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BA Athletics Club News Digest 11th January 2016
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Early Notice - Heart Throb Hash "Pokerchase" 10th February
This year's Heart Throb Hash will see a return of the Pokerchase after a one year break.
As with previous versions the action will be limited to a maximum of one hour with all dealers out in the neighbourhood heading back to the club at 7 p.m.
This year there will be new dealing/swapping locations aimed at making the event more inclusive and giving the slightly slower runners more opportunities to build a better poker hand.
Even when the weather is cold the event is always a lot of fun. We need another couple of volunteers to be dealers so if you fancy something different on 10th February please contact me at email@example.com.
BAAC Awards Evening - 24th February 2016
This year's awards evening will be on 24th February and be at the Heston Venue from 20:00 after that evening's 5 mile handicap run. Could everyone who won a trophy last year please return it to Steve Hillier directly or via a committee member.
This year there will be a new trophy handed out to the club member considered to have contributed or participated most to parkrun over the year.
Please put February 24th into your diaries.
Dream Mile Results - 7th January 2016
Thursday was probably the windiest day we have had while doing the mile. There were not just strong gusts as we’ve had in the past, but a constant strong head wind for the whole mile. Richard Ruffell wasn't able to run due to a meeting in Waterside but observed trees being bent over by the wind during the time we were running. This meant pretty much everyone’s time was slower than their bests. However, bucking the tread was Colin Russell who managed to knock another 2 seconds of his PB, recording a time of 7:03. He was hoping to go under 7 minutes, but surely will do that next time if the wind drops. We also had a new runner taking park in Billy Parker-Brown and he opened his account with a credible 6:19. Hope you enjoyed your first day at work and are able to join us in the future.
Next event will be on 4th February 2016.
[Roderick adds - "who forgot to tell Colin that we had agreed to use the wind as an excuse for an easy time last week - we'd have got away with it if it wasn't for him"].
Winter Handicap run 9th December results
The next Winter Handicap run is on Wednesday 27th January. After three runs the champion from last year isn't currently leading this year's event (but isn't doing a Chelsea).
Club parkrun results for Saturday 9th January 2016
While some parkruns were cancelled because of the weather (e.g. ice in Perth, Scotland) this week the wet but mild weather continued in London and SE England and winter has yet to bite. Make the most of it, it may not last.
The main focus for the club this Saturday was at Black Park where we had six runners join Joe Nolan who was celebrating his 250th parkrun. He's already said he's not keen on the colour of the new shirts and he will have to press on to get a 500 one before he can think of taking it easy. Alan Anderson accepted the offer of Joe's pacing skills and broke the MV80 course record by about two minutes. Some photos were taken. Janet Smith, who boasts a 4-digit barcode number, was one of the timekeepers. Our fastest runner on the morning, Alice Banks, is still two runs away from her "50" vest after suffering early onset Alzheimers earlier in the morning and forgetting to bring her barcode. It can happen and there is no mercy these days. Donate generously (and get it tattooed on your wrist). At least her time didn't improve on the club ladies best at Black Park - a time she set [see the spreadsheet or the club map for club bests at all parkruns].
Black Park was muddy and puddly and very congested at the start. It was one of several parks with a record attendance (582) this week. Southampton also had a record turnout of 854, up from 773, and so takes the mantle of second biggest UK parkrun from Hull.
Chris Kelly was our fastest runner this week as he visited Northampton where his 20:15 was good enough for 16th place in a record field of 369. Gary Rushmer (20:39) was 7th at Bedfont Lakes where there were a more typical 134 runners (cf 2nd Jan: 135, 19th December: 136, 6th Dec: 133).
Julie Barclay (23:16) was third lady to reach the finish funnel at Frimley and so was Kerstin Luksch (21:02) at Gunnersbury, another parkrun with a record turnout (442). Maybe there was a coachload of Walsall supporters making a day of it! There were 1214 runners at Bushy Park, the fourth highest turnout ever and including Ian Cunningham (30:43) and John Coffey (25:33). John was the first runner from BAAC to try a parkrun back on Christmas Eve 2005 and has now done 199. [Ed: It's a reasonable guess that John will be doing his 200th at Bushy next Saturday. If you are there then cheer him on and also my BA colleague Andrew Jordon who will be doing his 100th].
And lastly, the first to finish this week was Piers Keenleyside(25:04) down-under in Hobart, Tasmania (GMT + 11). The club total moves on to 221. Tasmania becomes the fifth region in Australia that club members have run in (including Singapore). Daniela is currently in Queensland but has yet to do a parkrun there.
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Joe's 50th at Black Park on Saturday 9th January
A "tourist parkrun" is any parkrun that you do on a small number of occasions other than your home parkrun. In order to claim to be a "parkrun tourist" you need to have done either 30 different parkruns or 20 different UK parkruns and hence appear on either the International Most Events table ( http://www.parkrun.com/results/mostevents ) or the UK Most Events table ( http://www.parkrun.org.uk/results/mostevents/ ) (non-UK registered parkrunners have equivalent tables for their countries). The following is an extract from the international table:
UK members of the unofficial parkrun tourists club are allowed to join the UK parkrun Tourists facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/571983126241545/ ). There is no free T Shirt for parkrun tourists but they can order a "Cow Cowl" for themselves at http://www.giraffeuk.com/#!cowhead-shop/c1kjl - I'm wearing mine in the photo above...though they look better than that really!
Chris Kelly has done 29 parkruns so will shortly appear in the International table - unless they change the classification which they do every-so-often when the list grows too long.
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