59 Bushy Park run #14 59%
Piers Keenleyside 22:47 Gunnersbury 69%
Chris Kelly 20:11 Reading run #239 73%
Kerstin Luksch 21:27 Gunnersbury another pb by 4 secs 70%
Steve Newell 31:12 Raphael (Romford) age cat rec, BApark #174 57%
Joe Nolan 31:57 Black Park 32' pacer 50%
Benita Scaife volunteer Maidenhead finish tokens
John Scaife volunteer Maidenhead finish token support
Sreeram Sethuraman 25:05 Upton Court run #49 53%
Fiona Smith 31:15 Harrow pb, run #4 50%
Roger Wiltshire 27:13 Bushy Park run #6 63%

With one exception the action this weekend was confined to London and the Home Counties.  The exception was Roderick Hoffman who just happened to be in the Detroit area on Saturday morning and took in one of only four parkruns in USA at Livonia, Michigan, and that brought the club total up to 175 different parkruns.  We await to hear how grossly overweight the opposition was but Roderick must have been pleased with his top 10 finish.

Earlier, and taking full advantage of the fact that Livonia clocks are five hours behind Greenwich (even if parkruns there start at 8 a.m. EST during the summer), Steve Newell chalked up BApark number 174 at Raphael Park in Romford.  Romford is in the London borough of Havering and so for the time being Steve has now run at every parkrun in a London borough. There are still a few more in "Greater London" or inside the M25 to be visited.  Yet another new fairly local run is starting up on 20th June at Aldenham Country Park (near Elstree aerodrome).  The car park there is normally £4.50 from 9 a.m. so it remains to be seen if parkrunners get any special dispensation.  The run will be two circuits of the reservoir so probably quite flat.

The Raphael Park run has only been going for six weeks and comprises two large laps followed by a shorter one.  There are a couple of quite sharp gradients up and down on each lap as well as a more level stretch alongside a lake and 99% of the course is on good tarmac.  The cafe allows a 10% discount on production of your barcode so another good reason not to leave it at home! 

Alan Anderson lowered his MV80 record to 28:21 at Gunnersbury where his protégé Kerstin Luksch shaved another four seconds her pb (21:27).  They used to run together when Alan was only a little younger!  Six days after his Comrades (double Marathon) in South Africa Piers Keenleyside was still good for 5km in 22:47.  Bill Byrne who was a member 30 years ago is still running quickly and was 12th (of 348) at Gunnersbury in 19:42.

Another of those club members involved with hosting the 1985 WARR in Hyde Park, Roger Wiltshire, made one of his occasional appearances at Bushy Park (27:13).  Kevin Holland who joined just a few weeks ago was there as well (28:31) along with Ian Cunningham who is now only two short of 200 parkruns.  Members closing in on a parkrun vest are Sreeram Sethuraman on 49 runs, mostly at Upton Court, and Tony Hird, 98 runs, all at Gunpowder.  Chris Kelly needs just another eleven runs to reach 250.

Updated club parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell

Livonia parkrun (USA parkruns: tick)

"Every parkrun is the same and every parkrun is different" and that was true of Livonia in the States.  The format is the same as are some, but not all, of the parkrun cultural aspects.  The run is undertaken in Bicentennial Park which is a large area where games of various types take place and as you drive in (remember - no one walks in the States even to cross a road) you have to guess which group of cars is the parkrun rather than a baseball group. Upon guessing correctly I discovered that the welcome was just as great as at any parkrun the world over but also that the only people at the run twenty minutes before the off are today's volunteers and three travellers or newcomers. The locals don't arrive before 7:55. This was the first summer start at 8am so it could be that the locals had been getting there more than five minutes early the previous week...but I doubt it. The course was described "Follow the tree line" and it is a two k out section, a one k loop and then the 2k return. But where were all the faster runners? The fastest time was 21:45 and it has been eight weeks since anyone broke twenty minutes. And the course is almost as flat as a pancake. Grass predominantly and on the way around you did have to avoid, or at least look out for, the flying baseballs. Livonia parkrun had had their record crowd the previous week - 99, or rather they stopped recording at 99 - there were several other non-registered runners who were not recorded even as "Unknown runners".  That week they were helped by having not one but two schools join them for the run. On this Saturday it was a lower key affair with only 41 runners but I felt it shouldn't have been so low key - they mentioned casually in the coffee bar afterwards that it was their third birthday, and therefore parkrun USA's third birthday also, but there was no cake nor no return visits from the multitudes (well 716) who have run at the park over the previous three years. They are happy just the way they are...but I was left wondering if a different attitude wouldn't produce greater numbers? Was it worth the trip? Well of course it was...but with a five hour drive each way from Chicago I doubt if I'll be doing Livonia again anytime soon! 

