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BA Athletics Club News Digest 9th February 2015
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London Marathon request for Marshalls
The 2015 Virgin London Marathon is on SUNDAY 26th APRIL and we need your help
to make it a success. I'm sure it's going to be another record year for entries
and the elite field is looking as good as ever. It's also Paula's swan-song so
another great reason to help.
All the team leaders are very experienced, as are many of the stalwart helpers that return year in year out, so don't worry if you're new to helping, they'll be plenty of advice. At this stage I need:
If you have a preferred location please specify as I can usually accommodate most requests. In return you'll get the best view on the day, a T-shirt, helpers medal and will be helping to secure a donation to BAAC Club funds, not to mention the 20 guaranteed entries the club receive each year. Talking of which, if you've helped at London, it goes a long way to pushing you up the list for a guaranteed place the following year if you're unsuccessful through the ballot.
I'll only have kit for 130 volunteers (and I've already got 60 pre-signed!) so get in early to bag your space. If you can help, please e-mail me, it would be great to have you on board.
ED: Please be advised that we rarely need to ask twice for volunteers for this event - so if you are keen please respond NOW.
Cross Country Reports - Men
The men finished their cross country season at the tough & very muddy Lloyd park Croydon on Saturday. On the day we had 8 runners two of which have run in all four (Graham Taylor & Mark Taylor). Sadly the result means that we are relegated to division 4 in what has been a very tough division but not without trying.
We came 8th on the day with Paul Knechtl again leading the team home and Gary Rushmer showing some form (at last) second home closely followed by John Taylor.
I would like to thank all of those who have run this year in what has been one of the best attended cross country seasons for years.
Thanks to Paul Knecthl for the tea, coffee & cakes after.
Cross Country Reports - Ladies
I went along to the ladies XC fixture at Coulsdon on Sat and unfortunately they only had three running so a big penalty point added*. Small point of interest, the men ran 5 Miles at Lloyds Park whereas the Ladies ran 8k ???? Are the girls more up-market? but whatever, both venues are really tough.
The ladies ran 2 large laps with no flat sections anywhere and across the top of valley you run on an incline with your left leg 2/3 inches lower than your right leg. I saw Lissa Pritchard, Monica Alonso and Helen Smith twice ascending the very tough section coming out of the valley. Lissa was coming up on both laps quite relaxed and giving me a wave. Monica was still smiling while climbing and not in any trouble. Helen not having ran for three weeks was prepared to just get around and did have a sneaky little walk when I was not looking. ALL the result times are suspect so I won't list them here.
Julie was 5th scorer for the Woking "A" team and well pleased her ankle is standing up to the terrain.
Sorry we could not stop for our bread pudding girls owing to Julie's shift.
Well done girls,
* Note that Ladies captain Clara was unexpectedly unable to attend on the day for personal reasons.
Wednesday 11th February CIE – Hill Training plus Card Games! Heston Sports Ground from 18:00.
Warm-up jog up and down club car park twice.
Dynamic drills – knees up/leg extension walk, knees up jog, heel lifts and knee/leg follow through and ‘Greek dancing’ !
Assemble on corner of Church Road – runners will be formed into 2 groups decided (faster and less fast). Runners will go back and forth over the motorway bridge for 20 minutes, collecting/swapping playing card each side (keeping best 4 in hand) – there will be a recovery loop at each side of the bridge with the faster group following the longer loop. This will be a coached session with some hill running technique presented beforehand, and some features that will be observed during the session.
Finally, a warm down run back to the club and along/back the car park. There will be a debrief on the session and prize giving for the card game in the clubhouse afterwards.
More details on Wednesday at 6pm !
February Magic Mile Results
A reasonably good weather day, with a very slight tail wind for a change. The air was cool, and the ground was dry so it made for some fast times. Vaneeta Cro once again knocked another 7 seconds of her best time, bringing her down to 14:20. There were no other PB’s, but there were good performances from Steve Taylor (6:49), who was only 4 seconds outside his best and Martin Connor, managing to knock 30 seconds off of last months’ time after returning to injury. We also had Derek Baker running his first mile event and opening his account with a 7:46 mile. Welcome Derek.
Next event will be Thursday 5th March 2015. Next week I will be sending out calendar invites to participants for the remainder of this year's events.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 7th February
Some of our runners had cross country leagues to think about in the afternoon or longer runs on Sunday in mind this week.
Alan Anderson completed his 350th parkrun at Gunnersbury in typical fashion encouraging a younger woman to keep going up the hill to the finish. The congratulations of the event director were rebuffed as Alan thought he had achieved the "350" the week before! Either Alan or the parkrun computer has lost count over the years. One of his earlier protégés continues to improve - Kerstin Luksch produced yet another pb (22:05) - she is aiming for a good time in the Milton Keynes marathon in a month's time. She achieved a rare feat of finishing ahead of Piers Keenleyside who was planning an ultra run on Sunday.
John Scaife continued his tour of New South Wales. Benita and John have notched up three new parkruns in the last three weeks - the latest at St Peters in Sydney.
With Alastair Heslop taking a rare week off from volunteering at Guildford, Janet Cunningham stepped in as tail runner.
Richard Ruffell made his way to the new run at South Oxhey (Three Rivers district) which parkrun HQ have deemed to be in the London region. He had a good run over the hilly course and came in 4th. His 36th different parkrun course. Another run is starting in Watford area at the end of the month in Cassiobury Park.
Some of our former members were making "once in a blue moon" appearances this week. John Levison, now married and running for Hillingdon Triathletes turned up at Black Park and left Joe Nolan's 25' minute pacer (and his wife!) well behind. Paul and Gill Westbrook were at Bedfont Lakes. For Paul it was his first outing since the London Olympics (2012 edition) and Gill beat him by almost a minute.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Wokingham Half-Marathon 8 Feb 2015 Results
We had gorgeous if cool weather for the Wokingham Half yesterday – it was even warm at times. Some good times were had, although I personally nursed a groin strain round, so was unable to stay with the Haylock-Bird tag team when they came past me still nattering with 3 miles to go.
Also Joe Nolan reports that despite leg problems his time is a half-marathon PB for him.
Black Park parkrun Pacing
Top marks to my pacer squadron today at Black Park, covering every minute from 20 to 33 - here's some stats ....420 runners, subtract 20 pacers and 1 tail runner makes 399 out there to have fun and many trying their best .......89 new PB's recorded, of which many were attributed, and thanks given, to the pacers - pretty good hit rate ! Also 24 first-timers there as well, and probably a few of them helped along by the pacers as well.
Message sent from Black Park event director: Take away the unknowns as well, and that's 89 PBs from 337 ! And taking that further....a lot of the other runners said that the pacers helped them get back to much closer than their PB's even if they didn't beat them ...so all that included a total win/win/win result from the pacing !
Pacing every first Saturday of the month, next time will be 7 March.......
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