BA Athletics Club News Digest 10th December 2018
Wednesday 12th December Five Mile Handicap at the Bedfont Club to finish at
Wednesday 19th December Mile Relay / Christmas Social at the Bedfont Club
18:00 / 19:30 *#
Thursday 27th December - annual round Heathrow run from 12:00 in Moor Lane
(see below) *
New members and potential 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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml.
Last updated: First week of October.
* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]
(parkrun details updated 2nd week of October) /
# Club Points event.
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Four Course Lunch -
December Dream Mile / Retired Runners Lunch - 6th December 2018
Thanks to Neil Frediani and Steve Newell for laying on these two events last
There were nine present for the mile including one person on their first run
and Neil ran early so that he could be ready at the finish with the mulled
wine and mince pies. Conditions were OK apart from a 15 knot SW
||Early run - estimate
Captions are invited for the picture...
Then there were eleven at the Retired Runners Lunch including one former
member who probably hadn't been seen at a club event for over 25 years.
I was the only person to make it to both events - I skipped the mulled wine
at the mile in case I was stopped for speeding on the M4, but I didn't
refuse the mince pies nor any of the courses at the One over the Ait lunch!
PS And on the subject of members from many years ago, I'm expecting two of
our members from the 1990s to attend the Five Mile Handicap this Wednesday.
Christmas Club Do - Wednesday 19th December at the Bedfont Club -
From 18:00 there will be the traditional Club Christmas Mile Relay and
several teammates helped Steve Newell last week perfect the course that will
be used from the Bedfont Club:
- The course is flat - I ran the course five times and at the end of
that my Garmin watch told me that I had climbed a total of 0 meters.
- The course is straight, consisting of four 0.25mile straights linked
by two 90degree turns and one 180degree turnaround.
- The course is quiet, with two of the lengths being away from any
road and the other two being alongside the relatively quiet Hatton Road.
Please let Steve Newell know what your estimated time will be over a mile
distance so that he can plan equal teams.
From 19:30 we will have our Club Christmas Do in the Sports Bar of the
Bedfont & Feltham Football and Social Club. This will feature:
- Food provided by the club - this has to be brought in so anticipate
Christmas themed pizzas and plenty of mince pies,
- A Secret Santa (optional - please bring a simply wrapped family
audience present of value about £5 and if you put one in then you can
pull one out),
- Presentation of gifts for the first three best performances at the
Five Mile Handicap,
- A sale of unwanted club kit - including items discovered at the back
of Brian's garage,
- Cash Bar - discounted for those members that have joined the
Bedfont Club, though good value for others also.
Please, please, please tell us to expect you at the event. We want
to ensure that we order enough food. Also if you are a regular, but you are
unable to make the do this year, please let us know also.
Remind me where the Bedfont Club is? See:
Club Awards for 2018 - please respond
Club members have produced some great performances in 2018, and we plan to
celebrate them at the annual awards evening on Wednesday 27th February 2019.
Put it in your shiny new diary!
Here are some questions for every club member:
Have you been running any 10Ks in 2018? Please can you let me have your
times. Do any performances stand out?
Would you like to nominate a club member for one of this year's awards?
Who do you think is deserving of a trophy? Please let me know your
thoughts, to help the committee come to a decision. The categories are:
- Male Athlete of the Year
- Female Athlete of the Year
- Brain Forrester 10K trophy
- Most Improved Athlete
- Veteran's Trophy
- parkrun award
Previous years' recipients of awards can be viewed on the website here:
Annual Round Heathrow Run - Thursday 27th December
This 13 or 15 mile run will take place from 12:00 on the 27th December and will
circumnavigate Heathrow starting in Moor Lane behind Waterside and will take in
Stanwell Moor, Stanwell, Hatton Cross, Cranford, Sipson and finishing in
Harmondsworth for a quick pint. Most of the run is on trails and minor
roads and the aim is to be round in 2 to 2.5 hours. Take your Oyster card or
cash card and you can hop on a bus/tube to make it a shorter run.
Let me know if interested at:
Courses subject to adjustment but last year...
http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1381830652 (15 miles)
http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1381805632 (13 miles)
Club parkrun results for Saturday 8th December 2018
||50th run at Curl Curl, F-6
||M-4, run #48, 31st at Tilgate
||run #409, 319th at Reading
||F-3, run #251, 57th at Crane Park
||1st run at Brooklands, age cat record
||1st run at Maidenhead, park #38
||run #49, 32nd at Southend
||M-2, run #153, 15th at Hazelwood
||run #94, 2nd at Osterley
||run #213, 184th at Crane Park
||M-3, run #125, 9th at Hazelwood
||run #33, 5th at Crane Park
||run #155, 70th at Maidenhead
||run #107, 71st at Crane Park
||run #181, 149th at Bedfont
||run #212. 63rd at Braunstone
||run #37, 36th at Richmond
||1st run at Brooklands
||run #262, 19th at Osterley
||1st run at Glossop, park #42
||run #282, 50th of 2018
||run #262, 59th at Woodley
||run #325, course pb
||Manor Fields, Whittlesey
||helped an older first timer
||tailwalker, signage tidyup
||course set up and tailwalker companion
Caroline Yarnell (23:30) has maintained her good WARR form and was first in
her age group at Curl Curl in Sydney by a full five minutes. She was
running at Curl Curl for the fiftieth time. Scott Davison (25:43) and John
Coffey became the latest members to try the new parkrun at Brooklands in
Weybridge. John set a new age group record to go with one he holds at
Hazelwood. Maarten Stenham (21:25) and Paul Davis (21:39) were 2nd and 3rd
respectively over the line at Hazelwood. They have run there several times
before and share a pb of 20:49.
Roderick Hoffman (30:02) achieved a rare pb (by over five minutes) when he
returned to Wendover Woods for a well-coordinated rally of parkrun tourists.
The attendance was a record 222, up from the previous week's 52. A 8.5
minute speeded-up video of the run includes footage of Roderick in a BA vest
(e.g. at 6:45) and illustrates the hilly trail nature of the course
Steve had made a late change to his plans to assist Alan with set-up and
tail-walker duties. He had been due to run at Clapham Common.
Unfortunately for those who didn't change their plans Clapham Common was
cancelled at short notice due to a health and safety issue.
Updated parkrun stats -
club parkrun stats
At Wendover Woods 75 of the 222 finishers, so over two thirds, had done 50 or more
different parkruns. This was a planned visit and the Run Director had laid on
extra marshals to cope with the anticipated numbers. I nearly failed to
find the parkrun, on a return visit, due to my incorrectly set electronic
navigator leading me up a garden path. However the only true failure on the day
was that the combined efforts of all of the runners and volunteers failed to
consume all of the cake provided, so much had to be returned to various homes.
Harrow Hill 10k Race
Always a good challenge, including two and a half climbs up Harrow Hill.
- Event Date: Sunday 17th February 2019
- Venue: Harrow School, Harrow, HA1 3GF
- Start Time: 10:30AM
- Additional King and Queen of the Mountain awards
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