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BA Athletics Club News Digest 11th July 2016
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 early June).
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Paul Sinton-Hewitt parkrun Q&A Workshop
Last Tuesday Paul Sinton-Hewitt spoke to an audience of about forty of us. It would have been good had there been eighty of us but we made up for numbers with quality since half of the audience were experienced parkrunners...though half the rest had yet to run one. Paul answered questions ranging from details of the very first parkrun through to whether parkrun, with over 100,000 participants weekly, was making Paul a rich man (and I bet you can guess who it was who asked such a tactless question). It would be unfair to publish Paul's answers without checking first whether they were valid for parkrun or from him personally but be assured that the event was a success.
Paul, Alice Banks and Roderick outside the Heritage Museum at Waterside.
Oh and at least one of the "never done a parkrun" group has now done a parkrun - Bev Peace finishing at Bedfont Lakes in a time that will enable her to get many future PBs (Mr. Tactless again!).
And some of the attendees have asked to be added to this distribution list including Matt Foden who the previous Saturday had helped launch a brand new parkrun - Hanbury Hall at Hanbury near Droitwich!
PS Paul made it clear that parkrun was making him very rich - with his wealth measured from the satisfaction of seeing so many people doing wonderful things and having such wonderful times.
4th Grand Prix
The 4th Grand Prix of the season was held at Uxbridge track on Monday 4th July 2016.
Little Gary ran all the way round without stopping on the 400m track, with lots of encouragement from Dad & Granddad.
When the 3 of us were at the Javelins, Little Gary was long jumping in the sand, must have jumped at least 1metre several times!!
The next GP is on Monday 15th August at Uxbridge 6pm – 200m & Discus.
Hope to see you there.
Results of the 4th Rosenheim league match Twickenham 6th July 2016.
night of track action at St. Mary’s. Alan was first there and volunteered
for the 100m straight away. As our team started to appear, off they went
to all their various events. I try to get round to see them all in action
but I was at the 100m start to see Alan in the sprints. 5 were there, all
on blocks with Alan on a standing start in lane 2. ‘Bang’ the gun went, and I
have to say I saw nothing wrong, but a second gun went off
At this moment it put me in mind if Agatha Christie’s –"Then there were none", all disappearing in mysterious circumstances. Now if the other 2 were to do the same Alan, who is stuff of myths & legends, could be the winner at 81, would it happen?
Well no , they all stayed very steady to finish the race with Alan getting 3 points for the team.
With Steve on the Shot & Long Jump, a bit jet lagged returning from his holiday, I went to see Ian in the 800m. He was over the moon with his 2.29 as he commented that normally 2.40 was about his mark. He said that the 10 second improvement was down to the high class field and new racing flats he brought for half price did the trick.
Then at the 3000m he was thinking about 11.30 but went under 11mins in a very good race. He was grinning from ear to ear and just didn’t want the evening to end.
With Tony in the Javelin with Alan who also fitted in the 1500m as well, our attention was on the relay.
Now our ages Eddie 1st leg - 67, Steve 62 , Tony 73 , Alan 81 that is a total age of 283 years near enough, now that is a shade over 70 years average , so you could say we are the ’70 shades of grey’ team. Sorry about that , couldn’t resist it!!
Tony said on his 3rd leg run ,that was the best he had run in a long time.
We all left the track in our cars and motorbikes with Alan on his push bike, wanting to get back home before it was dark, into the sunset he went, see you next year at St Mary’s ( I can’t wait).
If you have been inspired by these ramblings and would like to come along at Perivale on Wednesday 13th July for the Vets league match and the Rosenheim at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 20th July, you would be most welcome, age is never a problem [Ed: unless you are too young..for the Vets!].
All the best :- Eddie Giles
Club parkrun results for Saturday 9th July 2016
As threatened / promised Steve Newell has gone away hence no regular parkrun stats update. The list above is based on the BA club report parkrun produce which includes first claim club members only. Paul Sinton-Hewitt did suggest that parkrun were looking to enable second claim club reporting but they are not there yet.
Steve is on a cruise but a signal has been received from the boat. Apparently the boat developed a cargo related technical problem on Friday and the Captain had to steer the boat into Jersey harbour for 8am Saturday morning. Sadly Steve then discovered that Jersey parkrun had been cancelled due to another event. Steve did spot from the consolidated results Oliver Mathai (23:47, 68.61%) achieving a pb at Gunnersbury and Robbie Stewart (22:47) making his first appearance at a parkrun in 2016 at Tilgate.
Ian Cunningham's run at Bushy was his 249th but he assures me that he will resist the temptation to throw another one in until 30th July when he'll be doing his 250th, again at Bushy where he has now done 213 runs, though not all on the same course.
John Scaife report that he ran at the beautiful Blickling parkrun (north of Norwich). And at £3 for non-members to park, his National Trust membership paid off! (John 24:47).
Coaching Corner !
Ten Tips to Prevent Running Injuries
1. Improve and maintain your flexibility
2. Include strength training in your running program
3. Stay hydrated and eat a well-balanced diet
4. Warm up and cool down before and after all runs and races
5. Gradually increase your mileage and periodize your training schedule
6. Cross-train and include rest days in your training schedule
7. Talk with a running expert or coach to analyze your training program
8. Wear the correct type of running shoes based on your foot type and running style
9. Have a formal gait analysis performed and use orthotics if recommended
10. Have your running form evaluated by a running expert
In following weeks I shall enlarge on each of these tips……..
Joe "fit as a fiddle...not" Nolan
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