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BA Athletics Club News Digest 9th February 2015


  • Wednesday 11th February - Club In-house Event - Heston Sports Ground from 18:00 followed by social with food from 20:00
  • Wednesday 25th February - Run of the Month - February Handicap from 18:00 followed by...
  • Wednesday 25th February - Club Annual Awards Evening - Heston Sports Ground from 20:00

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.  The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml.

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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.
For those that have not helped before you'd be most welcome, as would any friends or relatives you can cajole into helping but don't be under any illusions it'll be an easy day. Helpers need to be on site between 9-9:30 and you most probably won't get away until circa. 4:30pm. We need 130 volunteers to cover the five crossing points in the last 2 miles of the course at Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square, Birdcage Walk, St James and Spur Rd.

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:

  • name
  • address
  • e-mail
  • phone contact (preferably a mobile)

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.


Simon Turton, BAAC VMLM coordinator

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

Hi all,

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.


8th:   Paul Knecthl,       33.16
57th:  Gary Rushmer,     37.55
59th: John Taylor,         38.02
77th: Bernard Sexton,   39.56
80th: Mark Taylor,        40.23
103rd: Graham Taylor, 44.24
115th: Neil Frediani,     52.36
118th: Steve Hillier,      57.26

Thanks to Paul Knecthl for the tea, coffee & cakes after.

Gary Rushmer                       

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,

Tom Rowley

* 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 !

Joe Nolan

February Magic Mile Results

Hi All,

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.

Previous Best Time Last recorded time 08-Jan-15 Difference 05-Feb-15 Difference Best Time
Martin Connor 00:05:28 00:05:48 00:06:59 +71 seconds 00:06:29 -30 seconds 00:05:28
Bernard Sexton 00:05:20 00:05:49 00:05:51 +02 seconds 00:05:32 -19 seconds 00:05:20
Dave Bird 00:05:52 00:06:24 00:06:07 -17 seconds 00:05:52
Steve Taylor 00:06:45 00:06:52 00:07:06 +14 seconds 00:06:49 -17 seconds 00:06:45
Vaneeta Cro 00:14:33 00:14:33 00:14:29 -04 seconds 00:14:20 -09 seconds 00:14:20
Paul Knechtl 00:04:56 00:05:06 00:05:15 +09 seconds 00:05:08 -07 seconds 00:04:56
Simon Ashford 00:06:18 00:06:18 00:06:40 +22 seconds 00:06:38 -02 seconds 00:06:18
Derek Baker 00:07:46 00:07:46
Carl Pierce 00:08:19 00:08:45 +26 seconds 00:08:19

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.

Paul Knechtl

Club parkrun results for Saturday 7th February

7Feb2015 Family & Friends Time parkrun Comment Grade
Alan Anderson 31:29 Gunnersbury run #350 65%
Tony Barnwell 29:57 Wycombe Rye run #68 60%
John Coffey 24:36 Bushy Park 74%
Ian Cunningham 21:28 Bushy Park 70%
Janet Cunningham volunteer Guildford tail runner
Tony Hird 23:37 Gunpowder run #89, parkrun pb 62%
Piers Keenleyside 22:59 Gunnersbury 23' minute pacer ? 68%
Chris Kelly 21:04 Reading 69%
John Levison 24:39 Black Park "Hillingdon Triathletes" 57%
Lesley Levison 24:58 Black Park "Hillingdon Triathletes" 68%
Kerstin Luksch 22:05 Gunnersbury yet another pb 67%
Steve Newell 31:56 Gunnersbury 2kg overweight after cruise ! 55%
Joe Nolan 26:24 Black Park run #208 60%
Richard Ruffell 22:02 South Oxhey 4th/65, BApark #154 69%
Benita Scaife 30:50 St Peters SYD 61%
John Scaife 30:52 St Peters SYD BA park #153 52%
Sreeram Sethuraman 29:29 Upton Court run #33 45%
Jeremy Short volunteer Crane Park finish tokens
Gill Westbrook 30:02 Bedfont Lakes run #28 63%
Paul Westbrook 30:51 Bedfont Lakes first run since Olympics! 59%

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: 

Steve Newell

Wokingham Half-Marathon 8 Feb 2015 Results

Place Time Name Team Category Number Chip Grading
1 01:04:18 Paul Martelletti Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC Senior Men 2 01:04:18 92.77
27 01:15:43 Hayley Munn Enfield and Haringey A C Senior Ladies 3019 01:15:37 86.89
29 01:15:58 Mara Yamauchi Harrow AC Vet Ladies 40-49 3040 01:15:52 90.43
298 01:31:22 Colin Haylock British Airways AC Vet Men 45-49 1116 01:30:40 69.42
315 01:31:53 David Bird Vet Men 50-59 1027 01:30:53 71.74
354 01:33:29 Chris Kelly British Airways AC Vet Men 45-49 611 01:33:01 69.96
394 01:34:57 Ian Haylock Vet Men 40-44 1113 01:34:22 66.31
937 01:52:26 Joe Nolan British Airways AC Vet Men 50-59 960 01:51:17 63.31
1196 02:00:00 Neil Frediani British Airways AC Vet Men 50-59 1800 01:56:01 58.77

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.

Chris Kelly

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 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.......

Joe Nolan

Running Shorts

Here we go, here we go, here we go...

Hi all,

I completed in a rare 10k race for me on Sunday 8th Feb at the Craven Cottage 10k, starting right outside the famous Fulham football club, coyw*!

Quite a few sharp bends to start with, but once we ran over Hammersmith bridge and some streets in and around Barns, it was back onto the river banks of the Thames all the way to Putney Bridge into Bishops park and then all the way back to The Cottage.

Pleased with my time of 40.53 considering I did the tough and very muddy Lloyd park cross country the day before. Small field of 202 runners but finished 1st vet 50 & 9th overall.

 Gary Rushmer

* Ed COYW - "Come on you whites" (thanks Google).

Subject: England Athletics up and coming workshops

Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 16:55

Dear London Club,

Please find details below and attached on up and coming workshops:

Kind regards,

Julia Bailey (England Athletics)

Please contact Steve Hillier for more details of either event or to express interest.

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