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BA Athletics Club News Digest 10th December 2012

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • THIS WEDNESDAY at the Concorde Centre - 5 Mile Handicap with start times from 18:00.
  • Wednesday 19th December - 'Parkway Mile' from 18:00 (see below) followed by the Club Christmas Social.
  • Saturday 12th January 2013 - BA hosted Men's Surrey League Cross Country at Cranford Park - details below.

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: Diary.shtml.

Your (cross) Country needs you...

Dear BAAC members,

The British Airways Athletics Club is hosting the next Men's Surrey Cross Country League Divisions 3 & 4 on Saturday 12th January 2013 at Cranford Park.  We need 10 to 12 volunteers to help us marshal the course and record the finishers. The first race is the juniors which starts at 2.30pm and then the seniors at 3.00pm.  It is important to the club that this event goes well so please spare us the time if you can.  We'd also like to be able to spare some of our better runners to score in the event!

If you could help please contact or myself .

Gary Rushmer

Parkway Mile (Relay) Wednesday 19th December 2012

We get a much better event if runners enter in advance with an estimate of their mile time. Teams can be chosen to make a close race more likely.

Please enter via email to  by midnight on Tuesday 18th December.

Late entries will be accepted but those who leave it to the last minute are more likely to have to run twice!

Steve Newell

Surrey League Ladies Saturday 1st December Result

The Surrey League Cross Country match at Nonsuch Park, Cheam on Saturday 1st December had a field of 342 ladies running the 6.2K course in Divisions 1 & 2. Marion Woodhouse represented the BA Ladies Team on this particularly chilly day. BA was asked to provide assistance in the form of a place recorder, Helen went along to do this. Unfortunately, no one else was available to run, but we did have 2 supporters there, namely, Tom Rowley and John Taylor. Marion completed the muddy course in 42.52 minutes and our team position after 2 matches is 29th. Altogether 35 teams have completed both matches.

A big Thank You to Marion for 'Flying The Flag' for us at this event. {and Helen for fulfilling the club's marshalling obligations - Ed}

Our next match is on 12 January at Mitcham Common with the usual start time of noon.  Let's hope we can get a full team out, but please note that this is the same day as the Mens XC at Cranford Park hosted by our Club.

Helen Smith


I. The World Airline Road Race is run in a different location each year – from Honolulu to Hamburg, Calgary to Cape Town,
II. There are 10k and 5k options,
III. You are running as an individual AND as part of a team,
IV. The event includes parties before and after the races,
V. Every finisher gets a medal and there are hundreds of trophies for the winners across all age bands,
VI. Although it is an airline event non-airline family and friends are encouraged to take part,
VII. It provides an excuse to visit places as diverse as Qingdau (China) and Grapevine (Texas),
VIII. Now in its 32nd year it is the world’s largest annual airline sporting event.
IX. With runners who have been to 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and now 30 WARRs over the years we are part of a well established family,
X. You are welcomed to the host city, often by the Mayor, and treated to what that city has to offer,
XI. For those working for the airline the event counts as an inter-airline event for which BA Clubs will subsidise the flights,
XII. British Airways hosted WARR in 2010 so we are excused from the organisational workload for a few years yet!

Roderick Hoffman

Why don't you send in an equivalent list for your favourite form of running?

And talking of WARR ...

The 32nd Annual World Airline Road Race will take you to stunning Cape Town South Africa!  Join approximately 1,000 airline employees, family & friends from all over the world for the fun and challenge of a 5 &/pr 10k run next October 12th weekend.  A T-Shirt Swap Party, Meet and Greet night and Finale Awards Banquet will round out the event & then you'll be off on an African Safari or whatever else you want to do for your adventure of a lifetime!

