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BA Athletics Club News Digest 12th August 2013

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • REVISED DATE Wednesday 28th August - Cranford Park Relay followed by social with food - details to be finalised
  • Saturday 31st August - Club Featured parkrun - The inaugural parkrun in Osterley park (see below)
  • Lunchtime Tuesday 3rd September - 'Round The Park' - Venue to be confirmed (Harmondsworth or Cranford)

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.

Track & Field Training - Every Monday at the Uxbridge Track

Hi Everyone,

Monday's track and field training will continue throughout the year.

Good news is that my hamstring injury is now allowing me to start light jogging again.  As my physio has given me good training and help with hamstring repair, for the next two Mondays (August 12th and 19th) I will include some exercises to help protect the hamstrings from damage. Hope this will be helpful, all welcome to join.


Eddie Giles

6pm onwards at Hillingdon Athletics Stadium, Gatting Way, Uxbridge UB8 1ES

Map and travel details:

Car parking costs around 50p for an hour and entry to the track is 3:40 (3:00 for Hillingdon residents) and BAAC members can get a subsidy on this - contact Eddie for details.  All are welcome and you can join in the club session or do your own thing.

Club parkrun Results for Saturday 10th August 2013

Place parkrunner Time Category Grade Gender G.Pos Club Note Total Runs
115 Alan ANDERSON 0:26:09 VM75-79 76.80% M 86 BAAC Gunnersbury 278
  Chris Kelly               155
85 Joe NOLAN 0:23:53 VM55-59 66.02% M 75 BAAC Black Park 136
  John Coffey               132
109 Alan FRIAR 0:24:03 VM65-69 71.73% M 100 BAAC Reading 116
  Ian Cunningham               113
154 Steve NEWELL 0:28:40 VM65-69 60.81% M 106 BAAC Gunnersbury (100th parkrun) 100
34 Roderick HOFFMAN 0:27:04 VM50-54 55.85% M 27 BAAC Alice Holt (Course PB by 387 secs) 69
87 Kerstin LUKSCH 0:24:54 SW30-34 59.71% F 15 BAAC Gunnersbury 68
35 Robert FLEMING 0:23:35 VM40-44 58.73% M 32 BAAC Bedfont Lakes 46
278 Oliver MATHAI 0:23:29 VM55-59 67.71% M 250 BAAC Bushy 18
64 Stephen Keith TAYLOR 0:23:36 VM50-54 62.50% M 57 BAAC Gunnersbury 14

The list above may be incomplete since I'm producing this a day early - Steve's stats will be updated once we get the parkrun report on Monday.  Note that Steve Newell becomes the seventh club family member to make the 100 club.

Steve's parkrun stats

New parkrun - Osterley Park starting Saturday August 31st

This will become the nearest parkrun to the Concorde Centre and might become the home parkrun of several club members who live to the east of the airport.  The format, for those yet to try parkrun, is that a 5k time trial course will be set up for 09:00 every Saturday morning.  Anyone can take part in the event - all you need to do is pre-register (for free) via and print off your individual runners barcode.  As you finish your finish time is "clicked" and you are given a finish token.  Then the finish token and your runner barcode are scanned to link you to the place to your time - which is then logged in the big parkrun computer in the cloud. You will be emailed or texted your result during the afternoon.

For the event to work a significant number of volunteers are needed to help out - some perhaps most weekends but most just every so often. Anyone who lives near Osterley Park might like to put themselves forward to be a regular volunteer - and volunteers don't need to be runners!

Many thanks for your generous offer {to publicise the start-up and pass on requests for helpers}, I look forward to seeing you all there. I'm going on holiday until 19th Aug so I'll sort out specific volunteer roles when I return.

We have a practice run scheduled for 21st Aug at 7pm with runners from Ealing Eagles. You are all welcome to come along and test the course. We'll obviously be there earlier to set up the course.

You may be aware that I'm ex-BA and chat to Steve when we meet at Gunnersbury parkrun. Having the BA Club and Ealing Eagles within easy reach should be good for Osterley parkrun

Thanks again,  Geoff Miles

We've moved the Club In-house event from the evening of the 21st August so that club members can join in the test run if they want.

If you want to offer yourself as a regular volunteer then you can contact Geoff at Please mention the BA club if you do.

