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BA Athletics Club News Digest 9th December 2013
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.
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New facebook "BA Runner" Group
NEW - a facebook group for the club. Why? Most of the communication that goes on is from the club to the members or from members to the club. The facebook group is there for members to talk to members. Think about it - whatever our views on facebook it is a fact that more of us are facebook users than attend club evenings at the Concorde Centre (with the exception of next week's Christmas Social - see below).
Initially the facebook group is set up as a private group so attempting to access it will probably generate a join request and a small delay. Once the group is established we can decide whether to keep it private or open it up for anyone. To find it search for "BA Runner" in the facebook search box (with the space between BA and Runner) or follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/636199849751546/.
Roderick Hoffman, Club Communications Secretary
Parkway Mile and Club Christmas Social - Wednesday 18th December from 18:00
The parkway mile races will be run as a team event though some lucky individuals may get the chance to run more than one leg. Please email Steve Newell with your anticipated mile time. Children from 11 to 17 are welcome to run though will need to be accompanied by an equally able adult.
The Club Christmas Social afterwards will feature free catering for all attending members. This will include Sandwiches (Turkey or Vegetarian) and Mince Pies.
There will be a Santa's Sack where you may contribute a wrapped present of value about £3:50. Everyone contributing to the sack will also be able to receive a present from the sack.
Hot and Cold
Former member Caroline Yarnell pictured recently running in the Sydney Trail series and Jagjit Singh on his way to completing the Ice Marathon on Antarctica last month. The temperature went down to minus 26C. Jagjit finished 23rd man in a time of six hours twenty minutes and 36 seconds. This was his 111th Marathon and he has now completed Marathons on seven continents. I'm sure that Jagjit would still welcome sponsorship for his achievement - White Lodge Centre: http://www.justgiving.com/AntarticMarathon2 .
Club family parkrun results and stats for 7th December 2013
Top and bottom in this listing both have Bedfont Lakes as their home parkrun but whereas Roderick is a complete stranger there Scott is deserving of a loyalty award. There is no criticism in this comment - parkrun is what you want it to be for you. Adrian Haines has joined the BA running club family this week and in doing so he not only smashes my club record at Tilgate by over ten minutes but he also brings with him an extra BA parkrun having run at Brighton & Hove last year. That run, finished in 17:27, is significant for another reason in that it beats the previously recorded best time by a BA running club family parkrunner - Paul Knechtl's 17:28 recorded at Bushy. If Paul has any issues with that then I'd propose the two of them meet up at a neutral parkrun for a head to head. On that subject there will be a club featured parkrun on 8th March and we have proposed that to be at Guildford - subject to local club members being available to host. We would also like to have a club parkrun on 25th January. We are keen for someone to volunteer their favorite parkrun (or any other) and to be host (light duties involved). Over to you please. Roderick Hoffman
There are 4,113 runners left in Chase-the-Place including 6 from BA. Steve Newell predicts that there will be 3504 people left in next week. Roderick will be dropping out next weekend but it looks like the club has a greater chance of winning an extra place for the London Marathon than we would have of winning the Lottery. But I know which one I'd rather win. However here is a better offer, from Steve Newell, "I will offer the prize of a bottle of wine to the reader who emails me (Steve Newell) a prediction for the total number of people left chasing the place which is nearest to the final figure which will be revealed by parkrun UK next Monday. Entries must be in by midnight on Friday and state preference for red, white or rose, still or sparking. As an alternative, non wine drinkers can request a seasonal beer or a fruit juice."
* Editor - it "takes one to not know one" - perhaps Neil means Tom Rowley.
Adrian Haynes came 6th in the Kingston 10k in a time of 35:22 (first MV40).
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