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BA Athletics Club News Digest 8th October 2012
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Don't forget the following priority club events:
Saturday 20th October - Surrey League Cross Country - First events. Contact Clara Halket (Ladies) and Barry Walters (Men) for details
All Wednesdays 24th October to 28th November - Sports Hall Fitness Session -18:00 to 19:00
Wednesday 31st October - Winter 5 mile Handicap run - starts early from 17:00
Sunday 4th November Run-of-the-Month - Marlow Half-Marathon - starts 9:30 - enter in advance: http://www.marlowstriders.co.uk/msdb/
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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event_Diary.shtml.
Club parkrun Results Wycombe Rye 6th October 2012
The Park Run BA road train went to the 10th running of Wycombe Rye on Saturday 6th October.
A fine sunny day with blue sky but the conditions underfoot made this a very challenging course to run.
Seven BA runners + Roderick, timekeeper for the morning’s race, gathered at the start for team photo then right on 9am, we were off across the grass. Now the night before, the rain hammered down and settled big time over the Rye, so as we ran towards the middle of the park, we were up to our ankles in water and as we turned and turned again, we were faced with a flooded pathway. Some runners went straight through, some to the left, some to the right, chaos sort of reigned. Then after about 1.5k, gentle slope up on a pathway, ran along a tree lined path, with the river to the left hand side, very picturesque. Then down on to more grass perimeters before climbing up Hitchcock’s 39 steps (well maybe 15). The course would normally go up a bank but because of Health & Safety issues of the slippery conditions, steps it was. Then back along the path we had just come from, to finish on the grass area, a welcome sight.
Afterwards Roderick invited us in for a coffee at the cafe, and we watched as 2 swimmers were taking an early morning dip in the open air Lido, I think Steve Newell was tempted!!
A really good run by all our runners, also Simon’s first ever Park Run, and I am tempted to do it all again at Wycombe Rye next week.
88 finishers in total. Roderick Hoffman also represented the club as a volunteer - second timekeeper.
Left to right: Alan Friar, Steve Newell, Barry Walters, Neil Frediani, Eddie Giles, Roderick Hoffman, Simon Turton, Chris Kelly. Thanks to Samantha Amend for taking the photograph as well as being the parkrun Event Director. For the record Sam ran an 18:36 5k on 30th September - as the first five km of the Berlin Marathon in which she finished in 2:45:50 as 12th lady (4th European). She's off to the Toronto Marathon this weekend - though sadly not flying BA.
PS Four other club runners had solo runs at parkruns last Saturday. Come join the club crowd at the next featured parkrun - expected to be Richmond on 17th November.
Equinox 5k 3rd October 2012 Results
This wandering annual fixture reverted to the 2010 course featuring a mile of the Parkway cycle track, two crossings of the river Crane, Roseville Road, St Dunstans Alley, the path from St Dunstans Church through Cranford Park and Avenue Park and the best part of the last mile of the Concorde 10km course to the finish line. Mostly pretty flat and fast.
Weather rather overcast with a chilly breeze at times. Recent rain had left a large puddle (water jump) on the Church Road entrance into the Field of Hope which runners took in their stride.
The traditional staggered starts allowed Di Smith to get away early for her comeback run. Clara Halket was best of the women and Graham Taylor was the fastest man on the night.
Thanks to the officials Brian Forrester, Paul Brandon, Paddy O'Shea, Alastair Heslop and Ann Cofffey
A post run social featuring panini with a variety of fillings was enjoyed in the Kennedy Room.
6th and Final Track&Field Grand Prix Results
The 6th and final Grand prix of the year took place at Uxbridge track Monday 1st Oct. 100m & Discus was on the menu. Because of the football posts & nets up for the coming season, we could not hold the Discus comp.
Just 2 of us for the 100m sprint , myself & younger son Paul. Paul has just come back from Sidmouth theatre for 3 months acting in 11 out of 13 different classic plays. While he was there, he ran a lot of the Sidmouth area , so he keen to give me a good thrashing!! We decided to make a training session out of the event , after warm ups. We would run 4 x 100m each alternate with a starter at the finish which was a battery powered double Claxton horn unit.
Paul was first off and ran a mid 16 sec, I ran a long 16sec. Then came the power of youth in the 2nd run off when Paul ran a Superb 14.98sec . Over the next 3 runs I got down to 16.09sec , so Paul won the sprints and enjoyed the challenge.
Thanks to all who came out to the Grand Prix this season and hope to see you all next year.
Ealing Half Marathon Results
A quick update from the inaugural Ealing Half Marathon run on Sunday 30th September. Whoever designed the course managed to find every hill in Ealing and ensure we went up and down each one at least twice! (see https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/ehm/maps/EHM_map_A4_green.pdf)
Apologies if I missed out any other BA runners
Hever Castle Triathlon
Monica Alonso says:
More information and to enter for next year: http://www.castletriathlonseries.co.uk/en/hever-castle/
News for the next BAAC News Digest? Thanks to Ian and Monica this week as well as Steve and Eddie for their regular contributions.
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