For more information visit

Ron Maxwell {International Committee Chairman}

Results Correction

Piers Keenleyside pointed out to the organisers of the Perivale Five that British Airways is his first claim club.  As a consequence the BA Team was promoted up to 12th place.  With apologies to St Thomas's Church Hanwell who are relegated to 13th.

parkrun Highlights

Steve Newell maintains a spreadsheet of parkrun statistics and you can load the full sheet from this link.  But here are some current highlights:

  • Roderick ran Havant last Saturday which was his fortieth different parkrun - and that includes eight different parkruns over the last eight Saturdays.  He is now in 42nd place in the list of parkrunners having done most events (and the only one with a no-repeat guarantee). 
  • Havant was also a new parkrun for members of BAAC as a whole which brings our total up to 47 - can we make 50 by the end of the year?  {I've only got two new ones planned - Roderick}
  • Even more impressive is that Alan Anderson has now run 246 parkruns - only 24 athletes have run more parkruns than Alan (see parkrun Clubs).  Obviously Alan now has the golden "250" shirt in his sights.
  • Alan also holds the age category record for his age band at three different parkruns but that is nothing compared to Brian Bennett who holds the age category record at eight different parkruns.  Target ten Brian? 
  • 14 different men and 7 different ladies hold the "Fastest BAAC performance" at different parkruns.
  • There is a current parkrun "#chasetheplace" competition for a London Marathon place - to be in with a chance one has to attend parkrun for six consecutive weekends up until the end of the year.  Three weeks in and the field size has fallen from 17,337 to 4,910 but still includes seven BAAC members {not that we all necessarily want to win a London Marathon place - Ed}.
  • The parkrun BAAC members have run at most is Bushy by a mile...well by about 1,400 miles to be nearer. Bushy has been run at 534 times and next on the list is Reading with 214 runs (mainly Chris Kelly and Alan Friar) followed closely by Bedfont Lakes with 209 (and a much wider spread of runners).  Black Park is next with 155 (mostly by Joe Nolan) but then starting to catch up is Gunnersbury with 119.

Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell

Piers' Marathon Efforts

The answer to the question "How many 25 mile plus races Piers has run?" is 61 (up to last month's Luton Marathon).  He also has another 11 planned for the next twelve months.  Piers has applied to join the 100Marathon club - you don't need to have done 100 marathons to join though you do need to show that you are on the way. 

Of the five club members who sent in guesses the closest was Eddie Giles who guessed 64. Steve Newell, Gary Rushmer, Paul Brandon and Chris Kelly were all further off but on the other hand between them they have run 68 Marathons so are currently just ahead of Piers as a team (I say this whilst remembering that back in 2007 Piers ran the Clarendon Marathon and finished barely a minute behind a BAAC 4 man relay team!)

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) 2012 – 2nd December 2012

The SCSM has the IAAF Road Race Gold label. This year, 53,000 people started off from 5.00am on their races across various categories of Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and Kids Dash. Featuring three different routes, runners took in the sights of iconic landmarks in Singapore including Orchard Road, Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa, Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay.

The first of the races started at 5.00 am. Some 22,000+ Full Marathon runners crossed the start line in Orchard Road amid festivities that only the locals know how. The whole road was beautifully lit with Christmas lights and upbeat music was blaring through the loudspeakers. There was cheers and encouragement from spectators and ‘cheer teams’ right from the start.

I started off comfortably even though I had started to perspire while waiting for the race to start despite the cool morning temperature. The race route was slightly altered to avoid the bottleneck situation we experienced last year. Due to the heat and humidity, there was a water station every 3km serving both water and cold 100Plus electrolyte drink. There were Shotz gels and bananas available after the 21km mark, and of course, the infamous Tiger Balm Muscle cream.

I was trying out a new hydration backpack named Mercury from Workplay, filling the 1ltr bladder with my own electrolyte. Yes, I know one should never use anything new on a race but I was asked to give my opinion on the new product. It sat nicely and was fairly comfortable on the whole distance, except that it did get rather hot on the back in the 2nd half of the run when the sun started to blaze down.

About 27km in, a young lady was throwing up by the sidewalk. Everyone that passed her commented that she wasn’t looking good but didn’t stop to check. I decided that I wasn’t going to win the race anyway so I stopped to check that she was OK.

The intensity of the heat got to my just after the 30k mark. I could see steam coming off my face when I poured water on it (!) and decided not to push it and risk heat stroke. I was also feeling cramps in my legs so I walked a lot in the last 10km, accompanied by four runners from Germany and America. It was like a social walk!

My finished time was 23 minutes over last year’s even though my target was to cut at least 15 off, but hey, there’s always next year! My final ranking in the Full Marathon: 594 overall, 207 Masters, 330 Singapore.

Clara Halket

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