PS The club got some good mentions in the write-up from Upton Court the other week -

WARR World Airline Road Race 2013 October 2013 Update

I've got three more names which brings the BA team up to around ten but I wouldn't be surprised if there are half a dozen others still thinking it through.  It is easier to plan with more information so please let me know: Roderick Hoffman

The WARR website has some more details of the event including details of local hotels and is the site through which you register for the event: WARR Website. Note that the race headquarters hotel doesn't currently have any availability but that might change and they are running a waitlist.

Stellenbosch where?

I had a flight to Hong Kong on BA's new A380 on Tuesday so I picked up and read on board a guidebook on Cape Town.  This is what it had to say on our WARR venue:

"Founded by Simon van der Stel in 1679, Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and arguably the most beautiful. Running north from the banks of the Eerste River below the Jonkershoek Mountains, the stately avenues of this university town are lined with venerable Cape Dutch buildings and the shady trees that earned it the nickname of Eikestad (Town of Oaks)." DK Eyewitness Travel Guide The guide lists the top ten features in the town and eight of them are not wine related.

PS The service on the A380 was excellent but after five hours we had to return to Heathrow. The flight was so smooth and the aircraft so quiet it was as if we had never left ;-)

Roderick Hoffman

Round the Rock (Jersey)

I did another ultra at the weekend - 'Round The Rock' a 48 mile race around the coast of Jersey. The weather was fine and sunny - just the right side of not being too hot for running. I was hoping to beat my time of 9:43 from last year but in the final section I took a wrong turn and by the time I got back on track had wasted 25 minutes and a lot of energy scrambling up and down through thick undergrowth! I finally finished in 10:10 which meant I only got a bronze medal this year. You get a gold for sub 8 hours, silver sub 10, bronze sub 12 and nothing for above 12 - which is what happened to about 6 people this year.

Piers Keenleyside

BA Clubs Changes

Forums have been set up, where the Chairman Chris Byron will be updating section officials and members about changes at the Concorde Club that are  being proposed and will be presented to members at the AGM on 26 September.  Attached is a letter explaining the changes, which will be sent to all members within the next week or so.

If anyone wants a question raised at any of the meetings below, you can send an email to Chris Byron at ''.

The Forums and AGM will be held in the Olympus Hall on the following dates:

  • Thursday 29 August at 6.30 p.m. - for Section Officials (plus any members who cannot attend on 2 September)
  • Monday 2 September at 6.30 p.m. - for All Club Members
  • Thursday 26 September at 6.30 p.m. - London Club AGM for all Club Members


Pat French P.A. to Tony Dormer, Chief Executive BA Clubs, Concorde Club (S544) Middx TW5 9PQ

Ray Hampton

Many thanks for the card and good wishes for my 70th birthday. It was really nice to know you still think of me. I celebrated by doing a trail marathon in the Peak District. I look forward to meeting up at some future event.

Best wishes to all

Ray Hampton

Ride London Thanks

The weekend of August 3rd/4th saw the staging of Ride London. Saturday's event closely followed previous year's "Skyride" events, with tens of thousands of people cycling around a seven mile circuit of central London, on bikes ranging from three year olds on tiny bikes with stabilisers, to twenty foot high contraptions with outriggers, and everything in between. Sunday featured a repeat of last year's Olympic event, with a thousands of cyclists heading off into Surrey for a 100 mile race.

BAAC and friends helped to marshal the event. Across the weekend we provided thirty marshals who managed crossings on Saturday at Westminster, and on Sunday in Whitehall at Lambeth Bridge. Each brought it's own challenges: on Saturday we were dealing with pedestrians crossing a huge and sedate stream of bicycles; on Sunday we dealt with pedestrians, riders pushing their bikes, and vehicles, crossing the course of the race.

Thank you to everyone who was involved. Here's some feedback from the organisers:

Thank you on behalf of the organising team for volunteering your time this weekend at the inaugural Prudential Ride London festival of cycling. We hope you had an enjoyable time carrying out your role and would like to thank you for helping to make the event a huge success. Your hard work and enthusiasm has not gone unnoticed and countless participants, staff members and spectators have praised your efforts.

Once again thank you for getting involved and we hope to see you next year. The dates have been confirmed as 9th & 10th August. Many Thanks,

Claire Larbey | Volunteer Manager | Virgin London Marathon Marathon House | 115 Southwark Street | London | SE1 0JF

Steve Hillier

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