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BA Athletics Club News Digest 12th February 2018
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. [should be updated later on this week]
*Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]
Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at email@example.com.
Club NOW run this Wednesday from 12:00 at Rickmansworth (NOW - Non-Office Workers)
We all love running but we decided that we would allow other loves in your life to take precedence over running on the evening of Valentines Day this Wednesday. Instead we are launching a new club event of a lunchtime run targeted at non-office workers and retirees.
Meet by the café at Rickmansworth Aquadrome at 12 noon ready to run for about 45 minutes. The run will follow the tracks used by the Rickmansworth parkrun and be flat and scenic around the lakes of the Aquadrome. There is a large free car park and toilets available. After the run there is the option to take some refreshment in the cafe. And if you are not up to running just now...we'll meet you in the cafe from 12:45.
Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell more info, email Steve.
Key Club Event Dates
Please note the following dates in your diaries. We'll be needing runners and marshals at both:
Details of both events will follow in subsequent weeks. Also note that contrary to previous expectations there could be a BA Fun Run again this year, on a Thursday in July, though details still need to be confirmed.
London Marathon volunteer update
Recruitment is going well for the circa. 150 marshals required to support the five crossing shuttles; I now have approx. 90 names but there’s space for more! As a reminder, for 2018 the London Marathon will be issuing INDIVIDUALLY NAMED course passes and also require a contact number in case of emergency. This means I need to get names agreed for each crossing point by MID MARCH so if you can help please supply the following:
Note: The organisers no longer require addresses.
Please send details to Simon.Turton@ba.com
Thank you for your help.
Surrey Cross Country League - Match 4, February 10th 2018 - Results
The Men were at Lloyd Park.
At a cold, bleak, muddy, slippery, slimy and hilly Lloyd Park near Croydon we had our best result of the season. A great performance by the team meant we ended the day in 5th place but after my initial expectation of improving our league position I discovered that we remained three places from the bottom just like last year but we closed to within a few points of Lingfield and were well clear of the next team. As always, Paul Knechtl led us home with a great 8th place. Ed: The photo shows most of the team members from Saturday. If it was a caption competition photograph I'd submit "I understand now why you said bring long socks".
We have blooded 4 new runners this year, all of whom seemed to enjoy it although I could understand if Ross Davies didn’t after his baptism on Saturday in the worst conditions that we are likely to encounter.
Barry Walters was 3rd in the over 60 category for the season thanks to the fact that the older runners only need to count 3 races so Barry’s recent injury and no show on Saturday didn’t affect his position. This category was won impressively by an over 70.
Thanks to Paul Knechtl, Richard Ruffell, Gary Rushmer, Chris Kelly, John, Mark and Graham Taylor, Matthew Stratful, Paul Davis, Ross Davies for turning out on Saturday and to Tim Bellars, Chris Evans, Barry Walters, Steve Hillier, Denis Foxley, Jeremy Short, Ian Cunningham, Colin Haylock and Duncan Wright for earlier performances this season.
The results read:
And of the ladies at Richmond Park:
Club parkrun results for Saturday 10th February 2018
We start this week at Black Park where Barbara Allen(29:47) of Datchet Dashers celebrated her birthday in style and became the 15th parkrunner to reach 500 runs and qualify for a turquoise T-shirt. Like many, but not all, of the 500 club runners she did her early runs at Bushy Park. We are in for an interesting few weeks. Currently our own Alan Anderson is on 495 runs and we expect him to reach 500 at Gunnersbury on St Patrick's Day, 17th March. Alan has run 210 times at Bushy Park and 264 so far at Gunnersbury. Just one ahead of Alan is Andrew Wyeth who has run all of his 496 at Basingstoke. Basingstoke parkrun started when the Bushy timetrial had already been going for almost four years and last week was run for just the 521st time. Andrew missed the first month completely and only ran in twelve of the first 20. He can’t have missed too many since that stuttering beginning. Just two behind Alan is David Tyas (Amadeus), one of our former members. March will be a busy month for parkrun HQ.
David Duggan(28:53) continued his tour of South Australia and hopped onto a ferry to Kangaroo Island near Adelaide to take in the 16th edition of the parkrun there. Numbers are still quite small at this fledgling event which attracts a field of about 20. With Kangaroo Island the club jumps to 386 different parkruns. David may squeeze in one more in Australia before returning home and with ice causing a cancellation at Bedfont Lakes this week who would blame him for staying downunder a bit longer.
The final fixtures of the Surrey League cross country season kept some of our runners away from a parkrun this week but three of our women achieved course personal bests and improved club records. Julie Barclay, 22:13 at Frimley Lodge; Caroline Cockram, 24:47 at Northala Fields and Sarah Gordon, 33:46 at Rugby.
We welcomed back to parkrun Paul Watt who had his first full 5k run of the year, following his injury at Christmas.
Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats
Hayes and Harlington Road Runners Summer League invitation
The website shows that this is a series of Sunday fixtures held by like minded London running clubs each featuring a 5 mile or 10k race, races for under 6s and for 6 to 14 year olds, a relay and a picnic. This sounds particularly attractive for running families. The provisional dates are 3rd June (Gunnersbury), 17th June (clashes with Concorde Five), 1st July (Dulwich), 15th July (Regent's Park) and 5th August (Battersea Park). If you might be interested in joining Hayes and Harlington Road Runners at one or more of these could you contact John directly (and then prepare to send me a written report for the digest!).
This year's top intra-airline sporting event, the World Airline Road Race, is from September 26th to 29th with race day for the 10k and 5k races of Saturday 29th September. parkrun addicts should be able to run the Cloverpoint parkrun after the WARR 10k! The WARR homepage is https://worldairlineroadrace.org/ (and features a UK record holder on the start line photograph!).
Thorpe Park Half Marathon marshal request for Sunday 25th February from early until 13:00
The organisers of the Thorpe Park half have put out requests for marshals. The BA club has enough marshalling commitments itself but if anyone does fancy the morning's work in that area then perhaps you can sign up via Bedfont Lakes parkrun who would use the thank-you fee to fund new equipment for their parkrun - new buckets to help clear the puddles perhaps?
Thorpe Park Half parkrun Marshal form [the form allows you to select any parkrun]
Tom's Diary - Valentine's 10k Sunday 11th February
STILL WANTED - Situations Vacant
Copywriter to write a 100 word report on any running event each week (or month) for inclusion in the weekly digest. Apply with text and pictures to the editor by 19:00 any Monday.
Harrow Hill Race 11th February 2018 Results
The results don't appear to have been published yet but known results are:
Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send it to the editor, Roderick Hoffman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.