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BA Athletics Club News Digest 11th December 2017
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 (updated 5Dec17).
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December Dream Mile - Bath Road, Thursday 7th Results
Five participants for the last Dream Mile of the year with Ian Cunningham leading the group home and Steve Newell taking it easy at the back whilst checking out the route for the Xmas relay event. The weather was dry though earlier rain had left significant puddles underfoot.
At the end we shared seasonal mince pies and mulled wine courtesy of Neil Frediani and Roderick Hoffman.
Roderick Hoffman (email@example.com) / Neil Frediani
Club Christmas Event Wednesday 20th December
Confirmation of details for our Christmas Do on Wednesday 20th December
The venue will be the Five Bells in Hamondsworth - using the function room above the bar. An enhanced buffet will be served from about 19:45. This will include hot items and seasonal afters. The buffet will include:
Vegetarian rolls, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, meat & veg samosas, quiche, sandwiches (including Xmas turkey), gala pie, meat and veg spring rolls and afterwards mince pies and Christmas pudding. We've asked for four portions to be gluten free.
The cost of the buffet to the club will be £13.50 a head BUT we have income from marshalling to subsidize the event so we will only charge £5 a head (£2 for children). Please attend if you can - and bring family and friends. We are catering for forty, based on the information provided from the recent questionnaire, and allowing for a few extra. Please keep us informed of your plans. I've had a special request to list those expected so here they are…
There will be a Secret Santa! This is optional, but please bring a wrapped present of value about £5, suitable for a family audience. At the beginning of the evening everyone with a present can add it to the sack. Later we'll take it in turns to pull a present from the sack - hopefully different from the one you put in! Obviously to pull a present out you must first have put a present in.
Pre-Xmas do running event...
The traditional in-house pre-Christmas mile relay event is moving this year from the Parkway in Cranford to the A4 near Harmondsworth / Longford.
The gathering point/start/finish will be Bath Road, Longford opposite the Premier Inn (UB7 0EA). The course will be an out-and-back run (keep left) along the pavement using the western half of the established Dream Mile. The turnaround point will be on the Westbound A4 pavement opposite the Compass Centre/Arora Hotel - roughly alongside the Atlas Statue. Those without Waterside parking permits should consider parking near the Five Bells in Harmondsworth and warming up with a jog from there. It is also possible to park alongside the start point, without charge FROM 17:00.
Those wishing to run in the relay should send an estimate of their time for a flat mile to Steve who will select the teams to produce a close race.
Winter Handicap Wednesday 13th December confirmation and details
The next winter handicap run will be on for Wednesday 13th December at Cranford. Meet in the car park of Cranford Community College around 17:30 if you need to get changed or around 18:00 if arriving ready changed. The course is shown on the club map. It starts from near the zebra crossing close to the Queen's Head. Start times will depend on previous times run with the objective that you should finish the accurately measured five mile run around 19:00. Changing rooms are available in the college afterwards although we have been advised that the showers may not be working. After the run and a towel down we'll meet in the Queen's Head where a 15% discount is offered to anyone with the current BA Clubs membership card.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 9th December
The chilly weather (or possibly the office party season, or even rumours of fresh snow in the Alps) caused a severe dip in UK attendances this weekend. There were (a record) 95 cancellations and runner numbers were down into the 60,000s for the first time since last November. Ed: The 392 events held is still more events than were held in the UK in any week prior to April 2016. Worldwide the UK fall resulted, for the first time, with more parkrunners running outside the UK than in the UK.
Julie Barclay has been in good form of late under the ever watchful of her coach Tom Rowley. This week she ran at Guildford where Alastair Heslop was putting in a volunteer shift as barcode scanner. It was her first run there for over three years and her time of 21:41 (81.32%) was a course pb and new club female course record. Barry Walters holds the best overall club time with 19:39.
At Richmond Park there was a chance meeting of Steve Newell (36:42) and former member Bill Byrne (21:48). Richmond was one of the early parkruns as the movement spread out from Bushy Park and is now over ten years old. The course has never changed and the start ”funnel” and the path along several stretches of the course is quite narrow. The slowest runners (40 minutes) who seed themselves correctly at the back need to allow half a minute to reach the start line. Those familiar with the route will know that the course is not a flat one. A challenge – and fast runners should certainly give it a go.
Bob Bannister (25:46), David Duggan (28:02) and Anne Bannister (28:48)
travelled to Frimley Lodge for the first time. Nineteen of us have now run
there at least once. As with Guildford the club records are held by Barry
Walters (19:04) and Julie Barclay (22:28).
Currently there are thirteen members of the parkrun 500 club, with two new members this week, and most of them continue to add to their score every week. Alan Anderson didn’t run this week but he is one of five runners likely to reach the 500 run milestone sometime between Christmas and Easter. His current score of 485 is just three better than that of former member David Tyas who is a regular at Bushy Park. We’ll be tracking their progress over the coming weeks with the aim of having a club featured parkrun on the day of Alan's 500th (at Gunnersbury).
Another two parkruns have been confirmed for Germany, and both should be easier to tourist to than any of the first three. These are in Frankfurt (http://www.parkrun.com.de/nidda/) and Berlin (http://www.parkrun.com.de/hasenheide/). Both start on 6th January. Petra Otto has already committed to be at the Berlin inaugural and is keen for me and anyone else to join her there.
Recent Charity Donations
The BA Athletics Club is a non-profit making organisation with an aim of breaking even each year. This enables us to be generous towards charities with some events deliberately raising funds for good causes - such as The Concorde Five raising funds for the British Heart Foundation and the Annual Quiz raising funds for the White Lodge Centre. We are also able to make some direct donations - for instance the funds raised earlier this year from selling off surplus equipment we no longer had anywhere to store.
We've recently received thank you letters for donations made towards two of our more frequently supported charities...
And from the British Heart Foundation:
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