For me that is another parkrun country ticked off the list...though on the weekend of the first parkrun in France so another country to be added to the list along with Italy now in its third week.

Roderick Hoffman

Running Shorts

Chicago Run for the Zoo

I wasn't just in the States to tick off a US parkrun.  I also joined Ron Maxwell and his United colleagues at the United Airlines sponsored Run for the Zoo.  Lincoln Park Zoo, close to the centre of Chicago, is a free utility and as such needs considerable fundraising to keep it going.  The annual run for the zoo is one such event.  Sponsored by United Airlines it is now in its 33rd year. The event consists of a 5k race (with multiple wave starts) and a 10k race with a single wave. Now when I say single wave I could be talking about a Tsunami. As the starter launched us from the start line the heavens opened and rain started to cascade down.  Shortly the path was awash and with the puddles being of unknown depth runners found themselves weaving to and fro - both to avoid the puddles and to avoid the other runners avoiding the puddles. And then we heard the thunder and saw the lighting.  The Race Director had to make a lightning quick decision and did so - "black flagging" the race and getting the 10k runners turned around at the two mile point and returning them to the race start area by the safest possible route.  My GPS recorded 3.9 miles covered as we re-crossed the start line to be told that we had finished. So the race was a washout but it was run in great spirit and fifteen minutes later, after we had drowned the recovery beer, the sun started to break out and we had an opportunity to walk round the zoo and wonder what life would be like as a seal.

Result - 6.2K covered in 35:44 at a steady pace so I was probably on course for a 10k time of 56:25 or slower.

Roderick Hoffman

PS I was also there to meet up with Ron and discuss this years and future years World Airline Road Race events.  This years event is in the week of Friday 23rd October with race day being that Friday.  With the initial calendar of events having been published as this digest was going to press I will be able to communicate more details in next week's digest.

Green Belt Relay report link

Correct link to this year's report:

Roderick Hoffman

The Tom Rowley Report

I went along to the Surrey Vet's T&F Champ's on Sunday 7th to cheer Julie Barclay running in the 800/1500m races.  We also met up with Janet Smith  who competed in the Discus and Weight throwing events plus officiating too at times.  Janet's results were not available before I left but watching I am sure she won her events.

Julie having spent a week in the IOW and 4 days in Spain during a holiday period was hoping her two weeks of leisure would not make her feel full of aches.

The 1500 was her second attempt at the distance so a little aware it was not going to be easy with two very good M/D runners in the race.   
The result went as expected and after two fast laps Julie knew she could not stay with them. She also knew she was not running her normal self but she still finished 2nd as the 1st girl was in the 0/40 age group.

In the 800m 2 or 3 girls were capable of running 2:30. so well beyond Julie's 2:40.00 best but not a problem as Julie enjoys racing whatever standard she comes up against.  Julie stayed with them for 500m then began to feel the pace.  She finished 3rd 0/50 Surrey girl so loosing her 800m title.

As the Champ's is combined Surrey/Sussex there were 8 running and Julie was 5th o/a, 5 of the 8 were 0/50.  Amazingly after the race they all warmed down together chatting away about their run their phone photo's clicking away. So friendly, a really pleasant atmosphere all of them in the sport to do their best and enjoy every minute.

Tom Rowley

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